Otters claim Leela-ISP
title (Artilce in Times
Of India, Mumbai :17/7/2002)
Otters Club ‘B’ made light of an average handicap of eight
points per game to overcome Khar Gymkhana ‘B’ to clinch the Rs 25,000
prize money ISP- Leela Handicap Masters Squash Tournament at the
glass-back courts of the The Leela.
Otters, who clinched
the Motilal Sanghi title opened up a 2-0 lead over Khar Gym, through wins
by professional Santosh More and Tushar Bambani. However, the old brigade
of Ashish Gupta and Shiv Malhotra brought Khar back into the reckoning
with victories over Supreet Singh and Yogin Thakur.
In the decider Khar
Gym’s Suraj Shetty too the second game against Avinash Bhavnani when he
had a handicap of plus 9.In
the decider the handicap was revised to six and Bhavnani, who got most of
the returns in the forecourt finished off the rallies to clinch the title
In the match for third
place, Otters Club ‘A’ defeated Khar Gym A 3-2.
The winners took home
Rs 6,000, with the runners-up settling for Rs 4,000.
There was an exhibition
match between two tiny tots- five-and-a-half old Nisarg Gagraniand four-and-a-half year-old Harsh Hemani, which was won by the
Bhushan Gagrani, deputy
secretary to the chief minister, and a keen squash player himself, gave
away the prizes. He lauded the efforts of the Indian Squash Professionals,
led by Mahendra Agarwal, who had conducted some 42 tournaments in the last
ten years, including The Leela handicap for the last ten years. He hoped
teams from downtown would join in and make it more interesting.
strings steal a march in Leela – ISP Squash (Article in Free Press Journal, Mumbai : 10/7/2002)
a strange case of the second string players outdoing their more fancied
counterparts, the B teams of Otters Club and Khar Gymkhana made it to the
final of the Rs.25,000 prize money The Leela – ISP Handicap Masters
the semi finals played at the glass-backed courts of The Leela at Andheri,
Otters Club B defeated Khar Gymkhana A 3-2, while the second string of
Khar Gymkhana returned the compliments with an impressive 3-1 victory over
Otters Club A.
was Avinash Bhavnani who clinched the decider for the Otters Club B after
both team were locked 2-2. Bhavnani scored a 15-11, 1215, 15-9 victory
over Rohan Gracious to seal the issue in his team’s favour.
the other semi-final, Avinash Gupta, Kaushal Ghanshani and Shiv Malhotra
won their respective matches for a 3-1 victory over Otters A, the sole win
for the losers coming through Anurag Gill.
was a very successful Sunday for Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana ‘C’ as
they both won two matches a piece in the Rs.25,000 prize money Leela-ISP
Handicap Team Squash Tournament at The Leela glass-backed squash courts.
‘B’ and Andheri Sports Complex were the two teams to end up on the
Noronha and .Douglas Goudinho played key role for WCG, winning their
matches in both encounters, while Bipin Batra played the supportrole.
Khar Gym ‘C’ it was talented teenager Vikram Malhotra defeated
Joginder Singh in the match against Andheri Sports Complex and lost to
Vicky Kalludi in the match against Centaur ‘B’ Also coming good for
Gym ‘C’ was Kanika Premnarayan.
of being a handicap (Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 08/07/2002)
A HANDICAP squash
tournament is mostly viewed as a social pass time for the elite who play
the game with a certain touch of competitiveness or for that matter
players who are over the 'hill’.
But those who
participated in the Leela handicap squash tournament yesterday had a
different story to tell.
“The handicap system
is ideal to encourage more people into the game,” said Avinash Bhavnani,
captain of Otters Club ‘B’.“Since
the weak player starts off well ahead in points than his physically and
technically stronger opponent, he is better placed psychologically and is
in a position to give his best to win.”
encouragement and incentive to the weaker players pitted against the
better players at the wrong end of the handicap and they ended up paying
the price in most cases.Deserving
candidates like Vijay Sonawane and Sanjay Pawar of Otters ‘A’ bit the
dust against captain Shiv Malhotra and Kaushal Ghanshani of Khar Gym
“The handicap aspect
of the game brings both the players at partly,” Malhotra informed.“From there on, it all depends on one’s temperament and mental
ability to rally back from a hostile position.”
tournaments is essential for those who play competitive squash since it
creates a situation where a better player is forced to fight his way from
being down from the beginning of the match itself.It builds up a sound temperament which is very important while
playing somewhere higher up,” Malhotra added.
Gym bag both ties (Article in Indian Express, Mumbai : 27/07/2002)
THE second string of
Khar Gymkhana proved too strong for The Leela and Mandpeshwar Club,
Borivali, winning both their matches in the Rs. 25,000 prize money.The Leela-ISP Handicap Team Squash Tournament played at the
glass-backed squash courts of The Leela.
For Khar Gymkhana it
was Shiv Malhotra and Kishore Vanware who played crucial roles, winning
both their matches.For The Leela, veteran pro Chandrakant Pawar waged a lone
battle, winning both his encounters, but with no support from his
teammates, failed to get secure victory for the team.
The Leela are now out
of the competition, while Khar Gym B and Mandpeshwar Club advanced to the
STATE players Saket
Wali and Amitpal Kohli did the star turn for Khar Gymkhana ‘A’, who
won both their encounters in the 25,000 prize money Leela-ISP Handicap
Team Squash Tournament, at the glass-backed squash courts of The Leela.
Wali won both his
matches as Khar Gymkhana first defeated Otters Club ‘B’ 3-0 and then
accounted for Andheri Sports Complex, also by the same margin.In the first match against Otters ‘B’ Wali dropped a game to
Santosh More before winning 15-10 9-15, 15-14.Rajesh Rajaniand
Avinash Bhatija also scored over Cyrus Warden and Yogin Thakur,
respectively to complete Khar Gymkhana’s victory.
Against Andheri Sports
Complex, Wali defeated Chandan Jadhav in three games before AmitpalKohli and Rohan Gracias completed the formalities with wins over Adesh Gamare and Pratik Zaveri respectively.
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