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Chasing the Dream

The most widely played sport on the planet; ‘the beautiful game’ as it was called by Pele is truly unparalleled in absolute reach and drama. Football is the largest religion in the world and one which commands startling levels of devotion from its followers. Since the inception of the progenitor of football in 476 B.C. to the invention of the modern game in England and the fiercely contested World Cup in Russia, football has never failed to amaze and fascinate spectators and players alike.

The contemporary history of the world’s favorite game spans more than 100 years. It all began in 1863 in England when rugby football and association football branched off on their different courses and the Football Association in England was formed – becoming the sport’s first governing body. The very earliest form of the game for which there is scientific evidence was an exercise from a military manual dating back to the second and third centuries BC in China.

This year’s world cup perfectly captured this gamut of emotions and threw up surprises along the way that left everyone bewildered. From the pitiable state of Messi’s Argentina to Neymar’s Oscar-worthy theatrics, there was a dash of the unexpected around every corner. The tournament also unearthed some of football’s young gems, who missed no opportunity to showcase that they were ready to relieve the old sentinels of their duties. In that sense, the competition signaled the end of an era and ushered in a new generation of players to adorn bedroom walls and dreams in the years to come.

Closer home, the run-up to our very own Invitational Soccer Tournament had its fair share of excitement and fervor. The exploits of last year’s team-a dominating run to the final culminating in a climax that saw them settle for silver after a spirited show-undoubtedly whetted the appetite for more intense and edge of the seat action this year. Even the heavens seemed to have high hopes from the teams this year and, along with a truly remarkable pitch, provided a magical setting for this year’s tournament. All of this, coupled with the gritty determination and undying resolve possessed by all the participating promised to create a truly sumptuous week of football action.

True to the promise, St. George’s kick-started their campaign in grand fashion, sailing past Pinegrove School 6-0. Alas, the hosts themselves could not emulate the heroics of last year, going down rather meekly to Pinegrove School in their opening fixture. Although they showcased undeniable fight and determination against St. George’s, it proved to be insufficient in overcoming a single goal deficit and our challenge came to an end in the group stage itself as we succumbed to a 1-0 defeat.

Once we entered the business end of the tournament, though, after having witnessed a fair share of lopsided and well-fought contests alike, only two teams remained. As Kasiga School and Wynberg-Allen took to the field, each player undoubtedly thinking of scripting a triumph; the heavens opened up, perhaps just to test the caliber of every playing soul and to make sure that at the end, the trophy was truly earned. The first half beyond ordinary saw Kasiga grabbing the lead through two exceptional efforts, a late surge by the Alwynians did little to repair the damage, though, as Kasiga School ultimately triumphed to emerge as the champions of The 5th SelaQui Invitational Soccer Tournament.

— Shaurya Veer Singh

The Great SeQuin Kick-off Season

One of the greatest coincidences in the history of our school,
would be football season kicking off with the FIFA World Cup
with the Inter-house Soccer Tournament. With the fever hitting
anyone and everyone on campus, the symptoms would include:
a. Not leaving your dorms without a pair of studs and stockings
(Even during the academic hours).
b. Being crazy enough to play in the rain with water up to your knees and then
going on to visit the infirmary later that night.
c. An increased sense of house spirit (With some losing their voice and others the ability to walk without a limp).
d. Repeating steps a. through c.

Dedication of the teams was showcased in their early morning sessions. Ignorant of the dark or the rain, we witnessed dedication that moves mountains. Dribbling all the way, showing their skills, passing, running, building up their stamina, the players geared up to give the school a show of a lifetime (and indeed they did!).

All the players worked hard to win the Inter-house soccer trophy. Won by The Agnians last year, the four houses, claws sharp and teeth bared set to snatch all the glory. There was a lot of action and surprises throughout the event. At the end of the competition, The Prithviites in a claim to their former glory emerged as the winners.

— Kartikeya Puri and Arsalan Shamim Imam

Fourth SelaQui Invitational T-20 Cricket Tournament

One of the biggest draws of the School year and arguably the most eagerly awaited sporting event in the calendar , SelaQui Invitational T-20 Cricket Tournament took off on 2nd May, 2018. The event now in its fourth iteration highlights the qualities of leadership and camaraderie which are the hallmarks of a SeQuin education at SelaQui International School, one of the best CBSE boarding schools in India. The tournament generated great deal of fanfare and witnessed enthusiastic participation from a host of schools from the Doon valley and beyond.

A total of eight teams took part in the event and were divided into two pools. Over the course of the next few days, the Qui Oval witnessed a plethora of  matches showcasing exquisite stroke-play as well as magnificent bowling by some of the most talented young cricketers around. The home team itself put up a laudable show and scaled new heights when it made its first semi-final appearance since the tournament’s inception. Spirited performances by skipper Rishabh Gupta and Lavesh Tanwar as well as a fine bowling display by Tushar Sharma and Aman Agarwal ensured the team offered a challenging prospect and stake its claim to be among the contenders.

The weather gods also wanted to be at the biggest sporting extravaganza in the valley, and they did so with a bang. Gale force winds lashed the entirety of our campus and stalled proceedings and this resulted in one of the home team’s matches starting at 6 in the morning. The SeQuins were rightly sleep deprived and vented all their anger at the opposition to overcome Indian High School, Dubai with relative ease in a 10-over match.

The highlights of the tournament were undoubtedly the two thunderous centuries by Anmol Sharma of Modern School, Barakhamba, who delivered in the penultimate stage of the tournament, when it was most needed by his team. A consequence of these superlative performances was that Modern School was able to outclass every other participating team.

The semi-final appearance of the home team provided some much needed exposure for our team which will undoubtedly aid them in bringing home many accolades in the days and months to come.

The culmination of the days of blood, sweat and toil put in by everyone involved in organizing the tournament are summarized as follows:

Best Batsman: Anmol Sharma (328 runs )

Best Bowler: Aryan Sharma (12 wickets)

Best Wicketkeeper: Jyoti Pandey

Best Fielder: Mohammad Wasim

Player of the Tournament: Anmol Sharma (double century)

Tournament Winners: Modern School, Barakhamba

— Shaurya Veer Singh

 

 

Third SelaQui Invitational Tennis Tournament

The balmy morning of 21st April saw a bunch of ‘Qui lads warming up alongside scores of other tennis players. Further inquisition (provided you were enterprising enough to do it) would reveal it was all in preparation for our 3rd Invitational Tennis Tournament for boys (and girls!). With participation from 12 schools in total, we looked set for a profoundly enjoyable two days.

Proceedings got underway with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Headmaster and the Bursar. The first round of matches saw our biggest title hope, and defending champion, Kabir Kapur square up against an 8th grader in a (obviously) lopsided contest with the home favorite coasting through without breaking a sweat .

Zealous participation from all competitors ensured the audience had a cracker of a time over the course of the tournament. Spirited performances from the SelaQui contingent enthused everyone as our athletes toiled under the scorching sun to emerge on top. The efforts of our boys were far from prosaic and were exemplary in every way as Kartikeya Puri and Tushar Arya in the doubles category put up a good fight but crashed out against Pathways School and MNSS Rai as did Ansh Agarwal and Kshitij Kaushik after a laudable effort against DPS Khanna. Kabir Kapur and Dhruv Banerjee, showcasing magnificent grit and determination, eventually bowed out after ending up on the wrong side of some edge-of-the-seat thrillers.

After two days of enthralling tennis, the results were as follows:

Boys’ Singles- Mankirat Singh [Rising Star Academy]

Girls’ Singles – Balishta [MNSS Rai]

Runner Up – Jiya Khaturiya

Boys’ Doubles- MNSS Rai

Runner Up – Rising Star Academy

Girls’ Doubles- Pathways School

Runner Up – MNSS Rai

Tournaments such as ours (and the rewards they give) incentivize players and consequently foster tennis talent, and in doing so they provide an invaluable service to the beautiful game that tennis is.

It sure looks like SelaQui has set the tone for an engrossing tennis season ahead.

— Shaurya Veer Singh

Third SelaQui Invitational Golf Tournament

The third edition of the SelaQui Invitational Golf tournament was held on 22nd of April, 2018 at the SelaQui Golf Academy. Twenty nine of the best young golfers from all over the Doon valley arrived at the picturesque SelaQui golf course. The event was inaugurated by the School Sports Captain, Gursher Sandhu at about 8 am. He commented upon the sport’s sophisticated and elegant nature and wittingly borrowed the term from cricket and called it a ‘true gentleman’s game’.

Having declared the tournament open, the officials then took over and explained the rules of the game. They also announced that the game would be played in the Stable Ford format following which the various three balls teed off, kicking start to nine holes of competitive golf. After about two and a half hours of driving, chipping, putting and occasionally calling upon the officials in a tricky situation, the golfers turned in their scorecards and relished the snacks awaiting them at the golf hut.

Manan Mahajan of APS, Dehradun gave a tough competition to Anning Morang but in the end, the latter emerged winner. The morning concluded with the awards being handed out by our Chief Guest, Mr. R. P. Devgan. Amartya Jha of SIS received the award for maximum number of pars, Anning Morang received the award for the maximum number of eagles and was also declared the champion of the tournament. Close at his heels was young Harsh Pegwal as the runners up. It was a perfect conclusion to a memorable Sunday morning of golfing.

 

— Aahan Roy