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Hockey: Ranchi begin Hero India League defence against Uttar Pradesh, Delhi

Ranchi Rhinos (pictured) begin the defence of their Hero Hockey India League title at home to Uttar Pradesh Wizards on January 26. Photos: Hero Hockey India League.

Ranchi Rhinos (pictured) begin the defence of their Hero Hockey India League title at home to Uttar Pradesh Wizards on January 26. Photos: Hero Hockey India League.

January 7, 2014: Moritz Fürste’s Ranchi Rhinos will begin the defence of their Hero Hockey India League title with a home match against VR Raghunath’s Uttar Pradesh Wizards on Sunday, January 26.

 

The following day, the title holders again play in Ranchi, a city in the east of the country, as they play Sardar Singh’s Delhi Waveriders in a clash between the 2013 finalists.

 

The month-long league pushes off on Saturday, January 25 when Jamie Dwyer’s Jaypee Punjab Warriors host Delhi Waveriders in Mohali in the very north of the country. Jaypee play another home game the following day against Dabur Mumbai Magicians, a team containing five Australian internationals.

 

The second edition of the star-studded tournament features new franchise Kalinga Lancers alongside first-season participants Ranchi Rhinos, Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Delhi Waveriders, Jaypee Punjab Warriors and Dabur Mumbai Magicians.

 

The Bhubaneswar-based Kalinga Lancers, pictured at Puri Beach, have joined the existing five franchises for the 2014 season.

The Bhubaneswar-based Kalinga Lancers, pictured at Puri Beach, have joined the existing five franchises for 2014.

Kalinga Lancers make their tournament debut against Jaypee Punjab Warriors on Tuesday, January 28 in Bhubaneswar on the east coast. The Lancers have secured the services of a number of big name players for their shot at the title, including New Zealand legend Ryan Archibald, ace Spanish defender Ramon Alegre and classy Argentine duo Lucas Vila and Gonzalo Peillat.

 

Dabur Mumbai Magicians and Delhi Waveriders are based in Mumbai on the west coast and Delhi in the north respectively, while Uttar Pradesh Wizards are based in Lucknow in the northeast, near the border with Nepal.

 

The league concludes in Ranchi on February 22-23, with the semi-finals on the Saturday followed by the third-place playoff and final on Sunday.

 

For more information, visit: http://league.hockeyindia.org

 

Source: FIH

 

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