UP Wizards beat Kalinga Lancers by 5-1 in Lucknow

After 3 competitive quarters, hosts Uttar Pradesh Wizards scored 4 goals in final quarter to defeat Kalinga Lancers 5-1 in ongoing Hero Hockey India League today, at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Lucknow.

Players of Uttar Pradesh Wizards celebrating a goal Hero Hockey India League 2015

Players of Uttar Pradesh Wizards celebrating a goal Hero Hockey India League 2015

The first quarter of the game saw the home team being awarded with a penalty corner. V R Raghunath took the strike and without leaving any room for mistakes, very efficiently put the ball in the net. The ball swiftly passed through the sturdy guards of Kalinga Lancers’ goalkeeper Andrew Charter before touching the nets and announced an early lead of 1-0 for the Uttar Pradesh Wizards over Kalinga Lancers. Despite a number of scoring attempts by both the teams in the subsequent quarter, none could materialize the chances and the second quarter remained goal-less. The half time score was 1-0 with the home team in the lead. Continue reading →

Jamie Dwyer’s brace help Warriors in beating Lancers: Hockey India League 2015

Taking their performance a notch higher in the ongoing Hero Hockey India League 2015, Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeated Kalinga Lancers by 4-2 at their home turf in Mohali at the International Hockey Stadium. Riding on Man-of-the-Match performance and two goals of Kookaburras Jamie Dwyer, the Punjab side recorded their first win in their second match of league’s 3rd edition.

Sandeep Singh celebrates his goal with Jaypee Punjab Warriors team mates during Hero Hockey India League 2015 in Mohali

Sandeep Singh celebrates his goal with Jaypee Punjab Warriors team mates during Hero Hockey India League 2015 in Mohali

Giving a speedy start to the game, both Kalinga Lancers and Jaypee Punjab Warriors were seen in an attacking mode, trying to penetrate each other’s D and taking the lead in the game from the first quarter itself. It was only in the 8th minute of the game when Lalit Upadhyay of Kalinga Lancers made a break-through with the help of a counter attack and sliced in a field goal beating Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ Jaap Stockmann and helping Kalinga Lancers to take the early lead in the game over the home team. 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 →

High on confidence, Kalinga Lancers ready to take on Jaypee Punjab Warriors

With the 3rd edition of Hero Hockey India League stepping in to its fourth day tomorrow, the talented bunch of Kalinga Lancers are all set to challenge Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the latter’s home ground Hockey Stadium, Mohali. While the Lancers are upbeat after their early win against the Ranchi Rays, the hosts will be looking forward to their first win post a 3-3 draw against Dabang Mumbai in their opening match yesterday.

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

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

Led by the very efficient Captain – Jamie Dwyer, Barry Dancer coached team Jaypee Punjab Warriors will bring the best tricks of the trade into play when they step out on the turf to face the Kalinga Lancers, tomorrow. With Jaap Stockmann guarding the nets for them, the team will be looking at creating maximum scoring opportunities and increase goal conversion rate to register their first win in the League. Playing their first match against Dabang Mumbai yesterday and trailing by 0 goal to 1 till half time, Jaypee Punjab Warriors came back strong in the third quarter and turned the tables in their favour. With Jaap’s heroic saves at the net and with Jamie holding the ball and zipping past to the opponents D, the team ensured that the match was electrifying and a real treat for the spectators. The team tomorrow will yet again gear up to showcase similar play against the Lancers. Continue reading →

Kalinga Lancers Start Hockey India League 2015 on Winning Note

Determined Kalinga Lancers claimed a spectacular win against Ranchi Rays 6-3 in the inaugural match of the 3rd Hero Hockey India League at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneswar today.

The match between the two teams turned out to be exciting as it rained goals throughout the entire 60 minutes. Though Kalinga Lancers had a benefit of their home turf, it did not disappoint the hopes of Ranchi Rays who stood confident enough to give a strong challenge to the opponents.

Kalinga Lancers celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2015 at Bhubaneswar

Kalinga Lancers celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2015 at Bhubaneswar

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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 →