The Brotherhood Cup
by Fr Paul Miles
a brilliant idea! An inter-Catholic soccer carnival – at Salesian
Previously, the Salesian seminarian students had arranged
occasional social games with the Collingwood choir, Corpus Christi College
and the Oblates. Now we would have a full-day carnival, hosting five teams
vying for the inaugural, humungous, shiny Brotherhood Cup!
Requiring 11 young, fit men, meant that some smaller ‘clubs’ would
merge for the day. The Salesians combined their brightest and best with
those of the Oblates. The Missionaries of God’s Love, Corpus Christi and
Collingwood Choir (Cung Chieu Football Club) each had enough players to
field their own teams. The big amalgamation was SVD/CssR/MSC/CP allowing
each of these groups to become involved in this great gathering of young
Catholics from around Melbourne. This latter united force would line up for
the first whistle against Collingwood Choir, with MGL providing linesmen.
First result: CFFC 1, the-team-with-the-long-name 0.
The Salesians had waited patiently for round 2, to show
what could be achieved with limited practice (in fact, with no practice at
all!). There was no national anthem (how could you select from up to 10
anthems?) but as with the previous game, after the memorial team photos
captured by Barry sdb, players lined up while the other team filed past,
shaking hands with each of their respective (respected) opponents, CCC,
captained by James Kerr (while Francine and Mick Kerr fired up the
The Salesians/Oblates agonised over a team name and ended up with
none after abandoning as unbefitting - ‘SlObs’! The score: a draw, the first
of four for the day.
referee, Greg, paced himself well. His task was more enduring than
any player: 10 rounds plus the Grand!
As team captain, coach, carnival co-ordinator and first goal-kicker
for our team, Monthon sdb had the unenviable task of positioning the talent
and deciding who would rotate as water-boys. Pati sdb, despite injuring his
arm early in his career, saved enough goals to hurtle team SDB/OMI towards
the top of the ladder.
All teams gained points with at least a minimum of two draws. It
would be fair to say that there is great enthusiasm for a 2010 carnival,
with possibly more teams as, once the buzz was around town, a late
application was unable to be accepted.
After round 10, two teams remained undefeated, each coveting two
draws and two wins. Yes the pressure was on for, you guessed it, Team
SDB/OMI verses Cung Chieu FC! The Grand was a thriller, a delight for the
crowd with the ball passing the goalies a total of eight times but fortune
was with SDB/OMI bucketing six of them!
The coveted Cup shares its time between the mantelpieces in the
formation houses of the Oblates and the Salesians – in a wonderful spirit of