Round up of the SOWING TECHI FUTSAL LEAGUE
Bengaluru 5th June 2017. Corporate footballers never had it so good before this. But then three of the corporates- TCS, SAMSUNG and ERNST YOUNG (EY) - decided not to be cooperative and 'almost' ruined what would have been a successful inaugural event of the SOWING BEAN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED. The SOWING TECHI FUTSAL LEAGUE sponsored by IOC Propel.
Played overtwo weekends at the IBLITZ sports centre, the three above mentioned corporatestried to brow-beat the organizers at the semi-final stage claiming that ADS FCwas not a corporate. The organizers however turned the tables on the threeteams, calling off their bluff and decided to punish the three protesting teamsand disqualified them. The two lucky losers, HSBC and EVOK were roped in toplay a three team round-robin along with ADS FC with the last named emergingclear victors after drawing goalless against EVOK and beating HSBC 5-2, topocket the glittering platinum trophy and rupees one lakh prize money. HSBChaving beaten EVOK 1-0 finished runner up and claimed the gold trophy alongwith rupees sixty thousand while EVOK emerged richer by rupees forty thousandand silver trophy. 24/7, the most disciplined team around claimed the fair playaward.
With a launch party for the captains and a fewside shows that the organizers have thrown in, there was a touch of uniquenessto the event. And the 21 teams gulped it all for three days, braving thetorrential rains and thunderstorms that hit the venue on the opening Saturdayand throwing the schedules haywire. But then thanks to the co-operation of thereferees and the teams it was smooth sailing until the three teams threw aspanner on the wheels of the conduct of an event which one praises from thecorporators and the guests.
Was it thelure of the prize money? Or the lack of passion for the game? Or where thethree teams TCS, SAMSUNG, EY playing the ‘big bully’?
Captains ofthe three teams had come on the last day with the set plan and they would notbudge even after former India captain and chief guest Carlton A Chapman took itupon himself to convince the protesting teams of the sheer pride in playing forthe company and passion for the game. But then they seemed to have set theireyes only on the ‘money’. God help the players if and when the organisers writeto the respective HR’s. It surely will set a precedence not only for the comingevents but also straighten it out for the other event management companies.
There were a couple of start-ups and quite afew ‘regulars’ or professional sides. There were sleeze of goals and a few hardfought drawn encounters. There were a few brilliant goals and a few mesmerizingactions…. And they lapped it up all.
Hemanth ofADS FC with twelve goalsto his credit was easily the highest scorer of thetournament while JoelVarghese of EVOK emerged a most promising player.
NandishShekar, a beat boxer kept thegoodly crowd spell bound during the intervals.
CarltonChapman former Indian captainand mid field marshal, who flew in from Delhi tokeep his date with theorganizers gloated about the organization and thetrophies on display andcoerced the teams and the other corporates toparticipate in larger numbers.
Final (3 TeamLeague)
ADS FC 0drew EVOK 0; HSBC 1(Terrence) beat EVOK 0; ADS FC 5 ( Hemanth 3, Pranav 2 )beat HSBC 2 (Vijay 1,Terrence 1).
FinalPositions 1) ADS FC, 2) HSBC,3) EVOK