After 301 matches, 848 goals and 12,004 litres of Coke, the CC&FC Five-a-Side Invitational Football Tournament for The Telegraph Cup, presented by Imperial Blue in association with Canon, drew to a close on Saturday, May 26. Marked by fab footwork and bonhomie beyond the boardroom on the field and an electric atmosphere off it, the 22-day corporate tournament that started on May 4 offered 64 teams of office-goers and amateur footballers a chance to play their favourite game, that too in company colours. “Ours is a sports club and this is one of the major events of the year where the corporates take part and have a really good time not only with their work colleagues but also family and friends. The club football section works really hard to make this a success every year,” said club CEO Deepankar Nandi.
(Picture right) On Saturday, the Main Plate final was played between Magma Team A (in red and white) and TCS Vintage. TCS beat Magma 3-0.
we are the champs: Snatching the Main Plate from defending champions Magma Team A, TCS Vintage (in picture above) were a happy but humble lot. “We have been a part of this tournament for the past 20 years. And in our industry, where one has to survive odd working hours and crazy travel schedules, this is a nice
month-long break. We look forward to it,” said ‘The Bull’ aka team captain Subodh Biswas (third from left).
Jawed Shamim, joint commissioner of police, headquarters, was the chief guest for the finals. “Sports always lets out positive energy, especially in our way of life where we are always stressed. It’s good to engage in sporting activities. It also keeps one physically fit,” smiled the fighting-fit top cop (second from left).
Bowl a Goal: “There have been nail-biting moments as well as euphoric ones throughout this month-long tournament. But the experience has been great, as always,” said Dibyajyoti Roy of Berger Paints as his team lifted the Bowl for The Telegraph Cup, defeating ITC Team A by one goal (5-4). “It’s a very special month as we not only get a break from our work but also get to spend a lot of time with our family, especially the kids. They loved the rain dance this year,” laughed Dibyajyoti.
ate party: PricewaterhouseCoopers lifted the Loser’s Plate beating Madhya Bharat Papers 3-0. “We have had a huge amount of fun at
The Telegraph Cup. So what if it’s called the Loser’s Plate, we won it fair and square,” said 25-year-old Sharik Hossain, who played in the tournament for the first time this year. PwC not only bagged the Loser’s Plate trophy but also the title of the Best Dressed team and Best Goalie.
zoobi doobi: After all the hard work, the evening was reserved for a real splash! The club had organised a rain dance with music by Krosswindz and it turned out to be a huge hit. The heat and sweat of the day was soon forgotten as children showed the elders how to dance in the rain, sliding across the floor and grooving to the beats. Krosswindz belted out Bengali numbers like Sundari kamala, bodhu re, Jhiko jhiko, Saadher lau and Ke tumi nandini as well as Bolly hits like Rock On and soon everyone was soaking wet and lovin’ it.