Kalinga Lancers beat HIL Defending Champions Ranchi Rhinos 4-1

Out of contention for a semifinal berth, debutants Kalinga Lancers produced an impressive show to stun defending champions Ranchi Rhinos 4-1 in their penultimate game of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014 in front of home crowd at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar today.

Kalinga Lancers celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Kalinga Lancers celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Kalinga Lancers were in control of the match for major part of 70 minutes to avenge upon their 2-3 loss at the hands of same opponents in their previous meeting this year.

The first quarter saw both the teams adopting a cautious approach and were content to play the waiting game.

Kalinga Lancers and ranchi Rhinos were able to create quite a few impressive attacks but their forays fizzled out once inside the opposition circle as the backline of both the teams stood tall. Continue reading →

Kalinga Lost to Wizards in thriller to miss Semis

Uttar Pradesh Wizards defeated debutants Kalinga Lancers 4-3 in a high-scoring, entertaining league match to seal their place in the semifinals of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, while the Odisha outfit will miss the place in final four.

Nikkin Thimmaiah of UP Wizards in action against Kalinga Lancers at Bhubaneswar during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Nikkin Thimmaiah of UP Wizards in action against Kalinga Lancers at Bhubaneswar during Hero Hockey India League 2014

In their must win match to stay alive in the tournament, Kalinga Lancers started on a bright note and dominated the early share of exchanges.

The hosts had the first shot at goal but centre forward Amir Khan fumbled with only the Uttar Pradesh Wizards goalkeeper George Bazeley to beat.

After a slow start, Uttar Pradesh Wizards soon came back and earned two penalty corners in succession but both the chances were wasted by visiting team captain V R Raghunath. Continue reading →

Waveriders beat Rhinos in their last match of HIL 2014 in Delhi

Last year’s runners-up Delhi Waveriders scored a late winner through Akashdeep Singh to beat defending champions Ranchi Rhinos 1-0 in a league match of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.

Akashdeep Singh of Delhi Waveriders during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Akashdeep Singh of Delhi Waveriders during Hero Hockey India League 2014

The Delhi Waveriders, who are confirmed of a place in Semi-Finals, took a sweet revenge of their defeat 0-1 at Ranchi by the Rhinos in the initial stage of the league.

It was expected to be hard-fought but goal-scoring contest between two teams who were the finalists last year and it turned out to be one, albeit the fact that the first 35 minutes of the game failed to produce any goals.

The Delhi Waveriders dominated the first quarter but the Ranchi Rhinos came out on top in the second quarter. Continue reading →

Kalinga Lancers Hold Punjab Warriors for 3-3 in a thrilling HIL Match

Debutants Kalinga Lancers, have been improving with every match they played in the Hero Hockey India League and the Odisha outfit held second-placed Jaypee Punjab Warriors for a 3-3 draw in a hard-fought league match of the second edition of HHIL in Mohali.

Gagandeep Singh, Ryan Archibald and Mandeep Singh of Kalinga Lancers celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Gagandeep Singh, Ryan Archibald and Mandeep Singh, who scored once each for Kalinga Lancers against Jaypee Punjab Warriors, celebrating a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Both the teams started cautiously as they seemed in no mood to give initial openings to the other. But in the end both the teams had to satisfy with 2 points each.

Kalinga Lancers stunned the home team and surged ahead in the 10th minute when the local boy Gagandeep Singh scored a field goal to the left of Jaypee Punjab Warriors goalkeeper Bharat Chetri after getting a feed from the right flank.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors, however, did not sit back and pressed hard in search of the equalizer and in the process earned two penalty corners in succession, the second of which was converted by Australian Christopher Ciriello in the 18th minute to level the scores.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors secured another penalty corner at the start of the second quarter but ace drag-flicker Sandeep Singh’s try went wide. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rhinos edge past Mumbai Magicians with early strike of Reid Ross

Defending champion Ranchi Rhinos scored an early goal to beat Dabur Mumbai Magicians in a hard-fought league match of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai today.

Birendra Lakra (Ranchi Rhinos) in Hero Hockey India League 2014

Birendra Lakra (Ranchi Rhinos) Man-of-the-Match against Dabur Mumbai Magicians in Hero Hockey India League 2014

Dabur Mumbai Magicians had the first shot at goal early in the game but Bharat Chikkara’s try from inside the circle went wide.

Ranchi Rhinos ceased the opportunity that came their way and surged ahead in the 11th minute when Justin Reid Ross scored from a rebound with a full blooded forehand shot.

Dabur Mumbai Magicians looked rusty throughout the entire 70 minutes and despite creating a few chances they could not find the back of Ranchi Rhinos net. Continue reading →

UP Wizards beat Kalinga Lancers 3-1 in HIL at Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh Wizards scored an easy 3-1 win over debutants Kalinga Lancers in a league match at the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) in Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow today.

Man-of-the-Match Nikkin Thimmaiah (UP Wizards) taking on Vickram Kanth (Kalinga Lancers) during the match

Man-of-the-Match Nikkin Thimmaiah (UP Wizards) taking on Vickram Kanth (Kalinga Lancers) during the match

UP Wizards scored two goals in the first two quarters while their third goal came just seconds from the final hooter.

Skipper V R Raghunath gave UP Wizards the lead in the 17th minute by converting a penalty corner before young striker Nikkin Thimmaiah doubled the home team’s lead in the 41st minute with a field strike.

Kalinga Lancers, however, pulled a goal back in the 59th minute through their star drag-flicker Gonzalo Peillat who found the back of UP Wizards net from a penalty corner to raise his team’s hopes.

UP Wizards, however, managed to hold on to their lead with some stout defending. Continue reading →