Ronale Sanjay Naidu Memorial Tournament 2006

Perhaps it was due to the lessons learned during the first two tournaments that the third annual Ronale Sanjay Naidu Memorial Tournament ran so smoothly and successfully. Once again, all the games, both in the "Open Men" as well as the "Co-ed" divisions, were played with great skill and determination, and the many spectators who attended were treated to a highly competitive event. Throughout the weekend, the theme of good sportsmanship, always a feature of Ronale's play, was emphasized and enthusiastically demonstrated by all participants.

This year’s Open Men’s division champion was the Whitecaps Reserves team, managed by playing captain Nick Dasovic, the well-known Whitecaps and Canadian National team player. Their worthy opponents were the Clan Alumni Training Centre team which earned a spot in the final by winning an exciting semi-final against last year’s champions, the DPI team. By all accounts, the level of play in all the games was of the highest standard, which bodes well for future tournaments.

Three-peaters, the Westside Ballers, prevailed in a highly exciting final in the Co-Ed division against a very talented Hustlers team. Both teams had progressed to the final by winning their respective qualifying games quite convincingly so it was with great anticipation, for both players and spectators alike, that these two excellent teams would meet in the final. Nobody was disappointed as the game will go down as one of the most keenly contested finals in all three years of Co-Ed competition.

Several people commented during and after this year’s tournament on the increased level of competition in both divisions. It was very encouraging for the organizers of the Tournament to hear these types of observations.

Each year the Ronale Sanjay Memorial Foundation offers scholarship awards to recipients from both the Kits Secondary School and Simon Fraser University. Ronale Sanjay attended both institutions with distinction. This year's awards were presented to Ljubomir ("Lubo") Acimovic of SFU, and to Vince Naidu of Kits.

Raj Naidu, Ronale's father, in presenting the trophies and medals, once again expressed his gratitude to all those who had participated in the highly successful event. First and foremost, he thanked all the players from both divisions for their enthusiastic participation. Raj also thanked the organizers of the event, as well as everyone who had volunteered to help make the tournament such a success. It is his hope, as is the hope of all those who loved his gifted son, that this annual tournament will carry the memory of Ronale Sanjay long into the future.

Pictures of the Ronale Sanjay Naidu Memorial Tournament 2006