The epochal and path-breaking World Series Hockey is putting on a special exhibition match on December 20 at the Sector-42 Stadium in Chandigarh. This showcase is aimed at giving fans a taste of the action that they can expect to see when WSH begins on 29th February, 2012.The two teams playing this match will be WSH World XI and WSH India XI.
The match will start at 6 pm and the stadium gates will be opened at 4 pm. Entry for the game is free on a first come first serve basis.
The WSH World XI will comprise of all the star players from abroad who have signed on for the tournament and will be coached by Andrew Meredith and Jose Brasa. Leading the pack will be Olympic Gold Medalist Brent Livermore along with Zeeshan Ashraf, Jiwa Mohan, Chris Seddon and many more as they scorch the field for the WSH World XI team with their stunning pace and technique. Brent Livermore said, “I’m really excited to captain the WSH World XI at the Exhibition Match. It will be an absolute treat for the spectators in Chandigarhand will be a fitting finale to the rigorous preparatory camps.” Continue reading →
Pushing the World Series Hockey to the month of March (inauguration on 29th Feb and Final on 1st April) definitely strengthen the intentions of the league i.e. to revive Indian Hockey, by taking care of the players, the main stakeholders of the game. That has helped a lot of players, but for some, those who were looking upto WSH to show their talent before all important Olympic qualifiers and London, its a big blow. Now, its WSH’s added responsibility to do much more better than the expected in terms of developing the interest in public in every nook & corner of India. May be, they can start a campaign through out the India involving stars like Dhanraj Pillay and whoever is available; and go to remote areas, towns and cities which do not have hockey culture; show them the skills (live/recorded), India’s domination on world hockey and educate them about hockey to get bigger and broader fan base, apart from the ones which click like on the each and every post of World Series Hockey Facebook fan page.
Adrian Dsouza, Brent Livermore, Viren Rasquinha
WSH and IHF announce new dates for World Series Hockey
Tournament to begin after Olympic qualifiers in February (Press Release)
WSH and IHF have announced new dates for the inaugural edition of World Series Hockey, the landmark hockey event, which will now start in February. The extravagant opening ceremony and inaugural match of WSH will be held on the 29th of February and the Final of the Event will be held on the 1st of April. Continue reading →
ProSport Holdings, a consortium led by Ashish Bharatram (SRF) and Harish Thawani (Nimbus) acquires Mumbai Franchise
Mumbai Warriors is the latest team to be unveiled in World Series Hockey . The team will be spearheaded by local champion Adrian D’Souza as captain and one of the world’s most cutting edge coaches – Andrew Meredith. The team will also feature emerging star Yuvraj Walmiki, comeback champion and former India captain Viren Rasquina along with international stars like Pedro Ibarra (Argentina) and Sung Min (South Korea)
Adrian Dsouza (Captain, Mumbai Warriors), Brent Livermore (Captain, Chennai Cheetahs) with Viren Rasquinha (Former Captain of India, who will make come back to hockey in WSH)
ProSport Holdings is a consortium led by highly respected industrialist Ashish Bharatram (SRF Group) and sports and media entrepreneur Harish Thawani (Nimbus Communications). The SRF Group is one of India’s most respected and leading business houses with a large international footprint. They have been rapidly expanding their operations in the textiles and chemicals business. Nimbus Communications Ltd is one of India’s biggest sports rights management and marketing company and has succesfully managed and marketed various commercial rights for global sports federations, including BCCI, ICC, EPL, IPL, Asian Cricket Council and Indian Golf Union amongst many others.
The franchise will shortly announce a leading media and entertainment player as a third partner. The consortium is a perfect mix of the 3 key essentials for any successful league – sport, business and entertainment. Continue reading →
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 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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Adrian D'souza, will be leading a team at WSH
“World Series Hockey” by Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Nimbus Sport has announced the captains and dates for the first edition of the annual hockey league having 61 matches to be played between 15th December, 2011 to 22nd January, 2012. Teams are from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Punjab have confirm. The list of 8 Captains was announced which has 4 Indians (Sardar Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D’Souza, Prabhjot Singh) and 4 Internationals – Brent Livermore (Australia), Rodrigo Garza (Spain), Rehan Butt (Pakistan) & Lucas Vila (Argentina).
The objective of the League is to reinvigorate hockey in India and to make hockey the ‘sport of choice’ for young Indians. Further it aims at creating a milieu for hockey, which can sustain itself financially and provides financial incentive and security to current and future hockey players. Most importantly, it will showcase Indian hockey to the world. An annual event, the League entails participation of upto 10 teams in its first year, using a city based model. The entire event will take place on ‘home and away’ basis culminating into multi header Playoffs. Each match of the league will be produced and broadcast LIVE on multiple media platforms including Television.