Guntur girls, Nellore boys lift rugby trophies

Guntur girls’ team registered a thumping victory with the 15-0 point lead against Anantapur to lift the 2nd State Rugby Championship 2018 trophy (Under 18 boys and girls) at Hindu College Grounds here on Sunday.

The Krishna District Rugby Association with the support of the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh has organised the two-day championship-cum-selections. At least 300 players, representing 13 boys’ teams and 11 girls’ teams, have participated in the championship. In the girls’ category, Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore and Chittoor bagged the third and four places respectively.

In boys’ category, SPSR Nellore emerged the champion by defeating East Godavari while Guntur and Anantapur got third and fourth places. MLC B. Arjunudu and Machilipatnam Municipal Chairperson M. Baba Prasad on Sunday presented trophies to the winners.

The officials representing the SAAP and State Rugby Association on Sunday selected the 12 players from each category of boys and girls. “The best 12 players from both the categories will represent the State at the nationals to be held in July-end in Tamil Nadu,” according to SAAP official and the championship observer Vamsi.

Construction of stadium

Addressing the players, Mr. Arjunudu has announced that foundation stone would be laid for construction of the stadium at Goshala area in July, to provide better sports infrastructure in Machilipatnam. The State government has sanctioned Rs. 7 crore for the stadium project.

Krishna District Rugby Association president T. Ajay Kumar, treasurer K. Suguna Rao and general secretary T. Sree Latha have played the active role in conducting the championship.

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