A little enjoyment inside a loop of daily pressure and hard work can go a long way in boosting the morale of everyone and all of us does deserve to kick back once in a while, and enjoy the company of good friends and good food. That’s what happened at Epitom. We just had our Annual Carrom Tournament and we’re glad to say it was a blast!
The carrom tournament kicked off with a qualifier match because there were an off number of teams. Two teams- Sky Rose (Prashanthan and Shashikala) vs. Hit Man (Gayathirri and Zafran) faced off in this round. Gayathirri played very powerfully and Zafran provided all the strategic moves but Prashanthan and Shashikala outsmarted them with sheer skill.
Then came the Knock-out stages where the first match was played between the Blasters (Pradeep and Marushiya) vs. Evolution (Yashwanth and Omesha). The match was a very long one with Pradeep coaching Marushiya who made some fantastic moves, not to mention a great deal of entertainment. In the end, team Evolution won with the final expert shot thumbed by Yashwanth.
The next match in the Knock-outs was played between the Dynamites (Anupama and Zaid) vs. One Shot (Sakina and Viraj). This match was a long, challenging one as well with Zaid having to cover for Anupama who had no prior experience playing carrom and Sakina and Viraj proving to be a very raucous Tom & Jerry-esque team. The match was played over two games (that was how tricky it was!) and eventually Zaid guided the Dynamites to a well deserved victory on Day 2.
Next up was Team BK (Chamithra and Robinsha) vs. the Challengers (Pubudu and Shareena). Robinsha, who joined Team Epitom recently, wowed everyone with her exceptional carrom skills and was further helped mistakenly by Shareena from the opposing team who netted two coins of the opposing team. Robinsha guided her team to victory with Chamithra having never played carrom before.
The final knock-out game was played between team Dead Shot (Faseeha and Zabith) vs. Team Sky Rose (Prashanthan and Shashikala). Team Sky Rose played a scintillating game of carrom and went on to win the match despite a good fight by Faseeha and Zabith.
With the Semi Final, things started heating up with the first match played between Team Evolution and Team Sky Rose. Team Evolution got off to a great start with Omesha being in stellar form from the start of the game. Yashwanth caught up quickly enough and together the duo managed to beat Team Sky Rose in a short but very close match.
The second match in the semi finals round saw Team BK facing off Team Dynamites. Team Dynamites saw Prashan replacing Zaid who was on leave. It was expected for Team BK to clinch this round but Prashan’s exceptional carrom skills won the game for Team Dynamites. The big surprise came from Anupama though when she hit the winning shot as well as a few good ones toward the end of the game. This semi final game was a hugely enjoyable one, especially when Chamithra was insisting that he played all the crucial shots in his own way and seeing Robinsha trounce him with her strategic shots at critical times.
The finals of the carrom Tournament saw two adept teams facing off- Team Dymanites vs. Team Evolution and it promised action, smart moves and laughter galore. The game started off with Prashan netting the first coin with the first shot. It was neck to neck after that with both teams playing equally well with numerous close-calls and near-misses, especially towards the latter parts of the game. At the final stage, Prashan missed a close crucial shot allowing Yashwanth to net the red coin and his black coin in succession to win the game and clinch the glory as winners of the Epitom Annual carrom Tournament 2016.