Rollers Volleyball club of New Amsterdam for the fourth consecutive year, as long as the tournament has been contested, won the annual Cleon Grant inter-club volleyball competition, held recently at the GTM volleyball Court at Lad Lane and Strand in New Amsterdam for teams in Berbice.
Led by national player Shawn Sutherland, they were able to surmount the challenge of youthful Port Mourant Training Centre (PMTC) 30-15. PMTC were led by former national captain and coach, Levi Nedd, with support from another past student and present national player Sean Glasgow, put up a spirited effort before bowing out.
Five teams took part in the competition, with each playing other once, with the two top teams contesting the finals. The other three teams were Port Mourant Community Centre (PMCC), Albion and PMTC ‘B’. PMCC came in third.
At the presentation ceremony that followed the top three teams were presented with trophies and monetary incentives of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.
In the individual categories Imran Azeez of Rollers was voted as MVP and best striker, while Seon Wilson also of Rollers received the best blocker award and veteran Romel Bansi from the same team, won the best setter prize. Richard of PMTC fetched away the best defence accolade.
Among those present were president of the Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) Lenny Shuffler and vice president Trevor Smith. A number of former and present national players also participated in the one day extravaganza including former national captains Charles Henry, Clifton Phillips and Levi Nedd, along with other stalwarts in Benny Sukhra and Gregory and Tony Rambarran and present nationals Shawn Sutherland and Sean Glasgow.
Cleon Grant was a former member of the Rollers Volleyball Club, a former secretary of Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) and an executive member of the G.VF, who died four years ago and his family has since organised the competition in his memory.
Volleyball lovers in the Ancient County are now gearing up for another tournament slated for the 26th May, this time organised by Former National Captain and overseas-based Charles Henry.
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