This past week saw IIT-Madras play host to a city-wide sports extravaganza – SportsFest 2014. With colleges participating from all over the city, this is one of the best “match-practice” situations leading up to the hotly contested Inter–IIT Sports Meet. It was heartening to see outstanding performances from IITM in all the sports events, promising a good shot at the General Championship, come December.
The men’s draw saw IITM ‘s A team take gold while the B team took bronze. IITM’s A team waltzed to victories against DG Vaishnav College in the Knockouts and successfully overcame Vivekananda, Gurunanak & their B team compatriots to notch up an impressive gold medal. An IITM 1-2 was in the running until Gurunanak beat IITM’s B team to place silver. In the women’s draw, IITM placed second defeating Queen Mary’s & NIFT (Taramani) comfortably, but losing out to Stella Maris in the decisive final.
After making it to the league stage, IITM men’s team finished 4th while the women’s team bagged a silver medal. The women’s team lost to Stella Maris in the decider, after beating Women’s Christian College and Ethiraj College in the league stage. IITM men’s team also put up a commendable performance, having lost their league matches by close margins.
The IITM A team secured a silver medal after hard fought battles with VIT (4-2 on penalties), Vivekananda College (2-0) & Nazareth College (0-0). The loss against New College despite numerous attempts on goals was seen as lacklustre performance, but the captain maintains that the positives are numerous considering the number of first-timers on the team. The B team had a rough outing, losing to Patrician College on penalties (1-3) after an enthralling 2-2 draw in normal time.
IITM had to settle for a bronze this year after facing stiff competition from St. Joseph’s, Nazareth College & Gurunanak College in the league stages. Unfortunate losses against St. Joseph’s & Nazareth ensured that IITM could secure only a bronze despite a dominant 4-1 effort against Gurunanak. “The inexperience of the forwards was a differentiating factor,” claimed skipper, Mayank (Makade), “but we will be ready by Inter – IIT.” The B team, however, disappointed with a 0-12 loss to St. Joseph’s, failing to make the league stages.
IIT M’s A team bagged the silver medal in the men’s draw while the women bagged the bronze medal and the fourth place. The A team in the men’s draw looked all set to take gold until they came up short in a close contest against DG Vaishnav College, while the girls had a disappointing run, losing games to both Ethiraj & Stella, who finished first and second respectively.
IIT Madras had an average outing this year. The men’s draw saw the A team place fourth while the B team and the C team didn’t make it to the league stages. In the women’s draw, IIT Madras secured a bronze medal, beating St. Joseph’s, while losing out to Stella Maris & Loyola College.
The outing in the men’s draw left a lot to be desired. The men’s team failed to make the league stages being knocked out 0-2 in their second game against Gurunanak who subsequently placed fourth in the leagues, behind Vel’s University, D B Jain College and Hindustan Arts & Science College. The women’s draw proved more promising with the IITM team bagging the bronze medal after defeating Stella Maris in a nail-biting contest in 4 sets.
The unit did IITM proud (yet again!) by bagging the gold medal (A team) & the bronze medal (B team). Outstanding performances from Veerendra with an impressive tally of 165 kg (snatch + clean & jerk) took gold in the U69 category while skipper Devendra took gold in the U56 category with a total of 149 kg. Total domination in the U69 & U62 categories ensured IITM a gold. Velammal College– last year’s winners– finished second.