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The Preparatory Camp of the Indian Women Hockey Core Probable’s team for the New Zealand Tour practices at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Speed will be the key for the Hawkes Bay Cup 2015: Anupa Barla

New Delhi, 23 March 2015: Having started their preparatory camp yesterday at the Major Dhyan Chand National in New Delhi, the women core probable’s looked all upbeat, confident and excited for the upcoming Hawkes Bay Cup 2015, New Zealand which is schedule for 11 April 2015 –19 April 2015.

Post their unbeaten performance in the just culminated Women’s Hockey World League Round 2, where India beat Poland 3-1 to walk into the next round which is scheduled in June 2015. The team is looking at the Hawkes Bay Cup 2015, New Zealand as an all important tour as they would be facing almost the same teams that would be taking on at the World League Semi Final.

Speaking on the upcoming tournament Forward player Anupa Barla said, “The upcoming tour is very important as here the team will be actually tested on the form before playing the all essential World League Semi Final.  In the last one year the team has worked on coordination, passes, attacks and effectively penetrating the circle. We have even worked on our physical stamina and speed and which will prove to be vital for the upcoming Hawkes Bay Cup 2015.”

Talking on the upcoming tournament Roelant Oltmans, High Performance Director, Hockey India said, “The girls are looking in good form and they have to keep their confidence at the same level for the upcoming tournament. The team aims to keep the pressure on the opponents by attacking and breaking the defence chain effectively. They are even working on their penalty corners which will be key to score and outwit the opponents.”

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