Jun 25, 2010 Sports
Eight Berbice teams to compete in KO tourney
By Franklin Wilson
The 7th edition of the Busta sponsored Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club organised Champion of Champions 50 overs knock-out competition was launched yesterday at the Guyana Beverage Company Headquarters, Diamond, East Bank Demerara.
This year’s level of sponsorship has been affected by the economic challenges the world faced over the past year but according to Managing Director of the Guyana Beverage Company, Robert Selman, the company was committed to the tournament so they had to reduce the budget.
Despite this fact, Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club Hilbert Foster said they were very appreciative of the committed stance the company took to still run with the tournament which is looked forward to by the top clubs in the Ancient County.
With a top prize of $80,000 at stake and half that amount set aside for the loser of the final, competition is expected to start as soon as the current inclement weather improves.
Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets will face Bermine at the Area ‘H’ Ground; West Berbice will travel to face host team Blairmont; Port Mourant will entertain Police; while Young Warriors oppose Rose Hall Canje at the Canje Ground.
All the teams will be presented with coloured tee shirts including the umpires; the organisers will also stand the bill for the umpires and tournament balls with the teams being responsible this year for their own transportation to and from matches. As has been the norm for the finals, there would be no radio commentary.
The best batsman, bowler and all-rounder of the tournament as well as the player of the finals will all receive cash prizes.
Both the organiser and sponsor have expressed confidence that next year’s tournament will see a return to full sponsorship with all the regular features intact.
Selman in his remarks at yesterday’s launch stated that 2010 has not been a bright year for their parent company in Trinidad with a huge fire which saw the company suffering millions of dollars in damages.
“Nevertheless, we have still tried and come up to continue sponsoring the champion of champions in Berbice but come 2011, I guarantee that we will be back to normal because things are moving back up to normal.”
Selman informed the media that his company has full confidence in the administration of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club and that’s why they continue to partner with the club.
“This club is a model that people should look at and see how they organise their programmes and conduct themselves and if they take one page from this club they can improve the way they operate.”
Guyana Beverage Company has a proud of sponsoring cricket and other sports including football throughout the length and breadth of Guyana; East Coast, Wakenaam, Linden; Bartica.
“We at Guyana Beverages love to give back to the people of Guyana, whatever little it is.”
The Managing Director took a swipe at some organisers who are not professional pointing out that the company had to withdraw from sponsoring a competition in Bartica due to poor organising.
It was also disclosed that the tournament would be launched at the company’s new Berbice Branch which will be constructed shortly. “Because of the support from the people of Berbice of our brands we are growing and are very thankful for that.
And now we are going to highlight our company in a bigger in the Ancient County.”
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