Women’s Hockey: Can Indian Eves continue their recent good form at 2018 Asian Games?

The women’s team will resume chasing their second gold, however, they will need to quickly forget about their poor performance away at the World Cup.

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Set for redemption

Like many before them, the current squad is packed full of star quality yet they’re still regarded as a team of hope rather than belief.

Sjoerd Marijne is the manager tasked with mining this potential and, on paper at least, he will have plenty of resources at his disposal to mount a serious challenge for the trophy.

Since winning the inaugural edition gold on home soil, the women’s team have alternated between the sublime and the ridiculous during their attempts for a second title.

They managed to scrape a bronze medal in the last edition, and have an overall tally of one gold, one silver and three bronze medals in a total of the 9 women’s hockey editions played out at the Asian Games, they will hope to break this worrying trend next month.

Women’s Squad

Goalkeepers: Savita (Vice-Captain), Rajani Etimarpu

Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Deepika, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar

Midfielders: Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Monika, Udita, Nikki Pradhan, Neha Goyal

Forwards: Rani Rampal (Captain), Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur.

Key player: Lilima Minz

While there’s an abundance of attacking players in this team, they have largely failed to form a cohesive bond; the world cup performance is one such example where the team feared to go forward and relied much on the defense.

At Jakarta, India likely to have a dependency on their defence, Lilima Minz will be the glue which joins this team together. How well they ultimately do will depend a great deal on the players in front of her but they will have a strong platform to work on thanks to her tireless work in mopping up the crumbs.

world no. 8 China and world no. 9 Korea will be a threat to India’s quest for gold at the Asian Games.

Group stage

The Indian women’s team will open its campaign with a match against hosts Indonesia, followed by games against Kazakhstan, Korea and Thailand.

The midfield needs a little bit of bolstering and a change in pace could give India an advantage in the group stage.

Despite that, India should have no problems in cruising through the group stages and anything less than a semifinal appearance will be viewed as a catastrophic failure for them back home.


A lack of concentration has blighted the team lately, something which became starkly clear when Ireland beat them twice in the recently concluded World Cup.

They possess enough talent to do extremely well this time but could struggle against sides who play as a cohesive unit, something which makes their fixture against Korea particularly daunting.

Fortified at the back, bolstered in the midfield, and sharp upfront, India stand at the very edge of seasling the second goldy. They would be tested but it is the team’s resolve that should carry them through.


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