The playing fields of St. Patrick’s High School were astir with activity this month as the School had hosted two inter-school tournaments; The 1st St. Patrick’s Cup Futsal Tournament, and the 2nd Yolande Henderson Memorial Basketball Tournament.
Futsal: This very popular game was played on the School’s main quadrangle and was keenly contested by twenty one teams from the leading schools of Karachi. They were: Bay View School, St. Paul’s English High School, Kashan Academy, Bay View College, Cedar College, Desol School, Nixor College, City School Gulshan, The Lyceum School, Whales College, Cordoba School, St. Michael’s Convent School, Southshore School and the hosts.
After the tough playoffs in both categories, U-17 and U-19, St. Paul’s and St. Patrick’s reached the finals of the U- 17, beating Nixor (3-0) and City School Gulshan (2-1) respectively. The U-19 finalists were Bay View and Cedar beating St. Michael’s (2-1), and Whales (3-0) in the semis. The nail biting finals were held in the presence of Chief Guest, His Grace Archbishop Joseph Coutts, Principal of St. Paul’s, Mr. Lenny Dias and Dr. Margaret Madden PhD, Principal St. Patrick’s High. Both matches turned out to be thrillers with St. Paul’s emerging this year’s champions in the U-17’s by defeating St. Patrick’s 1-0. In the U-19 finals Bay View College triumphed over Cedar College by ‘sudden death’ after a 1-1 draw in playing time and 5-5 draw in the penalty shoot out.
Vice Principal Mr. Roman Rodrigues who is responsible for reviving sports in the School emceed the futsal finals and announced the prizes. He thanked the sports department, in particular Mr. Dost Mohammad Burki the school’s Head Sportsmaster for running the futsal tournament very efficiently.
Basketball: At the other end of the Campus, the cagers of the city’s schools met once again; this time on the newly renovated basketball court behind the Primary building, for the 2nd Yolande Henderson Memorial. Sixteen teams participated in the U-17, U- 19 and U- 19 Girls categories. Shahwilayat Public School emerged Champions of the U-17’s with Mustafa Usman of the same school being nominated Best Player with 43 points to his credit. The Nixor girls played splendidly to snatch the Championship Trophy for the second year running by defeating all teams in their pool. The Best Player Award went to Nixor’s Hana Raza with an individual best of 53 points. In the Boys’ U- 19 group, last year’s finalists, The City School P.A.F Chapter and The Lyceum School met again in this year’s finals, with the PAFIANS clinching the title once again, this time with a clear victory (45-22). Pafian, Jazib Abbasi was declared Best Player of the group with 44 points to his name. A special award, ‘The Most Improved Player’ since last year; went to Saad Khan of St. Patrick’s High School.
Dr. Margaret Madden PhD. the newly appointed Principal graced the occasion as Chief Guest, along with Mr. William Henderson the son of the iconic (late) Mrs. Yolande Henderson. Sr. Margaret herself was an avid sportswoman in her youth, holding records in the 100 and 200 meter sprints, as well as playing netball and other sports. She welcomed and thanked all the participating teams and congratulated the winners; but reminded all that it is not only the winning that matters, but how an athlete should be gracious in victory and sporting in defeat.
After the awards were presented, the emcee Mr. Jeremy Nazareth on behalf of the Patron and V. P. Mr. Roman Rodrigues, thanked the officials from the Karachi Basketball Association for their high standards of refereeing and officiating; and a special thank you to Mr. Michael Turner whose tireless efforts were instrumental in a successful tournament for the second year.