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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 →

It’s Len’s show in the Lions vs Badshah tie

  • Karnatake Lions thrash Bhopal Badshahs 5-2
  • Arjun Halappa (26h min) Len Aiyappa (31st, 45th & 50th mins) and Naveen Kumar (65th min) pump the goals for Lions
  • Waseem Ahmad (43rd min) and Karan Baskaran (46th min) reduce the margin for the Badshahs
  • 250th goal of the inaugural WSH comes up in 50th match; 257 goals scored till date and still counting…

Len Aiyappa’s breathless solo act – a stunning hat-trick – took the winds out of the Badshahs’ sail in their crucial match in the Bridgestone World Series Hockey here on Tuesday. For the record, Karanataka Lions beat Bhopal Badshahs 5-2 and further cemented their place for the semifinals but their classic contest will be remembered for the exemplary performances of the three stalwarts – Arjun Halappa, Aiyappa and Badshahs’ Pakistani import, Waseem Ahmad.

Each one of them scored one or more classic textbook goals, to lift the match to a superlative level though Aiyappa’s three out of three in the penalty-corners struck a chord which will be talked about by both the cognoscenti and connoisseurs for a long time.  Continue reading →

Strykers swing it this time against the Shers

  • Pune Strykers stun leaders Sher-E-Punjab 3-2
  • Bikramjit Singh (6th min) and Gagan Ajit Singh (63rd min) score for the Shers
  • Vikas Pillay (12th min) and Gurpreet Singh (29th & 31st mins) score for the Strykers

The see-saw battle continues in the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey as Pune Strykers stunned table toppers, Sher-E-Punjab, 3-2 here on Tuesday. The win allowed the Strykers a re-entry into the top-four in the league but they may have to settle for the fifth place depending on the oscillation in the Badshahs-Lions tie, the other match of the day.

For a team that impressed in the first round but slipped to mediocrity, the 3-2 win against the title favourites today will no doubt boost their side tremendously though their fans may fear that the wake-up call has come a bit too late. However, in tune with the latest trend in the league of the losing team striking first before losing steam continued here. Shers’ young star Bikramjit Singh stunned the home crowd, converting the first penalty corner to post the first goal of the match, but the Strykers came back strongly with some exhilarating display of grit and skill.  Continue reading →

World Series Hockey to stream matches live on YouTube

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Mumbai, March 27, 2012: Bridgestone World Series Hockey today announced its partnership with YouTube to live stream all the matches online to the global audience. The deal will further add to the strong momentum the series has seen so far. With the action heating up, hockey fans across the globe will be able to catch all the action from the league matches and the semis and final match slated for 1st and 2nd April on its dedicated channel on YouTube (

The move will give Bridgestone World Series Hockey access to global markets and fans will be also be able to access match highlights of the entire tournament.

Bridgestone World Series Hockey Highlights

Yannick Colaco, COO, Nimbus Sport, said, “The historic inaugural edition of Bridgestone World Series Hockey already has many firsts to its credit and this partnership with YouTube has taken the league to all the global fans. The response on the online space is extremely overwhelming and we’re excited to take this fantastic tournament to hockey fans across the globe.” Continue reading →

Wizards spin magic around Strykers

  • Delhi Wizards trounce Pune Strykers 6-2 win in a crucial tie
  • Argentinian star Mario Almada (2nd min) and Vikas Pillay (44th min) score for the Strykers
  • Upendra Pillay (14th min), Shakeel Abassi (21st min), Vikramjeet Singh (28th & 41st mins), Victo Singh (32nd & 63rd mins) script Wizards’ six-goal response

Maybe, some time in the future, a tournament will be conducted from the backend to the frontend. The theory will probably find many takers after watching Karanataka Lions’ terrific fightback from the brinks, and now Delhi Wizards. The Wizards seems to have saved their best performance for the final leg of the inaugural World Series Hockey as they mercilessly thrashed semifinal contenders, Pune Strykers 6-2 here on Monday.

An avid hockey fan had waited so long to witness players of the calibre of Rajpal Singh, Pakistani import Shakeel Abassi and talented youngsters like Vikramjeet Singh, Upendra Pillay and Victo Singh, to showcase their wares finally.  Continue reading →

Comets stay on course with a sparkling win

  • Chandigarh Comets beat Chennai Cheetahs 3-0
  • Amir Khan, Gurjinder Singh and Gabbar Singh score for the visitors
  • Cheetahs fail to convert all their penalty-corner chances

Chandigarh Comets are turning out to be the team-to-watch-out for most as the Bridgestone World Series Hockey approaches the final lap.

In a crucial match for both the teams here at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium on Monday, the Comets made it look easy as they blanked strong contenders Chennai Cheetahs 3-0. The key contest was billed by some as a clash between two of the best penalty-corner exponents in the league – Cheetahs’ Imran Warsi and the young Comets Gurjinder Singh but to everybody’s susprise it was the lion-hearted Sher Singh who dazzled with his deadly charges and lethal blows for the visitors.

The Comets frittered away their quota of penalty corners except once but they had more control in the match. Interestingly, both teams seemed to have anticipated the dreadful drag-flicks and had perfected the art of penalty corner defence, which made a huge difference in the end.  Continue reading →