– referees trained, sponsors recommit
By Edison Jefford
The dynamism of the inaugural Mackeson Super Ward Basketball Championships should be further emphasised this weekend when the Final begins against a lucrative backdrop of further commitments from sponsors and improved officiating.
Speaking with Kaieteur Sport yesterday President of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA), Trevor Rose informed that most of the major sponsors for the event recommitted to several aspects ahead of this weekend’s Final.
In addition to those financial commitments from sponsors, previous Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Technical Director and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) referee, Cecil Chin held a clinic for local officials yesterday.
Chin, a Guyanese international referee who held the CBC post for more than 20 years has consistently shown interest in the state of local officiating. He is currently in Guyana and will be honoured on the first night of the best-of-three Final.
The GABA will honour Chin in the same way that former national captain and coach, US based Mike Brusche was honoured two weekends ago. The Final opens Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall after a preceding grudge game.
“We had a meeting last night (Tuesday night) and we looked at putting all the systems in place to ensure that we have a smooth flow. We looked at adding security and things like that to make sure that the event is a true final,” Rose said.
He indicated that he was “happy” with the turnout to the referees’ interactive session and added that he hopes to see much improvement this weekend. Rose believes that the clinic could not have come at a better time than ahead of the Final.
Ansa McAl through its Mackeson brand, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) and Giftland OfficeMax were among those sponsors that Rose said recommitted to aspects of the tournament such as advertising and branding.
Those companies had made initial contributions to the preliminary stage of the event, but it seems as though, based on the anticipated magnitude of the Final, the corporate entities have pledged more funding to ensure the event a further success.
“We have most of the sponsors recommitting to the event and I can assure you that every aspect of the tournament is ready. Everyone is ready to go, we’re talking to the teams and we want to ensure that it goes smoothly,” Rose continued.
He informed that Lodge/Meadowbrook, a team that was not initially in the tournament is to take on Wortmanville/Werk-en-Rust in the preceding grudge game Saturday night before Albouystown/Charlestown play Central Mackenzie in Game One of the Final.
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