SSESA Independence Day Football 2017

The Jesuit Alumni Associations of Bombay Province (JAAB) Inter-Jesuit Alumni Football League was held on 15th August 2017 at St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra in Mumbai. What started off as a football match between alumni from St. Stanislaus and St Marys ICSE every Independence day has now grown into a 12 team league with teams from across the Bombay Province participating.

Alumni joined the students of St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra at 7.30am to raise and salute our National Flag on the school background.

The JAAB Inter-Jesuit Alumni Football League began from 9.20am onward with 12 teams from the Jesuit Bombay Province reigniting old rivalries. This year due to the renovation of the school middle ground some pool matches were held on the St. Andrews School Astro-turf. The football was fast and furious with some delightful skills on display. After the league matches the Semi-finals and Finals were held on the School back ground. In Semi-final 1 St. Xavier’s School Nashik edged out Holy Family A in a very close contest. In Semi-final 2 St. Xavier’s College Mumbai had a hard fought win over the determined Holy Family B team.

The stage was set for a enthralling final between St. Xavier’s School Nashik and St. Xavier’s College Mumbai. Both teams did not disappoint and played some high quality football where. St. Xavier’s College edged out St, Xavier’s School Nashik 1-0 to lift the William Neelankavil Memorial Trophy.

For the first time our woman alumni played as part of the St. Xavier’s College team and converting a penalty in a league match.

Special Thanks to referees all Jesuit alumnus Hyacinth Cardoz, Afra Lopes, Stan Lewis and Allwyn. Also special thanks to alumnus Denzil Rego who helped organize the tournament and the SSESA Managing Committee and manager Perviz Motafram without whom this tournament could not have happened.

The following teams participated

  • St. Xavier’s School, Nashik “A” and “B”
  • Xavier Institute of Engineering (XIE)
  • St. Mary’s SSC Alumni Association “A” and “B”
  • St. Mary’s ICSE Alumni Association
  • St. Xavier’s College Alumni Association “A” and “B”
  • Holy Family Ex-students Association (HyFyXs) “A” and “B”
  • St. Stanislaus Ex-students Association (SSESA) “A” and “B”

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