Hockey India League – Punjab Warriors
Jaypee Punjab Warriors (Punjabi: ਪੰਜਾਬ ਵਾਰੀਅਰਸ) (abbreviated as PW) is a field hockey team based in Jalandhar, Punjab that plays in the Hockey India League. It is owned by Jaypee Group. Former Australian coach Barry Dancer serves as the head coach for the team while former India player Zafar Iqbal has been taken on board as an advisor. Former India captains Jagbir Singh and Mohammed Riaz are also part of the coaching staff. Jagbir Singh is the manager of the team. Jamie Dwyer is the captain of the team.
Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. (JAL) or Jaypee Group is the owner of the franchise. Jaypee Group is a well diversified infrastructural industrial conglomerate in India. Over the decades, it has maintained its salience with leadership in its chosen line of businesses — Engineering and Construction, Cement, Power, Hospitality, Real Estate, Expressways, Agri Business as well as Sport. It has developed India’s premier motorsports destination – Buddh International Circuit – at Greater Noida near New Delhi.
|Goals For||66 (2.64 per match)|
|Goals Against||57 (2.28 per match)|
|Most Goals||Sandeep Singh (22 goals)|
|Performance by Oppositions|
|Uttar Pradesh Wizards||6||2||2||2||14||14||33.33%|
Delhi Waveriders rode on goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi’s brilliant show under the bar to eke out a hard-fought 3-1 win over Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the shoot-out after the two teams ended the regulation time locked at 3-3. In the shoot-out, Jaypee Punjab Warriors failed to get past an agile Jacobi in the first three attempts before Robert Hammond found the back of the net. But it came too late as Delhi Waveriders scored three out of their four shots to emerge as the champions. Earlier, Jaypee Punjab Warriors made a dream start to the encounter and broke the deadlock in the second minute of the match through Mark Knowles’ field goal.
Trailing by a goal, Delhi Waveriders went on the offensive and earned a penalty corner soon, only to waste the opportunity. From being 0-1 down, Delhi Waveriders went into half time leading 2-1 by scoring two goals in a span of three minutes. First Llyod Norris Jones’ leveled the scores with a field goal in the 33rd minute after he was fed by Akashdeep Singh before skipper Sardar Singh (35th minute) registered his name in the scoresheet after a long hiatus through a rebound from a penalty corner. But Jaypee Punjab Warriors struck twice in the third quarter through two field goals from Shivendra Singh (45th minute) and young Affan Yousuf (48th minute) to restore their lead. It, however, did not take too long for Delhi Waveriders to level the scores. Yuvraj Walmiki (52nd minute) made the scoreline 3-3 by slotting home after receiving a diagonal pass from Andres Mir Bel. Jaypee Punjab Warriors were in complete control of the fourth and final quarter but they failed to convert their chances into goal.
Delhi Waveriders, on the other hand, relied on counter-attacks but they too failed to trouble the scorers as the match went into shoot-out. The win made Delhi Waveriders richer by Rs. 2.5 crore, while the Warriors will pocket Rs. 1.25 crore for finishing in the second position.
YES Bank Garv Award winner –Mark Knowles, JPW Man of the Match –Nicolas Jacobi, DWR Hero Goal of the Match Award –Norris Jones Lloyd, DWR Speaking post the match a very happy Sardar Singh, said “A very close match today. For is it was to go all out but also keep our patience in place. We will enjoy the win and gear up for the next tournament.” A satisfied Cedric D’Spuza, Head Coach, Delhi waveriders said “we lost the finals last year and this time we were filled with fire and the urge to win. We had a hard match today, but we planned and executed our strategy well today. It is time to enjoy the victory”
Jamie Dywer, Captain, Jaypee Punjab Warriors said “When you lose a game in short arm its rather not very disappointing. It was a great game and we played well and gave our best shot”.