Ranchi Rays looking for revenge against Kalinga Lancers at Ranchi

Ranchi Rays are back at their home, as they host Kalinga Lancers and looking to revenge their defeat in opener of the third Hero Hockey India League 2015. The two teams will each other at Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Ranchi tomorrow (6th Feb) at 1900HRS. In the inaugural match of the season, Kalinga Lancers had defeated Ranchi Rays by 6-3.

Ranchi Rays celebrate their victory during Hero Hockey India League

Aiming to make up for the loss in their previous match, the Ashley Jackson led Ranchi Rays is determined to showcase brilliant stick work not leaving any scope for the opponent to make use of any scoring opportunity they attain. All eyes will be set on Ashley Jackson who scored two amazing goals for his team in the previous clash along with the strong support of Mandeep Singh, Nicolas Wilson and Trent Mitton on the forward line-up, Kothajit Singh, Manpreet Singh, Austin Smith, and Barry Middleton at the midfield along with Birendra Lakra and Justin Reid-Ross at defence. Continue reading →

Defeated by Ranchi Rays, UP Wizards face Punjab Warriors

Today, Ranchi Rays defeated Uttar Pradesh Wizards by 2-0, who will host Jaypee Punjab Warriors tomorrow at 1500 HRS in the third edition of Hero Hockey India League at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow. The win gave Ranchi Rays five points to take their tally to 14 points. They now share equal points with Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the pool standings.

Trent Mitton celebrating his goal with his Ranchi Rays team-mates during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Trent Mitton celebrating his goal with his Ranchi Rays team-mates during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Motivated with their victory in the last match played against Uttar Pradesh Wizards with a score of 3-2, Jaypee Punjab Warriors will be eyeing to bag their second consecutive win against the home team and further adding five points to its tally so as to retain its position in the points table. While the Jaypee Punjab Warriors has had a good run in the League till now, it aspires to keep the momentum running and will even be looking at going to the next level. Coached by Barry Dancer, the team will bring in the best skills of the trade not allowing the opponents to notch up from any of the scoring opportunities. On the other side, Coached by Roelant Oltmans, Uttar Pradesh Wizards is aiming to win the match against Punjab Warriors in order to make up for the previous loss. Continue reading →

UP Wizards face Ranchi Rays at Lucknow tomorrow

After a clean sheet and 2-0 win against Kalinga Lancers at Bhubaneswar, Uttar Pradesh Wizards are confident and prepared to host the Ranchi Rays tomorrow. It will be a battle between Uttar Pradesh Wizards-co owned by Suresh Raina and captained by Edward Ockenden, and MS Dhoni owned Ranchi Rays, led by Ashley Jackson, tomorrow at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium at Lucknow.

Parvinder Singh and Shushant Tirkey (GK) of Ranchi Rays at a training session during Hockey India League 2015

Parvinder Singh and Shushant Tirkey (GK) of Ranchi Rays at a training session during Hockey India League 2015

After playing four matches in the League till now, Uttar Pradesh Wizards have bagged two wins, lost one and one game concluded as a draw. They are now sitting on the second position in the points table with 13 points, next only to Jaypee Punjab Warriors who are currently on top of the table. Uttar Pradesh Wizards will be looking at continuing their winning form against Ranchi Rays and aim to grab another five points. The team will be depending on the strong defence line created with PR Sreejesh before the goal post and Raghunath as defender to ensure that Ranchi Rays find it difficult to go past them. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rays ready to host Dabang Mumbai

Post holding the defending Champions Delhi Waveriders at 2-2 for a draw in their last game, Ranchi Rays is eagerly waiting in the wings to take on Dabang Mumbai in the next match of Hero Hockey India League slated to be played on 28 January 2015, at Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Ranchi. While Ranchi Rays will be looking at winning this game in order to share the top position with Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the points table, Dabang Mumbai will aspire to register their first triumph in the ongoing League.

Ranchi Rays in a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays in a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Prior to this, the two teams have met once in this edition of Hockey India League where Barry Middleton’s brace had helped the guest team- Ranchi Rays to defeat Dabang Mumbai by 2-1 in Mumbai. Where Ranchi Rays will try to repeat their last performance against Dabang Mumbai, the latter will put in all efforts to ensure the same errors are not replicated and will seek to turn the tables in their favour. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rays and Delhi Waveriders play a 2-2 draw

An action packed match played between Ranchi Rays and Delhi Waveriders in the 3rd edition of the Hero Hockey India League today at Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Ranchi, concluded with a draw at 2-2.

Birendra Lakra Ranchi Rays Hero Hockey India League 2015

Birendra Lakra of Ranchi Rays was adjudged Man of the Match against Delhi Waveriders during Hero Hockey India League 2015

The first half of the match saw some remarkable skills from the Delhi Waveriders’ team as Akashdeep Singh was seen dribbling his way into the Ranchi Rays’ D, beating the defenders and the goalkeeper and pierced in a dramatic field goal, giving Delhi Waveriders a head start in the match by 1-0 as early as the third minute of the game itself. Though the ball possession rate was dominated by the Ranchi Rays, but the team failed to convert any opportunities in the first quarter. Continue reading →

Ranchi vs Delhi and Punjab vs UP in HIL on Republic Day of India

Post their electrifying win yesterday over Dabang Mumbai, Ranchi Rays looks to be finding its form in the ongoing 3rd edition of the Hero Hockey India League as they face Delhi Waveriders in Ranchi while Uttar Pradesh Wizards are all geared up to face the confident Jaypee Punjab Warriors on their home turf in Mohali (Schedule and results here).

Jaypee Punjab Warriors Hero Hockey India League

Jaypee Punjab Warriors Hero Hockey India League

On the other hand post their 2-2 draw against Uttar Pradesh Wizards in their opening game of Hockey India League in Lucknow, the Sardar Singh led Delhi Waveriders team still looks confident of stamping their dominance in the League. With both the teams looking at a win tomorrow at 1700 HRS IST it will yet again be an exciting clash in the League which has been witnessing each team giving their best and showcasing that they are no less than the other. Continue reading →