9th Linden Secondary Schools U-19 Basketball championship begins today
Schools receive uniforms ahead of colourful march past
A colourful spectacle is anticipated at this afternoon’s opening ceremony of the 9th annual Linden Secondary Schools Under-19 basketball championships, where the Linmine Drum Corps will lead off the parade of the six contesting schools including defending champions Linden Technical Institute, Christianburg Wismar Secondary ‘Multi’, Mackenzie High, Linden Foundation Secondary, New Silvercity Secondary and Wisburg Secondary this afternoon at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court.
Organising the event this year will be the Linden Amateur Basketball Association which up to Saturday last staged a ‘crash course’ for table officials and statisticians drawn from the schools, to ensure there is enough competent officials throughout the championship, bearing in mind that some of its personnel will be unavailable due to work commitment when the matches are played during the early afternoon hours.
The Secretary of the Association Joseph Chapman made the point that due to circumstances beyond their control the uniforms for the schools had to be sought locally as against what was obtained overseas over the years and that delay pushed back the start on the tournament.
Nevertheless, he said, after Two Brothers Gas Station and Slingerz Family accepted a request to sponsor the uniforms, which they were able to distribute over the weekend the tournament will now bounce off as anticipated, with pomp and ceremony.
Chapman admitted that the first week will be extremely important to the conclusion of the championship as the schools will be hard pressed playing from today through to Friday beginning at 2:30pm with the first game and the second at 4:00pm.
This afternoon’s lone opening game will start at 4:00pm after the march past at 3:00pm where the Linmine Drum Corps will lead off the parade of the players of the participating schools and officials to be taken by Regional Chairman of Region 10 (Upper Demerara/ Berbice) Sharma Solomon, Linden Interim Management Committee Chairman Orin Gordon and Linden Town Week Committee Chairman Eon Halls and senior Physical Education Officer Lindie Langhorne and LABA President Haslyn Graham.
Chapman said that the tournament will be completed during the annual Linden Town Week celebrations with the final set for May 1.
He said the association was pleased that that Two Brothers Gas Station came on board with a huge contribution to fund the costs for the uniforms for the various schools and was hopeful that other sponsors in Linden would step up to the plate even as the tournament bounces off this afternoon with the lone game.
Several trophies, replicas and medals are at stake for this year’s tournament and among those assisting are United States based Euron Equipment Repairs, Maxi Stephens, Marlon Josiah, Orin Louison, and Linden ‘Sancho’ Alphonso all based in the United States of America along with Two Brothers Gas Station and Slingerz Family of West Demerara and local beverage giants Banks DIH Limited.