THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Jamal Mohammed College (Tiruchi) scored an easy 3-1 win over host Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education (Kariyavattom) to emerge the winner of the fifth Dhyan Chand memorial South India inter-collegiate hockey tournament here on Saturday.
S. Saravanan (23rd minute), K. Manikandan (46th) and K. Manivannan (48th) were the scorers for the winner, while Bijoy pulled one back for the home side in the 52nd minute.
In the semifinals, Jamal stunned holder Fathima Matha National College (Kollam) 2-0, while LNCPE stopped Maharaja’s College (Ernakulam) quite easily at 5-2.
F. Irudaya Raja (Jamal Mohammed) was adjudged the ‘best player’ of the tournament.
The Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Mani Shankar Aiyar, presented the trophies to the winner and runner-up, while former hockey international, L. Omanakumari, gave away the medals to the members of the top two teams as well as the individual awards.
Don Bosco advances
Don Bosco HSS, Irinjalakuda, beat St. Joseph’s HSS, Thiruvananthapuram, 53-45 to enter the semifinals of the Silver Hills Trophy all-Kerala inter-schools basketball tournament at Kozhikode on Sunday.
The results (quarterfinals):
Boys: St. Ephreme’s HSS ,Mannanam, 33 bt St. Joseph’s BHSS, Kozhikode, 4; G V. Raja Sports School, Thiruvananthapuram, 43 (Basil Philip 26) bt Cherupushpa HSS, Chandanakampara, 37 (Lijo George 12, Rajith M. George 10); Don Bosco HSS, Irinjalakuda, 53 (Arjun Krishna 25, Amit Sebastian 19) bt St. Joseph’s HSS, Thiruvanathapuram, 45 (Jinson Eugin 12, M.G. Vaisak 10); St Joseph’s HSS, Pulikunnu, 28 (Samju A. Joy 10) bt Silver Hill HSS Kozhikode, 26 (Nimmin Mathew 10).
Girls: S.N. Trust HSS, Kollam, 25 (M.M. Mubeena 12) bt St. Joseph’s Anglo Indian School, Kozhikode, 4; Mount Carmel, Kottayam, 57 (Sona M. Saji 17) bt Providence HS, Kozhikode, 14; GVHSS, Kannur, 58 (M.D. Lisha 21, Anjana Michael 14, Anusha Anto 10) bt GHSS, Villadom, 51 (Merlin Baby 19, Griya Susan 12); Cherupushpa, Chandanakampara, 43 (Raji 23, M.J. Linta 10) bt Kristhujyothi HSS, Changanacherry, 38 (Theresa Susan Kuriakose 22, Merin Sebastian 14).
A fine blend of youth and experience helped Ernakulam blank Kozhikode 3-0 and retain the men’s team title in the Kerala State senior badminton championship at the Rajiv Gandhi indoor stadium, Kochi, on Sunday.
The defending champion had young talent Alwin Francis for singles duty and former national doubles stars, brothers Markose Bristow and Jaison Xavier — both in their mid thirties — in its ranks. And there was little Kozhikode could do.
State junior champion P.C. Thulasi helped Thrissur blank defending champion Kozhikode 2-0 and win the women’s title.
Kozhikode was without its star Aparna Balan who is now with the Petroleum team.
Later, in the open events, the top four men’s seeds, Sanave Thomas, K.A. Aneesh, Antony Jacob and Alwin Francis, moved to the quarterfinals without much fuss.
Merit George fails
However, the women’s second seed Merit George failed to make the last-eight stage, conceding the game against Ernakulam’s P.S. Linimol after an injury in the decider.
The results (inter-district team championship, final):
Men: Ernakulam bt Kozhikode 3-0 (Antony K. Jacob bt T. K. Jamsheed 21-16, 21-15; Alwin Francis bt Midhilesh Sunder 21-12, 21-13; Markose Bristow-Jaison Xavier bt Midhilesh-Ram C. Vijay 21-18, 21-10).
Women: Thrissur bt Kozhikode 2-0 (P. C. Thulasi bt Parvathy Suresh 21-10, 21-15; Thulasi-Megha Merin Ninan bt Parvathy-Annie Cherian 21-10, 21-13).
Open events, men’s singles pre-quarterfinals: Sanave Thomas (Ekm) bt Midhun Haridas (Tsr) 21-17, 21-17; Bennet Antony (Tsr) bt Vineeth Krishnan (Klm) 21-12, 21-16; Alwin Francis (Ekm) bt Dileep T. Jacob (Ekm) 21-11, 21-14; Joy T. Antony (Ekm) bt M.Sridhin (Kzd) 21-16, 21-15; V.Arun (Tvm) bt Sidharth Saboo (Kzd) 21-8, 21-7; Antony K. Jacob (Ekm) bt Xavier Raphael (Tsr) 21-13, 21-14; Sankar P. Gopan (Ekm) bt P.H.Suraj (Tsr) 23-21, 21-17; K. A. Aneesh (Ekm) bt Pradeep Kumar (Klm) 21-19, 8-5 (retired hurt).
Women’s singles quarterfinals: P.S.Linimol (Ekm) bt Merit George (Tsr) 15-21, 21-18 (retired hurt).
Pre-quarterfinals: Nima Lakshmy (Tsr) bt P.S. Anumol (Ekm) 21-17, 21-12; R. Sreeju (Klm) bt Merlin Daniel (Ekm) 21-8, 21-5; Megha Merin (Tsr) bt w/o Neethu Krishna (Mlp); Annie Cherian (Kzd) w/o. Sania Jasmin (Mlp); Parvathy Suresh (Kzd) w/o Minimol (Mlp); Linimol (Wkm) w/o Bincia (Mlp).