Hockey India League 2014 Semis are Here

Post 26 days of excitement and 30 games of high level hockey, the Hero Hockey India League enters its semi-final stage on Saturday. The last 3 weeks gave everyone an opportunity to catch the 6 franchise teams battling it out for a berth in the semi-finals and which, will now witness the top four teams playing for the Finale.

Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014 Trophy

Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014 Trophy

While many are making their own individual calculations, it is yet to be seen who makes it to the grand stage and who yet again misses out on the trophy. Who proves oneself as the ‘Gaurav’ of the League and who as the major find for one’s national side.

The winning team of Hero Hockey India League 2014 will take home the charismatic Swarovski trophy and Rs. 2.5cr. as prize money. The runners-up team will win Rs. 1.25 cr and the team placed at the 3rd position will take away Rs. 75 lacs as the prize money.

Apart from the top 3 teams winning cash prizes, the Player of the Tournament will get Rs. 25 lacs as the prize money. The team with the maximum number of goals in the tournament will win the Airtel Maximum Goals award and Rs. 10 lacs cash prize. The upcoming player gets the opportunity to bag the Ponty Chadha Upcoming Player of the Tournament Award and cash prize of Rs. 20 lacs. The individual who scores the maximum number of goals in the Hero Hockey India League 2014 will get the YES Bank Garv Award and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lacs. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders beat Magicians 5-3 at Mumbai in HIL Match

Table toppers Delhi Waveriders rounded off their league campaign at the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) in style, beating Dabur Mumbai Magicians 5-3 in a high-scoring match at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai.

Veteran Rajpal Singh (Delhi Waveriders) celebrating one of his two goals again Dabur Mumbai Magicians during Hero Hockey India League 2013

Veteran Rajpal Singh (Delhi Waveriders) celebrating one of his two goals again Dabur Mumbai Magicians during Hero Hockey India League 2013

Delhi Waveriders started the match as favourites and took the lead in the third minute through Yuvraj Walmiki, who got a deflection from Akashdeep Singh’s rebound shot.

Dabur Mumbai Magicians, however, drew level seven minutes later when Glenn Turner (10th minute) scored a field goal before Delhi Waveriders restored their lead in the next minute through veteran Rajpal Singh’s 11th minute) field strike.

It was an entertaining first quarter as both the teams matched each other stick by stick but it was the visitors who enjoyed a slender one goal lead at the first break. Continue reading →

Waveriders beat Rhinos in their last match of HIL 2014 in Delhi

Last year’s runners-up Delhi Waveriders scored a late winner through Akashdeep Singh to beat defending champions Ranchi Rhinos 1-0 in a league match of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.

Akashdeep Singh of Delhi Waveriders during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Akashdeep Singh of Delhi Waveriders during Hero Hockey India League 2014

The Delhi Waveriders, who are confirmed of a place in Semi-Finals, took a sweet revenge of their defeat 0-1 at Ranchi by the Rhinos in the initial stage of the league.

It was expected to be hard-fought but goal-scoring contest between two teams who were the finalists last year and it turned out to be one, albeit the fact that the first 35 minutes of the game failed to produce any goals.

The Delhi Waveriders dominated the first quarter but the Ranchi Rhinos came out on top in the second quarter. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders Edge Past UP Wizards in a thrilling match at HIL

Continuing their impressive run in the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL), Delhi Waveriders defeated hosts Uttar Pradesh Wizards 4-3 in a high-scoring thrilling league match to extend their lead at the top of the points table at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow today.

Delhi Waveriders celebrating one of their goal against Uttar Pradesh Wizards during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Delhi Waveriders celebrating one of their goal against Uttar Pradesh Wizards during Hero Hockey India League 2014

The match was expected to a be an exciting affair, especially after the two teams finished 1-1 in their previous encounter in New Delhi and it turned out to be one as it rained goals throughout the entire 70 minutes, much to the delight of the spectators.

The Sardar Singh-led Delhi Waveriders outfit, which finished runners-up in the inaugural HHIL last year, showed exactly why they were considered as one of the pre-tournament favorites and pumped in as many as four goals in the opening 20 minutes to stun Uttar Pradesh Wizards and their home fans. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders edge past Mumbai Magicians at Delhi

Delhi Waveriders edged past 2-1 Dabur Mumbai Magicians to consolidate their first position in the points table of the Hero Hockey India League 2014 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi today, as Yuvraj Walmiki deflected in to score the winning goal for his team.

Yuvraj Walmiki of Delhi Waveriders celebrates the winning goal against Dabur Mumbai Magicians during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at New Delhi

Yuvraj Walmiki of Delhi Waveriders celebrates the winning goal against Dabur Mumbai Magicians during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at New Delhi

After a relatively quiet start, the match gathered pace in the second half as both the teams displayed fine exhibition of hockey.

But the match witnessed a sedate start and was devoid of any real action on the turf in the first quarter as the two teams took time to settle down.

The match, however, suddenly livened up in the second quarter with Delhi Waveriders doing bulk of the attacking and from one such attack broke the deadlock in the 20th minute through young Akashdeep Singh. Continue reading →

Waveriders play 1-1 Draw with Wizards to reach Top Spot

Runners-up of inaugural edition, Delhi Waveriders played a 1-1 draw with Uttar Pradesh Wizards to split points and reached top position in points table of the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi today.

SK Uthappa of Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Arjun Halappa of Delhi Waveriders in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014 in New Delhi

SK Uthappa, who scored equalizer for Uttar Pradesh Wizards, and Arjun Halappa of Delhi Waveriders in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014 in New Delhi

It was a match of equals, throughout the entire 70 minutes both the teams struggled to get clear inroads into the rival citadel and had to be satisfied with two points apiece.

After a relatively quiet and actionless first quarter, Delhi Waveriders drew the first blood in the 23rd minute. An unmarked Yuvraj Walmiki pushed the ball home from close range after being set up by Simon Child’s fine work from the right flank and along the goal-line.

In the second quarter, there was hardly anything to differentiate between the two sides in terms of performance on the turf but Delhi Waveriders utilised the chance that came their way. Continue reading →