Hockey India League – Kalinga Lancers
Kalinga Lancers (abbreviated as KL) is a field hockey team based in Bhubaneswar, Odisha that plays in the Hockey India League. It is jointly owned by Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) and Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL). Former Australian striker Terry Walsh is the head coach of the team while former Indian captain Dilip Tirkey is the chief mentor and advisor of the team.
Rules and Regulations
Six teams took part in the tournament and each team played three matches against each team, one at their home venue and one at the venue of the opposition team. The third match was played against the other four teams two at home and two away. The points in the league phase of the tournament were awarded as follows: If at the end of the League two or more teams had the same number of points for any place, these teams would be ranked according to the following order:
|Loss with goal difference of 2 or less goals||1 points|
|Loss with goal difference of 3 or more goals||0 points|
- Respective number of matches won;
- Respective goal difference (goals for less goals against). A positive goal difference always takes precedence over a negative one;
- Respective number of goals scored;
- The cumulative results of the two matches played between those two teams taking firstly the points won in the two matches, secondly the goal difference, and thirdly the number of goals scored
First season of Hockey India League was played from 14 January to 10 February with five city-based franchises on home and away basis. It was originally planned as a tournament with six contesting teams but the sixth franchise (Bangalore) remained unsold.
Indian hockey’s chief sponsor Sahara India Pariwar bought the first franchise of the proposed Hockey India League (HIL) based in Lucknow. Jaypee Group picked up the Punjabbased franchise. Ranchi became the third franchise for this league owned by Patel-Uniexcel Group. Business house Wave Group bought Delhi franchise making it the fourth of the six teams. Mumbai became the fifth franchise which was bought by the Burman Family who are the promoters of Dabur India Ltd.
The remaining one franchise, Bangalore, remained unsold due to the inaugural season was a five team event. India Cements, the current owners of the most successful IPLfranchise, Chennai Super Kings, received a proposal from Hockey India in owning Chennai based franchise.
The second season of HIL will be played among six teams. The sixth franchise is based in Bhubaneswar and is named Kalinga Lancers. It is owned by Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO) and Mahanadi Coalfield Ltd. (MCL).
|Goals For||23 (2.30 per match)|
|Goals Against||34 (3.40 per match)|
|Most Goals||Gonzalo Peillat (8 goals)|
Performance by Oppositions
|Uttar Pradesh Wizards||2||0||0||2||4||7||0.00%|
Former Australian striker Terry Walsh is the head coach while former Indian captain Dilip Tirkey is the chief mentor and advisor of the team. Olympian Lazarus Barla will accompany the team as Assistant Coaches. And Sports Authority of India Hockey Coach A. K. Bansal will accompany the team as Team Manager.
Kalinga Lancers is the 6th franchise to make its debut in the coming edition of the Hero Hockey India League starting 23 January, 2014. Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, which boasts of synthetic hockey surface conforming to the international specifications, will be a venue for the franchise’s home league games in the tournament.