Sunday, October 7, 2001, Chandigarh, India





S P O R T S

South Africa in no mood to lower guard
Benoni (South Africa), October 6

Perfectionists that they are, South Africa are in no mood to take minnows Kenya lightly even though not much is at stake in the second of the one-day internationals of the triseries between the two contrasting sides here at the Willowmoore Park tomorrow.

We bowled very poorly: Ganguly
Johannesburg, October 6
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly would have none of the praise lavished upon him for his brilliant hundred against South Africa at Wanderers last night since at the end of the day his team lost the match by six wickets for which he held his seam bowlers responsible.

Lavish praise for Ganguly
Johannesburg, October 6
Sourav Ganguly had the world at his feet at Wanderers yesterday. Critics and former cricketers are struggling to find right words to do justice to his outstanding innings even though none of the South African fielders on the ground bothered to clap for the Indian captain on his stupendous innings.




Switzerland’s Marc Rosset throws his racket in frustration
Switzerland’s Marc Rosset throws his racket in frustration during his match against Germany’s Nicolas Kiefer at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Friday. Kiefer won 6-3, 7-6(1). 
— AP/PTI 

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

 

Knight seals England victory

England bowler Jeremy Snape celebrates

Harare, October 6
Half-centuries from Nick Knight and Nasser Hussain steered England to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the second match of their one-day international series today.

England bowler Jeremy Snape celebrates his dismissal of Zimbabwe batsman Grant Flower with Marcus Trescothick on the second One Day International at the Harare Sports Club. 
— Reuters photo

Raid de Himalaya flagged off
Shamsar, October 6
Competitors zoomed their way down the old Hindustan-Tibet road as they came in from Shimla, 124 km away on the first day of Raid de Himalaya. The event had been flagged off in Shimla at 6 a.m. At the start there were 25 bikes and 24 cars.
Participants in Raid de Himalaya
Participants in Raid de Himalaya being flagged off from Shimla on Saturday. —  Photo Anil Dayal

EARLIER STORIES

 

Ajeetesh wins golf title by big margin
Chandigarh, October 6
Twelve-year-old Ajeetesh Sandhu of Chandigarh could not have asked for more for his 13th birthday which falls on October 9. He scored a convincing 10-stroke win over his nearest rival to clinch the C Division title in the second National Junior and Subjunior Classic Golf Tournament which concluded at Gurgaon yesterday.


Players of the Brazilian national soccer team run during a practice session in the city of Curitiba, southern Brazil, on Friday. Brazil face Chile on Sunday in a World Cup qualifying game. — AP/PTI


England striker Emile Heskey (L) battles for the ball with Greece's Costas Konstantinidis (R) in their World Cup Group Nine qualifying match at Old Trafford, Manchester on Saturday.


Christian Ziege (L) of Germany challenges Mika Nurmela of Finland during their World Cup qualification group nine match in Gelsenkirchen´s Schalke arena on Saturday.
— Reuters photos

ONGC enter final
Chandigarh, October 6
ONGC today stormed into final of the on-going J.P. Atray memorial Cricket Tournament being played here by defeating Roofit Industries by five wickets. 

Bouncy pitches in Chinnaswamy stadium
Bangalore, October 6

The new sporting pitches, which are expected to be bouncy, are ready at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. The re-laying work, which commenced a few months ago, had been completed and 12 new strips had been readied at the stadium.

Mukesh leads in Sher-e-Kashmir Open
Srinagar, October 6
Mukesh Kumar carded a three-under 69 to aggregate nine-under 207 and take a two-stroke lead at the Rs 15-lakh Sher-e-Kashmir Open at the Royal Springs Golf course here today.

JCT, Punjab Police enter final
Nabha, October 6
JCT Mills, Phagwara, downed BSF, Jalandhar, 2-0 and Punjab Police routed Gorkha Brigade 4-1 in the 26th Gurdarshan Memorial Football Tournament played at the Ripudaman College grounds here today. Both Punjab Police and JCT Mills, among the top football outfits of the country, will square it off for the coveted title at the same venue tomorrow afternoon.

East Bengal to meet Palmeiras
Kolkata, October 6

A brilliant double strike by Jo Paul Ancheri guided current title holders East Bengal to the final of the IFA Shield defeating arch-rivals Mohun Bagan 2-1 in an absorbing battle at the Salt Lake Stadium here today.

SGGSC beat Barjindra College
Ludhiana, October 6
Shri Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh, scored a 3-1 victory over Government Barjindra College, Faridkot in the boys’ section to register their second consecutive win and make it to the super league phase of the first Champion Colleges Hockey League Tournament being organised jointly by the Surjit Hockey Academy, Jalandhar and Aryan Club, Ludhiana, in collaboration with the Hockey Promotion Institute at the PAU astroturf ground here today.

Squad for world w’lifting meet
Patiala, October 6
The Indian Weightlifting Federation today announced a 10-member team which will participate in the world weightlifting championships scheduled to be held Antalya (Turkey) from November 4 to 11.
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South Africa in no mood to lower guard

Benoni (South Africa), October 6
Perfectionists that they are, South Africa are in no mood to take minnows Kenya lightly even though not much is at stake in the second of the one-day internationals of the triseries between the two contrasting sides here at the Willowmoore Park tomorrow.

The match could be predictably one-sided — one is next only to world-beaters Australia, the other is still struggling to find its feet in international cricket, having won just 7 of the 37 one-dayers played so far.

Kenya have no preposterous designs and would be looking for no more than some experience against their mighty rivals who defeated a spirited India by six wickets in the opening triseries encounter yesterday.

Having set their sights for some practice before the World Cup in 2003, Kenya are looking to identify players who would give ample support to the long-serving likes of Maurice Odumbe, Kennedy Otieno and Steve Tikolo.

They haven’t had much chance to do so lately as the only matches they have played this year include three one-dayers against West Indies in July. Their previous game was a full nine months before in the ICC Knock-Out Mini World Cup when they lost to India at home.

Kenya’s only feather in the cap is the sensational victory against the West Indies at Pune in the 1996 World Cup.

Otherwise they do not have any records to boast of — only four Kenyan cricketers have managed hundreds in international games. Also, only former captain Asif Karim has managed a five-wicket haul in one-day interntionals.

But South Africa still are in no mood to lower the guard and take Kenya lightly.

There were speculations that since the lower half of the batting order has had no practice in Zimbabwe and little from day-night game against India, Shaun Pollock would be inclined to give a his lower order some sort of decent practice in view of the matches ahead.

But Pollock discounted too many experiments. “We might push a lad or two up the order but we are not in too much of mind to meddle with the batting order,” said Pollock.

South Africa, as they proved in their victory against India, are a ruthless bunch of cricketers and they are unlikely to be stretched by the Kenyans.

Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs at the top of the order, and Jacques Kallis at number three, have proved difficult to get past by in recent times and it is unlikely they would be against a lowly-placed side like Kenya.

Teams (from):

Kenya: Maurice Odumbe (capt), Steve Tikolo (vice-capt), Martin Suji, Kennedy Otieno, Hitesh Modi, Ravindu Shah, Thomas Odoyo, Tony Suji, Lameck Onyango, Mohammed Sheikh, Jimmy Kamande, Peter Ocheing, Josephat Ababu, Colliens Otieno.

South Africa: Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Neil McKenzie, Jonty Rhodes, Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock (capt), Lance Klusener, Justin Kemp, Claude Henderson, Makhya Ntini, Mark Boucher and Andre Mel. PTITop

 

We bowled very poorly: Ganguly

Johannesburg, October 6
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly would have none of the praise lavished upon him for his brilliant hundred against South Africa at Wanderers last night since at the end of the day his team lost the match by six wickets for which he held his seam bowlers responsible.

“I am very, very disappointed — my individual landmarks count for nothing if the team can’t win,” said a dejected Ganguly.

“We bowled very poorly. If we continue to bowl like this, we are asking for trouble. It sounds rude but that’s the fact,” said Ganguly.

Indian medium-pacers Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad were too off-target yesterday and allowed South Africa to race to their first 100 without loss in less than 15 overs.

“We bowled too short. We didn’t vary the pace. On such helpful wickets (for batting), something extra is required to do well,” said Ganguly.

The skipper maintained it wasn’t the kind of wicket to play his off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. “Spinners would not get much help on these wickets. If you want to win, your seamers have got to do the job. They have to learn to bowl on good wickets.”

Ganguly said he too would have opted to field first in view of the dew which is present at the ground under lights. “But there was no dew in the evening — which makes the bowlers’ failure all the more painful.”

Coach John Wright said on wicket like the one used yesterday, the initial overs are crucial. “With a total like 280 there is always going to be a pressure on the chasing side but they got over it within the first 15 overs itself.”

“With 280 in the kitty, you want the opposition to struggle in the first 15 overs and pick up a couple of wickets. We didn’t do that at all tonight.”

Ganguly said he felt no pain in his right index finger which was injured in the tour opener against NFO xi at Randjestfontein on Monday. “When you go into the centre, you tend to forget such things. I felt a bit of jerk initially but when it warmed up, it was okay. It’s a question of mind over matter.”

Looking at the positives, Wright said: “When your two key players are straightaway in form, it is a good news. It is a great way to start the tour”.

Ganguly reserved a word of praise for his partner Sachin Tendulkar. “He looked in terrific form — for someone who is coming after a lay-off of three months. He also bowled very well in his first eight overs for 32.

South African captain Shaun Pollock confessed he had probably read the wicket wrong in the afternoon. “I thought it would help the pace and had included five seamers in the side. But I got it wrong.

“It was probably a 300-run wicket but our bowlers did a good job in restricting India to 280.

“I don’t think we bowled badly, the wicket was flat, but I wasn’t happy with my fielding. We didn’t grab half chances, there were three or four catches which could have been taken.”

However, Man of the Match Gary Kirsten came out in defence of the Indian medium-pacers. “It was a tough (pitch) for the seamers. The ball was coming on to the bat beautifully — you just had to punch it.

“As for Anil Kumble, he is a proven match winner for India and he would get some wickets here even though conditions here don’t suit him as much as they do in India.” PTI

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Lavish praise for Ganguly

Johannesburg, October 6
Sourav Ganguly had the world at his feet at Wanderers yesterday.

Critics and former cricketers are struggling to find right words to do justice to his outstanding innings even though none of the South African fielders on the ground bothered to clap for the Indian captain on his stupendous innings.

“It’s as good as any I have seen at Wanderers,” declared former South African Test off-spinner Pat Symcox. “This innings will stand him in good stead for the rest of the series.”

“I think it was a magnificient innings,” said former allrounder Mike Procter “you don’t see often Sachin Tendulkar play second fiddle but he did exactly so on Friday.”

Ganguly battling personal form and fierce criticism from experts for most of this year, produced a gem in an hour of distress, more so since he went into the match with a suspect right index finger.

“I was surprised the way he hit the ball considering he had a bit of bad patch,” said former wicketkeeper Dave Richardson.

“India realised how well he had played because once he got out, it wasn’t easy for the guys who came in,” he added.

Former South African captain Kepler Wessels was similarly effusive. He obviously needed runs and they came at the right time.

“He obviously thought he needed to do something special, and it was a good strategy since he was on top of the bowling attack. It was a brave innings.”

Ganguly, who seems to specialise in taking on his critics, has again dumbfounded those who were baying for his blood for an average one-day and decidedly poor Test form this year.

“A lot of people have criticised him for his batting and captaincy, and he came out today and did the job. He must be applauded for he has been under pressure,” said Symcox.

“He obviously needed runs and they have come at the right time,” Wessels said in support of the Indian captain. PTITop

 

Knight seals England victory

Harare, October 6
Half-centuries from Nick Knight and Nasser Hussain steered England to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the second match of their one-day international series today.

The two put on 112 for the second wicket as England cruised to their target of 196 in 37.3 overs.

Knight scored an unbeaten 82 while skipper Hussain added 50.

Knight’s runs came off 82 balls and included eight boundaries, with Marcus Trescothick giving the innings impetus with 46 from 36 balls in a 72-run opening stand.

England captain Hussain contributed 50 but rode his luck.

He survived a confident appeal for caught behind off slow left-arm Dirk Viljoen in the 24th over when he had 28. Zimbabwe umpire Kevin Barbour gave him not out, but replays clearly showed that the ball had touched his glove before going through to wicketkeeper Andy Flower who made a diving catch.

Hussain was also dropped by Heath Streak in the covers six overs earlier when he had 21.

England lead 2-0 after the first two games of the five-match series.

Earlier Zimbabwe, who have now lost their last nine one-dayers, were bowled out for 195 in 49.1 overs after choosing to bat.

Fast bowler Matthew Hoggard, playing in only his second match, took three for 37 in 10 overs and received good support from Ben Hollioake (two for 37) and off-spinner Jeremy Snape (two for 38). Hoggard earned the man of the match award.

Zimbabwe:

Campbell c Hussain b Hollioake 49

Whittall b Hoggard 7

A. Flower b Hoggard 6

Carlisle c Trescothick b Ramprakash 40

Wishart c Thorpe b Hoggard 34

Brent c Kirtley b Snape 11

G. Flower c Knight b Snape 2

Ebrahim c Foster b Flintoff 10

Streak b Hollioake 3

Viljoen b Kirtley 18

Nkala not out 6

Extras (3lb, 6w): 9

Total (all out, 49.1 overs): 195

Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-40, 3-83, 4-128, 5-152, 6-152, 7-158, 8-165, 9-171.

Bowling: Hoggard 10-0-37-3, Kirtley 8.1-0-37-1, Flintoff 6-0-22-1, Hollioake 10-2-37-2, Snape 10-0-38-2, Ramprakash 5-0-21-1.

England:

Trescothick c Ebrahim b Brent 46

Knight not out 82

Hussain lbw b Streak 50

Ramprakash not out 6

Extras: (lb-3 w-7 nb-2) 12

Total: (for two, 37.3 overs) 196

Fall of wickets: 1-72 2-184

Bowling: Streak 9.3-1-52-1, Brent 10-1-47-1, Nkala 2-0-17-0, Viljoen 8-0-39-0, Whittall 4-0-22-0, Flower 4-0-16-0. ReutersTop

 

Raid de Himalaya flagged off
Roopinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Shamsar, October 6
Competitors zoomed their way down the old Hindustan-Tibet road as they came in from Shimla, 124 km away on the first day of Raid de Himalaya. The event had been flagged off in Shimla at 6 a.m. At the start there were 25 bikes and 24 cars.

The first competitive stage was the 75-km stretch from Gumma to Nogli. The first 10-km stretch of the road was tarmac after which the dirt track seemed rather rough followed by some stretch of smooth road.

There was a truck accident near Dalli. At the end of the first competitive section there was a landslide, 10 km short of Taklech, according to Manjiv Bhalla, an official of the Raid de Himalaya. Both of these accidents accounted for some delay, but the competitors were all still charged up and it did not affect the event.

Two bikers, Palden Thakur, (No 70) and Sanjiv Sen (No 71) retired early after minor tosses. A BMW bike, which had started in the morning also went back.

The second competitive stage of the event was 78 km from Bagi to Shamsar. The cars and bikes zoomed through the villages of Dalash and Chuwai, both of which have just come up on the road map.

The vehicles also had to negotiate the Jalori Pass 3,500 metres above sea level on the transport stage on the way to Manali, where they halted for the night.

SHIMLA: Earlier the Raid was given a colourful start early in the morning when it was flagged off from Peterhoff here. The 2600 km event has been divided into seven competitive stretches which would be completed in seven days.

The rally will traverse through the mighty Rohtang Pass (13,500 ft) and Kunzum Pass (14,800 ft) tomorrow on its way to Kargil and halt at Kaza in the Lahaul-Spiti district.

It will take the Manali-Leh route which crosses through, at least, four mountain passes, the highest being the Tanglang-la (17,584 ft).
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Ajeetesh wins golf title by big margin
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Twelve-year-old Ajeetesh Sandhu of Chandigarh could not have asked for more for his 13th birthday which falls on October 9. He scored a convincing 10-stroke win over his nearest rival to clinch the C Division title in the second National Junior and Subjunior Classic Golf Tournament which concluded at Gurgaon yesterday.

This Class VII student of St John’s High School was the only young golfer outside Delhi to win one of the four titles at stake at the Gurgaon event. His nearest rival was Viraj Ghadoke of Delhi who finished 10 strokes behind.

This is Ajeetesh’s second consecutive win in the national circuit which had its first tournament at the Chandigarh Golf Club last week.

Ajeetesh played exceedingly well aggregating 320 in four days. His best cards were an identical six-over on the second and fourth day.

All other divisions (A, B and D) were dominated by boys from Delhi. The winners in the divisions were Manav Jain, Aditya Singh and Kanish Madan, respectively.
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ONGC enter final

Chandigarh, October 6
ONGC today stormed into final of the on-going J.P. Atray memorial Cricket Tournament being played here by defeating Roofit Industries by five wickets.

Roofit were bundled out for a modest 187 runs in 39.3 overs.

Amit Bhandari of ONGC caused most of the damage to the Roofit team, securing five wickets under his belt. He returned with an impressive figures of 12-2-52-5.

For Roofit, Jatin Paranjape scored 69 of 66 balls, studded with 11 fours and a six. Left-handed Hrishikesh Kanitkar scored 25 of 37 balls. Kiran Pawar played a breezy knock of 22 runs. ONGC then went about their task in a methodical manner and reached the target of 188 runs in just 42.4 overs for the loss of five wickets. Mithun Minhas was in a fine nick and scored 69 runs.

In the second match at PCA Stadium, Mohali, put into bat, Mumbai were all out for 229 runs in 78 overs despite a bright start of 78 runs given by their openers Vinayak Mane and Wasim Jaffer before Jaffer was caught in the slips of Zakir Hussain.

Debashish Mohanty accounted for Vinayak Mane by having him snapped up by the keeper. Then followed by another fruitful partnership of 51 runs for the fourth wicket between Vinod Kambli (49) and Kunal More (31). Off spinner Kulmani Parida 4 for 34 and left arm spinner Murli Kartik 2 for 48 were the main wicket takers for the Bishnoi Club.

Bishnoi started their reply on a dismal note losing their opener Sanjay Bangar for a duck. He was trapped in front of the wicket by Avishkar Salbi, Salbi struck again when he had the other opener Mayank Sadana snapped by wicketkeeper for 6 runs. Bishnoi scored 39 runs for the loss of two wickets in 10 overs. PTI
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Bouncy pitches in Chinnaswamy stadium

Bangalore, October 6
The new sporting pitches, which are expected to be bouncy, are ready at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The re-laying work, which commenced a few months ago, had been completed and 12 new strips had been readied at the stadium.

According to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief curator G. Kasturirangan, the pitches in the centre, which would be used for international events, will have a lot of bounce. “All the 12 pitches in the main square have been restructured and special emphasis had been laid on three pitches in the centre,” he said.

The pitches were relaid after a gap of more than 25 years. “The ball used to stop and come (on the old pitches). But now the ball will zip through”, he claimed.

It may be recalled that the BCCI had taken initiative to have two sporting wickets in each zone and Bangalore and Visakhapatnam were selected in the south. The work on the pitch at Visakhapatnam had also been done, according to Kasturirangan. The main square in the middle will be used in the Test against England. UNI
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Mukesh leads in Sher-e-Kashmir Open

Srinagar, October 6
Mukesh Kumar carded a three-under 69 to aggregate nine-under 207 and take a two-stroke lead at the Rs 15-lakh Sher-e-Kashmir Open at the Royal Springs Golf course here today.

Jyoti Randhawa was trailing the leader on sole second place with a seven-under 209 after a round of 69 following his two-under 70 in the previous two rounds.

Lasts season’s Rookie of the Year Rahul Ganapathy joined overnight leader Gaurav Ghei in tied third place at five-under 211.

Two more players shot 69’s — Sanjay Kumar of Lucknow and Dinesh Kumar of Delhi. Sanjay moved to tied-sixth place along with Feroz Ali at three-under 213, one stroke behind Jaiveer Virk. Dinesh was placed 10th at one-under 215.

Playing in the leader group, Mukesh dropped a stroke on the second hole after failing to make his up and down from the greenside bunker. Randhawa birdied the par-5 first to go five-under.

Ghei made a bogey on the third and the leading trio was tied for the lead at five-under.

However, Mukesh turned on the heat with birdies on the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth with excellent approach shots that left him with birdie putts of less than seven feet.

On the 12th, his streak broke when he missed a three-footer for his fifth successive birdie.

“My putting was really hot till the 11th hole. From the 12th onwards, I was not that consistent with my putter,” said Mukesh who then made a bogey on the 14th and a birdie on the 18th.

“A two-stroke difference doesn’t mean much and I will have to play just like this tomorrow as well if I have to win,” he added.

Randhawa was looking forward to the final round tomorrow after a good back-nine. “I wasn’t putting well and was a little off with my driving too. But the back-nine was pretty good for me and I started putting well,” said Randhawa who was ranked no 2 in Asia last year but is struggling with his form this season.

“A win would also give me confidence before my USPGA Tour Q-School trip,” he added.

Randhawa started with a birdie but made a three-putt bogey from the fringe on the sixth. On the back-nine, he birdied the 10th, 14th and 18th from the fairway bunker with a delectable seven-iron second shot. PTITop

 

JCT, Punjab Police enter final
Our Sports Reporter

Nabha, October 6
JCT Mills, Phagwara, downed BSF, Jalandhar, 2-0 and Punjab Police routed Gorkha Brigade 4-1 in the 26th Gurdarshan Memorial Football Tournament played at the Ripudaman College grounds here today.

Both Punjab Police and JCT Mills, among the top football outfits of the country, will square it off for the coveted title at the same venue tomorrow afternoon.

In the first match of the day, JCT Mills were in total control of the proceedings in the first half with their strikers hitting the woodwork three times before the millmen scored when medio Jaswinder Singh set up striker P. Boy Singh on the left flank. P. Boy Singh darted in the box where he was tripped and the resultant penalty was neatly converted by P. Boy Singh. Munish Mehta, who otherwise played his heart out in the engrossing encounter, misjudged his return pass to his custodian. Seeing two strikers rushing at him, Munish Mehta turned around swiftly but failed to control his shot and as the ball rolled into his own goal.

In the other match, Punjab Police did not have to exert themselves much as they steamrolled Gorkha Brigade. After a barren first half, the cops came into their own and enjoyed territorial supremacy right through the second half. Gurinder Pal scored a hat-trick and Jatinder rounded off the tally for the cops. 
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East Bengal to meet Palmeiras

Kolkata, October 6
A brilliant double strike by Jo Paul Ancheri guided current title holders East Bengal to the final of the IFA Shield defeating arch-rivals Mohun Bagan 2-1 in an absorbing battle at the Salt Lake Stadium here today.

In the title clash East Bengal take on Brazil’s Palmeiras FC tomorrow.

Ancheri, who struck once in each half, played a stellar role in the team’s victory. Besides scoring both the goals and feeding the East Bengal attacks, he fell back time and again to keep the fort intact. After Ancheri put East Bengal in the lead in the 24th minute, Mohun Bagan’s Jose Rameiraz Baretto drew level in the 76th minute. Ancheri scored again in the 82nd minute to seal the fate of the match.

East Bengal maintained their dominance over Mohun Bagan in the tournament, defeating them all five time they have met in the semifinals. In head-to-head clash East Bengal remained ahead of their rivals with 36 wins against Mohun Bagan, who have managed only 17. The matches ended in a draw 13 times. UNI
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SGGSC beat Barjindra College
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 6
Shri Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh, scored a 3-1 victory over Government Barjindra College, Faridkot in the boys’ section to register their second consecutive win and make it to the super league phase of the first Champion Colleges Hockey League Tournament being organised jointly by the Surjit Hockey Academy, Jalandhar and Aryan Club, Ludhiana, in collaboration with the Hockey Promotion Institute at the PAU astroturf ground here today.

In the girls’ section, Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh, thrashed Government College for Women, Ludhiana, 8-0 to enter the super league stage.

In the first match today, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh shot into the lead in 25th minute through Amandeep Singh . Pardeep Kumar, captain of Government Barjindra College, restored parity in the 36th minute . Two minutes later Navdeep , skipper of Chandigarh team scored a field goal to put his side ahead again. Their full back Gurpreet Singh converted a penalty corner into a goal to wrap-up the issue 3-1.

In the girls’ section, Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh, made mince meat of local Government College for Women 8-0. Right-in Jyoti scored three goals while centre forward Poonam and left in Nishi contributed two goals each. Full-back Anu scored one goal.

In the third match, Government Physical College of Education, Patiala, defeated Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, by an identical fashion (8-0). Right-in Manjeet Kaur scored the first hat-trick of the tournament (20th , 24th and 31st minutes). Centre-forward Raj Rani sounded the board four times (17th, 47th , 48th and 55th minutes). Full-back Monika Rani found the target in 57th minutes to complete the rout.

In the last match of the day (boys), Guru Har Gobind Khalsa College, Guru Sar Sudhar, Ludhiana, scored an emphatic 7-1 victory over Government Mohindra College, Patiala. Ludhiana boys had established a 6-0 lead by half time. Centre forward, Sukhdeep accounted for four goals while Manjit Singh, Gurjeet and Gurvinder chipped in with a goal each. For the losers, Kulwinder scored the solitary goal in the 39th minute. Both the teams wasted as many as five penalty corners.


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Squad for world w’lifting meet
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, October 6
The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) today announced a 10-member team which will participate in the world weightlifting championships scheduled to be held Antalya (Turkey) from November 4 to 11.

With the announcement, the clouds of uncertainty hovering over the squads participation in the championships has been lifted and both the men and women lifters attending the training-cum-preparatory camp at the NIS here heaved a sigh of relief after the announcement. There was a lot of anxiety among the lifters attending the camps as, there were no clear instructions from the IWF about the status of the ongoing National camps ever since the Afro-Asian Games and the SAF games were indefinitely postponed.

The team Men: T. Muthu (56 Kg), Jasbir Singh (62 Kg), Satish Rai (72 kg), Sukhjinder Singh (94 Kg) and Manjit Singh (105 Kg).

Women: Tikna Gopal (48 Kg), Nandini Devi (53 Kg), Sunaina Kumari (58 kg), Pratima Devi (63 Kg) and Sumati Devi (75 Kg). Mr Jaswant Singh and Mr A.K. Sirohi have been named as the coaches who will accompany the men’s squad while Mr P.S Sandhu and Mr G.D. Fortgalland will be accompanying the women’s team.

Meanwhile, the IWF has yet to pay $ 1200 due to the international body for the dope test carried out on Kunjarani Devi, who at present is undergoing a six-month suspension. The rules of the International Weightlifting Federation state that unless the IWF pays the fine it can not send its lifters to participate in any international meet. 
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

AUSTRIANS HEAVE A SIGH OF RELIEF
VIENNA:
Austria sighed with relief on Friday now that their national team doesn’t have to play the final crucial 2002 World Cup qualifier in Israel on Sunday. But emotions were still running high regarding where the match is due to take place eventually, in Israel or on neutral ground. Austrian coach Otto Baric favours a neutral venue: “That would only be fair.” Israel’s federation chief Gabriel Levy disagreed: “The match will take place in Israel. Our security is good.” The world governing body FIFA had cancelled Sunday’s match in Tel Aviv after the crash of a Russian airliner over the Black Sea during a flight from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk on Thursday. Reuters

WORLDS SQUASH OFF
MELBOURNE:
The men’s squash world championships have been cancelled because of financial problems, the World Squash Federation (WSF) said on Saturday. The championships were due to be held in Melbourne from October 15 to 21 but were scrapped because of economic uncertainty following the attacks of New York and Washington. However, WSF officials said the women’s world championship and the team event, also due to be staged in Melbourne this month, would go ahead as planned. ”Sadly, this new event has been one of the casualties of the economic effects of the political turmoil following the US tragedy,” WSF chief executive Ted Wallbutton said in a statement. “With sponsorship tightening after these events it was not possible to guarantee a sufficient level of prize fund for the men’s individual championship to ensure sensible player compensation, so, with great regret, it has been cancelled.” Reuters

BADMINTON MEET
CHANDIGARH:
The Punjab State Junior Badminton Championships in boys and girls sections will begin at Patiala on Sunday. The three-day meet being organised under the aegis of Patiala District Badminton Association will have competition in junior boys singles and doubles, junior girls singles and doubles and mixed doubles categories, said Mr Vinod Vatrana, organising secretary. Over100 players are likely to be seen in action in this championships which will be played in indoor hall of the National Institute of Sports, Patiala. OSR
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