Ritu Rani will skipper the Indian women's hockey team when they take the field in the eight-team FIH World League Round 2 to be played at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here from March 7 to 15.
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.
Captain Ashley Jackson scored a brilliant hat-trick, including two stunning goals in the dying moments, as Ranchi Rays recorded an upset 3-2 win over Punjab Warriors in a thrilling match of the Hero Hockey India League here today.
The last time they squared off, it ended in a hard-fought draw but Delhi Waveriders and Uttar Pradesh Wizards will be keen to fetch an outright win when they meet again in the Hero Hockey India League here on Wednesday.
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.
Rupinder Pal Singh produced a rock solid performance as defending champions Delhi Waveriders outclassed Ranchi Rays 2-0 in their must-win clash of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Major Dhyan Chand stadium, here.