Riding on Middleton’s Brace Ranchi Rays defeat Dabang Mumbai by 2-1

Ranchi Rays bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Dabang Mumbai in Mumbai after losing their 1st match to Kalinga Lancers. After conceding a goal in the 3rd quarter in Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Ranchi Rays turned the match to their side with the help of double strike from Barry Middleton and defeated the host team by 2-1 in the 4th match of the Hero HIL 2015.

Ranchi Rays celebrate their victory during Hero Hockey India League

Ranchi Rays celebrate their victory against Dabang Mumbai during Hero Hockey India League

In the 1st quarter, Ranchi Rays successfully kept the ball in their possession and dominated the quarter with their high-spirited game. They continuously attacked on the opponents’ half and created many opportunities, but they faced the strong defence of Dabang Mumbai, who restricted their attacks. Ranchi Rays got their best chance to score where they managed to earn a crucial penalty corner in the 15th minute. Rays Justin Reid Ross received the shot and hit hard towards the box, but the gutsy midfielder Vikas Pillay thwarted the shot and failed the visitors’ attempt. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rays looking forward to face Dabang Mumbai in Mumbai

Ranchi Rays and newly formed Dabang Mumbai are gearing up to face each tomorrow at the latter’s home ground in the pool stage of the Hero Hockey India League. While Ranchi Rays played and lost its first match against Kalinga Lancers yesterday which was also the inaugural match of the League, Dabang Mumbai will play their second match against Ranchi Rays post playing a 3-3 against last edition’s finalists Jaypee Punjab Warriors today at Mumbai.

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Playing their first match yesterday, the Ashley Jackson led Ranchi Rays lost their match against the boys of Jude Felix. The key take away from the match against Kalinga Lancers was Ashley Jackson’s 2 penalty corner conversions and Barry Middleton’s beautifully penetrated field goal.

Going into their second match, Ranchi Rays will be looking at their defence coming out good and all will depend on Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas alongwith Goalkeeper Lovell Tyler and Sushant Tirkey to ensure that the opponents forwards are kept at bay and do not find it easy to penetrate the D of Ranchi Rays. Continue reading →

Kalinga Lancers Start Hockey India League 2015 on Winning Note

Determined Kalinga Lancers claimed a spectacular win against Ranchi Rays 6-3 in the inaugural match of the 3rd Hero Hockey India League at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneswar today.

The match between the two teams turned out to be exciting as it rained goals throughout the entire 60 minutes. Though Kalinga Lancers had a benefit of their home turf, it did not disappoint the hopes of Ranchi Rays who stood confident enough to give a strong challenge to the opponents.

Kalinga Lancers celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2015 at Bhubaneswar

Kalinga Lancers celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2015 at Bhubaneswar

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Double header on day 2 of Hockey India League 2015

The 2nd day of 3rd Hero Hockey India League will see double, in first one defending champions Delhi Waveriders take on Uttar Pradesh Wizards in Lucknow and Jaypee Punjab Warriors will challenge Dabang Mumbai in Mumbai.

Uttar Pradersh Wizards practices ahead of Hockey India League 2015 opener

Uttar Pradersh Wizards practices ahead of Hockey India League 2015 opener

Dabang Mumbai and Jaypee Punjab Warriors will be seen battling it out in their Hockey India League 2015 opener on 23 January 2015 (tomorrow) at 1900 HRS (IST) at Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai and will be telecasted LIVE on Star Sports, while Delhi Waveriders will take on Uttar Pradesh Wizards at 1500 HRS (IST). Entry to the stadium for all the Hockey India League matches in Lucknow is free.

Last when both the teams had met was in the semi-final match of the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League wherein UP Wizards lost the match to Delhi Waveriders which stopped them from reaching the Finale. With Uttar Pradesh Wizards looking at pay back where they lost to Delhi Waveriders by 1 goal to 0, Sardar Singh led team would be aware of this and will not allow the opponents of getting the better of them. Continue reading →

Lancers and Rays to Kick Start 3rd HIL with Crackers-Lasers Show

New Delhi, 21 January 2015: The third season of the long awaited Hero Hockey India League, in the presence of 7,000 hockey enthusiasts, is all set to get going at a magnificent opening ceremony at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, on 22 January 2015 and will see Ranchi Rays and Kalinga Lancers fighting it out in the opening match. (Full Schedule Here)

Kalinga Lacers Gurjinder Singh, Captain Vickram Kanth and Coach Jude Felix addressing the press before the start of Hero Hockey India League 2015

Kalinga Lacers Gurjinder Singh, Captain Vickram Kanth and Coach Jude Felix addressing the press before the start of Hero Hockey India League 2015

While the famous Perizaad Zorabian will unwrap the show and welcome the guests and spectators at the scintillating evening, it will be followed by a spectacular Laser Show. Enthralling the spectators for a while, the laser show will gracefully give way to the top Ollywood actors – Sabyasachi and Archita who will perform at their best, adding charm to the star-studded evening. After the performance, the Chief Guest of the event, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik will unveil the Hero Hockey India League Trophy for which the six participating teams will be clashing against each other over the period of next one month. Continue reading →

Hero Hockey India League 2015: Schedule and Results

Hero Hockey India League 2015

Hero Hockey India League LogoTeams: Dabang Mumbai, Delhi Waveriders, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Kalinga Lancers, Ranchi Rays and Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Venues: Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Mohali, Lucknow, Mumbai and Ranchi.
Live telecast details of Hero Hockey India League 2015:
Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD 1 in India

Live streaming online on starsports.com

Points Table of Hockey India League 2015 here:

Hockey India League 2015 Points Table

The detailed schedule and results of Hockey India League 2015 here: Continue reading →