Karnataka Lions

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Karnataka Lions
KarnatakaLions Logo2.png
Full name Karnataka Lions
Nickname(s) Lions
Founded 2011
Colors      Yellow
Head Coach India Jude Felix
Manager C.S. Poonacha
Captain India Arjun Halappa
Home Ground Bangalore Hockey Stadium, Bangalore
(Capacity 7,000)
Best Performance 2012Semi-finalists
Top Scorer India Len Aiyappa (13 goals)
Owner Sporting Ace Pvt. Ltd. (Zentrum Group)
Official Website Official Website
Official Facebook Page
Official Twitter Account
Official YouTube Channel
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Karnataka Lions (abbreviated as KL) is a hockey team based in Bangalore, Karnataka that plays in the World Series Hockey. The team is led by Indian hockey player Arjun Halappa and coached by former Indian captain Jude Felix. The team is owned by Sporting Ace Pvt. Ltd. (Zentrum Group). Bangalore Hockey Stadium in Bangalore is the home ground of Karnataka Lions.

Karnataka Lions ended-up as the semi-finalists in the inaugural edition of WSH after being knocked out by Sher-e-Punjab in the semi-final.[1] They finished third in the group stage. Team's penalty corner specialist Len Aiyappa was the top scorer for the team and third overall in the season with 13 goals in 12 matches.[2]

History[edit]

2012 season[edit]

Karnataka Lions had a bad start to the tournament with three consecutive defeats against Delhi Wizards, Sher-e-Punjab and Bhopal Badshahs.[3] Karnataka opened their account against Chandigarh Comets with a 3–1 victory at home.[4] Their next five matches fetched them just two victories and three defeats and were seemed to be out of the tournament as they lied at the bottom of the table. They won four in a row in a must win situation and as a result qualified for the semi-finals with still one of their match remaining. They played Chandigarh Comets in their last league match where they had a big 6–1 defeat.[5]

Karnataka Lions faced Sher-e-Punjab at their home ground, Bangalore Hockey Stadium, in the semi-final. Karnataka was defeated convincingly despite of getting an earlier lead and hence brought their campaign in 2012's season of World Series Hockey to an end.[6] They lost 4–1 from Punjab who went on to the final to become champions.[7] Majority of the team's goals came through their penalty corner specialist Len Aiyappa who scored 13 goals in 12 matches including two hat-tricks against Chandigarh Comets and Bhopal Badshahs.[8][9][10]

Franchisee Details[edit]

Ownership[edit]

Logo of Sporting Ace Pvt. Ltd.

Sporting Ace (a part of the Zentrum Group) owns the Karnataka Lions franchisee. Sporting Ace Private Limited is a part of the rapidly growing Zentrum Group and has acclaimed Bollywood action hero Suniel Shetty as the Chief Mentor. Zentrum Group is a global player in the field of Energy, Chemicals, Education, Sports, Information Technology, Consulting, Media, & Outsourcing and work extensively with the world’s leading corporate houses, governments, and institutions.[11]

Sponsors and Partners[edit]

The Karnataka Lions have managed to rope in XAGE Mobile as their Title & Platinum Sponsor, Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises Ltd. (NICE) as the Gold Sponsor, Slazenger as their Kit & Equipment partner. Kyazoonga.com is the official ticketing partners and Radio City the radio partners. RVR16 is the Digital Partner who manages the Social Media Marketing, facebook, Twitter, official website and other Digital marketing forms. Fluid Media manages the creative duties for the team and Highlight advertising has been responsible for all on ground activations. Sporting Ace has in-house managed all the media marketing campaign.[12]

Theme Song[edit]

Theme song for Karnataka Lions has been composed by National award winning music director Vidyasagar. Lyrics have been written mainly in Kannada with a few words in English and Hindi by Shabbir Ahmed.[13]

Team Composition[edit]

The team is captained by experienced Indian striker Arjun Halappa and coached by Jude Felix.[14]

Player Nationality Matches Goals
Goal Keepers
Devesh Chauhan  India 15 -
Jagdeep Dayal  India 12 -
Strikers
Amar Aiyamma  India 2
Arjun Halappa (Captain)  India 12 3
Dhanraj Pillay  India 6 1
Jarnail Singh  India 15 2
Naveen Kumar  India 12 3
Robert Alcantara  Malaysia 7
S. K. Uthappa  India
Vinayak Bijwad  India 15 3
Mid Fielders
Adnan Maqsood  Pakistan 15
Arjun Antil  India 15
Deepak Kullu  India 6 1
Gursev Singh  India 13
Ignace Tirkey  India
Mohd Rodzhanizam Bin Mat Radzi  Malaysia 8 1
Nagalingaswamy B.  India 4
Nitin Kumar  India 15
Ravipal Singh  India 14 6
Sommanna C.K.  India 15
Defenders
Abhishek Singh  India 12
Deepak Singh  India 4
Inocent Kullu  India 12 1
Len Aiyappa  India 12 13
Sandeep Singh  India
Sandeep Singh (U-18)  India 15 1
Zeeshan Ashraf  Pakistan 14

Fixtures and Results[edit]

2012[edit]

Goals For 35 (2.33 per match)
Goals Against 44 (2.93 per match)
Most Goals India Len Aiyappa (13 goals)
Overall Position: 3rd
No. Date Score Opponent Venue Report
1 2 March 2 - 3 Delhi Wizards Delhi Match 4
2 3 March 1 - 6 Sher-e-Punjab Jalandhar Match 6
3 5 March 1 - 3 Bhopal Badshahs Bangalore Match 11
4 6 March 3 - 2 Chandigarh Comets Bangalore Match 14
5 8 March 1 - 2 Mumbai Marines Bangalore Match 16
6 10 March 5 - 3 Chennai Cheetahs Chennai Match 21
7 12 March 2 - 3 Pune Strykers Pune Match 25
8 16 March 4 - 2 Mumbai Marines Mumbai Match 32
9 17 March 1 - 4 Chennai Cheetahs Bangalore Match 34
10 21 March 3 - 2 Pune Strykers Bangalore Match 40
11 23 March 2 - 1 Sher-e-Punjab Bangalore Match 42
12 24 March 3 - 1 Delhi Wizards Bangalore Match 44
13 27 March 5 - 2 Bhopal Badshahs Bhopal Match 50
14 29 March 1 - 6 Chandigarh Comets Chandigarh Match 53
15 1 April 1 - 4 Sher-e-Punjab Bangalore Semi-final 1
Position in League Phase: 3rd
Semi-finalists

Statistics[edit]

Performance summary
Season Matches Won Drawn Lost Win%
2012 15 7 0 8 46.67%
Home 8 4 0 4 50.00%
Away 7 3 0 4 42.86%
Overall 15 7 0 8 46.67%
Performance Details
Goals For 35 (2.33 per match)
Goals Against 44 (2.93 per match)
Most Goals India Len Aiyappa (13 goals)
Current Position: 3rd
Performance by Oppositions
Opposition Matches Won Drawn Lost For Against Win%
Bhopal Badshahs 2 1 0 1 6 5 50.00%
Chandigarh Comets 2 1 0 1 4 8 50.00%
Chennai Cheetahs 2 1 0 1 6 7 50.00%
Delhi Wizards 2 1 0 1 5 4 50.00%
Mumbai Marines 2 1 0 1 5 4 50.00%
Pune Strykers 2 1 0 1 5 5 50.00%
Sher-e-Punjab 3 1 0 2 4 11 33.33%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sher-e-Punjab enter final of WSH". Indian Express. April 2, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Top Scorers". World Series Hockey. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "WSH: Karnataka Lions slump to third straight loss". Oneindia.in. March 6, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "First win for Karnataka Lions". The Hindu. March 6, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "WSH: Confident Chandigarh crush Karnataka Lions 6-1". First Post. March 29, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sher-e-Punjab enter final of WSH". Indian Express. April 2, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sher-E-Punjab crowned WSH champions". ESPN. April 3, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Top Scorers". World Series Hockey. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ "WSH: Karnataka beat Bhopal 5-2". CNN-IBN. March 27, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Karnataka Lions beat Chandigarh Comets 3-2 in WSH". The Times of India. March 6, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Suniel Shetty to lead WSH Bangalore Franchise "Karnataka Lions"". The Fans of Hockey. 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Sponsors". Karnataka Lions. 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Song for the Lions". Deccan Chronicle. February 22, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Sher-e-Punjab". World Series Hockey. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 

See also[edit]

World Series Hockey