On the occasion of Dahi Handi on Monday, all eyes will be on Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sairnaik’s event in Maharashtra’s Thane. Every year, Sairnaik under the banner of Sanskruti Yuva Pratishthan organises the event of Dahi Handi. Dahi Handi mandals [teams] across Mumbai and Thane get invitations to participate in this event.”This year, we are going to celebrate the Dahi Handi festival in the first half of the day. And in the second half, we have organised Dahi Handi Pro which is a sport when all the big teams of Thane and Mumbai will come. We have taken all security measures so that no Govinda will get hurt while celebrating the festival or playing sports. We have safety mats, safety jackets and a medical team at the venue. This year, our event has got recognition of sports from Maharashtra government’s sports department,” said Purvesh Sairnaik, organiser.The Dahi Handi coordination committee has taken a decision that mandals which have demonstrated their capability to form more than six tiers will only be permitted to take part in the professional competition. And while respecting the Bombay High court’s order, children below the age of 14 will not be allowed to participate in the event.In Mumbai’s Dadar and Walkeshwar area, Dahi Handi will be celebrated tomorrow in a very traditional way. And at Walkeshwar’s Banganga, special Dahi Handi has been organised to salute the Indian soldiers, where the boy on the top tier will be in a soldier’s uniform.READ | Janmashtami 2018 date in India, timings and celebrations: All you need to knowadvertisementALSO READ | Know all about Janmashtami and the famous ritual of ‘Dahi-handi’ALSO WATCH | Mumbai celebrates Janmashtami
The reigning European Champs were put through their paces in the finals series before securing both the Men’s and Women’s Open titles against Wales.The English Women’s Open team with 2007 World Cup Women’s Open MVP – Melanie Carsons, at the helm as player/coach, built their campaign on rock-solid defence as they swept a clean path through the opposition in the rounds. The English Men’s Open team also finished the rounds ranked number one in defence, and thus set the scene for the ‘Lions’ to hold their mantle as king of the hill in the European Touch community. England would not have it all their own way however, and in the Mixed Open division, it was 2011 World Cup hosts, Scotland, that rose to the top with a high scoring 12 – 9 victory over the reigning champs, preventing another clean-sweep. England were too good for Scotland in the Men’s 30’s division (6 – 3), whilst Wales prevailed over the Scots 6 – 4 in the Men’s 35’s, and Ireland outclassed France 9 – 3 in the Men’s 40’s category.After dominating all before them in the rounds, Sydney Rebels and the NZ Academy fought out a gritty encounter. NZ Academy just edged out Sydney Rebels 4 – 3 in the Mixed Open – Rest of the World Final in which Wagga Wagga’s Luke McKenzie was appointed as a referee to the final. In all, forty-five teams attended the event including teams from Belgium, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, and Wales.Men’s Open ResultsGold Medal Game: England (5) defeated Wales (4)Bronze Medal Game: France (9) defeated Scotland (1)Rest of the World Final: Colonials (9) defeated Netherlands (4)Women’s Open ResultsGold Medal Game: England (3) defeated Scotland (2) Bronze Medal Game: Scotland (2) defeated Germany (1)Mixed Open ResultsGold Medal Game: Scotland (12) defeated England (9) Bronze Medal Game: Wales (7) defeated France (5)Rest of the World Final: NZ Academy (4) defeated Sydney Rebels (3)Men’s 30’s ResultsGold Medal Game: England (6) defeated Scotland (3)Bronze Medal Game: Wales (6) defeated France (3)Men’s Masters (35’s) ResultGold Medal Game: Wales (6) defeated Scotland (4)Men’s Veterans (40’s) ResultGold Medal Game: Ireland (9) defeated France (3)Full scores can be found on the official European Champs website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-5205-0-0-0&a=COMPS Thanks to the Federation of International Touch website for providing the article content.
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