French National champions invited to Paris Town Hall
Wed, Nov 2, 2011 6:04 PM
For the first time ever, the French National Cricket Champions were invited to a cocktail party held in their honour at the very prestigious Paris Town Hall. Following in a French tradition of the politicians welcoming the National Sports Champions, Paris University Club or PUC, became the first cricket club to receive this honour.
Mr. Jean Vuillermoz, Deputy Mayor congratulated the team for their title, French Champions stating that there are not many Paris Champions, and emphasised that this was important in raising and promoting the image of the capital city. Mr Vuillermoz admitted to not knowing in detail the rules of cricket, and accepted an invitation to come and assist at next year?s finals as a special VIP guest.
President of the PUC Cricket club Mr Olivier Dubaut continued by warmly thanking the Deputy Mayor and that he was very pleased that the PUC had finally won the title after being so close in previous years. PUC, which is the largest Championship side in France with 4 cricket teams playing regular cricket, felt that the title was a just reward for the efforts made by coaches, trainers and players alike.
The team captain Mr. Mahesa Sinnappu, offered the Deputy Mayor a commemorative cricket ball from the whole team. David Bordes, the French Senior Team Selector was equally very pleased to see PUC crowned champions. David, reflected on the fact that no less than 6 of the PUC players were in the current French senior team. "Training and discipline at high level were obvious elements in PUC capturing this title. Playing international cricket is a major plus factor in developing players games, both on a physical and tactical level," said Bordes.
Mark Moodley, General Manager of France Cricket was amongst the VIP guests and was equally delighted by the implication of the Town Hall in cricket in France. "This is an important step for Cricket in France, as recognition by the French authorities is a must in the road to cricket becoming an integral part of French culture. Coupled with the recent agreement with the schools association to roll out cricket to 20 000 children, this evenings cocktail party is another important brick in the construction process that we have begun with the French Government," said Moodley.
Mr. Vuillermoz wished the team well for 2012 and hopes to see PUC again for another Town Hall reception that would mean a second consecutive title. The evening ended with a private tour of the Paris Town Hall with the Deputy Mayor acting as a tour guide. The guests were amazed to see the size of the conference facilities within the Town Hall, and it was even suggested that it was big enough to be able to hold an indoor cricket tournament.