Guru Nanak stun Durello
The girls from Guru Nanak High School (GTB Nagar) surprised defending champions Durello Convent 'A' (Bandra) 2-0 to claim their maiden U-16 knockout Smt K G Kalantri Cup title in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-Mumbai Indians inter-school hockey tournament at the Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium yesterday.
The Guru Nanak team, which started playing in MSSA tournaments just three years back, took the lead in the seventh minute itself courtesy centre forward Ekta Kaintura’s brilliant strike.
Guru Nanak’s goalkeeper Rani Gupta then rose to the occasion, thwarting several attempts from the Bandra team. In the 42nd minute, Farheen Iraque converted a penalty corner to give Guru Nanak a two-goal cushion.
Guru Nanak coach Varinder Singh Vig was elated that his hard work had finally paid off. “These girls and their families deserve all the credit for this win.
Though hailing from a humble background, they put in the hard yards and that’s what got them the title. When I joined the school in 2009, there was no ground or proper facilities. But now, the school authorities provide kits to these children and the results are positive. I feel like a proud parent today,” he said.
Ekta (14), daughter of a mechanic, who scored three goals over three games said, “My parents do not have any idea about hockey, but they don’t stop me from playing.
In fact, after watching the movie Chak De, they want me to play for India someday.” Farheen (15) said, “Hockey means a lot to me. When we play, what matters is how we play and not where we are from. Today’s win was special as we defeated the defending champions.”