MSSA kabaddi: Sneha wins it for Sule Guruji
Sneha Waykar of IES VN Sule Guruji (Dadar) scored eight points in her team's 20-point win over Utkarsh Mandir (Malad) in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) inter-school girls U-16 kabaddi semi-finals at Azad Maidan yesterday.
This is the first time the school team is participating in the inter-school tournament. Sule Guruji skipper Tanvi Shahapurkar ably supported Sneha with seven points.
The Dadar eves held an upper hand throughout and led against their Malad counterparts 14-7 at half time. In the second half, Prithvi Shinde was the standout performer disrupting as many as five raids. IES VN Sule Guruji eventually won the encounter 29-09.
Sneha’s mother Sandhya, a state-level kabaddi player herself, introduced her to the sport three years ago. But it was India’s victory in last year’s women’s World Cup Kabaddi Championship (March, 2012) that inspired the 14-year-old to take up the sport seriously.
“My mother will be more proud of today’s win than me. It is because of her efforts that I took to the sport. I wasn’t too keen on it initially. Later, reading about the Indian women’s team’s triumph at the World Cup inspired me to take up the sport. I want to work hard and hope to play for the country some day,” said the Class IX student.