Punjab Warriors beat Ranchi Rhinos 3-2 to emerge league toppers in HHIL 2014

Jaypee Punjab Warriors came from a goal down to eke out a hard-fought 3-2 win over defending champions Ranchi Rhinos to finish on top of the points table of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Ranchi today.

Sandeep Singh and Jaypee Warriors celebrate one fo the goals against Ranchi Rhinos in last league match of Hero Hockey India League 2014

Sandeep Singh and Jaypee Warriors celebrate one fo the goals against Ranchi Rhinos in last league match of Hero Hockey India League 2014

The win gave Jaypee Punjab Warriors five points to take their tally to 40 points from 10 games ahead of Delhi Waveriders (39 points).

Ranchi Rhinos finished their league engagements at the fourth spot with 26 points from 10 matches.

Ranchi Rhinos started on a positive note and broke the deadlock in the 14th minute through their first penalty corner which was ably converted by captain Moritz Furste. 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 beat Ranchi Rhinos 4-2 in HIL

Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeated defending champions Ranchi Rhinos 4-2 in their penultimate league match to consolidate their second position in the points table of league stage of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014 at the newly-built hockey stadium in Mohali.

Sandeep Singh (Jaypee Punjab Warriors) and Pradhan Somanna (Ranchi Rhinos) during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at Mohaii

Man-of-the-Match Sandeep Singh of Jaypee Punjab Warriors in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at Mohaii

The win gave Jaypee Punjab Warriors five points and took their tally to 35 points from nine game.

Ranchi Rhinos suffered their fourth defeat in the tournament and continued to occupy the fourth position in the standings with 24 points from nine matches.

S V Sunil opened the scoring for Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the 17th minute of the match with a field strike that beat Rhinos goalie Sushant Tirkey all ens up. Continue reading →

Mumbai Magicians beat Kalinga Lancers 3-2 to register first win in HIL 2014

Dabur Mumbai Magicians recorded their first win in the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL), beating debutants Kalinga Lancers 3-2 in an entertaining league match at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai today.

Glenn Turner (Dabur Mumbai Magicians) and Vickramkanth (Kalinga Lancers) in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014 in Mumbai

Glenn Turner (Dabur Mumbai Magicians) and Vickramkanth (Kalinga Lancers) in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014 in Mumbai

It took Dabur Mumbai Magicians nine games to register their first victory in the league, while for Kalinga Lancers it was a disappointing end to their maiden campaign in the six-team tournament.

Dabur Mumbai Magicians opened the scoring 30 seconds from the first quarter through captain Glenn Turner (17th minute), who converted a half chance into goal from a rebound. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders beat Magicians 5-3 at Mumbai in HIL Match

Table toppers Delhi Waveriders rounded off their league campaign at the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) in style, beating Dabur Mumbai Magicians 5-3 in a high-scoring match at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai.

Veteran Rajpal Singh (Delhi Waveriders) celebrating one of his two goals again Dabur Mumbai Magicians during Hero Hockey India League 2013

Veteran Rajpal Singh (Delhi Waveriders) celebrating one of his two goals again Dabur Mumbai Magicians during Hero Hockey India League 2013

Delhi Waveriders started the match as favourites and took the lead in the third minute through Yuvraj Walmiki, who got a deflection from Akashdeep Singh’s rebound shot.

Dabur Mumbai Magicians, however, drew level seven minutes later when Glenn Turner (10th minute) scored a field goal before Delhi Waveriders restored their lead in the next minute through veteran Rajpal Singh’s 11th minute) field strike.

It was an entertaining first quarter as both the teams matched each other stick by stick but it was the visitors who enjoyed a slender one goal lead at the first break. 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 →