Ranchi Rhinos Start on Winning Note Beat Punjab Warriors 2-1

Jalandhar, 16 January 2013: A solid defensive display helped Ranchi Rhinos breach the citadel of Jaypee Punjab Warriors 2-1 at the Surjeet Singh Stadium to begin their campaign in the inaugural Hero Hockey India League on a winning note here on Wednesday.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors

Jaypee Punjab Warriors

The hosts had lost their opening encounter against Delhi Waveriders and needed a win to get their campaign on track. However, despite a fare better display of possession hockey, they failed to dominate the opposition.

Rhinos’ English recruit Ashley Jackson put the team ahead with a clinical drag flick in the 43rd minute and Mandeep Singh benefited from a defensive error on a hopeful cross from the right to score the second six minutes later. Continue reading →

Uttar Pradesh Wizards will Start Hero HIL Campaign against Jaypee Punjab Warriors

Jalandhar, 16 January 2013:  In what promises to be a thriller, Uttar Pradesh Wizards would begin their Hero Hockey India League campaign in an away game against Jaypee Punjab Warriors here on Thursday.

Dhanraj Pillay and Jeroen Hertzberger at the Up Wizards team practice session at Jalandhar

Dhanraj Pillay and Jeroen Hertzberger at the Up Wizards team practice session at Jalandhar

In this five-team home and away format, Uttar Pradesh Wizards, owned by Sahara Adventure Sports Limited, is the only team that has not been part of the action in the first three days. Hence, Uttar Pradesh Wizards would be fresh and raring to go and make a good start in their bid to become the best team in the country.

While Wizards would be playing their first match of the tournament, Warriors would be playing their second game in as many days, and third in four days. Wizards would try to exploit any tiredness that the Warriors might show. Continue reading →

Jaypee Punjab Warriors will look to win against Ranchi Rhinos on home ground

Jalandhar, 15 January 2013: Having suffered the disappointment of being beaten in the opening game of the Hero Hockey India League, Jaypee Punjab Warriors would try to get a better result at home when they take on Ranchi Rhinos in Jalandhar on Wednesday.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors

Jaypee Punjab Warriors will need better co-ordination among star studded forward line including Jamie Dwyer, Shivendra Singh, S V Sunil, etc.

Warriors fought well against Delhi Waveriders on Monday, but their forward-line failed to create enough goal-scoring opportunities, and that is something that the team think tank would have worked on, on Tuesday, their only rest day for the first four days of the tournament. The likes of SV Sunil, Shivendra Singh would have to play a more attacking hockey, if the Warriors want to be a lot more dangerous in the coming games.

Warriors skipper Jamie Dwyer admitted after Monday’s game that the team needs to do better. “We didn’t start the game well.  I think, as a team, we still need to combine a bit better. Hopefully, we would start doing that in the next few games,” the Aussie said on Monday night. Continue reading →

Spectacular start to Hero Hockey India League; Delhi Waveriders launch campaign with a victory

New Delhi, 14 January 2013: Hosts Delhi Waveriders launched their campaign in the Hero Hockey India League with a comfortable 2-1 victory over Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the Major Dhyanchand National stadium here on Monday.

Germany’s Oskar Deecke (14th min) and Gurwinder Singh Chandi (22nd) found the net for the winners while Australian Keiran Govers (42nd) scored the consolation goal for the visitors.

Captains of 5 HIL Teams during Opening Ceremony

Captains of 5 HIL Teams during Opening Ceremony

Before the tournament opener, a laser show light up the Delhi sky and the spectators witnessed a special performance from figure skaters Alifya and Yuri and daredevil stunts of Jeenea set the tempo for the inaugural edition of the tournament and the sizeable crowd at the National stadium was hoping for a quality encounter in the opening match of the inaugural edition of Hero HIL and the teams did not disappoint. Continue reading →

Hero Hockey India League is Live on Youtube!!!

Hero Hockey India League Logo

Hero Hockey India League

After an amazing opening ceremony, all the matches of Hero Hockey India League can be watched live on official YouTube channel of the league.

The news, updates about ticketing, schedule and detailed results, etc. of the tournament along with points table can be found here on our website.

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Delhi Waveriders ready to face Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the Opening Game of Hero Hockey India League

New Delhi, 13 January 2013: Delhi Waveriders and Jaypee Punjab Warriors are ready for their opening match of the inaugural season of Hero Hockey India League to be played at Major DhyanChand National Stadium, New Delhi on Monday.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors team visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar

Jaypee Punjab Warriors team had visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar to seek blessing before starting the campaign

Delhi Waveriders coach AK Bansal focused on Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ star player Jamie Dwyer and has made strategies around the Australian. “We will try to restrict Jamie at all sides of the ground as he is the key play-maker and very quick on field,” Bansal said in the pre-match press conference.

On the other side, Jaypee Punjab Warriors captain’s key tactic for tomorrow’s match is to stop Sardar Singh. “We will stop Sardar. Delhi Waveriders have strong midfielders and Sardar Singh is the best among them,” Jamie said in the press conference. Continue reading →