Delhi Waveriders Win Thriller Against Mumbai Magicians

Mumbai, 21st January 2013: Delhi Waveriders won a 10-goal thriller 6-4 against Dabur Mumbai Magicians to go on top of the points table of the Hero Hockey India League on Monday at the MHA stadium, Mumbai.

Delhi Waveriders (Oskar Deecke, Danish Mujtaba, Sardar Singh and Gurvinder Singh Chandi) celebrating a goal

Delhi Waveriders (Oskar Deecke, Danish Mujtaba, Sardar Singh and Gurvinder Singh Chandi) celebrating a goal

In a match played at a cracking pace, Oscar Deecke, Norris Jones, Danish Mujtaba, Akashdeep Singh, Andres Mir Bel and Simon Child scored a goal each for the visitors. Sandeep Singh’s brace, and Glen Turner and Jason Wilson’s one goal each wasn’t good enough for the hosts, who have now lost four out of four games in the league stage.

“We played well for the first three quarters, but it all went away from us in the last quarter,” Magicians’ skipper for the evening Matthew Swann said. Continue reading →

Riding on Jamie Dwyer’s form Jaypee Punjab Warriors beat Mumbai Magicians 4-2

Mumbai, 20th January 2013: Jaypee Punjab Warriors finally scored their first win of the Hero Hockey India League on Sunday, beating Mumbai Magicians 4-2 in Mumbai.

Dharamvir Singh scored a brace for Jaypee Punjab Warriors against Mumbai Magicians

Dharamvir Singh scored a brace for Jaypee Punjab Warriors against Mumbai Magicians

The win earned Warriors five points, taking their tally to eight. Magicians remained in the bottom, with three points from as many games.

Dharamvir Singh scored twice, while skipper Jamie Dwyer and Ranjit Singh scored a goal each for the visitors.

The match began at an extraordinary pace, and Jaypee Punjab Warriors earned a penalty corner in the second minute. SV Sunil showed some superb skills inside the Magicians’ D, and his flick hit the foot of a Magicians’ defender. Referee made no hesitation in giving Warriors a penalty corner. Continue reading →

Will Mumbai Magicians settle the score against Delhi Waveriders

Monday’s game 21st January: Mumbai Magicians vs Delhi Waveriders at the Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium at 8:00PM.

Mumbai, 20th January 2013: Having been hold for draw (1-1) in their first away game by Uttar Pradesh Wizards on Saturday, Delhi Waveriders would be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Mumbai Magicians in the Hero Hockey India League in Mumbai on Monday.

Mumbai Magicians vs Delhi Waveriders

Mumbai Magicians vs Delhi Waveriders

The waveriders will start with the confidence of winning (2-1) their earlier tie after surviving Penalty Stroke in last minute on which Sandeep Singh found both vertical bars of post and missed it, on 16th January in Delhi.

Even though after being held by Wizards, Waveriders went to the top of the points table at the end of their game against them. Waveriders team management will be worried about the failure to convert chances into goals which would have fetched them better results, though the Delhi outfit have been good outings on the turf and are unbeaten in their first three outings including a draw. Continue reading →

Mumbai Magicians will face Punjab Warriors in 1st Home Match

Sunday Game – 20th January: Mumbai Magicians vs Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium at 8:00 PM.

Mumbai, 19 January 2013: Two teams that surprisingly find themselves at the bottom of the points table face each other when Jaypee Punjab Warriors take on Mumbai Magicians in Mumbai on Sunday.

Shivendra Singh, Barry Dancer and Jamie Dwyer in Jaypee Punjab Warriors Team Press Conference at Mahindra Hockey Stadium Mumbai

Shivendra Singh, Barry Dancer and Jamie Dwyer in Jaypee Punjab Warriors Team Press Conference at Mahindra Hockey Stadium Mumbai

In this evening game, Magicians would play for the first time at home this season. Warriors have had a horrendous start to their campaign, losing three games on the trot. Magicians’ start to the event hasn’t been any better, losing both their games so far, including the loss to Ranchi Rhinos on Friday evening.

For both the teams, Sunday’s game is as much a challenge mentally, as it is physically. Keeping their morale high despite having suffered a poor start is something that both the team managements would be trying to do. Mumbai Magicians were outplayed by a spirited Ranchi Rhinos team on Friday evening, and Magicians would need to recover quickly from that loss. They opted to sit back and weather the storm on Friday, and paid a heavy price for it, as Rhinos had already scored three goals by the end of the second quarter. Continue reading →

Clinical Ranchi Rhinos beat Mumbai Magicians 3-1

Ranchi, 18 January 2013: Ranchi Rhinos sounded the warning bells for all their opponents scheduled to visit the citadel of the Jharkhand team when they outplayed Mumbai Magicians 3-1 in their first home game of the Hero Hockey India League here on Friday.

Mandeep Singh celebrates after scoring 2nd Goal for Ranchi Rhinos

Mandeep Singh celebrates after scoring 2nd Goal for Ranchi Rhinos

The Gregg Clark coached side, whose slogan is ‘Nas nas mein hockey’ (hockey is in our blood), rode on the vociferous support of their supporters at the jam-packed Birsa Munda Hockey stadium to register their second straight victory in the competition and go on top of the league standings (current standings here) with 10 points.

Delhi Waveriders also have 10 points from two encounters but the Rhinos took the pole position due to better goal difference. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rhinos to face Mumbai Magicians in their First Home Game

Ranchi Rhions vs Mumbai Magicians at 8PM on 18th Jan at Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Ranchi

Ranchi, 17 January 2013: Two teams with different starts will go head to head in the Hero Hockey India League, when Ranchi Rhinos take on Mumbai Magicians at home on Friday.

Ranchi Rhinos

Ranchi Rhinos

Ranchi Rhinos got off to a good start on Wednesday, when they handed Jaypee Punjab Warriors their second successive defeat in an away game. Rhinos, who have invested a lot in local talent, defended extremely well towards the end stages of the game on Wednesday, and the team management would love to see a similar performance from the backline against Magicians.

Mumbai Magicians suffered a 1-2 loss at the hands of Delhi Waveriders on Wednesday, and would be keen to score a win against Rhinos to get their campaign back on track. Having lost the opener in Delhi, Magicians have now travelled to Ranchi, leaving them with very less time to prepare for Friday’s game. Continue reading →