|Posted by Nestor Coutinho on June 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM|
A lot has to be said about the 3rd edition of Kickoff. This All Mumbai Rink Football Tournament organized by MSC and HSC has reached greater heights since last year. Compared to the previous year where they had 40 teams participate, this year they upped the notch to 62 teams which displayed some quality football for the spectators. The tournament was held over 2 weekends, from the 19th and 20th of May to the 26th and 27th of May 2012. Teams from all corners of Mumbai came in, from Kalyan to Colaba. Kickoff 2012 had all the possible category of teams including Parish Teams, Club Teams, Corporate teams etc. There were also no restriction to audience as well and so there were Women, Men, Kids, Youth, Senior Citizens etc. In spite of this varied audience the organizers managed to provide entertainment for all, through the game of football.
There were a range of commentators to break the monotony, as well as there was constant interaction with the crowd keeping them engaged. Efficient ball boys and water boys kept up to the rhythm of things from the age of 7 yrs to 12 yrs. Referees exhibited quality decisions which did not lead to any mishaps in the tournament. Arrangements we made for toilet facility and changing room for the players as well. With Parle Agro as the beverage partner of Kickoff 2012 there were a whole lot of refreshments for players, spectators and organizers too. Appy Fizz, Hippo Chips and Frooti were given out throughout the tournament as hampers, freebies and refreshments.
The games began from 9:00 in the morning to 9:00 in the evening keeping a 2 hours lunch break in between. The second half of the day resumed at 4pm. A food stall was also available at the grounds to provide snacks and refreshments for the players and the spectators. The residents of the colony made the most of this food stall (Valainkini) as many would not even cook hoping to order some food from there. The games were all interesting to watch as every pool seemed as the group of death, especially because this was a knockout tournament. So tough were the teams that most games went into the tiebreaker. MSC had 3 teams put up which included almost all the boys of the colony. Sadly none of the MSC teams made it to even the quarters. In fact all the Mahim teams were out by the second round. The teams that reached the finals were Kalina Trashers and Virgin Atlantic. With no goals scored in the game, it went into the Tiebreaker giving Virgin Atlantic the Victory.
For the Closing Ceremony there was a special act by Mayur’s Dance Academy from Kanjurmarg. After the prize distribution was immediately after the game. The players were awarded their deserving cash prizes as well as trophies. The player of the tournaments went to Aaron from the Kalina Trashers. The ceremony ended with fireworks and the teams posing for snaps behind the Kickoff 2012 backdrop. All the best to MSC in their Future endeavors.