Lloyd Norris-Jones scores for Delhi Waveriders against Mumbai Magicians.
Lloyd Norris-Jones scores for Delhi Waveriders against Mumbai Magicians.
(Photo: Hockey India League)

Delhi Waveriders maintained their 100% winning record in the Hero Hockey India League thanks to a deserved but nervy 2-1 victory over Mumbai Magicians on the second day of competition on Wednesday (16 January). Goals from Rupinder Pal Singh and Lloyd Norris-Jones proved to be enough for a Waveriders triumph, although things could have been very different had Magicians star Sandeep Singh not missed a late penalty stroke.

Earlier in the day, Jamie Dwyer’s Jaypee Punjab Warriors fell to a second successive defeat, losing on home soil against Ranchi Rhinos 2-1. Ashley Jackson and Mandeep Singh established a 2-0 lead for the Rhinos before a brilliant reverse stick strike from Kieran Govers made things interesting with seven minutes of the match remaining. However, a fine defensive display ensured that the Rhinos earned an impressive victory away from home.   

Wednesday’s results leave Delhi Waveriders sitting pretty at the top of the league table with a maximum of ten points, with Ranchi Rhinos in second place on five points with a game in hand.

More information about the matches can be found below, with video highlights available at the bottom of the page. For more detailed information about the competition, please visit the official website of the Hero hockey India League by clicking here.

Match 2: Jaypee Punjab Warriors 1-2 Ranchi Rhinos

A superb defensive display helped Ranchi Rhinos earn a superb away victory at Jaypee Punjab Warriors. The Rhinos claimed a 2-1 victory at the Surjeet Singh Stadium to begin their campaign in winning fashion.

Following defeat in their opening encounter against Delhi Waveriders, the Warriors came into the match needing a win to get their campaign on track. However, despite a much improved display, they failed to dominate their opponents.

Rhinos’ English recruit Ashley Jackson put the team ahead with a clinical drag flick in the 43rd minute and Mandeep Singh volleyed home a rebound to double the advantage six minutes later.

The Warriors showed great determination in final quarter of the match and eventually got what they deserved when Australian international Kieran Govers crashed home a blistering reverse stick shot seven minutes from time. However, it proved to be a consolation goal as the Rhinos weathered the storm with high quality defending to pick five points from the encounter.

Rhinos captain and current FIH Player of the Year Moritz Fürste was named Man of the Match thanks to a dominant performance in midfield.

Video highlights of the match can be found at the bottom of this page. To read more about this match, please click here (External Link: Hockey India League).

HIL Match 3: Delhi Waveriders 2-1 Mumbai Magicians

Delhi Waveriders survived an anxious last few minutes to defeat Mumbai Magicians 2-1 and consolidate their lead at the top of the inaugural Hero Hockey India League with 10 points from two encounters.

The hosts, who had beaten Jaypee Punjab Warriors in their tournament opener, dominated the game against the Magicians for the first three quarters at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium but their profligacy in front of the opposition goal almost came back to haunt them in the dying minutes.

Despite a penalty corner conversion by Rupinder Pal Singh (27) and a fine goal by South African Lloyd Norris-Jones (48), the Delhi Waveriders could have ended up dropping three points had the upright not come to their rescue in the last minute.

The Magicians had earned a penalty stroke in the last minute after a Sandeep Singh drag-flick hit a defender. However, the unfortunate Mumbai captain saw his flick hit both posts before being cleared to safety, much to the relief of the Delhi team and their supporters.

Sandeep had earlier scored from a 50th minute penalty corner and could have been the hero for his team, but it was not to be their day.

“It was plain bad luck that we missed the penalty stroke. We played well in the second half and will take the positives into the next game,” said Sandeep.

Waveriders captain Sardar Singh was named as man of the match in the contest.

Video highlights of the match can be found at the bottom of this page. To read more about this match, please click here. (External Link: Hockey India League)

Source Material: Hockey India League website

Hero Hockey India League – Essential Details

About the tournament
The Hero Hockey India League (HIL) is a professional competition in India. The tournament, which is organised by Hockey India, is being contested among five franchisee-based teams, with many of the world’s finest international hockey players taking part on the competition. Each HIL franchise has 24 players which include ten foreign and 14 Indian players. The players were acquired in an auction which was held on 16 December. The entire event takes place on home and away basis culminating into multi header playoffs. The first edition of the tournament will take place from January 14th to February 10th 2013. Like the Euro Hockey League, matches will be played in four quarters of 17 ½ minutes instead of two halves of 35 minutes. 

The Teams
Delhi Waveriders    
City: Delhi       
Owners: Wave Group           
Captain: Sardar Singh           
Head Coach: Ajay Kumar Bansal     
Home Ground: Dhyan Chand National Stadium
To see a full list of players, please click here. 

Mumbai Magicians   
Dabur India Ltd       
Sandeep Singh            
Head Coach: 
Ric Charlesworth         
Home Ground: 
Mahindra Hockey Stadium
To see a full list of players, please click here. 

Jaypee Punjab Warriors        
Jaypee Group         
Jamie Dwyer           
Head Coach: 
Barry Dancer   
Home Ground: 
Surjeet Hockey Stadium
To see a full list of players, please click here. 

Ranchi Rhinos          
Patel-Uniexel group            
Moritz Fürste             
Head Coach: 
Gregg Clark
Home Ground: 
Astroturf Hockey Stadium
To see a full list of players, please click here. 

Uttar Pradesh Wizards         
Sahara India Pariwar          
V.R. Raghunath      
Head Coach: 
Roelant Oltmans         
Home Ground: 
Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium
To see a full list of players, please click here.

Useful Links

Official Website: Keep up to speed with all of the official tournament details, including news, photos, fixtures, results, league tables, teams lists and playing venues at http://league.hockeyindia.org/

Social Media: The extensive and detailed Hero Hockey India League Facebook page is updated regularly and this is expected to continue throughout the tournament. You can view this at the following link:http://www.facebook.com/TheHockeyIndiaLeague. To follow the action on Twitter, visithttps://twitter.com/HockeyIndiaLeag or use the Hashtag #HIL.

You Tube & Live Streaming: The Official Hockey India League you Tube page has a selection of cool promotional videos and, according to the site itself, will also be providing exclusive live streaming free of charge. You can visit the official you Tube page by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/thehockeyindialeague

For those of you who are interested in seeing a video of the player auction, please click the following link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=keQejpV5OBs