Indian women’s hockey camp from Saturday

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) Following its fifth place finish at the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals in Belgium, the Indian women’s team will now assemble for a preparatory camp at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here from August 8 to 31.

Forty eight players will be part of the camp under chief coach Mathias Ahrens for a week after which the group will be reduced to 33 core probables who will continue in the camp till August 31. The 48 comprise eight goalkeepers, 13 defenders, 10 midfielders and 17 forwards.

“The team performed very well at the HWL Semi-Final. They got a good opportunity to play against the best hockey teams in the world and the experience derived will be important for upcoming tournaments,” Ahrens said.

“We faced a few issues in some areas during the tournament and this camp will give us ample time to work on the grey areas. We will work on defence and penalty corners; the areas where the team faced troubles during the tournament. The camp will also see some young talents and we will train them along with the seniors.”

The list of 48:

Goalkeepers: Savita, Yogita Bali, Rajani Etimarpu, Pallavi Singh, Sukhmani Virk, Kirandeep Kaur, Krupa Atulbhai Patel, Swati

Defenders: Manjit Kaur, Sunita Lakra, Deepika, Sushila Chanu Pukhrmbam, Jaspreet Kaur, Ponnamma M.N., Namita Toppo, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Pinki Thockhom, Romita Devi Thokchom, Archana Singh, Razia Khatoon

Midfielders: Lily Chanu Mayengbam, Renuka Yadav, Ritu Rani, Lilima Minz, Navjot Kaur, Monika, Sneha Pawar, Manmeet Kaur, Etwari Mundu, Manisha Sharma

Forwards: Navneet Kaur, Rani, Poonam Rani, Vandana Katariya, Anupa Barla, Amandeep Kaur, Anuradha Devi Thokchom, Ritusha Kumari Arya, Punam Barla, Soundarya Yendala, Ranjita Sanasam, Jaswinder Kaur, Hardeep Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Shivani Singh, Sabnam Lakra, Ramngaihzuali R.

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