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13th Hockey India Sub Junior Women National Championship 2023 gets underway in Rourkela

Thursday marks the beginning of the prestigious 13th Hockey India Sub Junior Women National Championship 2023, which will be held in Rourkela, Odisha.

In the 11-day tournament, 28 teams will compete for the title, with the championship match taking place on May 14, 2023. Every game will be contested at the world-class Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium.

The competing teams are divided into eight separate groups. Hockey Haryana, Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu, and Tripura Hockey represent Pool A, while Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Bengal, and Hockey Uttrakhand represent Pool B. Pool C includes Hockey Uttar Pradesh, Hockey Chhattisgarh, and Hockey Delhi, while Pool D includes Hockey Madhya Pradesh, Hockey Assam, and Hockey Himachal.

Hockey Mizoram, Hockey Association of Odisha, Kerala Hockey, and Hockey Rajasthan will compete in Pool E, while Hockey Punjab, Manipur Hockey, Gujarat Hockey, and Andhra Pradesh will compete in Pool F. Pool G consists of Hockey Chandigarh, Hockey Bihar, Telangana Hockey, and Goans Hockey, while Pool H includes Hockey Maharashtra, Hockey Karnataka, Le Puducherry Hockey, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu Hockey.

Speaking about their chances of defending the title, Hockey Haryana’s Coach Azad Singh Malik said, “We recently had a training camp where we worked on our defence, attack, set-play and other aspects of our game. Hence, we are aiming to put up a good show in the tournament and, yes, we are confident of defending our title this time as well.”

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Hockey’s Coach Jitendra Singh Bhadauria talked about his team’s preparation and said, “We are well prepared for the Sub Junior Women National Championship and are hoping to finish as winners or at least runners-up in the tournament.”

Notably, after seven days of pool play, the quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on May 11 and 13, respectively. The medal matches will take place on May 14.

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