Following an extended break after the first round of the Guyana Football Federation Super League sponsored by FIFA’s Win in CONCACAF with CONCACAF Programme, the top eight teams will face off in a knock-out competition prior to the start of the final round.
The second round of the Super League is scheduled to commence on Sunday August 15 while the Women’s League will re-commence in September.
West Berbice’ Rosignol United will collide in the first game of the knockout tournament with East Demerara’s Victoria Kings and both teams will be going all out to get victory today.
Rosignol’s challenge will centre around Roncy Caleb, Delwin Fraser, Olvis Mitchell, Joel Singh and Mark Amsterdam.
Kings’ quest for a win will hinge on the likes of Kwesi De Souza, Pierre Joseph, Shawn Samuels, Rashleigh Morrison and Tichard Joseph.
This evening’s main attraction will see defending Super league champions Alpha United who are also in pole position after the first round, squaring off with Upper Demerara’s Bakewell Topp XX in what is anticipated to be a keen tussle.
While Alpha will go into the game with the physiological advantage, the boys from Linden who are on a rebuilding path will hope to surprise the powerhouse of local football.
Alpha will be led by their dependable Captain and central defender Howard Lowe who will supported by Ronson Williams in goal, Shawn Bishop and Kelvin McKenzie among others.
Topp XX’s bid for victory will be spearheaded by Jamie Wilson, Keon Sears, Rayan Noel, Kenard Simon, Michael Crandon, Troy Nelson, Quacy Johnson and Travis Waterton.
Kick off time is 18:00hrs.
Date Time Venue Teams
Sat 31:07:10 18:00 hrs GFC Rosignol United v Victoria Kings
“ 20:00 hrs “ Alpha United v Bakewell Top XX
Mon 02:08:10 18:00 hrs “ Sunburst Camptown v Buxton
“ 20:00 hrs “ Milerock v GDF
Wed 04:08:10 18:00 hrs “ Winner of 1 v Winner of 4
“ 20:00 hrs “ Winner of 2 v Winner of 3
Sun 08:08:10 18:00 hrs “ 3rd Place (Loser of 5 v Loser of 6)
“ 20:00 hrs “ Final (Winner of 5 v Winner of 6)
Biker Fest partners with tourism ministry
– Six professional riders due for event
The Coordinators of the 2010 Bikers Fest have partnered with the Ministry of Tourism, which is geared at making the event part of the tourism calendar in Guyana. The Coordinators have made it possible also to have six professional riders at the event.
The event was recently launched in Guyana with the endorsement of Minister of Tourism, Manniram Prashad. The hosts, Sonic Hunters Biker Club, then travelled to Suriname to launch and promote the event there.
A team of riders from the Killer Bees Bike Club in Suriname will be performing. They are sponsored by Monster Energy Drink and the contingent will be some 200 persons strong, riding and driving across the border to support the event.
The show will have six professional riders including the main attraction: Road Rash Chick, Jessica Maine out of North Carolina, who was in Guyana last year but was unable to perform due to a broken wrist.
She will be performing this year along with riders from clubs such as Pure Bred Riders, Geared Up Bike Club and Pro Impact Stunt Team. Apart from those international acts, the local stunts crew is gearing to be just as thrilling and entertaining.
A release from the Coordinators stated that they are encouraging families to be part of the event in its third year of existence. The release stated that tickets will be on sale from next week, for VIP, Early Birds, General Admission and Children.
Some of the stunt implements will include, Skate Boards, Roller Blades, BMX Bicycles with the main attraction being the 600 CC bike stunts. The Coordinators indicated that the stunts will be professionally done and should not be attempted at home. Sponsors include Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, Smalta (Ansa McAl), DDL (Pepsi), Windjammer International Hotel and Cassia Waters.
Harper inspires national men’s hockey team
– psychologist on board for Venezuelan tour
By Edison Jefford
Former Guyana and West Indies cricketer, who was part of Clive Lloyd’s winning outfit, Roger Harper delivered an inspiring ‘talk’ to the national men’s hockey team that is currently preparing for a tough overseas engagement in neighbouring Venezuela.
“Focus on training and preparation so that when match time comes, you will be ready. Play how you know you can play and do the simple things right,” were among the motivational words that emanated from the lips of Harper at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The well-spoken statesman-like Harper was invited to help build the confidence of the team after manager, Gavin Hope realised that that aspect of their game plan was crucial to them doing a lot better on tour. Harper was right on point Thursday night.
“If you do the basic things better than the opposition, you will win that game. You need to come off that feeling when you want to give up. Remind yourselves that it is a tremendous opportunity to represent your country at this level,” Harper told the hockey players.
Among the many anecdotes that were used in his speech were the notable David and Goliath and the Wilma Rudolph stories. “Champions don’t succeed because of, they succeed in spite of. The big tournaments begin one step after one,” he continued.
Harper said that in cricket, the statistics of batsmen getting out between 50-60 and 100-110 is an alarming fact. He believed that is so because many of them after reaching the landmarks are still walking around celebrating in their minds with their bats aloft.
According to the cricketing legend, the great batsmen are able to concentrate from the very next ball after reaching 50 or 100 runs. Similarly, he encouraged the hockey players to concentrate at each significant landmark and take the tournament one game at a time.
Hope said that for the first time in the history of the country’s touring squad, a psychologist will be on board to help the players. Kaieteur Sport caught up with the psychologist, Paramjit Sall, a United Kingdom-based volunteer in Guyana, Thursday night.
“It’s all about just being themselves. This is a very good bunch of guys, who are all so very well skilled and highly motivated,” Sall indicated, adding that her role will be to help make them a lot stronger mentally. She said she has enjoyed working with the team.
Woon-A-Tai to conduct grading exams at Anna Regina today
Master Frank Woon-A-Tai 8th Dan is expected to conduct grading exercises at Anna Regina at the Anna Regina Multilateral School today.
Grading exercises will also be conducted for the ISKF YMCA, Berbice and Lusignan Dojos tomorrow at YMCA Thomas Lands.
Some of the students to be graded will also be participating in the Pan American Karate Championships slated for August 12-15 in Guyana.
Lawn Tennis Camp deemed a success as curtains drawn
The sixth annual Lawn Tennis Camp conducted under the auspices of Guyana Lawn Tennis Association (GLTA) and facilitated by Coach Shelly Daily-Ramdyhan and Nicholas Glasgow, concluded at the Pegasus Hotel Court yesterday afternoon and was deemed a success by the facilitators and participants alike.
Managing Director of the sponsors, P&P Insurance Brokers, Bishwa Panday was impressed with the energy and enthusiasm displayed by the participants.
He lauded the organizers for another well executed event which he feels is a fair indication of their commitment to the sport.
“Lawn Tennis is a very healthy outdoor sport and my company is happy to render support towards it development,” exhorted Mr. Panday. He noted the number of youths that took advantage of the occasion and participated with gusto saying that such enthusiasm is a fair indication of their commitment to the sport.
Panday also noted the support rendered by parents and was loud in praise of such support.
“My firm is delighted to be a part of this programme I must commend the GLTA, its executives and the two coaches for their tireless effort in making this happen,” said Mr. Panday who is also a former Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board and ex-President of the Georgetown Cricket Association.
P&P Insurance Brokers has been sponsoring the event for the past six years, and Mr. Panday feels that such commitment is indicative of the love for the sport and a desire to see young people involved in fruitful and developmental activity.
The insurance company has been sponsoring the event for the past six years.
Meanwhile, Mr. Panday lauded the Christopher Ram-led GLTA for the vibrancy they have shown in the administration of the sport.
The camp was initially set for a two-week period but was extended at the request of the executives to facilitate the large turn-out.
The players were exposed to the intricacies of the sport while being afforded an opportunity to test their knowledge and skills through active games.
The event catered for youths 6-18 years and was staged under the theme ‘Three weeks of fun.’ Sessions were held from 09:00h to 11:00h for 6-11 years category while the 12-18 age group were facilitated between 11:00hrs to 13:00hrs.
Several participants excelled in the course and included Janesh Persaud, Vikash Panday, Desmond Caesar and John Nelson among others who won in their respective categories. Each participant received trophies and certificates. (Michael Benjamin)
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