BIS #7199 MHOC Youth Group, Naigaon East Hosts Its Annual Open Football Tournament

by Pooja Nevis

Excitement Peaks as the Youth of Mary Help of Christians hosts its Annual Football Extravaganza.Held at Don Bosco High School & Junior College Turf on June 30, this event promises to be a spectacle of athleticism, strategy, and community spirit. The Football team Vmaads outplayed Savage Stallions to clinch a 2-1 victory.16 Teams representing various neighborhoods, schools, and local clubs have came together to compete for the coveted championship title.

The tournament commenced with an energetic opening ceremony & a prayer at 10:30am led by Fr. Joaquim Fernandes. In a symbolic gesture, he skillfully kicked the ball towards the goal, marking the official start of the annual football tournament. Indeed, the atmosphere in and around the stadium is nothing short of electric. Food stalls line the pathways, offering a delicious array of local delicacies to keep spectators energized throughout the matches.

The tournament began with thrilling encounters as teams battle it out in knockout rounds and quarter stages. Each match was a test of skill and strategy, with coaches meticulously planning their tactics and players pushing their limits on the field. From nail-biting penalty shootouts to stunning last-minute goals, the games have delivered unforgettable moments that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats. The Referees  Mr.John Pereira & Mr. Dennis Fernandes conducted the tournament fairly & tactfully.

"It's incredible to see the passion and dedication of these young athletes," said Fr. Joaquim, Vice Principal of Don Bosco High School & Junior College "The tournament brings the whole community together and inspires the next generation of players."

As the tournament progressed towards its thrilling conclusion, excitement continued to build. With the promise of more action-packed matches and unforgettable moments, football fans across the city eagerly awaited to see which team would emerge victorious.

Fr. Roy Noronha the chief guest for the evening presented the trophies along with Fr Dominic Martis – Parish Priest & Fr. Joaquim Fernandes to the winners & the runner-up. The following awards were given as well to the

Best Player – Coen Saldanha from Savage Stallions, Best Goalkeeper –Shubham Yadav from Vmaads & the Top Scorer – Rishi from Vmaads for their exceptional dedication & performance.

Mr. Alkes Bhandge – Owner of Pixel and Pockets, Hannah & LeAnne in Loving Memory of Humphrey Fernandes & Rhonda Lopez in Loving Memory of Adrian Mariano Lopez were the sponsors of the event.

Whether you're a die-hard fan or simply enjoy the thrill of live sports, the annual football tournament is a testament to the power of sport in bringing people together.

The football tournament at MHOC, Naigaon, was not just a game – it was a celebration of teamwork, passion, and the spirit of competition.