Above: Players on the field. Right: Bowing heads in prayer.Above: Players on the field. Right: Bowing heads in prayer.
Thirty-seven teams of altar servers from 14 parishes took part in a gruelling futsal tournament on June 28 at SAFRA Tampines.

Popularly known as the Archbishop’s Cup, close to 300 spectators including priests turned up for the tournament, with Archbishop William Goh stressing in his opening message the importance of building bonds as members of the Body of Christ.

He also reminded participants who they were playing for and that the objective was not solely to score goals and win trophies.

As the tournament commenced, the battle between the different teams was intense as the various teams from the different categories did their best to qualify for the final goal – a spot in the finals.

Just like last year, the 19-and-under category final was an all Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace and Church of the Holy Family affair.

After a gruelling 14-minute match, the team from Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace was the reigning champion, clinching the coveted Champions Trophy.

For the 16-and-under category, the winning team came from the Church of St Mary of the Angels while the team from The Church of our Lady of Perpetual Succour came out tops for the 13-and-under category.

“During the tournament, we displayed good teamwork as well as perseverance. This helped the team go all the way and become champions. This would not have been done without God’s blessing,” said team Captain Gabriel Ng, 13, from the Church of our Lady of Perpetual Succour.

“The main reason why I think we won would be the camaraderie that we share. Brotherhood is one of our ministry’s core values. With this, we were able to work as a team, and did our best to win by playing a clean game,” said team Captain Rahul Xavier, 16, from the Church of St Mary of the Angels.

“All our players were dedicated and attended trainings despite the weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Our perseverance and teamwork have really paid off!” said team Captain Allen Woo, 18, from the Church of our Lady Queen of Peace.

Fr Damien De Wind, the Holy Family Altar Servers’ spiritual director handed out the trophies to all winners before saying a final prayer and blessing to close the event.

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