Monday, June 24

Hockey India Selects Core Group for Women’s National Camp

Hockey India unveils a 33-member core probable list for the women's national camp, featuring a mix of experienced players and new talents.

Hockey India (HI) announced a 33-member core probable list for the upcoming women’s national camp. The camp aims to prepare the team for the FIH Hockey Pro League matches starting in May. Seasoned veterans like Savita Punia and Vandana Katariya find themselves alongside some exciting new faces.

Blending Experience with Fresh Talent

The squad features a healthy mix of experienced players who spearheaded India’s historic fourth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics and promising youngsters who impressed at the recent National Championship. This blend of experience and fresh talent suggests a focus on both immediate success and long-term development.

Notable Inclusions

There are several noteworthy inclusions in the camp. Young defenders Ropni Kumari and Preeti, along with midfielder Edula Jyoti and forwards Deepika Soreng and Rutuja Pisal, have been rewarded for their performances in the Junior World Cup. Additionally, the return of veteran Preeti Dubey after a five-year absence adds valuable experience to the group.

The 33-member core group chosen by Hockey India:

Goalkeepers: 

Savita Punia, Bichu Devi Kharibam, Bansari Solanki, Madhuri Kindo.

Defenders: 

Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Ishika Chaudhary, Monika, Ropni Kumari, Mahima Chaudhary, Jyoti Chhatri, Preeti.

Midfielders: 

Salima Tete, Marina Lalramnghaki, Vaishnavi Phalke, Neha, Jyoti, Edula Jyoti, Baljeet Kaur, Manisha Chauhan, Akshata Abaso Dhekale, Ajmina Kujur, Nisha.

Forwards: 

Mumtaz Khan, Lalremsiami, Sangita Kumari, Deepika, Sharmila Devi, Navneet Kaur, Deepika Soreng, Preeti Dubey, Vandana Katariya, Rutuja Dadaso Pisal.

Hockey India Trying to Build a Stronger Future

While the presence of experienced players provides stability, the inclusion of new talent is a positive step towards building a stronger team for the future. This approach acknowledges the need to learn from past setbacks like the missed Olympic qualification while also fostering the development of the next generation of stars.

The upcoming camp and FIH Pro League matches will be a crucial test for the team. Can the blend of experience and youthful exuberance propel the Indian women’s hockey team back to the podium?

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