The defending champions Ranchi Rhinos were held for draw by a much improved and spirited Dabur Mumbai Magicians in a league match of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi today.
David Harte, Goalkeeper of Mumbai Magicians, receiving Man-of-the-Match award for the match against Ranchi Rhinos at Ranchi during Hero Hockey India League 2014
It took the Ranchi Rhinos 52 minutes to open the scoring through Justin Reid Ross before Dabur Mumbai Magicians equalized six minutes later through Trent Mitton (58th minute) to split the points as their Irish Goalkeeper David Harte pulled out a man-of-the-match performance including saving a penalty stroke.
Dabur Mumbai Magicians made a promising start and dominated the early share of possession.
Veteran Prabhjot Singh got the first real scoring chance in the 10th minute but luck did not favor as his shot found the upright bar of the post. Continue reading →
Ranchi Rhinos‘ captain Moritz Fürste lead from front in 2-1 win over UP Wizards at the Hero Hockey India League 2014, which was witnessed by Honorable CM of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav.
Man-of-the-Match and Ranchi Rhinos’ captain Moritz Fürste in action UP Wizards during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at Lucknow
The first match in Lucknow of the Hero Hockey India League 2nd edition also saw King of Bhangra, Daler Mehndi performing on his hit numbers during the opening ceremony.
The Rhinos were by far the better side on display as they dominated the match from the start to finish. The visitors had the better share of ball possession, enjoying 56 per cent of the possession as against Wizards’ 44 percent. Continue reading →
Defending champions Ranchi Rhinos edged past last edition’s finalists Delhi Waveriders by 1-0 to register their first win in the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014 in a keenly contested league match at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Ranchi today.
Ashley Jackson (Ranchi Rhinos) celebrates with Rhino Salam
It took the Rhinos 63 minutes to break the deadlock through Jackson, who converted a set-piece to open the hosts’ account in the second edition of HHIL.
With two last year’s finalists in action in reigning champions Ranchi Rhinos and runners-up Delhi Waveriders, it was expected to be a close contest and it turned out to be one as both the teams matched each other stick by stick.
Still reeling from their 2-3 defeat at the hands of Uttar Pradesh Wizards in their tournament opener, the Ranchi Rhinos however started on a positive note and put Delhi Waveriders defense under pressure early on.
The hosts created a few bright openings in the beginning but their forward line led by star striker Mandeep Singh wasted the opportunities as the Delhi outfit displayed some stout defending. Continue reading →
Uttar Pradesh Wizards produced a spirited performance to register a 3-2 come-from-behind win against the defending champions and the hosts for the day, Ranchi Rhinos, in their campaign opener to start off the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) on high note.
The Wizards, who finished third last year, twice came back from a goal down register the victory to grab five points with wining goal coming from young promising player from Haryana, Pardeep Mor.
It was Ranchi Rhinos who started the match on a positive note and took the lead in the fourth minute through their star striker Mandeep Singh who found himself at the right place at the right time to slot the ball home to register his first goal of HHIL 2014. Continue reading →
Hero Hockey India League 2014
Teams: Delhi Waveriders, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Kalinga Lancers, Mumbai Magicians, Ranchi Rhinos and Uttar Pradesh Wizards
Venues: Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Jalandhar, Lucknow, Mumbai and Ranchi.
The detailed schedule, results and points table of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014:
Live telecast details of Hero Hockey India League 2014:
Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD 1 in India
One World Sport in US and Canada,
Sky Sports in New Zealand,
TEN Sports in Pakistan, South East Asia and Middle East and
Super Sports in South Africa.
The trophy & Mascot of Hero Hockey India League 2014 were unveiled today in New Delhi. The mascot of Hero HIL is named “Gaurav” (meaning – Pride) has been introduced at the trophy unveiling ceremony.
Dr Narinder Batra (General Seceretary, Hockey India), Gaurav- the Hockey India League Mascot, Lokesh Kumar, Muthukumar Balakrishnan (Asst Tournament Director), Bjorn Isberg (Tournament Director), Elena Norman (CEO, Hockey India), Craig Gribble (Umpires Manager)
The trophy of Hero HIL 2014, looks stunning masterpiece of trophy seems like a crown embedded with Swarovski at top and bottom with two beautiful golden Hockey Sticks on both the sides. The introduction of mascot “Gaurav” will be a new & refreshing chapter in the Hockey India League. The mascot is designed to arouse the interest for Hockey and to connect all hockey fans with the game in a completely redefined manner. Continue reading →