At Daly College, Indore From 10th
to 13th Jan 2004
The championship started in the newly
made glass back squash court in the Daly College which
was just completed before the championship. The
championship was inaugurated IG VM Kanwar on 10th Jan,
2004 and the Chief Guest for the Prize Giving was Mrs.
Sumitra Mahajan, State Minister for Petroleum and
Natural Gas, Govt. Of India and and MP.
Boys U-11: Winner : Hardik Matharu,
The Daly College, Indore Runner-up : Dhananjay
Singh, The Daly College, Indore
Boys U-13 :
Winner : Ravi Dikshit, Delhi Runner-up : Tanmay
Boys U-15: Winner : Parth
Sharma, Rajasthan Runner-up : Ravi Dikshit, Delhi
Boys U-17 : Winner : Sandeep Jangra, Maharashtra
Runners-up : Fatesh Singh, The Daly College, Indore
Boys U-19 : Winner : Sandeep Jangra, Maharashtra
Runner-up : Imran Khan, Delhi
Tournament sponsored by Bank of Punjab under Alchemy
Sports Promotion Network (BOP-ASPN) was held at St.
John's school, Chandigarh and was organized by Amitoj
Inder Singh. The tournament was grand success as many as
30 players participated in it.
Squash Championships were held in the state of art, Western Naval
Command glass backed Squash courts,locatedin the beautiful seaside IMSC Complex. It was the fifth time
in as many years that Maj Rajdeep Brar, who is a
from the Army Ordinance Corps, beat off spirited challenge from
Capt Navneet Narain and Capt Anuj Kalia, both Armoured Corps officers. In
a riveting 5 setter, Brar beat Narain to lift the field Marshall Sir
Birdwood Trophy and also led the Army Red Team to victory in the team
event. The Services team was selected for the National Squash circuit and
comprises of:- Major Rajdeep BrarCaptain Capt N Narain
//Capt A Kalia
//Capt AS Chonkar
//Capt R Teotia
Khurana//Capt S Rajamani//Lt P Singh//Lt V Mahinder (Potential) Lt ColLK AgnihotriManager
Results of Services Championships:
Open – Semis: Major Brar bt Capt Chonkar 3-1
Capt Narain bt Capt Kalia3-2 Finals: Major Brar bt Capt Narain3-2
SEVICES SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP, FEATURING A GALAXY OF STARS OF NATIONAL
LEVEL INCLUDING REIGINING THREE-TIME CHAMPION,AND COACH MAJOR RAJDEEP
BRAR, CAPT NAVNEET NARAIN, CAPT ANUJ KALIA, CAPT S.
RAJAMANI AND CAPT M. KHURANA WAS HELD DURING AUGUST AT THE
BEAUTIFUL SEASIDE LOCATION OF WESTERN NAVAL COMMAND IMSC SQUASH COMPLEX.
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS WERE DOMINATED BY THE ARMY
PLAYERS WHO WERE TOO GOOD FOR THEIR INDIAN NAVY AND IAF
OPPONENTS. IN THE END IT WAS A STRAIGHT CONTEST BETWEEN THE MAROON
BERET PARATROOPERS' MAJOR BRAR AND CAPT RAJAMANI AND THE ARMOURED
CORPS TANKMEN CAPT NARAIN AND CAPT KALIA. THE PARATROOPERS REIGNED
SUPREME, GETTING PAST THE TANKMEN IN WELL CONTESTED SEMIFINALS OF THE
PRESTIGIOUS INDIVIDUAL EVENT.
IN THE FINAL THE SENIOR
PARATROOPER, MAJOR BRAR, WAS TOO EXPERIENCED FOR CAPT RAJAMANI, ROMPING
HOME AN EASY 9-1, 9-6, 9-1 WINNER. MAJOR BRAR LIFTED THE GLITTERING FIELD
MARSHAL SIR BIRDWOOD CUP (INSTITUTED IN 1927) FOR THE FOURTH STRAIGHT
YEAR. HE ALSO LED THE ARMY RED TEAM TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN
THE TEAM EVENT.
RETAINED THE TITLE IN THE SERVICES SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP AHEAD OF
RUNNERS-UP ARMY GREEN AND THIRD PLACED NAVY AND AIR FORCE
WHO WERE PLACED FOURTH.
THE EVENT WAS CONDUCTED BY THE INS
ANGRE. THE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP WAS CLINCHED BY MAJOR
RAJDEEP BRAR, WHO PREVAILED OVER MAJOR R. MALIK
IN A KEENLY CONTESTED FINAL AT THE
DHANUSH INTEGRATED MESS SPORTS COMPLEX AT NAVY NAGAR. BRAR, IN HIS
SEMI-FINAL, HAD SURVIVED SEVEN MATCH POINTS AGAINST SUPREMELY FIT,
LT. A. KALIA. WHILE MALIK USED ALL HIS GUILE TO OUTWIT CAPT. NARIAN
IN FIVE GAMES.
VICE ADMIRAL A. R. TANDON,
THE FLAG OFFICER COMMANDING-IN-CHIEF WESTERN NAVAL COMMAND, WHO WAS THE
CHIEF GUEST, GAVE AWAY THE PRIZES.
MUST HOLD THE
DUBIOUS DISTINCTION OF BEING THE SMALLEST TOURNAMENT IN
THE COUNTRY IN RESPECT OF BOTH PRIZE MONEY AS WELL AS
ENTRIES. MOST OF THE PARTICIPANTS WERE LOCALS. A
SUBSTANDARD SQUASH COURT, LACK OF ACCOMMODATION FOR
OUTSTATION PLAYERS AND PALTRY PRIZE MONEY ARE OBVIOUS
REASONS FOR ITS LACK OF SUCCESS. SURELY THE ORGANIZERS
MUST BE GRATEFUL TO SOME TOP PLAYERS LIKE ARJAN SINGH
AND THE SERVICES TEAM FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE
TOURNAMENT. FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW ARJAN
SINGH DEFEATED RAJDEEP BRAR IN THE FINAL PLAYED ON 20TH
MARCH 1997. THIS TOURNAMENT HAS POTENTIAL AS THE
AMBIENCE IS GREAT AND THE HOSPITALITY WARM.