After greater than two years, the Indian girls’s hockey crew is ready to play their first recreation at Kalinga Stadium after they face off in opposition to Spain in FIH Professional League in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
The final time they performed right here they beat the US and booked their place at Tokyo Olympics. It was the beginning of a memorable journey which, regardless that led to disappointment, noticed the crew attain new heights. Publish the Olympics, the ladies’s crew hasn’t seen an excessive amount of success, though they did qualify for World Cup, to be held later this 12 months.
After that they started their maiden Professional League marketing campaign on a excessive after they beat China in a double header with ease and can now look to placed on one other good present in opposition to the world No. 7 crew, who have been knocked out from the quarterfinals at Tokyo Olympics by Nice Britain.
The crew ranked ninth on the earth has been coaching arduous for a similar in Bhubaneswar underneath their new coach Janneke Schopman, who loves attacking play and has been pushing the gamers to their limits within the apply classes.
The crew might be with out their talismanic skipper Rani Rampal and might be led by Savita as an alternative. Talking forward of the match the skilled goalkeeper sounded happy with the crew’s preparation and is trying to play to their strengths.
“We need to play attacking hockey and defend the penalty corners properly similar to each different match,” Savita stated throughout a digital press convention on Thursday.
Current on the press convention, Deep Grace Ekka stated she is hoping to enhance as a drag-flicker and make it harder for the opponent defenders. “When there’s one PC specialist, it is simple for the opponent to defend however when there’re two-three drag-flickers it turns into tough for them to guess,” stated the seasoned defender.
Whereas India have ready properly, it will likely be a tricky recreation in opposition to a crew that gained bronze on the final World Cup in London in 2018. Furthermore, the Spanish crew is excessive on confidence after good performances in opposition to the Netherlands, the present Olympic and the World Champions, of their final Professional League matches.

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