The SJBHS OBA Football Tournament 3.0 was held on 2 and 3 Dec 2017. The tournament has become a huge magnet that brings the younger Old Boys back to school. The driving force is the desire to play alongside batchmates they used to play with during their school days, on the same grounds. The Football Sub-committee worked hard for months to plan and execute the tournament, now in its third year.
There seemed to be a potential dampener, though. The rains had extended to well past the usual rainy season, and it had rained even on the day before the tournament. The playground was wet on Saturday morning. However, teams of Old Boys led by coach Mr. Shivaprakash ensures that the playing conditions were set right for the tournament to begin on time and to ensure an injury free tournament. The sun shone bright later in the day, and the stage was set for the largest “young” Old Boy get together of the year. The food trucks proved to be a big hit among the participants. Twenty-four teams participated, divided in the pre-2000 and post-2000 groups.
In the pre-2000 group, 1992 and 1999 were the finalists, which 1999 won. In the post-2000 group, 2007 and 2012 were the finalists, which 2012 won. Coach Mr. Shivaprakash was the referee for the finals, played under floodlights. Technology was leveraged, with the drawing of lots and the finals being streamed live on Facebook.
The OBA thanks sponsors for their valuable support. Big thanks to the OBA Sub-committee, players and supporters for turning up in large numbers on both days. Hearty congratulations to the winners and batch mates who cheered the players.