Will Mumbai Magicians settle the score against Delhi Waveriders

Monday’s game 21st January: Mumbai Magicians vs Delhi Waveriders at the Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium at 8:00PM.

Mumbai, 20th January 2013: Having been hold for draw (1-1) in their first away game by Uttar Pradesh Wizards on Saturday, Delhi Waveriders would be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Mumbai Magicians in the Hero Hockey India League in Mumbai on Monday.

Mumbai Magicians vs Delhi Waveriders

Mumbai Magicians vs Delhi Waveriders

The waveriders will start with the confidence of winning (2-1) their earlier tie after surviving Penalty Stroke in last minute on which Sandeep Singh found both vertical bars of post and missed it, on 16th January in Delhi.

Even though after being held by Wizards, Waveriders went to the top of the points table at the end of their game against them. Waveriders team management will be worried about the failure to convert chances into goals which would have fetched them better results, though the Delhi outfit have been good outings on the turf and are unbeaten in their first three outings including a draw. Continue reading →

Mumbai Magicians will face Punjab Warriors in 1st Home Match

Sunday Game – 20th January: Mumbai Magicians vs Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium at 8:00 PM.

Mumbai, 19 January 2013: Two teams that surprisingly find themselves at the bottom of the points table face each other when Jaypee Punjab Warriors take on Mumbai Magicians in Mumbai on Sunday.

Shivendra Singh, Barry Dancer and Jamie Dwyer in Jaypee Punjab Warriors Team Press Conference at Mahindra Hockey Stadium Mumbai

Shivendra Singh, Barry Dancer and Jamie Dwyer in Jaypee Punjab Warriors Team Press Conference at Mahindra Hockey Stadium Mumbai

In this evening game, Magicians would play for the first time at home this season. Warriors have had a horrendous start to their campaign, losing three games on the trot. Magicians’ start to the event hasn’t been any better, losing both their games so far, including the loss to Ranchi Rhinos on Friday evening.

For both the teams, Sunday’s game is as much a challenge mentally, as it is physically. Keeping their morale high despite having suffered a poor start is something that both the team managements would be trying to do. Mumbai Magicians were outplayed by a spirited Ranchi Rhinos team on Friday evening, and Magicians would need to recover quickly from that loss. They opted to sit back and weather the storm on Friday, and paid a heavy price for it, as Rhinos had already scored three goals by the end of the second quarter. Continue reading →

Clinical Ranchi Rhinos beat Mumbai Magicians 3-1

Ranchi, 18 January 2013: Ranchi Rhinos sounded the warning bells for all their opponents scheduled to visit the citadel of the Jharkhand team when they outplayed Mumbai Magicians 3-1 in their first home game of the Hero Hockey India League here on Friday.

Mandeep Singh celebrates after scoring 2nd Goal for Ranchi Rhinos

Mandeep Singh celebrates after scoring 2nd Goal for Ranchi Rhinos

The Gregg Clark coached side, whose slogan is ‘Nas nas mein hockey’ (hockey is in our blood), rode on the vociferous support of their supporters at the jam-packed Birsa Munda Hockey stadium to register their second straight victory in the competition and go on top of the league standings (current standings here) with 10 points.

Delhi Waveriders also have 10 points from two encounters but the Rhinos took the pole position due to better goal difference. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rhinos to face Mumbai Magicians in their First Home Game

Ranchi Rhions vs Mumbai Magicians at 8PM on 18th Jan at Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Ranchi

Ranchi, 17 January 2013: Two teams with different starts will go head to head in the Hero Hockey India League, when Ranchi Rhinos take on Mumbai Magicians at home on Friday.

Ranchi Rhinos

Ranchi Rhinos

Ranchi Rhinos got off to a good start on Wednesday, when they handed Jaypee Punjab Warriors their second successive defeat in an away game. Rhinos, who have invested a lot in local talent, defended extremely well towards the end stages of the game on Wednesday, and the team management would love to see a similar performance from the backline against Magicians.

Mumbai Magicians suffered a 1-2 loss at the hands of Delhi Waveriders on Wednesday, and would be keen to score a win against Rhinos to get their campaign back on track. Having lost the opener in Delhi, Magicians have now travelled to Ranchi, leaving them with very less time to prepare for Friday’s game. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders survive anxious moments to beat Mumbai Magicians 2-1

New Delhi, 16 January, 2013: Delhi Waveriders survived an anxious last few minutes to defeat Mumbai Magicians 2-1 and consolidate their lead at the top of the inaugural Hero Hockey India League with 10 points from two encounters.

Lloyd Norris-Jones of Delhi Waveriders scored the winner goal for his team against Mumbai Magicians

Lloyd Norris-Jones of Delhi Waveriders scored the winner goal for his team against Mumbai Magicians

The hosts, who had beaten Jaypee Punjab Warriors in their tournament opener, dominated the game against the Magicians for the first three quarters at the Major DhyanChand National Stadium but their profligacy in front of the opposition goal almost came back to haunt them in the dying minutes.

Despite a penalty corner conversion by Rupinder Pal Singh (27) and a fine goal by South African Lloyd Norris-Jones (48), the Delhi Waveriders could have ended up dropping three points had the upright not come to their rescue in the last minute.

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Delhi Waveriders Gear-up against Mumbai Magicians

New Delhi, 15 January 2013: Having got off to a good start in the Hero Hockey India League, Delhi Waveriders would try to maintain their position at the top of the points table as they take on Mumbai Magicians at home in Wednesday’s second game on Wednesday.

Rupinder Pal Singh and Simon Child of Delhi Waveriders (HIL)

Rupinder Pal Singh and Simon Child of Delhi Waveriders (HIL) will need to be in their elements against Mumbai Magicians

Waveriders began the game against Jaypee Punjab Warriors with a very high tempo, and could have gone ahead in the first minute of the game. Waveriders would be hoping to get another equally good or even better start against the Mumbai Magicians, who have got some very dangerous players in their side.

Germany’s Oskar Deecke and Gurwinder Singh Chandi scored a goal each in the space of eight minutes that gave Waveriders a 2-1 win on Monday. And the Waveriders’ think tank would expect a similar performance from Deecke and Chandi. Continue reading →