Hisar, Feb 7 : The senior women national championship 2019 (A division) will see top national players to turn up for their respective state units and employers for the 11-day domestic extravaganza to begin here on Friday at Astroturf International Hockey Stadium while national selectors would be watching out for fresh talent ahead of the Tokyo Olympic 2020 stated David John, High Performance Director, Hockey India.
India's top stars Gurjit Kaur, Deep Grace Ekka, Rajni Etimarpu, Sushila Chanu, Lilima Minz, Nikki Pradhan, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur, Reena Khokar, Lalremsiami, Anupa Barla and Vandana Katariya will turn up for the Defending Champions Railway Sports Promotion Board. They will begin their campaign against Hockey Rajasthan in the Pool A opening match.
Pool A features Karnataka, Odisha and Coorg while Pool B will see last year's runners-up Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Hockey Gangpur-Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Bhopal.
Pool C includes Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Hockey Him, Central Reserve Police Force and Pool D will have Jharkhand, Punjab, Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu, Association of Indian Universities and Kerala.
Teams that finish top two in each of these Pools in the round robin stage will qualify for the quarterfinals to be played on February 15 while the semi-final and final will be played on February 17 and 18 respectively.
"After their successful outing in the Spain recently, it is good for the players to continue their competitive form at the national championship. While the core group of women in the national team have remained constant over the past two years," said David John. (UNI)