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 →

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 →

Magicians Outclassed Wizards to score their 1st Win of HIL

Mumbai, 30th January 2013: Dabur Mumbai Magicians finally tasted the victory, after 7 defeats in a row, when they outclassed Uttar Pradesh Wizards 4-0 in their first head-on match in the Hero Hockey India League at the Mahindra stadium here on Wednesday.

Jonny Jasrotia celebrates a goal with Mathew Swann and Faisal Saari

Jonny Jasrotia celebrates a goal with Mathew Swann and Faisal Saari

Jonny Jasrotia (11th minute), Jason Wilson (45) and Sandeep Singh (52, 66) found the target for the hosts to keep themselves alive in the inaugural edition of HIL.

“This is our first win in the tournament and we are very happy today. We have been playing well in the last few matches and we hope to keep improving,” said Sandeep after the match.

The Magicians needed nothing less than a win in this encounter between two bottom placed teams and came out with clear intention to take the battle to their opponents on the home turf. Continue reading →

Warriors looking to return to winning ways against Magicians

Wednesdays game 31st January: Dabur Mumbai Magicians vs Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the MHA National Stadium at 8:00 PM.

Mumbai, 30th January 2013: Jaypee Punjab Warriors would look to quickly forget the humiliating defeat against league leaders Delhi Waveriders and return to winning ways when they take on bottom placed Dabur Mumbai Magicians in the Hero Hockey India League encounter at the Mahindra Hockey stadium on Thursday.

Glenn Turner (Mumbai Magicians) in a training session

Glenn Turner (Mumbai Magicians) in a training session

The Warriors, who had found some form in their last league encounters and were looking to challenge for the first two spots in the standings, were completely outplayed by the Waveriders on Tuesday and could not even earn one point due to the three goal margin of defeat.

The loss also ended their four match unbeaten run in the competition and team captain Jamie Dwyer was quick to assert after the match that the team wants to get back to the winning ways before the business end of the tournament starts. Continue reading →

Magicians will Host Wizards in search of their Maiden Victory in HIL 2013

Wednesdays game 30th January: Dabur Mumbai Magicians vs Uttar Pradesh Wizards at the MHA Stadium at 6:00 PM.

Mumbai, 29th January 2013: Dabur Mumbai Magicians would be facing Uttar Pradesh Wizards for the first time in the inaugural edition of the Hero Hockey India League when they host the Lucknow based Wizards at their home ground i.e. the Mahindra Hockey stadium in Mumbai. And the hosts would be hoping for the change of fortunes and would be hoping to register their maiden victory in the tournament.

Mumbai Magicians in a training sessionThe Ric Charlesworth coached side has put up a much improved performance in their last few games but victory has always eluded the Magicians, who are placed at last position in the points table with 7 bonus points (for loss with 2 or less goal difference) from 7 matches. They  face a must-win situation in all their last five encounters if they have to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals. It can not better than this when they face the Wizards who are themselves on the downward spiral after losing all their last three encounters in the tournament. Continue reading →

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 →