May 26, 2012 Sports
A small gathering was on hand to witness Banks DIH hammering Republic
Bank 3-1 when action in the Inter Ministry/Corporation Seven –a- side football competition got underway at the Banks DIH Thirst Park ground Thursday evening last.
Devon Forde netted twice for the winners, while Phillip Rowley contributed one goal. Bruce Daniels, representing Republic Bank, pulled one back in the 9th minute but in the end it proved insufficient.
The opening night was marred by the absence of several teams but football buffs were nonetheless treated to one other match that has set the stage for the other encounters. In the other match GNIC and J & S Electrician battled in a friendly encounter with the former team prevailing 5-nil. The scorers were Tavel December, Sherwin Smith Derrow Chilott while Keron Schmidt netted a brace.
Earlier, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Steve Ninvalle kicked off the tournament shortly after delivering brief remarks. He relayed deep gratitude to the officials of main sponsors, Banks DIH Ltd saying that such partnerships are necessary since government is incapable of filling all the gaps.
Mr. Ninvalle pointed out that the beverage giants are always willing to support sports activities even at short notice. He urged the players to support their products in order to ensure the continuity of the arrangement. The Deputy Permanent Secretary then beseeched the players to play hard and have fun but to do so within the context of discipline.
Outdoor Events Manager (Banks DIH), Mortimer Stewart also welcomed the teams and wished them well. Like Mr. Ninvalle, the Outdoor Events Manager underlined the importance of discipline and urged the ball weavers to abide by such precepts even as they aspire to win the tournament.
The action continues just after lunch today with several other exciting matches. At 13:00 hrs, Bank of Guyana will play Ministry of Tourism, Industry & Commerce, while at 13:30 hrs NIS tackle Guyana Lottery Company. Other matches to be played include Media United up against Macorp, Neal & Massy against J & S Electrical; GNSC play Ministry of Public Works while Ministry of Foreign Affairs tackle GPC. GT&T then play John Fernandes shortly before the Ministry of Education oppose Guyana Revenue Authority. Republic Bank will also play Guyana Water Authority while Banks DIH Ltd battle GNIC.
Activities are staged under the Powerade brand, a nutritional drink manufactured by main sponsors; Banks DIH Ltd. 22 teams are registered for what has been touted as a tournament that promotes fitness.
Among those teams competing for a first prize of $250,000 and a trophy are GNIC, GPI, Neal and Massey, Lucky Dollar, Digicel, Amerindian Affairs Ministry, Republic Bank, Courtney Benn Contracting Company, Guyana Water Authority, GPL and NIS among others. The second place finishers win $175,000 while third and fourth places receive $75,000 and $25,000 respectively.
Several other corporate entities have joined with Banks DIH and contributed towards a successful tournament including Giftland Office Max, Talk is Cheap, Ross Gas Station and Hopkinson Mining among others.
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