By Samuel Whyte
Port Mourant Jaguars (PMJ) played unbeaten on Sunday to come out
winners of the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) “B” Division Competition which was played on the recently commissioned all weather volleyball court at the Port Mourant Community Centre.
The competition, which attracted seven teams, was played in very windy conditions with several stoppages due to heavy rainfall; however the players gave of their best on the quick drying modular tile surface.
In the final Port Mourant Jags (PMJ ) led by captain Buddy Motiepersaud with support from Afraz Hussain, Javed Motiepersaud and Adityanand Singh defeated PMTC2 30-25 in a hard fought game to take home the National Sport Commission trophy and a Mikasa MVA 330 volleyball at the end of the one day competition
In the semifinal encounter, PMJ defeated Rollers of New Amsterdam in the first semifinal 30-24, while in the other semi Port Mourant Training Centre 2(PMTC2) made light work of newcomers Tain Volleyball Club 30-16 to book their place in the final.
Earlier the teams were placed into two groups with each team in the respective groups opposing each other with the top two emerging to the semifinal stage.
In preliminary matches played in group A – PMJ got the better of PMTC4 30-15, Tain VC won a close encounter from 3 Doors Strikers 30-28, PMJ beat 3 Doors Strikers 30-20 and PMJ whipped Tain VC 20-08.
In Group B games – PMTC2 won from PMTC 3 -30-15, Rollers defeated PMTC3 30-16 and PMTC2 edged past Rollers 31-29.
At the presentation ceremony held immediately after the conclusion of the competition, President of the BVA, Gregory Rambarran in his remarks said that volleyball was the winner at the end of the day and thanked the teams for turning out in their numbers. He congratulated the winners and all who received incentives for their outstanding individual performances. He also complimented the referees and line judges for the good work done.
Special prizes were presented to the following players:- Adityanand Singh (former National Under 19 player in the 1990’s) for being adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP), Afraz Hussain of PMJ for being the Best Setter and current National Under 19 player, Joshua Jagmohan for being the Most Promising Player.
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