Oct 02, 2010 Sports
By Rawle Welch
The final of the Tradewind Tankers ‘True Champions’ Volleyball Tournament which is set for today at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall promises to be a scorching affair involving national champions Young Achievers and Castrol Strikers.
The two teams are scheduled to clash for a top prize of $80,000 and a trophy, but more importantly bragging rights as to which one of the two teams is the best in the nation will also be decided.
Young Achievers judging from their recent impressive record against all local opposition must start as favourites, but Castrol Strikers, a team made up of seasoned players has vowed to prove the pundits wrong.
The third place playoff between Rollers and Port Mourant Training School is another interesting contest with the two Berbice teams battling for the right to be labelled the best in their county.
From all reports, the feature game is anticipated to be a battle of will and experience in Castrol Strikers against a young team that have loads of talent and is extremely disciplined.
Young Achievers of West Demerara have dominated the sport over the past two years and they would want that reign to continue, while a rejuvenated Castrol Strikers unit must be feeling that their time is now after their inspiring display in their semi-final encounter against Port Mourant.
Once again, players the calibre of Ian Wills, Desta Hoppie, Adolph Davis and Dhanpaul Etwaroo are expected to lead their charge for victory with support from Kerwyn Richards.
On the other hand, Achievers is a well drilled group led by the calm and collective Randy Adams, who never seemed phased by the opposition as was witnessed in their destruction of Rollers in the semi-finals.
They’ve been the most consistent team throughout the tournament and stopping their march for the ultimate prize will take some doing.
They’ve been reinforced by the return of their No.1 setter Khemraj Sigh, while Christopher Ramsundar has shown remarkable consistency, while the long-limbed Cleveland Peters, who is quite effective at the net, will be called upon to thwart the power play of Davis.
When the two teams clashed earlier in the tournament, the more youthful Achievers side won easily and it is normal for them to enjoy the psychological edge.
Whatever the outcome, fans should expect an intense tussle for supremacy. The third place playoff could also produce the sort of top-class volleyball that fans love to see.
Port Mourant’s Seon Glasgow, a former national standout will team up with the vastly improved duo of Jared Jhingree and six-footer Quacy Matheson and that combination is an imposing frontline for spikers to penetrate.
On the other hand, Rollers have the edge in experience and if they utilise that aspect to their advantage then the outcome should be in their favour.
Players such as Errol Chase, Osafo Dos Santos, Romel Bansie, Seon Wilson, Mark DaCosta and Imran Azeez, however, must come to the fore and make the difference.
Play starts at 18:00 hrs and an exciting evening of volleyball is anticipated.
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