by Jerry VM
NASHIK, SEP 22, 2015: Twelve teams from various oratories in and around Nashik participated in the annual Oratory football tournament held at Nashik on September 20.
Divyadaan and Salesian Training Institute, Nashik organised the tourney; and teams comprising of boys who frequent the various oratory centers on Sundays participated.
The event was centered around the theme 'Sadev barobar Don Bosco', which translates into 'Forever with Don Bosco'.
The incessant rains did not prove a dampener as teams vied for top honours. Before the first whistle blew, Father Lloyd Rodrigues quoted Don Bosco and exhorted the participants to enjoy themselves to the fullest, at the same time to make sure to avoid sin in any of its form.
He also briefed participants on the purpose of partaking in such events. The teams were divided into two pools, from which four teams would make it to the semi-finals.
Japtawadi lifted top honours by defeating Lankesh, 2-1, in the final.
Father Savio Silveira , the Vice Provincial of the Salesian Province of Mumbai, was the chief guest for the final match.
He said that winning was not the only purpose for such events being held; but that it provided an educative role as well.
Father Silveira gave away the prizes to the winning team.
Adharsh from Lankesh won the award for the Best Player, while Siddharth from Ganeshnagar was named the Best Goal-keeper. Shuban from Japtawadi won the Golden Boot for being the top-scorer.