Mumbai to host grand finale of Bridgestone World Series Hockey

  • KSHA Stadium in Bengaluru to host the 1st Semi-final at 7pm, on April 1, 2012
  • MHA Mahindra Stadium to host 2nd Semi-final and WSH Final at 9pm, on April 1 & April 2, 2012, respectively
  • Tickets for both the Semi-finals and the Final are available on www.kyazoonga.com
Full Stands in Bangalore, Home of Karnataka Lions in World Series Hockey

Full Stands in Bangalore, Home of Karnataka Lions in World Series Hockey

Mumbai, March 28, 2012: The Bridgestone World Series Hockey announced here today that the MHA Mahindra Stadium in Mumbai will host the grand finale of the inaugural edition on April 2, 2012 at 9pm. The MHA Mahindra Stadium, which underwent massive revamping for the WSH, was chosen out of eight venues across India based on the feedback from the players playing in the league that “the quality of the turf and floodlights is superb”

The spanking new MHA Mahindra Stadium will also host the second semi-final to be played on April 1, 2012 at 9pm. Karnataka, which is one of the biggest hockey bases in the world, will host the first semi-final at the KSHA Stadium, Bengaluru, to be held at 7pm on April 1. Continue reading →

Strykers swing it this time against the Shers

  • Pune Strykers stun leaders Sher-E-Punjab 3-2
  • Bikramjit Singh (6th min) and Gagan Ajit Singh (63rd min) score for the Shers
  • Vikas Pillay (12th min) and Gurpreet Singh (29th & 31st mins) score for the Strykers

The see-saw battle continues in the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey as Pune Strykers stunned table toppers, Sher-E-Punjab, 3-2 here on Tuesday. The win allowed the Strykers a re-entry into the top-four in the league but they may have to settle for the fifth place depending on the oscillation in the Badshahs-Lions tie, the other match of the day.

For a team that impressed in the first round but slipped to mediocrity, the 3-2 win against the title favourites today will no doubt boost their side tremendously though their fans may fear that the wake-up call has come a bit too late. However, in tune with the latest trend in the league of the losing team striking first before losing steam continued here. Shers’ young star Bikramjit Singh stunned the home crowd, converting the first penalty corner to post the first goal of the match, but the Strykers came back strongly with some exhilarating display of grit and skill.  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 (www.youtube.com/wsh)

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.


Bridgestone World Series Hockey Highlights

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 →

Wizards spin magic around Strykers

  • Delhi Wizards trounce Pune Strykers 6-2 win in a crucial tie
  • Argentinian star Mario Almada (2nd min) and Vikas Pillay (44th min) score for the Strykers
  • Upendra Pillay (14th min), Shakeel Abassi (21st min), Vikramjeet Singh (28th & 41st mins), Victo Singh (32nd & 63rd mins) script Wizards’ six-goal response

Maybe, some time in the future, a tournament will be conducted from the backend to the frontend. The theory will probably find many takers after watching Karanataka Lions’ terrific fightback from the brinks, and now Delhi Wizards. The Wizards seems to have saved their best performance for the final leg of the inaugural World Series Hockey as they mercilessly thrashed semifinal contenders, Pune Strykers 6-2 here on Monday.

An avid hockey fan had waited so long to witness players of the calibre of Rajpal Singh, Pakistani import Shakeel Abassi and talented youngsters like Vikramjeet Singh, Upendra Pillay and Victo Singh, to showcase their wares finally.  Continue reading →

Nikkin Thimmaiah stars in Strykers 4-2 win

  • Youngster fires two goals in three minutes as Pune Strykers beat Mumbai Marines 4-2
  • Gurpreet Singh (28 min), Mario Almada (34th min), Nikkin Thimmiah (43rd & 45th mins) score for Strykers
  • Banmali Xess (15th min) and Aijub Ekka (27th min) score for Marines

The inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey has witnessed the emergence of many new stars in the past three weeks when the ball started rolling. This time, it was the young talented forward from Pune Strykers, Nikkin Thimmiah, who took the centrestage in the match against neighbours Mumbai Marines here on Friday. Thimmiah fired two scintillating goals in the space of three minutes to turn the match in Pune’s favour after it was tantalizingly poised at 2-2, for a heartwarming 4-2 win for the hosts.

Colts Banmali Xess and Aijub Ekka, working hard upfront, grabbed half chances that came their way to account for the both goals that Marines scored in the pulsating match. But Gurpeet Singh and Mario Almada restored parity in the second quarter, leaving Nikkin to showcase his skills for a fluent win.  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 →