UP Wizards beat Ranchi Rhinos with near perfect game

Lucknow, 20th January 2013: A superb reverse hit by Jeroen Hertzberger and a penalty corner conversion by skipper VR Raghunath was good enough to earn Uttar Pradesh Wizards a 2-0 win over Ranchi Rhinos in the Hero Hockey India League at home on Sunday.

Jeroen Hartzberger found the target on that cracking reverse hit

Jeroen Hartzberger found the target on that cracking reverse hit

The win took Wizards to 12 points, same as Delhi Waveriders, and put them on top of the points table due to a better goal difference.

The first half saw a battle between two sides that were trying to stamp their supremacy on the game. The match began at a fast pace, and within the first few minutes, Ranchi Rhinos got close to the Uttar Pradesh Wizards goal post on a couple of occasions, without really threatening the Wizards’ goalkeeper. In the ninth minute, Wizards made a couple of good moves, but Rhinos’ Birendra Lakra intercepted and cleared the ball on both occasions, even before the move became really threatening. Continue reading →

Wizards looking to tame rampaging Rhinos

Sunday Game – 20th January: Uttar Pradesh Wizards vs Ranchi Rhinos at the Guru Gobind Singh Sports College at 3:00 PM.

Lucknow, 19 January 2013: Uttar Pradesh Wizards will have their task cut out when they take on the rampaging Ranchi Rhinos on their third league encounter of the Hero Hockey India League here on Sunday.

Ranchi Rhinos- Ashley Jackson, Vikas Choudhary, Moritz Fürste

Ranchi Rhinos looks strongest team by far

The Sahara India Pariwar.-owned outfit is hitherto unbeaten in the competition and came back from a goal down to hold league leaders Delhi Waveriders on Saturday.

However, the Rhinos are expected to pose a far bigger threat to the unbeaten record of the hosts as the visitors have been boasting of the best attacking prowess in the competition so far. Continue reading →

UP Wizards hold Delhi Waveriders to a draw on home turf

Lucknow, 19 January 2013: Delhi Waveriders failed to replicate their home form in their first away game of the Hero Hockey India League and were held to a 1-1 draw by Uttar Pradesh Wizards here on Saturday.

Simon Child (Delhi Waveriders) found the target on that reverse hit against Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Simon Child (Delhi Waveriders) found the target on that reverse hit against Uttar Pradesh Wizards

The Waveriders, who had won their first two encounters at home against Jaypee Punjab Warriors and Mumbai Magicians, however regained the top spot in the league standings with 12 points from three encounters.

But the visitors would not be satisfied with the end results given the way they started the match. The Waveriders came out all guns blazing in the first quarter and penetrated the opposition’s striking circle at will. Continue reading →

Uttar Pradesh Wizards Prepare to Take on Unbeaten Delhi Waveriders

Uttar Pradesh Wizards vs Delhi Waveriders at the Guru Gobind Singh Sports College, Lucknow at 11.30AM (19th Jan)
(Bollywood sensation Katrina Kaif, Nargis Fakhri and Shaimak Davar troupe will perform in Grand Opening Ceremony at 10:00AM)

Lucknow, 18 January 2013: Delhi Waveriders and Uttar Pradesh Wizards, the two unbeaten sides of the Hero Hockey India League, face each other in a highly anticipated clash in Lucknow on Saturday.

Pardeep Mor - Junior India Player

On field performance of junior players like Pardeep Mor(in Photo), Nithin Thimmaiah, SK Uthappa, etc will be crucial  for the Wizards

Having won two out of two games, Waveriders would be high on confidence. And so would be the Wizards, after having beaten Jaypee Punjab Warriors in their opener on Thursday. In addition, Wizards would be playing their first home game of the tournament, which shouldn’t be too long a journey for Waveriders either.

Scoring three wins in a row can be a big step forward towards making it to the summit clash, and Waveriders would do everything possible to achieve that. Keeping the winning momentum going is also important, and that would also be on the Waveriders’ mind. Continue reading →

Grand Opening Ceremony of the home ground of Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Bollywood sensation Katrina Kaif, Nargis Fakhri and Shaimak Davar troupe to perform in a grand opening ceremony of Uttar Pradesh Wizards first match at its home ground

Sahara India Pariwar invites all the ticket bearers of 19th January’s match between Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Delhi Wave Riders to witness the Grand, Bollywood Star studded Opening Ceremony of the home ground of Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Opening ceremony to start sharp at 10:00 a.m. at Dhyan Chand Stadium, Kursi Road

Uttar Pradesh Wizards LogoIn one of the biggest hockey extravaganza that the city has witnessed, Sahara India Pariwar, the prime promoter & patron of sports in India, invites all the ticket bearers of the Hero Hockey India League’s match between Uttar Pradesh Wizards’s and Delhi Wave Riders to come and witness an exemplary opening ceremony on 19th January, 2013 at Dhyan Chand Stadium, Kursi Road. The opening ceremony will be a mélange of hockey and entertainment excellence with high voltage performance by Bollywood sensation Ms. Katrina Kaif, Ms. Nargis Fakhri and Shaimak Davar’s Troupe. The ceremony shall have a fanfare by the grand performances of bollywood celebrities. The spectators shall also be mesmerised by a series of special performance by Bollywood artists. The splendid ceremony will start sharp at 10:00 a.m. Continue reading →

Uttar Pradesh Wizards Start Hero Hockey India League on a Winning Note

Jalandhar, 17th January 2013: Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ wait for a victory was extended to three games on Thursday when the hosts succumbed to a 2-1 loss against Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the inaugural Hero Hockey India League at the Surjit Singh stadium here.

Jeroen Hartzberger hits the 1st goal for Up Wizards against Punjab Warriors at Jalandhar

Jeroen Hartzberger hits the 1st goal for Up Wizards against Punjab Warriors at Jalandhar

Looking for that elusive win, the Punjab side came out all guns blazing against the Wizards but their inability to convert the four penalty corners and a bit of bad luck cost the Jamie Dwyer led side dearly.

With both teams locked at 1-1, an error from Warrior’s goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann handed the lead to the Wizards in the 58th minute and the visitors ensured that there were no last minute hiccups. Continue reading →