It’s Len’s show in the Lions vs Badshah tie

  • Karnatake Lions thrash Bhopal Badshahs 5-2
  • Arjun Halappa (26h min) Len Aiyappa (31st, 45th & 50th mins) and Naveen Kumar (65th min) pump the goals for Lions
  • Waseem Ahmad (43rd min) and Karan Baskaran (46th min) reduce the margin for the Badshahs
  • 250th goal of the inaugural WSH comes up in 50th match; 257 goals scored till date and still counting…

Len Aiyappa’s breathless solo act – a stunning hat-trick – took the winds out of the Badshahs’ sail in their crucial match in the Bridgestone World Series Hockey here on Tuesday. For the record, Karanataka Lions beat Bhopal Badshahs 5-2 and further cemented their place for the semifinals but their classic contest will be remembered for the exemplary performances of the three stalwarts – Arjun Halappa, Aiyappa and Badshahs’ Pakistani import, Waseem Ahmad.

Each one of them scored one or more classic textbook goals, to lift the match to a superlative level though Aiyappa’s three out of three in the penalty-corners struck a chord which will be talked about by both the cognoscenti and connoisseurs for a long time.  Continue reading →

World Series Hockey to stream matches live on YouTube

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Mumbai, March 27, 2012: Bridgestone World Series Hockey today announced its partnership with YouTube to live stream all the matches online to the global audience. The deal will further add to the strong momentum the series has seen so far. With the action heating up, hockey fans across the globe will be able to catch all the action from the league matches and the semis and final match slated for 1st and 2nd April on its dedicated channel on YouTube (

The move will give Bridgestone World Series Hockey access to global markets and fans will be also be able to access match highlights of the entire tournament.

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Yannick Colaco, COO, Nimbus Sport, said, “The historic inaugural edition of Bridgestone World Series Hockey already has many firsts to its credit and this partnership with YouTube has taken the league to all the global fans. The response on the online space is extremely overwhelming and we’re excited to take this fantastic tournament to hockey fans across the globe.” Continue reading →

Red-alert as Lions on the rampage

  • Karnataka Lions win third match on the trot as they beat Delhi Wizards 3-1
  • Ravi Pal Singh (10th min), Jarnail Singh (17th min) Len Aiyappa (65th min) score for the Lions
  • Rajpal Singh reduces the margin for Wizards in the 51st min

In one of the most remarkable turnaround that the inaugural Bridegstone World Series Hockey has witnessed, Karnataka Lions appears to have woken up from their slumber late but completely. The Lions, more popularly known as the team that features the ‘face of Indian hockey’, the 41-year-old Dhanraj Pillay, notched their third consecutive win to fashion arguably the most dramatic comeback in this tournament – adding a convinicng 3-1 win over Delhi Wizards here at the KHSA Stadium on Saturday after their shocking win over leaders Sher-E-Punjab the previous day.

With three amazing back-to-back wins, Lions are now comfortably perched at third in the pool table. Continue reading →

Karnataka Len has the last laugh in the den

  • Aiyappa dazzles with two PC goals as Lions stun Sher-E-Punjab 2-1
  • Len Aiyappa scores a brace (6th & 58th mins)
  • Harpreet Singh scores lone goal (39th min) for Shers

In the biggest upset of the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey, Karnataka Lions handed a 2-1 defeat on leaders Sher-E-Punjab here at the KSHA Stadium on Friday. The result was arguably the strongest re-affirmation of the topsy-turvy nature of this action-packed tournament. The Lions, who were struggling at the bottom for most part of the league, managed to convincingly beat an almost invincible-looking Sher-E-Punjab. Drag-flicker Len Aiyappa was the chief architect of their victory with two deadly goals from penalty-corners. In contrast, the Shers fizzled out on the PC front, convertng just one out of nine PCs in the match, with mosy of their their forwardline appearing off-colour today. Continue reading →

Lions get into the winning stride at last!

  • Karnataka Lions edge out Pune Strykers 3-2 in a close finish
  • Nikkin Thimmaiah (16 min), Bikas Topo (29th min) score for Strykers while Ravi Pal (9th min), Len Aiyappa (12th min) and Md. Rodzhaninzam Radzi (67th min) shine for the Lions
  • Stunning strike rate for Bridgestone WSH: 200th goal comes up in 40th match
  • 204 goals have been scored in 40 matches till now

Almost every match in the Bridgestone WSH has been unpredictable and rocked the table hierarchies. Though, both Karnataka Lions and Pune Strykers were caught up in a must-win situation in this match to avoid holding the wooden spoon, it was the hosts who pulled up a magical performance to beat the visitors 3-2 here on Tuesday.

The win gives the Lions, who spent a major part of the tournament at the bottom, a chance to reach the last-four stages, mathematically. On the other hand, the Strykers started the tournament heading the points table, but hardly took any initiative in the second half to win the game. In the end, the team which held its nerves, prevailed in the duel. For the Lions, goalkeeper Devesh Chauhan, forward Ravi Pal and Malaysian import Md. Rodzhaninzam Radzi excelled while the legendary Dhanraj Pillay was unlucky to be struck with an injury but he continued to inspire from the bench. Continue reading →

Cheetahs cruise as Lions stay caged

  • Cheenai Cheetahs beat Karnataka Lions 4-1
  • Vikram Pillay, Imran Warsi, Adam Sinclair & Sivamani score for Cheetahs
  • Vinayak Bijwad scores the lone goal for the Lions
  • Syed Imran Warsi cruising with 14 goals in the tournament

There was a sense of urgency on both sides but only one team showed method in their crucial clash. Cheenai Cheetahs, showing signs that they have the goods to win the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey, beat Karnataka Lions 4-1 in the last match of the day, to leap to the second position in the league here at the KSHA Stadium. It was Cheetahs goalkeeper, junior India international Santosh Kumar, who deserved the credit most for showing his team the way forward with some brilliant saves.

The talented youngster made the difference between two equally fighting sides – defending an Arjun Halappa’s forehand from the right side of the circle and a similar stunner from the middle of the circle from Ravi Pal Singh, which could have wracked havoc. The ‘wall’ would not budge, leaving his forwards to carry out the demolition job at the other end.  Continue reading →