The Fans of HockeyEventsHockey India LeagueSix Teams after Closed Bid for Hockey India League 2015

New Delhi, 15 November 2014: New Franchise Dabang Mumbai mentored by former Indian Captain Viren Rasquinha bought two most costliest players, Tom Boon and Matthew Swann, of bid for the upcoming Hero Hockey India League 2015 to counter others having the likes Sardar Singh, Jamie Dwyer, Moritz Fürste, etc.

Coaches, Mentors and Owners of Hockey India League franchises Delhi Waveriders. Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Kalinga Lancers, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays during closed bids

Coaches, Mentors and Owners of Hockey India League franchises Delhi Waveriders. Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Kalinga Lancers, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays during closed bids

All the six franchises which includes defending champions Delhi Waveriders alongwith Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Kalinga Lancers, Jaypee Punjab Warriors and new franchise owners Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays, were seen bidding their best numbers to get hold of players for their respective squad and ensuring the right amalgamation for their teams.

The Hero HIL Players Closed Bid 2014 for edition of 2015 saw some dramatic bidding for a total of 149 players amongst the six franchises which includes 95 domestic and 54 foreign players. It was Belgium striker Tom Boon which was the most fought amongst the franchise and was finally bagged by Dabang Mumbai at USD 103000 and a price which is the highest that any player in the Hero Hockey India League has been bought for when compared to the last two editions. This was followed by Australian Defender Matthew Swann being also picked by Dabang Mumbai for USD 78000 and closely followed by Uttar Pradesh Wizards picking up the most sought after Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh for USD 69000 and Ranchi Rays going for Australian Striker, Trent Mitton for USD 67000.

With Tom Boon securing USD 103000 for the 4 week-long tournament this now puts hockey players equivalent to the European Football Players wherein Tom Boon earns USD 20000 a week in the upcoming edition of Hero Hockey India League.

Speaking on the occasion, Elena Norman, CEO, Hockey India League said, “It was a successful closed bid session today. All franchises went for the players that they had targeted and ensured that they bid for them successfully. Tom Boon the highest bid player today, picked by Dabang Mumbai becomes the highest paid player of all 3 seasons. With the end of the Bid session today we see yet another season of thrilling action on the field where every team will look at securing the most awaited title and being the Champions of the Hero Hockey India League.

Speaking on their new outing, Viren Rasquinha, Strartegic Advisor and Chief Mentor, Dabang Mumbai and former captain of Indian Hockey team said, “We bought Tom Boon who is presently the most complete player in the hockey world. We even managed to have a balanced squad and we are happy that we bagged 5-6 players who are Mumbaikars to the core. Our focus was to give opportunity to the young players from Mumbai and we have ensured that through this bid

Dabang Mumbai LogoDabang Mumbai Team:
Adrian D’Souza (India, Goalkeeper); Anup Amarpal Valmiki (India, Forward); Nilakanta Sharma (India, Midfielder); Harmanpreet Singh (India, Defender); Vinaya Vokkaliga Swamy (India, Midfielder); Amit Gowda (India, Defender); Tyron Pereira (India, Midfielder); Santa Singh (India, Midfielder); Rajat Sharma (India, Midfielder); Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (India, Midfielder); Vikas Vishnu Pillay (India, Midfielder); Bharat (India, Forward); Arjun Halappa (India, Midfielder); Vikram Vishnu Pillay (India, Midfielder); Tom Boon (Belgium, Forward); Matthew Swann (Australia, Midfielder); Glenn Turner (Australia, Forward); David Harte (Ireland, Goalkeeper); Jeremy Hayward (Australia, Defender); Nick Catlin (England, Midfielder); Timothy Deavin (Australia, Defender); Tomas Prochazka (Czech Republic, Defender); Floris Evers (Netherlands, Midfielder); Conor Harte (Ireland, Defender).

Speaking post the bidding, Coach Cedric D’souza, Delhi Waveriders said, “We had a small void in our thinking plan for betterment of our team and we have bid accordingly. Fortunately we got what we were targeting for and its now a question how well we gel as a unit and perform best to our ability. We are also very fortunate to have a franchise to support us in every way and in a very active in the process of selection of the players as well as interacting with them”.

Delhi Waveriders Logo

Delhi Waveriders Team:
Imran Khan (India, Forward); Danish Mujtaba (India, Forward); Akashdeep Singh (India, Forward); Gurvinder Singh Chandi (India, Forward); Talwinder Singh (India, Forward); Yuvraj Walmiki (India, Forward); Bipin Kishor Kerketta (India, Midfielder); Surender Kumar (India, Defender); Gurbaj Singh (India, Midfielder); Sardar Singh (India, Midfielder); Rupinder Pal Singh (India, Defender); Armaan Qureshi (India, Forward); Gurpreet Singh (India, Goalkeeper); Diwakar Ram (India, Defender); Matt Gohdes (Australia, Forward); Tristan White (Australia, Defender); Pirmin Blaak (Netherlands, Goalkeeper); Jason Wilson (Australia, Forward); Simon Child (New Zealand, Forward); Steven Edwards (New Zealand, Defender); Tim Drummond (South Africa, Midfielder); Lloyd Norris-Jones (South Africa, Forward); Andres Mir Bel (Spain, Defender); Andrew Hayward (New Zealand, Defender).

Speaking on the players that Jaypee Punjab Warriors bagged, Coach Jagbir Singh said, “We are happy to have successfully picking up Mid-fielder Simranjeet Singh for USD 24000, a promising youngster and has also been a part of the group of young players from Punjab. His inclusion helps us beef our mid-field position in the team”.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors LogoJaypee Punjab Warriors Team:
Bharat Chetri (India, Goalkeeper); Sandeep Singh (India, Defender); Dharamvir Singh (India, Forward); Gaganpreet Singh (India, Defender); Gurmail Singh (India, Midfielder); Malak Singh (India, Forward); Affan Yousuf (India, Forward); Shivendra Singh (India, Forward); S V Sunil (India, Forward); Satbir Singh (India, Forward); Gurinder Singh (India, Midfielder); Jarmanpreet Singh (India, Midfielder); Varun Kumar (India, Defender); Simranjeet Singh (India, Midfielder); Lucas Rey (Argentina, Midfielder); Jamie Dwyer (Marquee) (Australia, Forward); Kieran Govers (Australia, Forward); Rob Hammond (Australia, Midfielder); Simon Orchard (Australia, Midfielder); Christopher Ciriello (Australia, Defender); Mark Knowles (Australia, Defender); Jaap Stockman (Netherlands, Goalkeeper); Jake Whetton (Australia, Forward); Agustin Mazilli (Argentina, Midfielder).

Speaking on the occasion Rina Mohapatra, Deputy Resident Comissioner, Odisha representing Kalinga Lancers said, “As Kalinga Lancers started from the 2nd edition of Hero Hockey India League, we had very little options of players of our choice. But the players in their first season itself played upto mark even if we were the new entrants to the League. In this years bid we were looking forward to strengthen our team further and finally we got the players of our choice. We are targeting this time to rise up in the ladder”.

Kalinga Lancers LogoKalinga Lancers Team:
Harjot Singh (India, Goalkeeper); Mandeep Antil (India, Forward); Mohd. Amir Khan (India, Midfielder); Dipsan Tirkey (India, Defender); David Minz (India, Midfielder); Mohd. Nizammudin (India, Forward); Vickram Kanth (India, Midfielder); Devinder Sunil Walmiki (India, Midfielder); Vikas Sharma (India, Midfielder); Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (India, Forward); Roshan Minz (India, Forward); Gurjinder Singh (India, Defender); Pradhan Sommanna Pudiyokkada (India, Forward); Ryan Archibald (New Zealand, Midfielder); Kiel Brown (Australia, Midfielder); Lucas Villa (Argentina, Forward); Gonzalo Peillat (Argentina, Defender); Ramon Alegre (Spain, Defender); Roca Oliva Isern (Spain, Midfielder); Russell Ford (Australia, Forward); Glenn Simpson (Australia, Midfielder); Aran Zalewski (Australia, Defender); Andrew Charter (Australia, Goalkeeper).

Speaking on the auctions, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Team Owners Ranchi Rays and Captain of Indian Cricket team said, “Being a sportsman myself, it is indeed a pleasure for me to conduce to the same spirit of sportsmanship in the game of hockey too. Our team Ranchi Rays has come up with some of the finest players for this year’s edition of the league and I have full faith that the players will bring many laurels to the sport of hockey”.

Ranchi Rays LogoRanchi Rays Team:
Sushant Tirkey (India, Goalkeeper); Stanli Victor Minz (India, Forward); Amon Mirash Tirkey (India, Forward); Mandeep Singh (India, Forward); Parvinder Singh (India, Forward); Prabhdeep Singh (India, Midfielder); Khandangbam Kothajit Singh (India, Midfielder); Birendra Lakra (India, Defender); Manpreet Singh (India, Midfielder); Amit Rohidas (India, Defender); Ajitesh Roy (India, Midfielder); Ajay Yadav (India, Forward); Anand Lakra (India, Defender); Pawan Kumar (India, Forward); Fergus Kavanagh (Australia, Defender); Ashley Jackson (England, Midfielder); Moritz Fürste (Germany, Midfielder); Nicolas Wilson (New Zealand, Forward); Barry Middleton (England, Midfielder); Austin Smith (South Africa, Midfielder); Justin Reid-Ross (South Africa, Defender); Francisco Cortes (Spain, Goalkeeper); Trent Mitton (Australia, Forward); Daniel Beale (Australia, Midfielder).

Speaking on the event Abhijit Sarkar, Director, Sahara Adventure Sports Ltd. said, “We have always believed in promoting the best Indian talent in Hockey. We are proud to add India’s Hero from the 2014 Asian Games, PR Sreejesh to our team this year. With him and three extremely distinguished players that we have selected, we are happy about how the Uttar Pradesh Wizards is shaping up this year. I am confident that with these new players in our squad, Uttar Pradesh Wizards can take their game even to a higher level in 2015 edition of Hero Hockey India League

Uttar Pradesh Wizards LogoUttar Pradesh Wizards Team:
M Gunasekar (India, Forward); Tushar Khandker (India, Forward); Ramandeep Singh (India, Forward); Nikin Thimmaiah (India, Forward); Nithin Thimmaiah (India, Forward); S K Uthappa (India, Forward); Harmanpreet Singh Bal (India, Forward); Jasjit Singh Kular (India, Forward); Pardeep Mor (India, Midfielder); Harjeet Singh (India, Midfielder); V R Raghunath (India, Defender); Harbir Singh (India, Defender); Sreejesh PR (India, Goalkeeper); Sumit (India, Midfielder); George Bazeley (Australia, Goalkeeper); Eddie Ockenden (Australia, Midfielder); Kumar Subramaniam (Malaysia, Goalkeeper); Jeroen Hertzberger (Netherlands, Forward); Alexander Baart (Netherlands, Midfielder); Marcel Balkestein (Netherlands, Defender); Jolie Wouter (Netherlands, Defender); David Alegre (Spain, Midfielder); Bob De Voogd (Netherlands, Midfielder); Shea McAleese (New Zealand, Midfielder).

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