Jul 17, 2013 Sports
The newly formed Hope Football Club (HFC) of Tucber Park, New Amsterdam has launched its inaugural Under-20 football tournament for teams in East and West Berbice. The tournament which kicked off on July 6th with three matches is expected to conclude on August 4 and feature some eight teams.
The teams have been placed in two groups with the top two teams in each group advancing to play in home and away semifinals matches. The clubs expected to participate are – Hope Football Club, New Amsterdam United Football Club, Cougars Football Club and Corriverton Lynx Football Club of East Berbice, while Rosignol Football United, Hopetown Football Club, Monedderlust Football and Paradise Football Club make up the contingent from West Berbice.
The winner of the tournament will receive $60,000 worth of football equipment, second-placed team will receive $40,000 worth of football equipment while the team placing third will collect some $20,000 worth of football equipment.
In addition, there are individual prizes for the best goalkeeper, best defender, best midfielder, best forward and highest goal scorer.
The Hope Football Club is an arm of the Hope Memorial Foundation which was founded by overseas-based Guyanese Kevin Henry. Henry a US Army Soldier and former N.A.M.S student and New Amsterdam resident in memory of his late friend and villager Wilbur Hope.
On September 17, 2012, the inaugural Hope Memorial Inter School Football Tournament (HMFT) was launched. The five-day tournament was keenly contested among the secondary schools within the New Amsterdam/ Canje school district.
Hope, a former resident of Tucber Park, New Amsterdam suffered from an acute heart condition and at the young age of 33. During his days he participated in numerous sporting activities including Football, both hard and soft ball Cricket, Athletics, Basketball, Table Tennis and Volleyball and went on to represent Guyana in Football and Athletics.
A pavilion in honour of his 10th death anniversary was also constructed and donated by his family to the people of Tucber Park. The tournament kicked off on the West Coast of Berbice with two matches being played so far.
Results of matches played so far are – At the Rosignol Ground; Rosignol United led by a penalty in the dying minutes of the game from Devon James edged past Paradise United Football club1-0. Rosignol dominated most of the play, but failed to convert their chances. Paradise for their part also squandered some good goal scoring opportunities with one clear chance being wasted in as early as the fifth minute.
In the second match of the double header played at the Monedderlust ground at No Five, West Coast Berbice, the home team with two goals off the boot of Kevin Layne in the 17th and 38th minutes and one from Joel Thom in the 19th minute dispatched Hope Football Club (HFC) ‘B’ 3-0. (Samuel Whyte)
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