Port Mourant Training Centre (PMTC) like it did one week ago, after losing in the preliminary
stage to arch rivals Port Mourant Jaguars, returned in the final to defeat Jaguars in straight sets to continue its dominance in competitive volleyball in Berbice.
The PMTC unit won (2-0) the scores being 25-19, 25-20 to win the fourth annual Balram Shane Memorial Volleyball Competition which was held on Sunday last at the Port Mourant Community Centre Hardcourt.
The competition commenced two hours later than anticipated due to the late arrival of the teams. In the preliminary matches, Berbice Under-19 defeated Port Mourant Jaguars (2-1) 25-23,14-25, 15-11. PMTC then whipped Rollers Volleyball Club (2-0) 25-7, 25-11. Port Mourant Jaguars upstaged PMTC (2-1) 16-25, 25-22, 15-12. PM Jaguars then edged past Rollers (2-1) 19-25, 28-26, 15-13. Berbice U19 defeated Rollers (2-0) 29-27, 25-20. PMTC then defeated Berbice U19 in a one game encounter 30-19.
Sponsor Mr. Deonarine Balram in his remarks at the opening ceremony, expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of discipline with regards to respect for time. He noted that the sponsor, organizers and a guest speaker was early, but had to leave for another appointment. He said the players seem to have scant respect for the fans that turned up to witness the competition. However, he promised to sponsor the competition again in 2015 and hoped that the players’ attitude will improve.
Before the start of the day’s activity all present observed a one-minute silence in remembrance of the
late Balram Shane in whose honour the competition was organized.
President of the BVA Gregory Rambarran expressed gratitude to the sponsor, players, officials and the management of the Port Mourant Community Centre. He however berated the players for their habitual lateness and urged them to respect time.
At the presentation ceremony held in fading light, Mr. Balram congratulated the players for their good performances and handed out cash incentives to all the teams including a female team and U16 players.
The winning PMTC team also collected the Balram Shane Memorial Trophy. The individual awards were presented to Trevon McRae for being the most valuable player and the best spiker on show. Other prizes were presented to Madan Budram the best Libero, Xavier Lambert and Devendra Latchman for being outstanding in the U19 category. Javid Motiepersaud got his for being outstanding for PM Jaguars he got cash reward.
The BVA took the opportunity to present a kids volleyball to little Miss Padma Mangru as encouragement for her to continue to play the game.
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