– Sparta Boss, Leopold Street square off for third place
There is a lot at stake in tonight’s final of the Georgetown Zone of the Guinness ‘Greatest
of de Streets’ Futsal Competition when Festival City Warriors take on North Ruimveldt, at the National Park.
At stake will first and foremost be the lucrative $500,000 for the winning team, while a place in the national playoff and the right to brag for another year are also guaranteed.
Festival City Warriors, a team that was required to participate in a pre-qualifying tournament to make it to the main draw will be looking to continue their rich vein of form, while North Ruimveldt, a team laden with proven talent will be aiming to be a sure pick representative for the national playoffs and also improve the treasure chest of the players, heading into the Christmas season.
Both teams reached the final courtesy of penalty shootouts against opponents who in instances were favoured to win.
Festival City Warriors led by Eon Alleyne, Solomon Austin and Daniel Favourite scrapped and scraped to a 1-0 penalty shootout win against former champions Leopold Street, while North Ruimveldt produced a similar performance to escape with a 2-1 penalty triumph against pre-tournament favourites Sparta Boss after a dogged defensive display that left the teams tied nil-all in periods of regulation and extra time.
The dreadlocked Daniel Favorite knows what it is like to be in the spotlight, as he was a member of the Back Circle unit that competed in the first ever Caribbean Guinness ‘Greatest of De Streets’ tournament in 2012 right here at the National Park.
Therefore, the players will look to him for guidance and calmness, with amicable support coming from Solomon Austin, Dwayne Lawrence, Andrew Gad and top marksman Eon Alleyne for support and victory.
Tonight, one would look to see the likes of Gerald Gritten, who played defense for all 38 minutes against Sparta Boss to shut out the likes of Devon ‘Don Don’ Millington and Sheldon Shepherd, returning to his role at the top to get goals.
With players such as Colin Daniels, Nichosie Barker, Joshua Browne and the ever-green and hardworking Travis ‘Zorro’ Grant in the support staff, the crowd can very well be chanting North Ruimveldt on numerous occasions, when the curtains come down on this year’s edition tonight.
The runners-up will pocket $300,000, a trophy and medallions and a place in the national playoffs while the winner of the third/fourth place playoff, will receive $200,000 and a spot in the National playoffs, leaving the fourth-placed team with $100,000.
The Skills Challenge category of the tournament will be contested tonight as well, with players and non-players being given the privilege to compete for the top prize of $20,000, while the sponsor has introduced a Fair Play Award of $50,000 as well for this year’s edition.
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