Nov 08, 2011 Sports
– Police arrest premier awards to bring curtains down
Andrew Daly rolled back several years against his more contemporary
counterpart, Warren Hackshaw yesterday to win the Men’s Singles title in the 2011 Inter-Organisation Table Tennis Championships at the Queens College auditorium.
The Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) and Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) event culminated with the singles competition after the Guyana Police Force ‘A’ team that Daly represented had won the team’s contest on Sunday.
Daly won 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 and 11-7 against Hackshaw in the singles final. He had defeated Devon Richmond 4-1 in the semi while Hackshaw beat Patrick Triumph 4-3 in his semi-final. In the third place game, Richmond dismissed Triumph.
Daly also took home the Most Outstanding Male award while the Guyana Defence Force won the Fair Play prize. The Chinese Team got the Most Discipline Team award with Pritipaul Singh Investment winning the Consolation team competition.
On Sunday, Police Officer’s Mess ‘A’ team had placed second while Police Officer’s Mess ‘B’ was third in the competition that attracted 17 corporate teams and around 72 players in a definite growth from the inaugural tournament last year. “It was a great weekend of table tennis. We wanted to ensure that legitimate organisations play in the tournament. I think all and all it was a good tournament and kudos must go to all the organisations that participated,” GTTA General Secretary said as he introduced President, and Commissioner of Police, Henry Greene at the Closing Ceremony.
Greene congratulated those who worked behind the scenes for successfully organising the event, stating that without those individuals the tournament would not have been possible. He said that successful tournaments begin with successful organisation.
“Anything that is disorganised cannot function efficiently. This tournament came off with a bang and I want to thank all those who made this possible. Without GBTI, we would not have had this tournament. We have the support of the business community,” he said.
The GTTA President and Commissioner of Police listed a number of corporate entities that helped the association gain the momentum it has in the sport. He said that this weekend’s schools tournament and the National Championships next month is the fitting end to what has been a robust and dynamic year for the sport.
Greene said that the lights they had installed in the auditorium for the tournament will be left with the school as a donation to increase lighting at the facility. He thanked the school for their benevolence in allowing them to use the facility.
When he announced that “we are the growing organisation,” he received a standing ovation from his audience that included corporate entities among other stakeholders. Greene indicated that his team will continue to work toward the development of the sport. (Edison Jefford)
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