The Waveriders went ahead with a fine strike by Simon Child, Austin Smith drew the hosts level through a drag flick on a PC with a little bit of variation. And in the final quarter, Manpreet Singh’s strike on PC sealed the title for the hosts, who had 12th man with them i.e. a packed capacity crowd.
Ranchi Rhions the Hockey India League 2013 Champions
Ranchi Rhions Celebrating with young Mandeep Singh on their shoulders
Manpreet Singh and Moritz Fürste lifting the HIL Trophy
Ranchi, 10 February 2013: Four goals, including a golden goal from skipper Raghunath right in the last minute of extra time earned Uttar Pradesh Wizards a 4-3 win over Jaypee Punjab Warriors in an absolute thriller of a third place play-off game of the Hero Hockey India League at Birsa Munda Astroturf Hockey Stadium on Sunday.
V R Raghunath won bronze for Uttar Pradesh Wizards
Trailing 0-3 at one stage, Wizards came back with Raghunath scoring a hat-trick, all through drag flicks, to force and extra time. Raghunath then scored his fourth from another drag flick to ensure that Wizards got the bronze medal, and earned prize money of Rs 75 lakhs.
Jaypee Punjab Warriors completely dominated the first quarter. They showed a lot of intensity, and aggression, and were rewarded for it with a couple of goals. Gurmail Singh entered the Wizards’ D, and put the ball on Nithin’s leg to earn Warriors their first penalty corner. Mark Knowles took the drag flick, and fired the ball low to the right of diving Bazeley. The ball beat Bazeley for pace and angle and entered the net to give Warriors the lead. Continue reading →
Ranchi, 10 January 2013: Consistent Delhi Waveriders and fluent Ranchi Rhinos will fight it out in front of Ranchi crowd to decide who will be crowned the winner of the inaugural Hero Hockey India to get richer by Rs 2.5 crore on Sunday.
The two teams booked a date in the summit clash in contrasting fashion with the Rhinos clinching the victory (4-2) over Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the first semi-final, while Waveriders outplayed the Warriors but required a 68th minute strike from Lloyd Norris Jones to seal a 3-1 victory on Saturday. Continue reading →
Ranchi, 09 February 2013: Delhi Waveriders booked summit clash against Ranchi Rhinos in the Hero Hockey India League by beating Jaypee Punjab Warriors 3-1 in the second semi-final at Birsa Munda Astroturf Hockey Stadium on Saturday.
Lloyd Norris-Jones scored 3rd goal of Delhi Waveriders on this run down in a counter attack
Goals from Andres Mir Bel, Rupinder Pal Singh and Lloyd Norris-Jones were enough to put Waveriders, the group toppers of the league stage, in the final. Warriors would now play with Uttar Pradesh Wizards for the third place play-off.
The first 10 minutes of the match was played a in the midfield . There were not too many clear scoring opportunities in that period, but it all changed when Waveriders earned a penalty corner. Ignace Tirkey, under no pressure, failed to stop a regulation ball, which rose from his stick, and hit his body. In a surprise variation, Rupinder Pal Singh pretended to be taking the drag flick, but actually just held the ball for Andres Mir Bel, who slotted home the strike, beating charging goalie Bharat Chetri to put Waveriders ahead. Continue reading →
Ranchi, 9 February 2013: Ranchi Rhinos made sure that they play in the first ever Hero Hockey India League final in front of home crowd, as they beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards 4-2 in the semi-final at Birsa Munda Astroturf Hockey Stadium on Saturday.
Mandeep Singh scoring 1st goal of the day as Ashley Jackson support and George Bazeley tries to catch on
A brace each from Mandeep Singh and Nick Wilson was good enough to see the hosts through. For wizards, Nithin Thimmiah scored both the goals.
“It was anybody’s game at 2-2, but the Rhinos utilised their chances better. Our strength is equal but today was not our day. Our first two goals were big disappointments. But, we will lift our game and raise our game for tomorrow’s match,” Wizards’ skipper Raghunath said. Continue reading →