Aug 21, 2010 Sports
The two weeks coaching clinic for young cricketers in the U13, U15 and U17 categories which commenced last Monday August 9 at the Demerara Cricket Club Ground, under the tutelage of former spin bowler, Gavin Nedd, concluded yesterday and the facilitators have labeled the forum as a huge success. The participants each received certificates of participation and a wealth of newly acquired knowledge.
President of the Demerara Cricket Club Alfred Mentore and coach/facilitator Gavin Nedd expressed their satisfaction at the response given to the two week programme by the cricketers and their parents alike.
Delivering closing remarks Mr. Nedd admitted that he was taken aback by the positive response of the participants.
“The response from both the players and their parents was heartening and I would like to thank the president of DCC, Mr. Alfred Mentore for the confidence he displayed in me to conduct this programme. I am eagerly looking forward to next year’s sessions,” stated Nedd in short remarks at the closing ceremony.
Youngsters from the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) and the Gandhi Youth Organization (GYO) also participated in the programme. They were taught the fundamental aspects of the sport.
More than 40 participants enrolled for the sessions and were tutored on technical and other aspects of the sport.
During the sessions the inclement weather had confined the youngsters to indoor activities. When the showers persisted, inundating the DCC field, the facilitators had switched activities to the Alberttown Sports Ground, Crown and Albert Streets. This facility is layered in concrete and the players were unaffected by the wetness.
The U13 and U15 groups were accommodated daily between 09:00hrs-12:00hrs while the U17 players commenced sessions from 13:00hrs to 15:00hrs daily.
The DCC is the home of some of the greatest local cricketers including Lance Gibbs, who had the street adjacent to the club named after him. Other stalwarts from the DCC included Clive Lloyd, Roger Harper, Keith Semple, Travis Dowlin and the late Andrew Lyght among others.
Meanwhile, Guyana and West Indies opener Travis Dowlin, all rounder Christopher Barnwell and West Indies U19 opener, Trevon Griffith mingled with the aspiring cricketers, sharing their knowledge and generally fraternizing with the players. Derwin Christian was also scheduled to be a part of the prestigious group but was unavoidably absent.
At the end of the ceremony Tevin Imlach received a bat from national cricketer, Deon Barnwell for demonstrating superb aptitude and commitment to the course while Raymond Olivierre, a young Guyanese residing in the USA received a special award, also for his commitment and dedication to the course.
Supligen Nationwide Domino tournament
Finalists decided last night, Trouble Shooters draw bye
The finalists in the Supligen Nationwide Domino tournament were decided last event when action continued in the tournament, while Trouble Shooters drew the bye to the final.
Advancing to the semifinals in Zone 2 played at Strikers venue were Golden Stars with 80 and Brazil on 68 games, while Impressors were eliminated with 55 games.
In Zone 3 competition at Transport Sports Club, R&R with 76 defeated Mix Up 70, with the pair advancing, while Next Level crashed to the bottle level with 67 games.
Exodus 80 and Trouble Shooters 72 moved to the semis while Blue Birds ‘B’ sang the blues as the exited with 50 games.
Last evening’s match saw Exodus facing Mix Up and R&R.
CAC and NACRA Champs easing back into fitness
Coach of the CAC and NACRA champions Theodore Henry in an invited comment with Kaieteur Sport at the National Park yesterday disclosed that the squad that was short-listed to prepare for the Commonwealth Games has commenced light training.
Henry, who has been charged with the responsibility of assisting with the preparations in the absence of Technical Director Joe Whipple told this newspaper that the players are now in the process of recapturing the kind of fitness level they had during the two tournaments, but were gradually easing into the programme after a two-week break following the conclusion of the two events.
Henry in explaining the sequence of the preparations said that next week they will them move into the next phase which is the technical aspect where they will seek to remedy some of the faults experienced during the last two competitions.
After that he informed they will next examine video analysis of some of the teams they are expected to battle against.
“In terms of our preparations we have about six weeks to get ready for the Games in India and that to my mind is adequate time for us to get back to that level of fitness and competitive edge that we had just over two weeks ago,” Henry stated.
He informed that the team is scheduled to undergo a 5-day Camp in Barbados when it is envisaged that Whipple will take over the preparations and put in the final touches prior to departure for England.
During their stay in England, the team will them be hosted by Loughborough University, who’ve already arranged a series of warm-up matches for them against local clubs that should provide the high level preparations that they need to compete against some of the best Sevens teams in the world at the Games. He said that the squad right now comprises 14 players and they’ve had a satisfactory turnout so far.
Sessions continue daily at the same venue.
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