Upbeat Dabang Mumbai to host UP Wizards tomorrow in Hero HIL

After recording season’s first win, upbeat Dabang Mumbai will host Uttar Pradesh Wizards on their home ground, Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Mumbai tomorrow (11th February, full schedule here) in ongoing Hero Hockey India League 2015.

Pardeep Mor and Wouter Joulie of Uttar Pradesh Wizards in training session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Pardeep Mor and Wouter Joulie of Uttar Pradesh Wizards in training session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

With the Hero Hockey India League 2015 entering the second phase, the teams are now expected to play more intensely with an eye on the knockouts. While Dabang Mumbai will play to claim its second win post their convincing win over Kalinga Lancers in their last outing, Uttar Pradesh Wizards will be looking at getting back to their winning ways post their recent defeat against Ranchi Rays. Continue reading →

First Win for Dabang Mumbai, beat Kalinga Lancers 2-1

Hosts Dabang Mumbai kept their nerves to edge past Kalinga Lancers by 2-1 to record their first win in Hero Hockey India League. With the win in a must win match for both the teams, the Mumbai side mentored by former Indian Hockey Captain Viren Rasquinha earned five points to close the point’s gap with Delhi Waveriders and be in contention for a place in semi final.

Dabang Mumbai celebrate a goal during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Jeremy Hayward of Dabang Mumbai celebrate his goal during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Opening seconds of the first quarter saw Kalinga Lancers immediately attack the D of Dabang Mumbai and Lucas Vila missed a golden opportunity to score for his team. Five minutes into the quarter Dabang Mumbai got their first penalty corner but was missed by Tom Boon. Both sides continued to defend flawlessly, not giving the other to score and take the lead, resulting in the session ending without any goals getting scored. Continue reading →

Double Header on Sunday in Ranchi & Mumbai: Hero HIL 2015

Post 4-0 victory over Kalinga Lancers, the upbeat Ranchi Rays are ready take on Uttar Pradesh Wizards tomorrow, 08 January 2015 on their home ground in Ranchi. While bottom two teams in table Kalinga Lancers and Dabang Mumbai face each other’s first time in this season, as they take the field in Mumbai tomorrow’s 2nd match.

UP Wizards in a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

UP Wizards in a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

The hosts, MS Dhoni’s Ranchi Rays will be aspiring to continue their winning momentum, the confident after defating Jaypee Punjab Warrios, Uttar Pradesh Wizards will look to avenge their loss. In the previous clash between the two where Ranchi Rays had blanked the Wizards 2-0 in lucknow. The last match was regarded as Ranchi Rays vs PR Sreejesh wherein the latter gave a tough contest to the opponents to get past him. UP Wizards is working on their defence for tomorrow and are determined to not allow easy access to their D. Continue reading →

Simon Child’s Brace help Delhi Waveriders in beating Dabang Mumbai

Riding on Simon Child’s double strike and Gurbaj Singh’s man-of-the-match performance, Delhi Waveriders defeated Dabang Mumbai by 3-1 in a must win game in order to move closer to the semi-final spot in the ongoing Hero Hockey India League 2015.

Simon Child and Floris Evers in action during Delhi Waveriders vs Dabang Mumbai match in Hero Hockey India League 2015

Simon Child and Floris Evers in action during Delhi Waveriders vs Dabang Mumbai match in Hero Hockey India League 2015

It was Delhi Waveriders who scored the maiden goal in the first quarter and led the game 1-0 till the end of the third quarter. Goals started coming in the fourth quarter where Dabang Mumbai made their sole strike and Delhi Waveriders added two more to the tally, ending the game with a 3-1 win. The win takes Delhi Waveriders to the third position in the points table while Dabang Mumbai are positioned at the bottom. Continue reading →

Dabang Mumbai host Delhi Waveriders with aim on a victory

The defending champions Delhi Waveriders are looking forward to face Dabang Mumbai at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai tomorrow at 1900HRS IST. The hosts are yet to claim their first victory in the Hockey India League.

Dabanga Mumabi at a training session during Hero Hockey India League

Dabanga Mumabi at a training session during Hero Hockey India League

The previous clash between both the teams proved to be fruitful for Delhi Waveriders who registered their first win in the League in Delhi with a 3-1 score. Delhi Waveriders clearly dominated the game in all four quarters not giving the opponent’s forwards any opportunity to get the better of them. Delhi Waveriders would like to maintain the same momentum against Dabang Mumbai. The hosts will now be looking at recording their first triumph amidst the home crowd. Continue reading →

Riding on Middleton’s Brace Ranchi Rays defeat Dabang Mumbai by 2-1

Ranchi Rays bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Dabang Mumbai in Mumbai after losing their 1st match to Kalinga Lancers. After conceding a goal in the 3rd quarter in Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Ranchi Rays turned the match to their side with the help of double strike from Barry Middleton and defeated the host team by 2-1 in the 4th match of the Hero HIL 2015.

Ranchi Rays celebrate their victory during Hero Hockey India League

Ranchi Rays celebrate their victory against Dabang Mumbai during Hero Hockey India League

In the 1st quarter, Ranchi Rays successfully kept the ball in their possession and dominated the quarter with their high-spirited game. They continuously attacked on the opponents’ half and created many opportunities, but they faced the strong defence of Dabang Mumbai, who restricted their attacks. Ranchi Rays got their best chance to score where they managed to earn a crucial penalty corner in the 15th minute. Rays Justin Reid Ross received the shot and hit hard towards the box, but the gutsy midfielder Vikas Pillay thwarted the shot and failed the visitors’ attempt. Continue reading →