India will play China in the final of Women’s Asia Cup Hockey as they entered the final by defeating host Japan in the semifinals. In a closely contested semi-final India went up against Japan by 4-2. In-form Gurjit Kaur, Navjot Kaur and Lairemsiami scored the goals for India. This is the 4th time India will play the final of Asia Cup. India won the title in 2004 and finished runners-up in 1999 and 2009.
Gurjit gave India their first goal by converting a penalty corner in the 7th minute. In the 9th minute, that scoreline became 2-0 as Navjot added a fine field goal and Gurjit slotted in her second goal of the match. Japan recovered to make it 2-3 at half-time. The third quarter saw Lalremsiami score her first goal of the tournament to put India ahead 4-2.
India met China in the 2009 final in which they were beaten 5-3. The winner of this year’s edition will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in England.
PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata.
After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata.
In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer.
Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream.
So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.