“Everything is in Panta rei” so says Heraclitus and so change is always the only constant. Within a short period of time which we have had here at St. Bonaventure College, we have tried to have a good number of matches within and outside the college. It was one month after the inauguration of the new academic year 2013–2014 when the announcement for inter class competitions was put across. It was a nice moment for most in the college especially to welcome the new brothers. This is the time to unravel the talents in them so to form a formidable defense wall in sports. The encounter between the various classes in the major sports disciplines on campus has over the years not been easy. The freshers with new skills whiles the old gurus would want to maintain their stand and prove the first years, “kids”. What a wonderful day when the first years opened the tournament against the third years. It was a cheerful time when the first years rouse the multitude by scoring the first goal, but the victory did not last longer since after few minutes third years equalized. The match ended with scores kept in Parmenides idea of no change. What a surprise on campus. Having received a shock, the second years raged against the first years in battle. The match was very interesting since everybody expected that the victory goes to the superior class but it was not so because the second year went out of the field after the ninety minutes conceiving one goal to nil from their “kid” brothers. Another shock!!Let us redeem ourselves said the captain of the 2nd years when the whistle was blown to commence their knock out stage game against the 3rd years. There was tension on the pitch with so many incidences and pauses. At the end, unable to redeem their status, the 2nd years walked away 1-2 defeat, leaving the 3rd years with jubilation. With enough strength to counter shame and disgrace, the finals between the “stubborn” 1st years and the dogmatic 3rdyearscommenced. In fact, all odds went against the “dogmatic” that day. Oh, what a shock!! The match was so competitive and most of people expected that 3rd years to win the game but the results were vice versa. With just a single goal, the stubborn 1st years lifted the trophy and overturned the elders. Congratulations first year and nice beginning. Keep it up.
Though the first years were skilled on the feet, they failed to resist the hard spikes of the 3rd years and so lost completely in volley ball. A funny thing occurred in the aspect of basketball. The 2nd years as a result of the frustration in football, they couldn’t organize themselves to form a team against the first years eventually making the 1st years winners. Next, was a wonderful occurrence, it was a final when the third year had to face the first year but up to thirty minutes past the time arranged to start the match, at the basketball court there was only one third year ready to face the first years. Wow you can guess what happened.
Having organized our internal affairs with a strong and formidable team in various sports disciplines, St. Bonaventure extended their horizon to other seminaries around Lusaka. The theologians of St. Dominic Seminary hosted us for a sports exchange. This time Bonaventurians had vowed never to let history repeat itself every academic year. As planned, we gave them 1-0, a goal from Bro. Kagawa (SVD) and volleyball (3-2) and topped up in a gap of 15 baskets in basketball. It was a lucky day for us because in football matches we won one without any questions from them. Congratulation St. Bonaventure. In a spirit of achievement, we were again hosted by the young seminarians of Emmaus Spiritual Centre. The same effort put in preparation by our sports cabinet led by Bro. Elias Chinfwembe (OFM Conv) and the able moderatorship of Mr. Godfrey Marera (Dean of Studies), we went against the seminarians. With the sky being our limit, a thorough beating was repeated. In football we won by 5 – 1. Oh brothers! That was too much next time make sure you range them by one if not two. In basketball it was more than too much because the referee could count the range. In volleyball, the winning went the same.
The game was so simple in such a way that within the short period of time the game ended.
Heartfelt congratulations brother! Indeed you cannot climb a ladder successfully with your hands in the pocket. We deserved good results because of the seriousness displayed during training sessions. We thank God also for giving us brothers. Despite this, other under developed sports like table tennis and badminton as well as judo should receive attention from the sports committee.
Congrats to every sportsman! Wishing you good luck in your exams, and have a blessed Holiday!