Hero Hockey India League Announces Total Prize Money of U.S. Dollars 1.00 Million

DELHI, 28 JANUARY, 2013:  The  Winners  of  the  inaugural  Hero Hockey  India  League  will  win  a  grand  prize  of  Rs 2,50,00,000/- (Rupees Two Crores and Fifty Lacs)  and  a  glittering  trophy,  while  the Runners Up  will  collect  a  sum  of  Rs 1,25,00,000/- ( Rupees One Crore and Twenty Five Lacs) and team  placed  Third  will  win Rs 75,00,000/- (Rupees Seventy Five Lacs)

Hockey India Secretary General & Chairman of Hero Hockey India League Dr. Narinder Batra and Managing Director & CEO of Hero MotoCorp Ltd Mr. Pawan Munjal with the Hero Hockey India League Trophy

FIle Photo: Hockey India Secretary General & Chairman of Hero Hockey India League Dr. Narinder Batra and Managing Director & CEO of Hero MotoCorp Ltd Mr. Pawan Munjal with the Hero Hockey India League Trophy

Making  the  announcement  here today, Chairman  of  the  Hero Hockey  India  League, Dr Narinder Batra  said, the  Hero Player of the Tournament  will  receive  Rs 25,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Five Lacs) and a Trophy, Prize for the Upcoming Player of the  Tournament will receive  the  Ponty Chadha Trophy  and  Rs 20,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Lacs), the  team  scoring  highest  number  of  goals  in  the  league  stage  gets Airtel  Award  for  scoring  the  highest  number  of  goals  for  Rs 10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lacs)  and a Trophy and  the  team getting  least  number  of  green, yellow  and  red  cards  gets  the  Fair play  Trophy. Continue reading →

Jaypee Punjab Warriors looking to end Delhi Waveriders unbeaten run

Tuesdays game 29th January: Delhi Waveriders vs Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the MDC National Stadium at 8 p.m.

New Delhi, 28th January 2013: Fast improving Jaypee Punjab Warriors would look to put an end to the unbeaten run of league leaders Delhi Waveriders when the two sides meet in the Hero Hockey India League encounter at the Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey stadium on Tuesday.

Gurbaj Singh and Sardar Singh in a training session of Delhi Waveriders

Gurbaj Singh and Sardar Singh in a training session of Delhi Waveriders

Currently placed third in the standings after a thrilling 4-3 win over Uttar Pradesh Wizards, the Warriors are now looking to conquer the team that handed them a loss in their tournament opener at this very stadium and would take solace in the fact that they are a far more settled unit now.

The Warriors lost their first three encounters and looked a vulnerable side. However, the Jamie Dwyer-led outfit has turned things around since then and have registered three victories and a draw in their last four outings. Continue reading →

Punjab Warriors’ Third Win a Row Take them to Third Spot in HIL

Lucknow, 27th January 2013: After a slow start in the Hero Hockey India League, Jaypee Punjab Warriors has won third game in row and jumped to the third spot, after Delhi Waveriders and Ranchi Rhinos, in the points table with a 4-3 win over Uttar Pradesh Wizards at Lucknow’s Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium on Sunday.

SV Sunil (Punjab Warriors) hitting a goal

SV Sunil (Punjab Warriors) hitting a goal against UP Wizards

Punjab Warriors scored four goals in first quarter, which were enough for the Warriors to earn 5 points from the match. SV Sunil scored twice while drag flicks from Jamie Dwyer and Christopher Ciriello found the target for visitors. Hosts Wizards scored through Sander Baart, Raghunath and Jeroen Hertzberger.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors got off to a thrilling start. A brilliant combined team attack was converted into a goal by an ever alert SV Sunil in the second minute to put the visitors 1-0 ahead. Getting a good ball in the right flank, Sunil struck a powerful blow from a narrow angle, beating the Wizards’ goalkeeper. And just two minute later, Sunil made it 2-0 with a superb effort. Continue reading →

Punjab Warriors Keen to Continue Winning Form, when UP Wizards look to regain it

Sundays game 27th January: Uttar Pradesh Wizards vs Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium at 3 p.m.

Lucknow, 26th January 2013: Jaypee Punjab Warriors would be keen to continue their winning form, when they take on Uttar Pradesh Wizards in away game of the Hero Hockey India League on Sunday, 27th January at the Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium in Lucknow, while the Wizards will be looking forward to get winning combinations back after losing two games to Ranchi Rhinos in Ranchi and Lucknow respectively.

Coach Barry Dancer instructing Punjab Warriors in a training session

Coach Barry Dancer instructing Punjab Warriors in a training session in Lucknow before taking on UP Wizards

Having had a difficult start to their campaign in this tournament, Warriors played some aggressive hockey to beat Dabur Mumbai Magicians on Thursday in a seven-goal thriller. With the likes of Malak Singh and SV Sunil showing some good form, the Warriors’ management would be reasonably confident going into Sunday’s match.

However, their record against Uttar Pradesh Wizards is not good this season. Wizards beat Warriors 2-1 in the first meeting of the two sides, while Warriors managed to escape with a 2-2 draw in the second. Both the games were played in Jalandhar, but Warriors were not able to take the home advantage. Continue reading →

Punjab Warriors’ First Win at Home, 5th Defeat of Mumbai Magicians in HIL

Jalandhar, 24th January 2013: Jaypee Punjab Warriors ensured that the Dabur Mumbai Magicians remained winning-less in the Hero Hockey India League, beating them 4-3 at the Surjit Singh Hockey Stadium on Thursday.

Malak Singh of Punjab Warriors Celebrating a Goal against Mumbai Magicians

Malak Singh of Punjab Warriors Celebrating a Goal against Mumbai Magicians

Malak Singh, SV Sunil and Russell Ford scored for the hosts, while PR Sreejesh’s own goal made it four for the hosts.

This was Magicians’ fifth loss in as many games, while Warriors scored their second win over the Magicians in this tournament, and also their first win at home this year.

“We made some silly mistakes in the third quarter,” Magicians’ skipper Sandeep Singh admitted. Continue reading →

Mumbai Magicians will face Warriors in Search of their 1st Victory of HIL

Thursdays game 24th January: Jaypee Punjab Warriors vs Mumbai Magicians at the Surjit Singh Hockey Stadium at 8:00 PM.

Jalandhar, 23 January 2013: Dabur Mumbai Magicians face a do-or-die battle when they take on Jaypee Punjab Warriors in their fifth encounter of the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) at the Surjit Singh stadium here on Thursday, but yet to register a victory or secure a draw.

Mumbai MagiciansThe Magicians, who now has 8 Kookaburras in their squad and are coached by legendary coach Ric Charlesworth, need inspiration from whichever quarter they can, to turn around their fortune in the inaugural edition of the cash-rich league.

The team has taken time to settle down, specially after departure of Pakistani players and new inclusions (Liam de Young, Tim Deavin and Glenn Simpson and Jason Wilson) coming in bit late. The opposition teams have exploited their defensive frailties in the later stages of the match, to which the management would be looking to find solution. In their last encounter when the Magicians, who hosted the current table table topper Delhi Waveriders, had taken a 4-3 lead, but went down 6-4 with once the opposition pressed the gas pedal. Continue reading →