Bhubneswar: Hockey India League (HIL) table-toppers Delhi Waveriders made sure they lead the standings as they beat defending champions Ranchi Rhinos 1-0 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Wednesday.
Akashdeep Singh’s 65th minute goal helped the hosts bag five points in the repeat of last edition’s final, extending their lead to 34 points with six wins from nine matches. The second quarter saw the visitors earning the first penalty corner of the match at the stroke of halftime but the Rhinos tried too many variations and messed up their chance to go up on the board.
The Rhinos were full of aggression and attacked immediately after halftime with a brilliant chance when veteran Dutchman Floris Evers almost scored for the Rhinos. Waveriders skipper and man of the match Sardar Singh was also been in prime form, one of the reasons why the Waveriders have been so dominant this season. Sardar performed his role of a playmaker in brilliant fashion, creating several chances but he did not get enough support as the Delhi forwards failed to break the Ranchi defence.
In the 49th and 50th minutes, the Rhinos earned two back to back penalty corners but were successfully stopped by the hosts on both occasions to the delight the sizeable home crowd. The Waveriders earned their first penalty corner in the next few moments but Cortes did his job well once again to keep out the hosts. But five minutes from the finish Akashdeep’s field goal made all the difference as he not only put his team on the board but consolidated the Waveriders’ position in the league.
In the last minute, the visitors were successful in earning another penalty corner but the Waveriders were fruitful in keeping them out to bag full points.
HI inducts FCI as new associate member
New Delhi: Hockey India on Wednesday inducted Food Corporation of India (FCI) as an associate member.
HI now has 19 associate members, with 27 affiliated members and two state Olympic association members.
The FCI Sports Promotion Board is promoting sports since 1969 through its stipend scheme for young and talented sportspersons.
With this inclusion, FCI Sports Promotion Board can take part in the National Championship being conducted by HI.”FCI Sports Promotion Board has played major role in the promoting hockey by recruiting young and talented players like Surender Kumar and Keshav Dutt. I am confident that FCI Sports Promotion Board will continue its initiatives in the development and promotion of Indian hockey in future,” Batra said in a statement.