Double Header on Sunday in Ranchi & Mumbai: Hero HIL 2015

Post 4-0 victory over Kalinga Lancers, the upbeat Ranchi Rays are ready take on Uttar Pradesh Wizards tomorrow, 08 January 2015 on their home ground in Ranchi. While bottom two teams in table Kalinga Lancers and Dabang Mumbai face each other’s first time in this season, as they take the field in Mumbai tomorrow’s 2nd match.

UP Wizards in a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

UP Wizards in a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

The hosts, MS Dhoni’s Ranchi Rays will be aspiring to continue their winning momentum, the confident after defating Jaypee Punjab Warrios, Uttar Pradesh Wizards will look to avenge their loss. In the previous clash between the two where Ranchi Rays had blanked the Wizards 2-0 in lucknow. The last match was regarded as Ranchi Rays vs PR Sreejesh wherein the latter gave a tough contest to the opponents to get past him. UP Wizards is working on their defence for tomorrow and are determined to not allow easy access to their D. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rays looking for revenge against Kalinga Lancers at Ranchi

Ranchi Rays are back at their home, as they host Kalinga Lancers and looking to revenge their defeat in opener of the third Hero Hockey India League 2015. The two teams will each other at Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Ranchi tomorrow (6th Feb) at 1900HRS. In the inaugural match of the season, Kalinga Lancers had defeated Ranchi Rays by 6-3.

Ranchi Rays celebrate their victory during Hero Hockey India League

Aiming to make up for the loss in their previous match, the Ashley Jackson led Ranchi Rays is determined to showcase brilliant stick work not leaving any scope for the opponent to make use of any scoring opportunity they attain. All eyes will be set on Ashley Jackson who scored two amazing goals for his team in the previous clash along with the strong support of Mandeep Singh, Nicolas Wilson and Trent Mitton on the forward line-up, Kothajit Singh, Manpreet Singh, Austin Smith, and Barry Middleton at the midfield along with Birendra Lakra and Justin Reid-Ross at defence. Continue reading →

Jaypee Punjab Warriors continue their winning streak

Continuing on their winning streak, Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeated Kalinga Lancers by 2-1 in their second meeting of the Hero Hockey India League 2015 at Bhubaneswar today from 0-1 down at half time.

Kalinga Lancers Captain Vickram Kanth and Jaypee Punjab Warrios' SV Sunil in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Kalinga Lancers Captain Vickram Kanth and Jaypee Punjab Warrios’ SV Sunil in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Having an advantage of playing at their home turf, Kalinga Lancers showed positive signs in the opening stages and continued dominating the possession throughout the game. Jaypee Punjab Warriors without losing hopes struggled between the sticks and tried to keep up the momentum of the game and ended up turning the tables in their favor. Both the teams started on an attacking note and displayed a well contested first quarter but unfortunately neither of the teams failed to score even a single goal.

Moving ahead to the second quarter, Kalinga Lancers seemed to be more structured and confident with their strategies and showcased brilliant defence work. It was in the 24th minute that gritty Gurjinder Singh gave Kalinga Lancers a much awaited lead with a penalty corner conversion through a brilliant drag-flick. With no goal score for Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Kalinga Lancers took the lead to 1-0 and gave its local crowd a reason to relish the game. Continue reading →

Clinical UP Wizards beat Kalinga Lancers 2-0 at Bhubaneswar

A match between Kalinga Lancers and Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the third edition of the Hero Hockey India League, played at the packed Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar today, witnessed the Wizards utilize best of the chances to beat the hosts by 2-0. Uttar Pradesh Wizards are now comfortably placed at the second position in the league table with 13 points, after Jaypee Punjab Warriors which is leading with 17 points in the League.

Action during Kalinga Lancers vs Uttar Pradesh Wizards match in Hero Hockey India League

Action during Kalinga Lancers vs Uttar Pradesh Wizards match in Hero Hockey India League

The first quarter of the match saw a tough challenge coming in from both Uttar Pradesh Wizards and hosts Kalinga Lancers. Both the teams were seen striving to make a break-through and take the lead in the match but the defence line-up at both ends held the fort strong and restricted each other from doing any damage. It was only in the 13th minute of the game when Bob De Voogd of Uttar Pradesh Wizards, sneaked his way into the host’s D and scored a field goal to give his team a much needed lead in the game. Continue reading →

Jaypee Punjab Warriors ready to face Kalinga Lancers in Bhubaneswar tomorrow

Confident Jaypee Punjab Warriors will take on the hosts Kalinga Lancers tomorrow in 2nd match (1900 Hrs IST) of the day in Hero Hockey India League 2015. On the day  of double headers, looking for season’s first win Delhi Waveriders will host Dabang Mumbai at 1700 Hrs IST.

Kalinga Lancers loosening some muscles during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Kalinga Lancers loosening some muscles during Hero Hockey India League 2015

After a thumping 3-1 victory against their arch-rivals Delhi Waveriders in Delhi on Friday 30 January 2015, Jaypee Punjab Warriors will aspire to maintain their winning run in the Hero Hockey India League 2015. Riding on three wins against Kalinga Lancers, Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Delhi Waveriders, the Mohali team is in its best form and leading the points-table with 17 points. A win against home team Kalinga Lancers tomorrow will boost their determination to win the title of Hero HIL 2015. Continue reading →

Kalinga Lancers strive for Revenge against UP Wizards in Bhubaneswar

After a disheartening defeat against Uttar Pradesh Wizards in their previous encounter at Lucknow, Kalinga Lancers will strive for revenge in Hero Hockey India League 2015 when they take on the Wizards tomorrow at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Experienced coach Jude Felix-led team is practicing various strategies to win the game on their home turf.

Kalinga Lancers at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Kalinga Lancers at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

On the other side, Uttar Pradesh Wizards are upbeat after their stunning 5-1 win against Kalinga Lancers. UP Wizards had scored four goals in the last eight minutes and earned 5 crucial points to topple Kalinga Lancers to 3rd position in their preview encounter. All the players are now riding on confidence and very much motivated after getting back their lost form and will go all out to maintain their winning spree after tasting their first win. Continue reading →