Pune Strykers

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Pune Strykers
Pune Strykers-Logo.png
Full name Pune Strykers
Nickname(s) Strikers
Masters of Comeback
Founded 2011
Colors      Turquoise
Head Coach India Gundeep Singh
Assistant Coach India Rahul Singh
Manager Mervyn Fernandis
Captain Canada Ken Pereira
Home Ground PCMC Hockey Stadium, Pune
(Capacity 5,000)
Best Performance 2012Runners-up
Top Scorer India Gurpreet Singh (12 goals)
Owner Sai Grace Sports & Events Pvt. Ltd.
Official Website Official Website
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Pune Strykers (abbreviated as PS) is an Indian professional hockey team based in Pune, Maharashtra that plays in the World Series Hockey. Currently, Canadian Ken Pereira is the captain of the team and is coached by Gundeep Singh. The team is owned by Sai Grace Sports & Events Private Limited.[1] PCMC Hockey Stadium in Pune is the home ground of Pune Strykers.[2]

Pune Strykers ended up as the runner-up of the inaugural edition of World Series Hockey. They lost to Sher-e-Punjab by 5 goals to 2 in the final.[3] Team's penalty corner expert Gurpreet Singh is the top-scorer for the team with 12 goals.[4]

History[edit]

2012 season[edit]

Pune Strykers suffered a major set back when they lost their captain and ace drag-flicker Diwakar Ram to a wrist injury just before the commencement of the tournament.[5] Pune Strykers started their campaign with a victory over Mumbai Marines in a see-saw battle at Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai by 7–5.[6] They continued with a victory over Delhi Wizards but drew next three matches. Their undefeated run came to an end when they lost to Chandigarh Comets 3–1.[7] They only managed to win two of their next six matches. With almost knocked out of the tournament they defeated table-toppers Sher-e-Punjab and Bhopal Badshahs in their final two matches. A defeat to Chennai Cheetahs by Mumbai Marines gave them their semi-final berth.

Finishing number fourth on the table, they faced the first positioned team in the league phase, Chandigarh Comets, in the second semi-final.[8] Down by 4–1, they struck thrice in the final 10 minutes to extend the match into the penalty shoot-out which they won by 3–2 and entered the final to face Sher-e-Punjab.[9] They were dominated in the final and suffered 5–2 defeat and hence ended up at number 2 position.[10]

Pune Strykers staged some of the brilliant comebacks in WSH 2012 due to the likes of Mario Almada and were often referred to as Masters of Comeback, the first of which came against Mumbai Marines in their opening match in which they won by 7–5 despite of trailing by 5–3. They managed to draw with Sher-e-Punjab (3–3) from 3–1. In a must win situation, they lagged behind Bhopal Badshahs by 4 goals to 1 but ended up winning by 5–4. But the greatest of all comebacks came in the semi-final against the Comets where Strykers trailed 4-1 for the majority of the regulation time and then 0-2 in the penalty-shootout but made a dramatic comeback, winning 3–2 in penalty shoot-outs after finishing 4–4 after the 70 minutes.[9]

Franchisee Details[edit]

Ownership[edit]

Sai Grace Sports and Events Private Limited (SGSEPL) is the owner of the Pune franchise. The director of SGSEPL, Manoj Choudhary is the promoter of Jewel Products, one of India’s leading corporate gifting and innovation companies.[11]

Team Anthem[edit]

Pune Strykers anthem is sung by Shankar Mahadevan. The lyrics are written by Mahesh Sutar and the music is composed by Nishat Chandra. The Universal Music Group is the music partner of the team.

Sponsors and Partners[edit]

The team is partnered by Gold's Gym for fitness and Café Coffee Day for on-ground hospitality. Radio City is their official Radio partner.[12]

Administration[edit]

  • Owners - Manoj Choudhary (Sai Grace Sports & Events Pvt. Ltd.)
  • CEO - Jagdeep Nanjappa
  • Manager - Mervyn Fernandis
  • Trainer - Simon Pachal
  • Video Analyst - Major (rtd). K.R. Singh
  • Physio - Meetu Mangalvedkar
  • Coach - Gundeep Singh
  • Assistant Coach - Rahul Singh

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Team Composition[edit]

The team is led by Canadian Ken Pereira and coached by Gundeep Singh.[13]

Player Nationality Matches Goals
Goal Keepers
Gurpreet Singh Guri  India 16 -
Sunny Samuel  India 11 -
Strikers
Alden D’Souza  India 7
Amol Baban Bhosale  India
Bikash Toppo  India 16 5
Birendra Lakra Sr.  India 16 1
Damandeep Singh  India 16 3
Gurvinder Singh Chandi  India
Kangujam Chinglensana Singh  India
Mario Almada  Argentina 16 6
Nikkin Thimmaiah C.A.  India 14 4
Poonacha M.G.  India
Roshan Minz  India 16 3
Mid Fielders
Alvin Alexander  India
Amardeep Ekka  India 3
Amit Gowda  India 16
Lungile Tsolekile  South Africa 16 1
Rajwinder Singh  India 7
Tyron Pereira  India 16 2
Varinderjit Singh  India 7
Vikas Pillay  India 12 2
Vikram Ramkaval Yadav  India 11 1
Defenders
Diwakar Ram  India
Gurpreet Singh  India 16 12
Ken Pereira (Captain)  Canada 16
Kuldip Singh  India 7
Simrandeep Singh Randhawa  India 15 7
Sunil Yadav  India 9
Vinod Gopi Nair  India 9

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Fixtures and Results[edit]

2012[edit]

Goals For 47 (2.94 per match)
Goals Against 51 (3.19 per match)
Most Goals India Gurpreet Singh (12 goals)
Overall Position: 4th
No. Date Score Opponent Venue Report
1 1 March 7 - 5 Mumbai Marines Mumbai Match 3
2 3 March 3 - 1 Delhi Wizards Delhi Match 8
3 4 March 3 - 3 Sher-e-Punjab Jalandhar Match 9
4 7 March 1 - 1 Bhopal Badshahs Pune Match 16
5 9 March 3 - 3 Chennai Cheetahs Chennai Match 19
6 11 March 1 - 3 Chandigarh Comets Pune Match 23
7 12 March 3 - 2 Karnataka Lions Pune Match 25
8 15 March 1 - 3 Chennai Cheetahs Pune Match 29
9 19 March 3 - 4 Chandigarh Comets Chandigarh Match 35
10 21 March 2 - 3 Karnataka Lions Bangalore Match 40
11 23 March 4 - 2 Mumbai Marines Pune Match 41
12 26 March 2 - 6 Delhi Wizards Pune Match 48
13 27 March 3 - 2 Sher-e-Punjab Pune Match 49
14 29 March 5 - 4 Bhopal Badshahs Bhopal Match 54
15 1 April 3 - 2 (PS)
4 - 4 (FT)
Chandigarh Comets Mumbai Semi-final 2
16 2 April 2 - 5 Sher-e-Punjab Mumbai Final
Position in League Phase: 4th
Runners-up

Statistics[edit]

Performance summary
Season Matches Won Drawn Lost Win%
2012 16 7 3 6 43.75%
Home 7 3 1 3 42.86%
Away 9 4 2 3 44.44%
Overall 16 7 3 6 43.75%
Performance Details
Goals For 47 (2.94 per match)
Goals Against 51 (3.19 per match)
Most Goals India Gurpreet Singh (12 goals)
Current Position: 4th
Performance by Oppositions
Opposition Matches Won Drawn Lost For Against Win%
Bhopal Badshahs 2 1 1 0 6 5 50.00%
Chandigarh Comets 3 1 0 2 8 11 33.33%
Chennai Cheetahs 2 0 1 1 4 6 0.00%
Delhi Wizards 2 1 0 1 5 7 50.00%
Karnataka Lions 2 1 0 1 5 5 50.00%
Mumbai Marines 2 2 0 0 11 7 100.00%
Sher-e-Punjab 3 1 1 1 8 10 33.33%

Hat-tricks[edit]

No. Player Opposition Result Season Venue Report
1 India Gurpreet Singh4 Mumbai Marines 7 – 5 2012 MumbaiMahindra Hockey Stadium 1 March 2012
2 India Simrandeep Singh Randhawa Bhopal Badshahs 5 – 4 2012 BhopalAishbagh Stadium 29 March 2012
4 Player scored 4 goals

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Pune Strykers". The Fans of Hockey. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sher-E-Punjab crowned WSH champions". ESPN. April 3, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Top Scorers". World Series Hockey. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gupreet stars for Pune Strykers in a rousing start in Bridgestone WSH". The Times of India. February 29, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gupreet stars for Pune Strykers in a rousing start in Bridgestone WSH". The Fans of Hockey. March 3, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Comets shine bright, eclipses Strykers 3-1". The Fans of Hockey. March 12, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Pune Strykers hope to shoot down Chandigarh Comets". The Times of India. April 1, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Masters of comebacks produce yet another miracle". The Fans of Hockey. April 2, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sher-e-Punjab: The Champions of 1st Bridgestone World Series Hockey". The Fans of Hockey. April 3, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ "WSH unveils Pune franchise, names it Pune Strykers". The Times of India. 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Pune Strykers Profile". Pune Strykers. 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Pune Strykers". World Series Hockey. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Pune Strykers". World Series Hockey. 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  15. ^ "PCMC Hockey Stadium". World Series Hockey. 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 

See also[edit]

World Series Hockey