Indian women’s hockey team leaves for West Vancouver for World League Round 2

New Delhi: High on confidence after scripting a 5-0 series whitewash over Belarus earlier this month, the Indian women’s hockey team led by striker Rani on March 23 departed for West Vancouver to take part in the World League Round 2, starting on April 1.
The Indian eves will vie for top honors when they clash with teams likes Belarus, Canada, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Chile and Uruguay in the upcoming tournament.
“We go in as the top ranked team and we are confident we will finish in the top spot. We are going there 10 days before the start of the tournament so we will have enough time to get used to the turf, climate. We will also play two practice matches which will help us fine tune further,” said Rani.
Rani said the team has been working extremely hard in the national camp in Bhopal under the watchful eyes of chief coach Sjoerd Marijne and analytical coach Eric Wonink. Their training was also overseen by Hockey India’s High Performance Director David John.
“Apart from emphasis on fitness, there was also special sessions for mental training and it has helped the team a lot,” said the captain.
Vice-captain Deep Grace Ekka said that the series win against Belarus was a big confidence booster ahead of the World League Round 2.
“Our primary goal is to qualify for the World League Semi Final and to do that our focus will not just be on attack and speed of play but also a lot of emphasis will be on our defensive structure,” Ekka added.
The Hockey Women’s World League Semifinal will be held in June and July with Johannesburg and Brussels set to be the two venues.

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