Delhi Waveriders Edge Past UP Wizards in a thrilling match at HIL

Continuing their impressive run in the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL), Delhi Waveriders defeated hosts Uttar Pradesh Wizards 4-3 in a high-scoring thrilling league match to extend their lead at the top of the points table at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow today.

Delhi Waveriders celebrating one of their goal against Uttar Pradesh Wizards during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Delhi Waveriders celebrating one of their goal against Uttar Pradesh Wizards during Hero Hockey India League 2014

The match was expected to a be an exciting affair, especially after the two teams finished 1-1 in their previous encounter in New Delhi and it turned out to be one as it rained goals throughout the entire 70 minutes, much to the delight of the spectators.

The Sardar Singh-led Delhi Waveriders outfit, which finished runners-up in the inaugural HHIL last year, showed exactly why they were considered as one of the pre-tournament favorites and pumped in as many as four goals in the opening 20 minutes to stun Uttar Pradesh Wizards and their home fans. Continue reading →

Punjab Warriors beat Mumbai Magicians at Mumbai in HIL

Jaypee Punjab Warriors beat Dabur Mumbai Magicians 4-1 in a league match in the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014 at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai.

Affan Yousuf of Punjab Warriors at Hero Hockey India League 2014

Man-of-the-Match Affan Yousuf of Punjab Warriors against Dobur Mumbai Magicians at Hero Hockey India League 2014

The win consolidated Jaypee Punjab Warriors position to second in the standings with 23 points from six outings ahead of last year’s runners-up Delhi Waveriders, who have so far garnered 29 points from eight matches and are presently atop the leaderboard.

Dabur Mumbai Magicians, on the other hand, are at the bottom of the table with just six points from as many matches.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors took the early lead through a field goal by SV Sunil in the third minute of the match.

Dharamvir Singh doubled Jaypee Punjab Warriors lead in the 17th minute through another field strike after latching on to a loose ball inside the circle. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rhinos beat Fighting Kalinga Lancers in HIL

The defending champions Ranchi Rhinos registered a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the debutants Kalinga Lancers in a league match of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi.

Ranchi Rhinos' captain Moritz Fürste celebrates his goal with his team during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at Ranchi

Ranchi Rhinos’ captain Moritz Fürste celebrates his goal with his team during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at Ranchi

Ranchi Rhinos started the match as favourites and took the lead in the sixth minute of the match through Englishman Ashley Jackson’s strike on first penalty corner of Rhinos as he scored his third goal of the tournament.

Kalinga Lancers had a few share of attacks in the first quarter but the moves were not incisive to create any trouble for Ranchi Rhinos defense.

Ranchi Rhinos continued to play the attacking game in the second quarter but they failed to convert their chances into goals. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders edge past Mumbai Magicians at Delhi

Delhi Waveriders edged past 2-1 Dabur Mumbai Magicians to consolidate their first position in the points table of the Hero Hockey India League 2014 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi today, as Yuvraj Walmiki deflected in to score the winning goal for his team.

Yuvraj Walmiki of Delhi Waveriders celebrates the winning goal against Dabur Mumbai Magicians during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at New Delhi

Yuvraj Walmiki of Delhi Waveriders celebrates the winning goal against Dabur Mumbai Magicians during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at New Delhi

After a relatively quiet start, the match gathered pace in the second half as both the teams displayed fine exhibition of hockey.

But the match witnessed a sedate start and was devoid of any real action on the turf in the first quarter as the two teams took time to settle down.

The match, however, suddenly livened up in the second quarter with Delhi Waveriders doing bulk of the attacking and from one such attack broke the deadlock in the 20th minute through young Akashdeep Singh. Continue reading →

Waveriders play 1-1 Draw with Wizards to reach Top Spot

Runners-up of inaugural edition, Delhi Waveriders played a 1-1 draw with Uttar Pradesh Wizards to split points and reached top position in points table of the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi today.

SK Uthappa of Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Arjun Halappa of Delhi Waveriders in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014 in New Delhi

SK Uthappa, who scored equalizer for Uttar Pradesh Wizards, and Arjun Halappa of Delhi Waveriders in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014 in New Delhi

It was a match of equals, throughout the entire 70 minutes both the teams struggled to get clear inroads into the rival citadel and had to be satisfied with two points apiece.

After a relatively quiet and actionless first quarter, Delhi Waveriders drew the first blood in the 23rd minute. An unmarked Yuvraj Walmiki pushed the ball home from close range after being set up by Simon Child’s fine work from the right flank and along the goal-line.

In the second quarter, there was hardly anything to differentiate between the two sides in terms of performance on the turf but Delhi Waveriders utilised the chance that came their way. Continue reading →

Mumbai Magicians hold Ranchi Rhinos for 1-1 Draw

The defending champions Ranchi Rhinos were held for draw by a much improved and spirited Dabur Mumbai Magicians in a league match of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi today.

David Harte, Goalkeeper of Mumbai Magicians, receiving Man-of-the-Match award for the match against Ranchi Rhinos at Ranchi during Hero Hockey India League 2014

David Harte, Goalkeeper of Mumbai Magicians, receiving Man-of-the-Match award for the match against Ranchi Rhinos at Ranchi during Hero Hockey India League 2014

It took the Ranchi Rhinos 52 minutes to open the scoring through Justin Reid Ross before Dabur Mumbai Magicians equalized six minutes later through Trent Mitton (58th minute) to split the points as their Irish Goalkeeper David Harte pulled out a man-of-the-match performance including saving a penalty stroke.

Dabur Mumbai Magicians made a promising start and dominated the early share of possession.

Veteran Prabhjot Singh got the first real scoring chance in the 10th minute but luck did not favor as his shot found the upright bar of the post. Continue reading →