Bhatinda, 15 September 2014: In full house stadium, the last match of the Bhatinda leg saw an exciting and thrilling finish where Khalsa Warriors remained unbeaten and defeated California Eagles by 59-54 in the 26th match of the Wave World Kabaddi League 2014. Next week the league will travel to Jalandhar with matches beginning from 19-21st September 2014.
The first quarter saw an exuberant fight between Khalsa Warriors and California Eagles. It was a neck to neck fight and the first quarter resulted in a draw. Both the team showcased great performance, strength and agility and overpowered each other in their every raid. None of the team members did a single stop against each other in the first quarter. Gagandeep Singh and Jasmanpreet Singh were the star raiders for Khalsa Warriors and Jagmohan Makhi and Parneek Singh were the star raiders for California Eagles. The quarter ended with the score of 14 – 14.
The second quarter witnessed grit and resilience showed by both the teams. A match which was dominated by the raiders thorough the game which remained equally poised till the 48 raids when the jinx was broken by Mikhail Jamaal Abdul Latif( Meek Seattle) of California Eagles grounding Jugraj Singh Jagga of Khalsa Warriors by locking him on the ground giving the raider no room to free himself. An absolute tug of war between the two teams probably the best match ever witnessed in this tournament. A sheer neck to neck competition ended in a score tally of 26 – 29 where California Eagles were leading with 3 points ahead of the Khalsa Warriors.
It was first time in Wave WKL that Khalsa Warriors was seen trailing in the match with 3 points. The 3rd quarter started on a very exciting note and both the team fought hard to earn points for their team. On one hand California Eagles were trying to maintain their lead whereas Khalsa Warriors tried to come back in the game. It was in the 21st minute of the match when Khalsa Warriors equalled the score. California Eagles did not lose hope and again in the 26th minute they took 3 points lead over Khalsa Warriors in quick succession. However Khalsa Warriors bounced back in the game in the final minutes of the 3rd quarter and took a lead of 2 points over California Eagles with final score of 42-40.
The last quarter saw neck to neck fight with each point proving precious for both the teams and turned out to be the most exciting quarter of the match. It was an intense match which saw equal points scoring by both the teams till the remaining 37 minutes of the game. The last 3 minutes turned the match in favour of the Khalsa Warriors and stoppers of California Eagles could not stop the raiders. So the table topper Khalsa Warriors continued with their winning spree and defeated California Eagles with final point of 59-54.
|Results (Quarter by quarter) (Total points)|
|Quarters||Khalsa Warriors||California Eagles|
Team position after Match no 26:
|Yo Yo Tigers||7||4||3||0||8|
|Royal Kings USA||7||1||6||0||2|
Wave World Kabaddi League fixtures for Jalandhar on Sept 19-21, 2014:
|City||Match No.||Date||Day||Team A||Team B||Week No||Time|
|Jalandhar||27||19-Sep||Fri||Royal Kings USA||Vancouver Lions||7||18:00|
|Jalandhar||28||Fri||Lahore Lions||California Eagles||19:30|
|Jalandhar||29||20-Sep||Sat||Khalsa Warriors||United Singhs||18:00|
|Jalandhar||30||Sat||Vancouver Lions||Lahore Lions||19:30|
|Jalandhar||31||21-Sep||Sun||Khalsa Warriors||Yo Yo Tigers||18:00|
|Jalandhar||32||Sun||United Singhs||Punjab Thunder||19:30|
Wave WKL aims to become the go-to brand when it comes to sports entertainment and delivering value to its partners and sponsors. WKL as a brand embodies strength, power, agility, tactic, entertainment, masculinity and aggression. It is taking an indigenous sport to the world and redefining it for the Indian audience. It gives Kabaddi a ‘gladiatorial’ persona and adds loads of spunk and aura around the sport. Wave WKL will vie for a niche currently occupied by well-established sports like football, WWE, and cricket. Wave WKL brand visual identity, tone and texture are global and aspirational.
The league is based on the Formula 1 touring sports format and is being played across 3 continents across 5 countries, i.e., United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Pakistan and India. WKL aims to become the go-to brand when it comes to sports entertainment or delivering value to its partners and sponsors. WKL as a brand embodies strength, power, agility, tactic, entertainment, masculinity and aggression. It is taking an indigenous Indian sport to the world and redefining it for the Indian audience.
It gives Kabaddi a ‘gladiatorial’ persona and adds loads of spunk and aura. We need to vie for a niche currently occupied by well-established sports like soccer and cricket. Our visual identity, tone and texture are global and aspirational.