Courts Pee Wee Schools Football gets off to enterprising start
The eagerly awaited Courts Pee Wee Schools Football Competition got off to an enterprising start with six schools gaining outright wins yesterday, at the Thirst Park ground.
Played before a fair-sized crowd that included a commendable turnout of parents and aficionados, the gathering were treated to a surprising level of skill that belied the age of the participants and every one left the arena satisfied with the performances of all 16 teams.
Marketing Executive Molly Hassan speaking with this newspaper expressed elation at the turnout, adding that even though the Company was optimistic that the tournament would be a success she was still pleasantly surprised by the support given from parents and teachers and urged that the coming weeks attendance surpass the opening day.
“I am very excited with what I saw today and even though it is the early stage of the tournament I have no reason to believe that we will not see a much larger turnout of parents and fans,” Hassan said.
Earlier, Managing Director of Courts (Guyana) Clyde DeHaas, who was present at the opening, kicked off the tournament, before wishing the teams and Organisers Petra Organisation success.
In the opening game of the day, Marian Academy trounced St. Pius 7-0 with Diarra Thomas hitting the target four times in the 9th, 12th, 17th and 25th minutes, while own goals were registered in the 21st and 23rd minutes and Dominic Roberts added the other in the 38th minute.
West Ruimveldt and Success Elementary then played to a 1-1 draw with Japheth Singh in the 10th minute giving the former the lead, while Garrick Persaud responded in the 22nd minute for Success Elementary.
Redeemer Primary came from behind to defeat South Ruimveldt which ended 2 – 1 with Shemar Dover brace in the 32nd and 35th minutes cancelling out the early effort of Christopher Bovell, who netted in the 17th minute.
Kettley Primary then played to a 2-2 stalemate against St. Sidwell’s.
On target for Kettley was Shawn Henry in the 2nd minute and Jahine Massaih 12th, while Samuel Devonshire 21st and Omar Bascom 30th responded for St. Sidwell’s.
St. Margret’s then coasted to a comfortable 3-1 victory over F.E. Pollard with Moses Bhagwandeny hammering in a double in the 11th and 13th minutes, while Josiah King added the other goal in the 17th minute.
The opposition, however, drew first blood as early as the second minute compliments of Tion Maynard, but that was not enough to get them a win.
Simeon Hackett’s helmet-trick for Tucville which he completed in the penultimate minute after finding the back of the nets in the 8th, 26th and 29th minutes was more than enough to help them get past St. Gabriel’s. Hackett’s teammate Turston Gordon scored a tenth minute goal.
North Georgetown’s three goals which got them the victory were scored by Tyrese Prescott (15th), Owen Williams (23rd) and Joshua Denny (27th).
Finally, Sophia’s victory was engineered by James Freeman who scored a first half hat-trick alongside his teammates Leon Arthur (3rd and 19th) and Quincy Felix (26th).
The competition continues next Saturday at the same venue with another eight games scheduled to be contested.Managing Director of Courts (Guyana) Clyde DeHaas (second left back row) and Petra Organisation Director Troy Mendonca (left back row) pose with teams shortly before the start of play yesterday.