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Govt is committed to provide good governance to people: Parsekar

VALPOI: Stating that the state government is committed to provide good governance to the people, the Panchayat Minister, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, said that it is the duty of every elected member to provide good service to the people since they have cast there valuable votes to elect us.

Wilred Leisure UK Cup champions

MARGAO: Wilred Leisure Sports Club, Curtorim scored a stunning 3-0 victory against formidable Guardian Angel SC, Curchorem in the finals to clinch St Anthony’s UK Cup at Directorate of Sports grounds, Colva on Sunday.

Government to set up five sports academies: Tawadkar

PANAJI: Minister for Sports, Mr Ramesh Tawadkar disclosed government plans to set up five sports academies in the state with a professional touch and also promised to set one in Navelim, provided the required land is made available.

Guardian Angel eyeing berth in first division league

By Minoo Fernandes | NT
MARGAO: As the game of football in the state is getting more and more popular, the competition among the teams is only getting tougher, especially in the inter-village football.

Dempo dash E Bengal hopes


VASCO: Dempo Sports Club brought down the curtains on East Bengal’s title hopes with a 2-2 draw at Tilak Stadium here on Saturday.
Penn Orji had provided East Bengal with a 17th minute lead and East Bengal seemed to be in control until Dempo turned the tables in the second half with goals from Joy Ferrao and John Menyongar. Ishfaq Ahmed’s goal in the 83rd minute, however, denied the Goans a hard-fought win.
The loss killed East Bengal’s title hopes as they had to win to stay alive. With 44 points and two matches in hand, they could miss out on the second spot as well as Pune FC (49 points) are in better position.
East Bengal took the field with purpose as they piled on the early pressure with Edeh Chidi and Baljit Sahni hardly providing the rival defence with time to breathe. Penn Orji was moving for the kill as well, stretching the Dempo defence at will. Chidi and Orji were combining effectively and the first chance fell at Orji’s feet quite early. 
It was, as expected, initiated by Chidi but with only the goalkeeper to beat, Orji shockingly shot wide. Some time later, Mehtab Hossain and Chidi combined to create an opening for Baljit, but the striker missed the ball at the far post. East Bengal opened the account in the 17th minute through the boots of Orji who found space inside the danger zone and hammered the ball into the net. 
Dempo did not enjoy too many chances. Their only chance came at the fag end of the session when Ryuji Sueoka had a good look at the goal until Uga Okpara came up with a great tackle.
In the second session, Dempo coach Armando Colaco introduced Joy Ferrao for Clifford Miranda and the substitute had an immediate impact as he headed Godwin Franco’s freekick for the equaliser.
The equaliser galvanised Dempo who, all of a sudden, started calling the shots. In one such spell of domination, another substitute, John Menyongar, dribbled his way past two defenders and took a shot from just outside the box that sailed into the goal in the 74th minute. In the 83rd minute, Ishfaq brought East Bengal back in the game but that was not enough for East Bengal in the end.

St Anthony UK Cup finals today


MARGAO: Guardian Angel SC will clash against Wilred Leisure in the St Anthony UK Cup football finals to be played at Directorate of Sports grounds, Colva on May 5 at 4.30 pm.
The winners will take away a cash prize of Rs 40,000 and the runners-up will be awarded Rs 30,000 besides the individual prizes. Mr Peter Vaz, president of Sporting Clube de Goa will be the chief guest on the occasion, while Ms Juliana Gurjao e Colaco, deputy Director of Sports and Youth Affairs will be the guest of honour. Mr Arun Sanguiri, ex-president of St Anthony’s SC, Colva will preside.

Junior cricket selections: GCA repeating same mistakes


This season, all our representative teams have failed miserably. Right from the Ranji Trophy to the under-14 teams have bit the dust, most of them lying in the cellar in the points table. 
It is a matter of concern that in spite of so much money and power being available to the state association, the cricket is on a downward spiral. Comparing the last season’s performance and the performance of this season, it is evident that in the last season our junior teams had excelled and the senior team had to miss the bus by a whisker. 
But with this new ‘parivartan’ team coming into power, a lot was expected from them mostly regarding the policies to revive the cricket and take it to new heights. But nothing tangible has been done other than giving slogans of ‘one of our players would be playing for India’.
The selection process, especially for the junior teams, is faulty. The players are called for nets and after scrutinising them in the nets, they are selected to play for the state team. The inter-state matches are three days or more. The boys selected to play for the state have no experience at all to play such long matches. 
It is a chain that those who played in the under-14 matches will play for the under-16 tournament next time. Very few newcomers are spotted who could have a chance to play for Goa as there is no way the player could come in as the team is already selected. 
The irony is the already selected players are practicing in the nets when the new selection process is on which has a detrimental effect on the psyche of the students and their parents who have accompanied them. Eventually the already selected players form the team and the selections have been proved as a mockery. 
This year the under-25 selections were called on the same day on which nine players reported, but the team was sent without fresh trials called. Ironically, the whole committee was in Sri Lanka. Now this was supposed to be our next Ranji team and if this is the turn of events then we should not feel surprised at the callous attitude of the players. The players just follow the officials.
The Goa Cricket Association (GCA) has called about 250 children from all over Goa for selection trials for under-14 and under-16 state teams. These students are those who have participated in the President’s Cup organised by the GCA over the length and breadth of Goa. 
This was the step in the right direction by the GCA. With the information available these are the players who have scored more than 30 or have captured 3 or more wickets in the match that they have played. That means those who have performed even once have been included to attend the selection trials. Fair enough.
Then what about those, who have represented a school, which has lost in the first round. These are the schools that have only one or two good players, unlike some schools who have a reputation and legacy of cricket. The good players in that team might for some reasons failed to perform in that game and therefore have lost the chance to vie for the state team. As per the information available, 30 students would be selected and ‘preserved’ for the state team. When asked if there would be open selections the answer was ‘no’. There are many players who go to school which does not play cricket. How will a talented player from that school aspire to play for Goa?
Now these matches are maximum of 20 overs. Some matches were of 14 overs. In these type of matches one batsman who swings his bat and is lucky to connect on his day will end up scoring 30 and conversely a bowler who captures 3 wickets may do it fortunately as the batsman throws caution to winds. But the selection is for a multi-day match where patience and temperament are the main attribute compulsory. Such players are not called for selection as they could not swing their bats around. They have no other way of attending selections and eventually give up the game.
Now the GCA is falling into the same trap again. By having ‘protected players’ they are repeating the same mistake. They are not taking the cricketing fraternity who are toiling hard in the background into confidence and instead playing to the gallery by bringing international players to select our junior teams. 
Nothing wrong in that. The glamour could go on. Even these international players would agree in their minds that net practice selection is like a bikini. What it reveals is suggestive but what it hides is ‘vital’. They will surely agree that without bias they are prone to make honest mistakes. Most players are ‘net tigers’ and eventually fail in matches as the temperament is missing.
The GCA could still have a league tournament taluka / zonal wise by involving all the institutions who are working for cricket and play several two-day matches and the performances in those matches would yield a crack team. With the international selectors watching the games, they will surely not miss out with temperament and would still weed out ‘net tigers’ who play well only in nets.
The GCA still has time. The monsoon could be used to play matches outside Goa and there would surely be improvement in performance and a new confidence in the kids mind that the selections were fair and well intended.
(The writer is former Goa Ranji vice-captain)

Sporting Clube de Goa win North district U-14 finals


PANAJI: Glevito Miranda scored a glorious hat-trick as Sporting Clube de Goa swept past Goa United Sports Academy 3-0 in GFA’s North district U-14 final at Dr Remigio Pinto ground, Taleigao, on Thursday. Sporting Goa Juniors led 1-0 at the interval.
Sporting raced into the lead in injury time of the first half when Glevito went on a fantastic solo run before slipping the ball past the goalkeeper.
In the second session, Sporting continued to dominate with the ball parked in the opponents half for large periods.
Six minutes from the end, Sporting were awarded a penalty after the Goa United custodian committed a foul and was considerably lucky to still be on the field. Glevito pumped in his second to double the lead from 
the spot.
Deep into injury time, Sporting’s Chandan Gupta curled in a corner, which Aaryan Gonsalves headed back across the face of goal and Glevito was lurking to smash in his third.
“The boys worked hard and competed well after coming back from Bangalore. We must now maintain our focus,” remarked Sporting Goa academy coach Francis Raposa.




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