NPC, Far-western enter Super League

Kathmandu, January 4

Nepal Police Club and Far-western Region advanced to the Super League round of the 16th National Women’s League here at the ANFA Complex grounds today.

NPC hammered Eastern Region 5-0, while Far-western edged past Central Region 1-0 in the last round matches of the tournament being organised under the NSC Championship.

The results meant, NPC topped Group A with maximum nine points from three matches, while Far-western finished runners-up with six. Central (three) and Eastern (zero) were eliminated from the group stage.

The departmental side dominated the match against Eastern Region from the beginning and did not lose control over the game. Nirmala BK netted a hat-trick, while Niru Thapa scored a brace for the NPC.

NPC took an early lead when BK opened the scoring in the fourth minute of the match. She doubled the tally in the 15th minute and completed her hat-trick in the 42nd minute. After the break, it was Thapa who stole the show. She netted her first and team’s fourth goal in the 77th minute before wrapping the scoring in the 90th minute.

Earlier, Far-western Region registered a hard-fought victory over Central Region. Kiran Chaudhary scored the solitary goal of the match in the seventh minute.

Nepal APF Club and Tribhuvan Army Club havealready made it to the Super League from Group B with two wins each, while Mid-western Regionand Western Region are out of the race.

The two departmental sides will face each other on Friday to decide the group winners, while the two regional teams will play for pride.

Fencing

KATHMANDU: Anita Karki and Janga Giri won gold medals on the first day of the third National Fencing Championship under the NSC Championship here on Thursday.

The Nepal APC Club fencer Karki defeated Tribhuvan Army Club’s Indira Poudel 15-14 in the final of the women’s individual Epee, while Sita Pathak of TAC and Januka Syangden of APF finished joint third.

In men’s section, APF’s Janga Giri beat TAC’s Dipendra Bista 15-13. Rajendra Shrestha of APF and Sagar KC of TAC were joint third.

A total of 96 players from four teams — APF, TAC, Central Region and Western Region — are taking part in the three-day championship that offers a total of 12 gold medals.

Earlier, NSC Member Secretary Keshab Kumar Bista inaugurated the championship.

Handball

POKHARA: Tribhuvan Army Club, Nepal APF Club, Western Region and Central Region advanced to the men’s section semi-finals of the National Handball Tournament here at the Pokhara Stadium on Thursday.

In the day’s matches, Mid-western Region defeated Western Region 14-9, while the latter bounced back to outplay Eastern Region 35-10 in another game. Likewise, TAC hammered Mid-western Region 36-10 before Central Region outplayed Western Region 24-14. In the last match, APF overwhelmed Eastern Region 37-7. On Friday, TAC will face APF, while Western Region will play against Central Region in the semi-final matches.

In women’s section matches, APF hammered Western Region 38-7 and the departmental side registered a 30-1 victory over Mid-Western Region. Also, TAC outplayed Central Region 29-1, while Eastern Region defeated Central Region 28-2 and Western Region overwhelmed Far-western Region 21-0. On Friday, APF will play against Eastern Region, while Western Region will face TAC in semi-final matches.