Miranda House hosted its annual sports event Erobern over the course of three days, from 10th to 12th February, 2016. With participation from over thirty teams from colleges like Lady Sri Ram College for Women, Jesus and Mary College, Daulat Ram College and most women colleges of Delhi University, along with women teams from co-educational colleges, the winners’ position for all events was well fought for. Erobern saw five main competitive events- Netball, Ball Badminton, Basketball, Chess and Taekwondo.

The three day celebration of women-in-sports started off with an opening address by Dr. Pratibha Jolly who voiced her support for the event. She was accompanied to the opening ceremony by Professor Pasquale Sgro, the head of the Department of Economics of Deakin University, Australia, who was in the college for delivering a lecture. The opening ceremony was followed by a yoga demonstration by the students of Miranda House and a rope-skipping presentation by the Dutch Dragon Crew who enthralled the audience with over 450 styles of rope-skipping.

Tapasya Changkakati, the president of the Miranda House Sports Society, was happy with the turnout. When asked about her experience with Erobern, having been a familiar face from the previous year’s event, she said, “It’s a great experience to host fellow sportspersons. We always learn a lot from them. We hope all participating teams take away good memories of a fair and fun event from Erobern 2016.”

Erobern 2016
Erobern 2016

While Day 1 mainly saw knockout matches, the second day was full of action with Chess and Taekwondo being the main attractions, along with the league matches for Netball, Basketball and Ball Badminton. Proving that playing on home turf is indeed advantageous, Miranda House took the first position for both Chess and Taekwondo. The second and third positions were grabbed by the teams from LSR and Laxmibai College respectively for Chess, and Daulat Ram College and Aryabhatta College respectively for Taekwondo.

The finals of Netball, Ball Badminton and Basketball took place on the third day. After a well competed match between LSR and Miranda House, the latter emerged as the winners of the final. LSR took the second position, followed by the team from Kirori Mal College in the third position. It was a special moment for the Miranda House team as they had earlier lost to LSR in the basketball event at Kirori Mal College. Komal and Meena, two first-year players on the team were all glee as they said, “We were nervous about the match but our seniors were phenomenal and we had an 11 point lead in the first quarter itself!”

The Miranda House team again reigned supreme in the finals of Netball, fighting off competition from JMC for the first position. The teams from JMC and Maitreyi College followed, making up the top 3. The winners for Ball Badminton were the teams from Gargi College, Miranda House and Maitreyi College respectively.

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