7th Sept 2013
GFDC opens 12th centre at Sankhali
PANJIM: The Goa Football Development Council inaugurated its 11th Football Development Centre in Sankhali, recently.
With this centre, the GFDC has completed a football team of centres with the first being opened at Valpoi.
The centre witnessed a huge turnout with over 200 children enrolling for the training programme.
Speaking on the occasion, GFDC Member Secretary Elvis Gomes mentioned that the sport being famous in Bardez and Salcete talukas, the development council’s approach to target remote areas proved successful which could be seen through a huge turn out for the opening.
He pointed out that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar declared football as Goa’s official sport and it would be only befitting when one day the India team would consists of Goans donning the Indian tricolour.
Chief Guest Dr Pramod Sawant congratulated GFDC for its great efforts and informed the children to avail the facilities that GFDC and the government are providing.
He also urged parents to play an important role in encouraging their children to take to football.
He further added that the government college ground will be taken up for development by SAG and will be utilized by locals at large.
The inauguration match ended with an exhibition match between the trainees from GFDC Valpoi centre.
Earlier, Praveen Blaggan welcomed while Sushant Pokle from Eagles Sports Club proposed the vote of thanks.
Among those present were GFDC members Stanislaus D’Souza, Shantaram Naik and Sheikh Suleman Karol, councillors of Sankhalim Bhupendra Karpe and Devanand Boriekar and Dataram Chimulkar.
Barath, Krystal finish on 5 pts
PANJIM: M. Barath and Krystal Fernandes finished on 5 points after the 7th round of play of the National Under 11 Open and Girls Chess Championship 2013 being held in Delhi.
Swera Braganza and Riddhi Zantye were on 4.5 points while Anirudh Parsekar and Faizia Khan were on 4 points with Sahil Shetty being on 3.5 points.
Barath M. defeated Aryan Shah of Maharashtra and Anirudh Parsekar defeated Mahesh Madhavan of Haryana. Riddhi drew with Tejasvi M. of Tamil Nadu.
Krystal lost to Samridha Ghosh of West Bengal while Swera Braganza lost to WFM Divya Deshmukh of Maharashtra.
St Caitan Boys enter semi-finals
PANJIM: St Caitan Boys Merces entered the semi- finals of the Trawler Owners’ Cup, Siridao deafeating Paradise Sports Club Taleigao by a solitary goal at River Plate ground, Siridao.
St Caitan Boys Merces managed to score in the dying minutes of the game and to advance into the last four stage.
Enfermos stun Chinchinim
MARGAO: Enfermos Sports Club, Sinquetim stunned CRC, Chinchinim 7-6 via sudden death to march into the quarterfinal of Honey Bee Friendship Cup inter village football tournament organized by Salcete Football Club at Sinquetim ground, Navelim on Friday. Both the teams were locked goalless at the end of regulation period.
In the penalty shoot out, Berwyn Telles, Rosbud Telles, Allister Gomes ,Alchan Gomes, Alvito Colaco, and Alroy Rodrigues were on target for Enfermos while Vicky Fernandes , Cletus Pereira, Nickson Rebello, Jorax Fernandes, and Nerlon Fernandes converted for CRC In the sudden death Kongley Costa was success full for Enfermos while Domingos Rebello failed for CRC.
Dhempe, Bosco, Caculo through
PANJIM: Dhempe College, Miramar outplayed V. M. Salgaocar Law College, Miramar 3 – 0 in the Inter Collegiate Football Championship organised by Goa University at the Taleigao turf.
Rohit Janardhan scored in the first half, while Rinson Pereira and Gauresh Dias with one goal each increased the tally in the second half.
In another match S. Caculo College, Mapusa overcame PCCE, Verna 1 – 0, the all important goal coming off the boots of Samuel Almeida before the breather.
Earlier Don Bosco, Panjim got the better of G.E.C. Farmagudi 3 – 1, with all the goals coming in the first half. Ali Reza scored a brace while Leonardo De Souza scored the other one for Don Bosco. Sandeep Govenkar was the lone scorer for G.E.C.
Meanwhile Govt. College, Khandola defeated Damodar College, Margao 2 – 0, both goals finding the nets in the second half through Prayjet Kerkar and Sairaj Dhulapkar.
Sesa FA crush Goa Velha 4-0
MAPUSA: Sesa Football Academy thrashed Goa Velha Sports Club 4-0 in a round seven match of Goa Airtel Pro League football at Duler Stadium. Sesa led 3-0 at the breather.
Sesa move up to the sixth spot with 10 points while Goa Velha remained in the eighth position with seven points.
Sesa striker Chukwudi Chukwuma was back after serving a one-match suspension and it took the Nigerian 21 minutes to open the floodgates. He then scored his second, post resumption while Glan Martins and Sahil Tavora were the other scorers for the academy boys.
Goa Velha’s Manuel Crasto kept the rival defenders on their toes with swift runs down the flanks as one of his dangerous cross’ from the right found Wellington Fernandes inside the danger zone but the latter’s powerful header missed the mark narrowly in the 10th minute, which was their only attacking move in the entire match.
Then onwards, Sesa dominated the proceeding and surged ahead in the 21stminute. The move started in the right flank with Yogesh Kadam muscling past his marker and releasing Sahil, who sent in a defence splitting pass to Chukwudi inside the box and the striker finished with a rasping left-footer past the helpless rival custodian.
Sesa continued with the same momentum and doubled their advantage at the half hour mark. Goal scorer Chukwudi turned provider as he set up Glan Martins, who nodded in a rebound after his initial shot was blocked by rival goalkeeper Dietmar Fernandes.
Minutes later it was all over for Goa Velha as hardworking Sahil got on to the score sheet with a beautiful chip over the rival custodian.
Chukwudi could have scored two more but couldn’t convert from close range and then, just before the lemon break his stiff grounder hit the upright.
Changing over, Goa Velha started attackingly and were trying hard to get back into the match but their plans were foiled when Chukwudi scored his second of the evening.
In the 66th minute, Goa Velha’s Atish Madkaikar thought he had scored but he was flagged off-side by referee’s assistant Milagres Noronha.
Earlier, before the kick-off, Jayganesh Gotlekar and Agnelo Barreto, captains of Sesa and Goa Velha respectively took the Fair Play oath to mark the FIFA Fair Play days.
5th Sept 2013
Floyd pockets Margao b’ton title
MARGAO: Floyd Araujo overpowered Tejan Fallary 28-21, 21 -15 to pocket the men’s singles category in the finals of the First All Goa Major Ranking Badminton Tournament organised by the Margao Shuttlers Club under aegis of the Goa Badminton Association at the SAG Multipurpose Hall, Fatorda.
In the finals of other categories, Tejan Fallary defeated Varad Karekar by 21-10, 18-21, 21-18 to win the Under 19 – boys singles while in the Men Doubles Sandeep Kanji and Kamlesh Kanji defeated Pankaj Naik and Sunny Sawant 21-15, 21-12 to clinch the title.
In the Veterans Singles, Vaman Fallary defeated Wilfred Jacques 21-16, 21-14 while in the Veterans Doubles, Vaman and Vinayak defeated Cancio and Rohan by 21-12, 21-15 to win the finals.
Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardessai the Chief Guest distributed the prizes along with other dignitaries and members of the Margao Shuttlers Club.
Curtorim Gym blank Cuncolim Union
MARGAO: Curtorim Gymkhana blanked Cuncolim Union 2-0 to cruise into the quarter-finals of Honey Bee Friendship Cup inter-village football tournament organized by Salcete Football Club at Sinquetim ground, Navelim, Wednesday.
Both the goals came in the first half. Curtorim showed good footballing skills and played as a unit. Their ploy of working together with short clever passes threw the opponent’s plans out of gear.
Curtorim rocked the rival citadel in the 29th minute when striker Francis Rodrigues bulge the net off pass from Joel Fernandes.
Stung by the setback, Cuncolim intensified their attacks but striker Rosario Carvalho shot wide from close range.
Later, unfazed Curtorim took control of the proceedings but their forwards either shot wide or shot straight into the safe hands of Cuncolim goalkeeper.
In the 30th minute, Cuncolim were made to bite the dust when Marcus Peixoto slotted past the rival goalkeeper with snap shot.
Cuncolim tried hard to come back strongly after the change over but Curtorim defence was vigilant enough to deny them passage into the goal.
Dalmiya hopes Lorgat relents
KOLKATA: BCCI interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya today said it would be nice if Cricket South Africa's new CEO Haroon Lorgat apologises to the Indian Board to iron out differences between the two Boards.
The BCCI, which had clashed with Lorgat on a number of issues during the latter's tenure as ICC Chief Executive, was apparently not keen on a full South Africa tour by its team after Lorgat took over the reins in CSA.
"Lorgat is a nice gentleman but it would be nice of him if he apologises," Dalmiya said.
Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa could lose massive amounts in revenue if India's tour to the country later this year is shortened.
The BCCI wants a mere two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20 matches on the tour, between November and January 2014, instead of the seven ODIs and three Tests.
According to Sport24, the BCCI announced on Sunday that it had given the green light for a previously unscheduled tour of India by the West Indies (comprising both Tests and one-day internationals) in November, while also approving an itinerary for India's trip to New Zealand which encroaches on the roster for the South Africa tour already revealed by CSA.
The West Indies tour now clearly threatens to overlap with the start of the SA tour, while an itinerary released by the New Zealand authorities on Monday indicates the first ODI against India starting on January 19, that is supposedly the final day of the third and last Test between the Proteas and MS Dhoni's team at the Wanderers, the report said.
Should the India tour be shortened, Cricket South Africa will suffer financially due to lost revenue from television rights deals.
It could lose as much as 2.5 million rand a day if the tour is shortened, the report said.
1st Sept 2013
Winning is all what matters
In the year before the next World Cup, the European game, as reflected in its domestic as well as intra-continental versions, is in a state of flux. It isn’t quite like an Oscars run-up in a bumper-crop year; it’s more as if we’re all asking each other who’ll walk the talk.
The other day, the headlines said Messi had blown a penalty, the photos showed a smiling Neymar holding the Spanish Super Cup and the printed text reported another Barcelona success. Not a very great one, though. Atletico Madrid hadn’t lost in the traditional sense: 1-1 and 0-0 results over two legs later, Barca put their hands on the trophy in accordance with the modern, away-goal rule. Utilitarian, but not authentic. And, at the Camp Nou, they’d barely looked the part even though Atletico Madrid had been down to 10 players, with Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes holding them off. Well, mostly. Messi’s mistake had come in the 89th minute – and he’s hardly the first iconic, pin-up character in the game to have thus foozled it - but, hours after the match, no one was asking anyone else what Neymar, the big noise of the moment whose Santos-to-Barca move had been such a crackerjack thing, had done before or after it.
The Brazilian’s continued honeymoon with the Press suggested apprehensions, attendant upon calling a spade a spade, of diminished hospitality during next year’s World Cup in his country, but, jokes apart, none of it was about a Barca getting ready for Europe, where they’d been left spreadeagled in extremely humiliating, mind-numbing circumstances in the previous Champions League.
The wounds might have been licked a long while ago, but being there with the return punch didn’t seem their immediate objective, with new coach Gerardo Martino saying that, when it came to a final, winning it was what mattered. The surprise was it was meant for Catalan ears. That hadn’t been Barca’s philosophy in recent years, when they’d sat in the top seat of global club football, with their tiki taka style evoking –justly, of course - worldwide praise, and, over in Prague, ahead of the UEFA Super Cup, it turned out to be a pretty serviceable stick to beat Jose Mourinho – whose Chelsea team were to go up against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich – with. It must have been a hilarious occasion. The former Real Madrid coach, told he’d only thrice beaten the former Barca manager in 15 meetings, said that was wrong statistics. Rebounding, he said: “Maybe you’re right and I’m wrong but I don’t care. This is not about Pep and me, it’s about Chelsea and Bayern.” And then they asked him about the contrast between Barca’s now-in-the-past art football and his Real Madrid outfit’s prosaic, restrictive and unimaginative approach. “If you want to ask questions about Chelsea I’m here,” the putatively cool one in the unimpeachable lounge suit replied tetchily, adding: “If you want to ask questions about Real or Barcelona then I’m not here.”
What, though, he got absolutely right was his evaluation of Bayern, who, he said, had been Europe’s best under Jupp Heynckes, whose sign-off season’s successes had been nothing short of spectacular. Guardiola made all the right noises – about him being a young trainer who was willing to learn from all the coaches in the world – but the Bayern he was now managing didn’t seem half the menacing, overpowering, and steamrolling team they’d been in Heynckes’ last year. Miracles apart, none of these coaches will be in charge of any World Cup teams a year from now, but when you consider how so many sideshows – basically, the high-profile transfers, the anticipations surrounding these and the disappointments they leave in their wake - have been allowed to eclipse the game, national federations seem as much on top of their game as country cousins at a metropolitan wedding. Or, commuters during a railroad strike. It’s the price they’ve paid for colluding with the agents of commercialisation.
When the European Cup morphed into the Champions League, the scene was set up for this. If Europe gets up on its feet yet – admittedly, the Confederations Cup was hardly a true index – it will be due entirely to its players, whichever countries they might represent. South America will surely lick its chops, but whether it’s capable any more of a stylistic difference is a question which only the tournament, as it unfolds, can answer. Brazil, even in winning the Confederations Cup, indicated precious little, given that the game’s tell-tale safety first European element characterised them too. And, regardless of mediocre punditry, it’s long been so.
Sandeep emerges TT champ
PANJIM: The Sports Authority of Goa celebrated the National Sports Day in honour of Major Dhyan Chan the legendary hockey Olympian with a sports quiz, sports photography contest for students and open group and several other tournaments for media, SAG and DSYA staff on Friday.
Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar, Chief Secretary B. Vijayan gave away the prizes to the winners in the presence of SAG’s Executive Director Sandeep Jacques, DSYA director V M Prabhudesai, Bruno Coutinho (jt director coaching SAG), Navin Acharya, Vivek Pawar (asst secretaries SAG), Maria Goretti (joint director accounts SAG), Nilesh Naik (tennis ball cricket coach).
The All-Goa inter school sports quiz with focus on Lusofonia Games was won by Harsh Hegde of Bhatikar Model High School, Margao. He won Rs 10,000. Suraj Parmekar of St Xavier’s HSS bagged the second place and Rs 7,000. The third place was claimed by Carlson Gonsalves of Manovikas High School, Margao who bagged Rs 5,000. Prathamesh Sawant of Dr K.B Hegdewar High School, Panjim finished fourth and Audric Da Costa of Don Bosco High School, Panjim fifth.The programme was coordinated by Steffi Cardozo e Mascarenhas, asst project officer, SAG.
Ponda, Bardez in finals
PANJIM: Ponda Veterans will face Bardez Veterans in the finals of 6th All-Goa late VM Salgaocar Veterans football at Dando ground, Benaulim, on Sunday, at 4.30 p.m.
Ponda Veterans defeated Salgaocar Veterans 4-3 in the quarter-finals and in the semi-finals they beat Benaulim Veterans 13-12 via the tie-breaker after the match ended 1-1 at full time. On the other hand, Bardez Veterans defeated Chichinim Veterans 2-0 in the quarter-finals while in the semi-finals they were lucky to defeat Fatorda Veterans 2-1.
Rosary College clinch top spot
PANJIM: Rosary College of Commerce and Arts, Navelim won the team championship at the all-Goa inter-college body building championship organised by Rosary College in collaboration with Maxsan Fitness Hub and under the aegis of Goa Body Building and Fitness at Navelim, Thursday. Fine Arts College, Panjim emerged runners-up. Rohitesh Manjrekar (Fine Arts Panjim) was adjudged champion of champions.
Results: 60kg: Abhijit G. Naik (CES Cuncolim), Rahul Maujekar (Fine Arts College Panjim), Shubam Shirwaikar (Goa Pharmacy, Panjim).
65kg: Ancil Mascarenhas (Rosary), Mahendra Naik (Kare Law Margao), Sharook Shaikh (Rosary).
70kg: Rohitesh Manjrekar (Fine Arts), Akshay Varik (Rosary), Sabjan Mujawar (Dempo, Panjim).
75kg: Rahul Virdikar (Rosary), Anket Hoble (Goa Engineering Farmagudi), Daryl Gonsalves (Fr. Agnel Pilar).
75+kg: Salil Gaunekar (PES Pharmacy Ponda), Blazio Pereira (Xavier’s Mapusa), Ismail Desai (Fr Agnel Pilar).
Best poser Ancil Mascarenhas (Rosary). Champion of champions Rohitesh Manjrekar (Fine Arts Panjim).
St Clara triumph
MAPUSA: St Clara HS, Assonora edged past St Britto’s HS, Mapusa 4-3 via the tie-breaker to emerge winners of Bardez Zone under-14 boys inter-school football tournament at Tivim ground, Saturday.
After a barren regulation period, St Clara had the last laugh in the tie-breaker as Diptesh Naik, Dattaraj Gaonkar, Vishu Gosavi, Aditya scored while Florente Fernandes, Vallino Pereira and Alistar Fernandes converted for St Britto’s.
In a third place face-off match, Sacred Herat of Jesus HS Anjuna got the better of St Anne’s HS, Tivim 2-1. Rohan Gadekar scored a first half brace while Sunil Desai pulled one back for St Anne’s in the second session.
Sesa sail past Margao SC
MAPUSA: Sesa Football Academy grounded Margao Sports Club 3-1 in a round six match of Goa Airtel Pro League football at Duler Stadium, here, Saturday. There was no score at half time.
Margao defended throughout the first session but their citadel collapsed in the 60th minute when Sesa broke the deadlock through Gammy Costa. The academy boys then scored another two goals through Glan Martins and Yogesh Kadam in the final quarter. Margao’s Danny Dias scored a consolation goal in the injury time.
Sesa have collected seven points and are in the seventh position while Margao are yet to open their account after suffering their sixth consecutive defeat.
Sesa started off on an attacking note with quick short passes and kept their rivals off-balance. Left-back Agnelo Quadros sent a clever through ball that found Agnelo Colaco, who set up Olvin Cardozo inside the danger area but the latter’s rasping right-footer kissed the horizontal in the 12th minute.
Margao played defensively as they usually do in the first session. They had only one try at the target in the 20th minute in the form of Benny Oliveira’s out of the box grounder which did not trouble Sesa custodian Thockchom Singh.
At the other end, Sesa passed the ball with ease and enjoyed the lion’s share of ball possession. Midfielders Paresh Korgaonkar and Sahil Tavora fed their forwards regularly but they lacked finishing.
At the half hour mark, Sesa brought in striker Yogesh Kadam in place of Olvin Cardozo. Yogesh quickly got involved and released the ball to Glan Martin, who cleverly set up Caitano Viegas, who made a swift run forward from defence but his powerful shot was parried away by Margao goalkeeper Gurdev Singh.
Just before the lemon break, Agnelo Colaco beautifully curled a free-kick past the six-man wall but he was unlucky as his effort hit the upright and went out of play.
Changing over, Margao had a glorious chance to score when Monty Valadares set up Wilred Gomes but the striker shot wide with only goalkeeper Thockchom at his mercy.
Sesa, continued their dominance and broke the deadlock at the hour mark when substitute Gammy Costa’s hot-blooded long ranger took goalkeeper Gurdev by surprise.
Spurred by the success, Sesa could have doubled their lead but goalkeeper Gurdev tipped over a dangerous free-kick from Paresh.
Subsequently, goalkeeper Gurdev made another crucial save, this time denying Sesa’s Perryson Rebello from close range off a cross from Gammy.
In the 80th minute, Sesa scored their second when Glan received a through ball from Gammy and got past the rival custodian to coolly slot home in the empty goal.
Then, Yogesh made it 3-0 with a neat finish. However, in the injury time, Danny scored a consolation goal for Margao.
Dias vouches for coaching license
PANJIM: Churchill Brothers coach Mariano Dias, who is to attend the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Professional License course in Mumbai starting July 8 under the tutelage of India coach Wim Koevermans, believes that it is vital to undergo a formal training in coaching.
Mariano mentioned that such schooling shall help the players as well given that they will be trained under coaches who use the right methodology.
"I will be in Mumbai to attend the Pro-Licence course from July 8 to 28. It's a four module course," he said.
"Without education you cannot do anything. So without coaching education also you cannot expect the grassroots to develop. You cannot rely on the past when it comes to coaching. Everywhere you go, there are so many [coaching] licenses," he added.
The AIFF have pressed on and implemented a rule which would not allow a coach or a technical director without Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) ‘A’ coaching license to sit in the dugout during an I-League match starting the 2014-15 season.
Despite his club's technical director Sukhwinder Singh not holding any such degree or licence, the Goan remained firm on his statement of the need for coaches to have proper qualifications in their field.
"If you don't know the 'ABCD' of football how can you teach the players how to write a sentence in football,” Dias questioned.
"If we got a system in place, with qualified coaches right from the grassroots, we will see Indian football developing in the next 10 years or so."
The Red Machines are set to begin with their pre-season at the Chowgule ground in Margao under the watchful eyes of their technical director starting July 8.
While Churchill have roped in defender Eurípedes Amoreirinha and attacking midfielder Hugo Machado from Portugal and have reinstated striker Henry Antchouet from last season, they are yet to sign an Asian player and Dias spoke on the same stating, “We will sign our Asian player during the pre-season. We will be calling a few players for trials.”
Aleixo Joao Menezes memorial football: Cobravaddo v. Porbavaddo, Calangute Association ground, Calangute, 5 p.m.
37th Cana Benaulim soccer: Sporting Club of Davorlim v. St Anthony’s SC, Colva, St John de Baptist ground, Benaulim, 4.45 p.m.
3rd Agnelo memorial soccer: Rebello Pandal, Curtorim v. MSC, Curca, PAP ground, Goa Velha, 5 p.m.
Custodio memorial football from July 6
MARGAO: Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club will take on Navelim Sporting Club in the inaugural match of 42nd all-Goa Custodio memorial football tournament organized by Raia Sporting Club on July 6 at Manora ground.
The winners will be awarded Rs 42,000 while the runners up will receive Rs 25,000 besides trophies.
Parish Youth, Nuvem; Sporting Club of Davorlim; Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda; Verna Sports Club; Curtorim Gymkhana, Panchwadi United Sports Club; Social Cultural Club of Loutolim; St Anthony’s Sports Club, Marna-Siolim; Calangute Association; United Club of Nerul; Cuncolim Union, Candolim Sports Club; Fr Agnelo Youth Sports Club, Paroda and hosts Raia Sporting Club will participate.
Football tourney in Valpoi
VALPOI: The 1st all-Goa football tournament organized by Youth Club of Valpoi will be held on July 7 and 14 in Valpoi. Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 will be awarded to the winners and runners-up respectively. Details may be obtained from Mohammed on 7875804439 or 9049538729.
BPS badminton tourney
PANJIM: The all-Goa BPS major ranking badminton tournament organized by BPS Sports Club, Margao will held from July 18 to 21 at multipurpose hall, Fatorda.
Following are the categories: U-13 singles boys/girls, U-15 singles boys/girls, U-17 singles boys, U-19 singles boys/girls, singles ladies/men, men’s doubles, veterans doubles (45 years and above, 50 years and above).
Entries may be submitted by July 13, 6 p.m. to Roy Ataide on 08322252068 (Mapusa /Panjim) or Santosh Prabhudessai on 9370694408 (Ponda) or Vinayak Kamat on 9604034522 (Margao) or Laxmikant Kenwadker on 9420197609 (Vasco) or at the BPS club office, Margao on 08322714690.
Cricket book release on Saturday
PANJIM: The book `Learn to play cricket with Hemant Angle’ will be released on July 6 at 6 p.m. at the conference hall, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.
Sportsweek Cricket Club of Margao stated that the book which is a pictorial manuel for kids has been written by Hemant Angle.
Cana-Benaulim inter-village football
Navelim down Guardian Angel
MARGAO: Navelim Sporting Club edged past Guardian Angel Sports Club, Curchorem 6-5 via the tie-breaker to cruise into the quarter-finals of 37th all-Goa Cana Benaulim inter-village football tournament organized by Cana Benaulim Sporting Association at St John de Baptist ground, Benaulim, Monday. The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the regulation period.
In an exciting first half the teams displayed attacking football and kept the crowds on their toes. Crossing over, Navelim put up an improved performance and threatened the rival citadel with well orchestrated raids. They finally broke the deadlock after striker Alvito Colaco bulged the rival nylons off a pass from Gerson Pereira.
Down by a goal, Guardian Angel got their act together and neutralized the lead midway as Benny Olveira slotted past the rival goalkeeper with a snap shot off a well-measured pass from Patrick Lima.
In the final quarter, the teams went all-out in search of the match-winner but their defenders stood rock solid.
In the penalty shoot-out, Navelim kept their cool as Wellington Silva, Allister Gomes, Gerson Pereira, Roval Gomes and Milroy Coutinho scored while Jovial Coutinho, Mansuh Olveira, Anthony Dias and Romeo Colaco converted for Guardian Angel.
KOOH Sports to set up cricket academies in Goa
With Don Bosco College to launch football clinics
PANJIM: Based on the philosophy - generate interest, nurture talent and promote talent – Mumbai-based KOOH (Kids Out Of Home) Sports whose vision is to make a difference to sports in India by focusing on grassroot level development, is all set to launch its programmes in Goa through cricket academies, football clinics at school level.
With the avowed objective of teaching specific sport skills with specialized coaching and premium infrastructure in schools to prepare students for competitive levels as well as building a strong athletic foundation for all students from pre-school to Grade 12 to foster sport adaptability and improving general fitness levels through world class coaching through experienced and specialized coaches, KOOH Sports director Chirag Patel oozed confidence that the specific programme is all set to be launched in some select schools, preferably in the Government sector since these children are somewhat at a disadvantage.
“We will provide structured sports curriculum in these schools and the training of the coaches has already begun with a demonstration being held at Don Bosco School, Panjim. The heads of the schools who witnessed the programme, displayed tremendous interest after watching the demo as the children displayed excellent hand-foot-body-mind coordination through special drills,” remarked Chirag.
“Our training philosophy is based on the principle of `athlete development’ covering students from six to 17 years. A salient feature is the performance analysis and personalized feedback since we are aiming at fitness and athletic development through individualised session formats. It’s age progressive training system which relies on unique talent nurturing system - AMPS (ability, monitoring and progression system),” explained Chirag.
The suave official disclosed plans to have football clinics in Goa for very young players starting at six or seven and going upto 18 years. “All practices will be based on fun games. The initial training is to make the kids get interested in the sport. Later, key football skills like passing, receiving, controlling, dribbling, shooting and tackling are to be dealt with intelligently followed by technical/tactical development - passing the ball, dribbling the ball, receiving the ball, shooting and tackling. The emphasis is on letting children to spend maximum time in contact with the ball and experiment themselves since the key physical development - improving basic motor skills like walking, jumping and running – is part of the basics,” added Chirag.
With the clinic objective being to develop football game intelligence through small sided games, the six-day programme is divided into three stages with the games helping beginners to adapt to basic football abilities. Small sided games are preferred as these offer more ball touches, more passes and more goal scoring opportunities offering an opportunity to become more rounded and complete footballers progressively. Ultimately, the curriculum helps develop greater awareness, peripheral vision, perception, decision making and execution as the ball is constantly in play. And, the structured and age specific session plan ensures progressive development.
Aware of the potential that cricket offers, KOOH plans to set up two academies in North and South Goa, since there is talent aplenty in the State. Chirag elaborated: “It will be a grassroot development programme to be undertaken after school hours. It is an age progressive (8 to 16 years) training developed by renowned technical experts from India and abroad. Often, the boys have skills but not the right technique. It will be undertaken by highly trained coaches who regularly undergo the Coach Upliftment Programme (CUP) which takes care of the generic view of products and services vis-a-vis the needs of the market.”
KOOH has selected Don Bosco College’s Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences as its coach partner following the initiative undertaken by its dynamic and progressive manager Fr Wilfred Fernandes and principal Dr Marie Raj. It has following alliances and advisory committees: Cricket partner Rajasthan Royals. Athletics partner Athletic Federation of India. Academic partner Griffith. Curriculum content Kid Fit. Country partner Australia Unlimited. Advisory panel: Ajit Wadekar, John Gloster, Andrea Thumshrin (German hockey player and coach), Paul Masefield (former English football player and TV presenter at ESPN). Brand ambassador P T Usha.
Goa junior aquatics team for Hyderabad
PANJIM: Following athletes have been selected to participate in 40th Junior National Aquatic Championships organized by Andhra Pradesh Amateur Association under the aegis of Swimming Federation of India which will be held from July 10 to 14 in Hyderabad.
Rajat Sirsat, Ashwin Mascarenhas, Conceicao Clemente, Nihal Chico, Ishaan Malviya, Jerry D’Mello, Taran Mukharjee, Joao Carlos Estrocio, Ankit Sherawat, Madhav Cuncoliencar, Suman Patil, Nitya Halarnkar, Niam Leitao, Deepshikha Bhandari, Sachi Gramopadhey and Kiran Narvekar. The athletes are asked to report to their respective coaches.
Tivaivaddo enter semis
PANJIM: Tivaivaddo registered a solitary goal victory over Umtavaddo to enter the semi-finals of Calangute Veterans inter-ward Alexio Joao Menezes memorial football tournament organized by Anthony Menezes’ family at Calangute Association ground, Calangute, Monday.
Baptist scored the all-important goal in the second session through a spot-kick after a rival defender handled the ball inside the danger zone.
Tivaivaddo will take on the winners of Cobravaddo and Porbavaddo in the semi-finals slated on July 4.
Bhakti goes down fighting to Hou
PANJIM: Woman Grand Master Bhakti Kulkarni went down fighting to former World Woman Champion Hou Yifan (2595) of China in the second round of Asian Indoor Games in Incheon, South Korea. Bhakti is on two points after the third round.
Due to suspension of Indian Olympic Association, the Indian chess, kabaddi and swimming teams are participating as independent Olympic athletes.
Bhakti started her campaign with a smooth win over WCM Emi Hasegawa of Japan in the first round. The Goan used sharp benko gambit to defeat Hasegawa.
Then, Bhakti faced Hou Yifan in the next round. “It’s a dream come true for me," gushed Bhakti. "I could feel the pressure when I was playing Hou Yifan. But I fought well to maintain it equal only to lose a pawn in time trouble," expressed Bhakti. Thereafter, Hou won the game on the 48th move.
Bhakti defeated International Woman Master Alzarooni of UAE to collect two points at the end of the third round.
Riya, Rajaryan win
PANJIM: Second seeded, Goa's WCM Riya Savant, Geno brand ambassador, and Rajaryan Kuvelkar (1852) continued with their third successive wins while Nitish Belurkar (1922) is on two points after being held to a draw in the second and third rounds in 27th under-13 National open and girls championship organized by Pondicherry State Chess Association under the aegis of All India Chess Federation in Puducherry, Monday.
Anant Prabhudesai(1661) caused a mild flutter in the second round when he held K S Raghunandan (2059) of Karnataka to a draw. Raghunandan had just clinched a gold medal for India last week in Iran in Asian under-12 championship. In the third round, he drew with highly rated Aradhya Garg (2014) of Delhi and is currently on two points.
Shane Braganca (1690) is on 1.5 points. Aditi Prabhugaokar (1468) did well to hold Sakshi Chitlange (1712) of Maharashtra to a draw. Earlier, Aditi recorded a win to earn 1.5 points as she lost in the third round.
Swera Braganca is on two points with one win and two draws and Aishwarya Thorat is on two points with two wins and one loss. Faiziya Khan is on one point.
American Pie win
PANJIM: American Pie, Goa Velha did not struggle as they secured a 2-0 victory over Brothers in Arms, Palem in the inaugural match of 3rd Agnelo memorial football tournament at PAP ground, Goa Velha, Monday. American Pie led 1-0 at half time.
Selwyn opened the account in the first session while Lector Caido doubled the advantage in the second half.
Brothers in Arms tried hard to get back into the game but the strong rival defence restrained their attacks.
30th Jun 2013
Cana-Benaulim in last eightTEAM HERALD
MARGAO: Hosts Cana Benaulim Sporting Association blanked Maina Sports Club 2-0 to cruise into the quarter-finals of 37th Cana Benaulim football tournament at St John de Baptist ground, Benaulim, Saturday. There was no score at lemon break.
Maina held the upper hand in the opening minutes and had couple of scoring opportunities but their forwards lacked sharpness. They nearly broke the deadlock but winger Melvin Fernandes’ rasping shot was parried away by the Benaulim goalkeeper.
Post resumption, Cana Benaulim started off on an attacking note with good short passes that kept their rivals off-balance as Steven Baptista scored two quick goals.
Stung by the setback, Maina went all-out to get back into the game but their attacks were restrained by the strong rival defence.
Earlier, chief guest Fr Benjamin Sacrafamilia, chaplain of Patrocin chapel, Benaulim declared the tournament open.
Tennis ball workshop concludesTEAM HERALD
PANJIM: Goa Tennis ball Cricket Association (GTBCA) in collaboration with SAG and Vidhya Vrudhi Saunstha organized the State workshop/clinic in tennis ball cricket for players, coaches, umpires and physical education teachers at Kids Nest hall, Santa Cruz, Ponda. A total of 108 participated.
Resource person, Usman N Siddiqui gave presentations on the history of the game alongwith different aspects of the game. Then, Rama Bhat, National body building gold medalist showcased a special demonstration on body building skills followed by the presentation on diet by Meeta Ajgaonkar and Priya Dhume of SAG.
Participants shared their views on development of the game at state level and other experiences in tennis ball cricket. Also, “modern dance for fitness” was performed by Ponda Noval Dance Academy.
Earlier, Uday Dangui, chairman of Vidhya Vrudhi Saunstha, Ponda and treasurer of GTBCA inaugurated the workshop in the presence of Meeta Ajgaonkar, Satyavir Singh of Sports for All, Haryana Government; Ankush Paliekar, Goa head, RITES India; Sandhya Paliekar, joint secretary, GTBCA and other coaches of SAG. Sandhya Paliekar proposed the vote of thanks.
Tejan emerges championTEAM HERALD
PANJIM: Tejan Fallary got the better of Varad Karekar 21-15, 21-19 to emerge champions of under-17 boys singles category of Manohar Dhond memorial all-Goa major ranking badminton tournament at Indoor Stadium, Campal, here.
Meanwhile in the under-13 boys singles finals, Mehul Jirage thrashed Sushil Nayak 21-8, 21-8 to clinch the top spot. Manjushri Raut crushed Yasmeen Sayed 21-6, 21-2 to claim the under-13 girls singles title.
In the under-15 boys singles section, Kartik Karekar drubbed Mehul Jirage 21-8, 21-10 to emerge champion while Anar Singbal overcame Manjushri Raut 15-21, 21-11, 21-18 to clinch the under-15 girls singles crown. Anura Prabhudesai beat Pranjal Chimulkar 21-16, 21-8 to emerge champion of under-17 girls singles category.
The tournament was officiated by Roy Athaide and Vinayak Kamat.
Richard D'Souza, principal conservator of forests and president of Goa Badminton Association was the chief guest and distributed the prizes alongwith guest of honour Gaurish Dhond, GBA executive committee members Luciano Soares and Santosh Prabhudesai. Narahar Thakur, GBA secretary, presided over the function.
Pradosh Silimkhan proposed the vote of thanks. In all, 150 participants took part.
Goan skaters excelPANJIM: Sarthak Shailesh Desai and Tahira Rodrigues bagged the top spots in 500m and 1000m events respectively as Goa finished in second at 5th invitational Track Speed Roller Skating championships, recently.
Sarthak bagged the gold medal in the 500m event (age group 14 to 16) while Tahira Rodrigues clinched the gold medal in the 1000m category (age group 10 to 12).
Divya Jain (age group 12 to 14) secured two silver medals while Shivam Ajay Raikar (age group 12 to 14) and Moksh Jain (age group 8-10) bagged one silver each in their respective categories. All the skaters are from RCC Fatorda, Margao and are coached by Rajesh Naik.
Dando Boys soccer: Curtorim Gymkhana v. United Boys of Dando-Colva, St John de Baptist ground, Benaulim, 4.45 p.m.
Calangute Panchayat Cup soccer: Holiday Club, Arpora v. Goa Velha, Poriat ground, Calangute, 5 p.m.
2nd Friendship Cup quarters: Ranger Boys, Saligao v. Varca Boys, PAP ground, Goa Velha, 4.30 p.m.
Riya emerges U-14 chess champ
Krystal bags bronze in U-10 category
PANJIM: WCM Riya Savant won the gold medal while Krystal Fernandes clinched the bronze in the under-14 girls and under-10 girls category respectively at Asian Youth Championship in Sari, Mazandran, Iran.
WCM Riya scored seven points out of nine rounds including five wins and three draws. She drew the last round with Alinasab Alamdari Mobina of Iran. She is a student of St Mary's HS, Mapusa.
With this gold medal, Riya has qualified to become Women Fide Master which will be awarded to her by FIDE. Riya has been consistent at the national and international level. She is coached by GM RB Ramesh from Chennai. Earlier, she was coached by Shiva Swamy and Prasanna Swamy from Bambolim.
Riya will now set her target on the under-13 Nationals which will be held from June 29 to July 8.
Meanwhile, Krystal Fernandes secured the bronze in the under-10 girls category after scoring 7.5 points out of nine rounds including seven wins and a draw. She defeated Paktinat Zhina of Iran in the final round.
Earlier, Krystal had won the silver medal at the Nationals and Asian Schools in India last year.
Another Goan, Swera Braganza scored 5.5 points in the under-10 girls category.
Vinay Tendulkar, president of Goa Chess Association, Kishor Bandekar, executive members of GCA, Tiswadi Taluka office bearers Mahesh Candolkar (president), Kumarsen Kambli (vice-president), Arvind Mhamal (secretary) and Balakrishnan V (treasurer) congratulated the duo for their fine performance.
Federation Cup draw
The draw for the Federation Cup, which would be played on a home-and-away basis is as follows (dates to be announced)
Round of 16: Match No. 1: Prayag United v. Team 16 (Prayag play their home-match first). Match No. 2: Salgaocar FC v. Team 15 (Salgaocar play their home-match first). Match No. 3: Sporting Clube de Goa v. Rangdajied FC (Sporting Clube play their home-match first). Match No. 4: JSW v. Churchill Brothers (JSW play their home-match first). Match No. 5: Mohammedan Sporting v. Dempo SC (Mohammedan Sporting play their home-match first). Match No. 6: Mohun Bagan v. Pune FC (Mohun Bagan play their home-match first). Match No. 7: Mumbai Tigers v. East Bengal (Mumbai Tigers play their home-match first). Match No. 8: Shillong Lajong FC v. Mumbai FC (Shillong Lajong FC play their home-match first).
Quarter-finals -- Quarter-final 1: winner of match 1 v. winner of match 3. Quarter-final 2: winner of match 5 v. winner of match 7. Quarter-final 3: winner of match 2 v. winner of match 4. Quarter-final 4: winner of match 6 v. winner of match 8.
Semi-Finals – Semi-final 1: winner of quarter-final 1 v. winner of quarter-final 2. Semi-final 2: winner of quarter-final 3 v. winner of quarter-final 4.
Hopes of retaining old I-League format good, opines RAJ
PANJIM: RAJ Gomes, president of Professional I-League Football Clubs Association, expressed happiness that the meeting was held in a cordial, candid and effective manner in which all the points agreed collectively by all I-league clubs in Mumbai earlier, were conveyed to the AIFF.
“While the new format of the Federation Cup on home-and-away basis has been agreed, there was a feeling that the I-League could be retained on old format basis, thus doing away with the new conference (eastern and western) format proposed by AIFF. We hope it will be retained, of course, with certain modifications and conditions including those connected with the finances. It will kick off on September 21 while the Federation Cup could start on October 5,” disclosed RAJ from New Delhi.
“There was no discussion about the proposed IMG-Reliance League from January, thus making the I-League a secondary tournament to a new league. However, we were categorical that should it be held, than the clubs would be free to organise a tournament with matches being played in cities where the IMG-R league matches would not be played. We have to wait for the final decision,” clarified RAJ.
“We stand by our opposition to AIFF’s move to limit the number of teams from a particular region. The owners of the four Goan clubs, namely Churchill Alemao (Churchill Brothers), Shrinivas Dempo (Dempo SC), Shivanand Salgaocar (Salgaocar FC) and Peter Vaz (Sporting Clube de Goa), who had met in Panjim had agreed that a particular city or state mustn’t suffer for being more developed than the rest,” added RAJ, who pointed out that Goa is a State and not a city.
While IMG-Reliance is keen on starting a new tournament next January along the lines of Indian Premier League (IPL), the I-League clubs are expected to stick to the decisions arrived at the Mumbai meeting including that none of the clubs from the top division shall deal with any player associated with the new tournament. "The IPL-style tournament will make life difficult for clubs. We were unanimous in our decision not to have any links with the new tournament, and we wouldn’t deal with any players associated with IMG-Reliance’s initiative, and should they decide to reverse their decision too, the said players will stand to miss out on the I-League in the latter half of the season,” a club official stressed. Another official said that the matter of window period for the new league needed be examined.
RAJ while stating that the clubs had asked the AIFF not to raise the affiliation fee from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh since the hike was too steep, opined that the meeting was a fruitful one and that the association was looking for the AIFF to make all issues clear shortly.
Meanwhile, a team of AIFF’s commercial partners, Reliance IMG, is expected to be in Kolkata to have a meeting with Bengal’s state football association IFA and the state ministry regarding the proposed IPL-style tournament.
The new league will be contested among eight city-based franchises, and IMG-R are targeting ten centers as they cannot be certain about the infrastructure of every venue. IMG-R have contacted state associations in five centers - Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi. Kolkata is next in line with Goa following thereafter as IMG-R’s long-term plan is to transform some of the existing stadiums, which they will be booking and refurbishing for the tournament, into complete football venues.
Although details about many venues in different cities have been discussed by IMG-R with various state associations and state ministries, no stadium has been officially booked yet.
Each city-based franchise will be registered with a particular state association so the name of the Kolkata franchise will also be discussed with the IFA. Besides Kolkata, IMG-R are yet to have a physical meeting in Chennai and they won’t be visiting Goa until the conclusion of the Lusofonia Games in Goa in November.
Sources stated that IMG-R are eager to sit down with I-League clubs and resolve the issue of not releasing players. But first they intend to make some progress of their own with regards to their newly proposed tournament like booking venues, registering the franchises, finalising the format, etc so that there is more clarity about the event.
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Curtorim Gym clinch Bandodkar Trophy
PANJIM: Curtorim Gymkhana huffed and puffed their way past United Club of Telaulim 8-7 via the sudden-death to inscribe their name on 40th Bandodkar Memorial Trophy after a thrilling final at MPT ground, Vasco, Sunday. There was no score at full time.
|CHAMPS: The players of Curtorim Gymkhana |
receiving the trophy from Jyoti Bandodkar in the
presence of other dignitaries at Vasco, Sunday.
In the tie-breaker, Custodio Peixote, Vicky Cardoso, Joao Fernandes, Nelson Fernandes, Joaquim Carvalho, Brano Fernandes, Neville Fernandes and Sertorio Monteiro converted for Curtorim while Amiruddin Kurtadvar, Wilton Gomes, Rovelt Gomes, Bittu Singh, Alister Gomes, Alvito Colaco, Joseph Dias scored for Telaulim while Domnic Cabral try was saved by Curtorim goalkeeper Custodio Peixote.
Curtorim Gymkhana were richer by Rs 50,000 while United Club of Telaulim had to be content with Rs 40,000. Semi-final losers Saligao United Club and United Club of Nerul were awarded Rs 10,000 each.
Other prizes -- Best goalkeeper of the tournament: Custodio Pereira (Curtorim Gymkhana). Promising/upcoming player: Alvito Colaco (United Club of Telaulim). Highest scoring team: Curtorim Gymkhana. Highest scorer of the tournament: Sergio Monteiro (Curtorim Gymkhana). Best disciplined team of the tournament: Panchwadi United Club, Shiroda. Man-of-the-match of the finals: Joaquim Carvalho (Curtorim Gymkhana). They were given Rs 3,000 each.
Before the start of the match, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of D B Bandodkar, Sidharth Bandodkar and the deceased members of Baina Sports Club, Theo Carvalho, ex-president, Benedito Gonsalves, Joao Pereira, Nazareth Gonsalves and Jaingir Shaikh.
Power Minister Milind Naik was the chief guest while Jyoti Bandekar, Daji Salkar, Adv. T T Shreedharan, Nazil Khan, Vassu Nair were the guests of honour. They gave away the prizes in the presence of other dignitaries.
Earlier, Navnath Naik, secretary of Baina Sports Club welcomed and compered. Andrew Rodrigues, treasurer introduced the guests of honour. Tulsidas Naik, proposed the vote of thanks.
Mario Vales officiated the finals and was assisted by Shaikh Niazi and Raghunath Gossavi.
The total prize amounting Rs 1,50,000 was sponsored by Narayan Rajaram Bandekar, industrialist.
Saipem clinch top spot
PANJIM: Saipem Sports Club, Candolim got the better of Camottin 5-4 via the tie-breaker to emerge champions of Saipem inter-ward football tournament organized by Saipem Sports Club Candolin at Dr Gustavo Monteiro ground, Candolim. There was no score at full time.
The teams thrilled the large Sunday crowd with their short, crisp passes. Both the teams had an equal number of chances but their forwards were guilty of muffing them. Saipem almost took the lead but Bappu Pednekar's try missed the target narrowly in the 15th minute.
Saipem goalkeeper of Claro Cardozo effected some brilliant saves to thwart the Camottin forwards.
|The players of Saipem receiving the trophy from the |
dignitaries at Dr Gustavo Monteiro ground, Candolim.
Changing over, the teams made efforts to break the deadlock but the defenders stood tall in protecting their respective citadels.
In the ensuing tie-breaker, Bappu Pednekar, Paul Cadozo, Valmiki Cardozo, Rohan Morascar and Gokuldas Bandodkar were successful for Saipem while Joelif Simoes, Anthony Duarte, Alex and Jasson found the target for Camottin.
Saipem were awarded Rs 10,000 plus a trophy while Camottin had to be content with Rs 7000 and a trophy.
Other prizes -- Best forward: Anthony D'Souza (Camottin). Best defender : Anthony Duarte (Camottin). Best goalkeeper: Claro Cardozo (Saipem). Player of the tournament: Paul Cardozo (Saipem).
Latika Baba Kerkar, panch member of Saipem was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of guest of honour Baba Kerkar, ex-sarpanch of Candolim.
Earlier, president John S M Fernandes welcomed. He compered and later proposed the vote of thanks.
Visitacao Lobo Soccer finals: Vailankani Boys, Parra v. CSK Moscow, Nerul, Parra church ground, 5 p.m.
2nd Friendship Cup quarters: Fr Agnel, Cuncolim v. Vaddy, Merces, PAP ground, Goa Velha, 4.30 p.m.
Dando Boys soccer: Guardian Angel SC, Curchorem v. Curtorim Gym, St John de Baptist ground, Benaulim, 4.45 p.m.
Mae dos Pobres soccer: Navelim Villagers Union v. Sao Jose de Areal SC, church ground, Nuvem, 4.45 p.m.
Churchill Bros rope in two Portuguese footballers
PANJIM: I-League champions Churchill Bros have roped in Portuguese duo Euripides Daniel Adao and Hugo Miguel Alves Machado for the upcoming season on Monday.
Twenty-nine-year-old central defender Adao is a product of Sport Lisboa e Benfica's youth system who made his first division debut with feeder club Futebol Clube de Alverca in 2003 and then appeared in eight matches for Benfica FC in the following season, as the Reds conquered the national title after 11 years. He was part of the Vitoria Setubal FC in the Portuguese Liga 2012-13 season and was earlier with Academica and a Romanian club.
On the other hand, 31-year old Machado played for Sanat Naft FC in the Iran Pro League, as an attacking midfielder. Earlier, he played for Naval (Portugal), Standard (Azerbaijan), a couple of Cyprus clubs and Sporting B.
Speaking to Herald, Churchill Bros supremo, Churchill Alemao stated that the two Portuguese will be a value addition to the team. “I personally went to Dubai to check on the qualifications and experience of the players and found them exceptionally good and we have now to see how they will perform with the team. I am confident that the two Portuguese footballers will delight the football fans in Goa as well as other parts of India with their style of play while the same time they will give solidity to the midfield and defence,” added Churchill.
CEO of Churchill Bros, Valanka Alemao expressing happiness with the signing of the two Portuguese players disclosed that more foreign players were on the radar since the quota of foreigners is yet to be filled up. “Since we are the champion club of India we need to maintain our high standards that we have established all these years and especially last season,” expressed Valanka.
Valanka said that it will be a family oriented team like in the past with all players being treated as members of one family.
Succor’s death condoled
MARGAO: Former Goa State coach Mauricio Afonso condoled the death of Air India footballer Succor Velho who passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest, Saturday night.
Mauricio extended his heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family. Mauricio recalled that Velho was a part of the 2005 Santosh Trophy squad that beat Maharashtra 3-1 in the final in Kochi, Kerala.
Tony Cabral, AIFF coordinator in Goa, who saw Succor playing on Saturday, vividly remembered his two attempts at the goals while extending his condolences.
Joseph Dias, president of Salcete Football Club, Cyril Andrade, president of Parish Youth Nuvem and Anthony Pango, GFA executive committee member have condoled the untimely death of the footballer.
Honey Bee Friendship Cup, U-14 football at Chinchinim
MARGAO: The All-Goa Honey Bee Friendship Cup inter-village football tournament and All-Goa under-14 Alvernaz and Lalush Alemao memorial football tournament organized by Salcete Football Club will be held on July 9 at church ground, Chinchinim.
Rs 50,000 and Rs 30,000 will be awarded to the winners and runners-up of Honeybee Friendship Cup respectively.
Coaching classes in Panjim
PANJIM: Don Bosco Oratory will hold regular coaching classes in football, basketball, karate and taekwondo from July 1 at Don Bosco campus, here.
Don Bosco Oratory has already begun its regular coaching for badminton, table tennis and skating. The annual memberships of the oratory will begin from July 1. Membership will be annual or periodical (monthly/half yearly). Membership allow the use of oratory facilities throughout the year.
Details may be obtained from oratory office or reception.
GFA programme for referees, match commissioners
PANJIM: The Goa Football Association will conduct one-to-one discussions with referees from South Goa and match commissioners after the morning practices on June 30 and July 7 at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda while discussions with referees of North Goa and the match commissioners will be held after the morning practices on July 14 at GFA’s Duler Complex, Mapusa.
Meanwhile, a seminar for match commissioners will be held on July 13 at Rosary Hall, Navelim, at 2.30 p.m.
A fitness test for referees will be held on July 21 at Navelim ground, at 6.30 a.m. The test is mandatory for all referees. A bus will leave from Mapusa Bus Stand at 5.30 a.m. and from Hira Petrol Pump, here at 5.45 a.m. Also a seminar for referees will be held on July 28 at Don Bosco, here, at 9 a.m. Referees may report at the venue at 8.30 a.m.
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C F Vaz passes away
PANJIM: Condorcet F Vaz, president of Goa Basketball Association (GBA), expired today afternoon following a massive cardiac arrest at his residence, Divar. He leaves behind his wife and son Tercon.
It is learnt Vaz collapsed soon after lunch today at his residence, with the 108 Ambulance being summoned, which however, could not proceed further since he was dead. For the past eight days, Vaz was not keeping well, sources stated.
After lot of heat on the working of the GBA for the past one month as Goa was preparing to field the State basketball teams in Lusofonia Games to be held in Goa in November, Vaz will be remembered for being instrumental, first in launching basketball in the State and then taking it to great heights thanks to the wholehearted support and cooperation of late Fr Benedict Furtado of Don Bosco’s Panjim.
There is no doubt that, upto 2000, it was the golden period of basketball in Goa what with two mini-basketball and junior nationals being held in Goa with great success which rightly earned him the coveted State Jivabadada Bahaddar Kerkar Award from the Government for being an outstanding organiser in basketball. He was later accorded a place in Basketball Federation of India (BFI) in recognition of his dedicate services. Undoubtedly, Vaz enjoyed very cordial relations with BFI.
Vaz retired as Physical Education teacher at People’s High School, Panjim somewhere in early 2000s, after a long stint and in his retired life would undergo periodical medical check ups resorting to daily walking.
Curtorim demolish Saligao
VASCO: In one of the most lopsided semi-finals ever to have been played at the MPT ground, Baina, here, Curtorim Gymkhana scored a mind boggling 8-0 victory over Bardez giants Saligao Sporting Club to move into the finals of the 40th HQ-NRB Bandodkar memorial all-Goa inter-village football tournament. Curtorim led 4-0 at the lemon break. The finals will be played on Sunday.
The Saligao lads matched their Salcete rivals till midway into the first half but once their citadel fell in the 18th minute, they simply caved in. Sertorio Monteiro scored four goals while Melvin Fernandes, Vicky Fernandes, Wilson Fernandes and Milagres Fernandes scored one goal apiece.
Sertorio Monteiro won the man-of-the-match award.
On Friday, at MPT ground, United Club of Telaulim scored a hard-fought 6-5 victory via the tie-breaker over United Club of Nerul to move into the finals. There was no score at the end of regulation time.
Both the teams put up a splendid display but the defences of both teams came out unscathed at the end of regulation time. Telaulim goalkeeper Chandrakant Naik played his heart out to keep his citadel from falling on quite a few occasions.
In the tie-breaker, Bittu Singh, Aliston Gomes, Joseph Dias, Wilton Gomes, Avlon Gomes and Jayson Pereira scored for Telaulim while Royston Pereira, Felix Bendo, Siddhesh Naik, Ryan Pereira and Melwin Lobo scored for Nerul.
Alvito Colaco of United Club of Telaulim won the man-of-the-match award.
Genevieve, Aalhad continue good show
PANJIM: Genevieve D'Costa clinched her third silver medal after finishing second in 3m spring board girls group I at 30th Sub-Junior National Aquatic championship at SAG pool, Campal, here, Saturday.
Swati Vidap from Maharashtra secured the gold with 276.90, followed by Genevieve D'Costa 231.45 and Pradipti Naskar from Bengal with 202.10.
In the high board boys group II, Goa’s Aalhad Vivek Chati settled for a bronze medal with 294.35. This is his second bronze. Amit Dey from SSCB clinched the gold with 330.95 and Sourav Debnath from SSCB bagged the silver with 330.00.
Other results: 100m back stroke boys group III: N Sri Hari, Karnataka 01:11:59 (NR); Atish Kumar, UP; Dhanayush Raninga, Maharashtra. 100m back stroke girls group III: Vaania Kapoor Achuthan, Karnataka 01:14:48; Tejaswita Bhardwaj, Maharashtra; Mitali Darda, Maharashtra. 200m individual medley boys group IV: P Vikkas, Tamil Nadu 02:46:61 (NR); Saheel Gangote, Maharashtra; Raj Vinayak Relekar, Karnataka.
200m individual medley girls group IV: Anya Tyagi, Maharashtra; Priyanga Pugazharasu, Tamil Nadu; Kenisha Gupta, Maharashtra. 50m butterfly stroke boys group III: Sanjay CJ, Karnataka 00:30:27; Bastab Tapanbordoloi, Assam; Shiven Brahmbhatt, Gujarat. 50m butterfly stroke girls group III: Amita Gondi, AP 00:32:13; Siddhi Karkhanis, Maharashtra; Ambalika Basak, Bengal. 50m freestyle boys group IV: Raj Vinayak Relekar, Karnataka 00:31:32; Saheel Gangote, Maharashtra; P Vikkas, Tamil Nadu.
50m freestyle girls group IV: Harshita Shokeen, Haryana 00:32:18; Priyanga Pugazharasu, Tamil Nadu; Anya Tyagi, Maharashtra. 50m breast stroke boys group III: Sahil Hooda, Haryana 00:36:47; K J Visal Sabari, Tamil Nadu; Vinod R Karnataka. 50m breast stroke girls group III: Muskaan Tolani, Maharashtra 00:39:20; Harshitha Jayram, Karnataka; Preety Rekha Phukan, Assam.
High board girls group II: Bhavika Pingle, MP 229.40; Falguni Deshpande, Maharashtra; Manali Borgavkar, MP. 1m spring board boys group III: Joydeep Nayek, SSCB 232.35; Ankit Kumar, SSCB; Nihal Giram, Maharashtra.1m spring board girls group III: Ilaria Sarup, Maharashtra 185.70; Sarika Vidap, Maharashtra; Rutuza Pawar, Karnataka. 3m spring board boys group I: K Ramananda Sharma, SSCB 491.90; Siddharth Pardeshi, SSCB; Aditya Giram, Maharashtra.
Chinchinim Villagers Trophy soccer: Fatima SC 'B' v. Sirlim, church ground, Chinchinim, 5 p.m.
Calangute Panchayat Cup soccer: Sangolda Lightning Club v. CSM Taleigao, Poriat ground, Calangute, 5 p.m.
Mardol soccer: Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda v. St Mathews SC, Azossim, Mardol ground, 4.45 p.m.
Dando Boys soccer: Sao Jose de Areal SC v. United Boys of Dando-Colva, St John de Baptist ground, Benaulim, 4.45 p.m.
40th Bandodkar football semis: Curtorim Gym v. Saligao United, MPT ground, Baina, Vasco, 5 p.m.
2nd Friendship Cup soccer: Argentina Boys v. Alleluia Boys, PAP ground, Goa Velha, 4.30 p.m.
GMSA president Ashley resigns
Avertano, Glen, Benjamin yet to submit report on 2012 MX World Championship visit
PANJIM: The president of Goa Motor Sports Association, (GMSA) Ashely Gomes of Candolim, who has been instrumental not only in launching the two-wheeler sport and also sustaining it in the State, taking it dizzy heights but also making it big at the national level, resigned today after 11 years.
In a letter addressed to SAG, Ashley stated: “Our Goa Government seems to be not interested in promoting motorsports in our State, but only mega alcohol festivals like Sun Burn, etc. If Goa wants to promote alcohol to Goan youth, instead of motorsports, then that is not my cup of tea, and I would not want to be a part of this and as such I take moral responsibility for the decline of MX in our State. I resign as president of GMSA, with disgust due to the treatment meted out to me and all other members of the GMSA by our very own Government.”
“Stop sending me any further correspondence, as GMSA does not exist any more, and the Govt through its SAG is free to revive the GMSA and appoint whosoever is qualified to promote this highly technical and dangerous sport in our State,” stressed Ashley.
When contacted, Ashley confirmed that he had resigned and that it was with a heavy heart that he was doing so, pointing out that inspite of no support from the Govt, the GMSA had managed to take the sport to its highest level, not just in Goa, but across the nation, through the only prestigious MX Championship that takes place in the country.
“We were rewarded by the national federation FMSCI for our excellent performance and were crowned the best MX organisers in India, thus Goa got the rights to host the first ever National MX Championship in 2011. Goa also got the rights to host the biggest sporting extravaganza in our country, namely to host one of the rounds of the FIM World MX Championship way back in 2005. But Goa takes more pride in hosting Lusofonia Games which are for Portuguese speaking countries, and not Goa’s pride, and sidetracks the MX World Championship, which is the second biggest sporting event after Formula 1 in 2011 (Noida ) in the history of India,” pointed out Ashley.
“The GMSA has been neglected for over 10 years now, without receiving any grants whatsoever from the SAG. Despite several reminders and personal meetings with all concerned, which includes the SAG’s ED and the sports minister, nothing has happened. In the past, the previous Govt went to the extent of stopping an all-India level MX championship getting into my private property, without any warrant nor order, and that too armed with AK 47s for which a criminal case has been filed by us against the Govt. The case is still pending in the court in Goa for around three years now, and nothing seems to be progressing for the sport, and to make matters worse there has been no MX races in our State for the past three years, thus bringing shame for Goa and especially Goans,” remarked Ashley.
It may be recalled that once the Parrikar government took over, there appeared to be very bright chances for the revival of motorsports since an official delegation headed by Labour and Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado alongwith MLAs Glen Ticlo and Benjamin D’Silva was deputed for the MX World Championship organised by YouthStream in Winchester City, in which Avertano spelt out Govt’s plans to host an MXGP in India and to make Goa a fix date on the Motocross World Championship calendar. The press conference was hosted at Matterley Basin highlighting the promising future of motocross in Goa and India.
Avertano read out a letter from Chief Minister Parrikar congratulating Ashley Gomes and his team for the great job they were doing in Goa promoting motocross at National level and also he expressed his sincere gratitude to Giuseppe Luongo and Dr Wolfgang Srb of YouthStream for supporting their project to promote motocross in India and to host a Grand Prix in the near future. That was in August 20, 2012.
It will be a year now when the 2013 Motocross World Championship will be held in Winchester City on August 25, when YouthStream will surely would be looking for the prospects of holding the event in Goa in future given the high hopes given by the delegation, but sad to say the delegation has not even filed a report on the visit with the SAG, which had borne the entire expenditure to London, or else plans could have been worked out all this time about the possibilities of hosting the biggest motocross event in the history of Goa sports. This was a rare opportunity that Goa was offered on a platter but now seems to be only a pipe dream.
One wonders, if this is the raison d’etre for Ashley’s resignation, since he had high hopes that his friend Parrikar would continue to back him like he had done in the years gone by as the leader of the opposition.
Camottim in finals
CALANGUTE: Camottim prevailed over Remedious 5-3 via the tie-breaker to move into the finals of Saipem inter-ward football tournament organized by Saipem Sports Club at Dr Gustavo Monteiro ground, Candolim, Friday. There was no score at full time.
In an exciting match, both the teams came close to scoring on a couple of occasions but their forwards failed to find the net.
In the tie-breaker, Camottim boys kept their nerves to romp home winners by 5-3. Agnelo, Clive, Julius, Melvyn and Shailu converted for Camottim while Terence, Antonio and Klibber were on target for Remedious.
St Anthony’s thump Palmar
MARGAO: A splendid brace by striker Clifford Dias enabled St Anthony’s Sports Club, Dessua thump Palmar Grande Sports Club 5-2 and march into the semi-finals of Chinchinim Villagers Trophy football tournament organized by Union of Chinchinim Villagers at church ground, Chinchinim, Friday. St Anthony's led 2-1 at half time.
Clifford showed great opportunism and drew first blood in the very fifth minute. Spurred by the early success, St Anthony's galvanized the attacks and tormented the rival defence with well orchestrated raids. Palmar citadel fell for the second time when former Salgaocar midfielder Alvito Pereira who played a stellar role in his team’s big win doubled the lead when he slotted past the rival goalkeeper.
Stunned by the double blows, Palmar went into an attacking mode and veteran defender Agostinho Dunga reduced the deficit.
Crossing over, St Anthony’s continued to enjoy total domination and utilized the rival sloppy defence marshaled by Valdney Baretto who buckled under the slightest pressure from the rival attackers.
Clifford Dias struck for the second time to complete his brace off a well measured pass from Alvito Pereira. Then the floodgates opened with St Anthony's attackers raiding the rival goal regularly. Waldo Fernandes made it 4-0 midway in the second half when he beat the rival goalkeeper with a rasping drive.
Ridge Fernandes put the issue beyond doubt when he punted the ball to the far corner of the net. Agostinho Dunga again reduced the deficit late in the second half.
Lenny bags best midfielder award
NEW DELHI: Churchill Brothers midfielder Lenny Rodrigues was voted best player of the 2012-13 League by the coaches and captains of all I-League teams which played in the last edition. The National team medio played a stellar role as Churchill Brothers landed the I-League title for the second time.
“I would like to thank God for all his blessings. I would like to thank my family for encouraging me to take up the sport. Finally I would like to thank my team-mates, coaching staff and the owners of Churchill Brothers. We are one big extended family at Churchill and I hope to give my best for this club for many more years to come,” Lenny expressed.
Nigerian striker Ranti Martins was voted best player of the 2012-13 League. Ranti, who played for Prayag United topped the goal-scorer’s list with 27 goals to his name. Ranti also bagged the award for the best forward of the I-League.
Meanwhile, former Churchill Brothers goalkeeper Sandip Nandy was adjudged the best goalkeeper while East Bengal defender Uga Okpara was voted the best defender.
AIFF's Developmental Team Pailan Arrows bagged the fair play award.
The best coach for the I-League 2012-13 will be decided in the next AIFF Executive Committee meeting.
Awardees -- Best player: Ranti Martins; 2nd best player: Lenny Rodrigues; 3rd best player: Douhou Pierre.
Best goalkeeper: Sandip Nandy; 2nd best goalkeeper: Karanjit Singh; 3rd best goalkeeper: Subhasish Roychowdhury.
Best defender: Uga Okpara; 2nd best defender: Bello Razzak; 3rd best defender: Bilal Najjarin.
Best midfielder: Lenny Rodrigues; 2nd best midfielder: Douhou Pierre; 3rd best midfielder: Mehtab Hossain.
Best forward: Ranti Martins; 2nd best forward: Chidi Edeh; 3rd best forward: James Moga.
PY Nuvem shoot-out Saligao Sporting
MAPUSA: Parish Youth Nuvem got the better of Saligao Sporting Club 5-4 via the tie-breaker in Calangute Panchayat Cup football tournament organized Calangute Association at Poriat ground, Calangute, Friday. The teams were locked 1-1 at full time.
After a barren first half, Saligao started with a renewed sense of purpose with good short passes and broke the deadlock 10 minutes later after Josley Menezes sent in a defence splitting pass to Verissimo Miranda, who shot past rival custodian Joel Colaco with a deft placement.
Spurred by the success, Verissimo could have scored another but his close ranger was fisted away by goalkeeper Joel.
At the other end, Nuvem took time to regroup but equalized with 10 minutes to go for the final whistle as Savio Colaco bulged the rival nylons off a pass from Jerose Oliveira.
In the penalty shoot-out, Nuvem kept their cool as Sebytonio Colaco, Stanley Colaco, Jerose Oliveira and Savio Colaco scored while Jason D’Mello, Videsh Satardekar and Niyazi Sheikh converted for Saligao.
Davorlim pip Fr Agnelo
MARGAO: A second half strike by Sandy Colaco helped Sporting Club of Davorlim pip Fr Agnelo Youth Sports Club, Paroda 1-0 and advance into the semi-finals of 17th All-Goa Dando Boys inter-village football tournament organized by Dando Boys Club, Benaulim at St John de Baptist ground, Benaulim, Friday. There was no score at the lemon break.
Davorlim had the lion’s share of exchanges and threatened the rival goal regularly. Meanwhile, Fr Agnelo kept on mounting pressure but their forwards were guilty of muffing easy chances.
Post resumption, Davorlim soon got the breakthrough after Sandy Colaco bulged the rival nylons from an ideal position.
Fr Agnlo remained undeterred and instead continued to fight their way to the end of the filed. They had a golden chance to neutralize the lead in the dying minutes but Davorlim goalkeeper Royston Miranda’s anticipation and quick reflexes denied Vincy Fernandes from scoring.
UC Nerul storm into semis
PANJIM: United Club of Nerul edged past Betalbatim Sports Club 3-1 via the tie-breaker to move into the semi-finals of Mardol Trophy football tournament organized by United Sports Club Mardol at Mardol ground. The teams were locked 1-1 at full time.
Nerul surged ahead through Sanket Jotkar but their joy was shortlived as Denzil equalized for Betalbatim.
In the tie-breaker, Felix Barreto and Pio D’Souza scored for Nerul while Betalbatim failed to convert from the spot-kick.
Nerul will now take on Maina Sports Club in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
Gauri clinches top spot
PANJIM: Gauri Hadkonkar beat Aishwarya Thorat in the finals of Late Shripad Vishnu Kamat Tarcar memorial championship to emerge women’s State champion organized by JCI St Inez under the aegis of Goa Chess Association and in collaboration with SAG at Indoor Stadium Conference hall, Campal, here.
Gauri, a student of Our Lady of the Rosary HS, Dona Paula, scored 5.5 points out of a possible six and remained unbeaten throughout to reclaim her title which she had last won in 2010. Aishwarya Thorat, who was leading the race at the end of round five, emerged runner-up with five points. Riddhi Zantye and Urvi Bandekar also with five points each but had to settle for the third and fourth spots respectively.
Gunjal Chopdekar, Sakshi Naik Gaonkar and Aditi Prabhugaokar (4.5 points each) finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively while the eighth to 10th prizes were won by Alaya D'Cruz, Pradnya Kakodkar and Reema Naik (4 points each).
Other prizes -- Outstanding under-7: Sayuri Naik. Outstanding under-9: Alaina Pereira. Outstanding under-11: Dipshika Karmalkar. Outstanding under-13: Sanskriti Naroji. Outstanding local participants: Ritu Kumari and Pratibha (both from Ideal HS).
The tournament was conducted by D Pinge (chief arbiter) and was assisted by Gautam Tari and Avinash Malvankar.
Vinay Tendulkar, State BJP president and president of Goa Chess Association (GCA) was the chief guest and distributed the prizes alongwith Kishor Bandekar, secretary, Chaitanya Tarcar of Virashree Hotels and P Balakrishnan treasurer, Tiswadi Taluka Chess Association.
Earlier, Siddharth Sakhardande, former president of JCI St Inez welcomed. Championship coordinator Sandeep Heble proposed the vote of thanks.
The top four players of the championship will be eligible to play at the National Women's Challengers to be held in Thrissur, Kerala.
21st Jun 2013
40th Bandodkar football semis: Curtorim Gymkhana v. Saligao United, MPT ground, Baina, Vasco, 5 p.m.
Calangute Panchayat Cup soccer: Parish Youth Nuvem v. Salgao Sporting Club, Poriat ground, Calangute, 5 p.m.
Saipem inter-ward soccer semis: Remedios v. Camottim, Dr Gustavo Monteiro ground, Candolim, 4.30 p.m.
Custodio memorial inter-ward soccer: Holy Cross, Mugalli v. United Boys, Nessai, Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal, 5 p.m.
All-Goa Dando Boys soccer: Sporting Club of Davorlim v. Fr Agnelo Youth SC, Paroda, St John de Baptist ground, Benaulim, 4.45 p.m.
Football tourney in Ponda
PANJIM: The 7th Ponda taluka football tournament organized by United Sports Club, Mardol (USC) will be held from July 6 at Mardol ground. Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 will be awarded to the winners and runners-up respectively.
Details may be obtained from Kishor Naik, president, USC on 9545091756 or Chandrakant Gaude, secretary on 9822984810 or Magan Borkar, member on 9422639867 before July 2.
GFA’s fitness session for referees
PANJIM: The GFA will be conducting physical training sessions for referees, every Sunday from June 23 at Duler Stadium, Mapusa and outside the PJN Stadium, Margao for referees from North and South Goa respectively.
The GFA has asked all referees to attend the sessions and report at the respective venues at 7 a.m.
Football tourney at Corlim
PANJIM: The 5-a-side football tournament organized by Vedant Art and Cultural Club will be held on June 23 at Montfort ground, Corlim, 8.30 a.m.
Rs 3,333 and Rs 2,222 will be awarded to the winners and runners-up respectively.
Details may be obtained from Sumeet Naik on 8857030323 or Tukaram Gaonkar on 9158202469.
7-a-side football in Valpoi
VALPOI: The 1st all-Goa one day 7-a-side football tournament organized by Youth of Valpoi will be held on June 23 at Municipal ground, Valpoi. The winners will be awarded Rs 10,000 while the runners-up will have to be content with Rs 7000. Only 16 teams will be allowed to participate. Entries may be submitted by June 21 on 9049538729.
Genevieve bags silver
PANJIM: Genevieve D’Costa was the lone Goan to earn a podium finish, securing the silver in 110 1m spring board girls group I at 30th Sub-Junior National Aquatic Championship which begun at SAG pool, Campal, here, Thursday.
Swati Vidap of Maha won the top place with 250.35 points, followed by Genevieve 223.45 and Nammi Navya Theja 203.60.
200m free style boys Group III: Shiven Brahmbhatt, Gujarat 02:18:02; Bastab Tapanbordoloi, Assam; Krishna Ghadiyali, Gujarat.
200m free style girls Group III: Rayna Saldanha, Maharashtra 02:23:74; Megha Bali, Delhi; Mitali Darda, Maharashtra.
50m backstroke boys Group IV: Saheel Gangote, Maharashtra 00:36:21; Tanmay Dass, Delhi; Bhargav Borgohain, Assam.
50m backstroke girls Group IV: Nishtha Agarwaal, Maharashtra 00:38:24; P Priyanga, TN; 3rd G Jahnavi, AP.
100m butterfly stroke boys Group III: Sanjay C J, Karnataka 01:07:77; Vedant Singh, Maharashtra; Sandeep Hugar, Haryana.
100m butterfly stroke girls Group III: Amita Gondi, AP 01:13:39; Siddhi Karkhanis, Maharashtra; Dolfi Sarang, Gujarat.
4X50m freestyle relay boys Group IV: Saheel Gangote, Arman Sikka, Kapil Shetty, Vedant Bapna (Maharashtra) 02:11:68; R Vaibhav Shet, Shivansh Singh, S N Harsha Vardan, Raj Vinayak Relekar (Karnataka); Bikram Changmai, Anudhyan Hazarika, Bhargav Borgohain, Kapul Kalpit Bora (Assam).
4X50m freestyle relay girls Group IV: Anya Tyagi, Nishtha Agarwaal, Saee Patil, Kenisha Gupta (Maharashtra) 02:15:59; V Varsha, N D Shamyuktha, Madhumitha Sriram, Priyanga Pugazharasu (TN); Subhalakhi Hazarika, Uttara Gogoi, Reinita Gogoi, Shivangi Sharma (Assam).
4X50m freestyle relay boys Group III: Vedant Singh, Aryaan Mehra, Neel Roy, Vinit Mane (Maharashtra) 01:58:70; Vinod R, P Kushal, N Sri Hari, Sanjay C J (Karnataka); Yashdeep Siwach, Gaurav Dahiya, Sandeep Hugar, Sahil Hooda (Haryana).
4X50m freestyle relay girls Group III: Nandini Pethkar, Muskaan Tolani, Shruti Kute, Rayna Saldanha (Maharashtra) 02:06:08; Devika Srinath, Nandini S S, Harshitha Jayashankar, Vaania Kapoor Achuthan (Karnataka); Bhavika Dugar, S Ashwin Rose, S A Selva Revathy, S M Swetha (TN).
103 high board boys Group III: Nihal Giram, Maharashtra 225.45; Ankit Punia, SSCB; Nilesh Kumar Gayen, Bengal.
106 high board girls Group III: Sweta Dey, Bengal 154.65; Sarika Vidap, Maharashtra; Sakshi Kendale, Maharashtra.
107 1m spring board boys Group I: K Ramananda Sharma, SSCB 475.30 NR; Siddarth Pardeshi, SSCB; Aditya Giram, Maharashtra.
Saipem in finals
CALANGUTE: Saipem thumped Annavaddo 2-0 to move into the finals of Saipem inter-ward football tournament organized by Saipem Sports Club at Dr Gustavo Monteiro ground, Candolim, Thursday. Saipem led 1-0 at half time.
Saipem scored in the 16th minute off Snetten Mascarenhas. Post resumption, Saipem enjoyed the lion’s share and doubled their lead in the dying minutes through Sachin Pednekar.
Mehul, Pooja advance
PANJIM: Following players have moved into the semi-finals of Manohar Dhond memorial all-Goa major ranking badminton tournament at Indoor Stadium, Campal, here, Thursday.
U-13 boys singles: Mehul Jirage beat Arjun Malhotra 21-3, 21-2; Soham Khandeparkar beat Arjun Fallary 21-11, 21-18; Sushil Nayak beat Ayaan Sheikh 21-14, 21-9; Kushal Khandeparkar beat Clifert Jacques 21-11, 21-6.
U-13 girls singles: Manjushri Raut beat Dhiti Lotlikar 21-2, 21-4; Pooja Halankar beat Megan Fernandes 21-15, 21-13; Yasmeen Sayed beat Zaira Fernandes 21-15, 21-18; Aditi Redkar beat Ashwini N 21-11, 21-12.
U-15 boys singles: Kartik Karekar beat Shreyas Tendulkar 21-14, 21-5; Jaideep Singh beat Satej Khandeparkar 21-13, 21-17; Leo Velho beat Kushal Khandeparkar 21-19, 21-16; Mehul Jirage beat Saish Gawas 21-8, 19-21, 21-14.
U-17 girls singles: Anura Prabhudesai beat Mansi Gude 21-8, 21-9; Neha Sahakari beat Anjana Kumari 17-21, 21-14, 21-15; Anar Singbal beat Emilia Silveira 21-14, 24-22; Pranjal Chimulkar w/o Mrunali Naik.
Aishwarya, Riddhi up
PANJIM: Aishwarya Thorat and Riddhi Zantye were in joint lead with four points each after four rounds in late Shripad Vishnu Kamat Tarcar State chess championship for women organized by JCI, St Inez under the aegis of Goa Chess Association and SAG at Indoor Stadium conference hall, Campal, here, Thursday.
Following are the other standings: Gauri Hadkonkar, Urvi Bandekar and Gunjal Chopdekar (3 1/2 points each); Reema Naik, Sakshi Naik Gaonkar, Yuga Gosavi, Sehal Chodancar, Sayuri Naik, Naroji Sanskruti, Alaya D'Cruz, Vaishnavi Gosarvadkar, Alaina Pereira and Neha Upadhya (three points each).
Raia thrash St Mathew
MAPUSA: Raia SC hammered St Mathew SC, Azosim 5-0 in a Calangute Panchayat Cup football match at Poriat ground, Calangute, Thursday. Raia led 2-0 at the breather. Remidios Pango (2), Joston Barbosa (2) and Don Fernandes scored for Raia.
Curtorim Gym in quarters
MARGAO: Curtorim Gym grounded Pax of Nagoa 4-0 to cruise into the quarter-finals of all-Goa Dando Boys inter-village football tournament at St John de Baptist ground, Benaulim, Thursday. Curtorim led 2-0 at the breather.
Pax fell early when Curtorim’s John Mascarenhas slotted past the rival goalkeeper with a snap shot. Curtorim doubled the lead after Bruno Fernandes punted the ball to the far corner of the net. After the break, Melvin Fernandes added his name on the scoresheet. John scored his second goal and drove the last nail into the rival’s coffin.
Ten-man Secreamvaddo up
MARGAO: A fine brace each from Jonston Ribeiro and Tunard Fernandes helped ten-man Secreamvaddo Sports Club crush Santa Cruz Club of Tolleaband 7-1 to enter the semi-finals of Chinchinim Villagers Trophy football tournament at church ground, Chinchinim, Thursday. Secreamvaddo led 3-0 at the break.
Secreamvaddo took the lead after striker Jonston picked up the ball from his own half and unleashed a stiff grounder. They inflated their lead when Tunard Fernandes punished the rival goalkeeper with a deft placement. Austin Fernandes made it 3-0.
After the break, Secreamvaddo’s Jonston made it 4-0 and Jollan Pereira scored the fifth and Tunard scored again.
Mario Rodrigues put the issue beyond doubt when he blasted home from close range.
Mario was red carded for handling the ball by referee Augostino Cardozo.
In the dying minutes, Santa Cruz managed to pull one back through Sirom Ozario.
Utorda pip Nuvem
MARGAO: United Club of Utorda prevailed over hosts Nuvem Sports Club 6-4 via the tie-breaker to storm into the semi-finals of 4th all-Goa Mae dos Pobres inter-village football tournament church ground, Nuvem, Thursday. The teams were tied 2-2 at full time.
Nuvem took the lead through striker Joe Colaco. Utorda neutralized the lead after striker Mevilton Fernandes’ rampaging strike beat the rival goalkeeper.
Nevilton Fernandes put Utorda into the lead after the break. However, their joy was shortlived after Savio Fernandes restored parity.
In the tie-breaker, Lester Gomes, Flyod Fernandes, Mevilton Fernandes and Neves Mendes were on target for Utorda while Richard Fernandes and Savio Colaco converted for Nuvem.