ISP Squash

Jindal's Handicap Team Event


at Jindal Recreation Centre, Shahpur, Thane District : 31.8.1997


The 8 teams from Mumbai which participated in the tournament at the Jindal Recreation Centre, Vashind, Shahapur, Thane District, Maharashtra.

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All Results :

Otters 'B' beat Navi Mumbai  3-0
Amit Pal Kohli bt Inder Pal Singh (plus 11, 12, 13) 15-11, 15-14, 15-14;
Gaurav Juneja bt Leon Emmanuel (plus 10, 11, 12) 15-10, 15-11, 15-12;
Vijay Sonawane bt Sandeep Mirani (plus 1) 17-15, 15-14, 17-16

Semi Finals:
Navi Mumbai Sports Association beat Otters "A" 3-1
Inderpal Singh beat Santosh More (plus 12) 15-13, 15-14
Leon Emmanuel beat Saket Wali (plus 12) 15-13, 15-14
Hari Shenava beat Avinash Bhavnani 15-14, 13-15, 15-14

Otters "B" beat Jindal "A" 3-2

Amitpal Kohli lost to Aashish Bhagra (plus 12) 12-15, 8-15
Gaurav Juneja lost to Sunil Verma (plus 10) 11-15, 14-15
Taran Singh beat Sunil Rana (plus 5) 15-10, 15-13
Awish Jaiswal beat Rohit Joshi (plus 10) 15-14, 15-13
Vijay Sonawane beat Vikrant (plus 8) 15-14, 15-14

Press Articles of tournament : 

Racket Ball
(Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 9/9/1997) 

THE inaugural Jindal Cup squash was a fun event. The reason was two fold. One, the players could get away from the tensions and pressures of the city and relax in the salubrious surroundings the Jindal recreational complex which has a swimming pool besides two squash courts and facilities for other sport. Two, the handicapping was great leveler.

Organized by the Indian Squash Professionals and sponsored by Jindal Iron & Steel Co, the tournament had 10 teams in the fray or a total of 60 players, while the handicap was a challenge to the established players to provided the less endowed with hope.

Understandably, some players were sore that they had to carry a heavy handicap  but class and application in the end.

Otters Club ‘B’ tided over the defeats sustained by key players Amit Pal Kohli and Gaurav Juneja in the first two matches of theirs semifinals against Jindal ‘A’ and took the winner’s cheque for Rs.20,000 by trouncing Navi Mumbai Sports Association in the final.

The object of providing an opportunity for all was achieved with Navi Mumbai, represented by middle aged enthusiasts having a passion for the sport but not skill in equal measure, reaching the final.

It was a great achievement  for Inder Pal Singh, Leon Emmanuel, Hari Shenava, Sandeep Mirani, and Shyam Wadkar. All are over 30 and had begun playing squash primarily to shed excess kilos. They are now hoping that feat will inspire youngsters in NMSA to take to the sport in earnest.


Otters make a good beginning
(Article in Indian, Mumbai : 30/8/1997) 

BOTH teams from Otters Club, Bandra won their opening matches of the Jindal Squash Cup at the Jindal Recreational Complex today.

While Otters A defeated Kamath Club 4-1 in Group A, Otters B won 3-2 against Jindal B. Abhijit Kukreja of Otters A was taken to three games by Rajesh (plus 12) while Santosh More lost to Sunil Bhandari (plus 12).

One game down and Amit Pal Kohli of Otters B clinched the decider with 17-14 against Deepak Yadav of Jindal B. Kohli’s teammate Gaurav Juneja was beaten by Vijay Jhangra (plus 11) 17-14, 12-15, 11-15. Otters A have seven points Jindal B’s five.


Otters ‘B’ claim squash title
(Article in Free Press Journal, Mumbai: 2/9/1997) 

Otters’s club ‘B’ gave a near-impeccable display to win the inaugural Jindal Squash Cup, a handicap team event at the Jindal Recreational Complex here on Sunday.

In the final, the Otters ‘B’ string trounced the surprise pocket of the tournament, Navi Mumbai Sports Association, 3-0, to take home the champions’ purse of Rs.20,000. Navi Mumbai received Rs.15,000.

The Otters players made light of their heavy handicap as they had age on their side. Thus Amit Pal Kohli who was more than 20 years younger than Inder Pal Singh. 41, conceded

Just three points in three games even though he carried a handicap of 11 points in the first game and 12 and 13 in the next two. He won 15-11, 15-14, 15-14, moving his opponent all over the court and making capital use of the drop shot.

Gaurav Juneja another leading junior of the country, adopted the same tactics and conceded just one point each game while defeating Leon Emmanuel, 15-11, 15-12, 15-13.

Vijay Sonawane, who is 20 years old, however, had a time in over-coming Sandeep Mirani,  17-15, 15-14, 17-16, and wrapping up the title, the rivals being level at 14 in each game. Sonawane carried a handicap of just one point.

In contrast, Otters ‘B’ had a tarried time in the morning semi final against Jindal ‘A’ to whom they were 0-2 before winning 3-2.


Otters, Jindal set to make it to semis
(Article in Asian Age, Mumbai : 31/08/1997)

Otters ‘A’ Otters ‘B’ and Jindal ‘A’ are set to make the semifinal grade in the Jindal handicap squash tournament being conducted at the Jindal Complex at Vashind. In Saturday’s games, Otters ‘A’ lost narrowly to Leela 2-3, but their cumulative points of 25 from 3 tie have assured them a semifinal berth. Despite a handicap of 13, Abhijit Kukreja of Otters ‘A’ overcame a spirited fight by Rahil Shah to clinch the tie for his team. He defeated Rahil 14/15, 15-13, 15-13.

Jindal ‘A’ defeated ISP 3-2 to take their cumulate team points to 23, while Otters ‘B’ defeated Juhu Centaur 3-2 to accumulate 23 points after 3 outings. Amitpal Kohli’s unbeaten record helped Otters ‘B’ storm into the semis, while Ashish Bhagra was the star performer for Jindal ‘A’.

The fourth semifinalist will be decided after the tie between New Vashi Club and Willington Catholic Gymkhana.


Otters Club win opening matches
(Article in Free Press Journal, Mumbai : 30/8/1997)

Vashind: Otters Club, of Bandra and a great time with both is teams winning its opening round matches on the first day of the inaugural Jindal squash Cup, a handicap team event, Organized by the Indian squash professionals (ISP) and sponsored by Jindal Iron and Steel Co.Ltd. At the Jindal Recreational Complex here on Friday.

While Otters ‘A’ beat Kamath Club, 4-1, in group ‘A’ Otters ‘B’ prevailed over hosts Jindal ‘B’, 3-2, after a hard struggle.

In fact, thanks to the handicapping, both the strong and youthful Otters teams were put through the grind. Thus Abhijit Kukreja of Otters ‘A’ was taken to three games by Rajesh (+12), while Santosh More lost to Sunil Bhandari (+12).

It was a near thing for Amit Pal Kohli of Otters ‘B’ against Deepak Yadav of Jindal ‘B’ (+12). A game down, Kohli rallied to win the decider at 17-14. his teammate, Gaurav Juneja, however, went down to Vijay Jangra (+11), 17-14, 12-15, 11-15.

The 10 teams in the fray are divided into two games groups and the top two from each, after the group round-rob- in league, qualify for the semifinals, to add another dimension of competitive spirit to the event, besides the points for team victories, point is awarded for each game won.

So Otters ‘A’ have a tally of 9 points to kamath’s 3 while otters ‘B’ gained 7 to five of Jindal ‘B’.

The event was inaugurated by k Kumar, vice-President (works) of the Jindal plant at Vashind.


23rd Tournament Organised by ISP