Don Bosco Cup 5th Year at Ewell
Sunday 12 September 2010
What a great Salesian Family Day!
Don Bosco once again provided the perfect weather for the Salesian footballers and their families and friends at the beautiful Ewell Playing fields.
The Social Club Committee had worked hard to transform the bar into a church for the opening morning Mass. And Fr Des O'Riordan, Rector at Farnborough, demonstrated his continuing support for the Old Boys by celebrating Mass
and giving his personal endorsement to the current Past Pupil National Appeal in support of Chaplaincy projects in each of our Schools. At the end of Mass he was applauded by the packed congregation.
A pleasant surprise - Battersea Old Boy - Fr Ed O'Connell, back in England from his parish in Peru, arrived at the ground to meet up with everyone.
The football tournament with Battersea and Chertsey Old Boys and School teams participating was even more competitive than previous years, with Chertsey School delivering the shock result of the League section with a thoroughly
deserved 3-1 victory over Battersea Old Boys. However the Old Boys proved stronger in a high quality Final play-off and took the Don Bosco Cup for the 5th successive year with a convincing 2-0 victory.
All games were played (and refereed) in a true Salesian Spirit without a single yellow or red card. The biggest shout of the day was for Battersea School's opening goal in their last game against Chertsey Old Boys. The Battersea
school team had battled skilfully against older opponents in all their games, and were a credit to the School on and off the field.
Michael Georgiou, the Battersea Chaplain, in presenting the Cup and trophies to the winning team and Match Officials, said that the day illustrated the benefits of the Salesian Family and he congratulated the teams and Battersea Old
Salesians for hosting the event. He also referred to the work of Chaplains in Salesian Schools and confirmed that the Salesian Past Pupil Chaplaincy Appeal funds would enable many of the team representing the Battersea School to
attend a 3 day Retreat at Savio House.
The teams and supporters then retired to the Social Club where the ladies had prepared a fantastic buffet for all and the day continued long into the afternoon with children playing and enjoying the September sunshine.
Thank you to everyone who made the day such a success.
Yours in Don Bosco,
Patrick Morrissey, National President, GB Salesian Past Pupils Federation
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