Impressed by what transpired during the finals of the 2013 tournament, businessman Heralall Narine has aligned himself with the Guyana Softball Cup Four through the Croxley Copier paper and his entity WJ Enterprise.
During a simple ceremony at his business’ location on Regent Street on Wednesday, Narine presented a cheque for an undisclosed amount to Surendra Nauth of the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) to assist with expenses associated with the October 31 to November 2 competition.
On hand to witness the symbolic handing over ceremony were Vice-president of the GFSCA, Ricky Deonarain, and Secretary Lalta Gainda.
Narine said, he was enthused by the success of the 2013 competition and the impact the tournament has on the tourism sector. He lauded the GFSCA for including foreign teams, noting that it will lift the standard of the competition.
Nauth expressed gratitude to Narine for coming onboard, noting that sponsorship is critical to the success of a tournament of the magnitude of the Guyana Softball Cup. Deonarain said all plans are falling into place for the country’s premier softball tournament, adding that the GFSCA welcomes the addition of WJ Enterprise to its list of sponsors.
The Guyana Softball Cup commenced in 2011 and instantly became a hit with players and fans alike, attracting massive crowds and also putting some hard earned cash in the pockets of those who entertain with bat and ball on the field.
This year promises to be even better, as the GFSCA is aiming to surpass the achievements of the previous three years in terms of spectators’ involvement and the handsome rewards at stake for the players.
As was the case in previous editions of the tournament, there will be two categories- one for teams contesting the Men’s Open and the other for the Masters players, aged 45 and over.
The champion team in the Men’s Open is guaranteed a whopping $800,000 first prize and a huge trophy, while the losing finalist will have to settle for $200,000 and a trophy. In the Masters’ division, the winning team will pocket $600,000 with the runner-up assured of $150,000. The Man-of-the-Match in both finals will receive a trophy.
As has been the case in the past, the Most Valuable Player of each category will become the proud owner of a softball bracelet, made of gold with diamond studs, compliments of Steve’s Jewellery.
On the day of the final, there will be lots of hampers and giveaways for spectators. Additionally, two spectators can win return tickets from Survival Travel Agency to the beautiful island of Aruba. All the spectators need to do is retain their half tickets and listen for their numbers to be called over the Public Address system during the final.
Two dozen teams will compete in this year’s event, with 12 from Guyana, seven from New York, three from Florida and two from Canada. During the three-day championship, there will be a total of 36 preliminary games, followed by four semi-finals and two finals.
In an effort to expand the reach of the competition and ensure maximum participation from spectators, the organizers have increased the number of venues this year. Grounds earmarked to host games are Police Sports Club, Everest Cricket Club, Georgetown Cricket Club, Demerara Cricket Club, Gandhi Youth Organisation, Muslim Youth Organisation, Enmore Community Centre and Enterprise Busta Sports Club.
Trophy Stall and New York Better are the defending champions of the Open and Masters categories respectively, while the previous champions were NYSCL New York (Open) and Savage Masters in 2012 and Cotton Field Wild Oats (Open) and Regal Seniors (Masters) in 2011.
According to information emanating from the GFSCA, this year’s tournament has an estimated budget of around $10 million.
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