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Hockey matches played between Josephs and Germains has probably
seen the most intense sporting moments the city h...
Hockey matches played between Josephs and Germains has probably seen the most intense sporting moments the city has ever witnessed. Imagine, thousands of supporters (mostly alumni) take time off their college and sometimes office just to support their alma mater!
Fr. Eric Vaz tournament for juniors and the Centenary tournament for the senior boys organised annually by St. Josephs Boys High School has been a much prestigious tournament that has elevated the standards of the game and with it, the idea of inter school rivalry.
There was a time not so long ago when the alumni didnt just turn up with intense fervour, they all brought with them tangible passion in the form of eggs, tomatoes, potatoes and a lot of other quirky paraphernalia that added fierce fervor in the stands.
The mighty proud Josephites who mostly had an edge with superior teams always had a way to get into the nerve of Germainites whose hot blooded fervid crowd never missed chance to give it back in equal measure.
Such impassioned crowd in the stands meant, the players had to bring their A-games all the time. A small stare or a shoulder push meant all hell broke loose in the stands. And when a goal was scored, the roof just had to come down, if there was one.
Cops played a key role in each contest and it was not uncommon to see at least a dozen of them with broken eggs and tomatoes decorating their face. In the days high vigilance on the city roads, credit must go to them for assigning at least a battalion to restore some order, or to try.
Those memories however, will go down as some of the sweetest anecdotes any Germanite or Josephite can tell for a long time to come. If only such support for sports was channelized well, our country would definitely have a lot more medals to show.
Kindly go ahead and write about the best inter school rivalry youve witnessed. Lets get the good ol days back.