Namdhari XI starts Sr Nationals Campaign with big Win

7 March 2014: Namdhari XI, Bihar, Mumbai and Uttarakhand won their respective matches on the day-9 of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division B) being played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow.

Tyron Pereira of Mumbai scoring past Goa Goalie during the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship

Tyron Pereira of Mumbai scoring past Goa Goalie during the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship

In Pool A, Namdhari XI registered an easy win against Gujarat by leaving them behind with a score of 9-0 on board. Namdhari XI claimed their first win in their very first match of the pool leaving Gujarat with yet another loss. Namdhari XI went all out from the very beginning of the match, where Bhagat Singh Dhillon scored two goals at 5th and the 15th minute of the game by converting both the penalty corners followed by the field goals by Santa Singh at 27thminute and Captain Kuldeep Singh at 29th minute taking the score to 4-0 in the first half of the game. Continue reading →

Bihar, UK, SSB and HP start Hockey Nationals on Winning Note

Bihar, Uttarakhand, Sashastra Seema Bal and Himachal Pradesh from Pool A and B started their 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division B) campaign on winning note at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow.

Action during SSB vs Rajasthan match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship

Action during Sashastra Seema Bal vs Rajasthan match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship

The first match played between Bihar and Gujarat witnessed Bihar going all out from the very start. Though, Gujarat’s Krushsingh Zala scored the very first goal of the game at the 9th minute, it was Bihar’s Md Reyazuddin, Naveen Minz and Mangra Bhengra who in return scored at the 11th, 14th and 21st minute respectively, to take the lead by 3-1 in the first half of the match. Gujarat played a defensive game in the second half of the game but couldn’t stop Bihar’s Naveen Minz from scoring another goal at 40th minute and wrapping the game at 4 goals to 1. Continue reading →

Mumbai Magicians beat Kalinga Lancers 3-2 to register first win in HIL 2014

Dabur Mumbai Magicians recorded their first win in the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL), beating debutants Kalinga Lancers 3-2 in an entertaining league match at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai today.

Glenn Turner (Dabur Mumbai Magicians) and Vickramkanth (Kalinga Lancers) in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014 in Mumbai

Glenn Turner (Dabur Mumbai Magicians) and Vickramkanth (Kalinga Lancers) in action during Hero Hockey India League 2014 in Mumbai

It took Dabur Mumbai Magicians nine games to register their first victory in the league, while for Kalinga Lancers it was a disappointing end to their maiden campaign in the six-team tournament.

Dabur Mumbai Magicians opened the scoring 30 seconds from the first quarter through captain Glenn Turner (17th minute), who converted a half chance into goal from a rebound. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders beat Magicians 5-3 at Mumbai in HIL Match

Table toppers Delhi Waveriders rounded off their league campaign at the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) in style, beating Dabur Mumbai Magicians 5-3 in a high-scoring match at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai.

Veteran Rajpal Singh (Delhi Waveriders) celebrating one of his two goals again Dabur Mumbai Magicians during Hero Hockey India League 2013

Veteran Rajpal Singh (Delhi Waveriders) celebrating one of his two goals again Dabur Mumbai Magicians during Hero Hockey India League 2013

Delhi Waveriders started the match as favourites and took the lead in the third minute through Yuvraj Walmiki, who got a deflection from Akashdeep Singh’s rebound shot.

Dabur Mumbai Magicians, however, drew level seven minutes later when Glenn Turner (10th minute) scored a field goal before Delhi Waveriders restored their lead in the next minute through veteran Rajpal Singh’s 11th minute) field strike.

It was an entertaining first quarter as both the teams matched each other stick by stick but it was the visitors who enjoyed a slender one goal lead at the first break. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rhinos edge past Mumbai Magicians with early strike of Reid Ross

Defending champion Ranchi Rhinos scored an early goal to beat Dabur Mumbai Magicians in a hard-fought league match of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai today.

Birendra Lakra (Ranchi Rhinos) in Hero Hockey India League 2014

Birendra Lakra (Ranchi Rhinos) Man-of-the-Match against Dabur Mumbai Magicians in Hero Hockey India League 2014

Dabur Mumbai Magicians had the first shot at goal early in the game but Bharat Chikkara’s try from inside the circle went wide.

Ranchi Rhinos ceased the opportunity that came their way and surged ahead in the 11th minute when Justin Reid Ross scored from a rebound with a full blooded forehand shot.

Dabur Mumbai Magicians looked rusty throughout the entire 70 minutes and despite creating a few chances they could not find the back of Ranchi Rhinos net. Continue reading →

Punjab Warriors beat Mumbai Magicians at Mumbai in HIL

Jaypee Punjab Warriors beat Dabur Mumbai Magicians 4-1 in a league match in the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2014 at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai.

Affan Yousuf of Punjab Warriors at Hero Hockey India League 2014

Man-of-the-Match Affan Yousuf of Punjab Warriors against Dobur Mumbai Magicians at Hero Hockey India League 2014

The win consolidated Jaypee Punjab Warriors position to second in the standings with 23 points from six outings ahead of last year’s runners-up Delhi Waveriders, who have so far garnered 29 points from eight matches and are presently atop the leaderboard.

Dabur Mumbai Magicians, on the other hand, are at the bottom of the table with just six points from as many matches.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors took the early lead through a field goal by SV Sunil in the third minute of the match.

Dharamvir Singh doubled Jaypee Punjab Warriors lead in the 17th minute through another field strike after latching on to a loose ball inside the circle. Continue reading →