The Royston Gomes memorial football (under 13) will be kicked off on 18 July this year at the St.Pauls high school grounds. This is the 27th year of this tournament.
On 15th August 1979 Royston, son of Jo Gomes studying in Std.3 went to Gokak for a holiday. By accident he fell into the water and the he died.
Royston, loved to play football and keeping this mind in 1981 his father started this tournament. This tournament has been a landmark stone in the football season of the year and the stepping-stone for upcoming footballers. As all of them start playing for their school only from this tournament.
This tournament has seen one of the most disciplined teams playing each other. The standard of the teams has also increased with time. Out of the 26 years that’s this tournament has been played St.Pauls have won it 21 times, Phoenix School 4 times and Belgaum Military School once.
This time 20 schools will participate in the tournament. The finalists qualify for inter state invitational tournament in which this year teams from Goa, Bangalore and Pune will participate.
I know many of those reading this might have also played in this tournament when they were in school. I never played tough but was witness to many a victory of St.Pauls and also witness to the loss to Belgaum Military School.
Hip Hip Hurray !!!