-Organisers laud support from the community
By Rawle Welch
Organisers of the Guinness ‘Greatest of de Streets’ warm-up tournament have disclosed that the third round of matches which were scheduled to be played at Burnham Hardcourts have been switched to the Albouystown Basketball Court.
According to the release, the venue change was forced due to the inclement weather, but urged fans, especially those in the Albouystown environ to come out and support the games as they’ve done in the past.
According to co-organiser Troy Mendonca, the support from the Albouystown community has been tremendous and he would like to extend thanks on behalf of Banks DIH and all those associated with the tournament to the community.
“When the tournament opened, we saw a community come out and embrace the event with their numbers and I would like to take this opportunity to extend thanks to them on behalf of the sponsor and all of us on the Organising Committee,” Mendonca stated.
He called on them to once more exhibit good behaviour as they’ve done in the past as the host community, adding that they will always remain one of the first choices as a host venue going forward.
In on-court action, Team Guyana (Back Circle) that has remained unbeaten so far in the competition will oppose host Albouystown and this matchup should provide enough fireworks to keep the fans on their feet.
The prolific Daniel Favourite will once again be called upon to lead the team’s quest for victory and he will have as support the likes of Allan Kennedy, Phillip Rowley and Vincent Thomas, while the home-team’s chances will rest on the shoulders of the silky skills of Andrew Murray Jnr., who has looked in awesome form throughout the tournament.
Apart from Murray, Devon Small has been a thorn in the side of most defenders in this format of the game and he will be hoping to rediscover his scoring prowess after being absent from the score-sheet in the previous game.
This will be perhaps the sternest test to date for the team that will represent Guyana in the inaugural Caribbean Guinness Street Football Challenge Tournament set for June 21-23, at the National Park.
In the opening match, Island All Stars, yet to register points, will engage D’urban Street, who too have lost both of their encounters and this state of affairs could bring out the best in both teams.
In the second game, West Front Road takes on Broad Street and this is another clash that has all the hallmarks of a classic.
Broad Street, previous winners of the competition is loaded with talent, especially the nippy Jimmy Gravesande, who’ve been on the score-sheet constantly, while Jamal Cozier always lend admirable support.
West Front Raod on the other hand is a very formidable opponent and are stacked with players who can be deadly in this version of the game.
Stellon David, Michael and Kwame Pedro are no pushovers and as they did against a stubborn Tiger Bay unit in their preceding encounter, they are not bothered by deficits, but rather concentrate on getting goals themselves.
The Tiger Bay versus Alexander Village affair is no doubt the best matchup of the night and a fitting feature clash.
Shem Porter as always is a quality player for Alexander Village, but so too is Tiger Bay’s Solomon Austin and the two has already displayed in this competition their pedigree so stopping them is near impossible.
The pint-sized Kwame Alfred is another player of immense talent and he too is anticipated to play an important role for Tiger Bay, while Delon Williams is expected to play a similar function for Alexander Village.
The winning team gets a first prize of $200,000, while the second, third and fourth placed finishers take home $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000 respectively. Meanwhile, the teams that fail to make it to the final four will receive $15,000 each.
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