Kudru Cup 2017

February 3, 2017

The coconut palms swayed, all brimming with pride
Welcoming sports stars to its once quiet side
Kannadakudru was ready all eager to host
The first ever Kudru Cup, Volleyball the sport

The bridge was inaugurated just a few months before
Four fields were flattened and readied to score
Sponsored and organized by Kundapur’s Rotary Club
And Moovathumudi Kannadakudru youth right at the hub.

It was that time when the lunar tides threaten to swell
Yet it did not dampen the enthusiasm, we sure could tell
Players were sponsored and teams were created
National, state, district and budding locals got baited.

Two thousand chairs were laid for spectators to sit
The court had its markers and was flood lit
Parking was provided, there were stalls selling food
The volunteers, the photographers created the festive mood

Many were honored and there were speeches galore
One was Moovathumudi’s own Rayson Rebello
His place in the national team made everyone proud
And certainly his presence drew in the crowds.

T'was the evening of January 14, everyone was apprehensive
Not knowing what to expect, will the crowd be responsive
The first match between two local teams at 7 pm was played
The crowds began pouring in, no time to be dismayed.

The referees from state and national levels were introduced
The ball boys in red T-shirts ran to their positions and stood
The teams were then called in, they began to warm-up
They were introduced one by one, they had to win the Kudru Cup

And so until 3 am the teams played against each other
They served many aces, and some were blocked by the defenders
The passers and setters, the spikers smashed the ball to the floor
The island could hear “Cut” as the crowds began to roar.

Next day, the semi-finals saw four teams play their very best
It was Riverbanks from Tamilnadu putting Golden Boys to the test
Jonathan Hurricanes had the local star Rayson Rebello
As they won their semi-final by beating CQL from Bangalore.

It was already passed midnight, the island’s waters, the tide gains
And the finals began as Riverbanks met Jonathan’s Hurricanes
They defended, they attacked, they passed and they spiked
And the crowds cheered on, the teams they had liked.

Both teams fought hard, the game kept even
But Jonathan Hurricanes were not to be beaten
After clinching the title, their sponsor Joy Braganza
Was dancing to the beat of some music extravaganza

I have told this story to bring this memorable event to you
How successfully it was organized in the quiet Kannadakudru
Congratulations to the players, the organizers and the crew
It was the first Kudru Cup, and we’re all proud of you.


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By Jasmine Carvalho
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Comment on this article

  • Nelson Fernandes, Kundapur / Bengaluru

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    Kudru Cup 2017. Well narrated, Jasmine. I felt like, I'm at Kannada Kudru, watching the event live.
    Congrats, to the Organisers & all those who were involved in the success of this event.

  • Candida D'Souza-Rosair, Born in Kundapur/brought up in Bombay/residing in Dubai:-))

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    Aunty, loved your poem..super cool!!

    We love to read your work, as always. The details recited couldn't have been more apt. Please continue to write some more.


  • Gregory Serrao, Nanthoor, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 09 2017

    Thanks Jasmine for the running commentary of the volleyball tournament in the form of poetry. The narration was excellent. It reminded me of my school and college days where I use to play Volleyball. Keep it up!!!

  • Roshan Fernandes, Kundapur / Perth, Australia

    Mon, Feb 06 2017

    Proud of you Jasmine. Such well written poetry that captured the complete mood and ambience of the Kudru cup!!!!!

  • Jascintha D Souza, Kemman/Sharjah

    Mon, Feb 06 2017

    Glorious Kannadakudru. very poetic and well written. All the best for future reports.

  • Loy Dsouža, Mumbai / Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 05 2017

    Well written Aunty, the place is well described with words, gets us right to the place where we spend our holidays. The beauty of nature and the ever loving people kept us so connected. The serene and coastal side of the country is always the best side of the place. Keep writing and entertaining us with your insights.

  • Veera Rodrigues, Bantwal DUbai

    Sun, Feb 05 2017

    Wow Aunty

    Thats a beautiful one. Very well written . Do keep writing we enjoy reading your poems.

  • Maurice Menezes, Udupi/DXB

    Sun, Feb 05 2017

    Wonderful poem Jasmine, resembles Tagore traits of poetry!
    Kannadakudru and Kemmannu clan should be proud of you!

    Keep up and God bless you always.

  • Marie, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 05 2017

    Dear Jasmine,
    Congratulations! Very happy to read your poem. We remember those instant poems you used to pen down for each one of us during any occasions filled with love & memories. God bless your talent. Proud of you, Wilfred & Family. Lots of love.

  • Jaxon Fernandes, Kemmannu

    Sat, Feb 04 2017

    Nice one, Jassu

  • Nancy Lewis, Kemmannu/Mississauga, canada

    Sat, Feb 04 2017

    Well written Jasmine! Proud of you. Keep writing.
    your trip to Murudeshwar

  • Richard Almeida, Kodavoor/Thottam/Airoli, Navi Mumbai

    Sat, Feb 04 2017

    Hey Jasmine,

    You are great & true poet. Thoroughly enjoyed!!! Very well narrated commentary for the game of volleyball as if we were in the gathering to watch volleyball at Kanndakudru/Muvatthumadi. Congratulation to Joy Braganza for the sponsorship as you are also very enthusiastic to promote games among the youths and children in the region. It was a true sportsmanship from you. Well done Rayson Rebello...

  • Neena marwah, Sugar land TX USA

    Sat, Feb 04 2017

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading about the volleyball game in poetry form. Your description about the whole atmosphere was very well written. Good job dear Jasmine. You were very excited when you were telling me all about the game when we were walking on the sandy quiet beach at Murudeshwar.

  • Vivienne Monteiro, Goa

    Sat, Feb 04 2017

    Jasmine, a poem very well written as always. I enjoy reading them.
    God bless!

  • Wilfred DSilva, Valencia / Mumbai

    Sat, Feb 04 2017

    Hey Jasmine
    Excellent piece of poetry!!!
    Well done - wonderfully described the event and its highlights
    You highlighted the event softly and tenderly
    Congrats again

  • Vivek vincent crasto, Kannada Kudru

    Sat, Feb 04 2017

    Nicely written Dear Jasmine,

    Felt proud while reading the mother land artical. Also the organising committee to give us the chance to be the part of the event.
    It was truly a feast for my native.

    Mouthmudi and Kannada Kudru recidence proved once again unity bring the community together.

    Hat's off mk boys.
    Love you all.

  • Ozy /Shaila, munaa/munni, kannada kudru/santhekatte/ DUBAI

    Sat, Feb 04 2017

    Nice poetry , good to read . entire tournament is picturerised
    Happy moments for the ORGANISERS.
    Event has brought lot of respect to the villagers of kannada kudru and moovatmudy, specially to the budding sports childrens.
    It was the wish of our parents to have a BRIDGE during their days but unable but today we have done this thru their prayers and blessings.
    I hope and pray that our united youngsters will use thier unity for the upliftment of future projects.

  • Melwin Crasta, Mangalore- Kannada Kudru

    Sat, Feb 04 2017

    Thanks Jasmine,
    Ofcourse it was a Extra ordinary event by Ordinary people of KK and MM with great blessing by Almighty and support of the well wishers... Thanks everyone to support the spirit of Sports

  • Shala D'Souza, Kemman/Saudi

    Fri, Feb 03 2017

    Dear Jasmine, well written! Loved reading the narration of my favorite game. Made me nostalgic and remembered lots of my childhood memories connected with the flood light games. Keep continuing and look forward to read more of these while you are enjoying your vacation.
    Regards, Shala

  • John B. Monteiro, Bondel Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 03 2017

    Excellent, authentic, professional, poetic sports reportage.
    Congratulations! Pl keep it up.

  • Simon Lobo, USA

    Fri, Feb 03 2017

    Wow Jasmine,

    The way you have narrated is better than the success of Kudru Cup. Well done.

    You always had the talent and gift of poetic expressions and may have participated in watching many games till 3AM. We like to read many more of these type of stories and hope you do write many more.

    God bless you, Wilfy Bab, and family.

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