Riding on Middleton’s Brace Ranchi Rays defeat Dabang Mumbai by 2-1

Ranchi Rays bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Dabang Mumbai in Mumbai after losing their 1st match to Kalinga Lancers. After conceding a goal in the 3rd quarter in Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Ranchi Rays turned the match to their side with the help of double strike from Barry Middleton and defeated the host team by 2-1 in the 4th match of the Hero HIL 2015.

Ranchi Rays celebrate their victory during Hero Hockey India League

Ranchi Rays celebrate their victory against Dabang Mumbai during Hero Hockey India League

In the 1st quarter, Ranchi Rays successfully kept the ball in their possession and dominated the quarter with their high-spirited game. They continuously attacked on the opponents’ half and created many opportunities, but they faced the strong defence of Dabang Mumbai, who restricted their attacks. Ranchi Rays got their best chance to score where they managed to earn a crucial penalty corner in the 15th minute. Rays Justin Reid Ross received the shot and hit hard towards the box, but the gutsy midfielder Vikas Pillay thwarted the shot and failed the visitors’ attempt. 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 →

Ranchi Rays looking forward to face Dabang Mumbai in Mumbai

Ranchi Rays and newly formed Dabang Mumbai are gearing up to face each tomorrow at the latter’s home ground in the pool stage of the Hero Hockey India League. While Ranchi Rays played and lost its first match against Kalinga Lancers yesterday which was also the inaugural match of the League, Dabang Mumbai will play their second match against Ranchi Rays post playing a 3-3 against last edition’s finalists Jaypee Punjab Warriors today at Mumbai.

Ranchi Rays Logo

Playing their first match yesterday, the Ashley Jackson led Ranchi Rays lost their match against the boys of Jude Felix. The key take away from the match against Kalinga Lancers was Ashley Jackson’s 2 penalty corner conversions and Barry Middleton’s beautifully penetrated field goal.

Going into their second match, Ranchi Rays will be looking at their defence coming out good and all will depend on Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas alongwith Goalkeeper Lovell Tyler and Sushant Tirkey to ensure that the opponents forwards are kept at bay and do not find it easy to penetrate the D of Ranchi Rays. Continue reading →

Uttar Pradesh Wizards held Delhi Waveriders for 2-2 Draw

On the second day of the Hero Hockey India League 2015, the turf of Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow witnessed a high voltage, neck-to-neck clash between the home team Uttar Pradesh Wizards and the Defending Champions Delhi Waveriders where the game ended in a draw, with a score of 2-2, confirming that the Uttar Pradesh Wizards’ team, this year, is here with a determination to give a tough fight to their opponents in the League.

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

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

After a goalless first quarter, the opening goal of the match was scored in the second quarter when Uttar Pradesh Wizards were awarded a penalty stroke and Jeroen Hertzberger made the most out of the opportunity as he successfully put the ball in the net. This gave the home team a much-needed lead of 1-0 over Delhi Waveriders. Not deterred by this pressure, Delhi Waveriders made a rapid comeback as Steven Edwards soon scored a leveller in the same quarter, breaching the sturdy guard of goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. Despite a number of attempts by both the teams, no further goals were scored as the half time closed in with a levelled score of 1-1 on the scoreboard. 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

Continue reading →

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 →