KUWAIT CITY, March 3: Mogaveers Association Kuwait (MAK), Affiliated to Indian embassy Kuwait, is the community welfare association of non-resident Mogaveeras, based in Kuwait. For the second time MAK organised, National level Volleyball and Throwball Tournament under the title of “MAK Champion Trophy 2018” on Feb 25, 2018. The tournament was held at Qadisiya Sports Club, Hawally, Kuwait.
The tournament coincided with the National Day of Kuwait celebration. The weather was pleasant, the participants and the MAK members were all geared up for the tournament.
The day long tournament commenced at 7:30 am with a grand opening ceremony. On behalf of MAK Management Committee Mrs Poonam Mendon, the General Secretary of MAK welcomed all the distinguished guests, participating teams, MAK Management Committee, MAK members and all the sports enthusiasts.
The chief guest of the day was Mrs Nancy D’Souza, manager and coach of Team Q8 Steel birds. She’s been working in Kuwait Airways for 27 years. The coach and founder of Team Q8 Steel birds. She is been actively participating in all the matches in spite of her busy schedules and encourages all the young players.
The guest of Honour for the day were Wilson Dsouza — President Tulukoota, Kuwait, Madhu Raveendran-Manager Boubyan Co and Roshan Quadras Ex-president of Pangala Association Kuwait. All the guests were presented with a floral bouquet as a mark of respect. This was followed by the national anthem of Kuwait and India. The guests conveyed their best wishes and good luck to the participating teams and organizers.
Ramesh Kidiyoor, President of MAK in his speech welcomed the gathering and stressed the importance of playing with true sportsman spirit and conveyed his best wishes to all the participating teams.
The guest along with the president of MAK Ramesh Kidiyoor inaugurated the tournament by cutting the ribbon and releasing the ball.
A total of 7 volleyball teams and 5 throwball teams participated and fought for the coveted trophy and cash rewards.
The participated volleyball teams are as below:
Al Ghanim Security; Al Sayer Toyota; Boubyan Strikers; Kunjal Friends; KSAC-A; KSAC-B; Nepal Team.
The participated throwball teams are as below:
STARZ; Blazing Warriors; Dragon Queens; Q8 Steel Birds; IDAK.
The volleyball inaugural first round match started between Team AL Ghanim Security and Boubyan Strikers, the first round of throwball inaugural match was between Team Blazing Warriors and Team Dragon Queens. The teams played with full enthusiasm and viewers enjoyed and experienced the spectacular show. As the day progressed matches kept rolling one after another.
The Sponsors of the event were Badar Al Samaa and Design Guru.
The referees for the day were Alexander Mathew and Suresh Yerumbu Shivappa.
The scorers for throwball team were Mrs Geetha Suvarna and Nithin Suvarna.
The scorers for volleyball team were Kishore Kotian and Rakshith Suvarna.
The announcements was done by Girish Mehta and Purandara Manchi.
Sumptuous breakfast, lunch and snacks was provided by Royal Star Caterers.
Beautiful moments of the day were captured by the MAK photographers Paresh Karkera and Kiran Kumar
The volleyball ended with a finale of final matches between Team Al Sayer Toyota and Team Boubyan Strikers. After a tough Battle between the two strong teams, Team Al Sayer Toyota bagged the Winners Trophy and Team Boubyan Strikers were declared the First Runner up. The second runners up trophy was won by Al Ghanim Security. MAK Player of the tournament for Volleyball was secured by Rakesh Sekhar E. of Team Al Sayer Toyota.
On the other hand, throwball tournament ended with league matches. Team Dragon Queens defeated the opponents and grabbed the Winners trophy. 1st runners up was won by team Blazing Warriors and Team Starz stood up as the 2nd Runners. MAK Player of the tournament for throwball was secured by Ms Marliyn Pereira from team Dragon Queens.
Prize distribution ceremony
The following distinguished guests graced the prize distribution ceremony
Sathish Chandra Shetty — owner Oriental International General Trading and Contracting Co, Sudhakar Shetty — Prominent Indian NRI in Kuwait, Elias Sanctis — Prominent Indian NRI in Kuwait, Raghu Poojary — President Billava Sangha, Hussein Sulaiman Ali Haider Ali — Assistant Manager Boubyan Strikers, Shan — Owner Design Guru. As a token of respect all the guests were presented with a flower Bouquet.
The guests along with MAK management committee awarded the trophies and medals to winners, runners up team and the individual achievers.
A Raffle Draw was conducted by MAK and the winners are as below
1st prize: Ahana Vikyath
2nd prize: Promod Kumar
3rd prize: Ahana Vikyath
The 10 consolation prize winners were Santhosh, Peter, Prathana, Prashanth Boloor, Jathin, P.K. Raju, Ahana Vikyath, Shikha S. Amin, Dinesh Salian and Briana D’souza.
In her vote of Thanks Mrs Poonam Mendon thanked each and everyone who were responsible for the success of the tournament, Participants, sponsors, organisers, MAK Vounteers, MAK management Committee and Executive Committee. Finally a special thanks was given to the Management and Staff of Qadisiya Sports Club for the awesome venue.