The 42nd annual inter club sports carnival at the Saturday Club, held between April 22 and 29, drew teams from ten participating clubs. There were eight official categories, as well as in five non-carnival events. Over 350 gents, ladies and children took part in the eight-day extravaganza, and club members not playing games came along to cheer their teams. It was competition, cacophony and camaraderie, even as cudgels were drawn for clashes non-cricket (the meet was held right in the midst of the ongoing IPL).

Participation matters

Not to be outdone in terms of participation, our very own DI had teams in all but one event. And the rivalry was wide-ranging – from physical and mental sports to the artistic and intoxicating. Our seven-member poker team, led by Mohit Bharany, beat Bengal Rowing Club in the final round to be declared champions. Though a non-carnival event, the team showed enough bravado, combined with luck, to become winners. “It was quite exciting, right from the beginning,” remarked Kashif, a team member.

A Near Miss

But luck did not favour our teams in table tennis and snooker, coming second in both and missing the title by a narrow margin, at least in snooker. “Hindustan Club got the better of us, though the doubles tie was keenly contested,” recalled Patrick Quinn, the team captain. In TT too, the title tie saw the teams trying. “But it turned out to be one-sided, and we lost to CSC 3-0. The semifinal had a similar result, where we defeated Tolly Club 3-0,” said team captain Yatin Bhimani. The DI darts team garnered enough points to come third in the competition.

Serious stuff

Our teams participated in tennis, badminton, swimming and squash as well, but more practice and effort are required for them to improve. “One should, however, mention our efforts in squash this year. Though we did not get any placing, it was the first time that we put up a serious team, where our players knew the game and did not participate just for the heck of it,” Yatin, club squash in-charge, added.

Cheers for Beers and Elbow bending

Among the other non-carnival events, DI did fare better. Beer manufacturers should be happy with our performances in downing the beverage! Chanella O’Brien managed to drink the largest quantity of beer in the given one-minute limit among all the lady competitors. “She took up the challenge from all the other clubs and won hands down,” pointed out Patrick, who was also in charge of our non-carnival participation. Not to be left behind, DI’s Bhavesh came second in the men’s beer drinking competition. Though that didn’t require much of arm-twisting, the ladies’ arm wrestling did, and our Saba Ali Feroz managed to use her strong arm tactics to win second place, losing in the finals to the BRC, whose competitor no doubt used her rowing arm!

Dancing their hearts out

A mention should also be made of our participants in the dancing competition. Led by Natalie, the team went through a fair amount of rehearsals and preparations and put up a commendable performance. But the “angelic” theme perhaps lost out to the more popular boisterous performances of the winning clubs that weaved in pop music and dancing while addressing topical issues.
All said and done, well-intended efforts were made by all. With some more practice and sincerity, and of course good wishes and support, out teams will surely do better next year. May the best teams win.
Amit Ukil, Communications Team