By Rawle Welch
Winners of the recently concluded GTT / Limacol Round Robin / Knockout Football Competition received their prizes, during a simple ceremony which was conducted on Wednesday evening, at
Brandsville Hotel on Pike Street, Prashad Nagar.
In attendance at the occasion were sponsors representatives including GTT’s PRO Alison Parker and New GPC Finance Director Dwayne Lovell, who both made brief remarks. Parker in her presentation congratulated the teams for answering the call at short notice to participate in the tournament and producing a quality brand of football throughout the duration of the event.
The GTT PRO also extended congratulations to the Petra Organisation who according to her not only exhibited determination and discipline in staging the tournament, but had delivered as well, a testimony to their organisational acumen as well as their commitment to the development of the sport.
Parker, who was part of the earlier deliberations when the Organisation approached the Company for its assistance recalled the persistence of the principals to get the entity on board which she said in the end paid off.
According to her, the general feedback was all positive and had she the power to pull the financial strings she would have no hesitation in committing to the venture next year. Lovell in his remarks offered congratulations to all the teams and the associations that permitted their teams to participate in the tournament and echoed similar sentiments to Parker in relation to the general staging of the competition.
He added that the positive reaction has given them cause to commit to support in the future.
Guyana Football Federation’s Communications Officer Rawle Toney, who too made remarks first congratulated the winning teams and the Petra Organisation for a well run tournament, informing that the governing body had paid close attention to its staging and was encouraged by the organisational ability of the entity.
He said it was the GFF’s policy to be willing to work with organisations that were committed to assisting in the development of the game. He added that from the GFF’s standpoint, the tournament surpassed all expectations and that they were generally heartened by the fact that the associations themselves collaborated to make it happen.
Toney closed by stating that they intend to continue to work with the organisation in the future. Meanwhile, Petra Organisation Director Troy Mendonca in his address thanked all the teams and the three associations that heeded to their call to release the teams, promising to do all in their power to make it an annual event.
He, however, made a stirring plea to the current administrators of the sport to do all that is necessary to keep the game playing and even cited instances when off field scenarios threatened to stop the game playing, but failed to do so.
Mendonca gave as examples the political and economic unrest that threatened to derail the last World Cup in Brazil and more recently the mess that the world governing body FIFA has found itself in, but football is still being played at every level. Milerock who won the tournament after defeating Victoria Kings in a penalty shootout walked away with $500,000 and the winning trophy, while the Kings received $250,000 and a trophy.
Topp XX ended third and they collected $125,000 and a trophy, while Winners Connection that finished fourth took away $75,000 and a trophy. Meanwhile, Milerock almost swept the individual awards with Clarence Huggings being voted the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament and he received $40,000, while his Coach Brian Joseph collected $25,000 as Best Coach; Milerock’s hero Martin Leacock was voted the Best Goalkeeper and he took home $25,000, the same as New Amsterdam United Adrian Adams, who won the Highest Goal Scorer award.
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