Thursday, September 22, 2011


Moneel Bheda

WADALA, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011: St. Joseph’s, Wadala are back to where they belong – yes, in Handball!  After experiencing an indifferent outing in the last scholastic year, our boys were back with a bang this year.  At the recently (and hurriedly) concluded DSO handball tourney, our u-14 and u-17 handball teams came up trumps by bagging the Mumbai city championship in both the categories.

The u-14 Handball team won their semi-finals and finals against G.D. Somani School and I.E.S. Dadar by comprehensive margins; 7-0 and 13-7 respectively. The outstanding player of the game was Mayank Chavan who was ably assisted by all his team-mates. The tournament was held at Panchgani grounds, Dadar on September 19, 2011.

The tournament for the u-17 was held at the same venue on September 21 and here too our boys did not have to break a sweat to clinch the title.  They did however have to overcome the slippery and mucky condition of the playing field given the incessant downpour on the day of the tournament.  Our team had identical opponents as our u-14 handball team in the semi finals and finals, and here too they outshone the opponents with emphatic victories.  In the semis they overpowered Somani School 8-0 and in the finals they humbled IES Dadar 7-0.  Moneel Bheda, Atul Yadav, Bhavya Gala and Shivam Thakar did the bulk of the scoring, while Eshpreet Bajwa was brilliant under the bar.
The teams now qualify for the zonal finals that will be played in a week’s time.  We wish our teams’ success in this tournament too. Our congratulations to the handball coach Raj, together with his assistant, Avinash, for the hard work and their encouragement in producing such outstanding teams year after year!

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