Players opting out of WSH?

Players' Letter to HI Regarding WSH source: stick2hockey.com

Mr Yannick Colaco, COO, Nimbus Sport says, “We have heard about a supposed letter that has been purportedly signed by a few players of the Indian team. We find it extremely odd that players would have chosen to “write” to a third party to withdraw from World Series Hockey, especially since this third party has nothing to do with this historic event. We thus are unable to judge whether this supposed letter is a fabrication or an extortion.

What we do know for a fact is that NOT A SINGLE WSH player has communicated in person or email to us regarding their non availability for the inaugural edition of World Series Hockey. In fact, we have had repeated confirmation from all our players that they are extremely excited to be a part of this Event which will finally give the sport of hockey its proper due. In addition, WSH players have been in constant touch with their franchise coaches even during the draft process (28th November).

We look forward to working closely with the all the stakeholders of Indian hockey, including the players, franchisees, coaches and fans, to staging a hugely successful inaugural edition of World Series Hockey”

Ok, you have read the letter, what do you think of it? Do you agree with Yannick Colaco?
I don’t think about anything of it, but hate the way players being treated, they are being put in such situation, that too in the middle of all important tournament , which not only helping in preparations for Olympic Qualifiers but also critical improving rankings and to get a place in next year’s Champions Trophy in Australia. It would have been great, if Hockey India could announced the list of probables for the camp for Olympic Qualifiers at this time instead of this letter, would have waited to see who all are joining the camp.

India to play Malaysia in Quarters of Champions Challenge I (Men’s) 2011

India whipped Poland (19th in FIH Ranking) with the score line reading 7-0 in a one sided game. Game was slow in the starting, Indian players looked out of their element. But, as soon they started getting warmed up, they scored 3 goals before lemon and pressed the pedal to score 4 more in second half. Poland had a few chances to score, missed one by hitting, deflected one on Indian defender’s stick and one wide.

(Full Results and Schedule of FIH Champions Challenge (Men’s) 1 2011)

Yuvraj-Walmiki

Yuvraj Walmiki

It was birthday boy Yuvraj Walmiki, who connected a midfield pass in time to give India the first goal in 18th minute of the game, the first for him in the tour as well. He did a lot of work in Polish half to build up the attacking moves. In 24th minute, Danish Mujtaba trapped a loose ball on the left flank, and took reverse shot that entered the net, but kissed Shivendra’s stick on the way to put India 2-0 up. India’s 3 goal came just two minute before the lemon break, through a well worked pass by birthday boy Yuvraj to Shivendra Singh, who put the ball in. Continue reading →

Dhanraj to represent Karnataka in WSH: Final Teams

Former  India captain, Viren Rasquinha, making a comeback  with the inaugural edition of the World Series Hockey will represent Mumbai,  while mercurial striker Dhanraj Pillay will strengthen the Karnataka team “Karnataka Lions” in the prestigious League that gets underway from December 17.

Adrian Dsouza, Brent Livermore, Viren Rasquinha

Adrian Dsouza, Brent Livermore, Viren Rasquinha

The teams were finalized via a player draft that was held at the ITC Grand Central, Parel  (Mumbai). The fourth franchise of WSH i.e. “Delhi Wizards” was also announced today. The Delhi franchise is owned by Wizcraft International , India’s well-known Communication and Entertainment company. As earlier announced Chennai franchise Chennai Cheetahs is owned by Chennai Sports Organisers, while Karnataka Lions is owned Zentrum Group mentored by action hero Suniel Shetty and ‘Sai Grace Sports & Events Private Limited (SGSEPL)’ is the franchise owner for Pune Strykers.

On joining World Series Hockey, Sabbas Joseph, Director Wizcraft International, said, “We have always been associated with marquee sports events like the ICC World Cup 2011, Indian Premier League and the Commonwealth Games. We see tremendous opportunity in sports in terms of a business and more importantly in building a loyal fan base. This is an important step that will further expand the canvas for Wizcraft and help build a strong following for our national game.”

Following is the final team composition of all 8 teams that will play in the World Series Hockey. Continue reading →

India Bounced Back with 7-4 Win Against South Africa, After Draw with Belgium

The victory 7-4 against hosts South Africa gave India four points from two matches, same as Belgium, who in the first match of Pool A held India on 3-3 with last minute strike and beat Poland 7-3 in their next match. Forward army man SV Sunil, who was rusty in initial few minute today, and India’s star drag flicker Sandeep Singh scored a brace each in addition to one goal each by Sarvanjit Singh, Tushar Khandekar and Rupinderpal Singh to register 7 goals on the scored for India.

India came out gun blazing today, after being held by Belgium through last minute equalizer yesterday and specially when South Africa made use their first penalty corner and converted it in a text book set piece move, involving 2 men. Defense department of Indian team was rusty as it has been in recent past, who gifted away at least one goal and one penalty corner to South Africa to return in the match, once the hosts were trailing 3-1 at half time. Though South Africans were also seen mistraping in their defending and looked funny but that did not cause any danger for them except loosing possession.

Points table of both the pools after 2 days (Full Results and Schedule here): Continue reading →

Captain and Coaches for 8 WSH Teams Announced

World’s leading coach Roelant Oltmans will train the Delhi team while India’s top midfielder Sardara Singh has been appointed captain of Bhopal in World Series Hockey. Olympian Gold Medalist Brent Livermore will lead Chennai while former India captain Jude Felix will coach the Bengaluru team.

The appointments were made at a franchise workshop held today. The players for the eight teams will be finalized on Monday, November 28, based on the globally approved “Draft” system.

Jude Felix

Jude Felix to Coach karnataka Lions

The allocation of captains and coaches are as follows:
1. Bengaluru –Karnataka Lions: Lead by Arjun Halappa Coached by Jude Felix
2. Bhopal: Lead by Sardar Singh, Coached by V Bhaskaran
3. Chandigarh: Lead by Rehan Butt Coached by Harendra Singh
4. Chennai – Chennai Cheetahs: Lead by Brent Livermore Coached by Jose Brasa
5. Delhi: Lead by Lucas Vila Coached by Roelant Oltmans
6. Mumbai: Lead by Adrian D’Souza Coached by Andrew Meredith
7. Pune –Pune Strykers: Lead by Rodrigo Garza Coached by Gundeep Singh
8. Punjab: Lead by Prabhjot Singh Coached by Rajinder Singh

The Captains of WSH Teams

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FIH Champions Challenge (Men’s) 1 2011 Live on Ten Sports in India

In the FIH men’s Champions Challenge I from November 26 to December 4 in Johannesburg (Schedule), India has been drawn in Pool A of the championship along with Belgium, Poland and host South Africa. India (10th in FIH Rankings) will open their campaign against Belgium (12th in FIH Ranking) today at 6:30PM according to Indian Standard Time. The Champions Challenge I, whose winner will qualify for the next years Champions Trophy in Australia, will be live on Ten Sports India. Next India will play hosts South Africa (13th in FIH Ranking) on 27th Nov and Poland (19th in FIH Ranking) on 29th after a rest day on 28th. The standing in both the pools A and B will decide the quarter-finals fixture to be played on 1st December (Full Schedule here).

Telecast schedule of Indian matches is as following:
26th Nov at 6:20PM India Vs Belgium                           Live on Ten Sports
27th Nov at 8:20PM India Vs South Africa            Live on Ten Sports
29th Nov at 6:20PM India Vs Poland                       Live on Ten Sports

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