NATIONAL women's hockey coach Shaun Corrie is confident his side will be physically ready for Round 2 of the FIH (International Hockey Federation) World League in New Delhi, India.
The womens side, ranked 59th in the world, has been pooled with Japan (9th), India (12th), Russia (20th), Malaysia (22nd) and Kazakhstan (33rd).
Corrie said they were not afraid of their opponents and would prove it when they meet in the competition.
He said his side had been going through tough and vigorous training in order to be physically ready for the event.
"We have been playing practice matches against the shadow national mens and under 17 national men's side," the former national rep said.
"We wanted to make it as tough as possible for the girls so that they are prepared for what comes in the actual competition," he said.
He said it worked out well for them so far and it was sure to bear fruit during the competition.
"From when we first started the training, the girls have become physically stronger, faster, more aggressive in defence and confident.
"That is a good sign and if we keep this up (practise matches with men's teams), the girls will be ready for Round 2 of the World League," Corrie said.