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.

Lion-hearted Len Aiyappa lights up Karnataka’s campaign with heroic hat-trick

Len Aiyappa scored a heroic hat-trick to help Karnataka Lions floor the fighting Chandigarh Comets 3-2 in the exciting second match of Day 7 of the Bridgestone World Series Hockey on Tuesday.

Veteran player Len summoned all his years of experience to give his side its first victory in four matches at the picturesque KSHA stadium here.

The Lions, laid low at the bottom of the points table after six exciting days of Bridgestone World Series Hockey, thus ignited a spark which they will hope to carry further into the tournament.

Chandigarh came out strongly in the second half to narrow down the lead to 2-3, but the Lions’ defenders, Len and Zeeshan Ashraf, saw them off with girt and gumption. Continue reading →

Sketches (Caricatures) of Hockey Players

Here we present you some sketches (caricatures) of hockey players, sketched by Mr Naseeb Singh of Hanumangarh(Rajasthan). We thank him for his gesture towards hockey players and allowing us to use his work on our website.
We have included Sachin Tendulkar’s sketch as a surprising element for all of his fans 🙂

Indian National Men’s Hockey Team Camp at SAI (South) Centre, Bangalore

Indian National Men’s Hockey Team is camping at SAI (South) Centre, Bangalore for the preparation of the upcoming important tournaments which includes FIH’s annual prestigious tournament (Champions Trophy 2011), to be held at Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium, Delhi and London 2012 Olympic Qualifiers to be played in February, 2012. India will also be playing inaugural edition of Asian Championship Trophy and will visit Australia for a 9-a-side tournament by Hockey Australia (International Super Series). Players are slowly getting into rhythm through the monitoring and light warm-up sessions with the coaches Mohd Riaz and BJ Cariappa, while the newly appointed Chief Coach, Michael Nobbs, is expected to join the camp soon. On the other hand, SAI officials have left no stone unturned to hand over best possible surface for the camp.

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Beatiful astro turf surrounded by lush green trees, being cleaned for the national camp

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