The popularity of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Futsal Competition is simply
unmatched and just to place some emphasis on its growth is the fact that the Organisers have increased the number of teams participating in this year’s Georgetown Zone to thirty-two instead of the customary twenty-four.
Yesterday, during the Launch of the tournament which was conducted in the Boardroom of Banks DIH, sponsors of the annual tournament, the news of the rise in teams’ participation was announced by Co-Director of the Petra Organisation Troy Mendonca, the entity charged with supervising the event.
Mendonca, who was joined by Guinness Brand Manager Lee Baptiste, Aqua Mist Water Brand Manager Errol Nelson and Banks DIH Communications Manager Troy Peters, explained to the media the reason for the increase in the amount of teams, pointing to the growing popularity due to the international exposure for the winners as the primary motivation for the upsurge.
“We basically wanted to give every street team the opportunity to represent Guyana and because of our open policy we now have fifty-one teams registered,” Mendonca said.
He added that because of the large entry of teams, they had to stage two nights of preliminary action to arrive at eight teams who will then join the traditional twenty-four for the commencement of the tournament which openss tonight with eight matches, at the Banks Car Park.
According to Mendonca, the tournament will run from November 18 through to December 13 at various venues across Georgetown with the final set for the National Park.
Baptsite in his remarks said that last year’s performance combined with Guyana’s representative at the Caribean finals has certainly made a huge impact in terms of the tournament’s growth.
He said in excess of $1million will be up for grabs with the winning team set to take home $400,000, runners-up- $200,000, 3rd place-$150,000 and 4th place- $75,000along with trophies.
Baptiste added that there will once again be the Skills segment with the winner to represent Guyana in the Caribbean finals in Trinidad and Tobago in May-June 2015.
There will also be Fair Play award for one of the teams to be adjudged by a panel.
Among the venues identified for action are: Banks Car Park, National Cultural Centre, East Ruimveldt Municipal Centre, National Park, Burnham Court and Albouystown.
The Guinness Brand Manager also stated that while promises were made in the past to host similar tournaments in Berbice, West Coast and West Bank Demerara, the Company is planning to do so this time.
Starting time tonight is 19:00 hrs and Queen Street of Tiger Bay is the defending champion.
Meanwhile tonight’s fixtures are as follows:
North East La Penitence V/S South Ruimveldt
North Ruimveldt V/S Tucville
Castillo Housing Scheme V/S Bent Street
Alexander Village V/S Charlestown
Island All star V/S East Front Road
Albouystown A V/S Laing Avenue
California Square V/S Back Circle
Sparta Boss V/S Festival City Street Fighters
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