Expectations were high when the third annual John S.E. Hernandez Memorial Volleyball Tournament got underway at the National Park on Sunday last.
Six teams were ready to do battle. Defending champions Anna Catherina were confident that they would once again walk away with the first place trophy.
However, this was not to be. Young Achievers fielded two teams who came out flying from the first whistle. From the word go, it was evident that the defending champions would have to step up their game if they were to retain the trophy.
Teams GDF, Jaguar, ‘Team Medo’, Anna Catherina and Young Achievers I and II all put up a good show, but when it came down to the wire it was teams Team ‘Medo’ and Young Achievers I who did final battle.
Young Achievers came out on top, trouncing Team ‘Medo’ to cart off the first place trophy and $15, 000 dollars. Team ‘Medo’ walked away with a trophy and $10,000. Defending champions Anna Catherina had to settle for third place receiving a trophy and $5,000. The most valuable player was Ginger from team Anna Catherina
Thanks was expressed to the Hernandez family for their initiative in sponsoring the Tournament and it was hoped for continued collaboration with the Guyana Volleyball Federation in helping to raise the level of the sport in Guyana.
The Hernandez family expressed their appreciation to the Federation for allowing them to come on board in a major way in their effort to promote Volleyball in Guyana, and the players for coming out and participating in a meaningful way. This they said would have made John very happy had he been alive to see it.
The Hernandez family would like to encourage young persons who are interested in playing volleyball to contact the Guyana Volleyball Federation to become a part of this sport that we hear so little about and which is just as inspiring as cricket, football or any one of the other sports.
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