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Perfect 10 at Sat C

What: Finals and closing ceremony of the 37th Saturday Club Inter Club Sports Carnival 2012, in association with The Telegraph.

When: May 5 and 6.

Game on: The carnival that started on April 26 and had 11 city clubs all charged up and competitive turned out to be a 10-day celebration of the city’s sporting spirit as well.

Stafford Ireland (in picture), who started playing snooker when he was just 14, was part of the Dalhousie Institute team that beat Calcutta Swimming Club in snooker. “Winning the snooker title for my club was great. We are also taking home the table tennis title,” said an ecstatic Stafford, his snooker partners Neil Fonseca, Paresh Bhimani, Siddharth Ghosh and Terrenc Mak by his side.

In its 37th year, the annual sporting extravaganza at the Wood Street address included badminton, tennis, squash, table tennis, swimming, snooker and bridge. “I have represented my club in badminton for almost 36 years out of the 37 years this carnival has been on. Lots of things have changed, what hasn’t is the enthusiasm,” smiled Anil Sondhi, one of the founding members of the carnival.

Akshay Bajoria (in picture) was all revved up to claim the tennis trophy for his club, CC&FC. And claim the cup Team CC&FC did! “I passed up on a chance to go to Eden to watch the KKR vs Pune match as I wanted to represent my club for the finals. I am a huge fan of (Gautam) Gambhir and Brett Lee, but the remarkable experience at Saturday Club has definitely made up for it,” smiled 14-year-old Debanshi Prasad (not in picture) of CC&FC.

For guest clubs, coming back for matches and more to this sports carnival is an annual affair. “I have been coming here for some 22 years, representing my club in snooker and badminton. The electrifying sporting atmosphere of the carnival attracts me the most,” said Anup Sharda of Calcutta Swimming Club.

First-timer Kshitij Goyal of CC&FC was bowled over too. “It wasn’t boring even for a moment, especially since we got to play with different clubs,” said the 13-year-old student of La Martiniere for Boys who took part in tennis.

The carnival sprung quite a few new talents like the home team’s Karan Vir Marwah, a student of Don Bosco Park Circus, who was awarded the best junior sportsman of the carnival. Or the Saturday Club’s surprise maiden entry into the table tennis finals. “This was a first! We are sure to win the cup next year,” said captain Sarita Borar after her team ended as runner-up.

After 10 days of closely-fought matches, The Saturday Club was declared the overall winner with 18 points.