There is something about Pune Strykers and thrillers in the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey. There were two good teams, two good coaches, tight midfield displays from both sides and finally two goals were shared equally in probably one of the best match of the tournament till date, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Young Affan Yousuf rescued Bhopal Badshahs in the dying seconds as the visitors scrambled home with honours intact against the rampaging Strykers.
This was the first match played on Pune Strykers home ground and they had young penalty-corner specialist Gurpreet Singh to thank for providing them to a flying start, with a goal in the 27th minute. The 25-year-old Gurpreet now heads the individual goals tally with Pakistani drag-flicker Imran Warsi with eight goals each for the ‘Golden Stick’ race. However, the Badshahs proved they could absorb pressure and came back strongly towards the ‘death’ in the match. Yousuf sounded the board from a goalmouth melee which followed after they were awarded two consecutive penalty-corners in the final phase of the match. Continue reading →
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Jalandhar, 4 March 2012: Star striker Deepak Thakur regained his wonted form and usually unstoppable Prabhjot Singh helped home side Sher-e-Punjab build a comfortable lead but were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw with the hitherto undefeated Pune Strykers in the Bridgestone World Series Hockey at the Olympian Surjit Hockey stadium here on Sunday.
The first match of Day Five had all the trappings of a great encounter, and turned out to be so with either side fighting tooth and nail till the hooter.
Tornado striker that Deepak Thakur was, and still is a cynosure of all eyes on his home ground giving finishing touches to the early onslaught of Shers but young Bikas Toppo too emulated the senior in coming with a similar brace of goals late in the play time. Continue reading →
New Delhi, March 3: Penalty corner expert Gurpreet Singh’s last gasp conversions spoilt the host Delhi Wizards party in the third and last match on Day four of the Bridgestone World Series Hockey here in Delhi on Saturday. The Pune Strykers won 3-1.
Gurprit Singh from Pune Strykers try to save a goal against Delhi Wizards at New Delhi
Gurpreet converted a penalty corner in the dying moments of third quarter and then pushed a penalty stroke ball to the left corner of the net to enable Pune overcome both the fighting Delhi Wizards and also huge partisan support they had on the stands.
Earlier, Philip Sunkel’s 26th minute deflection helped Delhi to cancel out Mario Almada’s 12th minute stunner. Delhi Wizards and Pune Strykers, who won their first match on Friday, faced each other against huge Delhi crowd in the historic Major Dhyan Chand National stadium on Saturday. Continue reading →
Mumbai, March 1: Pune Strykers, true to their name, struck the death knell for Mumbai Marines in the last quarter, firing three goal to pip their much fancied rivals 7-5 in the opener, which was played in an electrifying atmosphere. The match was anticipated by most of the fans as a renewal of the arch-rivalry between the two cities. Though it was Strykers which finished on top over Marines in the test of nerves, the real winner was the thousands of fans at the spanking-new MHA Mahindra Stadium, and the game of hockey, which was played at an exceptionally fast pace but in a fun-filled atmosphere.
The hero for the Styrkers was penalty-corner specialist, Gurpreet Singh, who bewitched the Marines goalkeeper four times with his classy drag-flick, including three crucial goal out of four which swung the match completely in their favour in a span of 19 minutes – three minutes before the hooter went off. The PC specialists who honed his skills with the Namdharis, now leads the goal tally in the Bridgestone World Series Hockey tournament. Marines’ Joga Singh, who slammed three superb goals was unlucky to end up on the losing side.
The match swung like a pendulum from quarter to quarter. The Strykers had the upper hand in the first quarter after Mario Nicolas Almada put them in the lead with a fine field goal. Then, Gurpreet got into the act with his wristy flick, but only for a brief period. Marines woke up to the rude jolt and responded strongly with four goals to lead 4-3 at half-time. The match was just entering its most exciting phase, and the climax unfolded with Marines adding just one more goal to their tally while Strykers stunned the home crowd with a drammatic outbursts which lasted for 10 minutes and produced three goals.
The Ticket sale have started for the most-awaited world hockey tournament, the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey (WSH) which will be played in 8 cities, featuring 59 matches, beginning from February 29, 2012. The Opening Ceremony of the Bridgestone WSH will be a star-studded affair in Chandigarh, and it will be followed by the inaugural match between Chandigarh Comets and Bhopal Badshahs.
Yannick Colaco, COO of Nimbus Sport said, “I am delighted to announce the sale of tickets of the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey. We have been overwhelmed by the response of the fans. I am particularly happy as all the franchise owners have taken the initiative to price the tickets in a manner that will make the matches accessible to all the fans.”
The tickets for the Bridgestone WSH can be bought from our franchisees’ ticket-partners as follows:
The scheduled second round of the player draft for World Series Hockey was held today, with each team strengthening their squads from the pool of players. The first season of WSH starts on the 29th of February.
In this draft, players from Australia, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Malaysia, South Africa & India were picked by the various franchises.
Among the notable picks of the day, Canadian captain Ken Pereira was chosen by Pune Strykers while Australian Mark Harris and Indian Hamza Mujtaba got selected by Chennai Cheetahs. South African Olympian Clyde Abraham was picked by Mumbai Marines while Gagan Ajit Singh, the ace Indian striker, will make his comeback into hockey with Sher-e-Punjab.
See the video and guess, the level of hockey played by the likes of Gagan Ajit Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Deepak Thakur, Viren Rasquina and Dhanraj Pillay, etc who are part of WSH
Gagan Ajit Singh said, “I’m glad to make a comeback through this prestigious league. I truly believe it will start a glorious new era for Indian hockey and I can’t wait to get started for Sher-e-Punjab. It is a team with a great combination of speed and spirit and I’m sure we’ll play entertaining hockey which will make us championship contenders.”
Preeti Pariat Mehta, Event Director, WSH, said, “All the 8 franchises have teams to last an entire season with tough competition for spots in the starting XI. This will ensure that the quality of hockey in the first edition will remain top-notch from start to finish and is fantastic news for the league and our fans”
L T Nanwani, franchise owner of the Chennai Cheetahs, said, “We are extremely happy with our picks. Mark Harris, Davinderpal Singh, Jasbir Singh, Shivamani, B K Muthanna and Hamza Mujtaba are solid players who will add value at crucial stages of the tournament. With outstanding leadership at the top in the form of Jose Brasa & Brent Livermore, coupled with the addition of these players who will merge into a squad full of youth and experience, Chennai Cheetahs is well placed to make a serious challenge for the title”
Players who were drafted into different franchises (all from India unless mentioned):
Bhopal Badshahs: Affan Yousuf, A D Cariappa, Ganendrajit Ningombam, Geowynne Kyle Gamiet (South Africa), Harmanpreet Singh, Karan Bhaskaran, Rajesh Kumar.