May 01, 2015 Sports
The trouble that Kitty Weavers has caused so far in the inaugural Busta Soft Shoe
Football Competition must be a worrying factor for even a star-studded team like Sparta Boss and when the two clashes in tonight’s semi-final the latter will no doubt be approaching the game mindful of their opponent’s record.
Kitty Weavers have been a thorn in the flesh of opposing teams who were heavily favoured to beat them but have all been consigned to watching from the sidelines after succumbing to the determined North Georgetown side.
Sparta Boss, however, is a new and different opposition built around a plethora of current and former local stars with the potential to run riot over any defence.
Any team possessing the calibre of players such as Gregory Richardson, Devon Millington and Travis Grant combined with the attacking and defensive capabilities of Sheldon Shepherd must start as favourites against any team locally.
Add to their class, the calmness of Denis Edwards and you have a team that on paper is supposedly unbeatable.
However, Weavers has shown that they are not intimidated by big name opponents and Festival City could attest to this after suffering at their hands in the quarter-finals.
The inspirational Sherwin Vincent continues to be the livewire for the team, but players such as Wendell St. Hill, Quincy Madramootoo, Terrence Lewis and Colin Clarke and you have as potent a line-up as you would wish.
In the first semi-final, West Front Road take on Queen Street of Tiger Bay and this like the feature encounter is a hard one to predict a winner.
West Front Road have looked clinically efficient in all but one of their games to date, while Queen Street struggled in the early rounds before hitting peaking just in time for the business end of the competition.
Randolph Wagner, Hubert Pedro and Michael Oie have been in terrific form for West Front Road and they are expected to lead the charge for a place in the final, while the overwhelming Deon Alfred Darrel Harris, Godfrey Powers and James Meredith are no scrubs and fully capable of taking over a game.
All four of these teams merit their places in the latter stages of the tournament and fans are assured of two matches that will serve up rivetting action.
Meanwhile, four exhibition matches will precede semi-final action with Little Divas Football Team v/s GT Girls; GFC Masters White v/s Colours; Cross Street v/s North East La Penitence and Guinness Bar v/s Media.
The winning team will take home the championship trophy and $600,000, while the second, third and fourth placed finishers cart off $300,000, $200,000 and $100,000 respectively along with trophies.
The Most Valuable player collects $50,000 and Most Disciplined team $25,000.
Apart from the Guyana Beverages Inc who is the Platinum sponsor, some of the other entities on board are: Lucky Dollar, GT&T, Star Party Rentals, Junior’s Jewellery & Gift Shop, Nigel’s Supermarket, 2Js General Store and Mendonca Creole.
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