Jaypee Punjab Warriors Enter Semis in Style with 7-0 win over Delhi Waveriders

Last edition’s finalists, Jaypee Punjab Warriors scored 7 past the defending Champions Delhi Waveriders to be the first team to reach Semi Finals of 3rd Hero Hockey India League 2015 in style. The match saw second hattrick of the season as Indian drag flick specialist Sandeep Singh scored 3 goals for his team.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors stuck to the plan chalked out by Head Coach Barry Dancer, to start the game with speed rather than coming into form slowly and in the process allowing the opponents to score the initial goals. Following the strategy, Jaypee Punjab Warriors struck just ten minutes into the game and thereon there was no looking back as they rained goals on the defending Champions leaving them stunned and frustrated.

Sandeep Singh Jaypee Punjab Warriors celebrates one his goals during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Sandeep Singh Jaypee Punjab Warriors celebrates one his goals during Hero Hockey India League 2015

In the first quarter of the match, table-toppers Jaypee Punjab Warriors started the match with their skilful domination and acute ball possession while keeping the visitors busy with their continuous attacks. In the tenth minute, Jaypee Punjab Warriors managed to earn a crucial penalty corner where the teams’ deadly duo – Jamie Dwyer and Sandeep Singh – took their favourite positions. Among the world’s best drag-flickers, Australia’s Jamie injected the ball into the pack and Sandeep Singh did not waste a moment to hit the ball hard into the box, beating Delhi Waveriders’ defenders and goal-keeper Rassie Pieterse. The 1-0 lead boosted the morale of the team and they fiercely attacked the opponents’ to score more goals. Continue reading →

League Toppers Punjab Warriors to host Delhi Waveriders in Mohali

Marching ahead in the Hero Hockey India League 2015, table toppers Jaypee Punjab Warriors and defending Delhi Waveriders will face each other in Mohali tomorrow. While Jaypee Punjab Warriors has to its credit four wins out of six matches played, Delhi Waveriders presently with two wins in its hand will be looking at escalating its spot in the points table. (Full Schedule, Points Table and Results here)

Jaypee Punjab Warriors Captain Jamie Dwyer at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Jaypee Punjab Warriors Captain Jamie Dwyer at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

With an added advantage of playing on their home ground and winning the last match against Delhi Waveriders, Jaypee Punjab Warriors seem more confident to face the Delhi Waveriders outfit and would be aiming at another victory and going up the ladder. Both the teams recently faced each other in Delhi where Jaypee Punjab Warriors had a convincing win against Delhi Waveriders by 3-1. Continue reading →

Jaypee Punjab Warriors edge past UP Wizards by 3-2

With a remarkable victory in the last match against Kalinga Lancers, host Jaypee Punjab Warriors continued their impressive run in the third edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) and edged past Uttar Pradesh Wizards 3-2 at the Hockey Stadium in Mohali today. Keeping alive the hopes of the home fans, Jaypee Punjab Warriors were by far the better side on display as they dominated the match from the beginning to the end.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors celebrate after scoring a goal through Varun Kumar during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Jaypee Punjab Warriors celebrate after scoring a goal through Varun Kumar during Hero Hockey India League 2015

The Uttar Pradesh Wizards seized the early initiative and opened the scoring in the 7th minute through VR Raghunath, who successfully converted the penalty corner with a powerful flick to get his first goal of this edition. The battle of the penalty corners was on, when Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ Varun Kumar went down hard and sneaked in a goal which came through the penalty corner in the 12th minute, equalizing the score by 1-1 by the end of the first quarter. Continue reading →

Jamie Dwyer’s brace help Warriors in beating Lancers: Hockey India League 2015

Taking their performance a notch higher in the ongoing Hero Hockey India League 2015, Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeated Kalinga Lancers by 4-2 at their home turf in Mohali at the International Hockey Stadium. Riding on Man-of-the-Match performance and two goals of Kookaburras Jamie Dwyer, the Punjab side recorded their first win in their second match of league’s 3rd edition.

Sandeep Singh celebrates his goal with Jaypee Punjab Warriors team mates during Hero Hockey India League 2015 in Mohali

Sandeep Singh celebrates his goal with Jaypee Punjab Warriors team mates during Hero Hockey India League 2015 in Mohali

Giving a speedy start to the game, both Kalinga Lancers and Jaypee Punjab Warriors were seen in an attacking mode, trying to penetrate each other’s D and taking the lead in the game from the first quarter itself. It was only in the 8th minute of the game when Lalit Upadhyay of Kalinga Lancers made a break-through with the help of a counter attack and sliced in a field goal beating Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ Jaap Stockmann and helping Kalinga Lancers to take the early lead in the game over the home team. 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 →

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 →