U-18 basketball c’ship: Focus and experience give Pune girls belief in going all the way to victory

August 18, 2019, Pune


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Get the basics right, listen and practice hard in training sessions – a few of the taglines which the Pune under-18 girls basketball team is following during the ongoing practice camp at Deccan Gymkhana.

In a couple of days, the girls will land in Nagpur to compete in the Maharashtra State Junior (under-18) Inter-District Championship and this time they are ready to leave bronze behind and focus on gold. In 2018, the team failed to reach the final and came back from Vashi, Navi Mumbai with a third position finish.

“We have a great team and along with experienced players we have got a few new players; one of them is Swara Pathak. She was brilliant in the recently concluded district championship and we will utlise her talent during the state championship,” says season campaigner Sudhiksha Kulkarni.

“All players are very good shooters which is the best part of the team,” adds Kulkarni.

Team is blessed with players who will be playing their last under-18 state championship and most of these players are hungry to clinch gold.

“This will be a great opportunity for us to claim gold considering amount of experience we have,” says Arya Riswadkar.

SWOT analysis:

Strength: Team has players who can play multiple positions.

Weakness: The need for calmness instead of panic.

Opportunities: Chance to claim title

Threats: Teams like Nagpur, Mumbai (north, east, west, south) can spoil Pune’s dream of winning the final.

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