Top Spinners clinch ‘spring’ tourney title KOC Falcons, AMEC Engineering emerge as runners-up

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 17: Top Spinners were Friday crowned the KOCTC/FTAK 20th Invitational Spring Tennis Tournament champions at an elaborate awards ceremony held at the Kuwait Oil Company Tennis Club (KOCTC) Unity Center in Al Ahmadi which saw lots of tennis enthusiasts and special guests in attendance.
As well as being the Master of Ceremony (MC), Rowx Bugas along with special guest Saifee Hakimuddin, Suzuki sales & imports manager for Mustafa Karam & Sons Company, one of the sponsors for the event, distributed the awards to the deserving winners. There were also a series of raffle draws with lots of parcels at stake for lucky winners to take away.

In the October opening program of the Filipino Tennis Association of Kuwait (FTAK) tournament, FTAK/KOCTC tennis enthusiasts descended back on the tennis courts for the “Play for a Cause” Winter 2012 Tennis Tournament with five participating teams competing for laurels which included KOC Falcons captained by Ferdie Marasigan, AMEC Engineering led by Rene Opalla, Suzuki Tigers captained by Tony Tiger, DMDA Architects captained by Bernie De La Cruz as well as Spring 2012 champions SAI General Trading & Contracting Company (SGTC) Top Spinners team led by Sammy Miclat. 
SGTC Top Spinners as always affirmed their indomitability in the league, winning almost every contest thrown at them in the five-week tournament.  Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) came in second followed by in third place by AMEC Engineering, the services contractor for KOC. Suzuki Marines, captained by Tony Tiger finished third with Darwish & Mariano Designs Associates (DMDA) clinching the fifth position.

After six weekends of grueling matches on the hard court, the top three of the FTAK tennis championship awards were as follows:

* Champion-Top Spinners

* 1st Runner-Up-KOC Falcons

* 2nd Runner Up-AMEC Engineering

In his speech at the ceremony, outgoing Filipino Tennis Association of Kuwait (FTAK) president, Tony Dezeda congratulated all players and fans for a successful tennis season, saying “I hope the excellent sportsmanship and cooperation that saw us through the last tournament will continue to be exhibited in the succeeding ones”.

Dezeda stated that the humanitarian project initiated under his presidency which saw educational materials made available to rural schools in the Philippines through an E-TV package, a gift teachers of the beneficiary school said was very useful to them and the pupils, expressing their hope that it will raise the children’s’ scholastic achievements in tests such as the National Achievement Test (NAT).
Dezeda lamented, however the inability of FTAK to respond immediately to typhoon Pablo (also known as Bopha internationally) , the typhoon that devastated mountainous and coastal towns in the southern Philippines with ferocious winds and flash floods earlier this month with a death toll now updated to more than one thousand.

According to the Philippines government’s main disaster-response agency, previously unreported deaths have brought the toll wrought by Typhoon Bopha to 1,020 with more than 800 other people, including hundreds of fishermen and villagers who went missing in flood-swept mountainside towns.
The typhoon is said to continue through the Christmas and New Year holidays, prompting army troops, police and government personnel to have holidays canceled so they could help survivors deal with losses and search for missing loved ones, especially in the worst-hit provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, where international aid groups have descended in droves.
Dezeda however hinted that his organization is planning some long term assistance for the victims through fund raising activities which will include a number of charity tennis tournaments in the coming days in line with the mission and vision of FTAK.

New executive board members for 2013 sworn in by outgoing President Tony Dezeda included Jun Clamor (President), Rey Malapitan (VP1), Rene Opalla (VPII), Windrow Bugas (SecretaryI), Augustus Lomboy (SecretaryII), Gina Marasigan (TreasurerI), Bebot Dacer (TreasurerII), Julius Magasara (PRO1), Ariel Casas (PROII), Danny Bumalag (Auditor1), Rey Mohammed Abayen (AuditorII), Sammy Miclat (Tourney directorI) and Junil Dacer (tourney directorII).

The 2012 executive board membership of the 5-team tournament included Tony Dezeda (President), Rey Malapitan (V.P1), Danny Bumalag (VPII), Marj Obidos (Admin- Secretary), Linda Moreno (Secretary-Ops), Gina Marasigan (Treasurer1), Bebot Dacer (TreasurerII), Ferdie Marasigan (Auditor1), Winston Laboriante (AuditorII), Dewan Kabir (PRO1) and Ato Mondejar (PROII). Aside their membership of the executive board, Dezeda, Miclat and Dacer serving as chairman, tournament director and assistant director respectively, constituted the three-member tournament committee for 2012.

By: Iddris Seidu

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