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Cheetahs take flight to Chennai, Pune dash to Mumbai

  • End of Chennai Cheetahs run as they lose steam to Mumbai Marines 1-4
  • Xess Banmali (3rd min), Ajmer Singh (32nd min), Troy Sutherland (62nd min) & Aijub Ekka (70th min) score for Marines
  • Syed Imran Warsi reduces the margin for Cheetahs in the 65th min

The match was something of an anti-climax. Cheetahs were reduced to a bundle of nerves in 65 minutes trailing 3-0 as Syed Imran Warsi, whom everyone had dreaded facing for the last 30 days, evoked nothing more than a wry smile from a rival defender as he struck his first drag-flick goal of the day with just five minutes remaining, leaving many with the sinking feeling that the league had come to an abrupt end for the mesmerising and talented Chennai Cheetahs.

Marines’ international flavour, Troy Sutherland, however, takes home some sweet memories despite his team finishing last in the league, playing a role in at least three goals as they crushed the semifinal hopes for Cheetahs with a 4-1 win in the 56th match, the last of the league matches in the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey here at the MHA Mahindra Stadium on Friday. It will take some time for the wounds to heal for Brent Livermore and his boys as their stay in Mumbai has been cut short by a team which finished last. But, Marines’ gritty determination to win even when there were hardly any stakes in this match, is what the Bridgestone WSH is all about – all the great eight teams throwing everything at each other. Continue reading →

It’s raining goals on Wizards’ night

  • Delhi Wizards stun title favourites Sher-E-Punjab 7-5, to finish sixth in the league
  • Shakeel Abassi (38th, 43rd & 61st mins) scores three goals while Vivek Gupta (29th & 54th mins) with a brace and Victo Singh (13th min), Rajpal Singh (57th min) add one each for the Wizards
  • Gagandeep Singh (8th min) and Karmjit Singh (53rd min) score one each while Prabhjot Singh strikes three goals (31st, 67th & 68th mins) for the Shers
  • 300th goal of the WSH comes up in 55th match

It was payback time for all those heartbreaks. Though, it looked like a familiar story when Sher-E-Punjab went ahead in the eight minute through Gagandep Singh but the young Victo Singh equalised five minutes later and then Pakistani import Shakeel Abassi went on to grab a sensational three-goal haul in his name, the experienced Vivek Gupta struck a brace and star forward Rajpal Singh bagged one and, the local fans at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium were still chanting “goal, goal”. The match ended 7-5 in favour of the Wizards, who finished sixth in the league after playing all their 14 matches in the Bridgetsone WSH, while title favourites Shers will move on to play the semifinals against Karnataka Lions in Bengaluru on April 1, but this was sweet revenge. Continue reading →

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 →

Cheetahs turn the tables in 4 minutes

  • Chennai Cheetah fight back, to trounce Delhi Wizards 6-4
  • Veerasamy Raja (14th min), Vikram Pillay (65th min) strike one each as Adam Sinclair (63rd & 66th mins) and Imran Warsi add a brace (47th & 51st mins) for the Cheetahs
  • Vikramjeet Singh’s four goals, including a hat-trick (11th, 27th, 38th & 68th mins) goes in vain for the Wizards

Three goals in four minutes by Chennai Cheetahs against Delhi Wizards was too much to handle for even the thrill-a-minute inaugural edition of the Bridgestone World Series Hockey!

However, the main difference between both the teams was in playing smart hockey. Cheetahs have probably learnt it the hard way that it pays to wait and pounce on the opportunties rather than panicking under pressure. At one stage, the hosts were trailing 1-3 but came back strongly to rout the visitors 6-4 in a thriller played here at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium on Wednesday. The speedy forward Adam Sinclair and Pakistani drag-flicker, Syed Imran Warsi, were their main trump cards with two goals each while Wizards’s Vikramjeet Singh was plain unlucky to end up on the losing side despite scoring four goals, including a hat-trick. He matched Len Aiyappa’s feat of scoring three out of three in his initial attempts in the penalty-corners.  Continue reading →

Comets book their berth for semifinal

  • Chandigarh Comets beat Mumbai Marines 4-3 in a thriller
  • Ramandeep Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Amir Khan and Robert Green score for the hosts
  • Troy Sutherland, Vanmali Xess and Ajmer Singh strike one each for the Marines

The smile on Chandigarh Comets’ head coach Harendra Singh said it all. Comets had launched their campaign in the inaugural edition of the Bridgestone World Series Hockey with a defeat to Bhopal Badshahs at the same venue almost a month back, but today they became the second team in the league to be guaranteed a place in the semifinals.

In a humdinger here at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium on Wednesday, Comets beat Mumbai Marines 4-3. For the first time, Sher-E-Punjab find themselves a team hot on their heels, Comets, who are just behind them on goal average but with equal points (25 from 13 Matchs) . They will be cautious in their last league match, which could decide whom they meet in the semis.  Continue reading →