DELHI WAVERIDERS conquer a position in the Semi-finals after drawing up against Ranchi Rhinos

 

 

DELHI WAVERIDERS is all set to ride the wave yet again by becoming the first ever team to secure a position in the semi-finals of the newly inaugurated Hockey India League. After a convincing win over the Punjab Warriors, the DELHI WAVERIDERS drew with Ranchi Rhinos with a score of 2-2, for which they got two points Hence, topping the charts with 34 points from eight matches, five clear of Ranchi who have played the same number of games.

 

Although, DELHI WAVERIDERS could not succeed in hitting a goal in the first quarter. But, nonetheless, the second half saw a resurgent Delhi team control proceedings with the in-form midfield duo of Sardara Singh and Tim Jenniskens finally making their presence felt. Delhi immediately equalised when a well-orchestrated move ended with goal-keeper Sushant Tirkey parrying the ball inside his own goal to make it 1-1. Goalkeeper of DELHI WAVERIDERS Nicholas Jacobi became the man of the match by making a string of fine saves to keep the DELHI WAVERIDERS in the game.

The third quarter had free flowing hockey all around when finally the DELHI WAVERIDERS managed to hit the goal. The last 17 minutes of the last quarter were nerve wrecking and the Rhinos managed to equalize the score with a 2-2.

 

The draw meant DELHI WAVERIDERS have now confirmed their place in the semi-finals and in the process, have become the first team to do so. DELHI WAVERIDERS coach AK Bansal said he was happy with the result. “The draw is good since it would stop the team from getting complacent. It will help the players pull up their socks.”

 

Captain Sardar Singh said, “We have been checked at the right time and this has come at a good stage to us. I guess the team was a little over confident that we have already made to the semis and this showed in our game and body language too”.

 

Come and cheer for the DELHI WAVERIDERS who will battle against the Rhinos yet again on 1st February 08:00 pm at Ranchi.

DELHI WAVERIDERS sails smooth against Jaypee Punjab Warrior.

DELHI WAVERIDERS continued their unbeaten run in the inaugural Hockey India League as they thrashed Jaypee Punjab Warriors 3-0 in a round-robin match thereby ensuring a place in the last four of the cash-rich championship. This is the first match in the league where DELHI WAVERIDERS  didn’t concede even a goal.

The DELHI WAVERIDERS scored through Akashdeep Singh at 14th minutes, Kiwi Andrew Hayward 52nd minutes and Simon Child 69th minutes to consolidate their position at the top of the league standings with 32 points from seven matches.

The match started on a fast note with Punjab Warriors trying its best to outfit its opponents, covering the early exchanges before the DELHI WAVERIDERS started the catch up game successfully.

After warming up the game for the first 10 minutes, the DELHI WAVERIDERS took the initiative and earned their first penalty corner in the 12th minute following this the DELHI WAVERIDERS  surged ahead two minutes later when Akashdeep scored with a stunning reverse hit dodging couple of Punjab defenders inside the circle. The Warriors got a golden opportunity to equalize in the 23rd minute but an unmarked S V Sunil shot wide after he was fed from the right flank by a beautiful one-two from Jamie Dwyer and Robert Hammond and the close drive went in vein.
The opportunistic DELHI WAVERIDERS compounded Punjab`s problems soon and took a 2-0 lead when Hayward converted the hosts` second penalty corner in the 52nd minute to score his first goal in his maiden outing in the tournament.

Thereafter, the DELHI WAVERIDERS controlled the game as the Warriors found it difficult to snatch the ball away from the possession of the home team.
In a desperate attempt to take hold of the game, Punjab warrior goalie entered the game leaving the goal un-guarded, Simon Child took the opportunity and scored the third goal for the DELHI WAVERIDERS pushing the ball in an open goal in the final minute of the match to add to Punjab`s agony to complete the rout.

The win has consolidated the DELHI WAVERIDERS lead at the top, taking their points tally to 32 from seven matches. The DELHI WAVERIDERS will play Ranchi Rhinos at Major Dhyanchand Stadium Delhi today.

DELHI WAVERIDERS Vs Jaypee Punjab Warriors, which team would rise in the battle?

The undefeated DELHIWAVERIDERS are marching ahead like a juggernaut in the Hero Hockey India League; struggling Jaypee Punjab Warriors would look to put an end to the unbeaten run of league leaders when the two sides encounter at the Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey stadium today.
Currently DELHI WAVERIDERS tops the charts with equally impressive in offence as well as defence. The DELHI WAVERIDERS will play tough, as they showed in their 6-4 victory over Mumbai Magicians and may startle the opponent with their strategies.
The DELHI WAVERIDERS which have cemented their position at the top of the point table, have scored 15 goals in their last three encounters and with penalty corner specialist Rupinder Pal Singh also finding form; the hosts would once again be looking forward to a goal riot in the evening.

DELHI WAVERIDEWRS, Coach Ajay Kumar Bansal, said, “JP Warriors have been performing well and have been climbing the ladder really fast. The team is not over confident about today’s match and will play it with the same tempo as any other. The management and staff are really happy with the team’s performance.

DELHI WAVERIDERS is set to play two consecutive matches in their home ground one after the other the first one against Jaypee Punjab Warrior today and the second one against Ranchi Rhinos tomorrow, now what’s left to see if DELHI WAVERIDER can sway today’s match in their kitty.

Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi Akshay Kumar is coming tonight to cheer for the sport at Major,  Dhyanchand National Stadium, are you coming to support your team ?

Three times the joy, DELHI WAVERIDERS defeats Mumbai Magician straight in a row.

The floodlit Major Dhyan Chand Stadium marveled another breath taking victory of the DELHI WAVERIDERS that consolidated their position at the top of the league standings with 27 points from six games, five points ahead of second-placed Ranchi Rhinos. The DELHI WAVERIDERS began playing aggressive hockey from the opening minute itself, raiding the Mumbai circle repeatedly.

Mumbai magician’s ace drag-flicker Sandeep Singh’s hat-trick went in vain as table toppers DELHI WAVERIDERS eked out a close 4-3 win over Mumbai Magicians in a thrilling round-robin match to continue their dream run in the ongoing Hockey India League on Saturday.

Mumbai Magicians’ dismal campaign since the inaugural HIL continued as the Mumbai side slumped to their sixth consecutive defeat in the five-team event. For the DELHI WAVERIDERS, South African Lloyd Norris Jones scored two goals (12th minute, 22nd), while Imran Khan (6th) and Rupinder Pal Singh (51st) found target once each.

While the Mumbai Magician saw all the action from Sandeep , (28th, 56th, 66th) scored all the three goals for his team from penalty corners. The Magicians zoomed the match on a bright note and enjoyed a good share of possession in the early stages of the matches before losing the steam to Waveriders who seized the initiative in the first quarter by pumping in two goals against an out-of-sorts Mumbai defense.

Imran gave DELHI WAVERIDERS the lead in the sixth minute with a fierce shot after pouncing on a loose ball on top of the opposition circle. Mumbai Magicians’ woes were doubled six minutes later when Norris Jones doubled Delhi’s lead after scoring from a goal-mouth melee. The Mumbai Magicians outfit’s defense was caught off guard once again in the second quarter when unmarked Norris Jones gently tapped the ball inside the goal in the 22nd minute after receiving a diagonal pass from Talwinder Singh from the right flank.

The victory took DELHI WAVERIDERS side to 27 points - five points clear of the second placed Ranchi Rhinos.DELHI WAVERIDERS is set to encounter Jaypee Punjab Warrior who are at 3rd place in the point table with 20 pts, on 29th January at Major Dhyanchand Stadium Delhi.

DELHI WAVERIDERS smashed an exclusive win in Ranchi.

It was undoubtedly the most nerve wrecking match of the league yet with the fans shouting their lungs out, the home team Rhinos played out a nine-goal against DELHI WAVERIDERS, stumbling only towards the end to go down 4-5. This is second straight victory in a high-scoring game for DELHI WAVERIDERS.
Akashdeep Singh opened the scoring for Delhi in the 6th minute but Ranchi’s South African player Justin Ross made it 1-1 with four minutes remaining in the first quarter. In the third quarter, Ashley Jackson made it 2-1 for the Rhinos after scoring from the spot. However, Rhinos failed to keep the lead as Delhi’s drag flick expert Rupinder Pal Singh converted a penalty corner to make it 2-2. Gurvinder Chandi once again proved his stance in the team with a beautiful flick past Francisco Cortes leading the score 3-2 for Delhi. Delhi then surged ahead in the game.

The stadium was filled with the deafening noise of fireworks as Mandeep equalized for the Rhinos, successfully converting a penalty stroke (4-4).
To the crowd’s dismay, Delhi took the lead again after Tim Jenkins scored from a rebound after Rupinder’s shot trailing the Rhinos with 4-5 score. The match began on a fast pace and it was Delhi who made the first charge into the Rhinos’ area and rest is history. This game was not for weak hearts with the game tilting sides every now and then finally DELHI WAVERIDERS conquered the show; Gurvinder Chandi received Hero Goal of the match award for his spectacular goal.

 

Watch Highlights from the last match http://youtu.be/DMc5zTaIe3E

 

DELHI WAVERIDER is geared to make a smooth sail on the home turf in the next match with Mumbai Magicians on 26th January at Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium, Delhi.

Be there to witness the history in making by team DELHIWAVERIDERS.

DELHI WAVERIDERS stands tall in a 10-goal thriller.

DELHI WAVERIDERS etched a great victory against Mumbai Magicians yet again, winning the match with highest scoring game of the Hero Hockey India League.

The script was no different from the host’s previous matches on Monday. They were outclassed by the DELHI WAVERIDERS 6-4 in the last quarter. It was Mumbai who sounded the board first when Sandeep Singh converted a penalty corner in the eight minute, The Waveriders leveled the score just before the hooter and shifted the momentum their way by scoring two quick goals, to march towards  another majestic victory. From there on, Delhi were unstoppable and went on to flag there another victory against Mumbai Magicians on their home turf. In the last quarter’s Captain Sardar Singh, who initiated most of the moves on the right flank, fed Chandi who in turn crossed to Simon Child for the last-named to score from close to put Delhi further ahead 6-4 with 13 minutes left. The rest of the period was dominated by the visitors with Mumbai defending desperately. Watch Highlights from the last match.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvXvKYSpqdM

 

DELHI WAVERIDERS would face Ranchi Rhinos for the first time in the league at their home ground this match is highly anticipated as the two giants would face each other head on, while the Rhinos would try to cover up on point table our DELHI WAVERIDERS would try to save its reigning glory

Witness the face-off between DELHI WAVERIDERS Vs Ranchi Rhinos in on 23rd Jan at Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Morabadi Ranchi.

Cheer loud for your team.

Well begun is half done!

On the 16th of December 2012, five teams auctioned for 124 of the best Hockey players in the world. In our commitment to have the best, we bid for the Indian team captain Sardar Singh who is now also a part of Delhi WAVERIDERS. He is the highest paid hockey player in this first season and we are elated to have him on our team.  Sardar Singh is an Arjuna Award winner and is popularly referred to as sade santnagar di shan (The Pride of Santnagar) back at home in Haryana. Among the 24 players we chose to represent our team, 14 are Indian nationals while the others are from Germany, Netherlands, Pakistan, Spain, South Africa and Australia. We are proud to have this diverse bunch as one entity, Delhi WAVERIDERS. In our team captain, Sardar Singh’s words – “The discussions on HIL have already begun on social networking sites and it is really great to be associated with the league and I hope to enjoy the season.”

 

As a team, our ideology is to revive the spirit of this sport and we live by the slogan, LIVE HOCKEY. LOVE HOCKEY.

THE SQUAD

Name Positions Nationality

Goal Keeper

Nicolas Jacobi Germany
Pirmin Blaak Netherlands

Forwards

Akashdeep Singh India
Danish Mujtaba India
Gurwinder Singh Chandi India
Imran Khan India
Lloyd Norris-Jones South Africa
Matthew Gohdes Australia
Muhammad Rizwan Sr. Pakistan
Oskar Deecke Germany
Simon Child New Zealand
Talwinder Singh India
Yuvraj Valmiki India

Mid-fielders

Andres Mir Bel Spain
Bipin Kishor Kerketta India
Gurbaj Singh India
Muhammad Rizwan Jr. Pakistan
Sardar Singh India

Defenders

Hans Raj India
Rahul Shilpkar India
Rupinder Pal Singh India
Surender Kumar India
Taeke Taekema Netherlands
Vikramjit Singh India

More footage here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RYVWTOm0Lr8#

We are taking  home the winner’s trophy this season.  Game on !