The Old Cottonians’ Association (OCA) is a long-standing official Alumni association of the Bishop Cottons Boys’ School, existing since 1927. It’s an association that is in its 90th year.
As is tradition with Alumni associations belonging to prestigious and historical schools, the Old Cottonians’ Association hosts tournaments which are an annual fixture in the sports calendar of the alumni. The popular alumni events are the Old Cottonians’ Shield (Cricket) and the Khaleel Mekhri Trophy for Football (beginning this year). Nothing like a sporting event to bring old students back together; and rekindle the spirit of belonging and school pride.
Talking about the prestigious and eagerly awaited Khaleel Mekhri Trophy for Football, the inaugural edition held on 27th November was a raging success. Conceptualised and organised by the OCA with the intention of drawing together alumni of leading schools in Bangalore, taking them back to their schools days for a dose for healthy competition and a ton of fun! Alumni of Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Baldwin Boys’ High School, Frank Anthony Public School, Clarence High School, Bethany High School and Cathedral High School took part with enthusiasm and good-natured sporting spirit.
The winners of the First edition of the Khaleel Mekhri Trophy for Football were the alumni team of Baldwin Boys’ High School. The Runners-Up were the alumni team of Cathedral High School. The Best Goal Scorer was Anup, an alumnus of St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School; and the Best Goal Keeper was Merwin Clement Rozario, an alumnus of Baldwin Boys’ High School.
With football in India catching up with the rest of the world and various league tournaments being held across the country, the audience for football is steadily growing. It proves to be yet another enjoyable activity to bond over for the various alumni batches.
Felix Peter, the 4 year standing member of the committee says that OCA left no stone unturned in making the Khaleel Mekhri Trophy for Football a grand event. With sponsors like Puma, Kanva Star Resorts, iRepair, Glow Lanterns, Kesariya Economics Advisors Private Limited, and Opus Out of The Box as partners, the tournament was a smooth sailing success. The OCA even teamed up with the Gridlle App to provide live updates of the football tournament worldwide for alumni who couldn’t attend. It still counts when you cheer your team off the field!
Talk of a sporting event is incomplete without a mention of the victorious teams. Drumroll please. The winners of the First edition of the Khaleel Mekhri Trophy for Football were the alumni team of Baldwin Boys’ High School. The Runners-Up were the alumni team of Cathedral High School. The Best Goal Scorer was Anup, an alumnus of St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School; and the Best Goal Keeper was Merwin Clement Rozario, an alumnus of Baldwin Boys’ High School.
Commenting on the success of the event Felix Peter, who is also the joint secretary of OCA, says, “We received a great response and immense appreciation from various alumni associations for organizing the Khaleel Mekhri Trophy for Football. They are eagerly looking forward to the 2nd edition next year. The football tournament seems to be the talk of the town!” He further adds that an Old Cottonian Eugeneson Lyngdoh, who plays as a central midfielder for I-League club Bangalore FC and the Indian National Team was thrilled to hear about the Khaleel Mekhri Trophy for Football. He hopes to have him at the 2nd edition. So do we! Looking forward to next year being a bigger and Bolder event.
A magnificent event that had heart-thumping, nail-biting, head-scratching moments. Nostalgia running high, the teams and audience alike were transported back to their school days, as if nothing had changed. The Khaleel Mekhri Trophy for Football was more than just a sporting competition; it was a chance for the alumni to relive those happy childhood times with friends, and recount memories that still warm their hearts.