– Castrol, Port Mourant clash promises fireworks
Young Achievers will start as favourites to make it to the final of the Tradewind Tankers ‘True Champions’ Volleyball Tournament which continues with semi-final action this Saturday, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The West Demerara unit proved that their No.1 seeding is authentic after producing another excellent performance during the final preliminary round at Port Mourant where they ended with the most points to win the monthly top prize of $20,000 despite missing a few key players.
They closed the day with an aggregate 311 points to relegate the ever-improving Port Mourant team that finished on 293 points, while Castrol Strikers with 288 and Rollers 274 point rounded out the top four.
The semi-final match-up will see Young Achievers battle Rollers, while Port Mourant take on Castrol Strikers with the winners of both matches advancing to the final and the two losers facing off in the third place playoff.
Once again they are expected to be led by the indomitable Randy Adams, who will look to his next most experienced team-mate Christopher Ramsundar to lead their charge, while Rollers, who performed below expectations on the last occasion, should not be underestimated, especially with the fact that they have a few seasoned players in their line-up.
Setter Errol Chase seems to have a good grasp of the game and is a cunning player, while Seon Wilson, Imran Azeez and Mark DaCosta are all formidable players with loads of knowledge.
The other semi-final should be the game of the day with the veteran unit of Castrol Strikers going up against the emerging talent of Port Mourant Training School made up mainly of students.
Castrol has struggled for consistency throughout the competition, but their superior experience and the fact that they have a few players with national caps should take them over the line. Once again, Dester Hoppie should command the setting assignment, while Adolph Davis is the designated spiker. Former national standout Ian Wills, who missed the last round, is expected to return to strengthen the line-up.
The visitors quest for an upset will be spearheaded by the six-foot plus Quacy Matheson, who had a remarkable last round, while Captain Jared Jhingree and Trevor Lucas have both shown admirable improvement. They seemed to be a young energetic unit and could spring the surprise.
Meanwhile, the final is set for September18, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
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