Riding High Raghunath’s Hat-trick UP Wizards beat Magicians

Captain VR Raghunath led from the front and slammed a hat-trick to help Uttar Pradesh Wizards to win their 2nd match in the tournament, as they came from 0-2 down to register a 5-3 win over Dabur Mumbai Magicians in a round-robin league match of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai today.

UP Wizards Captain VR Raghunath celebrate with his team-mates

UP Wizards Captain VR Raghunath celebrate with his team-mates after scoring a goal against Mumbai Magicians

After failing to seize their opportunities in the first two quarters, the Uttar Pradesh Wizards took control of the game after halftime and pumped in as many as four goals to make a stunning comeback in the game.

The match started on a slow pace as both the sides struggled to get their footing initially.
Dabur Mumbai Magicians, however, seized the first real opportunity that came their way through Gurjinder Singh (12th minute) who scored from their first penalty corner. Continue reading →

Spirited UP Wizards upset Rhinos at Ranchi

Uttar Pradesh Wizards produced a spirited performance to register a 3-2 come-from-behind win against the defending champions and the hosts for the day, Ranchi Rhinos, in their campaign opener to start off the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) on high note.

Uttar Pradesh Wizards LogoThe Wizards, who finished third last year, twice came back from a goal down register the victory to grab five points with wining goal coming from young promising player from Haryana, Pardeep Mor.

It was Ranchi Rhinos who started the match on a positive note and took the lead in the fourth minute through their star striker Mandeep Singh who found himself at the right place at the right time to slot the ball home to register his first goal of HHIL 2014. Continue reading →

Hero Hockey India League 2014: Schedule, Results and Points Table

Hero Hockey India League 2014

Hero Hockey India League LogoTeams: Delhi Waveriders, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Kalinga Lancers, Mumbai Magicians, Ranchi Rhinos and Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Venues: Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Jalandhar, Lucknow, Mumbai and Ranchi.

The detailed schedule, results and points table of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014:

HIL Teams
Team Pts P W D L GF GA GD
1 Jaypee Punjab Warriors JPW 40 10 7 2 1 34 21 13
2 Delhi Waveriders DWR 39 10 7 1 2 26 16 10
3 Uttar Pradesh Wizards UPW 29 10 4 2 4 25 23 2
4 Ranchi Rhinos RR 26 10 4 1 5 15 19 -4
5 Mumbai Magicians MM 18 10 2 1 7 19 29 -10
6 Kalinga Lancers KL 17 10 2 1 7 23 34 -11
HIL Teams
Match Date-Time Results City
1 25/01 20:00 Jaypee Punjab Warriors  JPW 1 x 3 DWR Delhi Waveriders Mohali
2 26/01 18:00 Ranchi Rhinos  RR 2 x 3 UPW Uttar Pradesh Wizards Ranchi
3 26/01 20:00 Jaypee Punjab Warriors  JPW 5 x 3 MM Mumbai Magicians Mohali
4 27/01 20:00 Ranchi Rhinos  RR 1 x 0 DWR Delhi Waveriders Ranchi
5 28/01 20:00 Kalinga Lancers  KL 3 x 7 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Bhubaneswar
6 29/01 20:00 Mumbai Magicians  MM 3 x 5 UPW Uttar Pradesh Wizards Mumbai
7 30/01 20:00 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 5 x 0 KL Kalinga Lancers Delhi
8 31/01 20:00 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 1 x 3 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Delhi
9 01/02 15:00 Uttar Pradesh Wizards  UPW 1 x 2 RR Ranchi Rhinos Lucknow
10 01/02 20:00 Kalinga Lancers  KL 2 x 1 MM Mumbai Magicians Bhubaneswar
11 02/02 15:00 Uttar Pradesh Wizards  UPW 2 x 2 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Lucknow
12 02/02 20:00 Kalinga Lancers  KL 3 x 4 DWR Delhi Waveriders Bhubaneswar
13 04/02 20:00 Ranchi Rhinos  RR 1 x 1 MM Mumbai Magicians Ranchi
14 05/02 20:00 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 1 x 1 UPW Uttar Pradesh Wizards Delhi
15 06/02 20:00 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 2 x 1 MM Mumbai Magicians Delhi
16 07/02 20:00 Ranchi Rhinos  RR 3 x 2 KL Kalinga Lancers Ranchi
17 08/02 15:00 Uttar Pradesh Wizards  UPW 3 x 4 DWR Delhi Waveriders Lucknow
18 08/02 20:00 Mumbai Magicians  MM 1 x 4 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Mumbai
19 09/02 15:00 Uttar Pradesh Wizards  UPW 3 x 1 KL Kalinga Lancers Lucknow
20 09/02 20:00 Mumbai Magicians  MM 0 x 1 RR Ranchi Rhinos Mumbai
21 11/02 20:00 Jaypee Punjab Warriors  JPW 3 x 3 KL Kalinga Lancers Mohali
22 12/02 20:00 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 1 x 0 RR Ranchi Rhinos Delhi
23 13/02 20:00 Kalinga Lancers  KL 3 x 4 UPW Uttar Pradesh Wizards Bhubaneswar
24 14/02 20:00 Kalinga Lancers  KL 4 x 1 RR Ranchi Rhinos Bhubaneswar
25 15/02 18:00 Jaypee Punjab Warriors  JPW 2 x 1 UPW Uttar Pradesh Wizards Mohali
26 15/02 20:00 Mumbai Magicians  MM 3 x 5 DWR Delhi Waveriders Mumbai
27 16/02 18:00 Mumbai Magicians  MM 3 x 2 KL Kalinga Lancers Mumbai
28 16/02 20:00 Jaypee Punjab Warriors  JPW 4 x 2 RR Ranchi Rhinos Mohali
29 18/02 15:00 Uttar Pradesh Wizards  UPW 2 x 3 MM Mumbai Magicians Lucknow
30 19/02 20:00 Ranchi Rhinos  RR 2 x 3 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Ranchi
Semi Final
Match Date-Time Results City
31 22/02 17:30 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 1 x 0 UPW Uttar Pradesh Wizards Ranchi
32 22/02 20:00 Jaypee Punjab Warriors  JPW 3 x 2 RR Ranchi Rhinos Ranchi
Final
Match Date-Time Results City
33 23/02 17:30 Uttar Pradesh Wizards  UPW 3 x 4 RR Ranchi Rhinos Ranchi
34 23/02 20:00 Delhi Waveriders  DWR 6 x 4 JPW Jaypee Punjab Warriors Ranchi

Live telecast details of Hero Hockey India League 2014:
Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD 1 in India
One World Sport in US and Canada,
Sky Sports in New Zealand,
TEN Sports in Pakistan, South East Asia and Middle East and
Super Sports in South Africa.

Hero HIL 2014 Trophy and Mascot “Gaurav” Unveiled

The trophy & Mascot of Hero Hockey India League 2014 were unveiled today in New Delhi. The mascot of Hero HIL is named “Gaurav” (meaning – Pride) has been introduced at the trophy unveiling ceremony.

Dr Narinder Batra (General Seceretary, Hockey India), Gaurav- the Hockey India League Mascot, Lokesh Kumar, Muthukumar Balakrishnan (Asst Tournament Director), Bjorn Isberg (Tournament Director), Elena Norman (CEO, Hockey India), Craig Gribble (Umpires Manager)

Dr Narinder Batra (General Seceretary, Hockey India), Gaurav- the Hockey India League Mascot, Lokesh Kumar, Muthukumar Balakrishnan (Asst Tournament Director), Bjorn Isberg (Tournament Director), Elena Norman (CEO, Hockey India), Craig Gribble (Umpires Manager)

The trophy of Hero HIL 2014, looks stunning masterpiece of trophy seems like a crown embedded with Swarovski at top and bottom with two beautiful golden Hockey Sticks on both the sides. The introduction of mascot “Gaurav” will be a new & refreshing chapter in the Hockey India League. The mascot is designed to arouse the interest for Hockey and to connect all hockey fans with the game in a completely redefined manner. Continue reading →

Hero HIL to Kickstart with Gala Opening Ceremony

Hero Hockey India League (HIL) will kickstart with a gala opening ceremony on 7 pm at on 25th January at Mohali.This year, the league has six franchises and will be played in across Delhi, Mumbai, Mohali, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi and Lucknow over a period of almost four weeks.

Captains of 5 HIL Teams during Opening Ceremony

File Photo: Captains of 5 HIL Teams during Opening Ceremony of 1st Edition of HIL

The opening ceremony Hero HIL 2014 will be witnessed by the spectators at the stadium and TV viewers will be able to catch it LIVE on Star Sports. The evening divided into 9 segments will see many performances unfolding in front of them, hence giving the audience and spectators 30 minutes of absolute entertainment.

The winning team of this edition, which will start off with this gala ceremony, will take home a cash prize of Rs. 2.5cr, the runners-up team will be richer by Rs.1.25cr and the team placed at the 3rd position will take away Rs.75lacs. The Player of the Tournament will be presented with cash prize of Rs. 25 lacs, while the player with the maximum goals will get the Airtel Maximum goals award and Rs. 10 lacs cash prize. The upcoming player will be awarded with the Ponty Chadha Upcoming Player of the Tournament Award and cash prize of Rs. 20 lacs. The player who makes everyone proud will win the Yes Garv Award and a cash prize of Rs.10 lacs while each man of the match wins Rs. 25,000. Continue reading →

Complete 6 HIL Teams after Closed Bids, UP Wizards paid 81k USD for Ramandeep

Youngsters and Foreign players stole the show at the Hero HIL Closed Bids held today at Hotel the Lalit in New Delhi. In the Hero Hockey India League closed bid, a total of 49 players from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, Ireland, England, South Africa and India were bought by the 6 franchises who spent a total of USD 1.37 million.

Ramandeep Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

Ramandeep Singh

Talented Indian Forward Ramandeep Singh was the top pick today and he was bought by UP Wizards by whopping price of USD 81,000, followed by Ryan Archibald of New Zealand who was acquired by Kalinga Lancers for USD 71,000/- while Nikkin Thimmaiah (India) and Trent Mitton (Australia) were bought for USD 59,000/- by UP Wizards and Dabur Mumbai Magicians Respectively.

Out of the total 154, the list of 49 players who were sold in the bid includes 28 Indians and 21 overseas players. The newly introduced franchise Kalinga Lancers from Odisha bought 24 new players while Ranchi Rhinos bought 1 player i.e. England Captain Barry Middleton, Dabur Mumbai Magicians 11 players, Uttar Pradesh Wizards 4 players, Jaypee Punjab Warriors 5 players and Delhi Waveriders 4 players. Continue reading →