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    By Divesh Kumar  Team Mangalorean
    Photographs by Stany D'Souza  

    Dubai July 11 2008: The sports committee of SMKC organized an "Indoor cricket and Throw ball tournament" at Insportz, Dubai today July 11, 2008, from 9:00a.m onwards.

    SMKC Main Coordinator Boniface Carlo, Honorary Advisor Noel Mascarenhas,  Vice coordinator  Jennifer Mascarenhas, Sports Co-ordinator-Vincent Pereira along with committee members witnessed the unique and thrilling matches in the presence of participating teams and spectators. Norbert Sequeira along with the  SMKC members invoked the blessings of the Almighty and  Vincent Pereira welcomed the guests, the players and the spectators to witness the tournament and inaugurated the event.

    It was a day to be remembered with full of fun and entertainment not only for the teams but for the spectators as well. Noel Mascarenhas conveyed his wishes to the participating teams and urged everyone to play the matches in a friendly and a healthy spirit and Jennifer Mascarenhas conveyed her wishes to the throw ball teams and declared the event open.

    The tournament  began  with the selected 12 cricket teams (Udentichem Neketram, Bantwal Tigers, Royal Ferarites, Nakre Youngsters, Konkan Yuva, Kanajar Boys Derebail Parish Sports Club, Uswas-Shirva, Belman Friends, Friends Abu Dhabi, United Stars-Pernal and Milagreans)participating against each other in a battle for the winner title.

    It was a nail biting and a crunch game between Bantwal Tigers and Milagreans in which both the teams showed their sporting spirit for the trophy, but it was Bantwal Tigers who finally emerged as the winners in the Cricket tournament.

    The individual winners are as follows:

    Best  Batsman Rajesh  D'Souza(Milagreans)
    Player of The Tournament   Sunil Pinto  (Milagreans)
    Best Bowler Lesly (Nakre Youngsters)

    In the throw ball event the 4 teams(United Friends, Mangalore Konkans, Konkans - Dubai and KCO Abu Dhabi)battled out for the top spot. In the finals, KCO- Abu Dhabi emerged as the winners  against Konkans Dubai in a very close encounter. Jessy Rasquinha  of KCO- Abu Dhabi was declared player of the tournament .

    The umpires and referees (Menino, Mahesh, Sunil, Rohan, Elias, Myron, Martin, Ismail) had done a fabulous job by being supportive and fair in their judgement.

    The event was a success because of the support from the sponsors (Oasis Court Hotel Apartments, co- sponsors Johnson  Arabia LLC,IG Petrochemicals LTD, Merit Freight System Co LLc, Evolin Paint&Varnish Traiding Co.LLc, Hatta Garrage LLC and well wishers Ahmed Décor, Clinton Traiding Francis Abrio and SMKC members.

    Kudos to the Sports Committee members Vincent  Pereira, Ullas Fernandes, Elizabeth Noronha, Boniface Carlo, Sydney Lewis, and  Fr. Fredrick D'Souza for organizing an  event that fosters a spirit of unity  among the Konkani speaking community.  More than 300 people witnessed these matches. 

    SMKC is a premier charity orgnaization affiliated to St.Mary’s church, Dubai. Over the years it has been actively involved in many fund raising events and currently supporting several educational and medical programmes back home for the benefit of needy people.


































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