Hockey India announces Sub Junior Men and Women squads for historic Netherlands tour
Hockey India unveils the 20-member Sub Junior Men and Women squads set to embark on their first-ever international tour to the Netherlands from October 9 to October 16.
Hockey India has unveiled the highly anticipated 20-member Sub Junior Men and Women squads set to embark on their inaugural international tour to the Netherlands from October 9 to October 16. This significant milestone not only underscores the burgeoning talent in Indian hockey but also enhances the country’s reputation on the global hockey map.
The tour represents a historic moment for the Indian Sub Junior Men and Women’s Teams as they venture into international competition, showcasing their skills and determination. This journey marks an essential step in their development as they aspire to become future stalwarts of Indian hockey.
During this prestigious tour, the Indian Sub Junior Men’s Team will engage in challenging battles against the Netherlands Boys U18 team and the Netherlands Boys U16 team, with two games scheduled against each opponent.
Simultaneously, the Indian Sub Junior Women’s Team will exhibit their prowess against the Netherlands Girls U18 team and the Netherlands Girls U16 team, competing in two matches against each adversary.
Additionally, both the Indian Sub Junior Men and Women’s Teams will have the unique opportunity to test their mettle against senior club teams from the Netherlands, adding another layer of valuable experience to their international exposure.
The leadership roles within the teams have been entrusted to promising players. Manmeet Singh Rai will captain the Indian Sub Junior Men’s Team, while Aashu Maurya will serve as Vice Captain. For the Indian Sub Junior Women’s Team, Bhavya will lead as Captain, with Rajni Kerketta appointed as Vice Captain.
Coaches of the Sub Junior Men and Women’s Teams expressed their enthusiasm and optimism about this landmark tour.
Sardar Singh, Coach of the Indian Sub Junior Men’s Team, shared his excitement: “This tour represents a historic milestone in the journey of our budding talents. We are exhilarated about this opportunity for our young players to showcase their skills on the grand international stage. The experience gained here will be a catalyst for their growth and development as they take their first steps toward becoming future stalwarts of Indian hockey.”
Rani, Coach of the Indian Sub Junior Women’s Team, also commented on the significance of the tour: “Our girls have put in relentless effort, displaying commendable dedication and spirit during the National Coaching Camp, and we believe this tour will be a valuable stepping stone in their careers. Playing against strong international opposition will provide them with the exposure and experience, which are vital elements for their progression to the highest levels of the sport. We believe in their potential to shine brightly on this global stage.”
Goalkeeper: Rahul Bhardwaj
Defenders: Rohit Kullu, Pradip Mandal, Sohil Ali, Ujjwal Pal, Sukhmanpreet Singh, Aashu Maurya (Vice Captain), Neeraj
Midfielders: Rahul Yadav, Rohit Tirkey, Suresh Sharma Adhikarimayum, Manmeet Singh Rai (Captain), Rahul Rajbhar, Ghuran Lohra
Forwards: Ritender Singh, Deepak Pradhan, Ajeet Yadav, Ketan Kushwaha, Rohit Irengbam Singh, Srijan Yadav
Goalkeepers: Hodam Pabitra Devi, Tarra Sailaja
Defenders: Bhavya (Captain), Komal Pal, Parwati Topno, Ritika Ahirwar
Midfielders: Rajni Kerketta (Vice Captain), Tamanna, Karuna Minz, Priyanka, Tanuja Toppo, Kajal Pundir, Kirti
Forwards: Krishna Sharma, Kajal, Purnima Yadav, Switi Dungdung, Doli Bhoi, Nisha Dadel, Ravina