Mumbai, Jan 29 (PTI) Despite the lack of women''s hockeytournaments in the country, Mumbai''s ''F United Sports Club'',founded by former player Hillary Gomes, has taken under itswings 20 women, most of them below the age of 19, and hasvowed to make at least a few of them play for India.
"We are targeting 2012 and we want to develop our playersthrough foreign tours so that a few of them can make it to theIndian team. We are now going to Dubai to try and win theLusitanians Sports Club women''s tournament," said Gomes at amedia conference today.
Among the team members visiting Dubai is Nesha Nair, along distance runner-turned hockey and football player, whostarred in the Bollywood movie "Chak De India".
The club would be defending its title in Dubai, aimingfor a hat-trick in the process.
"The players from Dubai Club are expatriates fromAustralia, England and South Africa and are very talented andexperienced. But our players beat them last year with theirsuperior fitness and skills to win the title," said Gomes.
The tournament is being run from February 4-6 and FUnited team would reach Dubai just a day before the start.
"All our players are in school or college and we don''twant to disturb their schedule of studies for the final examswhich are round the corner," said Gomes.
The club made a visit to Canada last year to play in atournament there. Seven members of the Dubai-bound team wereseen in the last junior nationals at Pune and four of them areexpected to be picked for the national under 21 camp, Gomessaid.