Apr 05, 2011 Sports
By Franklin Wilson
The Third Edition of the Guinness Greatest of the Streets kicked off in the Bauxite Mining Town of Linden with a bang on Sunday night at the Wisroc Bus Park with six energetic matches witnessed by a colorful and appreciative crowd.
Setting the evening alight with the official kick off of this tournament, which is being played in Linden for the first time, was the Honorable Minister of Culture Youth & Sport Dr. Frank Anthony along with Regional Chairman Mortimer Mingo, Banks DIH Sales and Marketing Executive Carlton Joao and Guinness Brand Manager Lee Baptiste among others.
Booking their place in the next round of competition was Top Class and $100 Car (Hundred Dollar Car) after playing three games each on the night.
On fire for Top Class was Junior Angel who netted five goals in the three matches played; his helmet-trick in the first game of the evening piloted his side to a thrilling 6-3 win over Police, while his lone strike in the clash against Mini Bus was enough to seal full points.
Top Class’ other game saw then drawing with $100 Car 1-1. Darwin Peters netting for the former, Kevon Dhanraj converted for the latter. Hundred Dollar Car squeezed past Police 3-2 with goals off the boots of Dhanraj, Elsie Percila and Devon Grandison; Bevon Leitch scored twice for the Lawmen.
Mini Bus took care of $100 Car by a similar scoreline, Dhanraj again on target along with Oslyn Adams for the losers. Hitting the target for Mini Bus were Omar Abrams, Godfrey Johnson and Kevin Baker.
Police was able to taste victory on the night, arresting Mini Bus by the lone goal of their encounter which was converted by Devon Leitch.
In the exhibition game that was played, City champions Broad Street were roughed up by the Best of Linden line up 2-1 after the visitors took the lead early in the first half of proceedings.
At the official opening ceremony, Dr. Anthony in main remarks congratulated Banks DIH for the initiative and bold step in creating the opportunity for young players to showcase their skills while entertaining fans.
Dr. Anthony informed the crowd that his Ministry was successful in running off the popular Inter-Block competition around Guyana and was confident that the Guinness Greatest of the Streets will be a resounding success in linden.
“Competitions of this nature brings out the best in the competitive spirit among the teams and in this case wards. This competition has now become a best practice and is now being used in the Caribbean by Guinness.”
Anthony challenged Banks DIH to push for the hosting of the first Caribbean Guinness Greatest of the Streets tournament next year.
Regional Chairman Mortimer Mingo in his remarks stated his pleasure at being associated with such a competition and its historical nature being the first time in Region 10. He complimented Banks DIH for maintain their unquestionable popularity as a good corporate citizen that invests in the development of the nation.
“I must say that this competition engages and involves youths in a positive way which enables them to be good, useful and productive citizens of Linden.” Joao also delivered remarks to the gathering.
Competition will continue on Friday evening with six matches at the Silver City Hard Court (Wisroc).
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