In the absence of pre tournament favorite and defending champions Young Achievers, Guysuco Training Center 1 (GTC 1) took full advantage and amassed the maximum 90 points in the first leg of the second stage of the TradeWind Tankers (TWT) True Champions Tournament which was played on Saturday, at the GTM Hardcourt in Berbice.
Unable to complete their journey to the ancient county because of a vehicular accident en route to the competition, Young Achievers are now in a peculiar situation, having not been able to secure any points from the first leg.
This setback could prove vital because all the points acquired from the two legs will be combined and the top four finishers secure spots in the semi-finals.
Also, playing without dominant middle attacker Corwyn Richards and captain Jamal Duncan considerably weakened host Castrol Strikers, leaving them in the cellar position with a mere 64 points after failing to secure a win from their three games played.
GTC 1 holds pole position after securing three wins in as many games, taking their tally to 90 points, Rollers, having lost their only game to GTC 1 at a margin of 28 – 30 holds second position with 88 points and the third spot is held by Port Mourant Jaguars, who despite their excellent team work only managed to pull off one victory against Castrol in the first game of the day by a 30 – 27 margin. They finished the day on 82 points.
The day’s results are as follows -PMJ won from Castrol Strikers 30-27; GTC/PM whipped Castrol Strikers 30-19; Rollers squeezing past PMJ 30-28; GTC/PM getting the better of PMJ 30-24; Rollers then swamp Castrol 30-18; GTC/PM edge Rollers 30-28.
The points standing for the 22 s and 42 s are as follows:
In the 22 s: Castrol Strikers – 99 points, Young Achievers and TC 1 – tied on 98 points, Rollers – 81 points, Port Mourant Jaguars – 79 points and Lusignan – 62 points.
In the 42 s: Young Achievers – 92 points, TC 1 – 81 points, Rollers – 79 points, Port Mourant Jaguars – 78 points, Castrol Strikers and Lusignan – tied on 63 points.
Meanwhile, according to a release, the organisers will meet this week to determine if they could make any adjustments to facilitate Young Achievers and give them a chance to re-enter the competition for the next leg which is scheduled to be played next Saturday, July 28, at Guysuco Training School in Port Mourant, Berbice.
The organisers also want to take the opportunity to invite all volleyball fans in the Berbice area to come out and witness the best 2’s and 4’s teams in action and starting time is from 09:00 hrs.
They are also recognising the sterling contribution of the sponsor, Trade Wind Tankers who is the shipping line for local oil dealers GuyOil who carries the Castrol brand.
The competition is being run with the endorsement of the Demerara Volleyball Association and the Guyana Volleyball Federation.
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