Doha, November 1, 2010: The most happening sporting event for expat ladies in Qatar, the ladies throwball tournament, was conducted in Qatar on 28th and 29th of October 2010. This event is being successfully conducted for the ninth consecutive year by Mangalore Cricket Club. In a nail biting finish and amid fantastic spectator support and cheering, Tulu Koota, with their cool and intelligent game, walked away with the championship trophy.
The four participating teams were defending Champions Konkan Stars, Mangalore Cricket Club, the runner’s up of 2009, Tulu Koota, the only team to have participated in all the tournaments so far and Qatar Tamizhar Sangam.
In the preliminary rounds each team had to play three matches. Tulukoota won all their three matches and had a smooth sailing to the final. The exciting deciding match for the other finalist was played between Konkan Stars and Mangalore Cricket Club. Both teams played an excellent game but it was the home team with the scores 15/8 & 15/9 emerged victorious and went on to play the finals against Tulu Koota.
In the final match Tulu Koota defeated MCC by 15-8, 17-15 in a well fought straight set match and emerged as winners of this tournament. MCC were leading in the second set by 14-7 requiring only one point to bag the second set and it seemed as if a third set will have to be played for a decider. But Tulu Koota fought well and came back into the game ultimately winning the second set by 17-15 and won the tournament.
The stage program was conducted by Sheldon Mendonsa and Clara Castelino. The chief guests of the program was Mr. K.M. Varghese President, Indian Cultural Centre, Guests of honour were Prof. Dr. Mohammed Aejaz, Principal, Ideal Indian School, Main sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Sequeira of Gulf International Enterprises and Co- Sponsor Mr. Allan Currie, Finance Manager of Qatar Kentz. Also present on the dais were Mr. Jerad Dmello, founder member and advisor of MCC and Richard D Souza, President of MCC.
Clara Castelino conducted the grand march past for all the teams, led by Shalini Monterio, representing the organizers and involving the participating teams with pomp and glory. Then President Richard welcomed the guests & gathering and appreciated all the players for their sportsman spirit. Chief Guest Mr. K. M. Varghese in his speech expressed his admiration to women power and congratulated MCC for organizing such a high caliber sports event where these active women in turn make the whole society active. Prof. Dr. Mohammed Aejaz also expressed his feelings about the game and wished good to the club for conducting this tournament year after year. Mr. Alfred Sequeira in his address expressed his contentment as being the sponsor and support to this prestigious tournament and urged many more teams to come forward and participate in the coming years.
Mr. Fredrick D’Souza, Sports Secretary proposed the vote of thanks. He then led the guests along with team captains & managers to release the doves and balloons as a symbol of team spirit and peace. Frederick then introduced the teams to the guests. Then the guests tossed the ball to the captains of the finalist teams declaring the final match open.
At the end of an exciting nail biting match won by Tulukoota, the prize distribution ceremony was conducted. Mr. Samuel Lawrence, Physical Trainer at the Ideal Indian School was honoured for his services as the official referee of the tournament. President Richard announced Angela Anthony of MCC team as the ’Best Player of the Tournament’ and also as the ’Best Smasher’. The awards were given away by Jerry D’Mello. Then the participating teams QTS and Konkan Stars were awarded with certificates and gifts by Prof Dr. Mohammed Aejaz. The first runners-up MCC and the winners TuluKoota were presented with certificates, gifts and individual trophies by Allan Currie and Alfred & Rita Sequeira respectively.
On 28th Ocotober, before the league matches were played, President welcomed & thanked all the teams for their participation and requested to play in a sportmans spirit of the game. Then Sports Secretary Fredrick D’Souza took an oath from the captains prior to start of the tournament.
The main sponsors of the event were Mr. and Mrs. Alfred and Rita Sequeira of Gulf International Enterprises. While Qatar Kentz and Ramada Plaza were the co-sponsors. Other support sponsors were Canara Jewellers, Dandy, Rayyan Waters, Coca Cola and Lipton tea.
Matches were made more interesting with a team of commentators Uday Rosario, Florent D’Souza & Joyce Alvares who kept the game on with their running commentary. Registration and scoreboard was handled by Jessy Mendonca and Gracy Fernandes. The rotation officers were Wilfred Crasto, Vincent Castelino, Stephen Andrade and Errol D’Cunha and the linesmen were Cyril D’Souza, John Britto, Ephan Olivera, Michael D’Souza and Melwyn Pinto.
The organizers thank the team of volunteers in a special way for all the hard work put in for the success of the tournament. MCC also would like to thank the chief guest and other esteemed guests, the sponsors, the participating teams and their officials and all those who have helped in making this mega sporting event a grand success. Special thanks go out to the Ideal Indian school management for providing the venue and other facilities for the smooth conduct of this event.