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Coach Mike Friday confident about Indian U-17 Girls rugby team


Mike Friday, Head Coach of the USA men’s rugby 7s team was seen shouting instructions and keenly monitoring the 20-Indian probables training during the final preparatory camp regime, at the Bombay Gymkhana on Friday morning.  Friday, is here in Indian consulting and training the Indian girls.

The Indian U-17 Girls Rugby team seen with Mike Friday, Head Coach the USA Rugby 7s Team, at the end of a training session at the National camp at the Bombay Gymkhana on Friday.

The Indian U-17 Girls Rugby team seen with Mike Friday, Head Coach the USA Rugby 7s Team, at the end of a training session at the National camp at the Bombay Gymkhana on Friday.


The Indian U-17 Girls rugby team, which will be announced on Saturday, will compete at the Asian Qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games Rugby Sevens Championship to be held at Dubai Sports City on November 29 and 20, 2017.


Coach Friday was satisfied with the Indian girls who have been training with him for the past couple of days. “The girls are all enthusiastic training and with lots of energy. They are taking a lot of pride to represent the country and are looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he told media persons at a meet briefing on the sidelines of the training session.


“The Indian girls are not biggest, they are small built, but they have a big heart and are courageous. They also have the self confidence and self belief and they will perform to their potential,” the American coach mentioned.


The Indian team is supported by Societe Generale, the financial partner of Rugby India and is participating under the aegis of the Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the governing body for the sport of Rugby in India.


This tournament will serve as the Qualifiers for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to be held in Argentina, from October 6 to 18. A total of 12 countries from across Asia including Japan, Laos, Kazakhstan, Iran, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Philippines, China, Thailand, Malaysia, India and hosts U.A.E will vie for top honors at the championships. India is clubbed with favourites Japan and Laos in Pool-A. The top two teams will qualify for the quarter-finals and the ultimate champions will make the trip to Argentina.


Friday will finalise the team after another training session on Saturday.

Steven,Ryan star in Karnatak SC win


22nd Late Ramanath Payyade Memorial Football

Karnatak Sports Club combined perfectly as a team and with former international Steven Dias and Ryan D’Souza spearheading their attack they romped to an authoritative 3-0 win against Mogaveera Sports Club  SC  in a first round league match of 22nd Late Shri Ramanath Payyade Memorial Football Tournament 2017-18, organised by the Karnatak Sporting Association and played at the KSA ground, Cross Maidan.


Mogaveera started well and had the better of exchanges initially, but Karnatak managed to take the lead when from a counter Ryan D’Souza slotted home in the 20th minute to give his team a slender 1-0 half-time lead.


After changing sides, Karnatak doubled the lead with dead-ball specialist Steven Dias scoring with a direct free-kick in the 39th minute before consistent scorer Roger Sam fired in the third goal in the 45th minute to complete the margin of victory.


In the second match, Jai Hind SC scored two early goals and went on to record an identical 3-0 win against Uchil United SC. Srinath Rathod opened the account for Jai Hind in the sixth minute before   Winston D’Silva scored the second goal in the 11th minute to make it 2-0 at the half time. Later, Kumar Rathod scored third goal in the 56th minute to complete a deserving victory for Jai Hind.


Results: Karnatak SC 3 (Ryan D’Souza, Steven Dias, Roger Sam) beat Mogaveera SC 0.


Jai Hind SC 3 (Srinath Rathod, Winston D’Silva, Kumar Rathod) beat Uchil United SC 0.

Subin scores winner for Sahar S S

Sahar Silver Star scored a hard-fought 1-0 win against Naval Dockyard in a Second Division match of the MDFA League 2017-2018 and played at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel. Striker Subin Varghese scored the lone winning goal in the 29th minute to help Silver Star pocket the full three points.


In another match of the same division, Dadar XI ‘B’ and Sagar Sports Club shared honours as they were engaged in a goalless draw.


Results – Div-II: Sahar Silver Star 1 (Subin Varghese) beat Naval Dockyard 0.


Dadar XI ‘B’ 0 drew with Sagar Sports Club 0.

Manjul Bharadwaj celebrated 25 years of TOR offering three best plays

For the past 25 years, passionate theatre campaigner Manjul Bharadwaj has been working relentlessly to stage his plays on various important social issues, through his group Theatre of Relevance( TOR) . Last week TOR celebrated its Silver Jubilee year staging three plays on different subjects at Mumbai’s Shivaji Mandir auditorium.

Manjul Bharadwaj poses with his artistes and special invitees after the 'Garbh' show

Manjul Bharadwaj poses with his artistes and special invitees after the ‘Garbh’ show


On the first day, the young  talented artistes of his group Ashwini Nandedkar, Yogini Chouk, Sayali Pawaskar, Komal Khamkar & Tushar Mhaske presented an artistic dance based play ‘Garbh’, which exposed discrimination and attitude of human beings with the changing time. His second play ‘Anhad Naad’ presented by the same group of artistes created awareness about preservation of our environment from destruction. On the final day, renowned artiste Babli Rawat  presented herself through the play ‘Nyayeke Bhanwar Mein Bhawri’ which challenged patriarchy. So, it was a real treat to the audience present on this occasion. Indeed, as a director and motivator Manjul Bharadwaj  has been doing a commendable job, without the support of sponsors. For him, the appreciation from  audience is the biggest gift.


For the past 25 years manjul has always responded to national challenges and has set national agenda through his philosophy, which was noticed through 28 plays authored by him. Through his Theatre of Relevance group he has conducted several theatre workshops at schools and even at remote places all over Maharashtra. Magzmumbai wishes him and his group members on this happy occasion.

Ankita impresses with another win


India’s Ankita Raina, a wild card entrant, proved that her first round win over Russian Veronika Kudermetova was no flash in the pan. The 24-year-old Indian ranked 293 in the WTA rankings seemed to have tremendously gained in confidence and produced another impressive  performance to tame unseeded Peangtarn Plipuech of Thailand, ranked 244, in straight sets to advance to the quarter-finals of the L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series.

Indian Ankita Raina in action against unseeded Peangtarn Plipuech of Thailand during their second round match of  the L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series,

Indian Ankita Raina in action against unseeded Peangtarn Plipuech of Thailand during their second round match of the L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series,

Ankita was all charged up and played some smart shots, including a couple of sliced drop winners and also whipped some brilliant passing shots past the Thai opponent to take total control. The India with three breaks each in the first and second sets went on to complete a commanding 6-2, 6-2 victory over her 25-year-old opponent in a second round match played on Centre Court at the CCI, on Thursday.

In the quarter-finals, Ankita will meet 265th ranked unseeded Amandine Hesse of France who defeated qualifier Deniz Khazaniuk of Israel in the sets winning at 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in the 2 hours and 23 minutes.

Plipuech who had scored a shock win against sixth seed Lizette Cabrera of Australia, broke the Indian only once each in both the sets as she surrendered quite meekly.

Ankita, now has a 3-2 win-loss record against Plipuech, who had scored a shock win against sixth seed Lizette Cabrera of Australia in a first round match yesterday.

The Indian faced a bit of opposition initially as she dropped her serve in the third game. Ankita made two unforced errors to give the Thai player a 15-40 advantage which she managed to convert with a superb cross court passing shot.

Ankita bounced back in style and broke in the next to level scores at 2-all. The Ahmedabad born and Pune-based Ankita suddenly started to call the shots and forced two more breaks in the sixth and eight games to close out the set 6-2.

Having wrested the initiative Ankita continued to dictate terms and did not allow her opponent to get back. She broke her Thai opponent in the second, sixth and eighth games to wrap up the match in an hour and seven minutes.

The Indian player who trains in Pune mentioned that her coach Hemant Bhendrey admitted that she was confident “Since I played her before I knew she would put the ball down the line and try to move me side to side. So I had to mix it up a little bit. I normally play an aggressive game but I realised that the powerful shots were not the right ones to play, so I tried to use my drop shots to break her rhythm,” said Ankita after her victory.

She also mentioned that she had worked out some strategies d with her coach Hemant Bendrey in the morning. “I had practiced this in training in the morning and today’s game was a much smarter one in comparison to yesterday’s,” she added.

The fifth seed Naomi Broady, ranked 117 from Great Britain continued her form by defeating Junri Namigata from Japan in just under an hour. She won the match in straight sets with 6-2, 6-2.

Results (2nd round): 5-Naomi Broady (GBR) bt Junri Namigata (JPN) 6-2, 6-2;

Amandine Hesse (FRA) bt Q-Deniz Khazaniuk (ISR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1;

WC-Ankita Raina (IND) bt Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) 6-2, 6-2.

All eyes on Shashi, Ankushita in Women’s Youth World Boxing

Four doughty Indian boxers will step into the ring on Friday afternoon, hoping to turn the country’s hopes and dreams into reality as the curtain goes up on the semi finals of the AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships here in Guwahati.


Ten bouts in the fly, feather, welter, middle and heavy categories are on the card on Day 1 of this epochal stage, with only Russia matching the impressive number that India have managed to send into the Last Four stage.


Kazakhstan will see two of their own boxers fighting for places in the final while China, Mongolia, Thailand, Taipei, Ireland, Japan, Poland, Turkey, England and Vietnam will have one each.


Fortunately, for both, India and Russia, neither of their boxers will run into each other on Friday.


Jyoti will kick off India’s challenge in the fly-weight category, taking on Kazakhstan’s Abdraimova Zhansaya, the conqueror of  USA’s Heaven Garcia who was earlier tipped to walk away with the title.


Jyoti will have to fight a lot smarter to dismantle Abdraimova, who is strong, quick, clever and aggressive. A solid guard, keeping her jabbing arm busy and away from her body while mixing it with attacks in short bursts, should do the trick.


Next in line will be Shashi Chopra, who comes up against Mongolian Monghor Namuun, another tough customer who is not just aggressive, but quick and packs a good punch too.


Knowing Shashi, she will be up to the task though. She has all the trappings of a quality boxer. All she will need to do is stay sharp, maintain a solid guard and look for clean hitting, combining it with hooks and uppercuts when fighting from close quarters.


Next on the cards will be one of India’s most talented and skilful boxer, Ankushita Boro, the darling of the local crowd, being an Assamese herself. She takes on the might of Thailand’s Saksri Thanchanok in the light-welter category.The Thai got the better of the hard-hitting Polish girl Borys Patrycja in a clincher that was decided on a split-decision.


Ankushita should come through, though, as she is on a roll and in good form too. She is also clinically and technically very sound. All she needs to do is stick to the coach’s plan and ensure a guard as the Thai packs a solid punch.


India’s fourth boxer on view, Neha Yadav will have her hands full against Islambekova Dina. The hard-hitting Kazakhstan girl is strong and skillful, light on her feet and comes up with a good burst of punches. Neha will have to box smart, fast and furious when in close quarters and maintain a compact guard.


When asked about the medal prospects of the Indian team, Rafael Bergamasco, BFI’s High Performance Director, said, “I never put a count on medals because I believe in good performances. Medals will come if you box well. I had aimed for seven medals and I’m very happy that we have achieved that. I believe we could have won a couple more though.


“We have gone through the videos of all our opponents and have our strategy in place. I will give the coaches individual methodology for the boxers and ask them to work on it. No hard training today,” he added.


Other bouts that will have the crowd on their feet will be the middle-weight clashes between England’s Georgia O’Connor and China’s Yang Ya-Chu and Russia’s Anastasiia Shamonova and Polish girl Natalia Marczykowsca. Both bouts promise exciting fare.


Another bout to watch out for is the China-Vietnam clash in the feather-weight category where the talented and stylish Hu of China takes on Do Hong Ngoc.

Girish Bisht scores for Alfa Academy

Alfa Football Academy prevailed over FC Cosmos by a narrow 1-0 margin in a Third Division match of the MDFA League 2017-2018 and played at the St. Xavier’s Ground, Parel. Strikers Girish Bisht struck the crucial winning goal in the 35th minute.


In another match of the same division, 7B Star SC recorded an identical 1-0 win against Eleven Stars FC with Nimesh Pawar scoring the lone goal in the 20th minute.


Results – Div-III: Alfa Football Academy 1 (Girish Bisht 35) beat FC Cosmos 0.


7B Star SC 1 (Nimesh Pawar) beat Eleven Stars FC 0.

KarnatakSA rally to down KenkreFC


Playing with plenty of grit and determination Karnatak Sporting Association (KSA) splendidly recovered to score a deserving 3-2 win against a spirited Kenkre FC in an exciting Elite Division match of the MDFA League 2017-2018 and played at the Cooperage Ground.


In a well-contested encounter, KSA against the run of play took the lead with Sohail Khatri finding the net from a snap effort in the 28th minute. But KSA’s joy was short-lived as four minutes later Kenkre restored parity with Girish Kamat scoring the equalizer and two minutes later they snatched the lead with Yash Mhatre netting their second goal to go into the break with a 2-1 advantage.


However, after switching ends the Karnatak outfit showed more urgency and managed to produce two quick goals in as many minutes to regain the lead. In the 64th minute Tushar Poojary got the equalizer and in the next minute KSA’s prolific and consistent scorer Roger Sam hit the target for the winner.


Results – Elite Div: Karnatak Sporting Association 3 (Sohail Khatri 28th, Tushar Poojary 64th, Roger Sam 65th) beat Kenkre FC 2 (Girish Kamat 32nd, Yash Mhatre 34th).

India’s Ankita hogs limelight, first Indian to make last 16

Playing with plenty of exuberance and loads of confidence India’s Ankita Raina, a wild card entrant, produced an outstanding performance to sideline unseeded Russian Veronika Kudermetov recording a straight sets victory in a first round match of the L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series, played at the CCI tennis courts, on Wednesday.

Ankita Raina in action

Ankita Raina in action

The talented 24-year-old Indian, ranked 293, with her fine all-round play, started positively and in an aggressive manner to force the higher 233 ranked 20-year-old Russian rival, in to making too many unforced errors before coasting to 7-6(2), 6-3 in an hour and 35 minutes, to bring cheer to her supporters, who had turned up in fairly large numbers to watch the action on centre court.

Ankita is the first Indian to progress to the pre-quarter-finals after the other three Indians players Karman Kaur Thandi, Rutuja Bhosale and Zeel Desai, who were also awarded wild cards, lost to superior opponent in the first round.

The Indian player who trains in Pune mentioned that her coach Hemant Bhendrey had a role to play in the victory. “After getting a solid start, I had slowed down mid-way through the first set, but eventually I found my stride back again. My coach had advised me to keep up my rhythm and to be patient and wait for my opportunity. I normally play an aggressive game, but I was advised to wait for the right opportunities rather than going for every ball,” Ankita told media persons at the post match press conference.

“It was quite breezy but it did not stop me from going for my shots. I tried to adapt to the conditions by trying more different things, like increasing power at the right moments of the game and having to be more consistent and patient,” she further stated.

Oozing with confidence, Ankita with two early breaks raced to a 4-0 lead before Veronika finally got on the scoreboard by breaking the Indian in the fifth game. Later, Ankita played some amazing shots in the next game to hold three break points, but the Russian managed to save two before sending a return long which saw the India consolidate the lead to 5-1. But Ankita was unable to go for the kill as she dropped serve in the seventh game and in the ninth game she failed to convert a set point before dropping her serve for the second time as the Russian closed the gap to 5-4. Veronika went on the win the 10th to level scores and then both players held their serves as the match went to the tie-breaker. Ankita was all fired up in the tie-breaker and pulled through at 7-2 to pocket the opening set.

In the second set, Ankita broke the Russian girl in the third game and again in the fifth to stay in front at 4-1. The Indian girl broke for the third time in the ninth when the Russian after saving a couple of match points made another unforced error hitting a return long and Ankita celebrated her triumph with clenched fists and a loud scream.

There was more cheer for Indians as Karman Kaur Thandi and Pranjala Yadlapalli finally brought home a victory in the doubles event. They defeated the pair of Naiktha Bains from Australia, and Fanny Stollar from Hungary in straight sets on centre court. They won the match 6-3, 7-5.

Top seed Aryna Sabalenka, ranked 78 in the world, from Belarus cruised past Priscilla Hon in straight sets to reach the round of 16. She won the first set 7-5 and followed it up by losing just one game in the second, winning it 6-1.

Meanwhile, World No. 210, Junri Namigata , from Japan advanced to the round of 16 as her opponent retired hurt. Namigata emphatically won the first set 6-1 and was leading 5-4 in the second set when Ianchuk had to withdraw from the game due to injury.

On the side court, world No. 244, Peangtarn Plipuech from Thailand caused an upset as she defeated sixth seed Lizette Cabrera in straight sets. The first set went down the wire with Plipuech winning 7-6 in the tie-breaker and wrapped up the match, winning the second set 6-2.

Results (1st round): Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) bt 6-Lizette Cabrera (AUS) 7-6, 6-2;

Junri Namigata (JPN) bt Olga Ianchuk (UKR) 6-1, 5-4 Retd.;

WC-Ankita Raina (IND) bt Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) 7-6, 6-3;

1-Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) bt Priscilla Hon (AUS) 7-5, 6-1.

Aga Hussain elected President of Asia Rugby

Aga Hussain, of the Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU) aka Rugby India, has been elected the President of Asia Rugby at the AGM of Asia Rugby in Hong Kong on Sunday, November 19, 2017. With this landmark development, he becomes the first Indian ever to be elected President of Asia Rugby.

Aga Hussain

Aga Hussain


Hussain has over four decades of involvement with Rugby, including five years as member of the Asia Rugby EXCO and two years it’s Vice President. He has served as the Representative of Rugby India on the Asia Rugby Council since 2000.


Speaking on the occasion  Hussain said, “I am honored to have been elected as Asia Rugby President and I wish to thank the Asia Rugby Council Members for the trust and confidence they have shown in me. I remain committed to raising the awareness & profile of the game in Asia and to ensure Asia Rugby becomes the best governed Regional Association of Word Rugby”

Hussain is a founding member of Indian Rugby Football Union (Rugby India) and played competitive Rugby for 26 years at Club, National and International Level. He was the captain of the Indian Rugby team and led the country in its very first International Rugby tournament held in Singapore in 1998. He has worked tirelessly to popularize and develop the sport of Rugby in India and a game that was enjoyed only in a few metros until recently is being actively played across 24 States in India in all age – grade categories for both girls & boys and senior men & women.


Asia Rugby (Asian Rugby Football Union) is the governing body of Rugby in Asia under the authority of World Rugby (Previously known as an International Rugby Board – IRB). Founded in 1968 by eight charter nations, Asia Rugby today has 31 registered member Unions across Asia, stretching from Jordan in the West to Guam in the East and from Mongolia in the North to Indonesia in the South.

10 Indian States showcase their locations at Film Bazaar

first day of Film Bazaar 2017, which is under the banner of the International Film Festival of India(IFFI) began on an eventful note. The Film Offices of Delhi, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh collaborated with the Film Facilitation Office (FFO) of the Ministry of I&B and the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) to showcase their locations to various filmmakers from India and abroad. Theses Offices provide a platform to showcase locations and incentives that will benefit both the States and the filmmaker.

Integration of the States with the Coproduction Market

The FFO on behalf of these States presented the various film incentives offered by them to filmmakers including giving an overview of their film policies to the participants of the Coproduction Market. In doing so the FFO, urged the filmmakers to participate in joint discussions with the States so as to understand how they can integrate the locations offered by them into their narratives and at the same time leverage the benefits offered for filming in their jurisdiction.  The fact that India has 12 international coproduction treaties with Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and U.K and Northern Ireland, was also highlighted. Structured meetings have been set up between the State Film Offices and the filmmakers from the Coproduction Market over a period of four days ie 21st to 24th November at the Film Bazaar. It was impressed upon the filmmakers to keep in mind the guidelines, rules and regulations while filming in a location.

Co-Production Market is a platform where selected projects with South Asian themes are presented. Filmmakers get numerous avenues to find financial and artistic support from Indian and International producers, distributors, sales agents and financiers. This year 18 projects were presented in the Coproduction market from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Canada, Afghanistan and Nepal.

Rutuja Bhosale loses to Israeli qualifier

India’s Rutuja Bhosale ​showed sporadic glimpses of her talent, but lacked consistency and ​went down rather tamely to qualifier Deniz Khazaniuk of Israel in two straight games in a first round match of the L&T Mumbai Open WTA ​1​25K Series​,  at the CCI tennis courts, Churchgate on Tuesday.

India’s Rutuja Bhosale in action against qualifier Deniz Khazaniuk of Israel during their first round match of  the L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series,  at the CCI tennis courts, Churchgate on Tuesday.

India’s Rutuja Bhosale in action against qualifier Deniz Khazaniuk of Israel during their first round match of the L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series, at the CCI tennis courts, Churchgate on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Rutuja ranked 577, ​had her chances against the  23-year-old Deniz, ranked 271, ​who played steadily and jus​t​kept the ball in play and cashed in on the errors of the Indian to complete a 6-4, 6-3 ​win ​in an hour and 15 minutes.​ Rutuja’s poor serve percentage also did not help matters.

In the first set both players traded breaks in the first six games as the scores were level at 3-all before Deniz got another break in the seventh to take a 4-3 lead, which she worked to her advantage. She then held her serve to extend the lead to 5-3. Rutuja, who recently returned after playing collegiate tennis in the USA, managed to finally hold serve in the ninth game, But the Israel player went on to win the 10th game to clinch the first set 6-​4.​

In the second Deniz raced to a 4-0 lead and then beat back a late fight back from the Indian to win the second set at 6-3 and close out the match.

Rutuja admitted that the errors cost her the match. “I had to hit back a lot of balls as she had come into the game with a defensive mindset, as that is how she normally plays. She put a lot of balls back and hence they kept getting bigger and harder which became difficult for me as the game went on. She further kept attacking my backhand as she knew my forehand was my strong suit, so in order to hit those forehands, I made many unforced errors. Hence, one thing that I’ve learnt from this tournament is that I have to improve on my strength as all the other girls here are much fitter,” the Indian said after the match.

Rutuja became the third Indian, from among the four players from the country who received wild card entries, to bow out. On Monday evening, Karman Kaur Thandi and Zeel Desai had also lost to superior opponents.

Earlier, Amandine Hesse of France exhibited solid fighting qualities as ​s​he recovered to turn the tables on fourth-seeded Arina Rodionova of Australia coasting to a 7-6(2), 6-3 victory in an hour and 45 minutes. The 24-year-old Frenchwomen trailed 2-5 in the first set, but came back by winning the next four games, including a tough 10th game, to take a 6-5 lead. Arina managed to win the 11th to take the set to the tie-breaker, which Amandine dominated to win it 7-2 ​and take the first set 7-6.

In the second, Amandine having gained in confidence played more aggressively and hit some fine winners to stay in front throughout before going on to win the set at 6-3 and complete a deserving victory.

Meanwhile, second-seeded Ana Bogdan of Romania cruised to the second round recording an authoritative 6-1, 6-1 win over Mexico’s Victoria Rodrigues, while Chinese Jia-Jing Lu also had an easy out getting past Hungary’s Dalma Galfi 6-2, 6-2.

Meanwhile, another Indian made an exit, when Prathana Thombare and her Japanese partner Hiroko Kuwata lost to Julia Glushko of Israel and Priscilla Hon of Australia 2-6, 3-6.

Results – Singles: Deniz Khazaniuk (ISR) bt Rutuja Bhosale (IND) 6-4, 6-3;

2-Ana Bogdan (ROU) bt Victoria Rodrigues (MEX) 6-1, 6-1;

Amandine Hesse (FRA) bt Arina Rodionova (AUS) 7-6(2), 6-3;

Jia-Jing Lu (CHN) bt Dalma Galfi (HUN) 6-2, 6-2;

Doubles: Julia Glushko (ISR)/Priscilla Hon (AUS) bt Hiroko Kuwata (JPN)/Prarthana Thombare (IND) 6-2, 6-3;

2-Dalila Jakupovic (SLO)/Irina Khromacheva (RUS) bt Ksenia Palkina (KGZ)/Ling Zhang (HKG) 6-2, 6-0;

Junri Namigata (JPN)/Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) bt Valentyna Ivakhnenko (RUS)/Sabina Sharipova (UZB) 6-1 6-4.

Indians shine in World Women’s Boxing

India had a brilliant day in the AIBA World Women’s Youth Boxing Championships here on Tuesday, with all five boxers who stepped into the ring winning and advancing to the quarterfinals.

Local girl from Assam, Ankushita wins her match to crusie through to the Quarterfinal of AIBA Youth Women's Wolrd Boxing  Championship

Local girl from Assam, Ankushita wins her match to crusie through to the Quarterfinal of AIBA Youth Women’s Wolrd Boxing Championship

Guli Jyoti (flyweight), Shashi Chopra (featherweight) and Ankushita Boro (light welter) stole the limelight in the afternoon while Nitu (light-flyweight) and Sakshi (bantam) impressed in the evening session.

Italy’s Nicoli Rebecca also did well, recording the big shock of the day and upsetting European champion Heijnen Chelsey in the Light-welter weight category.

Haryana’s dynamo Jyoti and local girl Ankushita were a revelation as they displayed their skill and class against tougher opponents.

Shashi treaded cautiously in the opening round, gauging her opponent Lin Li Wei-Yi’s strengths and weaknesses. But once she figured her out, she made it seem like another workout in the gym.

She eased into her rhythm, shuffling in the centre of the ring and pummelling her opponent at will. She threw straight punches in ones and twos, cleanly striking her target on the jaw, head and midriff. She picked up points in style to the delight of her fans.

The boxer to impress, however, was local girl Ankushita. She was clearly the most accomplished and stylish boxer of the session. Such was her class that her opponent, Cagla Aluc of Turkey will remember her demolition for a long time in the welterweight category.

The Bodo girl demonstrated not just strength and power but footwork and fists of fury too. It was sweet revenge for her as well as Cagla the European champion, had beaten Ankushita in the Ahmet Comert International Boxing tournament in her own country in Istanbul, Turkey last month.

High-performance director Rafaele Bergamasco changed Ankushita’s strategy for this rematch after the setback in Turkey. It paid dividends as Cagla just did not know what hit her, right from the moment she stepped into the roped square till the bell went off for the first time.

Ankushita trained extremely hard for this and relished every moment in the ring.

“She beat me in her country, so it was only natural that I had to return the compliment in my country,” Ankushita said.

Nitu got the better of Bulgaria’s Emi-Mari Todorova while Sakshi had to dig deep to overcome Indira Shudabaeva of Russia in the evening session.

Nitu was delighted after her victory. “It was an easy bout for me. I had beaten her earlier in Bulgaria too and I knew how to tackle her,” she said. “She didn’t allow me to move freely in the first round and my coach changed my strategy midway that made all the difference,” she added.

“Our strategy was to go with combination punches because she plays on the counter,” Sakshi said. “I could have done better but I am satisfied with the bout,” she added.

Jyoti too boxed with conviction, using the straight jab, left hook and throwing her right punch straight from the shoulder to rattle her strong and aggressive Ukraine opponent.

USA’s popular flyweight boxer Garcia Heaven Destiny probably never expected that her opponent Kim would make hell for her. The Korean came out with loads of aggression and staccato punches to surprise her.

Fortunately, Heaven steadied herself by the second and consolidated her position in the final round to come out unscathed. Even though she pulled through, the victory lacked conviction.

“I will do better in my next bout. Things did not go the way I planned it out,” said the American girl later.


Light Fly (45-48 kg): Nitu beat Emi-Mari Todorova 5-0


Fly (51kg) : Garcia Heaven Destiny (USA) bt Kim Chaewon (KOR) 5-0; Abdraimova Zhansaya (KAZ) bt Heibloem Indianna (AUS) 5-0; Jyoti (IND) beat Lisinska Anastasiia (UKR) 5-0; Marchese Giovanna (ITA) bt Nampai Kittiya (THA) 5-0; Saracoglu Beyza (TUR)  bt Kondakor Emilia (HUN) 4-0; Kinoshita Rinka (JPN) bt Delgerkhangai Khongorzul (MGL) 5-0; Molchanova Ekaterina (RUS) bt Kholmatova Khursandoy (UZB) 5-0 ; Chen Tzu-Hsuan (TPE) bt Gaforova Madina (TJK) 3-2.


Bantam (54kg): Sakshi (IND) bt Indira Shudabaeva 4-1;

Feather (57kg): Rodionova Valeriia (RUS) bt Tintabthai Preedakamon (THA) 5-0; Hu Cailling (CHN) bt Abdukholiqzoda Madinai (TJK) 5-0; Do Hong Ngoc (VIE) bt En Havanur (TUR) 5-0 ;

Martinez (Roma) Linda (USA)  bt Mauermann Emily (GER) 3-2;

Lue Glover Victoria (SCO) bt Nagy Angéla (HUN) 5-0  ;

Monkhor Namuun (MGL) bt Clarke Labhaoise (IRL) RSC ;

Abilkhan Sandugash (KAZ) bt Holland Madison (AUS) 5-0  ;

Chopra Shashi (IND) Lin Li Wei-Yi (TPE) 5-0 ; .

LIGHT WELTER (64kg): Yesseken Marzhan (KAZ) bt Borys Patrycja (POL)  5-0;

Boro Ankushita (IND) bt Aluc Cagla (TUR) 5-0;

Nicolai Rebecca (ITA) bt Heijnen Chelsey (NED) 5-0;

Fiedler Sabine (GER) bt Starkova Diana (UKR) 5-0;

Dynnik Ekaterina (RUS) bt Lawson Emma (AUS) 5-0 ;

Amitkumar live in Concert

Veteran Playback Singer Amit kumar will perform a with his own Orchestra on his own songs on Saturday 25th November,  2017 at 8.00 pm. The live concert will be staged at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi, Mumbai.

Amit Kumar

Amit Kumar


The show is arranged by People’s Arts Centre (Regd.) Mumbai as its 1014th  show   by public demand for a solo performance of Amit kumar.  Fans and admirers are going to witness a three hour long live in concert of memorable numbers composed by leading legendary music directors for Amit Kumar.


Donor passes are available at auditorium only. Daily  between 10 am to 6 pm.

Tyson Patel twin strikes for StaedfastFC

Tyson Patel scored both the goals as Steadfast FC ‘A’ overcame Bombay Gymkhana Colts 2-1 in a First Division match of the MDFA League 2017-2018 and played at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel on Tuesday. Shahnawaz Khan scored the lone goal for the Gymkhana youngsters.

In another match of the same division, FC India (MFC) scored a comfortable 4-2 win over PIFA Colaba Under-17. Hrishikesh Balaji, Ashley Koli, Sanath Valadares and Sherwin Pereira scored a goal each for the winning side, while PIFA Colaba Under-17 got their two goals through Jayesh Parmar and Deavy Songara.

Results – Div-I: Steadfast FC ‘A’ 2 (Tyson Patel 2) beat Bombay Gymkhana Colts 1 (Shahnawaz Khan).

FC India (MFC) 4 (Hrishikesh Balaji, Ashley Koli, Sanath Valadares, Sherwin Pereira) beat PIFA Colaba Under-17 2 (Jayesh Parmar, Deavy Songara).

UK specialist to conduct Sports Business Management Course

Pyramid Sports is set to present its second edition of the Sports Business ManagementCourse, a course that introduces student and professional alike to the Sports Industry. The intensive one-week programme will be held in St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai between the 29th of November and 5th of December. With a balance of academic theory and practical knowledge, the course helps understand the Indian sports industry within a global context.


Dr. Alex Twitchen, a senior lecturer at the University of Chichester (UK), a UEFA “A” Licensed Coach, and an FA Coach Mentor will be conducting most of the course. He is also a member of the Coaching Standards Committee at SportsCoach UK. Dr. Alex, will be supported by the Guest Faculty which will include entrepreneurs and experts from the Indian sports industry, providing their outlook on the Indian sporting landscape.


The professional certificate course will also include internship facilitation for its students amongst companies within various niches of the industry. The course is recommended for students looking to find their place in the industry and attempting to understand the various opportunities that sport could provide for a viable career. Professionals who seek to broaden their job prospects or are looking to be involved in the industry can benefit greatly from the course as well. Another edition of the course will also be held in Bengaluru for the first time!


Pyramid Sports is a sports management company, established with the purpose of shaping the sports industry in India and operates under the verticals of Sports Infrastructure; Sports Consultation; Sports Education; and Sports Events.


For more information about the course or Pyramid Sports’ activities, please contact us on or call us on +91 7506457557

Deana Uppal Stuns audience in women empowerment movie


The launch of a hard-hitting trailer for leading actress Deana Uppal’s latest Punjabi film, ‘Hard Kaur’ , has been in the news.. Deana, who is Miss India-UK &  Big Brother Finalist – UK Big Boss and was also a contestant in Khatron ke Khaladi programme , will be playing a powerful role in this movie which will serve as her launch into Punjabi cinema in a major way. This beauty queen  has lots of fan following  the world over with her innocent looks and a charming countenance.  And  now , she has ventured into Punjabi movies to work her magic on the Punjabi community.Hard Kaur


Director Ajit Rampal says “Punjab is one of the greatest states that created the most Women Warriors ever; today it is fading its vibrant grip from its courageous bygones. As our bit to better the “life of our women” we are attempting to make their bravery a regular part of our day to day life, this Punjabi film features “5 Sikhnis” from 5 Different cities of Punjab who go through agony; but come together to fight the hard-ships by uniting, titled as “HARD-KAUR”.”


Deana is playing the role of Sirat Kaur, the simple sweet shy school teacher who gets harassed by men because of her beauty. As seen in the trailer, Deana’s subtle but expressive acting  invites the attention.


The Producers are Delhiwood and the Movie is releasing on December 15th with the support of Whitehill Productions. The main star cast comprise of  Deana Uppal, Drishtii Grewal and award-winning actress Nirmal Rishi.  This venture aims to awaken the dormant “spirit” lying in our women entertainingly.

Indian girls Karman,Zeel impress before bowing out

Young Indian girls Karman Kaur Thandi and Zeel Desai, both given wild cards, produced some creditable performances but crashed to straight sets defeat against superior opponents in first round matches of the L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series, played at the CCI tennis courts, on Monday.

Karman Thandi put up an impressive performance against Dalila Jakupovic from Slovenia in the L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series .

Karman Thandi put up an impressive performance against Dalila Jakupovic from Slovenia in the L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series .


The 19-year-old Karman, who is now the top Indian, having moved up to 284 on the latest WTA rankings released on Monday, put up quite a fight against unseeded 26-year-old Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia, the 242nd ranked, before losing 2-6, 6-4 in a little over an hour on Centre Court.

Earlier, 18-year-old Zeel, ranked 709 in the WTA ranking tried her best to match the 22-year-old Zhao, who has a ranking of 150 in the world before slumping to a 3-6, 1-6 defeat in an hour an seven minutes.


The lanky Karman struggled initially and tamely lost the opening set. But she managed to find her range of shots in the second and put up a strong fight. She did well to stay abreast her Slovenian opponent as the scores went level pegging till 4-all. In the next Dalila managed to get a crucial break in the ninth before serving out for the set.

Zeel Desai in action against Carol Zhao from Canada in the L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series .

Zeel Desai in action against Carol Zhao from Canada in the L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series .


Karman rued the missed opportunities for her loss. “I had my chances in the game, but I was lacking on my service in the match. I played better in the second set and had an advantage at 4-4, as I was 30-0 up, however my service game let me down.

Dalila was playing well as she used the drop shot to good effect. I was able to reach them, but I missed silly shots as well,” said Karman during the post match conference.


“It was a great experience, and that too at home. It has been a great opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to the doubles tomorrow,” Karman added.

The former junior ranked 18, Zeel, started impressively against Zhao and they kept trading breaks as the Indian girl managed to stay within distance at 3-4. But the Canadia held serve in the eight before getting a vital break in the ninth to win the first set 6-3. Zhao completely dominated the second set and went on to take the second set 6-1 and close out the match.


Zeel was not too disappointed and was quite pleased with her performance. “It was a very important match for me but she was more aggressive, which helped her,” said Zeel. “I was happy with my first serve and won quite a few points on my serve,” she added.​


Meanwhile, eighth-seeded Russian Irina Khromacheva became the first casualty  going down in three grueling sets to unseeded Sabina Sharipova of Uzbekistan 2-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(3).


However, Irina’s compatriot Valentyna Ivakhnenko sailed to the second round defeating Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova 6-3, 6-3 in another first round match, played between unseeded players.


Results (1st round): 7-Carol Zhao (CAN) beat Zeel Desai (IND) 6-3, 6-1.

Dalila Jakupovic (SLO) beat Karman Kaur Thandi (IND) 6-2, 6-4.

Sabina Sharipova (UZB) beat 8-Irina Khromacheva (RUS) 2-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(3).

Valentyna Ivakhnenko (RUS) beat Marie Bouzkova (CZE) 6-3, 6-3.

D’Souza to the four as UBI win big

Union Bank of India ( UBI) produced a strong performance and stromed to a fluent 6-0 win against Maharashtra State Police in a Elite Division match of the MDFA League 2017-2018 and played at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel on Monday.

The highlight of Union Bank’s huge win was their dashing striker Scot D’Souza who led their charge with four goals. Valentine Pereira and Kshijit Dhabolkar chipped in with one each to complete the margin of victory.

The bakers dominated play from the outset and D’Souza drew first blood in the very second minute. D’Souza the livewire in the Union Bank attack was again on target with the second goal six minutes later and he struck the third in the 15 minute to complete his hat-trick. After Pereira got the fourth in the 43rd minute, D’Souza hit the target for the time in the match with the fifth goal in the 54th minute. Dhabolkar rounded off the tally firing in the sixth in the 88th minute.

Results – Elite Div: Union Bank of India 6 (Scot D’Souza 4, Valentine Pereira, Kshijit Dhabolkar) beat Maharashtra State Police 0.

Saurabh Mohite’s team wins PJHG In House Super League TT

Over the years PJ Hindu Gymkhana ( PJHG) has produced many national & international level Table Tennis players. The Gymkhana’s Table Tennis department is therefore full of passionate TT players , who practice morning evening  in different age groups. On Sunday afternoon the Gymkhana had organized Super league TT Tournament for 30 players, with 6 players in each team and each team headed by a Group Captain.

Saurabh Mohite's team pose with Chief Guest Uday Tikekar and Office bearers of PJHG

Saurabh Mohite’s team pose with Chief Guest Uday Tikekar and Office bearers of PJHG


The team players for each team were drawn by lots, in presence of some participants who were present and TT sub committee members , a day before this tournament and hence the procedure of draw had also raised a lot of curiosity.


The atmosphere was electrifying, as every player had to contribute points to his or her team, with two singles and two doubles matches played among five teams. Finally , it was Saurabh Mohite’s team comprising of Saurabh himself, Prakash Punjabi, Rohan Mohite, Mahek Shah, Rohit Talwalkar & Devansh Choksi  topped the league table with maximum points of 318 , followed by Om Lotlikar’s team comprising of Om himself, Premjit Rananavare, Neeta Kulkarni, Sanjay G, Maria D’sa & Dinesh Parekh bagging 307 points to finish second.

Om Lotlikar's team poses with Chief guest and office bearers of PJHG

Om Lotlikar’s team poses with Chief guest and office bearers of PJHG


The other teams, i.e. Soham Rane’s team with Sanjay Mehta,RC Shah, Nilesh Shah,Ketan Pandya & Niraj Mehta  finished 3rd with 289. Favourites P.G.Kelkar’s team with Abhay Mehta, Ojas Choksi, Jaswant Mehta,Dwij Shah& J.Bhutta finished  4th with 250 points  , while former international Suhas Kulkarni’s team with the support of his brother Jayant Kulkarni, Siddhant Mehta, Sharad Tikekar,Rajan Kothari & Sujit Jhaveri scored 233233 to finish last.

Prakash Punjabi greets his captain Saurabh Mohite

Prakash Punjabi greets his captain Saurabh Mohite


Overall, it was a good team competition, with some good performances coming from veteran Prakash Punjabi, who won three important singles matches  for his team against former international Suhas Kulkarni, Prakash kelkar & Sanjay Mehta. His captain Saurabh also won three singles matches for his team. They received good support from their two doubles pairs. Mr. ketan Pandya Hon. Badminton Secretary, who is also a good TT player played from Soham Rane’s team.he was instrumental in organizing the entertainment show and dinner for the participants and special invitees.

Chief Guest Uday Tikekar welcomed by V.P. kamal Marfatia and treasurer Nimesh Soni.

Chief Guest Uday Tikekar welcomed by V.P. kamal Marfatia and treasurer Nimesh Soni.


Well Known Indian Film television and stage actor Uday Tikekar was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. In his short speech, he recalled his good old days, when as a school boy he used to visit PJ Hindu Gymkhana along with his uncle and ate the delicious sandwiches served for 50 paise per plate.



Mr. Kamal Marfatia Vice president of the Gymkhana, Mr. Nimesh Soni, Hon.Treasurer, Mr. Shankar Kamble former ACP Crime Branch and Hon. table tennis Sub Committee member, Mr. Rajendra Pawar Dy.Secretary, Ministry of Sports, GOM,  were also present. Mr. Ulhas Shirke Hon.TT Secretary thanked the participants and chief guest, while former international badminton player Leroy D’sa anchored the event.

Gaurav brace in Atlanta’s 5-1 win


Gaurav Nagarkatti’s twin strikes helped Atlanta FC record an authoritative 5-1 win against Chedda Nagar Fanatics SC in a First Division match of the MDFA League 2017-2018 and played at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel on Sunday. Prashant Anchan, Kazi Huzan and Alex Fernandes scored one each to complete the winning tally for Atlanta, while Chedda Nagar scored through Sameer Sawant.


In another match of the same division, Tarun Sporting Club got the better of PIFA Colaba Under-19 by a 3-1 margin. For Tarun Sporting the goals came through a brace of goals from Dinesh Pawar and one from Tabish Mulla. PIFA Colaba got their lone strike through Aman Gaikwad.


Results – Div-II: Shastri Nagar ‘A’ 2 (Nazim Khan, John Fereira) beat Boxers FA 0.

Div-I: Atlanta FC 5 (Gaurav Nagarkatti 2, Prashant Anchan, Kazi Huzan, Alex Fernandes) beat Chedda Nagar Fanatics 1 (Sameer Sawant).

Tarun Sporting Club 3 (Dinesh Pawar 2, Tabish Mulla) beat PIFA Colaba Under-19 1 (Aman Gaikwad).

Sports Meet for Para Athletes

In a first of its kind, Happy Foundation in association with Ekta World will be organsing The Maharashtra Paralympics, a sports meet for young para athletes at Khar Gymkhana, from January 26 to 28, 2018. The Maharashtra Para Sports will be supported by the Sports Authority of India and the Government of Maharashtra and hosted by Khar Gymkhana.

Ashok Mohanani (2nd right),Founder Ekta World and President, Khar Gymkhana unveils the event logo in the presence of Sikander Khan, a physically challenged special invitee and others.

Ashok Mohanani (2nd right),Founder Ekta World and President, Khar Gymkhana unveils the event logo in the presence of Sikander Khan, a physically challenged special invitee and others.

Amit Modi, Organising Secretary, made this announcement in the presence Ashok Mohanani, Ekta World founder and President, Khar Gymkhana, Gaurav Kapadia Hon. Secretary, Khar Gym and Madhavi Asher, Treasurer, Khar Gym, Rajendra Pawar, Deputy Secretary, Government of Maharashtra (Schools Education & Sports Dept.) and other dignitaries, at a press conference on Friday.

Also present was special invitees, Sikander Khan, a physically challenged person and Agastya Jaiswal, a super kid.

Speaking to media persons, Ashok Mohanani mentioned: “Special Children have always been close to us. Ekta World has worked with the under privileged for more than 25 years now. We as humans should understand the distinction of being humans by a paradigm shift that one needs to be a being first in order to be human. Hence we should grasp the opportunity wherever we find it.”

Events will be conducted for Boys and Girls in the Under-12, Under-15, Under-18 and Over-18 age categories in 8 individual and 2 team sports. Competitions will be conducted in the following sports disciplines – Badminton, Chess, Carrom, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Squash, Swimming and Karate (individual events) and Box Cricket and Rink Football (team events).

Amit Modi told reporters, “We’ve sent letters to 500 schools with the help of a team consisting 80 volunteers. We have also planned to visit the rural areas personally to invite them for the Maharashtra Para Sports. The event is also planned to be an annual feature where our objective is to start para sports development from the grassroot levels”, said Amit Modi.

Maharashtra Paralympics is powered by Khar Gymkhana, Co-sponsored by Pulse Htech Health Services Pvt. Ltd, organised by Ozone Events & Media Pvt. Ltd, and organised by Sports Authority of India, Mind Script and Mobi Sportz.

Anindith, Chittesh start as favourites


The 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship, country’s premier racing series is poised for a spectacular finish, with Anindith Reddy and Chittesh Mandody looking strong favourites to run away with the Euro JK 17 and LGB 4 titles at the Buddh International Circuit here over the weekend.Hyderabadi racer Anindith Reddy Konda in action during the previous round of the 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Championship in Coimbatore.


A complete bouquet of entertainment has been etched for the grande finale on Super Sunday, with exhilarating races in the four-wheeler and two-wheeler categories, death-defying stunts by UAE’s renowned stuntmen, and a live performance by top Bollywood rappers Raftaar topping the menu.


Defending champion Anindith from Hyderabad will be the cynosure though. He is leading the table in the Euro JK 17, the country’s most prestigious racing class featuring FB02 cars that can touch 240kmph, with 96 points. He needs just two good races to seal the title once again. He showed his form in the last race, winning two and finishing second in another to surge into the lead.Kolhapur's Chittesh Mandody in action during the previous round of the 20th JK TYRE National Racing Championship in Coimbatore


Chennai’s Vishnu Prasad, who was leading till the last round, ran into bad luck in Round 3 in Coimbatore, failing to finish in either of the races on Day 1. But he came back strongly on Sunday, posting one victory and taking the second place in the next to keep himself in contention.


Vishnu is currently on 82 points and will hope for clean sweep to reclaim the title from Anindith. Nayan Chatterjee of Mumbai, with 73 points, is behind the leaders and will have to do something spectacular to mount any kind of a challenge.


In the LGB 4 category, which is the first step towards single-seater racing and is powered by 1298cc Suzuki Swift engines, Chittesh Mandody of Kolhapur with 62 points seems to be the best bet for the title. The Avalanche Racing driver was joint-first in Round 2 but took advantage of Prasad’s misfortune and finished the third round with 20 points to jump into the lead.


Defending champion Prasad of MSport (49 points) had a terrible round that saw him collect only seven points and slip to the second place. The Chennai lad will have to be at his aggressive best to thwart Mandody’s charge. Sandeep Kumar of Dark Don Racing is not too far behind with 43 points but will still need to come up with something special to come anywhere close to the trophy.


JK Tyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup, a single make category for bikers, Joseph Matthew of Chennai is sitting pretty atop the heap with 56 points. After seeming to be almost unbeatable in the initial rounds, he suffered his first defeat in Round 3. But Aizawl’s Malsawmdawngliana is way behind him with 39 points to pose any serious threat to Joseph.


The Buddh Circuit promises to provide a fitting finale to the 20th edition of the JK National Racing Championship with the addition of the high-profile FIM Asia Cup of Road Racing (ACRR), an FIM sanctioned event which is a perfect platform for young riders from different Asian countries.


Top riders from Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Nepal, Taiwan and India will be seen in action in what will be Round 3 of the ACCR. India will be represented by Sai Rahil Pillarisetty and Israel Vanlalhruaizela, who are fourth in the standings after the first two rounds in Thailand and Taiwan behind Philippines (5 points) and Thailand (25 points).


The bike lovers in the Capital are in for another grand treat as the Championship will see two super bike races (JK SBK 1000cc and JK SBK 600cc), featuring top riders from across the country.

Charles Fernandes nets winner for BombayFC

Bombay FC snatched a second half winner to record a close 1-0 win against Goregaon SC in a First Division match of the MDFA League 2017-2018 and played at the St. Xavier’s Ground, Parel on Friday. Striker Charles Fernandes scored crucial winning goal in the 55th minute to help Bombay FC pocket all the three points.

Meanwhile, in another match, Veniza Virar FC scored a 2-0 win against Franco Sports FC. Nilesh Chavan and Suraj Swail netted a goal each to seal the Virar outfits win.

Earlier in a Second Division encounter, ICL Under-19 had a good outing as they blanked Datta Krida Mandal 2-0. Aaryan Bhandari and Alfred Palan were bang on target with a goal each for the victors.


Results – Div-II:  ICL Under-19 2 (Aaryan Bhandari, Alfred Palan) beat Datta Krida Mandal 0.


Millat FC ‘B’ 1 (Darshan Khan) beat Mumbai Rush 0.

Div-I: Bombay FC 1 (Charles Fernandez) beat Goregaon SC 0.

Veniza Virar FC 2 (Nilesh Chavan, Suraj Swail) beat Franco Sports FC 0.

India to host Asia Cup Road Racing

The 20th JK Tyre- FMSCI National Racing Championship 2017 will have a robust international flavour, with the addition of the high-profile FIM Asia Cup of Road Racing (ACRR) leg to the grand finale.


Top bikers from Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Nepal, Taiwan and India will participate in Round 3 of the ACCR on November 18-19 at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.


India will be represented by Sai Rahil Pillarisetty and Israel Vanlalhruaizela, who are fourth in the standings after the first two rounds in Thailand and Taiwan.


They have accumulated 28 points, 23 points behind the leaders from Philippines (5 points) and Thailand (25 points).


They will look to take advantage of the home conditions to move up the ladder.


“We are delighted to be hosting the third round of the ARRC. It is an important event on the FIM calendar, and will add value to the finale,” Sanjay Sharma, Jk Motorsports president, said.


“We also have a couple of categories for Super Bikes that makes it truly exciting for speed junkies and bike-lovers,” he added.


The Asia Cup is a wonderful platform and has stayed true to its original aim this year as well bringing some of the best young riders from the continent to compete in national team competition with FIM-affiliated organizations nominating their participants.


The motorbikes, along with a team of factory mechanics, are supplied by the sponsoring manufacturer.


Each team fields two riders and is awarded one point for a win, two for a second-place finish and so on.


The team with the lowest points is declared the champion at the end of the season.


The JK National Racing Championship finale will see battles for titles in the Euro JK 17, LGB Formula 4 and the Suzuki Gixxer Cup.

Yash wins men’s hurdles, Omkar top in boys U-18

Yash wins men’s hurdles, Omkar top in boys U-18

Yash Pawar and Omkar Karekar, both from Dombivli’s Winners Club took the honours in their respective 110 metres  hurdles events in style on the second day of the 42nd Bombay YMCA State Level Athletic championships at the University Stadium, Marine Lines here today. However, both fell short of the existing records.

Yash Pawar

Yash Pawar


Unlike the first day, when only one meet record was set, four  new meet records were  re-written  today. Three of them were established by  girls in different age groups.

Mumbai’s Spandon Eco Foundation’s  Aadinath Bhosale taking an early lead, kept a steady pace right through to  win the 5000 run in  an impressive timing of  15:61.7 secs. In the process Aadinath  added third  gold  to two Spandon Eco Foundation’s Snehal Hirave’s women’s  5000m and Akansha Shelar under-18 girls 1500m won earlier.


Omkar Karekar

Omkar Karekar


Result of record-breaking events  Boys U-18: 200m: 1. Preet Surve (Seven Stars SA  Thane) – 22.2 NMR (OR: 22.3 secs).

Girls U-16: Shot Put:  Agrata Melkunde (Fatima SC- Airoli) – 12.13 mts (NMR)- OR: 10.83 mts.

Girls U-14: 200m: Nupur Kumbhar (Goenka Edu. Trust-Goregaon) – 26.2 secs (NMR) –OR 26.7 secs.

Women+35 :Shot Put: . Suchitra Shetty (Masters Athletics, Kandivali) – 9.73 mts (NMR)-OR 6.62 mts.

Melane Rodriques

Nupur K.

Men+35 :Shot Put: 1. Nimesh Desai (On The Run) – 12.61 mts (NMR)- OR :12.12 mts. 2. Santosh Pardesi (Chembur Trackmasters) – 10.52 mts; 3. Vinayak Shirke (Aim SA, Mira Rd)- 9.13 mts.


Results of winners of various events:

MEN: 5000m: Aadinath Bhosale (Spandan Eco foundation-Mumbai) – 15:61.7 secs.  4x100m Relay: Ryan Int. SC-Kandivli)-43.2secs.  Discus Throw: Tejuas Dongre (India Masters – Thane) – 38.24 mts. 110m Hurdles: Yash Pawar (Winners SC- Dombivli)- 15.3 secs.

Tanaisha shines in St. John’s big win


A five star performance from Tanaisha Anand, who scored five goals, was the highlight of St. John’s High School’s authoritative 7-0 win against CBM High School, Sion in Girls’ Pool-A match of the MHAL  Inter-Schools (Boys’ and Girls’ Under-16) Hockey Tournament, and played at the MHAL-Mahindra Stadium on Thursday. Zaneta Quadros scored the other two goals for St. John’s who enjoyed a solid 4-0 half-time lead.


In a Pool-B encounter, Durello Convent, Bandra romped to a fluent 4-0 win against Guru Nanak High School after leading 1-0 at the interval. Strikers Mitali Malusare and Diya Thakur, both scored a brace of goal to complete Durello’s win.


Results – Girls’ Pool A: St. John’s High School, Marol 7 (Tanaisha Anand 5, Zaneta Quadros 2) beat CBM High School, Antop Hill

Pool B: Durello Convent, Bandra 4 (Mitali Malusare 2, Diya Thakur 2) beat Guru Nanak High School 0.

Former Footballer Keith Swaine no more

Former Maharashtra and Mafatlal Sports Club football player, Keith Swaine, breathed his last after a brief illness at a hospital in Baroda on Wednesday.  Swaine, 66, is survived by his wife Donita and daughter Tracy.

Keith Swaine

Keith Swaine

Swaine, a versatile and dominant midfielder, was known to be a gentleman on the field. The tall, lanky player had moved from Ratlam to Bombay (now Mumbai) and first played for Western Railway. His talent was soon noticed and he was picked to represent the famed Bombay club, Mafatlal, which was one of the leading football clubs in the city.

He also represented Maharashtra (WIFA) in the National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy and served both the State team and his club with distinction for many years. After hanging up his boots, he continued to work at the Mafatlal Mills before its closure and then returned to his place of birth, Ratlam, and spent the remaining days of his life.

His funeral rites and burial took place in Ratlam on Thursday evening.

UdayaSC hold JawaharYoung Boys

22nd Late Ramanath Payyade Memorial Football report:


Udaya Sports Club rallied to hold Jawahar Young Boys SC  to a 1-1 draw in a first round league match of 22nd Late Shri Ramanath Payyade Memorial Football Tournament 2017-18, organised by the Karnatak Sporting Association and played at the KSA ground, Cross Maidan.


In evenly balanced encounter, Udaya against the run of play took the lead when Tanishq Shetty found the net midway through the first half. But Udaya fought on gamely and managed to score the equaliser through Harish Kundapura.


In another match which also finished in stalemate, Kanara Bros SC and Shree Krishna SC were in engaged in a tame goalless draw.


Results: Kanara Bros 0 drew with Shree Krishna SC 0.

Jawahar Young Boys SC 1 (Tanishq Shetty) drew with Udaya SC 1 (Harish Kundapura).

PIFA Colaba forced to play out draw


PIFA Colaba SC were forced to play out a 1-1 draw with Century Rayon in an Elite Division match of the MDFA League 2017-2018 and played at the Cooperage Ground.


The Colaba outfit started positively and managed to take the lead through Venkatesh Tolimarla’s strike in the 15th minute. But, Century Rayon put up a solid fight and half an hour later managed to score the equalizer through a snap goal from Thotchan Vashum and to share two points.


Results – Elite Div: PIFA Colaba SC 1 (Venkatesh Tolimarla 15th) drew with Century Rayon 1 (Thotchan Vashum 45th).