Regal SCC, Trophy Stall on board
As preparation continues for the inaugural Georgetown Softball Cricket League (GSCL Inc) Independence Cup, trustee of the GSCL Inc, Mahendra Azhar Hardyal, told Kaieteur Sport yesterday that the female teams are not required to pay entrance fees. He said that the female segment of the tournament will be played on a 10/10 basis and the first place team will take home a trophy and $50,000 and the runner up a trophy and $25,000.
Hardyal stated that the GSCL is trying to get more females involved in the sport. “The female players have lots of talent and we want to give them an equal opportunity to showcase their skills”, he added.
Entries will close on April 23 while the launching and draw will take place on April 24 at GNIC Sports Club, Woolford Avenue at 17:00 hrs. Apart from the females category, teams will also battle in the over 40 and open segment and the competition will be played on May 3, 4 and 5 at various venues in the city, culminating with the finals at the Everest Cricket Club.
The first eight teams will be accepted for the Masters’ categories while the GSCL is looking at accommodating twelve teams for the open division and the final is expected to be broadcasted live on NCN Voice of Guyana.
Entrance fees for the open and masters division are $110,000 and $100,000 respectively.
The prizes for the Open category will be based on the number of teams entered. The winner will be given $800, 000 with the runners-up $200, 000 if 12 teams enter, but if the category will be contested by eight teams the first place will pocket a trophy and $500,000 and the runners up a trophy and $200,000.
For the Masters, the winners will take home $500, 000 and the runners-up $200, 000.
The GSCL Inc. will be providing the Supreme balls to be used by teams competing in the Open and Female categories and teams are asked to note that only round hand bowling will be accepted in both divisions, while for the Masters category the big ball will be utilized, while both round hand and wrist bowling will be tolerated. Added information will be provided at the team briefing.
Among the sponsors on board so far are Regal Stationery and Computer Centre, Trophy Stall Bourda Market, Romaine Car Wash and Agri Parts. Wolf’s Warriors, Regal, Trophy Stall, Memorex and DVD Titans are some of the teams expected to battle in the open category while Regal, Parika Defenders, Industry, Dereck Auto XI and Wellman are among those that will clash in the Masters division.
Some of the grounds identified to be used for this tournament, which promises to be an annual affair, are Demerara Cricket Club, Ministry of Education, Carifesta Sports Complex, Muslim Youth Organisation, Guyana National Industrial Corporation, St Stanislaus and Everest.
Registration can be done by contacting Assistant Secretary/Treasurer of the GSCL Inc. Russell Jadbeer on 225-4802, 226-4205 or 626-8228.
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