Mumbai Magicians beat Kalinga Lancers 3-2 to register first win in HIL 2014

Dabur Mumbai Magicians recorded their first win in the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL), beating debutants Kalinga Lancers 3-2 in an entertaining league match at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai today.

Glenn Turner (Dabur Mumbai Magicians) and Vickramkanth (Kalinga Lancers) in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014 in Mumbai

Glenn Turner (Dabur Mumbai Magicians) and Vickramkanth (Kalinga Lancers) in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014 in Mumbai

It took Dabur Mumbai Magicians nine games to register their first victory in the league, while for Kalinga Lancers it was a disappointing end to their maiden campaign in the six-team tournament.

Dabur Mumbai Magicians opened the scoring 30 seconds from the first quarter through captain Glenn Turner (17th minute), who converted a half chance into goal from a rebound. Continue reading →

Kalinga Lancers beat HIL Defending Champions Ranchi Rhinos 4-1

Out of contention for a semifinal berth, debutants Kalinga Lancers produced an impressive show to stun defending champions Ranchi Rhinos 4-1 in their penultimate game of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014 in front of home crowd at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar today.

Kalinga Lancers celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Kalinga Lancers celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Kalinga Lancers were in control of the match for major part of 70 minutes to avenge upon their 2-3 loss at the hands of same opponents in their previous meeting this year.

The first quarter saw both the teams adopting a cautious approach and were content to play the waiting game.

Kalinga Lancers and ranchi Rhinos were able to create quite a few impressive attacks but their forays fizzled out once inside the opposition circle as the backline of both the teams stood tall. Continue reading →

Kalinga Lost to Wizards in thriller to miss Semis

Uttar Pradesh Wizards defeated debutants Kalinga Lancers 4-3 in a high-scoring, entertaining league match to seal their place in the semifinals of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, while the Odisha outfit will miss the place in final four.

Nikkin Thimmaiah of UP Wizards in action against Kalinga Lancers at Bhubaneswar during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Nikkin Thimmaiah of UP Wizards in action against Kalinga Lancers at Bhubaneswar during Hero Hockey India League 2014

In their must win match to stay alive in the tournament, Kalinga Lancers started on a bright note and dominated the early share of exchanges.

The hosts had the first shot at goal but centre forward Amir Khan fumbled with only the Uttar Pradesh Wizards goalkeeper George Bazeley to beat.

After a slow start, Uttar Pradesh Wizards soon came back and earned two penalty corners in succession but both the chances were wasted by visiting team captain V R Raghunath. Continue reading →

Kalinga Lancers Hold Punjab Warriors for 3-3 in a thrilling HIL Match

Debutants Kalinga Lancers, have been improving with every match they played in the Hero Hockey India League and the Odisha outfit held second-placed Jaypee Punjab Warriors for a 3-3 draw in a hard-fought league match of the second edition of HHIL in Mohali.

Gagandeep Singh, Ryan Archibald and Mandeep Singh of Kalinga Lancers celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Gagandeep Singh, Ryan Archibald and Mandeep Singh, who scored once each for Kalinga Lancers against Jaypee Punjab Warriors, celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Both the teams started cautiously as they seemed in no mood to give initial openings to the other. But in the end both the teams had to satisfy with 2 points each.

Kalinga Lancers stunned the home team and surged ahead in the 10th minute when the local boy Gagandeep Singh scored a field goal to the left of Jaypee Punjab Warriors goalkeeper Bharat Chetri after getting a feed from the right flank.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors, however, did not sit back and pressed hard in search of the equalizer and in the process earned two penalty corners in succession, the second of which was converted by Australian Christopher Ciriello in the 18th minute to level the scores.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors secured another penalty corner at the start of the second quarter but ace drag-flicker Sandeep Singh’s try went wide. Continue reading →

UP Wizards beat Kalinga Lancers 3-1 in HIL at Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh Wizards scored an easy 3-1 win over debutants Kalinga Lancers in a league match at the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) in Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow today.

Man-of-the-Match Nikkin Thimmaiah (UP Wizards) taking on Vickram Kanth (Kalinga Lancers) during the match

Man-of-the-Match Nikkin Thimmaiah (UP Wizards) taking on Vickram Kanth (Kalinga Lancers) during the match

UP Wizards scored two goals in the first two quarters while their third goal came just seconds from the final hooter.

Skipper V R Raghunath gave UP Wizards the lead in the 17th minute by converting a penalty corner before young striker Nikkin Thimmaiah doubled the home team’s lead in the 41st minute with a field strike.

Kalinga Lancers, however, pulled a goal back in the 59th minute through their star drag-flicker Gonzalo Peillat who found the back of UP Wizards net from a penalty corner to raise his team’s hopes.

UP Wizards, however, managed to hold on to their lead with some stout defending. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rhinos beat Fighting Kalinga Lancers in HIL

The defending champions Ranchi Rhinos registered a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the debutants Kalinga Lancers in a league match of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi.

Ranchi Rhinos' captain Moritz Fürste celebrates his goal with his team during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at Ranchi

Ranchi Rhinos’ captain Moritz Fürste celebrates his goal with his team during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at Ranchi

Ranchi Rhinos started the match as favourites and took the lead in the sixth minute of the match through Englishman Ashley Jackson’s strike on first penalty corner of Rhinos as he scored his third goal of the tournament.

Kalinga Lancers had a few share of attacks in the first quarter but the moves were not incisive to create any trouble for Ranchi Rhinos defense.

Ranchi Rhinos continued to play the attacking game in the second quarter but they failed to convert their chances into goals. Continue reading →