Mahendran Memorial Sports Club will conduct a city-level schools basketball tournament from Wednesday at the Corporation ground, Nungambakkam. The four semifinalists from the competition — 24 teams will take part — will feature in a State-level inter-school tournament here from July 16 to 21.
‘Lost in the Sea, Alive in the Grounds’ will be the theme of the competition in memory of Coimbatore-born V. Mahendran, former State varsity player and officer in Chennai Customs, who lost his life in mid-sea while discharging official duties. The tournament began in 1984.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, K.S. Narayanan, president of the club, spoke about an “emotional” connect with the tournament and the need for the youngsters to learn to work as a team and not function as individuals.
S. Manikavasagam, patron, said it was important to promote basketball at the grass-root level. S.S. Nissar, secretary, and Rm. Meenakshisundaram, organising secretary, were confident that the tournament would be a success.
The tournament winner will receive Rs. 12,000, while the runner-up will take home Rs. 8,000. There will be various other awards for the deserving.
Chennai TT team
A 43-member team will represent Chennai in the inter-district table tennis championships to be held at PSNA Engineering College, Dindigul on July 12 and 13.
The team: Men: S. Prasanna, D. Kishore Kumar, L. Sathishwaran, S. Ajith Kumar; Junior boys: S. Nikhil, S. Siddarth, K. R. Rohit, J. Rakesh; Youth: S. Prasanna, L. Sathishwaran, D. Kishore Kumar, R. Senthilkumar; Sub-junior: Venkatesh Pakkirisamy, J. Rakesh, M. Abhilash, A. Shri Krishna; Cadet: Arjun K Raju, G. Chitresh, Sriram Kannan, Lakshmi Raja Nivin.
Women: Amurtha Pushpak, S. Selena Deepthi, S. Shanmathi, M. Sai Shruthi; Junior girls: C.R. Harshavardhini, C. Keziya Sharon, D.E. Raveena, S. Yashini; Youth: Amurtha Pushpak, S. Shanmathi, S. Rathnavali, Mahima Jain; Sub-junior: C.R. Harshavardhini, Mahima Jain, V.S. Kokila, S. Yashini; Cadet girls: S. Selena Deepthi, U. Harini, S. Boomika, N. Deepika. Coaches: Narayan Babu, Ramnath Prasad & S. Jugo Roy.
Abisheik stars for RKM
Abisheik Selvakumar (three for 10 and 48 n.o.) led RKM to a nine-wicket victory over CSCA in the C.H. Robinson U12 Super League trophy here.
The scores: CSCA 76 in 23.2 overs (Rishi Thomas 26, Abisheik Selvakumar three for 10, Madhu three for nine) lost to RKM 80 for one in 20.2 overs (Abisheik Selvakumar 48 n.o., Saisudarshan 26 n.o.).
MAS CA 114 in 24.5 overs (Jeswin Bradman 51, Vishnu four for 14) lost to City CA 115 for seven in 24.5 overs (V. Ramana 34, I. Ashwin Kumar 26, Jayan three for 11).
Asiatic CA 125 for eight in 25 overs (Gokula Krishnan 25, Rajiv Samuel 28, Ricky Praveen three for 17) lost to Adambakkam Cricket Academy 128 for one in 21.4 overs (Vignesh.S.Iyer 71 n.o., S. Balaji 32).
Monahan CA 79 for eight in 25 overs (Mithilesh 26, S.P. Arun five for 12) lost to Prahalad 83 for six in 20.1 overs (Abhishek Venkatesh 44, Ajith three for 14).
Panimalar rallies to win
Panimalar College of Engineering recovered in a splendid fashion to turn the tables on the Indian junior team in four sets in the SAIL-Panimalar John Memorial all-India volleyball tournament, organised by Nellai Friends VC, here on Tuesday.
After conceding the first set at 15-25, the Panimalar squad, profiting from the aggression exhibited by Prabhakaran and Logeswaran, subdued the challenge of the national junior squad in three subsequent sets at 25-19, 26-24, 25-16. Sohan was the most prominent player for the Junior team.
In the other match, Southern Railway beat the Indian Youth team 25-21, 25-17, 25-16, thanks to a fine display by Manu Joseph.
In the women’s matches, Southern Railway defeated Dr. Sivanthi Club 25-12, 25-14, 25-16, while KSEB beat Indian Juniors 25-23, 25-18, 25-19.
T20 cricket tournament
Swastik Cricket Promoters will conduct a T20 league-cum knockout tournament for academies, corporates, clubs and institutions from June 27 to August 26 in Chennai. For details, call S. Sathish Kumar on 9841296056.
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