NARUKOT, SEPTEMBER 26, 2011: Gujarat State U-17 hockey tournament was organized on the Piloo Mody Don Bosco High School ground by the Sport Authority of Gujarat from September 23- 25, 2011.
The tournament began with a prayer service in the presence of the Chief Guest Mr. Harshing Baria, Taluka Pramukh, Mr. Mayank Desai the Sarpanch of Jambughoda, Mr. Navalsing Nayaka the Sarpanch of Narukot Village, and other local leaders. The Chief Guests were welcomed with a prayer dance and a bouquet of flowers. Mr. Harsing Baria, in his speech, spoke about how to become a good sports man. Fr. Stanny the Manager, in his speech, presented an example of Yuvraj Walmiki a slum boy who played for India at the recent Asia Hockey Champion Trophy. He used his quote, “Hard work always pays and never accept defeat in life”
On the first day, thirty District teams from all over Gujarat began proving their supremacy in hockey. There were five hundred participants together with the Managers, Coaches, Referees, and the staff of Sport Authority of Gujarat. Mr. Amrut Katara the district sport officer and convener in- charge of the tournament expressed his complete satisfaction in the arrangement provided and thanked the management for the excellent organization of the event. Many parents and various leaders got a chance to exchange their views. Finally, the Rajkot team emerged as champions by beating Amreli in the finals.
The Management also expressed gratitude for the arrangement of Boarding, Lodging and Organization, which were taken care of by the dedicated Staff of the School, the Technical and the Don Bosco Development Office Staff. It was a great day to promote our National sport. May tournaments like these promote more sportsmen like Yuvraj Walmiki.