Deepalayans prove their mettle in Netball
This May, Deepalaya School Kalkaji Extension had the pleasure of playing host to the second edition of the One Nation Netball Championship. Powered by the ‘Women Win’ organisation, the philosophy behind this event is to eliminate superficial gender barriers and promote the intriguing concept of mixed gender teams in sporting competitions.
This years ONNC was supported by the NAZ Foundation and the Net Ball Trust, while the T-shirts and jerseys of the participating teams were sponsored by T-10 sports. Care was taken to ensure that medical personnel were present on-site in case of any emergency – Seva provided two MBBS doctors for the duration of the tournament.
The championship was held over two days and saw the participation of ten teams from four different states – Two teams from West Bengal (Kolkata), three from Maharashtra, one from J&K and four from Delhi. The tournament officially commenced on a crisp Saturday morning with an opening ceremony, which was followed by all the team captains taking an oath to play fair and uphold sportsman spirit.
The teams were divided into different pools and through a set of grueling matches, four finally made it to the top of the ladder – Forebel (J&K), Deepalaya (Delhi), Naz Goal (Delhi) and Khelo Netball (Kolkata). The first semi-final was held between Forebel and Naz Goal, with Forebel winning the nail-biting match by just one point. The second semi final was between Deepalaya and Khelo Netball and was won comfortably by the host team. The finals however, proved to be a true spectacle with Deepalaya and Forebel battling it for the top spot in the searing heat. In welcome turn of events, Deepalaya managed a two point victory over Forebel, thereby becoming the winner of the 2nd ONNC championship.
The weekend-long tournament, however, was not only about sports. Each school also presented cultural performances as a way for the different schools to interact and mingle. The first day was reserved for dance performances, while on the second day the teams put up various individual and group performances. Neha from Harkeshnagar gave a mesmerizing contemporary performance. The programme ended with CSC’s performance on ‘Havan Karenge’.