HIL 2015 Semis are here: Ranchi Rays vs UP Wizards and Pujab Warriors vs Delhi Waveriders

The third edition of Hero Hockey India League (HIL 2015) has reached its business with semi-finals and finals scheduled to be played this weekend at Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi. With Uttar Pradesh Wizards facing Ranchi Rays and Jaypee Punjab Warriors taking on Delhi Waveriders for places in finals, the HIL 2015 is in interesting stage where Delhi team is looking for third successive final appearance while Wizards have set their eyes on first ever appearance in the summit clash of the league.

Delhi Waveriders at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Delhi Waveriders at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

It is a clash which Jaypee Punjab Warriors have been waiting for since the Finale of the second season of Hero HIL. The aim is to undo that result and finish the job with a win. And prior to the semis, the Wizards and Rays have clashed twice in the league games of 3rd Hero HIL with Ranchi Rays emerging victorious in both the matches as Uttar Pradesh Wizards went down struggling to lose the games by only a whisker. Continue reading →

With an eye on top spot, Ranchi Rays face Delhi Waveriders tomorrow in Delhi

With a secured berth in the semi finals of the Hero Hockey India League 2015, Ranchi Rays will play against Delhi Waveriders in their next match at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi tomorrow. While Delhi Waveriders will be looking to encash this opportunity to the maximum in order to strengthen their position in the league, Ranchi Rays will aim for a win with an intention to ascend to the top of the points table.

Ranchi Rays captain Ashley Jackson lead during a training session during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Ranchi Rays captain Ashley Jackson lead during a training session during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Last time the two teams met the match was drawn at 2-2. While it was Delhi Waveriders which had opened the match strongly, Ranchi Rays came back into the game and ensured that they drew the match. Tomorrow both the teams will look at completing what was left unfinished in their last meeting. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders Held Kalinga Lancers for 2-2 draw

Facing each other for the first time in the Hero Hockey India League 2015, Delhi Waveriders and hosts Kalinga Lancers gave a tough fight to each other as they settled for a 2-2 draw at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, today.

Kalinga Lancers will hosts Dabang Mumbai tomorrow, when the two sides met in Mumbai, both Kalinga Lancers and Dabang Mumbai gave a tough fight to each other but Dabang Mumbai managed to edge past Kalinga Lancers by a margin of just one goal. Currently, both the teams are sitting at the bottom of the Pool Table and will be striving to conquer the match in order to avoid finishing at the last position in the league.

Vikas Sharma Kalinga Lancers celebrates Hero Hockey India League 2015

Vikas Sharma Kalinga Lancers celebrates Hero Hockey India League 2015

An energetic first quarter of the match saw both Kalinga Lancers and Delhi Waveriders in an attacking mode as both the sides were trying to score the first goal in the match. Where Yuvraj Walmiki of Delhi Waveriders made a good run into the opponent’s D and failed to score the goal, Lucas Vila of Kalinga Lancers on the other hand, made a similar run but did not make any mistakes while firing in a field goal in the third minute of the game itself, helping Kalinga Lancers to take the lead by 1-0. Kalinga Lancers were dominating the first quarter as they were now penetrating Delhi Waveriders’ D more frequently, but goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi with his perfect saves and atheletic skills, did not allow Kalinga Lancers to add any further goals to their lead. Continue reading →

Kalinga Lancers to clash with Delhi Waveriders in Bhubaneswar

Kalinga Lancers and Delhi Waveriders will face each for the first time in the ongoing season of the Hero Hockey India League 2015, as they come on turf at Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium tomorrow at 1900 HRS (12th Feb).

Kalinga Lancers defending a penalty corner during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Kalinga Lancers defending a penalty corner during Hero Hockey India League 2015

With a total of 15 points to its tally, defending champions Delhi Waveriders have two wins, two losses and two draws to its name. Playing its seventh game of the League tomorrow against Kalinga Lancers, the Sardar Singh led Delhi Waveriders will bring into play their finest line-up and strategies with an aim to register a win against the Lancers and add five more points to its present tally. Undeterred by the support of the home crowd that the hosts will enjoy, the visiting team will step out on the turf to restrict the Lancers while creating as many scoring opportunities as possible for themselves. Continue reading →

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 →

League Toppers Punjab Warriors to host Delhi Waveriders in Mohali

Marching ahead in the Hero Hockey India League 2015, table toppers Jaypee Punjab Warriors and defending Delhi Waveriders will face each other in Mohali tomorrow. While Jaypee Punjab Warriors has to its credit four wins out of six matches played, Delhi Waveriders presently with two wins in its hand will be looking at escalating its spot in the points table. (Full Schedule, Points Table and Results here)

Jaypee Punjab Warriors Captain Jamie Dwyer at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Jaypee Punjab Warriors Captain Jamie Dwyer at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

With an added advantage of playing on their home ground and winning the last match against Delhi Waveriders, Jaypee Punjab Warriors seem more confident to face the Delhi Waveriders outfit and would be aiming at another victory and going up the ladder. Both the teams recently faced each other in Delhi where Jaypee Punjab Warriors had a convincing win against Delhi Waveriders by 3-1. Continue reading →