The host’s dominance of handball was the highlight of the second day of the State School Games here on Friday. Kannur won golds in three out of the total four categories; and it clinched the bronze in the other.
“We could have won four golds if we hadn’t lost by just two goals in the senior (under-19) boys’ semifinal,” said P. Damodaran, Kannur’s coach. “We were hoping to repeat our feat of winning all the handball gold medals two years ago.”
The one gold that Kannur lost out was in the senior boys’ event, in which Ernakulam triumphed, prevailing over Malappuram 15-10 in the final, riding on seven goals from Ashiq.
For the bronze, Kannur defeated Thrissur 16-11. In the semifinals, Kannur had gone down 10-12 to Ernakulam, while Thrissur lost even more narrowly, 11-12 to Malappuram.
The girls’ final wasn’t as close though, as Kannur cruised past Ernakulam 11-6. The winner led 5-3 at the breather and stepped up the momentum in the second half.
A.T.V. Jisha was the star for the host in the final, slamming in five goals. Sharanya Chand and K.P. Rahna chipped in with two apiece. For Ernakulam, Josmin topscored with three goals.
Thiruvananthapuram won the bronze, beating Malappuram 8-7. Earlier in the day, Kannur defeated Ernakulam 19-10 in the junior boys’ final. Thrissur beat Malappuram 10-5 to take the bronze.
In senior football, Thrissur won the gold, beating Kollam 2-0.
Thrissur looked pretty impressive, making several well-orchestrated moves. After T.R. Jinu gave an early lead, in the second minute, Jerrin Francis settled the issue with nine minutes before close in the 50-minute game. The bronze went to Malappuram, which defeated Kannur 2-0.
Kozhikode won the senior boys’ badminton gold, beating Ernakulam 2-0. Adarsh Binoy was in fine form in the final, as he first beat Jishnu Gopi 21-13, 21-9 and then teamed up with Sangeeth Dev to defeat Abhijith Bhaskar and Nithin Thomas 21-11, 21-10.
Thiruvananthapuram clinched the bronze, with a 2-0 win against Kottayam.
Thiruvananthapuram did even better in the senior girls’ event, taking the gold after beating Ernakulam 2-1. And that too, after dropping the first match, as P. Aswahty lost 13-21, 19-21 to Meenakshi Santhosh.
Chippy Roy and U.V. Neethu, however, equalised for the capital, beating Meenakshi and Amrutha 21-17, 21-23, 21-17 in a well-contested doubles encounter. Chippy was unstoppable in the deciding singles too, as she made short work of Tania Joseph 21-2, 21-2.
Thrissur beat Kozhikode to take the bronze.
Kasaragod won the senior boys’ kabaddi gold, defeating Kollam 47-22. Malappuram took the bronze, with an 11-9 win against Thrissur.
In the senior girls’ kabaddi, Ernakulam clinched the gold, beating Kottayam 37-8. Alappuzha defeated Palakkad 40-29 to take the bronze.
Ernakulam was leading in the overall tally with 60 points at the end of day two, followed by Kannur (48), Thiruvananthapuram (28) and Thrissur (24).