HIL Champions DELHI WAVERIDERS: ~ Rok Sako toh Rok Lo ~

The third season of The Hockey India League 2015 is all prepared to set the ground on fire. The DELHI WAVERIDERS team, the Delhi franchise in the HIL, defending champions & winners of the last season, are set to play with all energy & courage to retain the title.

Delhi Waveriders Captain Sardar Singh posing with Hockey India League trophy along with coach and team-mates

Delhi Waveriders Captain Sardar Singh posing with Hockey India League trophy along with coach and team-mates

In an event organized at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, the team appeared with a fresh vigour and spirit. Cedric D Souza, team’s chief coach, welcomed 4 new players, Andrew Hayward, Diwakar Ram and Erasmus Pieterse & Gurpreet Singh into the team and presented them with the team’s jersey. The coach also shared the strategies that the team will follow to retain the title yet again.

Under the captaincy of Captain Sardar Singh and trained by Cedric D Souza, the team is all set to create a thunder on the grounds, defeating their opponents with their weapons – the Hockey Sticks. Ajit Pal Singh, Arjuna & Padma Shree Awardee is the Chief Mentor to the DELHI WAVERIDERS team. Continue reading →

Kalinga Lancers reveal team jersey and ‘Man of the Match’ Trophy for matches being played at Bhubaneswar

Kalinga Lancers revealed their new  team jersey for the upcoming season of Hero Hockey India League, starting January 22, 2015.  Lancers Captain Vickram Kanth and Head Coach Jude Felix launched their jersey today at Hotel Mayfair, followed by the team announcement of Kalinga Lancers and uncovering a gleaming golden ‘Man of the Match’ Trophy, one of its kinds, at the ceremony.

Kalinga Lancers for Hockey India League 2015

Kalinga Lancers for Hockey India League 2015

The Lancers will be seen sporting a vibrant orange and white coloured jersey proudly when they step out on their home turf against Ranchi Rays, at Kalinga Stadium on the first day of the League. The Kalinga Lancers jersey in this edition will don cosmetic changes which enhances the overall look and feel, making it appear more energetic and full of life. What stole the show was the ‘Man of the Match’ Trophy – that was unveiled keeping in view the craze and passion that the people of Bhubaneswar have in their hearts for Hockey. The unique golden-in-colour trophy has a figure of a player with a hockey stick in his hands, above a golden round ball which rightly conveys the message of taking the popular game to the entire world. It rests on a wooden stand with a plaque that exhibits the team’s logo on it with utmost pride. This is one of a kind trophy that the franchisee of Kalinga Lancers has introduced and will be awarded to the ‘Man of the Match’ for matches being played in Bhubaneswar. Continue reading →

Teams Finalizing Approach Towards Hero Hockey India League

As the third edition of the Hero Hockey India League is inching ever nearer, the thrill and excitement of the imminent challenge has began to build amongst all the teams and they were seen practicing rigorously with the entire team line-up at their respective home-turfs ahead of the League.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors ready with their new jerseys for Hero Hockey India League 2015

Jaypee Punjab Warriors ready with their new jerseys for Hero Hockey India League 2015

Studded with countless celebrated players from world over, the teams are resolute to put their final game-plans in place and make the most out of the last few practice sessions before the League kicks off on January 22. Under the proficient guidance of the very noted coaches and lead by competent Captains, each and every one of the six participating teams have almost finalised their game strategies for the first matches, with a sole aim to perform big and open the League on a winning note. Continue reading →

Six Teams after Closed Bid for Hockey India League 2015

New Delhi, 15 November 2014: New Franchise Dabang Mumbai mentored by former Indian Captain Viren Rasquinha bought two most costliest players, Tom Boon and Matthew Swann, of bid for the upcoming Hero Hockey India League 2015 to counter others having the likes Sardar Singh, Jamie Dwyer, Moritz Fürste, etc.

Coaches, Mentors and Owners of Hockey India League franchises Delhi Waveriders. Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Kalinga Lancers, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays during closed bids

Coaches, Mentors and Owners of Hockey India League franchises Delhi Waveriders. Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Kalinga Lancers, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays during closed bids

All the six franchises which includes defending champions Delhi Waveriders alongwith Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Kalinga Lancers, Jaypee Punjab Warriors and new franchise owners Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays, were seen bidding their best numbers to get hold of players for their respective squad and ensuring the right amalgamation for their teams. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders beat Punjab Warriors in shoot-out to win HIL 2014

Sardar Singh-led, Delhi Waveriders emerged the Champions of Hero Hockey India League post an exciting game of hockey which was both intense and nail-biting. The Delhi outfit, which co-owned by the Wave Group and bollywood actor John Abram, was successful in keeping their nerves intact to beat Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the penalty shoot-out to lift the glittering trophy at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi.

Delhi Waveriders celebrating as they became champions of Hero Hockey India League 2014

Delhi Waveriders celebrating as they became champions of Hero Hockey India League 2014

Earlier in the day, the defending champions, Ranchi Rhinos defeated Uttar Pradesh Wizards on shoot-out to finish third in this edition

The Grand Finale of Hero Hockey India League even witnessed the presence of many eminent dignitaries at Ranchi today. FIH President, Leandro Negre was seen in the VIP box alongwith FIH CEO, Kelly Fairweather. Also present for the occasion were Rajiv Shukla, Member Governing Council, Hero Hockey India League and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Arun Jaitley, Member Governing Council, Hero Hockey India League and Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha, Dr Narinder Batra, Chairman, Hero Hockey India League, Rajeev Mehta, Associate Vice President, Hero Hockey India League and Secretary General, IOA.

While Bollywood Actor and Co-owner of Delhi Waveriders, John Abraham, was seen at the dugout egging his team to go for the win.

Delhi Waveriders rode on goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi’s brilliant show under the bar to eke out a hard-fought 3-1 win over Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the shoot-out after the two teams ended the regulation time locked at 3-3.

In the shoot-out, Jaypee Punjab Warriors failed to get past an agile Jacobi in the first three attempts before Robert Hammond found the back of the net. But it came too late as Delhi Waveriders scored three out of their four shots to emerge as the champions.

Earlier, Jaypee Punjab Warriors made a dream start to the encounter and broke the deadlock in the second minute of the match through Mark Knowles’ field goal.

Trailing by a goal, Delhi Waveriders went on the offensive and earned a penalty corner soon, only to waste the opportunity.

From being 0-1 down, Delhi Waveriders went into half time leading 2-1 by scoring two goals in a span of three minutes.

First Llyod Norris Jones’ leveled the scores with a field goal in the 33rd minute after he was fed by Akashdeep Singh before skipper Sardar Singh (35th minute) registered his name in the scoresheet after a long hiatus through a rebound from a penalty corner.

But Jaypee Punjab Warriors struck twice in the third quarter through two field goals from Shivendra Singh (45th minute) and young Affan Yousuf (48th minute) to restore their lead.

It, however, did not take too long for Delhi Waveriders to level the scores. Yuvraj Walmiki (52nd minute) made the scoreline 3-3 by slotting home after receiving a diagonal pass from Andres Mir Bel.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors were in complete control of the fourth and final quarter but they failed to convert their chances into goal. Delhi Waveriders, on the other hand, relied on counter-attacks but they too failed to trouble the scorers as the match went into shoot-out.

The win made Delhi Waveriders richer by Rs. 2.5 crore, while the Warriors will pocket Rs. 1.25 crore for finishing in the second position.

YES Bank Garv Award winner –Mark Knowles, JPW
Man of the Match –Nicolas Jacobi, DWR
Hero Goal of the Match Award –Norris Jones Lloyd, DWR

Speaking post the match a very happy Sardar Singh, said “A very close match today. For is it was to go all out but also keep our patience in place. We will enjoy the win and gear up for the next tournament.”

A satisfied Cedric D’Spuza, Head Coach, Delhi waveriders said “we lost the finals last year and this time we were filled with fire and the urge to win. We had a hard match today, but we planned and executed our strategy well today. It is time to enjoy the victory”

Speaking post the match, Head Coach, Barry Dancer, JPW said “the team played very well today and we dominated the match for a long period of time. We somehow were not as aggressive as the opponents today. Though this was the best game of the tournament and I am proud of this team.”

Jamie Dywer, Captain, Jaypee Punjab Warriors said “When you lose a game in short arm its rather not very disappointing. It was a great game and we played well and gave our best shot”.

Delhi Waveriders edge UP Wizards to reach HIL 2014 Final

Riding on Yuvraj Walmiki’s strike in the first quarter, Delhi Waveriders edged Uttar Pradesh Wizards by a solitary goal and progress to the final of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi today.

Delhi Waveriders celebrating their goal against UP Wizards in the semi final of Hero Hockey India League 2014

Delhi Waveriders celebrating their goal against UP Wizards in the semi final of Hero Hockey India League 2014

Walmiki scored the lone goal of the match in the 15th minute to hand Delhi Waveriders a win in the first semifinal of HHIl 2014.

The opening semifinal between the Waveriders and Wizards witnessed a closed-fought battle as both the teams matched each other equally.

Delhi Waveriders had the first scoring chance of the match in the 12th minute when they earned a penalty corner but Rupinderpal Singh’s flick struck the wood work and went wide. Continue reading →