WSH Semis: Sher-e-Punjab Vs Karnataka Lions and Chandigarh Comets Vs Pune Strykers

  • Sher-e-Punjab Vs Karnataka Lions (1st April 2012 at 7:00PM (IST) Bangalore)
  • Chandigarh Comets Vs Pune Strykers (1st April 2012 at 9:00PM (IST) Mumbai)

A place in the summit clash of the Bridgestone World Series Hockey (WSH) is what the top four teams (Chandigarh Comets (1st), Sher-e-Punjab (2nd), Karnataka Lions (3rd) and Pune Strykers (4th)) from the league stage looking for when they lock horns in the semi-finals on Sunday (1st April, 2012) in Bangalore and Mumbai at 7:00PM and 9:00PM (IST).

Sher-e-Punajb Vs Karnataka Lions

Sher-e-Punajb Vs Karnataka Lions

Lions will be taking on Shers in Bangalore, formers will be looking to repeat their performance in the league stage when they defeated Shers (2-1) at home, but will be wary of Shers as they will be in full strength and looking forward to silent the den of Lions.

Len Aiyappa of Karnataka Lions

Len Aiyappa of Karnataka Lions

The hosts will depend heavily on experience of captain Arjun Halappa, speed of Sansarpur (Macca of Hockey/Village of Olympians) lad Ravi Pal Singh, young guns like Arjun Antil, Jarnail Singh, etc. and drag-flicks of their top goal scorer Len Aiyappa to deliver the goods upfront. But, veteran Pakistan defender Zeeshan Ashraf will have to work hard and lead from front to defend Lions’ den from the attack led by Shers trio of Deepak Thakur, skipper Prabhjot Singh and Gagan Ajit Singh supported by young Mandeep Antil, Pakistani import Tareeq Azeez, Aussie Mathew Hotchkis. The Shers upfront will be supplied ammunition by Coorg lad VS Vinaya, experienced Inderjit Chadda and co. from the mid-field. Punjab’s citadel will be guarded by Olympian Harpal Singh, who is not only tough to beat for any attacker but also leads his young counterpart from front on field.

Pune Strykers' Young Guns Damandeep Singh, Tyron Pereira and Gurpreet Singh

Pune Strykers' Young Guns Damandeep Singh, Tyron Pereira and Gurpreet Singh

Gurjinder Singh, Truimph Card of Chandigarh Comets

Gurjinder Singh, Truimph Card of Chandigarh Comets

The other Semi Final will see the slow starters in tournament Chandigarh Comets (finally ended at the top of table) and unpredictable Pune Stykers at MHA Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Mumbai. Comets who won both home and away matches against Strykers (their opponent in Semi) will hold the edge in knock out match. It will be tough time for Pune defenders in negotiating with the trio of Canadian International Sukhwinder Singh (Gabbar), fomer Captain of Pakistan Rehan Butt and Indian International Bharat Chhikara. Also, they will be have to guard their home against the firing from young drag flick specialist Gurjinder Singh, who will be looking to book himself the Golden-stick of World Series Hockey.

Looking forward to great hockey Sunday.

Prabhjot stars in Sher-E-Punjab’s big win in Bridgestone WSH

Jalandhar, March 1: The home crowd had plenty of reasons to celebrate as favourites Sher-E-Punjab launched their campaign in the Bridgestone World Series Hockey (WSH) in style, with a 5-2 win over Chennai Cheetahs. The scoreline didn’t really do justice to the close tussle which took place on the field, as expected, here at the Surjeet Singh Hockey Stadium.

Inderjit Chadha, Prabhjot Singh, Mandip Antil of Sher-e-Punjab

Inderjit Chadha, Prabhjot Singh, Mandip Antil of Sher-e-Punjab

For Sher-E-Punjab, the scorers were Mandeep Antil (7th minute), Harpreet Nagra (34th minute), Prabhjot Singh (49th & 70th minutes) and Gagan Ajit Singh (57th minute) while Pakistani star Imran Warsi struck a brace for the Cheetahs, both his goals coming off drag-flicks in the 24th and 63 minute respectively. Continue reading →

WSH says Go India Go, ‘Strive for Gold’

  • World Series Hockey announces mega incentive plan for 2012 Olympics
  • Hockey  Stalwarts back Indian Team to win Olympic medal
An artist's impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitions
WSH says Go India Go, rewrite the history on blue pitch

World Series Hockey (WSH) is confident that the Indian National Hockey Team will come out with flying colours at the Olympics Qualifying Tournaments, starting February 18 in Delhi, and wishes them the very best for their campaign.

Before India’s first match against Singapore in the Men’s Qualifiers, Yannick Colaco, COO Nimbus Sport said, “The legacy of Indian hockey at the Olympics is unmatched with the national team winning 11 medals, including 8 gold medals. WSH is committed to promote hockey and hence has launched an incentive campaign – Strive For Gold to motivate the Indian team to play their best. Our current Indian team has tremendous potential and WSH wishes them the very best for their Olympic campaign”  

With the objective to motivate and reward the Indian hockey players, WSH announces the following incentive plan for the 2012 Olympics:

  • Indian team qualifies for the 2012 Olympics : Rs 5 lakh to every WSH player in the Indian Team
  • Indian team wins Bronze Medal at the 2012 Olympics: Rs 50 lakh (divided equally amongst all WSH players in the team)
  • Indian team wins Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics: Rs 1 crore (divided equally amongst all WSH players in the team)
  • Indian team wins Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympics: Rs 2 crore (divided equally amongst all WSH players in the team)

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Gagan Ajit Singh to Make Come Back in World Series Hockey

The scheduled second round of the player draft for World Series Hockey was held today, with each team strengthening their squads from the pool of players. The first season of WSH starts on the 29th of February.

In this draft, players from Australia, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Malaysia, South Africa & India were picked by the various franchises.

Among the notable picks of the day, Canadian captain Ken Pereira was chosen by Pune Strykers while Australian Mark Harris and Indian Hamza Mujtaba got selected by Chennai Cheetahs. South African Olympian Clyde Abraham was picked by Mumbai Marines while Gagan Ajit Singh, the ace Indian striker, will make his comeback into hockey with Sher-e-Punjab.


See the video and guess, the level of hockey played by the likes of Gagan Ajit Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Deepak Thakur, Viren Rasquina and Dhanraj Pillay, etc who are part of WSH

Gagan Ajit Singh said, “I’m glad to make a comeback through this prestigious league. I truly believe it will start a glorious new era for Indian hockey and I can’t wait to get started for Sher-e-Punjab. It is a team with a great combination of speed and spirit and I’m sure we’ll play entertaining hockey which will make us championship contenders.”

Preeti Pariat Mehta, Event Director, WSH, said, “All the 8 franchises have teams to last an entire season with tough competition for spots in the starting XI. This will ensure that the quality of hockey in the first edition will remain top-notch from start to finish and is fantastic news for the league and our fans” 

L T Nanwani, franchise owner of the Chennai Cheetahs, said, “We are extremely happy with our picks. Mark Harris, Davinderpal Singh, Jasbir Singh, Shivamani, B K Muthanna and Hamza Mujtaba are solid players who will add value at crucial stages of the tournament. With outstanding leadership at the top in the form of Jose Brasa & Brent Livermore, coupled with the addition of these players who will merge into a squad full of youth and experience, Chennai Cheetahs is well placed to make a serious challenge for the title”

Players who were drafted into different franchises (all from India unless mentioned):

Bhopal Badshahs: Affan Yousuf, A D Cariappa, Ganendrajit Ningombam, Geowynne Kyle Gamiet (South Africa), Harmanpreet Singh, Karan Bhaskaran, Rajesh Kumar.

Chandigarh Comets: Belsajar Horo, Gurmeet Singh, Harjot Singh, Manpreet Singh.

Chennai Cheetahs: B K Muthanna, Davinderpal Singh, Hamza Mujtaba, Jasbir Singh, Mark Harris (Australia), Shivamani, Gaurav Tokhi.

Delhi Wizards: Gurvinder Singh, Mark Pearson (Canada), Philip Sunkel (Germany), Vikramjeet Singh.

Karnataka Lions: Manpreet Pawar.

Mumbai Marines: Ajmer Singh, Bimal Lakra, Clyde Abrahams (South Africa), Richard Hildreth (Canada), Shanyl Balwanth (South Africa), Troy Sutherland (Australia).

Pune Strykers: Amardeep Ekka, Kenny Pereira (Canada), Lungile Tsolekile (South Africa), Mario Nicolas Almada (Argentina), Amol Baban Bhosale

Sher-e-Punjab: Antoni Kindler (Canada), Gagan Ajit Singh, Gurmail Singh (Sher-e-Punjab), Harpreet Singh, Jasbir Singh, Matthew Hotchkis (Australia), Mohammed Bin Mat Radzi (Malaysia), Simranjit Singh