Clinical UP Wizards beat Kalinga Lancers 2-0 at Bhubaneswar

A match between Kalinga Lancers and Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the third edition of the Hero Hockey India League, played at the packed Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar today, witnessed the Wizards utilize best of the chances to beat the hosts by 2-0. Uttar Pradesh Wizards are now comfortably placed at the second position in the league table with 13 points, after Jaypee Punjab Warriors which is leading with 17 points in the League.

Action during Kalinga Lancers vs Uttar Pradesh Wizards match in Hero Hockey India League

Action during Kalinga Lancers vs Uttar Pradesh Wizards match in Hero Hockey India League

The first quarter of the match saw a tough challenge coming in from both Uttar Pradesh Wizards and hosts Kalinga Lancers. Both the teams were seen striving to make a break-through and take the lead in the match but the defence line-up at both ends held the fort strong and restricted each other from doing any damage. It was only in the 13th minute of the game when Bob De Voogd of Uttar Pradesh Wizards, sneaked his way into the host’s D and scored a field goal to give his team a much needed lead in the game. Continue reading →

Jaypee Punjab Warriors ready to face Kalinga Lancers in Bhubaneswar tomorrow

Confident Jaypee Punjab Warriors will take on the hosts Kalinga Lancers tomorrow in 2nd match (1900 Hrs IST) of the day in Hero Hockey India League 2015. On the day  of double headers, looking for season’s first win Delhi Waveriders will host Dabang Mumbai at 1700 Hrs IST.

Kalinga Lancers loosening some muscles during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Kalinga Lancers loosening some muscles during Hero Hockey India League 2015

After a thumping 3-1 victory against their arch-rivals Delhi Waveriders in Delhi on Friday 30 January 2015, Jaypee Punjab Warriors will aspire to maintain their winning run in the Hero Hockey India League 2015. Riding on three wins against Kalinga Lancers, Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Delhi Waveriders, the Mohali team is in its best form and leading the points-table with 17 points. A win against home team Kalinga Lancers tomorrow will boost their determination to win the title of Hero HIL 2015. Continue reading →

Dabang Mumbai face Waveriders in Delhi, Both Looking for 1st Win in 2015

The hosts and defending champions Delhi Waveriders will face Dabang Mumbai in the ongoing Hero Hockey India League, on 1 February 2015 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. Both Dabangs and Waveriders will be looking for their first win of the tournament, as so far none of them have registered a win to their name.

Dabang Mumbai at a warm up session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Dabang Mumbai at a warm up session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Sitting at the foot of the points table with 5 points apiece, both Dabang Mumbai and Delhi Waveriders have played three games each, drawing two and losing one, in the League as of yet. With the next game scheduled between the two, the teams will step out on the turf with their best line-up and strategies to take on each other and gain a winning momentum. This is the first time in this season of the League that these two teams will be locking horns and bringing into play the most excellent of their tried and tested strategies and game approaches against each other. Continue reading →

Jaypee Punjab Warriors came from behind to beat Delhi Waveriders

Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeated Delhi Waveriders by 3-1 after going down 0-1 early in the 10th league match of Hero Hockey India League 2015, played at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi today. Winning two matches and drawing one, the Jamie Dwyer-led Jaypee Punjab Warriors clinched the match after a spirited action-packed game against their arch-rivals Delhi Waveriders in front of a cheering crowd.

SV Sunil (Jaypee Punjab Warriors) and Danish Mujtaba (Delhi Waveriders) in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

SV Sunil (Jaypee Punjab Warriors) and Danish Mujtaba (Delhi Waveriders) in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

It was forward player Simon Child, who opened the account for Delhi Waveriders in the third minute of the match when he and his team-mate Akashdeep were charging the defenders from both the flanks. Akashdeep received a long pass from the New Zealand defender Andrew Hayward to his left and he dribbled-past a few defenders before hitting the ball hard into the box without giving any chance to Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ Dutch goalkeeper Jaap Stockman and Simon Child made sure the ball crossed the baseline. Displaying excellent teamwork, both helped the Delhi team to take the lead by 1-0 and putting pressure on their opponents early in the match. Conceding the first goal, Jaypee Punjab Warriors counter-attacked in the opponents’ half but failed to beat the defenders and the score remained 1-0 in the first quarter. Continue reading →

Kalinga Lancers strive for Revenge against UP Wizards in Bhubaneswar

After a disheartening defeat against Uttar Pradesh Wizards in their previous encounter at Lucknow, Kalinga Lancers will strive for revenge in Hero Hockey India League 2015 when they take on the Wizards tomorrow at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Experienced coach Jude Felix-led team is practicing various strategies to win the game on their home turf.

Kalinga Lancers at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Kalinga Lancers at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

On the other side, Uttar Pradesh Wizards are upbeat after their stunning 5-1 win against Kalinga Lancers. UP Wizards had scored four goals in the last eight minutes and earned 5 crucial points to topple Kalinga Lancers to 3rd position in their preview encounter. All the players are now riding on confidence and very much motivated after getting back their lost form and will go all out to maintain their winning spree after tasting their first win. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders ready to take on Punjab Warriors in 1st Home Game

Playing the first match on their home turf in Hero Hockey India League 2015, Delhi Waveriders is all geared up to take on Jaypee Punjab Warriors tomorrow at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. Both the teams last met at the finals of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League 2014 where Delhi Waveriders defeated Jaypee Punjab Warriors to claim the prestigious title. This year around while Delhi will yet again look at achieving the same feat, Punjab, with its formidable line-up, will aim to defeat the hosts tomorrow.

Delhi Waveriders team in a practice session in Hero Hockey India League

Delhi Waveriders team in a practice session in Hero Hockey India League

Of the three matches played in the League till now, Jaypee Punjab Warriors has won two and drawn one and are comfortably sitting on the top of the points table. On the other hand Delhi Waveriders who have played two matches and have drawn both will be eyeing for a win and claiming full 5 points. Continue reading →