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 →

Punjab Warriors beat Debutant Kalinga Lancers 7-3

Kalinga Lancers were defeated 7-3 by Jaypee Punjab Warriors in debutant Kalinga’s first ever Hero Hockey India League as the Warriors recorded their second consecutive victory in this edition to reach to the top of the points table.

Sandeep Singh of Jaypee Punjab Warriors taking drag flick during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Sandeep Singh of Jaypee Punjab Warriors taking drag flick during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Kalinga Lancers, jointly owned by Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) and Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL) and coached by Indian men’s team chief coach Terry Walsh, witnessed a nightmarish debut in the HIL, which a franchise-based league, at the newly-laid Astroturf of the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar today.

This is the first time any team has attained a score of 7-3 in the Hero Hockey India League. In the inaugural season highest score was 6-4, where Delhi Waveriders have beaten Dabur Mumbai Magicians. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rhinos Edge past Delhi Waveriders

Defending champions Ranchi Rhinos edged past last edition’s finalists Delhi Waveriders by 1-0 to register their first win in the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014 in a keenly contested league match at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Ranchi today.

Ashley Jackson (Ranchi Rhinos) celebrates with Rhino Salam

Ashley Jackson (Ranchi Rhinos) celebrates with Rhino Salam

It took the Rhinos 63 minutes to break the deadlock through Jackson, who converted a set-piece to open the hosts’ account in the second edition of HHIL.

With two last year’s finalists in action in reigning champions Ranchi Rhinos and runners-up Delhi Waveriders, it was expected to be a close contest and it turned out to be one as both the teams matched each other stick by stick.

Still reeling from their 2-3 defeat at the hands of Uttar Pradesh Wizards in their tournament opener, the Ranchi Rhinos however started on a positive note and put Delhi Waveriders defense under pressure early on.

The hosts created a few bright openings in the beginning but their forward line led by star striker Mandeep Singh wasted the opportunities as the Delhi outfit displayed some stout defending. Continue reading →

Kalinga Lancers Set to Start their HIL Journey with Bobaal

Team Kalinga Lancers the sixth team and the latest entrant this year in the Hero Hockey India League is all set to start their journey with a clash against Jaypee Punjab Warriors tomorrow at the all new stadium in Bhubaneswar after grand ceremony, which is expected to be Bobaal (out of the world).

Kalinga Lancers LogoThe crowd will witness superstars Akash Das Nayak and Anu Choudhary and internationally acclaimed dancers locking and popping to a popular dance number. Harihar Dar the dancing sensation will also be seen putting the stage on fire. Riding high on glamour, the ceremony will also witness a spectacular sound and light show and an equally eye-dazzling laser show. This apart, some amazing fireworks display will keep the audiences hooked to their seats.

While Kalinga Lancers will be playing for the first time in the League this year, the players are not new to the world of hockey and hence should not be taken lightly. While there are players like Russell Ford and Glenn Simpson who were part of the League last year and represented different teams, hence have the experience of the first year and which will be a huge boost to the team. Continue reading →

Punjab Warriors beat Mumbai Magicians 5-3 at Mohali

Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeated Dabur Mumbai Magicians 5-3 to register their first win in the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL), which saw some of the likes Bharat Chhikara, VS Vinaya, Ravi Pal Singh, in action in HIL for the first time.

Malak Singh (Jaypee Punjab Warriors) and Bharat Chhikara (Dabur Mumbai Magicians) in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Malak Singh (Jaypee Punjab Warriors) and Bharat Chhikara (Dabur Mumbai Magicians) in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014

Jaypee Punjab Warriors, bounced back from last night’s defeat against Delhi Waveriders, made a promising start to the encounter and created trouble for the Dabur Mumbai Magicians defense from the onset. Agustin Mazzilli put Jaypee Punjab Warriors ahead in the seventh minute by scoring from a rebound after young Affan Yousuf’s initial shot was saved by Mumbai goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors got a golden opportunity to extend their lead minutes later when they earned a penalty corner but they failed to utilize the chance. 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 →