Jaypee Punjab Warriors continue their winning streak

Continuing on their winning streak, Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeated Kalinga Lancers by 2-1 in their second meeting of the Hero Hockey India League 2015 at Bhubaneswar today from 0-1 down at half time.

Kalinga Lancers Captain Vickram Kanth and Jaypee Punjab Warrios' SV Sunil in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Kalinga Lancers Captain Vickram Kanth and Jaypee Punjab Warrios’ SV Sunil in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Having an advantage of playing at their home turf, Kalinga Lancers showed positive signs in the opening stages and continued dominating the possession throughout the game. Jaypee Punjab Warriors without losing hopes struggled between the sticks and tried to keep up the momentum of the game and ended up turning the tables in their favor. Both the teams started on an attacking note and displayed a well contested first quarter but unfortunately neither of the teams failed to score even a single goal.

Moving ahead to the second quarter, Kalinga Lancers seemed to be more structured and confident with their strategies and showcased brilliant defence work. It was in the 24th minute that gritty Gurjinder Singh gave Kalinga Lancers a much awaited lead with a penalty corner conversion through a brilliant drag-flick. With no goal score for Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Kalinga Lancers took the lead to 1-0 and gave its local crowd a reason to relish the game. Continue reading →

Jaypee Punjab Warriors ready to face Kalinga Lancers in Bhubaneswar tomorrow

Confident Jaypee Punjab Warriors will take on the hosts Kalinga Lancers tomorrow in 2nd match (1900 Hrs IST) of the day in Hero Hockey India League 2015. On the day  of double headers, looking for season’s first win Delhi Waveriders will host Dabang Mumbai at 1700 Hrs IST.

Kalinga Lancers loosening some muscles during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Kalinga Lancers loosening some muscles during Hero Hockey India League 2015

After a thumping 3-1 victory against their arch-rivals Delhi Waveriders in Delhi on Friday 30 January 2015, Jaypee Punjab Warriors will aspire to maintain their winning run in the Hero Hockey India League 2015. Riding on three wins against Kalinga Lancers, Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Delhi Waveriders, the Mohali team is in its best form and leading the points-table with 17 points. A win against home team Kalinga Lancers tomorrow will boost their determination to win the title of Hero HIL 2015. Continue reading →

Jaypee Punjab Warriors came from behind to beat Delhi Waveriders

Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeated Delhi Waveriders by 3-1 after going down 0-1 early in the 10th league match of Hero Hockey India League 2015, played at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi today. Winning two matches and drawing one, the Jamie Dwyer-led Jaypee Punjab Warriors clinched the match after a spirited action-packed game against their arch-rivals Delhi Waveriders in front of a cheering crowd.

SV Sunil (Jaypee Punjab Warriors) and Danish Mujtaba (Delhi Waveriders) in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

SV Sunil (Jaypee Punjab Warriors) and Danish Mujtaba (Delhi Waveriders) in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

It was forward player Simon Child, who opened the account for Delhi Waveriders in the third minute of the match when he and his team-mate Akashdeep were charging the defenders from both the flanks. Akashdeep received a long pass from the New Zealand defender Andrew Hayward to his left and he dribbled-past a few defenders before hitting the ball hard into the box without giving any chance to Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ Dutch goalkeeper Jaap Stockman and Simon Child made sure the ball crossed the baseline. Displaying excellent teamwork, both helped the Delhi team to take the lead by 1-0 and putting pressure on their opponents early in the match. Conceding the first goal, Jaypee Punjab Warriors counter-attacked in the opponents’ half but failed to beat the defenders and the score remained 1-0 in the first quarter. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders ready to take on Punjab Warriors in 1st Home Game

Playing the first match on their home turf in Hero Hockey India League 2015, Delhi Waveriders is all geared up to take on Jaypee Punjab Warriors tomorrow at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. Both the teams last met at the finals of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League 2014 where Delhi Waveriders defeated Jaypee Punjab Warriors to claim the prestigious title. This year around while Delhi will yet again look at achieving the same feat, Punjab, with its formidable line-up, will aim to defeat the hosts tomorrow.

Delhi Waveriders team in a practice session in Hero Hockey India League

Delhi Waveriders team in a practice session in Hero Hockey India League

Of the three matches played in the League till now, Jaypee Punjab Warriors has won two and drawn one and are comfortably sitting on the top of the points table. On the other hand Delhi Waveriders who have played two matches and have drawn both will be eyeing for a win and claiming full 5 points. Continue reading →

Jaypee Punjab Warriors edge past UP Wizards by 3-2

With a remarkable victory in the last match against Kalinga Lancers, host Jaypee Punjab Warriors continued their impressive run in the third edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) and edged past Uttar Pradesh Wizards 3-2 at the Hockey Stadium in Mohali today. Keeping alive the hopes of the home fans, Jaypee Punjab Warriors were by far the better side on display as they dominated the match from the beginning to the end.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors celebrate after scoring a goal through Varun Kumar during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Jaypee Punjab Warriors celebrate after scoring a goal through Varun Kumar during Hero Hockey India League 2015

The Uttar Pradesh Wizards seized the early initiative and opened the scoring in the 7th minute through VR Raghunath, who successfully converted the penalty corner with a powerful flick to get his first goal of this edition. The battle of the penalty corners was on, when Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ Varun Kumar went down hard and sneaked in a goal which came through the penalty corner in the 12th minute, equalizing the score by 1-1 by the end of the first quarter. Continue reading →

Jamie Dwyer’s brace help Warriors in beating Lancers: Hockey India League 2015

Taking their performance a notch higher in the ongoing Hero Hockey India League 2015, Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeated Kalinga Lancers by 4-2 at their home turf in Mohali at the International Hockey Stadium. Riding on Man-of-the-Match performance and two goals of Kookaburras Jamie Dwyer, the Punjab side recorded their first win in their second match of league’s 3rd edition.

Sandeep Singh celebrates his goal with Jaypee Punjab Warriors team mates during Hero Hockey India League 2015 in Mohali

Sandeep Singh celebrates his goal with Jaypee Punjab Warriors team mates during Hero Hockey India League 2015 in Mohali

Giving a speedy start to the game, both Kalinga Lancers and Jaypee Punjab Warriors were seen in an attacking mode, trying to penetrate each other’s D and taking the lead in the game from the first quarter itself. It was only in the 8th minute of the game when Lalit Upadhyay of Kalinga Lancers made a break-through with the help of a counter attack and sliced in a field goal beating Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ Jaap Stockmann and helping Kalinga Lancers to take the early lead in the game over the home team. Continue reading →