From the start, the game looked one sided. Girls from Alva’s College in Moodbidri dominated the proceedings and the defeat of St. Philomena College Puttur was a foregone conclusion. No wonder the margin was huge.
This is the seventh consecutive time that the Alva’s romped home.
As many as 16 teams took part in the Mangalore University Inter-Collegiate Women’s Kabaddi Tournament organised by the Dakshina Kannada District Kabaddi Association.
The matches were held on the two painstakingly prepared pitches on the premises of Government Pre University College at Car Street.
A large number of college students had turned up to watch the finals between the Alva’s College and the St. Philomena College on Wednesday.
It’s for the second successive year that the two teams were facing each other in finals.
The Alva’s team had three national Kabbadi players, including Vanitha, who missed being part of Indian team that took part in Commonwealth Games and captain Kavyalatha. The St. Philomena team had two national-level Kabaddi Players namely the captain Rashmi K.K. and Soumya P.R.
Ms. Rashmi secured the first point of the match for St. Philomena within a minute of play. But it was Alva’s that surged ahead with good raids, catching and pursuit raid (a quick raid done just as the opponent raider enters her half). Vanita and Kavyalata fetched points through raids while Jayashree showed her skill in catching. The diminutive Sushmita was quick to gather points in pursuit raid. The Alva’s team had two lonas (bonus point awarded when the entire team is out) in the first half, while one grabbing a lona in the second half. The Alva’s team were leading by 24-5 in the first half.
Ms. Rashmi was adjudged the best raider of the tournament. St. Philomena’s Soumya P.R. did catch a few of her opponent riders but it was not backed well by the other members of the team. The Alva’s won the match 43-12.
Kavyalatha from Alva's was adjudged the best catcher, while Muttawwa from Alva B PEd College, which stood third, was adjudged the best all-rounder of the tournament.