Anthony Abrams is MVP & joint highest goal scorer
Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United and Georgetown received their cheques for winning the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Super League and Women’s Inter Association tournament when that entity held a presentation ceremony yesterday at its Dadanawa Section ‘K’ Campbellville, Headquarters.
Like Alpha United, the Georgetown women have won the respective tournaments for the third consecutive year. For their efforts, Alpha collected the first place prize of One Million dollars with runner-up team BK Int. Western Tigers pocketing $500,000, Linden’s Amelia’s Ward United placed third and received $300,000 with the fourth prize of $200,000 going to Berbice’ Rosignol United.
The GFF Super League, sponsored by FIFA under the Win in CONCACAF with CONCACAF Initiative lasted for 17 weeks with a total of 45 matches played among the 10 teams.
Amelia’s Ward was also named the Fair Play team with Alpha United’s Head Coach Wayne ‘Wiggy’ Dover copping the Best Coach award.
Alpha dominated the individual prizes with Forward Anthony Abrams named MVP and joint highest goal scorer a prize he shared with Rosignol United’s Delroy Fraser; both ending the league with 10 goals apiece.
The Best Goalkeeper was Alpha’s Richard Reynolds. The champions ended as the only unbeaten team with a record of 8 wins and one draw in their 9 matches to accumulate 25 points. They scored a total of 32 goals with 5 against.
Western Tigers ended with a record of 6 wins, 2 defeats and 1 draw from their 9 games for a total of 19 points for their second place.
In giving an overview of the tournament, Super League Administrator Kirk Douglas emphasized the need for coaching to improve especially among the lower ranked clubs. He noted that with the imminent re-introduction of the Coaches association there would be more assistance for coaches.
“The management team must read the rules and regulations and advise players and team officials accordingly. Clubs must also develop their respective youth departments.”
GFF President (ag) Franklin Wilson in his remarks also put the clubs of notice that they must invest in their youth departments if they are to be considered to be part of the Super League.
The players, coaches, referees, fans and administrators were all complimented by Wilson for their efforts that collectively contributed to the success of the league.
The gathering was informed that the federation spent close to 10 Million dollars to bring off the league and FIFA came in for high praise as the main funding agency for the league. Wilson also thanked Mr. Stephen Budhu, CEO of Misteden, a USA based company that donated the Lien trophy.
Looking ahead to the 2012/2013 season which is anticipated to kick off in mid October, Douglas said that he is looking forward to marked improvement in the standard of play.
“We will be seeking out a major sponsor for the league; improved marketing and promotion to increase revenue; a more community oriented approach; continued improvement of grounds and more enforcement of the rules and regulations.”
Women’s Inter Association
After three months of intense competition among the female teams – Georgetown, Rupununi, Bartica, Berbice and West Demerara – the City side prevailed for the third consecutive year to cart off the top prize of $250,000.
Rupununi claimed the second prize of $150,000 with Bartica third ($100,000). A total of 10 matches were contested over a three month period with games played in Georgetown, East Coast, Bartica, Lethem and West Demerara.
The City side won the Fair Play Team trophy with players Coletta Dubbin and Ruth George named the MVP and best Goalkeeper respectively. Rupununi’s Sonia Griffith was player with the most goals.
The youthful Berbice team was congratulated for their efforts and determination shown throughout the tournament despite losing all their games to Lethem, Bartica and Georgetown.
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