Chandigarh Comets pip Pune Strykers in 4-3 thriller

  • 3 goals in 7 minutes, Strykers launch blitzkreig
  • 3 goals in 24 minutes, Comets’ composed comeback
  • 4th goal struck with five seconds remaining on the clock
  • Damandeep Singh (3rd min), Simrandeep Randhawa (6th min), Gurpreet Singh (7th min) score for Strykers
  • Rehan Butt (13th min), Gurjinder Singh (35th min) score one each one while Sukhwinder ‘Gabbar’ Singh (37th & 70th mins) scores a brace, including the winning goal for Comets

Calm, collected Comets. Chandigarh-wallas would be proud. Chandigarh Comets Strykers spanked Pune Strykers in a great comeback to win 4-3 in their Bridgestone World Series Hockey match here on Monday. Comets unleashed the rear guard action with Pakistani star Rehan Butt tapping in from close range off the winner if the ‘goal-of-the match’ Sukhwinder ‘Gabbar’ Singh’s parallel pass, in respond to the Strykers’ blitzkrieg. The rest is history.

Canadian import Gabbar Singh struck the all-important winning goal off a penalty-stroke in the dying moment, which was a stark reminder of an error prone to most young hockey players in India. With this victory, Comets are now in second position with 15 points, four less than the table leaders, Sher-E-Punjab.  Continue reading →

Cheetahs on the prowl as Strykers fumble

  • Chennai Cheetahs bt Pune Strykers 3-1 on a historic day for Indian hockey

On a historic day – the anniversary of India’s lone World Cup win 37 winters ago, Chennai Cheetahs made their own piece of history, swinging back to winning ways in the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey. Displaying a robust defence, clever off the ball running and quick turn-overs, the Cheetahs were strategically ahead of Pune Strykers in almost all the departments as they beat them convincingly 3-1 here at the PCMC ground on Thursday.

With this victory, Chennai Cheetahs have 10 points from three wins and one draw after eight matches while Pune Strykers have 12 points from three wins and three draws after playing the same number of matches.

An opportunistic goal from the speedy striker Adam Sinclair saw the Cheetahs take the lead in the 10th minute when he tapped in from handshaking distance near the left post, to stun Pune goalkeeper Gurvinder Singh. Mark Harris, who was in possession with a short pass at the top of the circle, sent in a powerful hit which zoomed past a couple of defenders and was a bit wide off the left post, but an alert Adam pounced on the ball and tapped it home in a flash.  Continue reading →

Strykers on target as Lions trip again

The inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey witnessed yet another sizzler as Pune Strykers got past Karnataka Lions by a slender margin of 3-2, here on Monday.

With three wins and draws against one defeat in the previous match, Pune became the first team to notch up 12 points to top the table on the penultimate day of Round One of the Bridgestone WSH.

With the score tied at 2-2, Damandeep Singh struck heroically out of a quick follow-up to a failed penalty corner sequence in the 55th minute, to end the deadlock even as Karnataka messed up three of the six penalty corners they earned in the last four minutes of play. Continue reading →

It’s raining goals in the Bridgestone WSH

  • Young Indian hockey players are playing attacking hockey and not goal shy
  • Players exhibit high standard of fitness
  • There are around 9-10 penalty-corner specialists playing in the league
Len Aiyappa in Action for Karnataka Lions

Len Aiyappa in Action for Karnataka Lions

New Delhi, March 12: A total of 128 goals have been scored in 24 matches till now in the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey. It’s a brilliant sign for Indian hockey – that if given an opportunity to excel with international players in an open (four quarters of 17 ½ minutes each) and competitive format, young Indian hockey players have the hunger and passion to become a winner.

The floodgates were opened right in the first match – the Bhopal Badshahs- Chandigarh Comets clash produced seven goals in a tie which ended around midnight. After 24 matches, the trend is growing at a stunning pace, with an average of  5+ goals per match. For a nation known for producing brilliant attacking hockey but being perennially goal shy, this is a path-breaking trend. Continue reading →

Comets shine bright, eclipses Strykers 3-1

  • Pune Strykers’ first defeat in 1st Bridgestone World Series Hockey

The inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey is shaping up for some sizzling suspense. Gradually all the teams which were slow to take off are now finding their peaks as Chandigarh Comets surprised the consistent Pune Strykers 3-1 in their crucial encounter here on Sunday.

Exhibiting all-round excellence in all the vital departments, Comets descended on Pune Strikers rather dramatically and tellingly on their home ground after conceding an early goal, coming off a terrific effort from Argentine legend Mario Almada in the 10th minute. The goal triggered an immediate backlash as the Comets came looking for the equalizer and Sukhwinder ‘Gabbar’ Singh restored parity just two minutes later. Gurjinder Singh and Lloyd Stephenson took the match further from the Strykers. This was the third win for Comets and helped them to take their points at par with Strykers and Mumbai Marines with nine points each.  Continue reading →

Pune strikes back for 3-3 draw with Cheetahs

  • Drag-flicker Imran Warsi takes his personal tally to 10 goals
  • Roshan Minz notches 100th goal of inaugural Bridgestone WSH 

In an action-packed match that produced high quality hockey, Chennai Cheetahs began with a bang as local star, Adam Sinclair, struck in the very first minute to bring the crowd to its feet as they gave a standing applause to the home team, but Pune Strykers silenced the vociferous crowd immediately with Roshan Minz scoring the 100th goal of the Bridgestone World Series Hockey in the 6th minute here on Friday.

Fortunes fluctuated later on as Chennai led twice again but with a resilient Pune Strykers striking back, the thrilling and exciting match ended in a 3-3 draw.

The crowd enjoyed the match which produced high-speed vintage hockey. Cheetahs frontline combined well and worked like a well-oiled machine and with the half-line creating enough through balls, their Pakistani star and penalty corner specialist, Syed Imran Warsi, made up his first-quarter miss to score from the team’s second short corner as he sent home a powerful flick to put Cheetahs in the lead once again in the 30th minute.

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