May 10, 2014 Sports Comments Off on Total team effort was key to Guyana’s success – Mahendra Persaud
By Franklin Wilson in Jamaica
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National Fullbore Captain Mahendra Persaud has praised the performance of his team whose collective efforts saw the Guyanese retaining the Milex Cup which symbolizes supremacy at the Long Range (900 & 1000 yards) in the Caribbean.
Facing challenging conditions, the Guyanese were able to turn back the challenge of four other countries to retain the trophy and bragging rights for another year as the best; totaling 676 points (29Vs) to Jamaica’s 646 (23Vs), Trinidad and Tobago’s 610 (17Vs), Antigua and Barbuda’s 607 (15Vs) and Barbados’ 565 (14Vs).
Persaud described the performance of the team as a “Total team effort”, reminding that the scores were low due to the prevailing conditions at the Twickenham Ranges in Jamaica.
“We had to at times be firing shooters one at a time in order to test the wind, so shooters were actually sacrificing their own shots so that the overall team could have benefitted and that to my mind is phenomenal.”
The long standing and successful captain pointed out that his Vice Captain Dylan Fields’ scores do not reflect his ability but he sacrificed a number of shots for the team since he was shooting at the worst time during the day.
“When debutant Sherwin Felicien was encountering some problems we were forced to bring Fields in, work with him until he was done, then bring back Felicien. We had to call on all the tricks we knew in order to counter the conditions.”
Persaud also shared that they had to use one shooter at times rather than having two firing simultaneously in order to get a grip of the changing winds and not waste shots at the same time.
“Basically, we had to use some shooters to test the wind as we went along and conditions got too challenging. It was a total team effort and the level of communication among the coaches and shooters was great. All shooters would have lost points trying their best for the team.”
The training that the Guyanese team underwent earlier this year when British and Scotland Coach and shooter Ian Shaw was in Guyana served the locals in good stead according to Persaud.
Experience garnered from international competitions and observing the Great Britain team was also drawn upon yesterday Persaud declared.
“I am really proud of my boys and the way they stood up to the challenge yesterday. We had better control than the other teams; we did not panic, just kept calm and did our best. We took it one shot a time in order to save each point as we went along. It was a fantastic job.”
Focus will now switch to the Short Range match which will be contested today, the final day of competition. The presentation and awards ceremony will be held this evening.
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