Football League at IIM Udaipur-FLU 2015

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The sports committee of IIM Udaipur, Lakesiders, organized the annual football league of IIM Udaipur (FLU) during the months of October and November of 2015. The league ,modelled on the lines of the international football leagues comprised of six teams and a total of 84 players participated in it. The team names were Balicha Tigers, Lake Warriors, SoccaHolics, Land Sharks, Udaipur Rangers and Mad Thrashers. The players were selected in the teams through an IPL style auction which had PGP 1 girls in the capacity of managers and solely responsible for the buying decisions. The tournament schedule was such that the teams had to go through a Round-Robin stage following which the top three teams qualified. The top team was a direct entrant to the final whereas the next two had to play a semifinal to qualify as the second finalist.The tournament was witness to great team game play, amazing skills and runs and intense rivalry between the teams which culminated with Balicha Tigers lifting the coveted trophy after a close but brilliant final with Mad Thrashers.

The tournament foundation and loyalty for the respective teams was laid on the day of the auction. The auction as aforementioned was modelled on the lines of the IPL. The auction process was moderated by the Lakesider members and the bidders were the PGP 1 girl students who, in continuing with the tradition of the preceding years, were the managers for the six teams. The bidders however had a consultant tagged with them to assist them through the auctioning process and advice them regarding which players to purchase. The team names were first alloted to the girl managers through a lucky draw system. Each set of manager and consultant was then provided with 100 million ( virtual) for the process in total from which they had to buy 14 players. The bidding comprised of three rounds which comprised of the team players in the first round followed by players who were extremely good followed by players who were good and those who were interested in participating. The bidding commenced and during the subsequent two and a half hours of the process , there were numerous hits and misses with many players going for exhorbitant amounts whereas several brilliant players went for significantly less amounts and proved to be amazing bargains for the managers. However, there were no surprises when the current captain of the football team, Saurabh Gupta, went for the highest amount of 27 million followed by the striker of the team, Arjun Khetarpal, who went for an amazing 23.5 million respectively.

The tournament commenced with the match between Udaipur Rangers and SoccaHolics. The match was an intense one but the quality of the Udaipur Rangers was extremely evident and ended with a 3-0 win for them. The following matches too were brilliant exponents of the most followed game and certainly helped maintain the high level of competence expected from the league. As the league progressed , the teams got to know each other’s playing style and the main players and it gradually became a battle of wits with teams deploying proper formations and resorting to tactics such as man marking to counter their opponents. The games too were played with intense rivalry and saw the referees brandishing a host of yellow and extremely seldom red cards. As the matches progressed , the win margins kept shrinking and it often used to be a moment of brilliance or a brilliant move which proved to be crucial in deciding outcomes. Though all teams gave their best, the three teams that maintained their performances throughout were Udaipur Rangers, Balicha Tigers and Mad Thrashers and subsequently qualified for the following rounds with Balicha qualifying directly for the finals. However, Lake Warriors deserve a special mention as they too were consistent performers and were ousted only in their last league game with Udaipur Rangers which was billed by everyone as the virtual semifinal. SoccaHolics and Land Sharks tried their level best and were brilliant competition for the other teams and kudos to their effort. The semi-final between Udaipur Rangers and Mad Thrashers was an extremely tight game with both teams giving their best and ended in a stalemate which was followed by an extremely nervy penalty shootout where the Mad Thrashers kept their calm and prevailed and hence qualified for the final. The final lived up to its billing with both teams playing an extremely intense and physical game. The game saw a number of heated moments with the players being egged on by the crowd. The game witnessed brilliant touches, towering headers and the players vying tirelessly for the ball. The Balicha Tigers however, maintained their brilliant run and emerged victorious by a 2-0 margin with Saurabh Gupta and Chandan Sagar (the Golden Boot winner) scoring the vital goals. The final whistle saw contrasting emotions with frenzied celebrations from the Tigers whereas the Thrashers’ players were extremely distraught. The following ceremony witnessed the conferring of various awards for brilliant individual performances such as Emerging Player to Prateek Kiran, Golden Boot to Chandan Sagar and Golden Ball to the best player of the tournament Prateek Goyal. Finally, Saurabh Gupta lifted the trophy for the Tiger’s which sparked wild celebrations and bringing the curtain down on another annual edition of the league.

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FLU 15 was certainly a great experience for all the players and lived up to the high expectations expected of the leagues. The league was witness to an abundance of talent and is certainly a brilliant testament to the strong sporting culture at IIM Udaipur. FLU 15 was another feather in the cap for the Lakesiders and the great response certainly provides brilliant motivation for the other leagues and provides impetus to have more such events. Finally, organizing and executing the event required help from both batches and it was an amazing coordinated effort which helped pull it off thereby displaying the importance the students at IIM Udaipur place on all events as great exponents of developing the amazing culture at IIMU. Hence, FLU 15 was a great success and we are certain that the incoming batch will certainly be as talented if not more so and take FLU 16 to another level altogether ._DSC2507

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Football Fever @IIMU!!

Keeping up with the traditions, Lakesider’s- the sports committee of IIMU organized the annual football event. The Football League of Udaipur comprises of six teams. Each team is owned by a PGP girl manager. The league is designed on the IPL format where every team faces one another in the group stage. Post the group stage the top team directly enters the finals. The second and third team in the points table, play in a playoff for sealing the second spot of the finals.

FluX1This year like every, the auctions were the precursor to the event. Although the tournament was far from its inauguration the enthusiasm was already at its peak among the team owners and their prospective players. We had six ladies who were the team owners from the PGP1 batch. Along with them were a few other students helping them devise their bidding strategy. The bidding was intense and every team spent lavishly for their marquee players. In the end all the teams were well balanced and one couldn’t really pick out a clear favorite. This meant that we were looking forward to a very competitive tournament between six well matched teams.

FLU223rd November was the super Sunday that saw the inaugural matches of FLU. There were a total of six clashes which saw some expected and some unexpected results. But at the end of the day the points table was reflected the gap in quality between the various teams which was very less. In the following weeks the group stage was played out. Between daily classes and various club activities it was a herculean task to organize the matches.

The teams had a mix of both the first and the second years. The academic schedule at IIMU is very grueling and there is always some or the other class going on. Due to this the Lakesider’s found it difficult to ensure the availability of all the players of a particular team. Hence most of the matches were played out during the weekends. This made the tournament long but also gave the teams time to be fresh both mentally and physically. And this ensured that each encounter was equally well contested.

The final match of the group stage saw ‘Soccaholics’ progress into the finals. ‘Lake Warriors’ and ‘Mad Thrashers’ being the second and third team in the group stage, played out the semi-final.

 

FLU4The grand finale saw ‘Mad Thrashers’ and ‘Soccaholics’ play an intense final. The match was like a game of see-saw with three goals scored by both teams before the final whistle. The game then proceeded into extra time which was goalless.

Since the teams were so well matched the penalties were inevitable. The shootout ended with the ‘Mad Thrashers’ winning the tie and the tournament. Sneha Mittal, PGP 1 student and the proud owner of the winning team lifted the trophy along with her players. Ejas Kunhalan, PGP 1 student won the golden boot for scoring the maximum number of goals in the tournament.

In the end the whole tournament was a great learning experience for all the students involved. It saw fierce competition among the teams which forced players to perform under pressure. The tournament saw teams coming up with different and unique strategies to beat their opponents. Managers had to take tough decisions when faced with injuries, defeat and demotivation among players and think of ways to motivate their team. All the clubs involved including Lakesider’s, Iris and Connect IT did a brilliant job to take the tournament to a new level. Connect IT kept the entire community updated with interesting post match analysis sent out to every student via e-mail.

We eagerly await the next edition of FLU next year, when the reigns will be passed on to the next upcoming batch!!

FlashBack – The IIMU Reunion: When the Pioneers visited their Alma Mater!

Alumni And Allies Association (A4) of IIM Udaipur organized the first ever alumni meet of the Class of 2013 of IIMUFlashBack. The meet was organized on 1st March, 2014 in the campus. Flashback was organized with the motive of creating a feeling of déjà vu for the pioneers and to initiate a process of building an ever growing network of IIMU graduates. The meet had been organized as a day-long event so as to enable maximum interaction among the pioneers and the students within the IIMU fraternity.

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FlashBack started with an interactive session between the alumni and Prof. Janat Shah, DirectorIIMU. The theme for the session was The Journey bygone & The Journey ahead. The pioneers shared their experiences after stepping out of IIMU and their takeaways from their 2 years of stay here. Emotions flowed through the voices of the pioneers reflecting their proclivity towards the institute. Later, Director Sir discussed with them the progress of IIMU in comparison to the Top 100 B-Schools across the world in the last one year. He shared with them the future plans and working model on which IIMU would thrive to become one of the best B-Schools in the world. The pioneers actively gave their suggestions and add-ons for improving the plans. Prof. Shah re-enforced the importance of enhancing the alumni network and took suggestions from the pioneers on ways of enhancing the alumni engagement.

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Post the session, Team A4 in association with LakeSidersThe Sports Committee of IIMU, organized a cricket match between IIMU Alumni and the IIMU community team formed from the participants comprising students, faculty and the hostel & institute staff. The idea behind the debut version of FlashBack Cup was to form a legacy which would go on for years to come.  The feeling of involvement with the students who had been the first to grace the campus received applauds and cheers. Moments were re-lived and a legacy was created. IIMU Alumni team lost the trophy by a close margin but won everybody’s hearts with their sheer dedication and enthusiasm.

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Curiosity amongst current students to know about the corporate life after graduation from IIM U opened the stage for the interactive session of PGP-1 and PGPX students with the alumni. Director Sir and faculty also took out their time to attend the session and felicitate the alumni with souvenirs for their successful journey. It was an ice breaking session where the alums narrated their memorable moments at IIMU, shared their experiences of the corporate world and revisited the work undertaken by them as founders of various clubs and committees.

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The evening saw an exclusive dinner for the alumni organized at Lal Baagh restaurant amidst live music and a picturesque setting. The event also witnessed release of the pioneer issue of the Alumni Magazine, “The Thump” which garnered rave reviews from the alumni. The alums were deeply engrossed in nostalgia all the while as they chatted and laughed about their good old days at IIMU.

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The dinner was followed by a DJ party for the alums. The ‘unique’ thing about the party was that this was the first moment in the history of IIMU when the alumni, PGP1s, PGP2s, PGPX1s and PGPX2s; all were seen sharing the same stage. The party ended on a high note with cheers and celebrations in the air. A4 Team put up an amazing example of conducting an event showcasing team work, the best use of limited resources and involving and paying gratitude to all the students, staff, faculty and alumni of IIMU. IRIS – The Photography Club of IIM Udaipur helped in capturing the magical moments of the reunion.

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A4 Team: Deewakar Gupta | Kushal Joshi | Gaurav Singh Gehlot | Sitanshu Upadhyay | Chaitanya Kumar Sandaka | Gaurav Singh