Matches held on Panambur Beach witness huge crowds
MANGALORE: The long wait for the inauguration of floodlight volleyball at Panambur Beach seemed worthwhile, just for the crowd that was present during the show here on Saturday evening.
Till the beginning of the first game, which started only at 8 p.m. as against a scheduled time of 6.30 p.m., there were only a few spectators. Just when the referees started blowing their whistles, volleyball enthusiasts started walking in. Soon enough, the chairs on all sides of the main court were filled.
The tournament was organised by the Dakshina Kananda District Beach Volleyball Academy and the Mangala Friends’ Circle.
The show started off on an electrifying note, when the players – only two men on either side – beautifully covered the whole ground, in an attempt to counter their opponents’ moves.
The first game between Tamil Nadu (Saravanan and Darpan were the players) and Indian Youth (Gunapalan and Madhavan) had a good mix of all elements of the sport. If the Tamil Nadu team was strong in their serves, the other team seemed to place the ball deftly in no-man spots on the court.
The tournament attracted people from various walks of life. A couple from North Karnataka was appreciative of each turn the match was taking and seemed involved in its nuances.
Most first-round matches were played in the floodlights on Saturday. The semi-finals and the finals were held on Sunday evening. Volleyball coaches Purushotham P. and Rajaram were felicitated during the inaugural session.