A total of 14 teams will fight it out to lift the trophy at the 2nd Hockey India Sub Junior Women Academy National Championship 2022 that starts on Friday, 22 April 2022 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Three days of pool games will be followed by the Quarter-Finals on 26 April, the Semi-Finals on 28 April and the Medal matches, which are scheduled for 29 April.
The participating teams are divided into four pools.
Pool A; SAI-Academy, Ghumanhera Riser’s Academy and HAR Hockey Academy.
Pool B; Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Bhai Behlo Hockey Academy Bhagta and HIM Academy.
Pool C; Roundglass Punjab Hockey Club Academy, Anantapur Sports Academy, Malwa Hockey Academy Hanumangarh and Smart Hockey Academy, Raipur.
Pool D; Jai Bharat Hockey Academy, Dhyan Chand Hockey Academy, SGPC Hockey Academy and Salute Hockey Academy.
Speaking at the prospect of defending the title, SAI-Academy Head Coach Pradeep Kumar Sarangi said,
“It will be a fresh approach because the players are new. They will be playing the Nationals for the first time and this tournament will be a test for them. The girls are really excited about the opportunity they are given, and I only want them to enjoy and play good hockey.”
The home side Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, which finished third in the inaugural edition, is hopeful of making it to the Finals this year.
Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy Head Coach Vandana Uikey stated,
“80% of players are new to the team and are really excited to play their first Nationals that too on their home turf. It is always a special feeling to play at home, in front of your own people. So, the players are very excited as well as confident about the tournament. Last year we lost in the shootout against SAI – Academy in the Semi-Final, which was a very close game, so this time we will be more focused and hopeful of making it to the Final.”
Meanwhile, Roundglass Punjab Hockey club Academy Head Coach Navjeet Kaur expressed,
“The team is totally new. Players will be playing their life’s first-ever National competition, which will be a challenging yet exciting tournament. My girls have worked really hard in this heat, and I just want them to apply whatever they have learnt in the training. This tournament will boost their confidence and it will be a good learning experience for them.”