Magicians Lost their Last Match of Hockey India Leauge 2013

Mumbai, 07 February 2013: Ranchi Rhinos beat a misfiring Dabur Mumbai Magicians side 1-0 in the final league game of the Hero Hockey India League at Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium on Thursday.

Nick Wilson of Ranchi Rhinos in action, he scored only goal of the match against Mumbai Magicians

Nick Wilson of Ranchi Rhinos in action, he scored only goal of the match against Mumbai Magicians

Rhinos, who were guaranteed to finish second and face UP Wizards in the semis before this match started, earned five points through a superb field goal from Nick Wilson in the final quarter. Magicians suffered their 11th defeat in 12 games in this tournament, to finish on a disappointing note.

Just like Thursday’s evening match between Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Delhi Waveriders, this game also saw no goals being scored in the first half. There were chances a plenty, but the deep defenders and goalkeepers of both the teams were superb. Continue reading →

Magicians Face Rhinos in Their Last Match of HIL 2013

Mumbai, 6 February 2013: Bottom placed Dabur Mumbai Magicians would have nothing but pride to defend when they take on second placed Ranchi Rhinos in their last league encounter of the Hero Hockey India League at the Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium here on Thursday.

Mumbai Magicians in a training sessionThe Magicians went into their last two league encounters in a must-win situation to keep alive their semi-finals hopes. But a 1-0 loss against fellow strugglers Uttar Pradesh Wizards on Tuesday was enough to condemn them to the fifth and final spot and thereby throw them out of semi-final reckoning.

The hosts, who have gathered 15 points from 11 outings, have managed to win only one match in the entire tournament so far and the team’s defensive frailties have meant that the Magicians could never launch a serious challenge in the competition. Continue reading →

With Narrow Win over Magicians, Wizards book their Place in Semis of HIL

Mumbai, 05 February 2013: Uttar Pradesh Wizards sealed their place in the semi-finals of the Hero Hockey India League with a 1-0 win over Dabur Mumbai Magicians at Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday. Wizards’ win also ended Magicians’ chances of making it to the semi-finals.

Mumbai Magicians defending a PC

Mumbai Magicians defending a PC, in which UP Wizards outsmarted them, Luke Doerner found target as Raghunath played dummy

Nothing less than a win would have kept Magicians’ challenge in the tournament alive. However, a first half goal by Luke Doerner sealed the fate of the hosts.

Knowing that only a win can keep them in the tournament, Magicians went on attack right from the word go. And the hosts were rewarded with a penalty corner in the second minute. Sandip Singh, the tournament’s top scorer, went to the left of the Wizards’ goalie, but his strike was deflected wide by a Wizards’ defender. Continue reading →

Tickets for Final 4 Matches of Hockey India League are on Sale

New Delhi, 04 February 2013: The Hero Hockey India League has started selling tickets for the final four play-off matches that includes two Semi-Finals, 3rd place play off and a Final to be played on 9th and 10th February in Ranchi.

Hero Hockey India League Logo

The tickets are available at www.ticketgenie.in (Semis and Finals) website and being sold at Gate No.2 of the Birsa Munda Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi, i.e. the venue of finals to be played on 9th and 10th Feb, for the spectators from today onwards.

The tickets for Semi-Finals are priced at Rs. 60/- and Rs. 100/-
and for Finals at Rs. 100/- and Rs. 150/-. Continue reading →

Magicians will face Wizards in a Must Win Tie to Stay in Competition

Mumbai, 4 February 2013: Bottom placed Dabur Mumbai Magicians will get a last chance to keep alive their challenge in the inaugural Hero Hockey India League when they take on fourth placed Uttar Pradesh Wizards at the Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium here on Tuesday.

Mumbai Magicians in a training session

The Ric Charlsworth-coached outfit has 14 points from 10 outings in the competition so far and trail the Wizards by eight points. There are 10 points to be grabbed from the remaining two encounters and only wins in the remaining two matches would provide them a mathematical probability of advancing to the semifinals if their Tuesday’s opponents lose both their remaining matches. Continue reading →

UP Wizards Outplay Mumbai Magicians to Get Closer to Semi Finals, Mor Shines

Lucknow, 02 February 2013: Uttar Pradesh Wizards outplayed Dabur Mumbai Magicians in bottom of the table clash to strengthen their chances of making to semi-finals. This 2-0 defeat against Wizards at Lucknow, is a big blow to the Magicians’ hopes of making it to the semi-finals of the Hero Hockey India League.

Pardeep Mor celebrating his goal with his team UP Wizards members

Pardeep Mor celebrating his goal with his team UP Wizards members

Goals from Pardeep Mor and Siddharth Shankar made the difference for the hosts, Wizards, who now are at fourth place 8 points ahead of Magicians with 22 points.

Both the teams began the match on a cautions note, with the play stuck in midfield. Neither of the team was ready to go for an all out attack, and were trying to maintain their shape. It all changed in the ninth minute though, when the hosts took the lead. Under a little bit of pressure from a Wizards’ player, Glenn Simpson made a poor clearance, which was collected by Pardeep Mor at the top of the Magicians’ circle. Mor took a couple of steps towards the ball, and smashed it in the top right corner, giving Magicians’ goalie Sreejesh absolutely no chance. This was Mor’s first goal of the tournament. Continue reading →