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Lions get into the winning stride at last!

  • Karnataka Lions edge out Pune Strykers 3-2 in a close finish
  • Nikkin Thimmaiah (16 min), Bikas Topo (29th min) score for Strykers while Ravi Pal (9th min), Len Aiyappa (12th min) and Md. Rodzhaninzam Radzi (67th min) shine for the Lions
  • Stunning strike rate for Bridgestone WSH: 200th goal comes up in 40th match
  • 204 goals have been scored in 40 matches till now

Almost every match in the Bridgestone WSH has been unpredictable and rocked the table hierarchies. Though, both Karnataka Lions and Pune Strykers were caught up in a must-win situation in this match to avoid holding the wooden spoon, it was the hosts who pulled up a magical performance to beat the visitors 3-2 here on Tuesday.

The win gives the Lions, who spent a major part of the tournament at the bottom, a chance to reach the last-four stages, mathematically. On the other hand, the Strykers started the tournament heading the points table, but hardly took any initiative in the second half to win the game. In the end, the team which held its nerves, prevailed in the duel. For the Lions, goalkeeper Devesh Chauhan, forward Ravi Pal and Malaysian import Md. Rodzhaninzam Radzi excelled while the legendary Dhanraj Pillay was unlucky to be struck with an injury but he continued to inspire from the bench. Continue reading →

Fourth-quarter jinx strike Marines again

  • Sher-E-Punjab beat Mumbai Marines 2-1
  • Bikramjeet Singh (10th min) and Deepak Thakur (57th min) strike for Shers
  • Hari Prasad (42nd min) scores the lone goal for Marines

Though Sher-E-Punjab continue to maintain their winning rythm in the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey, Mumbai Marines impressed here today, to expose the chinks in the armour of the table leaders. The Shers won a tight contest against the Marines 2-1, but struggled to get the breakthroughs that they have come to be known for in this tournament.

New hero in their ranks, Bikramjeet Singh struck the first goal and then the invincible Deepak Thakur punched the winner while Hari Prasad posted in between to make a match of it. With 22 points with seven wins and a draw, Shers reaffirmed their top position once again.  Continue reading →

Cheetahs on top as Badshahs fall in 17 minutes

  • Chennai Cheetahs thrash Bhopal Badshahs 4-1; in 3rd place with 16 points
  • Cheetahs fire three goals in the last 17 minutes
  • Drag-flicker Imran Warsi (7th min), Vikram Pillay (53th & 67th miins), Adam Sinclair (62nd min) score for Cheetahs
  • Pakistani star Waseem Ahmed scores lone goal for Badhshahs (3rd min)

First impressions do not gurantee success in the inagural Bridgestone World Series Hockey. Bhopal Badshahs, looking to earn full points against Chennai Cheetahs in a crucial away match, began well with Pakistani star Waseem Ahmed providing the crucial breakthrough in the third minute itself, but lost their way completely as the match progressed. As a result, the Cheetahs trounced the Badshahs with a 4-1 win, though the victory margin could have been bigger here at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.

The Cheetahs are now in third position in the points table and have inched ahead of Sher-E-Punjab as the team which has scored the maximum goals in the tournament – 32 goals from 10 matches. On the other hand, the Jalandhar-based Shers have played one match less till now and scored 31 goals but are ahead of them by threw points and sitting at the top of the table.  Continue reading →

Comets shine bright with back-to back win

  • Chandigarh Comets beat Delhi Wizards 3-2; now in 2nd place with 18 points
  • Gurjinder Singh impresses with a brace (8th & 14th mins) while Amir Khan (44th min) scores the other goal
  • Vikramjeet Singh (10th min) and Shakeel Abassi (28th min) score for Wizards
  • Gurjinder Singh is lying in second place in the ‘Golden Stick’ race

Bouyed by their terrific comeback victory against Pune Strykers in their previous match, Chandigarh Comets were in total command today as they celebrated their back-to-back win over hopefuls Delhi Wizards here at Sector 42 Stadium. A win was a-must for the Wizards but they had overlooked the crest that Comets are riding at the moment, though the 3-2 victory margin could have been bettered by the hosts.

Star drag-flicker Gurjinder Singh showed abundant talent and imagination to score a brace though he was unlucky not to add another which was a low-flick speeding parallel to the turf, but it missed the goal by a couple of inches. His striking success, no doubt, gave confidence to the Comets that they could hold their sway in the match at will, but they must be contemplating the several missed chances. The talented PC expert is now the second-highest scorer in the tournament after this match, and he deserves the credit for taking the late-starters thus far in second place with 18 points from 10 matches (dated before Chennai Cheetahs match against Bhopal Badshahs at 9pm). Gurjinder had scored the lone goal in their first leg against the Wizards. Continue reading →

Delhi Wizards survive late onslaught from Mumbai Marines for a narrow 2-1 win

  • Vikramjeet Singh (15th min) and Shakeel Abbasi (35th min) struck for Delhi Wizards
  • Ajmer Singh scored for the losing Mumbai Marines in the 15th minute.

Stakes were high when Delhi Wizards met Mumbai Marines on Monday. With identical three wins and a draw after eight matches, both teams had ten points and were running neck to neck perched respectively in the sixth and seventh place in the points table.

Against the backdrop, both teams showed enough urgency to churn out another of excellent encounter that held the stands in rapture throughout the seventy minutes of game at Major Dhyan Chand National stadium.

Delhi Wizards, despite a stroke not surviving referral, survived many tense moments before sneaking through for a narrow but deserving 2-1 victory over the marauding but luckless Marines.  Continue reading →

Chandigarh Comets pip Pune Strykers in 4-3 thriller

  • 3 goals in 7 minutes, Strykers launch blitzkreig
  • 3 goals in 24 minutes, Comets’ composed comeback
  • 4th goal struck with five seconds remaining on the clock
  • Damandeep Singh (3rd min), Simrandeep Randhawa (6th min), Gurpreet Singh (7th min) score for Strykers
  • Rehan Butt (13th min), Gurjinder Singh (35th min) score one each one while Sukhwinder ‘Gabbar’ Singh (37th & 70th mins) scores a brace, including the winning goal for Comets

Calm, collected Comets. Chandigarh-wallas would be proud. Chandigarh Comets Strykers spanked Pune Strykers in a great comeback to win 4-3 in their Bridgestone World Series Hockey match here on Monday. Comets unleashed the rear guard action with Pakistani star Rehan Butt tapping in from close range off the winner if the ‘goal-of-the match’ Sukhwinder ‘Gabbar’ Singh’s parallel pass, in respond to the Strykers’ blitzkrieg. The rest is history.

Canadian import Gabbar Singh struck the all-important winning goal off a penalty-stroke in the dying moment, which was a stark reminder of an error prone to most young hockey players in India. With this victory, Comets are now in second position with 15 points, four less than the table leaders, Sher-E-Punjab.  Continue reading →