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Five from Odisha find place in Indian Women’s Hockey National Camp

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Bhubaneswar: As many as five players from Odisha have secured their berth in the 33-member core probable list for the Indian Women’s Hockey National Camp scheduled to begin at Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru Campus on 4 January.

The players are Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo and Anupa Barla.

Apart from the senior players who have retained their place in the core group, Hockey India has also named young players Salima Tete and Lalremsiami who were part of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires last year where they won a historic Silver Medal. Among Goalkeepers Savita, Rajani Etimarpu and Sonal Minj have received a call-up while defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Sushila Chanu Phukhrambam, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz, Suman Devi Thoudam, Mahima Choudhary, Nisha and Salima Tete have been included.

Midfielders Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo, Neha Goyal, Udita, Jyoti, Anuja Singh, Shyama Tidgam, Sonika, Karishma Yadav and forwards Rani, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Anupa Barla, Priyanka Wankhede, Reena Khokhar and Leelavathy Mallamada Jaya have been called up for the camp ahead of the team’s tour to Spain starting January 24.

Speaking about the season’s first camp, Indian Women’s Hockey Team Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne said, “We will be working on getting to the right fitness level in a short 20-day camp to play matches during the team’s tour to Spain. We also want to train some new things we want to implement in our game.”

On asked about the key areas the team will be looking to improve this year as they attempt to win an Olympic Qualification, Marijne said, “Better finishing and creating more scoring opportunities are the two key areas we need to improve. Having someone like Australia’s Glenn Turner was good but we can’t expect that we will now score more goals because of that 10-day camp but every input will only improve the process of scoring more goals and this camp with Glenn was one of them. He shared his experience from his career and those things can help players.”

Core Probable List:  

Goalkeepers  

1.         Savita

2.         Rajani Etimarpu

3.         Sonal Minj

 

Defenders

4.         Deep Grace Ekka

5.         Sunita Lakra

6.         Sushila Chanu Phukhrambam

7.         Gurjit Kaur

8.         Rashmita Minz

9.         Suman Devi Thoudam

10.       Mahima Choudhary

11.       Nisha

12.       Salima Tete

 

Midfielders

13.       Nikki Pradhan

14.       Monika

15.       Lilima Minz

16.       Namita Toppo

17.       Neha Goyal

18.       Udita

19.       Jyoti

20.       Anuja Singh

21.       Shyama Tidgam

22.       Sonika

23.       Karishma Yadav

 

Forwards

24.       Rani

25.       Lalremsiami

26.       Navneet Kaur

27.       Navjot Kaur

28.       Rajwinder Kaur

29.       Vandana Katariya

30.       Anupa Barla

31.       Priyanka Wankhede

32.       Reena Khokhar

33.       Leelavathy Mallamada Jaya