Tough Match for Punjab Warriors as they face Ranchi Rays in Ranchi

Jaypee Punjab Warriors, who have already sealed their place in the Semi-Final of Hero Hockey India League 2015, will face Ranchi Rays at Ranchi tomorrow, February 10, 2015> This will be the first clash between the top two teams of the points’ table and a possible pre-match of the semi-final. Jaypee Punjab Warriors is leading the table with 28 points where as Ranchi Rays is at second place with 24 points.

Youngsters Sumit Toppo and Affan Yousuf in Jaypee Punjab Warriors' training session at Ranchi during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Youngsters Sumit Toppo and Affan Yousuf in Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ training session at Ranchi during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays, who have remained unbeatable at their home ground with two draws and two wins, will face a tough challenge against the star-studded Jaypee Punjab Warriors who have specialised players in every department. Leading from the front is the top goal-scorer Sandeep Singh, who scored a hat-trick against the defending champions Delhi Waveriders in their previous match and very much specialised in penalty corners. The Barry Dancer boys will stick to their strategy of earning maximum penalty corners and leave it to Sandeep Singh to convert them. Ranchi Rays Head Coach Harendra Singh has to think out of the box to restrict Sandeep Singh from scoring goals in the penalty corners, otherwise they may have to see a disappointing score-line in the first half. Continue reading →

#IWC2015: Netherlands men & women take the titles in Leipzig

  • Netherlands men & women take the titles in Leipzig
  • Germany men & Czech Republic women claim Bronze medals

8th February 2015: The Netherlands have achieved a dazzling double success at the Indoor Hockey World Cup, with both the men’s and women’s national teams winning the Gold medals in front of a sell-out crowd at the Arena Leipzig in Germany.

Netherlands men's and women's champions of FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup 2015

Netherlands men’s and women’s champions of FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup 2015

The Dutch women took their title in dramatic style, defeating host nation Germany in a shoot-out in front of a passion-filled audience. A late goal from Claire Verhage cancelled out a lead that Germany held for the majority of a pulsating match, with Netherlands keeper Adinda Alberts making three saves in the shoot-out to give the Netherlands the title and break the hearts of the host nation in the process. Continue reading →

First Win for Dabang Mumbai, beat Kalinga Lancers 2-1

Hosts Dabang Mumbai kept their nerves to edge past Kalinga Lancers by 2-1 to record their first win in Hero Hockey India League. With the win in a must win match for both the teams, the Mumbai side mentored by former Indian Hockey Captain Viren Rasquinha earned five points to close the point’s gap with Delhi Waveriders and be in contention for a place in semi final.

Dabang Mumbai celebrate a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Jeremy Hayward of Dabang Mumbai celebrate his goal during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Opening seconds of the first quarter saw Kalinga Lancers immediately attack the D of Dabang Mumbai and Lucas Vila missed a golden opportunity to score for his team. Five minutes into the quarter Dabang Mumbai got their first penalty corner but was missed by Tom Boon. Both sides continued to defend flawlessly, not giving the other to score and take the lead, resulting in the session ending without any goals getting scored. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rays edge UP Wizards by 1-0, stay on course for Semis

Ranchi Rays edged past Uttar Pradesh Wizards by 1-0 at their home turf, Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Morabadi (Ranchi) to stay on course for semi-final spot and rooted to second place in points table in ongoing Hero Hockey India League 2015.

Ranchi Rays celebrate the goal by Ashley Jackson during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays celebrate the goal by Ashley Jackson during Hero Hockey India League 2015

With both Ranchi Rays and Uttar Pradesh Wizards sitting with a total of 19 points after playing six matches each in the season, were seen battling it out today in Ranchi, in order to take their respective lead a notch up in the league. Where Uttar Pradesh Wizards showed a skilful game, hosts Ranchi Rays stole the show by defeating the visiting team 1-0. It was yet again Ashley Jackson who stood tall for his team and scored the sole goal for the match which helped his team register the win for the day. Continue reading →

Haryana vs Odisha and Jharkhand vs Services in Semis of National Games, Kerala

The ongoing 35th National Games today saw Men Hockey teams playing for the semi-final spot at the New Hockey Stadium, Kollam (Kerala), Jharkhand and Haryana topped their Pools ‘A’ and ‘B’ respectively to set semi finals against Services and Odisha respectively. The semi-finals will be played on 10th February 2015 where all four teams will look at beating the opponent and reaching the Finale of the prestigious 35th National Games.

Haryana team during a team bonding session during National Games 2015 in Kollam Kerala

Haryana team during a team bonding session during National Games 2015 in Kollam Kerala

In Pool ‘A’, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh won two matches each and locked at 4 points each, but on the basis of better goal difference, Jharkhand and Odisha advanced to final four. Haryana were the clear winners in Pool ‘B’ with 5 points from two wins and a draw, followed by Services with 4 points from two wins in three matches. Points table and detailed results of 35th National Games (Men Hockey) are given here:

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Jaypee Punjab Warriors Enter Semis in Style with 7-0 win over Delhi Waveriders

Last edition’s finalists, Jaypee Punjab Warriors scored 7 past the defending Champions Delhi Waveriders to be the first team to reach Semi Finals of 3rd Hero Hockey India League 2015 in style. The match saw second hattrick of the season as Indian drag flick specialist Sandeep Singh scored 3 goals for his team.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors stuck to the plan chalked out by Head Coach Barry Dancer, to start the game with speed rather than coming into form slowly and in the process allowing the opponents to score the initial goals. Following the strategy, Jaypee Punjab Warriors struck just ten minutes into the game and thereon there was no looking back as they rained goals on the defending Champions leaving them stunned and frustrated.

Sandeep Singh Jaypee Punjab Warriors celebrates one his goals during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Sandeep Singh Jaypee Punjab Warriors celebrates one his goals during Hero Hockey India League 2015

In the first quarter of the match, table-toppers Jaypee Punjab Warriors started the match with their skilful domination and acute ball possession while keeping the visitors busy with their continuous attacks. In the tenth minute, Jaypee Punjab Warriors managed to earn a crucial penalty corner where the teams’ deadly duo – Jamie Dwyer and Sandeep Singh – took their favourite positions. Among the world’s best drag-flickers, Australia’s Jamie injected the ball into the pack and Sandeep Singh did not waste a moment to hit the ball hard into the box, beating Delhi Waveriders’ defenders and goal-keeper Rassie Pieterse. The 1-0 lead boosted the morale of the team and they fiercely attacked the opponents’ to score more goals. Continue reading →