Punjab Warriors skipper Jamie Dwyer led from the front as his team put up a clinical performance defeating Kalinga Lancers 4-2 in a Hockey India League match played under biting cold conditions, here tonight.
England's Barry Middleton scored twice in the third quarter, to pilot Ranchi Rays to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Dabang Mumbai in the Hockey India League encounter at the Mahindra Stadium here on Saturday.
Forced to settle for a draw in their opening tie against Dabang Mumbai, Jaypee Punjab Warriors' Australian import Kieran Govers today said they were expecting to put up a better show when they take on Kalinga Lancers in the Hero Hockey India League here on Sunday.
Brimming with confidence after their superb victory in the inaugural match of the season, Kalinga Lancers would be hoping to carry on their winning streak when they take on hosts Jaypee Punjab Warriors in an away fixture of the 2015 Hero Hockey India League (HIL), here on Sunday.
Hockey Indian League (HIL), the world's most lucrative field hockey tournament, enters it's third season with two new franchises bidding to win hearts. HIL has been a boon to Indian hockey, and it's continued success is pivotal to the existence of the sport in the country.
Hosts Kalinga Lancers started this year's Hero Hockey India League with a bang by defeating newcomers Ranchi Rays 6-3 in a high-scoring inaugural match of the third edition of the tournament in front of a capacity crowd at Kalinga Stadium here today.
A new-look Dabang Mumbai, under a new city franchise-owning group, will clash with last year's losing finalists Jaypee Punjab Warriors in their opening game of 3rd Hockey India League at Mahindra Stadium here on Friday.
Hockey India League (HIL) on Wednesday earned high praise from two Australians - player-turned-coach Barry Dancer and current international Jamie Dwyer - who hailed the franchise-based tournament, commencing tomorrow, as "the best in the world".
Notwithstanding the absence of a regular national hockey coach since the exit of Australia's Terry Walsh, selector Arjun Halappa sounded upbeat here about the Indian squad's future following its good show over the last year-and-a-half.
After two successful seasons, the Hero Hockey India League is back with fresh vigour and anticipation in its third edition starting with a clash between hosts Kalinga Lancers and debutant Ranchi Rays clash at the Kalinga Stadium, here Thursday.
Former India hockey coach Michael Nobbs said it was perhaps a good time to appoint a home grown product to take up the national coach's job ahead of the Rio Olympic Games, for which the squad has already qualified.
After being part of the squad that disappointed in the first two years of Hockey India League (HIL), star Australian forward Glenn Turner exuded confidence on Tuesday that new city franchise Dabang Mumbai would at least make it to the semi-finals this year.
India hockey skipper Sardar Singh and former captain Ajit Pal Singh on Monday said that the players from Pakistan should be allowed to be a part of the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) as it would improve the overall standard of the league.
Drafted into the Delhi Waveriders team in place of star goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi for the 2015 Hockey India League (HIL), South Africa's Erasmus Pieterse is well aware of the "pressure" and said it would be a challenge for him to fill in the German's shoes in upcoming tournament.
Australian hockey team captain Mark Knowles feels India's qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics was "crucial" for the longevity of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL), the third edition of which will begin on Janauary 22 in Bhubaneswar.