Knowles & co win HIL at last
Eight Aussies help Jaypee Punjab Warriors to first HIL crown
The team, led by former Kookaburras coach Barry Dancer, included Kookaburras Simon Orchard, Kiel Brown, Chris Ciriello, Mark Knowles, Jake Whetton, Matt Gohdes and goalkeeper Tristan Clemons.
And there were further celebrations for Australians, including Knowles who picked up the cheque of $1000 for his Man of the Match performance, and Glenn Turner, who despite being on the losing side, finished as the tournament top scorer with seven goals.
For the Warriors it was third time lucky after finishing as runners-up in 2014 and 2015, defeating Kalinga Lancers 6-1 in a match they largely dominated. The Warriors registered the emphatic win thanks to an excellent forward line, who converted quick goals to ensure their victory in the fourth Coal India Hockey India League.
The defeat left five Australians disappointed with Kalinga Lancers including Turner, Matthew Dawson, Matthew Willis, Aran Zalewski and Andrew Charter in their line-up.
The match started on an attacking note as Kalinga Lancers were welcomed by a series of attacks from Jaypee Punjab Warriors. JPW struck early in the game through a field goal in the fourth minute through talented youngster Armaan Qureshi to take a 2-0 lead over Kalinga Lancers (field goals counted double in this year’s HIL). This was followed by Kalinga Lancers launching some good attacks but the Jaypee Punjab Warriors defenders stood up to their reputation, denying the Lancers any opportunity to score. The first quarter came to an end with Jaypee Punjab Warriors leading 2-0.
The second quarter began with the Lancers launching successive attacks on Jaypee Punjab Warriors but were unsuccessful in converting any opportunity to their favour. Jaypee Punjab Warriors showcased impeccable defence but Kalinga Lancers finally broke the deadlock in the 24th minute through a penalty corner conversion through Captain Moritz Fuerste. With this goal Kalinga now trailed 1-2 in the game.
The third quarter began with Jaypee Punjab Warriors keen to extend their lead. Their consecutive attacks on the Kalinga Lancers finally yielded results through back-to-back field goals in the 39th and 42nd minutes through Matt Ghodes and Satbir Singh respectively. With this Jaypee Punjab Warriors stretched their lead significantly, to 6-1.
The final quarter of the match began with Kalinga Lancers trying hard to reduce the gap but the Punjab defenders were in no mood to let go of their lead. JPW on the counter created some strong moves but Kalinga Lancers were successful in foiling all their attempts to score any further.
In the third place contest, Delhi Waveriders beat defending champions the Ranchi Rays 2-0 thanks to Mandeep Singh’s field goal early in the second quarter.
Mark Knowles from Jaypee Punjab Warriors walked away with final The Man of the Match award of INR 50,000 (approximately $1000). The Coal India Goal of the Match award of INR 50,000 was awarded to Armaan Qureshi from Jaypee Punjab Warriors by Mr. R.S Mahapatra, Director (Personnel), CCL. The Hero Emerging Player of the Match award of INR 25,000 was awarded to Armaan Qureshi from Jaypee Punjab Warriors, while The Most Entertaining Player of the Match’ award went to Pradeep Mor from Kalinga Lancers.
Jaypee Punjab Warriors, who were crowned Champions of the fourth Coal India Hockey India League walked away with a winners cheque of INR 2.50 Crores (approximately $500,000) along with the winner’s trophy.
Honourable Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Mr. Raghubar Das presented the winner’s trophy to Jaypee Punjab Warriors Captain Sardar Singh and Mark Knowles.
Kalinga Lancers who finished as the runners-up in the fourth Coal India Hockey India League were awarded a cheque of INR 1.25 Crores (approximately $250,000).
The Dhruv Batra Maximum Goals award for the most goals scored by an individual of INR 20.00 Lac was awarded by Mr. Leandro Negre, President, FIH to Kalinga Lancers’ Glenn Turner, earning him the equivalent of $40,000.
The Ponty Chadha Upcoming Player of the Tournament award of INR 20.00 Lac went to Sumit from the Ranchi Rays.
The Coal India Player of the Tournament Award of INR 50.00 Lac was awarded to Rupinder Pal Singh from the Delhi Waveriders.
The six team annual franchise based hockey league, the flagship event of Hockey India – the apex body governing the sport in the country and sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) was played across six venues in India from 18th January – 21st February 2016.
For more info, visit the Hockey India League website.
1. Jaypee Punjab Warriors
2. Kalinga Lancers
3. Delhi Waveriders
4. Ranchi Rays
5. Dabang Mumbai
6. Uttar Pradesh Wizards
Adapted from HIL media release
Photo credit: Hockey India