The SJBHS OBA Football Tournament 2.0 was held on 26 and 27 Nov,2016. It is the highlight of the year for the ‘younger’ Old Boys. Detailed planning and execution saw the tournament getting record participation from players. The Principal Rev Fr Sequeira, SJ inaugurated the tournament with a prayer and the School song.
A total of 23 teams registered and participated over the weekend. For batches with an insufficient number of players, OBA teams consisting of combined batches were formed to enable Old Boys to play. Teams were divided into two groups, pre-2000 and post-2000. An elaborate set of rules was drafted. The Batch of 1991won the pre-2000 trophy while the Batch of 2007 won the post-2000 trophy. The highest goal scorers were Rohit Fernandes (Batch of 1997) -11 goals, and Anup Raj (Batch of 2007) -7 goals.
The Football Committee leveraged technology to the maximum extent to reach out to Old Boys around the world. The drawing of lots before the tournament and both the finals were streamed live on Facebook. Raju Sir, the highly respected Football coach of the late 1990s and early 2000s, was the Chief Guest for the finals. Mr Shivprakash was the referee for the finals. Though this was only the second edition of the Inter Batch Tournament, it was heartening to see the enthusiastic participation of ‘young’ and ‘not so young’ Old Boys, many of whom had travelled from other places. The OBA thanks the Football committee for superb planning and attention to detail.