HIL 2015 Semis are here: Ranchi Rays vs UP Wizards and Pujab Warriors vs Delhi Waveriders

The third edition of Hero Hockey India League (HIL 2015) has reached its business with semi-finals and finals scheduled to be played this weekend at Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi. With Uttar Pradesh Wizards facing Ranchi Rays and Jaypee Punjab Warriors taking on Delhi Waveriders for places in finals, the HIL 2015 is in interesting stage where Delhi team is looking for third successive final appearance while Wizards have set their eyes on first ever appearance in the summit clash of the league.

Delhi Waveriders at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Delhi Waveriders at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

It is a clash which Jaypee Punjab Warriors have been waiting for since the Finale of the second season of Hero HIL. The aim is to undo that result and finish the job with a win. And prior to the semis, the Wizards and Rays have clashed twice in the league games of 3rd Hero HIL with Ranchi Rays emerging victorious in both the matches as Uttar Pradesh Wizards went down struggling to lose the games by only a whisker. Continue reading →

With an eye on top spot, Ranchi Rays face Delhi Waveriders tomorrow in Delhi

With a secured berth in the semi finals of the Hero Hockey India League 2015, Ranchi Rays will play against Delhi Waveriders in their next match at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi tomorrow. While Delhi Waveriders will be looking to encash this opportunity to the maximum in order to strengthen their position in the league, Ranchi Rays will aim for a win with an intention to ascend to the top of the points table.

Ranchi Rays captain Ashley Jackson lead during a training session during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Ranchi Rays captain Ashley Jackson lead during a training session during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Last time the two teams met the match was drawn at 2-2. While it was Delhi Waveriders which had opened the match strongly, Ranchi Rays came back into the game and ensured that they drew the match. Tomorrow both the teams will look at completing what was left unfinished in their last meeting. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rays beat Punjab Warriors to enter semis of Hero HIL 2015

The hosts Ranchi Rays edged past table toppers Jaypee Punjab Warriors by 3-2 to become 2nd team to confirm their place in semi-finals of Hero Hockey India League 2015. It was an extraordinary contest between two top teams in front of jam-packed Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Morabadi, Ranchi.

Birendra Lakra and Mandeep Singh and Ranchi Rays team thanking the supporters at Ranchi during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Birendra Lakra and Mandeep Singh and Ranchi Rays team thanking the supporters at Ranchi during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Jaypee Punjab Warriors conceded an early goal in the 13th minute and the second goal in the 45th minute leaving them trailing the game 2-0. Jaypee Punjab Warriors finally made a come-back in the game by leveling the scores 2-2 in the fourth quarter, but wasting no time Ranchi Rays came back strong and scored the third goal and went on to win the game. Post the match, both Ranchi Rays and Jaypee Punjab Warriors are locked at 29 points at the points table. Continue reading →

Tough Match for Punjab Warriors as they face Ranchi Rays in Ranchi

Jaypee Punjab Warriors, who have already sealed their place in the Semi-Final of Hero Hockey India League 2015, will face Ranchi Rays at Ranchi tomorrow, February 10, 2015> This will be the first clash between the top two teams of the points’ table and a possible pre-match of the semi-final. Jaypee Punjab Warriors is leading the table with 28 points where as Ranchi Rays is at second place with 24 points.

Youngsters Sumit Toppo and Affan Yousuf in Jaypee Punjab Warriors' training session at Ranchi during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Youngsters Sumit Toppo and Affan Yousuf in Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ training session at Ranchi during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays, who have remained unbeatable at their home ground with two draws and two wins, will face a tough challenge against the star-studded Jaypee Punjab Warriors who have specialised players in every department. Leading from the front is the top goal-scorer Sandeep Singh, who scored a hat-trick against the defending champions Delhi Waveriders in their previous match and very much specialised in penalty corners. The Barry Dancer boys will stick to their strategy of earning maximum penalty corners and leave it to Sandeep Singh to convert them. Ranchi Rays Head Coach Harendra Singh has to think out of the box to restrict Sandeep Singh from scoring goals in the penalty corners, otherwise they may have to see a disappointing score-line in the first half. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rays edge UP Wizards by 1-0, stay on course for Semis

Ranchi Rays edged past Uttar Pradesh Wizards by 1-0 at their home turf, Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Morabadi (Ranchi) to stay on course for semi-final spot and rooted to second place in points table in ongoing Hero Hockey India League 2015.

Ranchi Rays celebrate the goal by Ashley Jackson during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays celebrate the goal by Ashley Jackson during Hero Hockey India League 2015

With both Ranchi Rays and Uttar Pradesh Wizards sitting with a total of 19 points after playing six matches each in the season, were seen battling it out today in Ranchi, in order to take their respective lead a notch up in the league. Where Uttar Pradesh Wizards showed a skilful game, hosts Ranchi Rays stole the show by defeating the visiting team 1-0. It was yet again Ashley Jackson who stood tall for his team and scored the sole goal for the match which helped his team register the win for the day. Continue reading →

Double Header on Sunday in Ranchi & Mumbai: Hero HIL 2015

Post 4-0 victory over Kalinga Lancers, the upbeat Ranchi Rays are ready take on Uttar Pradesh Wizards tomorrow, 08 January 2015 on their home ground in Ranchi. While bottom two teams in table Kalinga Lancers and Dabang Mumbai face each other’s first time in this season, as they take the field in Mumbai tomorrow’s 2nd match.

UP Wizards in a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

UP Wizards in a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

The hosts, MS Dhoni’s Ranchi Rays will be aspiring to continue their winning momentum, the confident after defating Jaypee Punjab Warrios, Uttar Pradesh Wizards will look to avenge their loss. In the previous clash between the two where Ranchi Rays had blanked the Wizards 2-0 in lucknow. The last match was regarded as Ranchi Rays vs PR Sreejesh wherein the latter gave a tough contest to the opponents to get past him. UP Wizards is working on their defence for tomorrow and are determined to not allow easy access to their D. Continue reading →