31 August, 2008 - Last year’s finalist Katayana made it to the quarter-finals of the 8th Yangphel archery tournament again after it defeated Dorji Drolo and Samden Lhendrup at the knock-out round on August 29.
Katayana lead by one set but the match against Samden Lhendrup could have gone either way, as the latter needed just one point to win a set. The blue ribbon Katayana snatched the winning set from Samden Lhendup and confirmed their seat in the quarters. But Samden Lhendrup had one more chance to qualify for the quarters if they could hit 30 kareys but ended up with just 26.
The best player of the league, Gem Tshering of Hungyel, could not entertain the crowd like he did in other matches by hitting just nine in yesterday’s match against Jagathang and Druk Norlha. But his team still managed to win two game sets to enter the quarters. “Perhaps Gem Tshering couldn’t do much today because he’s playing in Thimphu for the first time,” commented a spectator, as they left of the ground.
The most impressive display was from team Highlanders, who hit 35 kareys and won three game sets. Highlander’s Sonam Chophel hit 11 kareys, the highest individual score of the day. They beat Gyoem Drachom and Chana Dorjee. Goyoem Drachom still have a chance to get into the quarter finals with their 30 kareys through the wild card entry.
Zimdra will play against Ms Bhutan Pageant and Planet Gym, while NTT Construction will take on Jurmey Dargey and Dorji Lekden in the last match of the knock-out stage yesterday.
By Tandin Wangchuk