PANJIM: Woman Candidate Master and Geno Brand Ambassador Riya Savant of St. Mary’s HS, Mapusa was declared joint third in the under-14 category at 11th Dubai Junior Chess Championship organised by Dubai Chess and Cultural Club, UAE.
Riya scored seven points out of the nine rounds. Riya received a certificate and 700 US dollars.
In all, 163 participants from 16 countries participated.
Riya has consistently performed well this year, bagging five gold medals in International tournaments and also improving her FIDE Elo rating to 1858 in standard and 1837 in rapid chess and thus ranking No 2 in India among the under-12 girls as in July 2012.
Goa Bridge Association selection trials
PANJIM: The Goa Bridge Association will organise selection trials for team of four duplicate event on July 15, at Club Gaspar Dias, Mira Mar, here, at 10 a.m.
The selected teams will represent the State at Monsoon League tournament organised by Samadhan Bridge Academy in Mumbai.
Teams may report by 9.45 a.m. Unteamed pairs will also be accommodated.
1st State level Ash-Te-Do at Davorlim
MARGAO: The All Goa Ash-Te-Do (Akhada) Association will organise their 1st State level Ash-Te-Do (Akhada) Championship on July 14 and 15, at Anjuman Hall, Rumdamol Housing Board, Davorlim, at 10 a.m.
Mariano joins Churchill as head coach
MAPUSA: Mariano Dias has joined Churchill Bros as head coach of the I-League senior team replacing Brazilian coach Carlos Pereira, while Subhash Bhomwick will continue as the technical director.
Mariano is already familiar with most of the players as he was the coach of Churchill Bros’ Goa Pro League team at the start of last season, before he was called up for National duty to assist the then India coach Savio Medeira.
“Being with the National team was a very happy moment for me and I will miss working with Savio and the coaching staff, but it is also very nice to be back involved in football on a day-to-day basis,” remarked Mariano.
During his stint as assistant coach of the National team, India lifted SAFF Championship Trophy playing against tough opponents. Mariano feels if Indian football is to reach the next level, then good youth development programmes need to be implemented rather than just be talked about by the clubs performance.
“When we played teams like Afghanistan, Maldives and Nepal you could see that they were not only physically very fit, but also had great technical ability which can only come from good youth development programmes,” remarked the 51-year-old, who completed a coaching course in Germany last year.
Mariano, who led Goa to win Santosh trophy in 2009, believes that all I-League clubs should now compulsory field an under-14, under-16, under-18 and under-20 teams.
“Abroad, professional clubs are training players from the age of six and seven, which reaps rewards in abundance. The AIFF has taken the initiative by setting up the regional academies, but whether they are successful will depend on the quality of players being recruited in the first place,” added Mariano.
The former Sesa Football Academy head coach also noticed while on National duty, that even smaller football countries such as Afghanistan have at least four players playing outside the country, gaining much needed experience.
Although it will take some time for an exodus of Indian players to be playing in Asia, Mariano feels at the State level more can be done to give youngsters a chance.
“Young players want to play and not be paid to warm the bench. The Goa Football Association has introduced a rule stating that two players under-20 needs to complete at least 90 minutes, which has been highly beneficial in recent years, but now I feel the number needs to be increased to three, four or even five. If we do not give youngsters an opportunity, they will simply walk away from the game, which will be a great talent loss,” summed up Mariano, who has also worked as the technical director of Salgaocar youth set up in the past.
Aradi trounce Vaddy, Bamonvaddo hold Orda
CALANGUTE: Aradi trounced Vaddy 4-0 while Bamonvaddo and Orda played out a 2-2 draw in Orda inter-ward football tournament organised by Orda Sports Club, at Dr. Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, Friday.
Aradi could have forged ahead in the 10th minute but Moses missed from close. Sudhir put Aradi ahead in the 28th minute after Sunil doing the spade work.
Changing over, Shevlo doubled the lead in the 45th minute with the help of Moses. Shevlo completed his brace in the 55th minute off Kishore while Jackson completed the tally with a solo effort.
In the second match, Orda took the lead in the seventh minute through Francis.
Tushar neutralised the lead in the 20th minute. Nehal put Bamonvaddo ahead in the 28th minute while Devendra restored parity off Dharmendra with few minutes remaining for the final whistle.
St. Anthony’s Colva face PY Nuvem in inaugural
MARGAO: Parish Youth, Nuvem will take on St. Anthony’s Sporting Club, Colva in the inaugural match of 36th Cana-Benaulim Sporting Cup football organised by Cana-Benaulim Sporting Association on July 16, at St. John Baptist ground, Dando-Benaulim.
Navelim Sporting Club, Don Bosco Oratory Fatorda, Betalbatim Sporting Club, Maina Sports Club, Ambelim Sports Club, Sporting Club of Davorlim, Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club, CRC Chinchinim and hosts Cana-Benaulim Sporting Association will vie for top honours.
Calangute Panchayat Cup soccer: Nerul SC v. Navelim Villagers Union, Dr. Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, 4.30 p.m.
Orda inter-ward soccer: Saipem v. Camottim, 4 p.m.; Remedious v. Pintos, 5 p.m.; Dr. Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim.
41st Custodio memorial soccer: Ambelim SC v. Sporting Club of Davorlim, panchayat ground, Raia, 4.30 p.m.
Chinchinim express inter-ward soccer: Secreamvaddo v. Sirlim, 4 p.m.; Deussua v. DPN Dandeavaddo, 5 p.m.; church ground, Chinchinim.
2nd Agnelo memorial soccer quarters: American Pie, Goa Velha v. Spanish Boys, Goa Velha, PAP ground, Goa Velha, 5 p.m.