31/08/2014 ….. Marina English High School, Verna, one of Salgaocar Football Club’s two adopted schools, conducted the 3rd edition of the Late Sir Pais and Sir Redkar Memorial All Goa U-17 inter-school tie-breaker at the Verna Church Ground on 27th August.
The event was backed and supported by Salgaocar FC.
In all, 22 teams participated in the tournament and there plenty of individual and team prizes up for grabs. On an extremely wet and rainy day, proceedings got underway with a colourful and exciting opening ceremony put together by the students of the school.
Present to inaugurate the tournament were Peter Vales, Technical Director – Youth Development, Salgaocar FC, Adlear D’Cruz, Addl. Secretary – Youth Development at Salgaocar FC, Rev. Fr. Romano Rodrigues and Mrs. Vanda D’Souza, Headmistress of the school. Students were out in large numbers through the course of the morning to support the various participating teams.
In an exciting final that went down to sudden death, the top honours on the day were bagged by Infant Jesus School, Colva whilst Our Lady of Health High School, Cuncolim had to be content with the Runners Up spot. Holy Spirit School, Margao won the third-fourth place play-off. The winners were awarded trophies, cash prizes and certificates. In addition, Infant Jesus School, took home a glittering rolling trophy. There were individual prizes for the Best Goal Keeper and the best shooter as well.
Fr. Benjamin D’Silva was the Chief Guest at the finals and Rahul Rodrigues, Manager, Media and Marketing, Salgaocar FC, the Guest of honour. The dignitaries along with family members of the late Mr. Valerian Pais and Mr. Suresh Redkar gave away the prizes.
Salgaocar’s senior team stars, Karanjit Singh, Rocus Lamare, Augustin Fernandes and Gilbert Oliveira were also in attendance to encourage the talented youngsters.