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 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 →
Author: ""; Last updated on January 17, 2013 20:53 .
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
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 →
Author: ""; Last updated on January 16, 2013 23:47 .
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 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 →
Author: ""; Last updated on January 15, 2013 21:01 .
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
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 →
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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.
“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 →
Author: ""; Last updated on February 27, 2013 02:19 .