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Karnataka LionsKSHA Hockey Stadium, Rhenius street, Langford town, Bangalore
Capacity: 7,000

Squad: Jude Felix (Coach),
Arjun Halappa (Captain), Abhishek Singh, Adnan Maqsood, Amar Aiyamma, Arjun Antil, Devesh Chauhan, Dhanraj Pillay, Gursev Singh, Ignace Tirkey, Inocent Kullu, Jagdeep Dayal, Jarnail Singh, Manpreet Pawar, Nagalingaswamy B, Nitin Kumar, Nitin Thimmaiah, Ravipal Singh, S K Uthappa, Sandeep Singh, Sandeep Singh, Jarnail Singh, Vinayak Bijwad, Zeeshan Ashraf

Karnataka Lions’ News:

Revisiting World Series Hockey 2012, While Waiting for WSH-2

Exactly a year ago, 1st edition of World Series Hockey was concluded with Sher-e-Punjab emerging as champions. Sher-e-Punjab had outclassed (5-2) Pune Strykers to win the 1st title of WSH.

World Series Hockey Logo

Eight franchise based teams Bhopal Badshahs, Chandigarh Comets, Chennai Cheetahs, Delhi Wizards, Karnataka Lions, Mumbai Marines, Pune Strykers and Sher-e-Punjab participated in the 1st edition of WSH organized by Nimbus Sports in association with Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). 160 Indian players and 48 players from abroad (0.3 ratio of International players with respect to Indian players) played in the 2012 edition of the month long event.

Apart from a total of Rs. 10,00,00,000/- prize money, WSH invested a few Crores of Rupees in improving the infrastructure at host venues such as installation/upgradation of lights, laying/repairing of turf, installation of world class goalposts, etc. The WSH also worked with stadium authorities through out 8 venues (Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Jalandhar, Mumbai and Pune) to repair/upgrade and create facilities such as change rooms for the players, rest-rooms for spectators, etc. which are critical facilities but ignored often by the organizers and hosts. Continue reading →

Smashing Shers storm into WSH final

  • Sher-E-Punjab trounce Karnataka Lions 4-1 in the first semifinal
  • Mathew Hotchkis, Karamjit Singh, Harpreet Singh and Prabhjot Singh scored for Shers
  • Naveen Kumar scored the lone goal for Lions in the 11th minute
  • Prabhjot Singh scored a beauty in a solo run from a few metres down the halfline three minutes before the hooter, to complete the rout

In a game hyped up so much that some feared only disappointment, Sher-E-Punjab’s passing, pressing and patience completely stumped Jude Felix’s team in the first semifinal of the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey played here in front of a packed KSHA Stadium on Sunday. Shers were considered the most consistent side in the competition, but the Lions were the side who had hit true heights with huge wins in the second round. The semis was a fantastic display of hockey, but it was utterly one-sided and was over after 40 minutes.

Sher-e-Pujab after winning Semi Final of WSH 2012 against Karnataka Lions

Sher-e-Pujab after winning Semi Final of WSH 2012 against Karnataka Lions

Despite an electrifying start in the 11th minute even as 3,000 fans were jostling outside the packed KSHA Stadium, the Lions’ tendency to sit back was contrasted with the Shers playing high up the pitch, and the entire game was a complex fast chess game as the visitors ripped apart the hosts with a thumping 4-1 victory. Continue reading →

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.

WSH Ratings- A phenemonal growth story: 10.43 Million Tune-ins in 4th Week

Triple the tune-ins  of EPL; 65% growth since launch week

The weekly tune-ins of the fourth week of Bridgestone World Series Hockey has reached the mark of 10 Million viewers, which has grown by 65% since the launch (6.31 Million).

Bridgestone World Series Hockey Weekly Tune-ins (Source - TAM, CS 4+)

Bridgestone World Series Hockey Weekly Tune-ins (Source - TAM, CS 4+)

The cumulative reach for the league is an overwhelming 25 Million viewers and is set to increase significantly as league approaches towards the end, with most of the matches continue to be high scoring and thrilling as race for ‘Semi-Final Spots’ is intense.

Nimbus Sport COO Yannick Colaco said, “It is indeed heartening to see such strong week on week growth for WSH. This week’s ratings are very significant as inspite being head on with Asia Cup; the viewership has increased by 25%. Similarly the weekly reach has continued to grow clearly demonstrating increased interest from the viewers. There is no doubt the WSH has booked a plce in consumer’s mindspace as the second biggest sports league in India after IPL” Continue reading →

Comets blow Lions 6-1 to grab top position

  • Chandigarh Comets rain 6 goals in 38 mins against Karnataka Lions
  • Gurjinder Singh (32nd, 55th, 62nd & 67th mins) strikes four goals, including a hat-trick while Ramandeep Singh (34th min) and Barkat Singh (64th min) score one each for the Comets
  • Sandeep Singh scores the lone goal (25th min) for Lions

Harendra Singh’s breathtakingly talented Chandigarh Comets side, seems to be hurtling towards immortality with the quality of its attacking play. Comets thrashed Karnataka Lions, which had roused itself after a dismal first round, 6-1 in their Bridgestone World Series Hockey match, which some called inconsequential since both teams are safe for the semis, but a lot is at stake to determine who meets whom in the last-four stages.

In a game of constant momentum shifts in the first half, the Lions led through Sandeep Singh in the 25th minute, but they were numbed into the most perfect stillness when Gurjinder Singh struck four goals, including a hat-trick, as Comets rained six goals in 38 minutes. Comets have also scored a mind-boggling number of goals – 46 in 14 matches, more than any team in the league. The win catapulted the Comets to the top position in the Bridgestone WSH for the first time, replacing the invincible Sher-E-Punjab, with 28 points from 14 matches. The Shers are now three points behind them and have one match remaining to play.  Continue reading →

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
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 →