Waveriders Look to Remain Unbeaten in League Stage when they Face Wizards

New Delhi, 6 February 2013: Record chasing Delhi Waveriders would come across an inspired Uttar Pradesh Wizards in their final league encounter on 7 February, the result of which will also decide the semi-final line-up of the inaugural Hero Hockey India League.

Youngsters Imran Khan and Talwinder Singh (Delhi Waveriders) in a training session

Youngsters Imran Khan and Talwinder Singh (Delhi Waveriders) in a training session

The Waveriders have a golden opportunity to become the first team in the Hero HIL to reach the last four stage without losing a single match and given the form they are in, the record looks a definitely possibility for the league leaders in front of their home crowd at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

However, the Wizards will definitely go all out to end the Waveriders unbeaten run and avoid the leaders in the semi-final.

The Wizards, who are one of the only two teams to have held the Waveriders to a draw in their 11 matches so far, are currently fourth in the standings with 27 points and a victory over the hosts on Thursday could catapult them to the third spot above the Jaypee Punjab Warriors, who completed their league commitments on 29 points with a loss against Waveriders. Continue reading →

With Narrow Win over Magicians, Wizards book their Place in Semis of HIL

Mumbai, 05 February 2013: Uttar Pradesh Wizards sealed their place in the semi-finals of the Hero Hockey India League with a 1-0 win over Dabur Mumbai Magicians at Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday. Wizards’ win also ended Magicians’ chances of making it to the semi-finals.

Mumbai Magicians defending a PC

Mumbai Magicians defending a PC, in which UP Wizards outsmarted them, Luke Doerner found target as Raghunath played dummy

Nothing less than a win would have kept Magicians’ challenge in the tournament alive. However, a first half goal by Luke Doerner sealed the fate of the hosts.

Knowing that only a win can keep them in the tournament, Magicians went on attack right from the word go. And the hosts were rewarded with a penalty corner in the second minute. Sandip Singh, the tournament’s top scorer, went to the left of the Wizards’ goalie, but his strike was deflected wide by a Wizards’ defender. Continue reading →

Tickets for Final 4 Matches of Hockey India League are on Sale

New Delhi, 04 February 2013: The Hero Hockey India League has started selling tickets for the final four play-off matches that includes two Semi-Finals, 3rd place play off and a Final to be played on 9th and 10th February in Ranchi.

Hero Hockey India League Logo

The tickets are available at www.ticketgenie.in (Semis and Finals) website and being sold at Gate No.2 of the Birsa Munda Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi, i.e. the venue of finals to be played on 9th and 10th Feb, for the spectators from today onwards.

The tickets for Semi-Finals are priced at Rs. 60/- and Rs. 100/-
and for Finals at Rs. 100/- and Rs. 150/-. Continue reading →

Magicians will face Wizards in a Must Win Tie to Stay in Competition

Mumbai, 4 February 2013: Bottom placed Dabur Mumbai Magicians will get a last chance to keep alive their challenge in the inaugural Hero Hockey India League when they take on fourth placed Uttar Pradesh Wizards at the Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium here on Tuesday.

Mumbai Magicians in a training session

The Ric Charlsworth-coached outfit has 14 points from 10 outings in the competition so far and trail the Wizards by eight points. There are 10 points to be grabbed from the remaining two encounters and only wins in the remaining two matches would provide them a mathematical probability of advancing to the semifinals if their Tuesday’s opponents lose both their remaining matches. Continue reading →

Waveriders beat UP Wizards 3-0 to Continue Winning Run

Lucknow, 03 February 2013: A clinical all-round display helped Delhi Waveriders maintain their supremacy in the Hero Hockey India League by beating Uttar Pradesh Wizards 3-0 at Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium in Lucknow on Sunday.

Wouter Jolie (UP Wizards) tries to stop the hit of Gurvinder Singh Chandi (Delhi Waveriders)

Wouter Jolie (UP Wizards) tries to stop the hit of Gurvinder Singh Chandi (Delhi Waveriders) which found the board

In this afternoon game, Andres Mir Bel, Simon Child and Gurwinder Singh Chandi helped Waveriders, the league’s only unbeaten team, to earn full five points. The win took Waveriders’ tally to 44 points, and they are not guaranteed to finish on top of the points table at the end of the league stage.

Waveriders’ win also kept Dabur Mumbai Magicians’ hopes of making the cut for the semi-finals alive. It’s clear now that the race for the fourth spot is going to be between Wizards and Magicians. With Waveriders winning by three goals, Wizards were denied even one point, although they lead Magicians by eight points with two games to play. Continue reading →

Waveriders looking to continue winning streak

Lucknow, 2 February 2013: League leaders Delhi Waveriders would be keen to set the record straight at Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium here when they take on hosts Uttar Pradesh Wizards in their 10th round-robin match of the Hero Hockey India League here on Sunday.

Uttar Pradesh Wizards The visitors, who had not lost a single match in the tournament so far, were held to a 1-1 draw at this very venue and would definitely want to stamp their authority on the hosts, who has struggled to make an impact in the tournament there after. Continue reading →