Ranchi Rays ready to host Dabang Mumbai

Post holding the defending Champions Delhi Waveriders at 2-2 for a draw in their last game, Ranchi Rays is eagerly waiting in the wings to take on Dabang Mumbai in the next match of Hero Hockey India League slated to be played on 28 January 2015, at Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Ranchi. While Ranchi Rays will be looking at winning this game in order to share the top position with Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the points table, Dabang Mumbai will aspire to register their first triumph in the ongoing League.

Ranchi Rays in a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays in a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Prior to this, the two teams have met once in this edition of Hockey India League where Barry Middleton’s brace had helped the guest team- Ranchi Rays to defeat Dabang Mumbai by 2-1 in Mumbai. Where Ranchi Rays will try to repeat their last performance against Dabang Mumbai, the latter will put in all efforts to ensure the same errors are not replicated and will seek to turn the tables in their favour. Continue reading →

Ranchi vs Delhi and Punjab vs UP in HIL on Republic Day of India

Post their electrifying win yesterday over Dabang Mumbai, Ranchi Rays looks to be finding its form in the ongoing 3rd edition of the Hero Hockey India League as they face Delhi Waveriders in Ranchi while Uttar Pradesh Wizards are all geared up to face the confident Jaypee Punjab Warriors on their home turf in Mohali (Schedule and results here).

Jaypee Punjab Warriors Hero Hockey India League

Jaypee Punjab Warriors Hero Hockey India League

On the other hand post their 2-2 draw against Uttar Pradesh Wizards in their opening game of Hockey India League in Lucknow, the Sardar Singh led Delhi Waveriders team still looks confident of stamping their dominance in the League. With both the teams looking at a win tomorrow at 1700 HRS IST it will yet again be an exciting clash in the League which has been witnessing each team giving their best and showcasing that they are no less than the other. Continue reading →

Riding on Middleton’s Brace Ranchi Rays defeat Dabang Mumbai by 2-1

Ranchi Rays bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Dabang Mumbai in Mumbai after losing their 1st match to Kalinga Lancers. After conceding a goal in the 3rd quarter in Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Ranchi Rays turned the match to their side with the help of double strike from Barry Middleton and defeated the host team by 2-1 in the 4th match of the Hero HIL 2015.

Ranchi Rays celebrate their victory during Hero Hockey India League

Ranchi Rays celebrate their victory against Dabang Mumbai during Hero Hockey India League

In the 1st quarter, Ranchi Rays successfully kept the ball in their possession and dominated the quarter with their high-spirited game. They continuously attacked on the opponents’ half and created many opportunities, but they faced the strong defence of Dabang Mumbai, who restricted their attacks. Ranchi Rays got their best chance to score where they managed to earn a crucial penalty corner in the 15th minute. Rays Justin Reid Ross received the shot and hit hard towards the box, but the gutsy midfielder Vikas Pillay thwarted the shot and failed the visitors’ attempt. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rays looking forward to face Dabang Mumbai in Mumbai

Ranchi Rays and newly formed Dabang Mumbai are gearing up to face each tomorrow at the latter’s home ground in the pool stage of the Hero Hockey India League. While Ranchi Rays played and lost its first match against Kalinga Lancers yesterday which was also the inaugural match of the League, Dabang Mumbai will play their second match against Ranchi Rays post playing a 3-3 against last edition’s finalists Jaypee Punjab Warriors today at Mumbai.

Ranchi Rays Logo

Playing their first match yesterday, the Ashley Jackson led Ranchi Rays lost their match against the boys of Jude Felix. The key take away from the match against Kalinga Lancers was Ashley Jackson’s 2 penalty corner conversions and Barry Middleton’s beautifully penetrated field goal.

Going into their second match, Ranchi Rays will be looking at their defence coming out good and all will depend on Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas alongwith Goalkeeper Lovell Tyler and Sushant Tirkey to ensure that the opponents forwards are kept at bay and do not find it easy to penetrate the D of Ranchi Rays. Continue reading →

Double header on day 2 of Hockey India League 2015

The 2nd day of 3rd Hero Hockey India League will see double, in first one defending champions Delhi Waveriders take on Uttar Pradesh Wizards in Lucknow and Jaypee Punjab Warriors will challenge Dabang Mumbai in Mumbai.

Uttar Pradersh Wizards practices ahead of Hockey India League 2015 opener

Uttar Pradersh Wizards practices ahead of Hockey India League 2015 opener

Dabang Mumbai and Jaypee Punjab Warriors will be seen battling it out in their Hockey India League 2015 opener on 23 January 2015 (tomorrow) at 1900 HRS (IST) at Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai and will be telecasted LIVE on Star Sports, while Delhi Waveriders will take on Uttar Pradesh Wizards at 1500 HRS (IST). Entry to the stadium for all the Hockey India League matches in Lucknow is free.

Last when both the teams had met was in the semi-final match of the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League wherein UP Wizards lost the match to Delhi Waveriders which stopped them from reaching the Finale. With Uttar Pradesh Wizards looking at pay back where they lost to Delhi Waveriders by 1 goal to 0, Sardar Singh led team would be aware of this and will not allow the opponents of getting the better of them. Continue reading →

Hero Hockey India League 2015: Schedule and Results

Hero Hockey India League 2015

Hero Hockey India League LogoTeams: Dabang Mumbai, Delhi Waveriders, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Kalinga Lancers, Ranchi Rays and Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Venues: Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Mohali, Lucknow, Mumbai and Ranchi.
Live telecast details of Hero Hockey India League 2015:
Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD 1 in India

Live streaming online on starsports.com

Points Table of Hockey India League 2015 here:

Hockey India League 2015 Points Table

The detailed schedule and results of Hockey India League 2015 here: Continue reading →