Jun 30, 2011 Sports
Season to open on Sunday at BV Ground
Defending Champions Bakewell Buxton Stars will have their work cut out as they seek to successfully defend the Mackeson/East Demerara Football Association (EDFA) Senior League Champions which is set to kick off on July 9 with a double header at the BV Ground, East Coast Demerara.
Yesterday, sponsor Ansa Mc al Trading under the tournament brand – Mackeson – officially announced their continued partnership with the EDFA when the symbolic cheque was handed over to association Vice President Dwayne Duncan by Company Public Relations Officer, Darshanie Yussuf.
Eight teams will contest this year’s championship which will be played over two-rounds. The winner of the league, second, third and fourth placed teams will receive cash prizes varying from $250,000, $175,000, $100,000 and $70,000 along with trophies.
VP Duncan in brief remarks at the simple ceremony which was attended by EDFA Secretary Sharon Abrams and representative players from the participating clubs said that they were very grateful to Ansa Mc al/Mackeson for the confidence they have continue to place in the association.
“We would like to thanks Ansa Mc al for their support over the years and trust that you will continue to do that. We will ensure that we spare no energy in ensuring that the tournament is a success.”
Yussuf disclosed that Mackeson has been partnering with the EDFA dating back to 2008 and they have seen encouraging progress over those years noting that the lives of many players and communities have been impacted in a positive way.
“It makes us proud that we have been reaching so far into the communities. This is us giving back since we are based here on the East Coast, this is us participating, this is us developing football and we are very happy to be a part of and Ansa Mc al/Mackeson do commit that we will be on board making more success and progress.”
The EDFA in their continuing efforts to make the game more competitive and to achieve a high level of discipline will be instituting fines for players and teams flouting the competition rules.
Players receiving a straight red card will be fined $1000.00 and suspended for two games while two yellow cards amounting to a red will attract a fine of $500.00 and a one game suspension.
Clubs will be required to be at the playing venue at least 30 minutes before kickoff time failing which the club will be fined $1000.00 payable before the following game.
Clubs who are prone to giving their opponents a walk over will be happy to know that such lapses will now cost them $5000.00 for each game.
Meanwhile, the 2011 season will get underway this Sunday at the BV Ground with the official march-past of all competing clubs – Mahaica, Ann’s Grove, Victoria Kings, Golden Stars, Bakewell Buxton Stars, Buxton united, Plaisance and BV Triumph United – followed by a game between Upper and Lower East Coast. Proceedings will get underway at 15:00hrs on Sunday.
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