Uttar Pradesh Wizards beat Jaypee Punjab Warriors by 2-1 in Lucknow

After a successful run of four wins and one draw, table-toppers Jaypee Punjab Warriors tasted their first defeat, as Uttar Pradesh Wizards edged past them by 2-1 in 15th match of Hero Hockey India League 2015 at Dhyan Chand Sports College in Lucknow. It was VR Raghunath and Ramandeep Singh who stood tall and scored for their team whereas Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ captain Jamie Dwyer scored to reduce the deficit.

UP Wizards celebrate their goal during Hero Hockey India League 2015

UP Wizards celebrate Ramandeep’s goal against Jaypee Punjab Warriors during Hero Hockey India League 2015

In the first quarter, host team Uttar Pradesh Wizards outplayed the visitors with their spirited performance and attacking moves, which stunned the opponents’ camp. Seven minutes into the game, UP Wizards drew first blood when they counter-attacked on Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ half and earned a penalty corner. Penalty corner specialist VR Raghunath converted it with a well placed flick beating Jaap Stockmann to score the first goal of the match. With this early lead, the home team attacked more aggressively and maintained the pressure on Jaypee Punjab Warriors. Their aggression paid again when they scored their second goal in the 9th minute. During their counter charge, forward player Ramandeep Singh received the ball in the opponents D and without giving any time to react to the defenders and custodian Stockmann, he hit the ball straight on the target taking the score to 2-0. Continue reading →

Defeated by Ranchi Rays, UP Wizards face Punjab Warriors

Today, Ranchi Rays defeated Uttar Pradesh Wizards by 2-0, who will host Jaypee Punjab Warriors tomorrow at 1500 HRS in the third edition of Hero Hockey India League at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow. The win gave Ranchi Rays five points to take their tally to 14 points. They now share equal points with Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the pool standings.

Trent Mitton celebrating his goal with his Ranchi Rays team-mates during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Trent Mitton celebrating his goal with his Ranchi Rays team-mates during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Motivated with their victory in the last match played against Uttar Pradesh Wizards with a score of 3-2, Jaypee Punjab Warriors will be eyeing to bag their second consecutive win against the home team and further adding five points to its tally so as to retain its position in the points table. While the Jaypee Punjab Warriors has had a good run in the League till now, it aspires to keep the momentum running and will even be looking at going to the next level. Coached by Barry Dancer, the team will bring in the best skills of the trade not allowing the opponents to notch up from any of the scoring opportunities. On the other side, Coached by Roelant Oltmans, Uttar Pradesh Wizards is aiming to win the match against Punjab Warriors in order to make up for the previous loss. Continue reading →

UP Wizards face Ranchi Rays at Lucknow tomorrow

After a clean sheet and 2-0 win against Kalinga Lancers at Bhubaneswar, Uttar Pradesh Wizards are confident and prepared to host the Ranchi Rays tomorrow. It will be a battle between Uttar Pradesh Wizards-co owned by Suresh Raina and captained by Edward Ockenden, and MS Dhoni owned Ranchi Rays, led by Ashley Jackson, tomorrow at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium at Lucknow.

Parvinder Singh and Shushant Tirkey (GK) of Ranchi Rays at a training session during Hockey India League 2015

Parvinder Singh and Shushant Tirkey (GK) of Ranchi Rays at a training session during Hockey India League 2015

After playing four matches in the League till now, Uttar Pradesh Wizards have bagged two wins, lost one and one game concluded as a draw. They are now sitting on the second position in the points table with 13 points, next only to Jaypee Punjab Warriors who are currently on top of the table. Uttar Pradesh Wizards will be looking at continuing their winning form against Ranchi Rays and aim to grab another five points. The team will be depending on the strong defence line created with PR Sreejesh before the goal post and Raghunath as defender to ensure that Ranchi Rays find it difficult to go past them. Continue reading →

UP Wizards beat Kalinga Lancers by 5-1 in Lucknow

After 3 competitive quarters, hosts Uttar Pradesh Wizards scored 4 goals in final quarter to defeat Kalinga Lancers 5-1 in ongoing Hero Hockey India League today, at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Lucknow.

Players of Uttar Pradesh Wizards celebrating a goal Hero Hockey India League 2015

Players of Uttar Pradesh Wizards celebrating a goal Hero Hockey India League 2015

The first quarter of the game saw the home team being awarded with a penalty corner. V R Raghunath took the strike and without leaving any room for mistakes, very efficiently put the ball in the net. The ball swiftly passed through the sturdy guards of Kalinga Lancers’ goalkeeper Andrew Charter before touching the nets and announced an early lead of 1-0 for the Uttar Pradesh Wizards over Kalinga Lancers. Despite a number of scoring attempts by both the teams in the subsequent quarter, none could materialize the chances and the second quarter remained goal-less. The half time score was 1-0 with the home team in the lead. Continue reading →

Air India retain Sr Men National Championship

23 March 2014: Defending champions Air India Sports Promotion Board retained their title of Senior Men National Championship, while hosts Uttar Pradesh finished 3rd in the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A).

Individual Awards:
Best Goal Keeper- Adrain d’souza (Air India)
Best Full Back – Diwakar Ram (Uttar Pradesh)
Best Half back- MB Aiyappa (Comptroller & Auditor General Of India)
Best forward- Shivendra Singh (Air India)
Player of the tournament Gagandeep Singh (Air india) Yamha Alfa Bike

Air India: Champions of 4th National Hockey Sr. Men National Championship (Division A)

Air India: Champions of 4th National Hockey Sr. Men National Championship (Division A)

Air India defeated Comptroller & Auditor General Of India 4-1 in an exciting final of the tournament the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow today, while hosts Uttar Pradesh defeated Railway 4-2 to win Bronze Medal. Continue reading →

Air India face CAG in final of Sr Men Nationals (A-Division) at Lucknow

22nd March 2014: Air India Sports Promotion Board and Comptroller & Auditor General Of India beat Uttar Pradesh and Railway Sports Promotion Board respectively to set-up summit clash of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) to be played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow tomorrow.

Tushar Khandkar (UP) and Prabodh Tirkey (Air India) in action during the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship (A-Division) at Luckhnow

Tushar Khandkar (UP) and Prabodh Tirkey (Air India) in action during the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship (A-Division) at Luckhnow

In the first semi-final, a tough fight was witnessed between Air India Sports Promotion Board and Uttar Pradesh where both teams showed extraordinary skills throughout the play. A small mistake by Uttar Pradesh gave Air India Sports Promotion Board a penalty corner opportunity in the 13th minute of the game and Gaganpreet Singh made no mistake in converting it into a goal and helped the team take a much-needed 1-0 lead. Continue reading →