ISP Squash

Continental - Monarch & Club Aquaria Masters Invitation (Men's Top-16)


At Club Aquaira, Mumbai : 1.8.96


Subhash Wali (Director, ISP), Sanjay Chhabria (Sponsor), Paul Ferreira (Winner in Men's category), Faraaz Patel (Runners up in Under-19) , Abhijit Kukreja (Winner in Under-19), Mahendra Agarwal (Founder Director, ISP) & Manish Chotrani (Runners up in Men's category) at the prize distribution ceremony held at Club Aquaria, Borivali west, Mumbai.


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All Results:

Ferriera beat Manish Chotrani
3-9, 5-9, 9-4, 9-6, 9-1

3rd & 4th Place:
Niraj Shirgaokar beat Cyrus Poncha
9-5, 9-2, 9-1

Abhijit Kukreja beat Faraaz Patel
9-6, 9-3, 2-9, 5-9, 9-3

Semi Finals:
Faraaz Patel beat Tushar Bhambane 9-1 9-4 9-5
Abhijit Kukreja beat Carl Bokdawala 9-4 9-4 9-4

5th & 6th Place:
C.S.Pawar beat Santosh More 9-1 9-7 9-5

7th & 8th Place:
Mangesh Nadkarni beat Avinash Bhavnani 9-7 9-5 9-0


Press Articles of tournament

Ferriera, Kukreja claim Aquaria titles 
(Article in Times of India, Mumbai : 7/8/1996) 

Both the finals in the inaugural Club Aquaria Masters Squash tournament went full distance. In the men’s event, top seed Paul Ferriera fought back from two games down to beat Manish Chotrani 3-9, 5-9, 9-4, 9-6, 9-1 for the top prize of Rs.8,000. 

The Rs.30,000 tournament was sponsored by Continental Monarch and Haveli Restaurant. In the juniors event, India’s under-16 champion Abhijit Kukreja won 9-6, 9-3, 2-9, 5-9, 9-3 against Faraaz Patel. 

Ferriera and Chotrani tested each other with an all court game with frequent use of cross courts, drops and counter drops. Though he tried some deception early on, it wasn’t enough against Chotrani, who picked up everything and made the minimum mistake to win the first two games. However, as Ferriera began to put on the pressure Chotrani, a little less match fit than his opponent, began to wilt and began to lose steam against an opponent who kept getting more determined. 

Kukreja was feeling the effect of a cold and seemed spent from the start itself. His tactic of just keeping the ball in play after he was two games up didn’t seem to work as Patel began to catch up. In winners and wrapped up the match with ease. 

All the players expressed satisfaction over the playing conditions at the newly built courts at this club which has facilities for badminton, swimming, table tennis and bowling.

Sanjay Chhabria, who gave away the trophy, said the club was hoping for a good response from the sports minded people of the city.


Ferriera rallies to triumph 
(Article in Indian Express, Mumbai : 6/8/1996)

Paul Ferriera rallied to beat Manish Chotrani 3-9, 5-9, 9-4, 9-6, 9-1 to win the inaugural Club Aquaria invitational Masters squash tournament sponsored by Continental Monarch and Haveli Restaurant at the club’s glass-back court, yesterday.

Ferriera collected Rs.8,000 in the Rs.30,000 event co-ordinated by Juke Box.

Niraj Shirgaokar took third place beating Cyrus Poncha 9-5, 9-2, 9-1.

Abhijit Kukreja took top honours in the junior (u-19) event winning 9-6, 9-3, 2-9, 5-9, 9-3.

Squash tourney at Club Aquaria 
(Article in Times of India, Mumbai : 31/7/1996) 

The state of the art Club Aquaria at Borivli west will get its first taste of competitive sport when an invitation squash tournament will be held there this week. 

International Paul Ferriera and state player Manish Chotrani are among eight players invited for the men’s event of the Club Aquaria Masters, sponsored by Continental Monarch and Haveli Restaurant and co-ordinated by Juke Box. The total prize money is Rs.31,000, of which the men’s winner gets Rs.8,000. 

A highlight of Club Aquaria, which has two glass-back squash courts and facilities for badminton, table tennis and Billiards, is a water park based on the British White water technology. 

The three day event, commencing on August 2, will also have participation of eight juniors in a separate event. Matches will be held on league cum knockout basis.


Paul Ferriera scores over Poncha 
(Article Free Press Journal, Mumbai : 3/8/1996) 

Cyrus Poncha put up a gallant fight against Paul Ferriera in the first game, losing it at 9-10. This, however, knocked the fight out of him and Ferriera went on to win the next two games at 9-0, 9-2 to make a good start in Group ‘A’ to his campaign in the Rs.30,000. 

Club Aquaria Masters Tournament, sponsored by Continental Monarch and Haveli Restaurant and Co-ordinated by juke Box at Club Aquaria’s glass-back courts at Borivli on Friday. 

In Group ‘B’ Niraj Shirgaokar won a well contested match against Avinash  Bhavnani at 9-5, 9-6, 9-6.

In another match in this group, Manish Chotrani was not unduly extended to get the better of national professional champion C S Pawar, the scores reading 9-6, 9-3, 9-1. 

The other match in Group ‘A’ between Mangesh Nadkarni and Santosh More was interrupted by a power failure.


Kukreja too tough a nut to crack 
(Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 12/08/1996)

AFTAB Mathur created a favorable impression, though going down in straight games to the eventual winner Abhijit Kukreja in the Junior (under-19) event of the Club Aquaria Squash tournament sponsored by Continental Contractors, Monarch and Haveli Restaurant and co-ordinated by Juke Box at the Club Aquaria courts, Borivali, over last weekend.

Mathur was able to collect just four points in each of the three games, but this assumes significance in that Kukreja went on to win the title.  The experience should stand Mathur in good stead as he along with eleven other juniors from Maharashtra are scheduled to participate in the Hong Kong Junior Open which caters for age groups under 10, 13, 16 and 19 from August 15.

Top seeded in the junior knock-out competition, Faraaz Patel looked like living up to expectations as he rallied from two games down against Kukreja to draw level and lead 3-1 in the decider.

Patel, a former national junior number two, is striving to make a come-back after being sidelined by a knee injury for over three years.

From that point however Kukreja came into his own, not conceding another point to win at 9-6, 2-9, 5-9, 9-3.  Kukreja was awarded a Prince racket and Rs 1500 in cash.


Paul Ferreira to meet Chotrani 
(Article in Times of India, Mumbai : 04/08/1996) 

Paul Ferreira and Manish Chotrani swept all before them to earn a meeting in the men’s final of the Rs 30,000 Club Aquaria squash masters tournament, sponsored by Continental, Haveli and Monarch.

Ferreira beat his preliminary group, Cyrus Poncha 10-9, 9-0, 9-2 professional Santosh More 9-5, 9-2, 9-0 and Mangesh Nadkarni 9-2, 9-6, 10-9.  Chotrani’s fine stroke play saw him take in his stride professional Chandrakant Pawar 9-6, 9-3, 9-1, Avinash Bhavnani 9-3, 9-8, 9-4 and Niraj Shirgaokar in straight sets.  The men’s winner will get Rs 8,000.

The juniors final will be between Faraaz Patel and Abhijit Kukreja.  Patel, making a rare appearance after being sidelined by a knee problem, beat Tushar Bhambhane 9-1, 9-4, 9-5, while Kukreja accounted Carl Bokdawala 9-4, 94, 9-4 in the semi-finals.


Ferreira Tops 
(Article in The Pioneer, Mumbai : 07/08/1996) 

PAUL FERREIRA won the inaugural Club Aquaria Invitational Masters Squash Tournament, sponsored by Continental Contractors, Monarch and Haveli Restaurant, at the club’s glass-back courts here on Sunday.

In the play-off for the first prize of Rs. 8,000 in the Rs 30,000 event, co-ordinated by Juke Box, Paul Ferreira came from behind to beat Manish Chotrani 3-9, 5-9, 9-4, 9-6, 9-1.

In the other play-offs, Niraj Shirgaokar beat Cyrus Poncha.


Ferreira fire singes competition 
(Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 09/08/1996) 

PAUL Ferreira got off to a good start in this squash season with success in the Club Aquaria Invitational Masters Squash Tournament at the Club Aquaria courts in Borivali last Sunday.

Ferreira picked up the top prize of Rs 8,000 out of a total prize money of Rs 30,000.

Ferreira topped pool A by beating Poncha (10-8, 9-0, 9-2), Santosh 9-9-0) and Mangesh Nadkarni (9-2, 9-6, 9-8) to top the pool.

In Group B Chotrani scored over all the opponents in straight games.  He downed G S Pawar 9-6, 9-3, 9-1, Avinash Bhavnani 9-3, 9-8, 9-4 and Niraj Shirgaokar 9-1, 9-0, 9-4 for the top spot in the pool.

By beating Santosh More 9-4, 9-0, 9-2 and Mahesh Nadkarni 9-5, 9-5, 9-5, Poncha, who lost his opening tie against Ferreira, finished second in Shirgaokar, who defeated Bhavnani 9-5, 9-6 and Pawar 9-5, 6-9, 9-0, 9-3 before losing to Chotrani.  In the play-off for the third place, Shirgaokar beat Poncha 9-5, 9-2, 9-1.

16th Tournament Organised by ISP