Sher-e-Punjab: The Champions of 1st Bridgestone World Series Hockey

In the summit clash of Bridgestone World Series Hockey between Sher-e-Punjab and Pune Strykers (who defeated Karnataka Lions (4-1) and Chandigarh Comets (4-4 (3-2 PS)) enroute to finals respectively), it was strykers who started nicely and took lead through Tyron Pereira in the 4th Minute of game. Tyron’s slap shot from the baseline just inside the D, went into net after taking deflection from Harpreet Singh, the Shers’ defender.

Individual Awards:
WSH Rockstar (Rs 1 crore): Gurjinder Singh (Chandigarh Comets).
WSH Indian Superstar (Rs 50 lakh): Roshan Minz (Pune Strykers).
WSH Golden Stick (Rs 25 lakh): Syed Imran Warsi (Chennai Cheetahs) & Gurjinder Singh (Chandigarh Comets) (19 goals apiece).
WSH Game Changer (Rs 25 lakh): Shakeel Abbasi (Delhi Wizards).
WSH Rookie of the Year (Rs 10 lakh): Lalit Upadhyay (Bhopal Badshahs).
WSH Best Coach (Balkrishna Award): Rajinder Singh (Sher-e-Punjab).
Sher-e-Pujab the Champions of 1st Bridgestone World Series Hockey

Sher-e-Pujab the Champions of 1st Bridgestone World Series Hockey

As usual, the Shers came out strongly as wounded Lions, as they not only denied room to Stykers’ strikers but also equalized within 2 minute in an indirect PC conversion, when Indian International VS Vinaya (who also plays in Spanish League) sent the ball into the nets. VS Vinaya, Mandeep Antil and Mathew Hotchkis did the hardwork in mid-field and set up many goal bound moves, but Gurpreet Guri (Stykers’ Goalie) stood tall in front of the nets, before Thakur sent the ball into the net after receiving a pass from Mathew Hotchkis just 2 minutes before Half Time.


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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.

Captain Gurjinder to Miss Sultan of Johor Cup Due to Injury

Skipper Gurjinder Singh was ruled out of the Sultan of Johor Cup invitational Under-21 hockey tournament due to an ankle during a practice game in the camp at SAI Centre Bangalore, which is a massive loss for Indian colts. The ace drag flicker Gurjinder Singh was main triumph card for India in the tournament. He is replaced by Harpreet Singh. Chief coach Mukesh Kumar said Gurjinder’s injury is a “big loss” to the team but he is confident that that his wards will be able to hold their own against Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Pakistan and hosts Malaysia in the round robin tournament at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium from Nov 5-12.

Manpreet Singh, Roshan Minz, Gurjinder Sigh, Vikas Sharma, SV Sunil

File Photo: Manpreet Singh, Roshan Minz, Gurjinder Sigh, Vikas Sharma, SV Sunil warming up before a practice game

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Sultan of Johor Cup 2011 (Under-21-Men’s)

Sultan of Johor Cup 2011:
The world’s first ever Under-21 invitational tournament

Participating Teams:
Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, South Korea and hosts Malaysia

News: Gurjinder to lead Junior India team for the Six Nation Sultan Johor Cup 2011

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Gurjinder to lead Junior India team for the Six Nation Sultan Johor Cup 2011

Junior India team for the Six Nation Sultan Johor Cup to be held in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, from 05-12 November 2011, announced.

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Gurjinder Singh (Captain) (File Photo: KSHA Super League held in Feb 2011)

The other teams participating are Australia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand and Pakistan. The tournament shall be played at Taman Daya Stadium, Johor Bahru on a round robin format with the final and other position matches on 12 November.

Devindar Walmiki (Vice-Captain of Junior India) with veteran Lehnn Aiyappa and Brother Yuvraj Walmiki (File Photo: KSHA Super League held in Feb 2011)Devindar

Devindar Walmiki (Vice-Captain of Junior India) with veteran Lehnn Aiyappa and Brother Yuvraj Walmiki (File Photo: KSHA Super League held in Feb 2011)

Selection Trials for the Indian team for this tournament were conducted at SAI Centre, Bangalore on 14 & 15 October and witnessed by Hockey India Selectors Col. Balbir Singh, BP Govinda and Syed Ali. The trials were conducted after all probables underwent the Medical Age Proof Verification tests as prescribed by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.

India Matches Schedule
05 Nov India v Korea
06 Nov India v Australia
08 Nov India v Pakistan
09 Nov India v New Zealand
11 Nov India v Malaysia
12 Nov Final and Classification Matches

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