Mar 21, 2013 Sports
Port Mourant Jaguars defied the odds when they defeated Berbice’s and Guyana’s top volleyball team, Port Mourant Training Centre (PMTC) 1, when the two clashed in the final of the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) organised Kris Jagdeo Construction Inter club Volleyball Competition which was played on Sunday at the Albion Sports Complex Volleyball Court.
The PM Jags, which is sponsored by Sunshine Supermarket, had an indifferent 2012, but has been showing improvements since the start of this year.
However, on Sunday they showed renewed vigor and played a more organised and high quality volleyball to start the 2013 season on a winning note.
In the highly charged and competitive final they held their nerve to defeat their much regarded opponents PMTC 1 (2-1) the results being 17-15,10-15,16-14 in a hard fought battle which went down to the wire. Their victory was due mainly to the good setting of Satesh Seenauth, surprise quick hitting by pint sized Surendra Motiepersaud and the good all round play of utility player Errol Yannick Chase.
For their part, PMTC1 had no one to blame but themselves their usual devastating strikers Quacy Matheson and Creston Rodney were erratic and did not fire. Their blockers also did not perform to standard and were out of place at crucial times of the encounter.
On their way to the final, PM Jags put away PMTC 2 -25-20 in their semi-final encounter and swamped Vikings of Blairmont 25-9 in their quarterfinal match up.
PMTC 1 for their part defeated Albion 25-15 in their semi-final clash and PMTC Red 25-15 in the quarterfinal encounter.
In the third place playoff Albion, which is sponsored by Poonai’s Pharmacy, blew away PMTC (2)-15-8.
The Competition attracted nine male teams namely PMTC 1, PMTC 2, PMTC Red, PMTC Blue, PM Jags, Albion Sports Complex, 3 Doors Strikers of D’Edward, Vikings of Blairmont and Falcons of Canje and 2 female teams.
Results of preliminary matches played earlier saw Albion defeating PM Jags 25-23, PMTC Blue losing to PMTC Red 21-25, PMTC 1 winning from Vikings 25-22, PMTC 2 getting the better of Falcons 25-17, PMTC Red losing to 3 Door Strikers 21-25, PMTC 1 winning from PMTC (2)-25-20, Albion getting the better of PMTC Blue 25-13, PM Jags humbling 3 Door Strikers 25-14, PMTC 2 beating Vikings 25-13, PMTC Blue losing to PM Jags 16-25, PMTC 1 getting the better of Falcons 25-17, Albion winning from 3 Door Strikers 25-18,Vikings edging Falcons 25-23, 3 Doors Strikers whipping PMTC Red1 5-4, Albion winning against Falcons15-10 and PMTC 2 squeezing past 3 Door Strikers 15-13.
In a female encounter, which saw the females being divided into two, resulted in Vashti’s 6 defeating Shenny’s 6 15-7, 9-3.
During the competition the BVA took the opportunity to donate a volleyball to a newly formed Renaissance Sports Club of No 53 Village, Corentyne. The ball was handed over to the team’s captain by BVA Secretary, Adityanand Singh.
The group of beginners, who are already affiliated to the BVA, attended the competition to observe and get tips from the more experienced players and expressed the hope to participate in future competitions.
At the presentation ceremony held immediately after the completion of the competition, BVA President Gregory Rambarran congratulated the winners and expressed gratitude to the sponsor, Kris Jagdeo, the management of the Albion Sports Complex, the players and the large crowd that witnessed an exciting day of Volleyball.
It was also pointed out that the names of players to form a squad to represent the BVA will be released shortly. The winning team, PM Jags, received a trophy and $25,000, second placed PMTC 1 received a trophy and $15,000, third placed Albion received a trophy and $10,000 and fourth placed PMTC 2 received a trophy and $5,000. The captain of the winning female team received $10,000.
Trophies for outstanding individual performances were presented to Satesh Seenauth of PM Jags for being the Best Setter, Creston Rodney of PMTC 1 – the Best Spiker, Jason Seelochan of PMTC 1- Best Server, Surendra Motiepersaud of PM Jags – Most Valuable Player and Levi Nedd of PMTC 2- for good all round performance. Vashti Pooran received a trophy for being the best female player.
The BVA’s next big activity will be the “Tropical Rhythms Beach Volleyball Classic” 2 vs 2 competition, sponsored by Ansa McAl and billed for the # 63 Beach on Easter Monday (April 1st). (Samuel Whyte)
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