Ranchi Rays skipper Ashley Jackson, who led his team to the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) title, was also named player of the tournament, while Dabang Mumbai's young drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh was declared most promising player.
New Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI) Debutants Ranchi Rays produced an inspired performance and twice came back from a goal down to beat favourites Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the shoot-out and emerge champions of the third Hero Hockey India League at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here today.
Debutants Ranchi Rays will face season's most consistent team Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the summit clash of the third Hero Hockey India League after both teams registered contrasting wins in their respective semifinals here on Saturday.
Hockey India (HI) and Hockey Australia on Saturday signed a strategic bilateral agreement that will see India men's hockey team tour Down Under every year for the next three years, i.e. from 2016 to 2018, a move that is expected to give a fillip to the sport back home.
After four weeks of non-stop action, the 3rd Hero Hockey India League will reach its crescendo with debutants Ranchi Rays and UP Wizards locking horns in the first semifinal while defending champions Delhi Waveriders take on Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the second match here on Saturday.
Their semifinal berth already secured, Jaypee Punjab Warriors signed off their league engagements on a resounding note, beating bottom-placed Dabang Mumbai 3-2 here today to finish on top of the round robin stage of the third Hero Hockey India League.
Already assured of a place in the semifinals, defending champions Delhi Waveriders and Uttar Pradesh Wizards played out a 3-3 draw in their final league game of the Hero Hockey India League (HIL), here on Wednesday.
Having already booked a berth in the semifinals, Jaypee Punjab Warriors would be looking to sign off the league stage with a win against the bottom-placed Dabang Mumbai, who would be playing for pride in their last league match of the Hero Hockey India League here on Thursday.
Currently positioned third in the Hockey India League (HIL), Jaypee Punjab Warriors will look to avenge their defeat against Ranchi Rays in Tuesday’s match at the International Hockey Stadium here. In their previous tie in Ranchi, the Rays outplayed the Warriors 2-1.
Defending champions Delhi Waveriders will aim at securing for themselves a semifinal berth when they face joint-leaders Ranchi Rays in a Hero Hockey India League (HIL) encounter at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Saturday.
After ending their victory drought on Sunday, Dabang Mumbai have a formidable task on hand when they take on Uttar Pradesh Wizards in their Hockey India League first leg clash at the Mahindra Stadium Wedensday.
Winless Dabang Mumbai and struggling Kalinga Lancers cross swords here on Sunday in a Hockey India League match that would determine to a large extent which of them stays afloat to progress further in the event.