Hero HIL 2014 Trophy and Mascot “Gaurav” Unveiled

The trophy & Mascot of Hero Hockey India League 2014 were unveiled today in New Delhi. The mascot of Hero HIL is named “Gaurav” (meaning – Pride) has been introduced at the trophy unveiling ceremony.

Dr Narinder Batra (General Seceretary, Hockey India), Gaurav- the Hockey India League Mascot, Lokesh Kumar, Muthukumar Balakrishnan (Asst Tournament Director), Bjorn Isberg (Tournament Director), Elena Norman (CEO, Hockey India), Craig Gribble (Umpires Manager)

Dr Narinder Batra (General Seceretary, Hockey India), Gaurav- the Hockey India League Mascot, Lokesh Kumar, Muthukumar Balakrishnan (Asst Tournament Director), Bjorn Isberg (Tournament Director), Elena Norman (CEO, Hockey India), Craig Gribble (Umpires Manager)

The trophy of Hero HIL 2014, looks stunning masterpiece of trophy seems like a crown embedded with Swarovski at top and bottom with two beautiful golden Hockey Sticks on both the sides. The introduction of mascot “Gaurav” will be a new & refreshing chapter in the Hockey India League. The mascot is designed to arouse the interest for Hockey and to connect all hockey fans with the game in a completely redefined manner. Continue reading →

Hero HIL to Kickstart with Gala Opening Ceremony

Hero Hockey India League (HIL) will kickstart with a gala opening ceremony on 7 pm at on 25th January at Mohali.This year, the league has six franchises and will be played in across Delhi, Mumbai, Mohali, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi and Lucknow over a period of almost four weeks.

Captains of 5 HIL Teams during Opening Ceremony

File Photo: Captains of 5 HIL Teams during Opening Ceremony of 1st Edition of HIL

The opening ceremony Hero HIL 2014 will be witnessed by the spectators at the stadium and TV viewers will be able to catch it LIVE on Star Sports. The evening divided into 9 segments will see many performances unfolding in front of them, hence giving the audience and spectators 30 minutes of absolute entertainment.

The winning team of this edition, which will start off with this gala ceremony, will take home a cash prize of Rs. 2.5cr, the runners-up team will be richer by Rs.1.25cr and the team placed at the 3rd position will take away Rs.75lacs. The Player of the Tournament will be presented with cash prize of Rs. 25 lacs, while the player with the maximum goals will get the Airtel Maximum goals award and Rs. 10 lacs cash prize. The upcoming player will be awarded with the Ponty Chadha Upcoming Player of the Tournament Award and cash prize of Rs. 20 lacs. The player who makes everyone proud will win the Yes Garv Award and a cash prize of Rs.10 lacs while each man of the match wins Rs. 25,000. Continue reading →

Irish Goalie David Harte is Excited about Hockey India League

Ireland’s Goal Keeper David Harte has been selected by the Dabur Mumbai Magicians for the Hero Hockey India League. Hero HIL is entering its second season and will begin on January 23rd culminating into the finals on February 23rd 2014.

The auction for this season included 154 players from around the world of which 49 were picked up by the six franchises, players came from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, Ireland, England, South Africa and India with a total spend of USD 1.37 million. The highest player going for 81,000 USD (Ramandeep Singh for Uttar Pradesh Wizards). Continue reading →

Complete 6 HIL Teams after Closed Bids, UP Wizards paid 81k USD for Ramandeep

Youngsters and Foreign players stole the show at the Hero HIL Closed Bids held today at Hotel the Lalit in New Delhi. In the Hero Hockey India League closed bid, a total of 49 players from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, Ireland, England, South Africa and India were bought by the 6 franchises who spent a total of USD 1.37 million.

Ramandeep Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

Ramandeep Singh

Talented Indian Forward Ramandeep Singh was the top pick today and he was bought by UP Wizards by whopping price of USD 81,000, followed by Ryan Archibald of New Zealand who was acquired by Kalinga Lancers for USD 71,000/- while Nikkin Thimmaiah (India) and Trent Mitton (Australia) were bought for USD 59,000/- by UP Wizards and Dabur Mumbai Magicians Respectively.

Out of the total 154, the list of 49 players who were sold in the bid includes 28 Indians and 21 overseas players. The newly introduced franchise Kalinga Lancers from Odisha bought 24 new players while Ranchi Rhinos bought 1 player i.e. England Captain Barry Middleton, Dabur Mumbai Magicians 11 players, Uttar Pradesh Wizards 4 players, Jaypee Punjab Warriors 5 players and Delhi Waveriders 4 players. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rhinos Stun Delhi Waveriders to Clinch Hero Hockey India League Trophy

Ranchi, 10 February 2013: Ranchi Rhinos defeated Delhi Waveriders 2-1 in a cracker of a game to win the first ever Hero Hockey India League, earlier in the day Uttar Pradesh Wizards came from behind (0-3) to beat (4-3) Jaypee Punjab Warriors to finish third, at Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi on Sunday.

The Waveriders went ahead with a fine strike by Simon Child, Austin Smith drew the hosts level through a drag flick on a PC with a little bit of variation. And in the final quarter, Manpreet Singh’s strike on PC sealed the title for the hosts, who had 12th man with them i.e. a packed capacity crowd.

Hockey India League 2013 Awards:

WINNERS (Prize Money Rs 2,50,00,000/-): Ranchi Rhinos
RUNNERS-UP (Prize Money: Rs 1,25,00,000/-): Delhi Waveriders
Third Place (Prize Money: Rs 75,00,000/-): Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Fair-Play Award: Ranchi Rhinos

Hero Player of the Tournament ( Rs 25,00,000/-): Sardar Singh
‘Ponty Chadha Trophy’ for Upcoming Player of the Tournament ( Rs 20,00,000/-): Mandeep Singh

‘Airtel Award’ for Most Goals in the Tournament ( Rs 10,00,000/-): Delhi Waveriders

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Rhinos vs Wizards and Waveriders vs Warriors in Semis of HIL

The Hero Hockey India League is approaching towards its business end with semi-finals (Ranchi Rhinos vs Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Delhi Waveriders vs Punjab Warriors) and finals (to be decided after semis) scheduled this weekend (9th-10th February 2013) at Astroturf Stadium in Ranchi.

Hockey India League Points Table after the completion of league stage matches

Hockey India League Points Table after the completion of league stage matches

The five team tournament has seen 30 round-robin matches to eliminate Ric Charlesworth coached Mumbai Magicians, who could just manage to win only match of their 12 league matches. Rest of the teams have played each other thrice with mixed results. Lucknow based Wizards have been most unpredictable in the tournament and are the only team who defeated the table toppers Delhi Waveriders in the league stage and settled the scores with 1 draw, 1 win and 1 loss against the title favorites and also only to get defeated by eliminated side Magicians.

The unpredictable Wizards, who are coached by Roelant Oltmans, will face the Rhinos coached by Gregg Clark, while Barry Dancer’s Warriors will be facing Dr AK Bansal’s Waveriders in the semi finals. As the league stage progressed towards the end, teams looked better in their structure of play and on-field communications, it will be interesting to see how these teams coached in four different styles will play tactically in the knock out stage of the tournament.

Preview Semi 1: Ranchi Rhinos begin favourites against UP Wizards on home turf Continue reading →