Bangalore Hi-fliers emblem
|Full name||Bangalore Hi-Fliers|
|Home Ground||Bangalore Hockey Stadium
|League||Premier Hockey League|
|Position||Premier Hockey League Champions|
The Bangalore Hi-Fliers are the Premier Hockey League(PHL) team from the IT Hub of India, Bangalore, Karnataka. The team is led by Tushar Khandekar, a member of Indian Hockey team. They were previously named the Bangalore Lions because of sponsorship reasons.
Bangslore Hi-Fliers is currently the most successful team in the Premier Hockey League, they won the league twice in 2006  and 2008, beating Chandigarh Dynamos on both occasion in the play-offs.
- 1 History
- 2 Bangalore Hi-fliers Season By Season Performance
- 3 Players
- 4 Club Officials
- 5 Honours
- 6 See also
- 7 References
The club was formed on the back grounds of inaugural Premier Hockey League in year 2005. It started off with many host of hockey superstars from India, Pakistan and Malaysia. Hi-Fliers is the only teams who in every edition of the PHL displayed tactical and strategic hockey. They have had a good mix of young and experienced players. In the first edition at Hyderabad, their squad had as many as seven members from the national team. They played well in the first leg but failed to maintain the same tempo in the second set of matches and finished a disappointing fourth in the first edition.
Change Of Name and Rise
In the year 2006 ING Life Insurance became the official team sponsor of Bangalore Hi-fliers and the team was re-christened as Bangalore Lions in the second and third edition. Lions went on to win league in 2006 and in 2007 they finished third, before going back to the original name in PHL - IV and again winning league.
Lions Era (2006-2007)
Team's name was changed to Lions in 2006,the team played brilliantly throughout and finished as the second team in the league to enter the best-of-three finals and pipped local favourites Chandigarh Dynamos to win the second edition. In the third final, Bangalore's Hariprasad scored a classic goal - that one effort earned him a place in the Indian team for the Asian Games and the World Cup. In the third edition, Bangalore failed to make it to the final by three points and finished third. 
Team's name was again changed in 2008 and they were now called Bangalore Hi-fliers. Hi-fliers went on to win the league in 2008. The greatest strength of the team is their star penalty corner specialist Len Aiyappa. The bald-pated drag flick expert collected the Top Scorer award in the first 2005. The team's fortunes depend on the ability of their forwardline to get enough short corners for Len to click. Bangalore had eight internationals in their team and is also served by one of the best goalkeepers in the country, Bharath Kumar Chetri. Its Korean import You Hyo-sik has the ability to make speedy runs and he was an asset to the team. They also had two more foreign players Oliver Rutgers and Sebastian Westerholt from the Netherlands. Skipper Tushar Khandekar was the star to watch in the forward line and he has the seasoned and talented Sandeep Michael and Hariprasad to bolster the attack. Sunil and Cheyanna, two upcoming youngsters are the ones to watch out for in the frontline. Former skipper Arjun Halappa had the ability to play as an attacking midfielder and they had Bimal Lakra, a trusted soldier in the midfield, as the fulcrum of the team's fortunes - who was also be ably assisted by VS Vinay. With a mix of good players in all the departments who have the ability to play tactical modern hockey, Bangalore Hi-Fliers looked good for another shot at the title and they did what was expected from them. With their chief coach Ramesh Parameswaran joining the national duties, assistant coach and Olympian Ashish Ballal was in-charge of the coaching staff with another Junior India coach Edward Brient to assist him. Another former international CS Poonacha was the fitness trainer with the secretary of the Karnataka Hockey Association K Krishnamurthy as manager.
Bangalore Hi-fliers Season By Season Performance
|2006||8||5||0||3||-||-||16||12||4||13||Second in league won Championship on play-offs|
|2008||6||4||0||1||1||0||13||10||3||14||Second in league won Championship on play-offs|
As of PHL 4 - 2008.
Note: The list of players was obtained from the PHL website.
Other Important Team Personnel
- Ramesh Parameswaran (Chief Coach)
- Ashish Ballal (Asst. Coach)
- Kannan Krishnamurthy (General Manager)
- Poonacha C.S (Trainer)
|Amar Aiyamma||2005 and 2007|
|Laxman Rao NP||2007|
|2005–Present||Bharath Kumar Chhetri|
|2006–Present||P T RAO|
|Mudassar Ali Khan||2005–2006|
|Thijs de Greeff||2007|
|Sander van der Weide||2007|
Coaching And Medical Staff
- Manager: Kannan Krishnamurthy
- Chief Coach: Ramesh Parameswaran
- Asst Coach: Ashish Ballal
- Physical Trainer: Poonacha C.S
Chief Coach History
- PHL-2 Bangalore Lions winners
- PHL - 4 Bangalore Hi-fliers winners
- PHL-1 season review
- PHL-2 season review
- PHL-3 season review
- PHL 4 Hi-fliers Team
- PHL 4 League Standing
- PHL 4 Match Results
- PHL 1 - 2005 Season Review
- PHL 2 - 2006 Season Review
- PHL 3 - 2007 Season Review
- Current Bangalore Hi-fliers Squard
- PHL 4 - 2008 Season Hi-fliers Team