India women's national field hockey team
The Indian women's national field hockey team is the national women's team representing India in Field Hockey. Captain Suraj Lata Devi led the team to the Gold for three consecutive years: during the 2002 Commonwealth Games (the event which inspired the 2007 Bollywood hit film, Chak De India), the 2003 Afro-Asian Games, and the 2004 Hockey Asia Cup. Team members were referred to as the "assi (Jasjeet) jaisi koi nahi" or the "golden girls of hockey," after the 2004 win.
2002 Commonwealth Games and Chak De India
The 2002 Commonwealth Games Squad competed in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The team entered the finals after defeating the Australian women's national field hockey team. The team won the Gold after they beat the English women's hockey team. This game partially inspired the successful 2007 Shahrukh Khan film about women's field hockey, Chak De India. The coach of the women's team, and a former assistant coach for the team, Mir Ranjan Negi, were involved with the development of the film.
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- During the 2008 Women's Field Hockey Olympic Qualifier, the team ranked fourth in the "Qualifying Two" event. Rani Devi received the Most Promising Young Player of the Tournament award. (Squad)
- During the 2000 Women's Field Hockey Olympic Qualifier, the team ranked tenth overall. (Squad)
- 4th 1980 – Moscow, Russia (Squad)
- 9th 2010 – Rosario, Argentina (Squad)
- 11th 2006 – Madrid, Spain (Squad)
- During the 2001 Women's Hockey World Cup Qualifier, the team ranked 7th. They competed in, but lost, the USA v. India playoffs. Sanggai Chanu received the Young Player of the Tournament award. (Squad)
- 12th 1998 – Utrecht, Netherlands (Squad)
- 4th 1974 – Mandelieu, France
5th 1971 Auckland (New Zealand) Captain Otilia Mascarenhas of Poona
- 2012–14 – 14th place
- 2002 – Johannesburg, South Africa. Jyoti Sunita Kullu received the Topscorer award for five goals. (Squad)
- 5th 2010 – Delhi, India (Squad)
- 2006 – Melbourne, Australia (Squad)
- 2002 – Manchester, United Kingdom (Squad)
- 4th 1998 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 4th 2010 – Guangzhou, China
- 2006 – Doha, Qatar (Squad)
- 4th 2002 Busan, South Korea
- 1998 – Bangkok, Thailand
- 1986 – Seoul, South Korea
- 1982 – New Delhi, India
Marita Tirkey, Poonam Toopo, Suman Bala, Joydeep Kaur, Rosalind Ralte, Asunta Lakra, Subhadra Pradhan, Asem Devi, Kirandeep Kaur, Saba Anjum Karim, Surinder Kaur, Mamta Kharab, Thokchom Devi, Jasjeet Kaur Handa, Deepika, Ritu Rani, and Rajwinder Kaur.
Suraj Lata Devi (C), Helen Mary, Dipika Murthy, Suman Bala, Kanti Baa, Binita Toppo, Sumrai Tete, Subhadra Pradhan, Masira Surin, Surinder Kaur, Mamta Kharab (Captain), Saba Anjum Karim, Jyoti Sunita Kullu, Sanggai Chanu, Jasjeet Kaur Handa, Pushpa Pradhan, Adline Kerketta, and Manju.
The following is a list of recipients for the Arjuna award in hockey recipients (by year):
- Helen Mary, 2004
- Suraj Lata Devi (former captain), 2003
- Mamta Kharab, 2002
- Madhu Yadav, 2000
- Tingonleima Chanu, 2000
- S. Omana Kumari, 1998
- Pritam Rani Siwach (former captain), 1998
- Prem Maya Sonir, 1985
- Rajbir Kaur, 1984
- Varsha Soni, 1981
- Eliza Nelson, 1980–81
- Lorraine Fernandes 1976–1977
- A. Kaur, 1975–76
- Dr. Otilia Mascarenhas 1973–74
- Sunita Puri, 1966
- Elvira Britto 1965
- Yvonne Smith 1962
- Anne Lumsden, 1961
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- IANS. "India clinch Women's Champions Challenge II." 28 June 2009.