FEBRUARY 5, 2011: In the just concluded MSSA inter-school basketball tournament at St. Joseph’s Wadala, it was 1-2-3 for the St. Joseph’s basketball teams in the u-11, u-13 and u-16 categories respectively.
The u-11 basketball team created history by winning the MSSA title outclassing Don Bosco, Matunga 45-20 in the finals held on February 3, 2011. The team stamped their class and superiority right through the tournament outsmarting opponents by overwhelming margins. Their scores read: 49-0 against Cathedral, 40-4 against Pawar Public, 38-8 against Dhirubhai Ambani and 34-20 against VIBGYOR in the semi-finals. At the prize-distribution ceremony, budding hoopster Master Varun Tirthani of Std. V was awarded the best player of the tournament in the boys’ section.
In the u-13 category of the same tournament, our school team were third time unlucky against their bogey, team Don Bosco, Matunga. For the third year running, the team were runners-up to Don Bosco, Matunga, in a closely contested final – though the final score line 31-20 suggests otherwise.
In the u-16 category, our seniors were not as lucky as the young guns. They won the third place when they defeated Gopi Birla School, Walkeshwar, in the play-off match for the third and fourth position.
Record books were rewritten once again, this time in football. In the I Division MSSA football tournament, our u-12 football team won the second place in the inter-schools soccer tournament. In the finals held on February4, 2011, at Azad Maidan, our team went down fighting to Don Bosco, Matunga, 3-1 via the tie-breaker after the score was tied 1-1 in regulation time. After topping their group in the preliminary stages, our boys beat Navy Children, Colaba, and Dominic Savio, Andheri, in the next round of the tournament to make it to the finals.
Congratulations boys! You have done our school proud.
Special mention ought to be made of the tireless efforts of our coaches, Mr. Raju and Mr. Somnath in basketball; Mr. Michael, Mr. Tony and Mr. Avinash in football. Their faith and belief in the abilities of the boys provided the teams that extra fillip to raise their game a notch higher and compete with the very best.