Oct 14, 2012 Sports
In this fire prevention week the Guyana Fire Service B Division made sure all systems were working as they soaked their opponents to come out on top, blazing away with the Commander B Division, Assistant Commissioner Derek Josiah trophy in the one day five-a-side football extravaganza last Wednesday at the Blairmont Community Centre ground.
Seven of the twelve teams turned up with CID Berbice and the Guyana Defence Force for the military units suffering misfortunes and failing to show with full teams. The civilian outfits of Strike Force United Youth Club, Paragon Youth Club and Monedderlust Youth and Sports Club all of West Coast Berbice could not form full teams.
The day’s action was intense and keenly contested with the teams battling to the end for supremacy in front of an appreciative crowd which included Commander B Division, Assistant Commissioner Derek Josiah and other senior officers of the division.
Results of the games played were as follows: in match one GPS got the better of No2 subdivision (Corentyne) 1-0 with Jermaine Barrington scoring. In game two GFS won from No1 sub division (New Amsterdam Canje) 2-1 with Steffan Adams netting both goals for GFS. Cadet Officer Halley responded for No1 sub division.
In the third encounter, B Division traffic and No3 sub division (West Berbice) battled to a 1-1 draw with the game being decided on penalty kicks 3-2 in Traffic’s favour. The goal scorer for Traffic was David Layne and Collis Burnett for No1 sub division.
Felix Austin Police College B (FAPC), who drew the bye in the first round, then opposed GPS in the first semifinal with FAPC B winning on penalty kicks 3-2 after the game ended1-1. The two goal scorers were Keiron Crandon for FAPC and Jermaine Barrington for GPS.
The second semifinal saw GFS coming from behind to win from Traffic 2-1. Scoring for GFS were Stefan Adams and Colin Joseph, while Denzil Marks netted for Traffic.
The final between GFS and FAPC was keenly contested between two evenly match teams with the winner being decided on penalty kicks in a match that went down to the wire.
The GFS although battle scarred from earlier encounters, were able to stand up to the test in a hard fought encounter. The boys from the GFS withstood the relentless pressure enforced by the more physically fit FAPC unit to squeeze out a hard fought win 4-2 on penalty kicks after the game ended 0-0 after fulltime. FAPC had the better run of play but GFS stood their ground to come out victors.
In the presentation ceremony that followed GFS received the Commander B Division trophy from Commander, Assistant Commissioner Derek Josiah. FAPC received their accolade from Senior superintend Clifton Hicken.
The GPS and the B Division Traffic both were recognised for placing third.
Guyana Prison Service took away the most discipline and Best Uniform team prizes. The individual awards went to MVP Stephan Adams of the GFS, while Adams and Jermaine Barrington of GPS received prizes for being the highest goal scorers with two goals each.
Both commander Josiah and Coordinator, Sports Officer Assistant Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan expressed their appreciation for the day’s activity which was well organised and coordinated. The commander gave his whole hearted support for more activities including those for police alone and police, other military organisations and the community in the future.
He mentioned the community involvement and the benefits in bringing a better police and community relationship.
The prizes and incentives were made possible through the compliments of both senior officers of the division and members of the community. (Samuel Whyte)
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