The domestic senior hockey season begins on October 21st with the 11th Indian Women’s Senior National Hockey Championship. A total of 28 teams will be present at the ten-day tournament in Jhansa, Uttar Pradesh.
After six days of billiards, the quarterfinals will be played on October 27. The semifinals will be held on October 29, while the matches for medals are scheduled for October 30.
The teams arrived in Jhansa and the coaches and skippers are confident of a successful tournament. They hope that the senior state championship will help the teams to indulge in much-needed exercises in matches.
Madhya Pradesh coach Vandana Uikey said her team has prepared well and looks positive.
“The team is pretty positive in terms of their chances,” she said. “We expect to qualify for the quarterfinals first, and then we will fight match after match.”
Maharashtra coach Chingshubam Sanggai Ibemhal said the team is focusing on improving several aspects ahead of the National Championship.
“We focus on a few aspects, like the skill of receiving the ball,” she said. “We will play one game at a time through the competition and set our strategies, according to opposition.”
Teams participating in the state hockey championship
Teams participating in the 11th National Women’s Ice Hockey Championship for India include Haryana, Uttarakhand and Le Puducherry Ice Hockey in Pool A, while Maharashtra, Goans Hockey and Bihar perform in Pool B.
Pool C contains Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Bengal, and Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Himachal in Pool D.
Group E includes Punjab, Chandigarh, Andhra Pradesh and Arunachal with Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Delhi hockey and Andaman and Nicobar completing pool F.
Karnataka, the hockey unit of Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Tripura hockey will fight in pool G, while in pool H Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir will be visible.