Pune: Ganesh Kamble and Shraddha Chavan charmed their way through an intense but contrasting match as host Vegwaan Pune struck a grand double to win both men’s and women’s titles in the 4th edition of the Pune League Kabaddi championship at the Boxing Hall of Balewadi Sports Complex here on Sunday.
Both Ganesh and Shraddha were adjudged the ‘best all-round players’ of the league and no wonder they were the top scorers for their respective men’s and women’s teams in the final matches played on Sunday.
The Pune League Kabaddi, which was organised to coincide with the birthday celebrations of Ajit Pawar, the President of Maharashtra Olympic Association (MOA), saw eight men’s team and six in women’s section start after huge rersponse from various clubs in Pune district region forced the organisers to increase the number of teams by two in both the categories.
Shraddha top scores
It was one of the closest match of the league between Vegwaan Pune and Laybhaari Pimpri Chinchwad that entertained the gathered kabaddi enthusiasts till the end. Both the teams started tentatively, but Pune rode on the brilliance of Shraddha, Diksha Jori and Sneha Bibwe even as both the teams were tied 10-10 midway through when the break was taken.
On resumption, both began attacking that saw Pimpri Chinchwad taking lead after forcing all-out on Pune. In a tit-for-tat battle, Shraddha raided Pimrpi-Chanchwad and earned three points from her raid, which turned out to the turning point for the match.
Pimpri-Chinchwad lost the plot when Afreen Shaikh went in for her third raid and returned without winning a point forcing the referee to give her two-minute marching orders.
Playing under pressure, Pimpri-Chinchwad committed mistakes that allowed Pune to take grip over the match. Shraddha’s all-round play saw her earn 11 points, which included six raid points, four bonus and one from tackle.
Pune men dominate
There was no stopping Pune men after they had coasted to close semifinal victory over Baramati on Saturday. Playing against Shivneri Junnar, Pune men romped to a 40-21 one-sided win after leading 16-7 at halftime. Vivek Ghule and Ganesh Kamble began the proceedings gamely and earned quick points early on. Resuming after the break Pune went into overdrive to all-out Shivneri Junnar twice to open up 31-7 lead.
Player of the tournament Ganesh Kamble top-scored with 12 points including 10 from raids and two bonus. Vivek earned seven points, while Chetan Paradhe and Sachin Patil chipped in with four and three points respectively as Pune dominated the proceedings. Shivneri Junnar’s star player, Akshay Jadhav was hampered by Pune’s pace. His eight points were no solace, but he deservedly earned ‘best raider’ award.
Men: Vegwaan Pune 40 (Ganesh Kamble 12, Vivek Ghule 7, Chetan Paradhe 4, Sachin Patil 3) beat Shivneri Junnar 21 (Akshay Jadhav 8, Abhimanyu Gavade 8, Prathmesh Nighot 4).
Women:Vegwaan Pune 23 (Shraddha Chavan 11, Sneha Bibwe 6, Diksha Jori 2, Dhanashree Sanas 2) beat Laybhaari Pimpri Chinchwad 22 (Aditi Jadhav 9, Afreen Shaikh 4, Samruddhi Kolekar 3).
Male: Sachin Patil (Vegwaan Pune)
Female: Dhanashree Sanas (Vegwaan Pune).
Male: Akshay Jadhav (Shivneri Junnar).
Female: Rutika Honmane (Zunzaar Khed).
Male: Ganesh Kamble (Vegwaan Pune).
Female: Shraddha Chavan (Vegwaan Pune).