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ABOUT THE M.R. DE SOUZA GOLD CUP FOR FIELD HOCKEY
By: Johnny Lobo - Mississauga Canada
 
Contents:
1. See Brochure Cover
2. Message from President Mrs. Rita Pinto
3. Message from Res Pinto

 
The M.R. De Souza Gold Cup donated by Tommy Emar De Souza in Memory of his father was the pre-eminent field hockey cup in Kenya and the annual tournament attracted the world's best teams. In 1952 its inaugural year the trophy was won by the Goan Institute. It became the "Blue Riband" of East African hockey and was subsequently won by and the Goan Institute Dar-es-salam(1953) the Goan Institute Kampala (1957) . The Cup was also won by the Railway Goan Institute in 1958

The Kenya Goan Sports Association was founded in 1947 and they were given the honour to run the prestigious M.R. De Souza Gold Cup tournament in 1952. The K.G.S.A was also affiliated to all other sports Associations.

However former players and supporters would like to know what has happened to the Gold cup after the tournament was abandoned when the K.G.S.A. finally wound up.

If anyone has any information about the cup in question please communicate to:-

On the other hand, we have some very interesting news that The Tommy Emar Gold Cup Hockey Tournament was revived after a span of 27 years by the Bombay Women's Hockey Association.

See Brochure Cover

Message from President Mrs. Rita Pinto
On the 14th January 2002 we are holding the finals of the once Prestigious 'All India Tommy Emar Gold Cup Tournament". It is a very special and a proud day for the Bombay Women's Hockey Association as we are holding this Tournament after a span of 27 yrs.

What is important is the fact that we have made a beginning and we will hold this Tournament every year. Women's hockey needs a lot of Government and Public support to reach to the top.

On this occasion, I wish to thank very much our generous Sponsors Advertisers,Friends and Well-Wishers for their financial help and moral support.

But above all I wish to thank the spirit of the team work of my B.W.H.A. managing committee members. It is the spirit that "The Tournament must go on " and the spirit of co-operation that has resulted in the success of the All India Tommy Emar Gold Cup Tournament.

To all the Team participating in this Tournament I wish them Good Luck.

President
Bombay women's Hockey Association
(Rita Pinto)


Message from Res Pinto main sponsor- a truly husband and wife effort.
"We Make a Living by what we get
But we Make a Life by what we give"

"It is not in the wining that is important
But the spirit of Competition"

Light a flame of Hope,
Flame the zeal for Excellence,
Play Hockey for the Love of Sport,
Let Love burn in our hearts for Hockey,
Our National Game, the pride that it was
And it will be To-day, and Always.

With Best wishes support and help

Mr. Res F. Pinto


 

Here again the President of B.W.H.A. would like to know more about the donor of this cup, which was pulled out of storage polished and insured.

It was found to be of considerable value and they would like to pay a tribute to the donor in their next tournament in January 2004.

All we know that Tommy Emar was a prominent businessman whose father the late M.R. De Souza was a pioneer merchant that started the business in Zanzibar in the 1890's moved to Mombasa in the early 1900 and eventually opened a shop in Nairobi. They hail from Saligao in Goa.

Could anyone of our readers please give us any information about these prominent business man and we would like to hear from Tommy's son, Cedric De Souza in Nairobi and daughter Blandina Auranjo in England.

Again please forward all communication to:-

In conclusion it would be great if the G.O.A. Toronto who currently organise and run the Norbert Menezes Gold Cup for men invite teams from Overseas and also request the B.W.H.A. to compete in the women's section of this tournament. The G.O.A. are very fortunate to have men of great organising skill such as Felix D'Mello and Charlie De Souza together with a number of youngsters all willing to work very hard. They will certainly receive support from sponsers, advertisers, friends and well wishers for financial help and moral support.

 

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