Delhi Waveriders beat UP WIzards by 2-1 to finish 3rd in Hero HIL 2015

Playing for the third position, Delhi Waveriders and Uttar Pradesh Wizards met in the third place playoff match of the Hero Hockey India League 2015. Having missed the Finale berth, both the teams were determined to win and claim the position in the League. With the scores locked at 1-1 the second half was the decider session for both the teams. It was Delhi Waveriders who successfully kept the pressure on the opponents and won the match 2-1, taking home Rs. 75,00,000.

Delhi Waveriders captain Sardar Singh in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Delhi Waveriders captain Sardar Singh in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Eminent dignitaries Rajeev Shukla, Member of Parliament and Cam Vale, Hockey Australia seen enjoying the tough tussle between both the teams for the win.

Getting into their business side of the field, Uttar Pradesh Wizards were on the attack immediately as the match started, but the defence of Delhi Waveriders were more determined and cleared the danger. Delhi Waveriders earning their first penalty corner in the sixth minute missed converting, but Rupinder Pal Singh counter attacked by entering the D and scored a brilliant field goal, giving Delhi Waveriders their first goal in the match. Seconds left for the first quarter to end, Bob de Voogd standing in D got a clean pass but missed hitting the ball completely, giving the Delhi defenders a chance to save again for the team. Continue reading →

Its Punjab Warriors vs Ranchi Rays in Final of Hero HIL 2015

Jaypee Punjab Warriors outclassed defending champions Delhi Waveriders by 2-0 to set-up summit clash against Ranchi Rays in Hero Hockey India League 2015 . In the first semi final, Ranchi Rays defeated Uttar Pradesh Wizards by 9-8 in sudden death shoot-out to reach finals.

Man of the Match Jaap Stockmann saves Sardar Singh's shot during Punjab Warriors vs Delhi Waveriders Semi Final in Hero Hockey India League 2015

Man of the Match Jaap Stockmann saves Sardar Singh’s shot during Punjab Warriors vs Delhi Waveriders Semi Final in Hero Hockey India League 2015

Playing for the second spot in final, Jaypee Punjab Warriors met the defending champions Delhi Waveriders in the second semi-final, which was repeat of last edition’s final, where Delhi team emerged winners. Jaypee Punjab Warriors dominated the entire match giving no chance to Delhi Waveriders to bounce back. With two goals to nil, Jaypee Punjab Warriors enter the Finals of Hero Hockey India League and will play Ranchi Rays tomorrow. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rays in finals, after 9-8 win on sudden death over UP Wizards

The first Semi Final of the Hero Hockey India League 2015 saw intense competition between Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Ranchi Rays as they fought hard for a place in Final to be played tomorrow. At the end of regulation time of 60 minute (4 quarters of 15 minutes each) the scores were tied 1-1 resulting in a penalty shootout, which MS Dhoni’s team won.

Ranchi Rays celebrating their semi final win over Uttar Pradesh Wizards in Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays celebrating their semi final win over Uttar Pradesh Wizards in Hero Hockey India League 2015

The spectators and viewers on TV across the world, witnessed spectacular hockey as both the teams ensured that they did not give the other the chance to walk away with the game. The shoot-out was neck-neck until 2 rounds and in the third round Ranchi Rays’ outwitted the Wizards to come out winners on sudden death and became the first Finalist of the League 2015. The final score for the match is 1-1 (9-8 SO). Continue reading →

HIL 2015 Semis are here: Ranchi Rays vs UP Wizards and Pujab Warriors vs Delhi Waveriders

The third edition of Hero Hockey India League (HIL 2015) has reached its business with semi-finals and finals scheduled to be played this weekend at Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi. With Uttar Pradesh Wizards facing Ranchi Rays and Jaypee Punjab Warriors taking on Delhi Waveriders for places in finals, the HIL 2015 is in interesting stage where Delhi team is looking for third successive final appearance while Wizards have set their eyes on first ever appearance in the summit clash of the league.

Delhi Waveriders at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Delhi Waveriders at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

It is a clash which Jaypee Punjab Warriors have been waiting for since the Finale of the second season of Hero HIL. The aim is to undo that result and finish the job with a win. And prior to the semis, the Wizards and Rays have clashed twice in the league games of 3rd Hero HIL with Ranchi Rays emerging victorious in both the matches as Uttar Pradesh Wizards went down struggling to lose the games by only a whisker. Continue reading →

With an eye on top spot, Ranchi Rays face Delhi Waveriders tomorrow in Delhi

With a secured berth in the semi finals of the Hero Hockey India League 2015, Ranchi Rays will play against Delhi Waveriders in their next match at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi tomorrow. While Delhi Waveriders will be looking to encash this opportunity to the maximum in order to strengthen their position in the league, Ranchi Rays will aim for a win with an intention to ascend to the top of the points table.

Ranchi Rays captain Ashley Jackson lead during a training session during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Ranchi Rays captain Ashley Jackson lead during a training session during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Last time the two teams met the match was drawn at 2-2. While it was Delhi Waveriders which had opened the match strongly, Ranchi Rays came back into the game and ensured that they drew the match. Tomorrow both the teams will look at completing what was left unfinished in their last meeting. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders Held Kalinga Lancers for 2-2 draw

Facing each other for the first time in the Hero Hockey India League 2015, Delhi Waveriders and hosts Kalinga Lancers gave a tough fight to each other as they settled for a 2-2 draw at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, today.

Kalinga Lancers will hosts Dabang Mumbai tomorrow, when the two sides met in Mumbai, both Kalinga Lancers and Dabang Mumbai gave a tough fight to each other but Dabang Mumbai managed to edge past Kalinga Lancers by a margin of just one goal. Currently, both the teams are sitting at the bottom of the Pool Table and will be striving to conquer the match in order to avoid finishing at the last position in the league.

Vikas Sharma Kalinga Lancers celebrates Hero Hockey India League 2015

Vikas Sharma Kalinga Lancers celebrates Hero Hockey India League 2015

An energetic first quarter of the match saw both Kalinga Lancers and Delhi Waveriders in an attacking mode as both the sides were trying to score the first goal in the match. Where Yuvraj Walmiki of Delhi Waveriders made a good run into the opponent’s D and failed to score the goal, Lucas Vila of Kalinga Lancers on the other hand, made a similar run but did not make any mistakes while firing in a field goal in the third minute of the game itself, helping Kalinga Lancers to take the lead by 1-0. Kalinga Lancers were dominating the first quarter as they were now penetrating Delhi Waveriders’ D more frequently, but goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi with his perfect saves and atheletic skills, did not allow Kalinga Lancers to add any further goals to their lead. Continue reading →