Upbeat Dabang Mumbai to host UP Wizards tomorrow in Hero HIL

After recording season’s first win, upbeat Dabang Mumbai will host Uttar Pradesh Wizards on their home ground, Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Mumbai tomorrow (11th February, full schedule here) in ongoing Hero Hockey India League 2015.

Pardeep Mor and Wouter Joulie of Uttar Pradesh Wizards in training session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Pardeep Mor and Wouter Joulie of Uttar Pradesh Wizards in training session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

With the Hero Hockey India League 2015 entering the second phase, the teams are now expected to play more intensely with an eye on the knockouts. While Dabang Mumbai will play to claim its second win post their convincing win over Kalinga Lancers in their last outing, Uttar Pradesh Wizards will be looking at getting back to their winning ways post their recent defeat against Ranchi Rays. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rays edge UP Wizards by 1-0, stay on course for Semis

Ranchi Rays edged past Uttar Pradesh Wizards by 1-0 at their home turf, Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Morabadi (Ranchi) to stay on course for semi-final spot and rooted to second place in points table in ongoing Hero Hockey India League 2015.

Ranchi Rays celebrate the goal by Ashley Jackson during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays celebrate the goal by Ashley Jackson during Hero Hockey India League 2015

With both Ranchi Rays and Uttar Pradesh Wizards sitting with a total of 19 points after playing six matches each in the season, were seen battling it out today in Ranchi, in order to take their respective lead a notch up in the league. Where Uttar Pradesh Wizards showed a skilful game, hosts Ranchi Rays stole the show by defeating the visiting team 1-0. It was yet again Ashley Jackson who stood tall for his team and scored the sole goal for the match which helped his team register the win for the day. Continue reading →

Double Header on Sunday in Ranchi & Mumbai: Hero HIL 2015

Post 4-0 victory over Kalinga Lancers, the upbeat Ranchi Rays are ready take on Uttar Pradesh Wizards tomorrow, 08 January 2015 on their home ground in Ranchi. While bottom two teams in table Kalinga Lancers and Dabang Mumbai face each other’s first time in this season, as they take the field in Mumbai tomorrow’s 2nd match.

UP Wizards in a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

UP Wizards in a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

The hosts, MS Dhoni’s Ranchi Rays will be aspiring to continue their winning momentum, the confident after defating Jaypee Punjab Warrios, Uttar Pradesh Wizards will look to avenge their loss. In the previous clash between the two where Ranchi Rays had blanked the Wizards 2-0 in lucknow. The last match was regarded as Ranchi Rays vs PR Sreejesh wherein the latter gave a tough contest to the opponents to get past him. UP Wizards is working on their defence for tomorrow and are determined to not allow easy access to their D. Continue reading →

Uttar Pradesh Wizards beat Jaypee Punjab Warriors by 2-1 in Lucknow

After a successful run of four wins and one draw, table-toppers Jaypee Punjab Warriors tasted their first defeat, as Uttar Pradesh Wizards edged past them by 2-1 in 15th match of Hero Hockey India League 2015 at Dhyan Chand Sports College in Lucknow. It was VR Raghunath and Ramandeep Singh who stood tall and scored for their team whereas Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ captain Jamie Dwyer scored to reduce the deficit.

UP Wizards celebrate their goal during Hero Hockey India League 2015

UP Wizards celebrate Ramandeep’s goal against Jaypee Punjab Warriors during Hero Hockey India League 2015

In the first quarter, host team Uttar Pradesh Wizards outplayed the visitors with their spirited performance and attacking moves, which stunned the opponents’ camp. Seven minutes into the game, UP Wizards drew first blood when they counter-attacked on Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ half and earned a penalty corner. Penalty corner specialist VR Raghunath converted it with a well placed flick beating Jaap Stockmann to score the first goal of the match. With this early lead, the home team attacked more aggressively and maintained the pressure on Jaypee Punjab Warriors. Their aggression paid again when they scored their second goal in the 9th minute. During their counter charge, forward player Ramandeep Singh received the ball in the opponents D and without giving any time to react to the defenders and custodian Stockmann, he hit the ball straight on the target taking the score to 2-0. Continue reading →

Defeated by Ranchi Rays, UP Wizards face Punjab Warriors

Today, Ranchi Rays defeated Uttar Pradesh Wizards by 2-0, who will host Jaypee Punjab Warriors tomorrow at 1500 HRS in the third edition of Hero Hockey India League at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow. The win gave Ranchi Rays five points to take their tally to 14 points. They now share equal points with Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the pool standings.

Trent Mitton celebrating his goal with his Ranchi Rays team-mates during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Trent Mitton celebrating his goal with his Ranchi Rays team-mates during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Motivated with their victory in the last match played against Uttar Pradesh Wizards with a score of 3-2, Jaypee Punjab Warriors will be eyeing to bag their second consecutive win against the home team and further adding five points to its tally so as to retain its position in the points table. While the Jaypee Punjab Warriors has had a good run in the League till now, it aspires to keep the momentum running and will even be looking at going to the next level. Coached by Barry Dancer, the team will bring in the best skills of the trade not allowing the opponents to notch up from any of the scoring opportunities. On the other side, Coached by Roelant Oltmans, Uttar Pradesh Wizards is aiming to win the match against Punjab Warriors in order to make up for the previous loss. Continue reading →

UP Wizards face Ranchi Rays at Lucknow tomorrow

After a clean sheet and 2-0 win against Kalinga Lancers at Bhubaneswar, Uttar Pradesh Wizards are confident and prepared to host the Ranchi Rays tomorrow. It will be a battle between Uttar Pradesh Wizards-co owned by Suresh Raina and captained by Edward Ockenden, and MS Dhoni owned Ranchi Rays, led by Ashley Jackson, tomorrow at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium at Lucknow.

Parvinder Singh and Shushant Tirkey (GK) of Ranchi Rays at a training session during Hockey India League 2015

Parvinder Singh and Shushant Tirkey (GK) of Ranchi Rays at a training session during Hockey India League 2015

After playing four matches in the League till now, Uttar Pradesh Wizards have bagged two wins, lost one and one game concluded as a draw. They are now sitting on the second position in the points table with 13 points, next only to Jaypee Punjab Warriors who are currently on top of the table. Uttar Pradesh Wizards will be looking at continuing their winning form against Ranchi Rays and aim to grab another five points. The team will be depending on the strong defence line created with PR Sreejesh before the goal post and Raghunath as defender to ensure that Ranchi Rays find it difficult to go past them. Continue reading →