PHOENIX PUBLIC SCHOOL LIFTS THE ROYCETON GOMES MEMORIAL FOOTBALL CUP 2017
With a mix of sun and rain and among huge cheering crowds from the sidelines, Islamiya High School clashed against Phoenix Public School on the birthday of Master Royceton Gomes, August 7th, in whose memory the Tournament is played every year.
Rising football star, current Indian Super League player and ex-Royceton player, Mr. Brandon Fernandes, was the Chief Guest along with other esteemed guest Mr. Vivekrao Patil and Principals of both Islamiya High School and Phoenix Public School. The Chief Guest let go of 38 multi-color balloons signifying the 38th edition of the Tournament. After the Chief Guest met the players, the match began.
In the first half, Phoenix played very well and kept the ball in their possession for the major part of the first half, creating chances and taking powerful shots at the goal. Islamiya on their part defended very well whenever the ball was in their possession, they too attempted a couple of shots at the opponents goal but there is no score till the end of the first half. The score at first half was 0 – 0.
Second half, started by Islamiya, putting lot of pressure on Phoenix, attacking frequently with powerful shot. However, Phoenix goal-keeper denied them by defending very well, collecting the ball cleanly or punching it over the cross bar. Phoenix then took a very high shot towards Islamiya penalty area which was handled by Islamiya while trying to block, thus a penalty kick was awarded to Phoenix Public which was converted cleanly by Nivrutti Pavanoji in the 53rd minute. In quick succession, Basavprakash Kurabeti of Phoenix went on to score yet another field goal in the 57th minute, which helped them claim their title of the 38th Royceton Memorial Football Tournament Winners 2017. The score of the very exciting Finals was 2 – 0.
The three special prizes of the Qualifying Round were awarded by Committee Member, Mr. Albert Naidu. The Best Player of the Qualifying Round went to Mayur Palekar of G G Chitnis High School, the Best Goal-keeper of the Qualifying Round went to Devesh Gaur of Jain Heritage School. The Highest Goal Scorer of the Qualifying Round went to Prajwal Lad of KLS School.
The three special prizes of the Main Draw were awarded by Committee Member, Mrs. Janet Viegas. The Best Player of the Main Draw went to Nivrutti Pavanoji of Phoenix Eng Med School, the Best Goal-keeper of the Main Draw went to Satish Kankennavar of Phoenix Public School. The Highest Goal Scorer of the Main Draw went to Kaif Shaikh of Islamiya High School.
After the match, Mr. Brandon Fernandes gave an inspiring speech to the players. Mr. Ryan Gomes proposed the vote of thanks and Rev. Fr. Victor D’cruz said a thanksgiving prayer for the successful closing of the Tournament.
Mr. Sajjad Shaikh, Vice President, Cantonment Board Belgaum, gave away the Runners-up trophies and certificates to Islamiya High School.
Mr. Brandon Fernandes gave away the Winners trophies and certificates to Phoenix Public School.
Congratulations to the Royceton Winners 2017 – Phoenix Public School!