Ranchi Rhinos to face Mumbai Magicians in their First Home Game

Ranchi Rhions vs Mumbai Magicians at 8PM on 18th Jan at Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Ranchi

Ranchi, 17 January 2013: Two teams with different starts will go head to head in the Hero Hockey India League, when Ranchi Rhinos take on Mumbai Magicians at home on Friday.

Ranchi Rhinos

Ranchi Rhinos

Ranchi Rhinos got off to a good start on Wednesday, when they handed Jaypee Punjab Warriors their second successive defeat in an away game. Rhinos, who have invested a lot in local talent, defended extremely well towards the end stages of the game on Wednesday, and the team management would love to see a similar performance from the backline against Magicians.

Mumbai Magicians suffered a 1-2 loss at the hands of Delhi Waveriders on Wednesday, and would be keen to score a win against Rhinos to get their campaign back on track. Having lost the opener in Delhi, Magicians have now travelled to Ranchi, leaving them with very less time to prepare for Friday’s game. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rhinos Start on Winning Note Beat Punjab Warriors 2-1

Jalandhar, 16 January 2013: A solid defensive display helped Ranchi Rhinos breach the citadel of Jaypee Punjab Warriors 2-1 at the Surjeet Singh Stadium to begin their campaign in the inaugural Hero Hockey India League on a winning note here on Wednesday.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors

Jaypee Punjab Warriors

The hosts had lost their opening encounter against Delhi Waveriders and needed a win to get their campaign on track. However, despite a fare better display of possession hockey, they failed to dominate the opposition.

Rhinos’ English recruit Ashley Jackson put the team ahead with a clinical drag flick in the 43rd minute and Mandeep Singh benefited from a defensive error on a hopeful cross from the right to score the second six minutes later. Continue reading →

Jaypee Punjab Warriors will look to win against Ranchi Rhinos on home ground

Jalandhar, 15 January 2013: Having suffered the disappointment of being beaten in the opening game of the Hero Hockey India League, Jaypee Punjab Warriors would try to get a better result at home when they take on Ranchi Rhinos in Jalandhar on Wednesday.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors

Jaypee Punjab Warriors will need better co-ordination among star studded forward line including Jamie Dwyer, Shivendra Singh, S V Sunil, etc.

Warriors fought well against Delhi Waveriders on Monday, but their forward-line failed to create enough goal-scoring opportunities, and that is something that the team think tank would have worked on, on Tuesday, their only rest day for the first four days of the tournament. The likes of SV Sunil, Shivendra Singh would have to play a more attacking hockey, if the Warriors want to be a lot more dangerous in the coming games.

Warriors skipper Jamie Dwyer admitted after Monday’s game that the team needs to do better. “We didn’t start the game well.  I think, as a team, we still need to combine a bit better. Hopefully, we would start doing that in the next few games,” the Aussie said on Monday night. Continue reading →

Hero Hockey India League to begin tomorrow, but difficult to Pick a Favourite

New Delhi, 13 January 2013: Hockey lovers across the world would be treated to a mouth-watering outlay of high quality hockey with the inaugural edition of the Hero Hockey India League set to kick off with the opening encounter between Delhi Waveriders and Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the Major Dhyan Chand National stadium here on Monday.

Hockey India Secretary General & Chairman of Hero Hockey India League Dr. Narinder Batra and Managing Director & CEO of Hero MotoCorp Ltd Mr. Pawan Munjal with the Hero Hockey India League Trophy

Hockey India Secretary General & Chairman of Hero Hockey India League Dr. Narinder Batra and Managing Director & CEO of Hero MotoCorp Ltd Mr. Pawan Munjal with the Hero Hockey India League Trophy

The tournament, conceptualised by Hockey India and sanction by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), will see five teams to compete for top honour.

On paper, there is hardly anything to choose between the five squads that boast of the world’s best 120 players and even the bookmakers would find it difficult to pick a clear favourite at the start of the tournament, which will be played in a home-away format over the next one month. Continue reading →

Amit Rohidas feels Hero Hockey India League is Big Opportunity for Players like him

It’s a dream come true for the young lad from Ranchi who fetched a princely amount of Rs.16 lakh in the recently conducted auction and will now rub shoulders with leading international players within ten days. Amit Rohidas, who has already made his mark at the junior international level and is now dribbling his way into the senior internationals, is very happy to be a part of the inaugural Hero Hockey India League and his team Ranchi Rhinos.

Ranchi Rhinos Logo“It’s the best thing that has happened in my life till now. Seeing some interest (of franchisees) in me during the Players’ Auction and getting a huge opportunity to play with top international players are really very special to me,” said the 19-year-old defender from Sundargarh district of Odisha.

Rohidas was bought by Ranchi Rhinos at price of $29,000, five times more than his Base Price of $5,600 at the HIL Players’ Auction. He will be playing with legendary players such as Moritz Fuertse (Germany), Ashley Jackson (England), Austin Smith (South Africa), Floris Evers (The Netherlands) and Francisco Cortes (Spain). Continue reading →

Hero Hockey India League Schedule/Results

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Hero Hockey India League

The Schedule and Results
of
Inaugural Hero Hockey India League

Teams: Delhi Waveriders, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Mumbai Magicians, Ranchi Rhinos and Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Venues: Delhi (book tickets), Jalandhar, Lucknow (book tickets), Mumbai and Ranchi.

Telecast Details:
ESPN Star Sports live in India,
Fox Sports live in Australia,
Super Sports in South Africa
One World Sports in Americas
and live on internet here on official YouTube channel of HIL.

The Schedule and Results of Hockey India League are here:

HIL Teams
Team Pts P W D L GF GA GD
Kalinga Lancers KL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Delhi Waveriders DWR 49 12 9 2 1 37 24 13
2 Ranchi Rhinos RR 41 12 7 2 3 26 22 4
3 Uttar Pradesh Wizards UPW 32 12 5 2 5 19 22 -3
4 Jaypee Punjab Warriors JPW 29 12 4 2 6 25 27 -2
5 Mumbai Magicians MM 16 12 1 0 11 20 32 -12
HIL Teams
Match Date-Time Results City
1 14/01 20:00 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 2 x 1 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Delhi
2 16/01 18:00 Jaypee Punjab Warriors  JPW 1 x 2 RR Ranchi Rhinos Jalandhar
3 16/01 20:00 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 2 x 1 MM Mumbai Magicians Delhi
4 17/01 20:00 Jaypee Punjab Warriors  JPW 1 x 2 UPW Uttar Pradesh Wizards Jalandhar
5 18/01 20:00 Ranchi Rhinos  RR 3 x 1 MM Mumbai Magicians Ranchi
6 19/01 11:30 Uttar Pradesh Wizards  UPW 1 x 1 DWR Delhi Waveriders Lucknow
7 20/01 15:00 Uttar Pradesh Wizards  UPW 2 x 0 RR Ranchi Rhinos Lucknow
8 20/01 20:00 Mumbai Magicians  MM 2 x 4 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Mumbai
9 21/01 20:00 Mumbai Magicians  MM 4 x 6 DWR Delhi Waveriders Mumbai
10 22/01 20:00 Jaypee Punjab Warriors  JPW 2 x 2 UPW Uttar Pradesh Wizards Jalandhar
11 23/01 20:00 Ranchi Rhinos  RR 4 x 5 DWR Delhi Waveriders Ranchi
12 24/01 18:00 Ranchi Rhinos  RR 3 x 1 UPW Uttar Pradesh Wizards Ranchi
13 24/01 20:00 Jaypee Punjab Warriors  JPW 4 x 3 MM Mumbai Magicians Jalandhar
14 26/01 15:00 Uttar Pradesh Wizards  UPW 1 x 3 RR Ranchi Rhinos Lucknow
15 26/01 19:00 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 4 x 3 MM Mumbai Magicians Delhi
16 27/01 15:00 Uttar Pradesh Wizards  UPW 3 x 4 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Lucknow
17 28/01 20:00 Ranchi Rhinos  RR 2 x 1 MM Mumbai Magicians Ranchi
18 29/01 20:00 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 3 x 0 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Delhi
19 30/01 18:00 Mumbai Magicians  MM 4 x 0 UPW Uttar Pradesh Wizards Mumbai
20 30/01 20:00 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 2 x 2 RR Ranchi Rhinos Delhi
21 31/01 20:00 Mumbai Magicians  MM 1 x 3 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Mumbai
22 01/02 20:00 Ranchi Rhinos  RR 2 x 5 DWR Delhi Waveriders Ranchi
23 02/02 15:00 Uttar Pradesh Wizards  UPW 2 x 0 MM Mumbai Magicians Lucknow
24 02/02 20:00 Ranchi Rhinos  RR 1 x 1 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Ranchi
25 03/02 15:00 Uttar Pradesh Wizards  UPW 0 x 3 DWR Delhi Waveriders Lucknow
26 04/02 20:00 Jaypee Punjab Warriors  JPW 2 x 3 RR Ranchi Rhinos Jalandhar
27 05/02 18:00 Jaypee Punjab Warriors  JPW 2 x 3 DWR Delhi Waveriders Jalandhar
28 05/02 20:00 Mumbai Magicians  MM 0 x 1 UPW Uttar Pradesh Wizards Mumbai
29 07/02 18:00 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 1 x 4 UPW Uttar Pradesh Wizards Delhi
30 07/02 20:00 Mumbai Magicians  MM 0 x 1 RR Ranchi Rhinos Ranchi
Semi Finals
Match Date-Time Results City
31 09/02 17:00 Ranchi Rhinos  RR 4 x 2 UPW Uttar Pradesh Wizards Ranchi
32 09/02 20:00 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 3 x 1 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Ranchi
Final
Match Date-Time Results City
33 10/02 17:00 Uttar Pradesh Wizards  UPW 4 x 3 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Ranchi
34 10/02 20:00 Ranchi Rhinos  RR 2 x 1 DWR Delhi Waveriders Ranchi
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