SPORTS: Bengdubi soccer host to 7 schools – and who commanded that squad ?!!
FROM ARMY LIVE
The Army Public School at Bengdubi organised a soccer tourney that started on July 13.
Seven teams participated at the Army School Cluster Level Tournament which was inaugurated by Brig. K.K. Lahiri, Commandant, 158 Base Hospital. APS Bengdubi, APS Sukna, APS Binnaguri, AS Bagrakote, AS Kalimpong, AS Darjeeling and AS Gangtok took part in the competition.
The final league match of the tournament was won by APS Bengdubi which defeated AS Binnaguri.
Brigadier Amulya Mohan, Commander, Headquarters 111 Sub-area, and chairman of APS Bengdubi, was present as the chief guest at the closing day of the event.
Manjit Singh, a former footballer of the national team, and coaches from the Sports Authority of India, were also present at the tournament.
APS Bengdubi and AS Kalimpong qualified for the command level in clusters three and four.
Special bus – for specially abled children ?!!
As part of centenary celebrations of the Trishakti signallers, the corps of the signals organised a series of events.
Among other programmes, the Signallers modified a vehicle and named it Asha School Bus.
The bus designed for the specially abled children was inaugurated by Major General M.S. Sidhu, the Chief of Staff, Trishakti Corps.
Baton relay – no Mess lunch time-out this time or visits to temples ?!!
The Queen’s Baton relay was escorted to the Sukna military station by a cavalcade of motorcycles and jeeps.
The baton was taken to the Army School in Sukna and Kendriya Vidyalaya in Khaprail where the students welcomed it.
The baton was later taken to Jagjit Hall.
Renowned athletes from the army took part in the relays before the baton was received by Lt Gen. D.S. Sidhu, GOC of the Trishakti Corps.
The baton was then handed over to civilian authorities for carrying it to the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL – SANTOSH TROPHY – SIKKIM WATCH
Karnataka march on – Maharashtra pay price for missing chances galore – and Sikkim kicks in 4-0 ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
Calcutta: Maharashtra paid the price for missing too many chances as Karnataka beat them 1-0 in a pre-quarterfinal match of the Santosh Trophy, at the Salt Lake Stadium, on Wednesday.
It was a match dominated by Maharashtra for the better part of 120 minutes. But it was Ngurnei Lal of Karnataka, who did the most important job, scoring the winner in the 92nd minute.
After a goalless 90 minutes, Karnataka got the winner on a counter attack. A long clearance from the Karnataka half fell into the opposition’s defensive third. Taking marker Nihal Chandran in his stride, Lal unleashed a powerful angular right footer which was good enough to beat the outstretched hands of lanky custodian Kunal Sawant.
Karnataka will now play in the quarterfinal league. They have been clubbed with defending champions Goa, Services and the winner of the match between Manipur and Punjab.
In the first half, Maharashtra attackers, Alex Ambrose and K Anees, made repeated inroads into the opposition territory but poor finishing let them down.
Even substitute Surajit Bose was guilty of holding onto the ball for too long. Surajit also got a free header but failed to direct it.
Their opponents did make some sporadic counterattacks with veteran Xavier Vijaykumar initiating the moves from the left wing. However, former Mohun Bagan striker R.C. Prakash failed to cash in on the assists.
Meanwhile, in a Cluster V tie, Delhi beat Arunachal Pradesh 3-1, while Uttar Pradesh blanked Madhya Pradesh 3-0 in another match.
In a Cluster VI match, Sikkim, buoyed by Bhaichung Bhutia’s presence, thrashed Haryana 4-0.
The North Eastern side were off to flyer and notched up three goals in the first half sending their rivals on the back foot.
Tshering Lepcha opened the scoring in the sixth minute, while ONGC midfielder Vikas Jairu doubled the lead in the 19th minute. Before the break, Birendra Rai netted in the third goal as Sikkim dictated the terms right from the outset.
They played a crisp passing game and the team from North India had no answer to that style.
A possible fightback for Haryana was far from their reach as they failed to recover from the initial damage and went on to concede the fourth goal in the 85th minute, when Rupesh Diyali scored for Sikkim.
Karnataka: Nagendra, Bimal Minz, Ricky Joy, J. Murali, A.S. Shiyad, P. Rajendra Prasad (A. Don Bosco, 81st), Xavier Vijaykumar, Ramu V (Karthigeyan, 90+5), B.V. Pradeep, R.C. Prakash, Ngurnei Lal
Maharashtra: Kunal Sawant, Rauf Khan, Otheillo Tabia, Collin Abranches, Nihal Chandran, K. Aseem, Jatin Singh Bisht, Vijith Shetty, Paresh Shivalkar, Alex Ambrose (Surajit Bose, 57th), K. Anees (Kaushik Bose, 49th)
Referee: Santosh Kumar
Delhi, UP, Sikkim start on winning notes – steady does it ?!!
FROM TIMES OF INDIA
KOLKATA, PTI, Jul 21, 2010, 08.51pm IST: Delhi beat Arunachal Pradesh 3-1 to begin their campaign in the 64th National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy on a winning note on Wednesday.
Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim also got off to winning starts in their respective cluster matches at different venues.
In the cluster V match at Yuba Bharati Kriranga, former HAL midfielder Bhuvan Joshi struck in the 19th minute to help Delhi open their account.
After the break, Delhi scored through Vikash Rawat (53rd), but Arunachal Pradesh pulled one back through Bamin Tatung who slammed home in the 71st minute to make it 2-1.
However, Tuishim Nashangua sealed the issue for Delhi scoring in the 81st minute to earn three points.
In another match of the same cluster, Madhya Pradesh blanked Uttar Pradesh 3-0 with a brace from Tushar Chaudhary (76th, 82nd) and Irfan Zaman Khan’s penalty conversion in the 20th minute.
In a cluster VI opener at YBK, Sikkim kicked off their campaign in style thrashing Haryana 4-0.
Tshering Lepcha (6th), Vikas Jairu (19th), Birendra Rai (22nd) and Rupesh Diyali (85th) struck in Sikkim’s comprehensive win.
The first pre-quarterfinal match between Karnataka and Maharashta is being played at YBK.
INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL – CHHETRI WATCH
United game give Chhetri a chance to showcase his ability – forgetting humble beginnings ?!!
FROM THE KANSAS CITY STAR
BY PETE GRATHOFF
Wed, Jul. 21, 2010 12:49 PM: Wizards coach Peter Vermes said there will be unlimited substitutions in Sunday’s exhibition game against Manchester United at Arrowhead Stadium.
That means a lot of players will get a chance to take the field, including forward Sunil Chhetri. Since coming to the Wizards, Chhetri has appeared in one game — a U.S. Open match against Colorado in April.
“In the three months I’ve been here, I’ve been working hard to understand the kind of game we play in Kansas City,” Chhetri said. “It’s been difficult, because I’ve been trying my best to acclimize. I’m excited. Not personally, but for the whole team and the whole of Kansas City and the whole of America. Man U is one of the best in the world. It should be a great experience for all of us.”
Sunday’s game should have the biggest crowd ever for a soccer game in Kansas City and Arrowhead will be rocking.
But Chettri has experience playing in front of large crowds. The Salt Lake Stadium in Koklata can hold up to 120,000. “It’s huge,” Chettri said. “I’ve heard Americans are more decent than what we have in India. They are crazy. The matches are crazy. You have stones, fires all of that.”