India: Vying to pose a stiff challenge, Thailand arrive in India

~Thailand will start their campaign against India on 27th October~

Ranchi, 25th October 2023: The Thailand Women’s Hockey Team arrived in Ranchi today for the Jharkhand Women’s Asian Champions Trophy Ranchi 2023. They were welcomed to the sound of drums and fireworks at the Birsa Munda Airport.

The highly anticipated Jharkhand Women’s Asian Champions Trophy Ranchi 2023 will take place at the Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh AstroTurf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi from 27th October to 5th November. Thailand are set to face formidable opponents like Malaysia, China, Korea, Japan, and hosts India at the prestigious event.

This will be Thailand’s second outing in the competition, they finished 4th in their maiden appearance in Donghae Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2021 held in South Korea, where they lost the opening match to the Indian Women’s Hockey Team by 13-0. Thailand will be up against hosts India in the last match of the day on 27th October.

Head Coach Young Wook Bae expressed his ambition for the Jharkhand Women’s Asian Champions Trophy Ranchi 2023, saying, “After the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 we had two weeks to prepare our team for the Jharkhand Women’s Asian Champions Trophy Ranchi 2023 and we have done the best we can, we had a decent outing in the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 and we hope to better our performances and go back home as the best of the lot.”

Thailand’s Women’s Hockey Team participating in the Jharkhand Women’s Asian Champions Trophy Ranchi 2023 is a fairly young one, with 7 players out of the squad of 18 still in their teens, the youngest of the lot is Parichart Phopool, a 15-year-old with 6 caps to her name.

“We have to watch out for Malaysia, we have played them 5 times recently but are yet to win, so we will look to set the record straight against them. China is a strong team as well and we will look to focus on our defence against them and for sure, we will have to be careful against India. We have many young players in the team, with the youngest being a 15-year-old but we believe that they can perform at this level and that is why we have brought them along,” the Thailand Captain Anongnat Piresram weighed in with her thoughts ahead of the Tournament.

The matches will be broadcast on Sony Sports Ten 5 SD and HD, as well as live streamed on SonyLiv.

By Hockey India

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