– nine clubs to battle for supremacy
Competitive senior football rivalry will make a welcome return to the West Demerara when the inaugural Stag Beer League kicks off on Sunday at the Den Amstel Community Centre Ground with two matches.
Regional Brewery giants Ansa McAl Trading under their Stag Beer brand has stepped up to the plate to partner with the West Demerara Football Association (WDFA) to revive the game at the senior level.
Speaking at yesterday’s launch, Ansa McAl Trading Marketing Director Troy Cadogan said that his company is committed towards the continued development of the game at the association level and that is one of the main reasons for them coming on board noting that they have sponsored other tournaments on the West Side in the past.
Cadogan also noted that West Demerara over the years have produced quality players who would have gone on to represent Guyana with flying colors. Currently, 17 year-old Trayon Bobb of Uitvlugt is a member of the ‘Golden Jaguars’ and also plays for Trinidad and Tobago Pro League side, Caledonia AIA.
“We would have been on board with the original ‘Sweet 16’ tournament and we are pleased to be
board with this senior cup in an effort to resuscitate football in the West Demerara. We want to contribute once again in a meaningful way to our player pool at the national level.”
He made reference to the upward climb of the senior national team in World football but alluded to the fact that a solid nursery programme is paramount to the consolidating our position.
“And this is our way of contributing to this initiative. As you know we are on board with the Guyana Football Federation supporting the ‘Golden Jaguars’ in their quest for World Cup glory for our nation.”
GFF President (ag) Franklin Wilson in brief remarks commended Ansa McAl for their continued commitment towards the building of the game at the national and association levels noting that it is imperative for the game and the nation as a whole.
The WDFA Executive was challenged top ensure that the teams and all fans work towards ensuring that this is the beginning of a lasting and productive relationship with Ansa McAl for football in their association.
Wilson applauded the association for the energy they have been showing by running off three junior tournaments towards the end of 2011 / 2012.
The nine teams including reigning division one champs Den Amstel will be vying for supremacy. The others are Seawall FC, Uitvlugt Warriors, Stewartville, Beavers (Goed Fortuin), Eagles (Stewartville), Pouderoyen Young Achievers, Wales FC and new comers Bagotville.
The two matches slated for Sunday kicking off at 14:00hrs after the march-past will see Uitvlugt Warriors taking on Stewartville with the feature match between Den Amstel and Seawall FC.
Prior to the matches, the official march-past will set the scene for the remainder of the season with all the participating teams expected to be represented. Representatives of the sponsors, GFF and WDFA will be on hand.
The tournament will see the teams playing against each other in the first round with the top four earning a berth to the second round which will be played on a knock-out basis to decide who will be crowned champion.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four teams while there will also be a number of individual prizes at stake.
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