by Eklakh Shaik
MUMBAI, MAY 12, 2016: The Don Bosco Alumni Association Matunga, held the GEX Box Cricket Tournament for eight teams in the quadrangle of their Alma Mater on May 8. GEX stands for "Giovani Ex-Allievi" which means young ex-students.
Several weeks of planning went into organising the tournament. The teams were made up of alumni from different parts of the city and each player came in with passion and the Bosco spirit. Shouts of "Bosco Bosco..." filled the air.
The players played as school batch-mates from the years: '83,'87,'93, '95, '99, '99B, 2012. An invitation was also sent out to a team of ex-students from St. Joseph's Wadala. The boys of the neighbouring Shelter Home were invited for an exhibition match too.
It became a memorable occasion for most of the participants, as they recalled the old days in school, met up with old friends and became Bosco boys once again! The matches were played very seriously with three top qualified Umpires officiating. There was not a dull moment as everyone expressed their pleasure in getting back to school.
The batch of 2012 walked away with the Title and cash prize of Rs 10,000; the batch of 1983 and Shelter carried away the Runners-up trophy with a cash prize of Rs 5000 and St. Joseph's won the Third place trophy. There were individual trophies given out for the Best Batsman, Best Bowler, Best Fielder and Man of the Match.
A round of applause and gratitude was accorded to Father Wilfred, the delegate, Jayesh Chandan, the president and his committee, who were the organisers. The group was also thankful to Sanjay Vakharia of Spykar for T-shirts, wrist bands and offering cash assistance and DJ Swayne for sponsoring the sound and one other sponsor of the '99 batch.