Team Kalinga Lancers the sixth team and the latest entrant this year in the Hero Hockey India League is all set to start their journey with a clash against Jaypee Punjab Warriors tomorrow at the all new stadium in Bhubaneswar after grand ceremony, which is expected to be Bobaal (out of the world).
The crowd will witness superstars Akash Das Nayak and Anu Choudhary and internationally acclaimed dancers locking and popping to a popular dance number. Harihar Dar the dancing sensation will also be seen putting the stage on fire. Riding high on glamour, the ceremony will also witness a spectacular sound and light show and an equally eye-dazzling laser show. This apart, some amazing fireworks display will keep the audiences hooked to their seats.
While Kalinga Lancers will be playing for the first time in the League this year, the players are not new to the world of hockey and hence should not be taken lightly. While there are players like Russell Ford and Glenn Simpson who were part of the League last year and represented different teams, hence have the experience of the first year and which will be a huge boost to the team.
All eyes will be on Terry Walsh’s team and how well he will be successful in grooming the boys to face the opponents and challenge of HHIL. The Head Coach will be hoping that his team creates the much required furor by playing good hockey and winning matches. This will open the tournament further post yesterday’s Ranchi Rhinos loss to the UP Wizards.
Speaking on the first match of HHIL, Captain Prabodh Tirkey said “tomorrow is our first match and everyone in the team is looking forward to play against Jaypee Punjab Warriors. They have already played two matches in the League and they look a confident lot, but we will give our best tomorrow and target to win our match against them”.
Speaking on the team and expectations Head Coach Terry Walsh said “while the time to bond together was less for the boys but they are coming up good. This will be our first match tomorrow against Jaypee Punjab Warriors and it will be interesting to see how well the boys play with each other under a pressure situation. While we will be playing at home tomorrow we have to ensure that we live up to the expectations of the crowd and start HHIL with a win this team has a strong defense and midfield and we will try using it for our advantage tomorrow.”
Post a big win against Dabur Mumbai Magicians, team Japyee Punjab Warriors is high on spirit and motivation and is looking at taking on Kalinga Lancers in the latter’s home ground. While Jaypee Punjab Warriors will be looking at carrying on their winning momentum it is yet to be seen how they will tackle a completely new team and a new ground. While the first two matches by the team was played in front of their home crowd, the team this time will be playing away from home and in front of a completely new audience.
Speaking on their match against Kalinga Lancers, Jamie Dwyer, Captain of Jaypee Punjab Warriors said “We are very disappointed with the way we lost to Delhi in our first game. The match against Mumbai was a much better game and the team played a well coordinated game. We are looking forward for our next game against Kalinga Lancers and are fully prepared to use our strength to fight and win against them. While the team is new we are not taking them lightly and hence will not lose focus during our game with them.”
Speaking on the team Barry Dancer, Coach, Jaypee Punjab Warriors said “The team is geared up to meet the challenge of Kalinga Lancers. We know we will be playing on their home ground and in a city which is known for its love for hockey hence the crowd support will be huge for them. Except for few areas, I think the boys played well against Dabur Mumbai Magicians. We need to keep this momentum going and improve ourselves with every game in the tournament.”
The ceremony will kick off in the evening at 6:15 pm while the match is slated to begin at 8:00 pm. Tickets for the match are available at www.ticketgenie.in, ‘Kalinga Stadium Box office’ and ‘The Mobile Store’ outlets.