Guyana’s Achievers make good start
By Franklin Wilson
The Third annual Guyana Volleyball Federation/GUYOIL/Tradewind Tankers International
Invitational Volleyball Festival was served off last evening at the National Gymnasium by Minister of Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony.
Also in attendance at the simple opening ceremony were the respective Operations Managers of GYUOIL and Tradewind Tankers, Mr. Reggie Bagwandin and Mr. Antonio Rodriguez; GVF President Mr. John Flores, GVF Past President Mr. Lennox Shuffler; President and Coach of Yelyco Volleyball Club of Suriname Mr.Betrouw Veroy and Coach of French Guiana Mr. Debotte Benoit.
Competing clubs, Port Mourant Training Centre (PMTC), Achievers and Guyana Defence Force female, Yelyco and French Guiana males and females in attendance, Minister Anthony in his feature remarks before declaring the festival open, pointed out the historical nature of the tournament between the Guiana’s mentioning the Inter Guiana Games as well as the recently held tennis tournament as healthy initiatives.
The hard work being put in by the GVF and its President John Flores towards the continued development of the sport was highlighted by Anthony who reminded the gathering that the turf at the Gymnasium was laid down through the GVF and the International body, FIVB.
“They did not stop there because they are working very hard to improve the infrastructure so later this year we expect to open another facility with a rubberized turf in Berbice so that we can improve
volleyball in other areas.”
Flores and his team were congratulated for the idea of the festival which is organised with a view of aiding the development of the sport in the Guiana’s.
“I think this is showing good leadership at the level of our national volleyball federation and I want to encourage them to continue.”
The players were encouraged to play in an atmosphere of good sportsmanship by Anthony before he served the ball off to signal the start of competition.
Rodriguez, Veroy and Benoit all delivered brief remarks before Anthony and hailed the organisers for the idea which will aid in the sports development.
A new male champion will be crowned this year in the absence of Trinidad and Tobago’s Big Sepos. Yelyco females are here to defend their title but will have to get past the GDF and French Guiana.
Meanwhile, the action proper got underway last evening and Guyana’s Achievers made a good start to proceedings. Achievers survived a five setter against French Guiana, setting the tone for an exciting tournament. They won the opening set 27-25 and then lost the next two, 20-25 and a marathon third set 32-34.
Urged on by their fans, Achievers refocused and clawed their way back, taking the fourth 25-22 to force the decider. They then clinched the decider 15-13 to cap a thrilling contest. The final clash of the night was a female encounter between GDF and Yelyco. Details this and other action in tomorrow’s edition.
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