Bhubaneswar: In a true delight for the hockey fans in Odisha, six girls from Odisha made it to the 18 member Indian Junior Women Hockey Team announced for the upcoming 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup slated at Changzhou in China from 5th to 13th September 2015.
The six players from Odisha included forwards Punam Barla and Anupa Barla, defenders Namita Toppo, Rasmita Minz, Deep Grace Ekka and midfielder Lilima Minz. The squad was announced on Thursday by Hockey India.
In the tournament which is also a qualification event for the Junior Women Hockey World Cup 2016, the Indian jr team will play against DPR Korea on the opening day on 5th September. The tournament comprises of two pools with Indian clubbed in Pool A along with China, Malaysia, Singapore, DPR Korea while the Pool B comprises Korea Rep, Japan, Thailand and Chinese-Taipei. The teams in each pool will play each other in the league matches.
List of Players:
Goalkeepers: Inderpreet Kaur, Sheweta
Forwards: Anupa Barla, Rani (Captain), Punam Barla, Navneet Kaur, Sonika
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Gurjit Kaur, Jaspreet Kaur, Manjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz
Midfielders: Navjot Kaur (Vice Captain), M. Lily Chanu, Lilima Minz, Renuka Yadav, Preeti Dubey