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Wizards hold Marines in sensational finish

This was the ultimate city rivalry and despite the intense tussle on the field, both teams walked with their honours intact after 70 minutes of scintillating action. The visitors, Delhi Wizards, came out with a late stunner, four minutes before the hooter, to hold Mumbai Marines to a 2-2 draw in the Bridgestone World Series Hockey here on Sunday.

With goals from Devinder Walmiki and veteran Sandeep Michael, the Marines were cruising along to another famous victory but five minute before the hooter, penalty corner expert Vikramjeet Singh stunned the Marines with a neat conversion to deny them the party that they deserved.

Delhi Wizards were on an aggressive mode right from the beginning. They did not allow the Marines defence to settle down and forced them to commit mistakes. The strategy paid early dividend. Winger Gurwinder Singh sidestepped Devinder Walmiki to enter the D only to be openly obstructed near the baseline on the left. Vikramjeet Singh made no mistake with the resultant penalty corner to put the Wizards into the lead in the 11th minute. Continue reading →

Marines on top as Lions caged at Home

The action-packed Bridgestone World Series Hockey got even more exciting as Mumbai Marines beat fancied Karnataka Lions 2-1, to take the top position in the league here at the KSHA Stadium on Thursday.

Young guns Devinder Walmiki and Joga Singh helped the Marines to first level and then take the crucial lead against the host team. The Marines needed to survive many anxious moments before emerging victors in a closely contested match. Len Aiyappa put the home side in the lead with an early goal in the dying moments of first quarter (1-0), only to see the Marines struck two late goals to clinch full points. Devinder Walmiki emulated Aiyappa in the 42nd minute to equalize and then Joga Singh sent in a close range forehand to post the match winner (57th minute).

Aiyappa and ‘man-of-the-match’ Devinder struck in similar fashion – through powerful drag flicks that hit the right inside netting on the right. Aiyappa packed a lot of power in his penalty corner shot on this occasion, but .was lethargic in two other chances. Playing their fifth game, both teams needed an outright victory to stay afloat in the fiercely competed WSH. However, they missed several chances inside the D. Continue reading →

Spirited Mumbai Marines come from behind to tame Chennai Cheetahs 4-2

Braving an early setback, Mumbai Marines came back from a goal down to maul Chennai Cheetahs 4-2 in the Bridgestone World Series Hockey on Tuesday. The Marines thus garnered their second win in four matches. The Marines proved that they are no longer pushovers in this tournament and denied Chennai their third victory in four matches.

Devinder Walmiki, Anup Anthony, Ajmir Singh and Bimal Lakra posted a goal apiece in the 10th, 30th, 40th and 53rd minutes. Imran Warsi and Sunil Yadav netted for the Cheetahs in the 3rd and 66th minutes, respectively.

The home side matched the Marines on every count, but couldn’t put away the penalty corners. While Mumbai converted three out of four penalty corners, the Cheetahs wasted four of them, striking only from the first and sixth. Continue reading →

Comets beat Marines 5-2, Young Guns Gurjinder Singh and sukhwinder Singh Shine

Mumbai: 4 March 2012: Emerging young stars Gurjinder Singh and sukhwinder Singh played a stellar role in steering Chandigarh Comets to a famous 5-2 victory over Mumbai Marines in the Bridgestone World Series Hockey here on Sunday.

Chandigarh Comets players during the group Discussion at Bridgestone World Series Hockey 2012 at Chandigarh

Chandigarh Comets players during the group Discussion at Bridgestone World Series Hockey 2012 at Chandigarh

The energy and enthusiasm of the young outfit was such that despite missing sitters all along they had enough on the board to outclass and outperform the much acclaimed home side. What a way for the Comets to post their first win three matches!

Comets stuck a goal apiece in each quarter, and a brace in the last to hand out a humiliating defeat to the Marines on their home ground.

But for excellent work under the bar by goalkeeper-captain Adrian D’souza, the score could have well been in double digit for the visiting side.

The Marines went defensive after striking a brace of goals in the first half, and then were not allowed to come out of the mould they were ducked into. On the other hand, after a sedate start, the Comets descended on the Marines’ shores relentlessly and walked away with pride.

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Gupreet stars for Pune Strykers in a rousing start in Bridgestone WSH

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.

Tickets for Brigdestone World Series Hockey

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.

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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:

Team Price Points (in Rs.) Ticketing Partner/Website
Bhopal Badshahs 60/150/250 Book My Seats
Chandigarh Comets 50/100/250/500 Book My Seats
Chennai Cheetahs 100/250/500/
Book My Show
Delhi Wizards 49/150 KyaZoonga
Karnataka Lions 100 KyaZoonga
Mumbai Marines 50/100/250 KyaZoonga
Pune Strykers 100/150/200/250/750 Ayojak
Sher-E-Punjab 50/100/250/500/750 Book My Seats

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