The third season of the Sunfeast Dream Cream Roots Football League for junior fotballers came to a close this weekend at the Holy Ghost Church Ground, Richards Park with the final round of play off matches for U-11, U-13 and U-15 age groups being played. The U-7 and U-9 categories played the last match of their return round robin to decide champions of their league.
The Sunfeast Dream Cream Roots Football League formulated two years back to spread the football movement among junior footballers and parents and to provide a competitive yet fun environement for kids to play the game in an organised manner had 220 boys and girls participating in the third season. The unique aspect of the league is that all the participants register individually and are divided into teams based on age and skill. The league draws participation from children across the cross section of Bangalore right from footballing pockets like Murphy Town, Ashok Nagar, to children from over 60 – NGO, CBSE, ICSE and international schools participating and competing together in the same team guided by parent volunteer coaches. The third edition had 26 teams in five age categories and witnessed a phenomeneal 372 goals from the 78 matches played on weekends across all the five age categories over the two month long season.
In the U-7 age category, Sharks held their nerves and defeated Unitus Capital Cheetahs 4-1 to win their last league match and a virtual final to edge ahead and win the championship. Pramit Majumdar of Sharks again proved his worth by scoring a hat-trick.
The U-9 matches saw the Lions defeat Unitus Capital Cheetahs 3-2 in a thrilling match that see sawed either ways. The victory helped them to hold on to their one point advantage in the standings over Orchestrate Eagles who also registered a win against the Sharks 4-0.
In the U-11 category, the Sharks defeated the Unitus Capital Cheetahs 2-1 in a close fight to be crowned the champions.
In U-13 finals playoff match the Sharks easily won against the Lions 5-1 to establish their supremacy and take revenge on their earlier loss to the Lions in the league stage. Gokul Joshua was once again the star performer for Sharks with three goals.
In the U-15 finals the Bisons ousted Orchestrate Eagles 4-1 to become champions in the seniormost category.