Delhi Waveriders beat Punjab Warriors in shoot-out to win HIL 2014

Sardar Singh-led, Delhi Waveriders emerged the Champions of Hero Hockey India League post an exciting game of hockey which was both intense and nail-biting. The Delhi outfit, which co-owned by the Wave Group and bollywood actor John Abram, was successful in keeping their nerves intact to beat Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the penalty shoot-out to lift the glittering trophy at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi.

Delhi Waveriders celebrating as they became champions of Hero Hockey India League 2014

Delhi Waveriders celebrating as they became champions of Hero Hockey India League 2014

Earlier in the day, the defending champions, Ranchi Rhinos defeated Uttar Pradesh Wizards on shoot-out to finish third in this edition

The Grand Finale of Hero Hockey India League even witnessed the presence of many eminent dignitaries at Ranchi today. FIH President, Leandro Negre was seen in the VIP box alongwith FIH CEO, Kelly Fairweather. Also present for the occasion were Rajiv Shukla, Member Governing Council, Hero Hockey India League and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Arun Jaitley, Member Governing Council, Hero Hockey India League and Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha, Dr Narinder Batra, Chairman, Hero Hockey India League, Rajeev Mehta, Associate Vice President, Hero Hockey India League and Secretary General, IOA.

While Bollywood Actor and Co-owner of Delhi Waveriders, John Abraham, was seen at the dugout egging his team to go for the win.

Delhi Waveriders rode on goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi’s brilliant show under the bar to eke out a hard-fought 3-1 win over Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the shoot-out after the two teams ended the regulation time locked at 3-3.

In the shoot-out, Jaypee Punjab Warriors failed to get past an agile Jacobi in the first three attempts before Robert Hammond found the back of the net. But it came too late as Delhi Waveriders scored three out of their four shots to emerge as the champions.

Earlier, Jaypee Punjab Warriors made a dream start to the encounter and broke the deadlock in the second minute of the match through Mark Knowles’ field goal.

Trailing by a goal, Delhi Waveriders went on the offensive and earned a penalty corner soon, only to waste the opportunity.

From being 0-1 down, Delhi Waveriders went into half time leading 2-1 by scoring two goals in a span of three minutes.

First Llyod Norris Jones’ leveled the scores with a field goal in the 33rd minute after he was fed by Akashdeep Singh before skipper Sardar Singh (35th minute) registered his name in the scoresheet after a long hiatus through a rebound from a penalty corner.

But Jaypee Punjab Warriors struck twice in the third quarter through two field goals from Shivendra Singh (45th minute) and young Affan Yousuf (48th minute) to restore their lead.

It, however, did not take too long for Delhi Waveriders to level the scores. Yuvraj Walmiki (52nd minute) made the scoreline 3-3 by slotting home after receiving a diagonal pass from Andres Mir Bel.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors were in complete control of the fourth and final quarter but they failed to convert their chances into goal. Delhi Waveriders, on the other hand, relied on counter-attacks but they too failed to trouble the scorers as the match went into shoot-out.

The win made Delhi Waveriders richer by Rs. 2.5 crore, while the Warriors will pocket Rs. 1.25 crore for finishing in the second position.

YES Bank Garv Award winner –Mark Knowles, JPW
Man of the Match –Nicolas Jacobi, DWR
Hero Goal of the Match Award –Norris Jones Lloyd, DWR

Speaking post the match a very happy Sardar Singh, said “A very close match today. For is it was to go all out but also keep our patience in place. We will enjoy the win and gear up for the next tournament.”

A satisfied Cedric D’Spuza, Head Coach, Delhi waveriders said “we lost the finals last year and this time we were filled with fire and the urge to win. We had a hard match today, but we planned and executed our strategy well today. It is time to enjoy the victory”

Speaking post the match, Head Coach, Barry Dancer, JPW said “the team played very well today and we dominated the match for a long period of time. We somehow were not as aggressive as the opponents today. Though this was the best game of the tournament and I am proud of this team.”

Jamie Dywer, Captain, Jaypee Punjab Warriors said “When you lose a game in short arm its rather not very disappointing. It was a great game and we played well and gave our best shot”.

Ranchi Rhinos won HIL 2014 Bronze on Shoot-out against UP Wizards

Ranchi Rhinos defeated Uttar Pradesh Wizards on penalty shoot-out to claim the third place in the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi today. Seen enjoying the tough tussle between both the teams for a win were eminent dignitaries – Sudesh Mahato, Former Dy CM, Jharkhand and President, Jharkhand Hockey Federation and Dilip Tirkey, Member Rajya Sabha.

Ranchi Rhinos celebrating their Bronze Medal match victory over Uttar Pradesh Wizards in Hero Hockey India League 2014 at Ranchi

Ranchi Rhinos celebrating their Bronze Medal match victory over Uttar Pradesh Wizards in Hero Hockey India League 2014 at Ranchi

Ranchi Rhinos eked out a hard-fought 3-2 win over UP Wizards in the shoot-out after both the teams were locked at 1-1 at regulation time. It was a drab first half as both the teams failed to live up to the expectations. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders edge UP Wizards to reach HIL 2014 Final

Riding on Yuvraj Walmiki’s strike in the first quarter, Delhi Waveriders edged Uttar Pradesh Wizards by a solitary goal and progress to the final of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi today.

Delhi Waveriders celebrating their goal against UP Wizards in the semi final of Hero Hockey India League 2014

Delhi Waveriders celebrating their goal against UP Wizards in the semi final of Hero Hockey India League 2014

Walmiki scored the lone goal of the match in the 15th minute to hand Delhi Waveriders a win in the first semifinal of HHIl 2014.

The opening semifinal between the Waveriders and Wizards witnessed a closed-fought battle as both the teams matched each other equally.

Delhi Waveriders had the first scoring chance of the match in the 12th minute when they earned a penalty corner but Rupinderpal Singh’s flick struck the wood work and went wide. Continue reading →

Hockey India League 2014 Semis are Here

Post 26 days of excitement and 30 games of high level hockey, the Hero Hockey India League enters its semi-final stage on Saturday. The last 3 weeks gave everyone an opportunity to catch the 6 franchise teams battling it out for a berth in the semi-finals and which, will now witness the top four teams playing for the Finale.

Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014 Trophy

Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014 Trophy

While many are making their own individual calculations, it is yet to be seen who makes it to the grand stage and who yet again misses out on the trophy. Who proves oneself as the ‘Gaurav’ of the League and who as the major find for one’s national side.

The winning team of Hero Hockey India League 2014 will take home the charismatic Swarovski trophy and Rs. 2.5cr. as prize money. The runners-up team will win Rs. 1.25 cr and the team placed at the 3rd position will take away Rs. 75 lacs as the prize money.

Apart from the top 3 teams winning cash prizes, the Player of the Tournament will get Rs. 25 lacs as the prize money. The team with the maximum number of goals in the tournament will win the Airtel Maximum Goals award and Rs. 10 lacs cash prize. The upcoming player gets the opportunity to bag the Ponty Chadha Upcoming Player of the Tournament Award and cash prize of Rs. 20 lacs. The individual who scores the maximum number of goals in the Hero Hockey India League 2014 will get the YES Bank Garv Award and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lacs. Continue reading →

Mumbai Magicians stun UP Wizards to avoid last spot in HIL 2014

They might have struggled for most part of the tournament but Dabur Mumbai Magicians drew curtains to their campaign in the second Hero Hockey India League in style, defeating Uttar Pradesh Wizards 3-2 to register their second consecutive win this year at the Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow.

Tim Devin of Mumbai Magicians in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Man-of-the-Match Tim Devin of Mumbai Magicians in action against UP Wizards during Hero Hockey India League 2014

It was Dabur Mumbai Magicians second victory in the tournament this year after having defeated debutants Kalinga Lancers 3-2 in their previous match and thus pipped Kalinga Lancers to avoid wooden spoon in the tournament.

UP Wizards drew the first blood in the 22nd minute through lanky striker Nithin Thimmaiah who scored a field goal.

But Dabur Mumbai Magicians made a remarkable comeback and pumped in three goals to stun the hosts. Continue reading →

Punjab Warriors edge UP Wizards at HIL 2014

Jaypee Punjab Warriors sneaked past Uttar Pradesh Wizards by 2-1 in a keenly-contested league match to jump to the second position in the points’ table of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014 in Mohali today.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2014 match at Mohali

Jaypee Punjab Warriors celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2014 match at Mohali

It was a neck-and-neck fight between the two teams as they matched each other stick-by-stick throughout the entire 70 minutes.

Irrespective of the result, the Uttar Pradesh Wizards had the better share of ball possession with 56 per cent as against Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ 44 per cent.

After a goalless first quarter, the hosts scored two goals in a span of nine minutes to take a 2-0 lead.

First captain and legendary Australian striker Jamie Dwyer scored a beautiful field goal in the 21st minute before star drag-flciker Sandeep Singh converted a penalty corner to seize early control of the match. Continue reading →