Triple Sports Fiesta deemed a success
- Young Achievers, Old Fort, GCC and national netballers all win
Digicel’s Head of Marketing, Jacqueline James speaking with the media during the staging of the inaugural Triple Sports Fiesta on Saturday night, at the National Gymnasium described the event as a success, informing that the Company was able to deliver on its promise to the sporting public.
“I think it is a good thing we have done by showcasing it to the public, so people will not enquire and once enquiries start we know that there will be more games, more public viewing with people gravitating towards one of the sport on display”.
She pointed out that she is unaware of the Triple Fiesta being held in other Caribbean territories, adding that similar programmes would have been held, but none bringing together all the sports on one day in the same venue.
According to her, she was surprise to learn that Guyanese were unaware of Netball, “What I have noticed is that a lot of people have never ever seen netball played in Guyana and I was very surprised, because people were asking what does WD (Wing Defence) means, how long was the game and stuff like that”.
James said she had expected a much larger turnout, but opined that, perhaps, because the popular NBA finals are being televised it may have been responsible for many other persons staying at home instead of being, at the National Gymnasium.
“But over all I think it is a fairly good crowd, there’re a lot of people who are on the outside, but I think they are waiting for their sport to start”.
Asked whether there is a possibility of the programme becoming an annual affair, James said it would be nice to have the public come out and witness the games and get acquainted with them and that the sky is the limit as it relates to having other sports on display, but said it would be discussed.
President of the Guyana Netball Association (GNA), Kim Kyte-John said that she was pleased with the performance of the all the girls who participated in the competition, but more so the national players for winning their match convincingly. The national team who was dubbed the Macaw Girls defeated the combined team Golden Stars 44 goals to 9.
Scoring for the Macaw Girls was Angeline McCarthy with 20 goals from 29 attempts and she was assisted by Ranea Anderson with 16 goals from 23 attempts. Shonette Estwick scored 6 goals from 11 attempts followed by Adel Chalmers with 2 goals after 5 attempts.
Scoring for Golden Girls were Simonica Fanfair who netted 3 goals after 7 attempts and Kristy Roberts managed 6 goals after 11attempts.
According to Kyte-John they were able to kill two birds with one stone, getting the girls the much needed competition desired and also generating interest in the sport. The latter she hopes would attract more people to the games and also encourage them to join clubs.
In the Volleyball segment, Young Achievers defeated Castrol Strikers 3 games to two in the best of five series.
Castrol Strikers won the first game 8-0, 16-3, 25-22, before Young Achievers rebounded to level the contest with a 16-5, 25-13 triumph to tie one all.
In the third set, the Strikers regained the ascendancy with another win 8-5, 16-12, 20-17, 22-21 and 25-22. Young achiever again found the equalizer, winning 8-4, 11-5, 16-10, 21-17 and 25-19, before going on to take the decider 8-7, 11-9, 15-9.
In the third and final game of the night, GCC ladies cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Hikers. Scoring for GCC was Gabriella Xavier, who netted in the 10th and 24th minutes, while, Kerensa Fernandes scored in the 37th minute.
In the male match Old Fort defeated Bryden and Fernandes Indoor Hockey Champions Pepsi Hikers 3-1.
Scoring for Old Fort were Aderemi Simon in the 7th minute, John Abrams in the 24th minute and Jason De Santos in the 27th minute. The lone goal for Hikers was scored by Shane Samuels.
The teams were presented with trophies, while the Associations will receive cash prizes on a date to be announced.