Indian women’s Hockey Team has five Odia for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand, starting from May 14 at Midlands. The Odisha girls— Deep Grace Ekka, Lilima Minz, Sunita Lakra,Namita Toppo,Anupa Barla — have found place in the 20-member National squad.The team will be headed by striker Rani Rampal.
Veteran defender Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam will shoulder the duties of vice-captain of the side,who is making a comeback after nearly eight months of rehabilitation due to an injury.The new season had a great beginning with some remarkable wins.The newly appointed coach for the women’s team,Mr.Dutchman Sjoerd Marijn is confident that the New Zealand tour will help the team gain the required exposure ahead of important tournament lined up in June.
Goalkeepers — Rajani Etimarpu, Savita
Defenders — Deep Grace Ekka, Udita, Sunita Lakra, Gurjit Kaur, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam (VC), Namita Toppo
Midfielders — Ritu Rani, Lilima Minz, Navjot Kaur, Monika, Renuka Yadav, Nikki Pradhan, Reena Khokar
Forwards — Rani (Captain), Vandana Katariya, Preeti Dubey, Sonika, Anupa Barla