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Hockey World League semis: Great Britain thrash India 5-1 in third place play-off
Hockey World League semis: Great Britain thrash India 5-1 in third place play-off

The Indian team suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Great Britain In the third place play-off at the Hockey World League (HWL) semis, India were convincingly beaten 5-1 by Great Britain. Both teams had lost their respective semi-finals – India 4-0 against Belgium and Great Britain 3-1 against Australia as they were relegated to fight for the 3rd and 4th places at Brasschaat in Antwerp, Belgium. T

Jul 5 2015
Ranchi Rays skipper Ashley Jackson named best player of 2015 Hockey India League
Ranchi Rays skipper Ashley Jackson named best player of 2015 Hockey India League

Ashley Jackson recieves the best player of the tournament award from sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) 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. Rays defeated Jaypee Punjab Warriors 3-2 via penalty shootout in the fin

Feb 23 2015
Highlights from the first Hockey India League semifinal
Highlights from the first Hockey India League semifinal

Ranchi Rays celebrate their win over Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the semifinal Conservative approach at the start The Ranchi Rays came into the semifinals after a thrilling win against table toppers Jaypee Punjab Warriors in their last league game. Inspired by skipper Ashley Jackson’s hattrick, the Rays finished second in the points table. Both teams played with caution to not give away early goals in the crunch game. There were few atte

Feb 22 2015
Ashley Jackson hat-trick fires Ranchi Rays to top of Hockey India League
Ashley Jackson hat-trick fires Ranchi Rays to top of Hockey India League

Ranchi Rays players celebrate after taking the lead against Warriors Mohali, February 17 (IANS) Captain Ashley Jackson successfully converted two penalty corners in the final minute to help Ranchi Rays beat Jaypee Punjab Warriors 3-2 in a Hero Hockey India League match at the International Hockey Stadium here on Tuesday. With this win in their final league game, Rays went to the top of the pool standings with 35 points from 10 matches, while

Feb 18 2015
Ranchi Rays revolves around ‘pivot’ Ashley Jackson
Ranchi Rays revolves around ‘pivot’ Ashley Jackson

Ashley Jackson Captain charismatic – Ashley Jackson There is something about the Ranchi franchise in the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) that endears you. Whether it was the erstwhile Ranchi Rhinos owned by Patel-PS Group and Uniexcel Group or the current Ranchi Rays owned by Indian World Cup cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sahara Adventure Sports Limited.The only franchise from the eastern city of the country has invaria

Ashley Jackson stars in Ranchi Rays’ magnificent win over UP Wizards
Ashley Jackson stars in Ranchi Rays’ magnificent win over UP Wizards

Ashley Jackson celebrates with teammates after scoring the only goal of the match. Unlike previous matches, there was no barrage of goals or a hat-trick, but still everyone remained on their toes as the Ranchi Rays clinched a clinical 1-0 win over the Uttar Pradesh Wizards to cement second position in the Hockey India League at Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Ranchi. Ranchi skipper Ashley Jackson was the only goal scorer of the game and with his

Feb 8 2015
Ashley Jackson scores a hat-trick to help Ranchi Rays crush Kalinga Lancers in the HIL
Ashley Jackson scores a hat-trick to help Ranchi Rays crush Kalinga Lancers in the HIL

Ashley Jackson scored the first hat-trick of the Hockey India League The Ranchi Rays skipper Ashley Jackson scored a hat-trick in the Hockey India League to help his side crush the Kalinga Lancers 4-0 in the Hockey India League at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium and go second in the points table. The Rays completely dominated the match and made full use of the penalty corners that came their way. They also defended quite well and never allowe

Feb 7 2015
Match Preview: Ranchi Rays vs Uttar Pradesh Wizards
Match Preview: Ranchi Rays vs Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Uttar Pradesh Wizards After a healthy break of five days, Ranchi Rays will again be in the thick of the action on Tuesday when they square-off against U.P. Wizards in Lucknow. The extra days off must have given the Rays enough time to recharge their batteries and go back to the drawing board. On the other hand, the hockey wizards of U.P. are riding high on confidence after they handed Kalinga Lancers a double whammy with crucial victories ov

Feb 3 2015
Lack of alertness cost Ranchi Rays, insists Harendra Singh
Lack of alertness cost Ranchi Rays, insists Harendra Singh

Harendra Singh Ranchi Rays in their debut season have managed to impress one and all with their fighting instincts and are punching above their weight. They are currently placed second in the points table after four games, with one win, two draws and one loss. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni co-owned outfit, however, despite showing a lot of promise, couldn’t have enough wins under the belt owing to their habit of conceding early goals i

Jan 29 2015
Hockey India League sowing seeds of success for Indian hockey
Hockey India League sowing seeds of success for Indian hockey

There isn’t an iota of doubt that Indian hockey is clambering up the performance ladder. The non-appearance of the national team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the first time ever, followed by a wooden-spoon finish at the 2012 London Olympics – their worst showing ever, are the probably the worst nightmares the team had to endure amid the steep slide in their fortunes over the years. Rise of Mandeep Singh It was barely some mont

Jan 29 2015
HIL 2015: Ranchi Rays draw against Dabang Mumbai in a pulsating match
HIL 2015: Ranchi Rays draw against Dabang Mumbai in a pulsating match

Ranchi Rays’ Barry Middleton in action against Dabang Mumbai in HIL In slippery conditions at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Dabang Mumbai let a win slip-up and came within touching distance of losing the encounter. Ranchi Rays, on the other hand, again made a stunning comeback and clinched a 2-2 draw in the Hockey India League (HIL). Largely because of goalkeeper Adrian D’Souza, Mumbai managed to earn a draw as the Indian

Jan 28 2015
Ranchi Rays play exciting draw with Delhi Waveriders in HIL
Ranchi Rays play exciting draw with Delhi Waveriders in HIL

Delhi Waveriders and Ranchi Rays players during their match at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium. It was all Delhi in the first half Ranchi Rays, again, showed they are no short of confidence and self-belief and played a 2-2 draw, which at one point looked unlikely, with defending champions Delhi Waveriders at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Ranchi today. It was not an ideal start for the Rays in their first home match as the Waveriders

Jan 26 2015
Excited to play in front of home fans: Ashley Jackson
Excited to play in front of home fans: Ashley Jackson

Ashley Jackson, captain of Ranchi Rays Ranchi, January 25 (IANS) Ranchi Rays captain Ashley Jackson has said that it was great to get a win under their belt after they lost their Hockey India League (HIL) opener. The Rays lost the opening match of the tournament 3-6 to Kalinga Lancers in Bhubaneswar on Thursday but came back strongly to defeat Dabang Mumbai 2-1 in Mumbai on Saturday night. "It was great to get our first win of the comp

Jan 26 2015
Kalinga lancers 6-3 Ranchi Rays: 5 talking points
Kalinga lancers 6-3 Ranchi Rays: 5 talking points

After the glittering and dazzling opening of the season 3 of the Hockey India League, it was business as usual for two of the six participating teams. With both, Kalinga Lancers and Ranchi Rays, looking to open the tournament on a positive note, the first match was intense, spicy and full of goals. The home team, Kalinga Lancers, beat the visiting Ranchi Rays by a scoreline that read 6-3. Lancers dominated most of the first half,

Jan 23 2015
Kalinga Lancers provide HIL scorching start with thrilling win over Ranchi Rays
Kalinga Lancers provide HIL scorching start with thrilling win over Ranchi Rays

Kalinga Lancers players celebrate a goal Dream start for the 3rd season of the Hero Hockey India League It was an ideal start Hockey India League could have got - pace, commitment and more importantly goals - and it turned out to be a perfect game for the home fans at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubneshwar as the Kalinga Lancers gave a winning start to their campaign. The Lancers defeated the league debutants Ranchi Rays 6-3, overwhelm

Jan 22 2015
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