Five more Kookaburras join Mumbai Magicians and Punjab Warriors

After return of 9 Pakistani players, the Hockey India League board quickly resolved the issue of teams having fewer players, allowing them to select replacement players from the list of reserves who missed out in the original auction.

Liam De Young

Liam De Young

Australian coaches in the league Ric Charlesworth (Mumbai Magicians) and Barry Dancer (Punjab Warriors) immediately filled their sought after vacancies with trusty foes – 2013 Kookaburras national squad players.

Charlesworth added Kookaburras co-captain Liam de Young, London Olympic bronze medallist Tim Deavin and 2012 Champions Trophy gold medallist’s Glenn Simpson and Jason Wilson. The Magicians team now comprises 8 Australian players while the Warriors have 7. Dancer opted to replace Kashif Shah with Victorian and 2012 Champions Trophy gold medallist, Russell Ford. Continue reading →

Warriors vs Wizards Ends With a Draw at 2-2

Jalandhar, 22nd January 2013: Jaypee Punjab Warriors and Uttar Pradesh Wizards had to settle for two points each, as ended up playing a 2-2 draw in the Hero Hockey India League at the Surjit Singh Hockey Stadium, here on Tuesday.

Malak Singh of Punjab Warriors hit past George Bazeley of UP Wizards

Malak Singh of Punjab Warriors hit past George Bazeley of UP Wizards

Goals from Shivendra Singh and Malak Singh gave Warriors the lead, but Raghunath got Wizards back on both occasions, converting penalty corners.

The first half was not played at express pace. Both teams started cautiously, and Uttar Pradesh Wizards, in particular, seemed to be conserving energy at the start. The first really meaningful move of the first quarter came from Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the eighth minute. Dharamvir Singh got a good ball inside Wizards’ D, and just as he tried to beat a defender, Dharamvir tripped him wrongly, earning a penalty stroke for the Warriors. Australian Mark Knowles missed a good opportunity to put the hosts ahead, as his penalty stroke struck the right post. Continue reading →

Punjab Warriors look for first home win at Surjit Singh Hockey Stadium

Tuesdays game 22nd January: Jaypee Punjab Warriors vs Uttar Pradesh Wizards at the Surjit Singh Hockey Stadium at 8:00 PM.

Jalandhar, 21 January 2013: Jaypee Punjab Warriors would look to set the record straight when they take on league leaders Uttar Pradesh Wizards at the Surjit Singh Hockey Stadium for a second time in the Hero Hockey India League here on Tuesday.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors in a training session

Jaypee Punjab Warriors in a training session

The Warriors have managed to get their campaign on track with a domineering victory over Dabur Mumbai Magicians after having lost all their first three games, including a 2-1 loss against the Wizards.

After that match Warriors’ skipper Jamie Dwyer had expressed his frustration about the team’s inability to find the goals that were needed to win matches. However, the team responded with a lot of gumption in Mumbai and managed to put four goals past the Dabur Mumbai Magicians custodian. Continue reading →

Riding on Jamie Dwyer’s form Jaypee Punjab Warriors beat Mumbai Magicians 4-2

Mumbai, 20th January 2013: Jaypee Punjab Warriors finally scored their first win of the Hero Hockey India League on Sunday, beating Mumbai Magicians 4-2 in Mumbai.

Dharamvir Singh scored a brace for Jaypee Punjab Warriors against Mumbai Magicians

Dharamvir Singh scored a brace for Jaypee Punjab Warriors against Mumbai Magicians

The win earned Warriors five points, taking their tally to eight. Magicians remained in the bottom, with three points from as many games.

Dharamvir Singh scored twice, while skipper Jamie Dwyer and Ranjit Singh scored a goal each for the visitors.

The match began at an extraordinary pace, and Jaypee Punjab Warriors earned a penalty corner in the second minute. SV Sunil showed some superb skills inside the Magicians’ D, and his flick hit the foot of a Magicians’ defender. Referee made no hesitation in giving Warriors a penalty corner. Continue reading →

Mumbai Magicians will face Punjab Warriors in 1st Home Match

Sunday Game – 20th January: Mumbai Magicians vs Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium at 8:00 PM.

Mumbai, 19 January 2013: Two teams that surprisingly find themselves at the bottom of the points table face each other when Jaypee Punjab Warriors take on Mumbai Magicians in Mumbai on Sunday.

Shivendra Singh, Barry Dancer and Jamie Dwyer in Jaypee Punjab Warriors Team Press Conference at Mahindra Hockey Stadium Mumbai

Shivendra Singh, Barry Dancer and Jamie Dwyer in Jaypee Punjab Warriors Team Press Conference at Mahindra Hockey Stadium Mumbai

In this evening game, Magicians would play for the first time at home this season. Warriors have had a horrendous start to their campaign, losing three games on the trot. Magicians’ start to the event hasn’t been any better, losing both their games so far, including the loss to Ranchi Rhinos on Friday evening.

For both the teams, Sunday’s game is as much a challenge mentally, as it is physically. Keeping their morale high despite having suffered a poor start is something that both the team managements would be trying to do. Mumbai Magicians were outplayed by a spirited Ranchi Rhinos team on Friday evening, and Magicians would need to recover quickly from that loss. They opted to sit back and weather the storm on Friday, and paid a heavy price for it, as Rhinos had already scored three goals by the end of the second quarter. Continue reading →

Uttar Pradesh Wizards Start Hero Hockey India League on a Winning Note

Jalandhar, 17th January 2013: Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ wait for a victory was extended to three games on Thursday when the hosts succumbed to a 2-1 loss against Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the inaugural Hero Hockey India League at the Surjit Singh stadium here.

Jeroen Hartzberger hits the 1st goal for Up Wizards against Punjab Warriors at Jalandhar

Jeroen Hartzberger hits the 1st goal for Up Wizards against Punjab Warriors at Jalandhar

Looking for that elusive win, the Punjab side came out all guns blazing against the Wizards but their inability to convert the four penalty corners and a bit of bad luck cost the Jamie Dwyer led side dearly.

With both teams locked at 1-1, an error from Warrior’s goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann handed the lead to the Wizards in the 58th minute and the visitors ensured that there were no last minute hiccups. Continue reading →