TURLOCK, Ca.: Khalsa Sports Club, Ceres, lifted the glittering trophy in Volleyball competition in a two day Sant Bhindranwale tournament held at “Turlock, Ca. on 2nd and 3rd May, 1987. In the final, the Ceres team defeated Sikh Temple, Turlock. The game was so exciting and evenly matched that the fate of the match was decided on the last point. The winning team won three and lost two games in a thrilling tie.

In the basketball competition, Khalsa Club, Yuba City encountered no problem in defeating San Joaquin Club in the final with 9247. Earlier in the semifinals, Yuba City Khalsas beat Azad Club, Fresno, 7139; and San Joaquin beat Guru Nanak, ‘Turlock 7060. In the final match, Harminder S, Takkhar scored 22 points for Yuba City whereas Rimpi was the top scorer with 20 points for the other team.

For the soccer trophy, the final match was witnessed between Punjab Sports Club, Fresno and KhaIsa Club, San Jose. Soon after the interval when the match was evenly poised with one score each a few spectators had some heated exchanges with the players of Bay Area team which resulted in their walk out. Therefore the Fresno team was declared as the winners.

In Kabaddi competition, Bay Area team won the trophy in group C (weight 145 Ibs) defeating Yuba City in 4 colorless encounter. The final score was 4222.

In group B, the Bay Area team added another feature to their cap by defeating G.N. Sikh Temple, Turlock with a margin of 4420. Gandhi and Mr. Singh were the main architects of their victory. For the group A completion, the final and the last match of the tournament was played between Sikh Temple Turlock and the Bay Area kabaddi team. The tie was SO exciting and evenly matched that it resulted in a 5050 score at the end of the scheduled time. When the organizers were still del ‘liberating about the process to break the deadlock, some trouble again erupted among the Spectators which resulted in abrupt end of the tournament without a formal declaration of the winners of Kabaddi group A. The people enjoyed the skillful game of Jyoti, Joga and some other upcoming players, anyway.

The prizes were given away to the winners by ex-Olympian, Mr, Mohinder Singh Gill, who was also the Chairman of the tournament committee.

Article extracted from this publication >>  May 8, 1987