Jan 12, 2016 Sports
By Michael Benjamin
Trayon Bobb was considered Uitvlugt’s ‘ace in the hole’ to take championship honours when that team joined seven others in the Mayor Hamilton Green’s 81st birth anniversary annual 7-a-side Inter-Ward Football tournament.
The dapper striker did not disappoint and led his team to championship honours and $200,000, complete with the John Fernandes trophy when the action concluded at the Den Amstel Ground, West Coast Demerara last Sunday evening.
Bobb also scored 10 goals in the championship, the most by any player, and for that accomplishment he received a three piece suite compliments of AH&L Kissoon Ltd. The striker was not yet done and he also carted off a beautiful trophy after he was adjudged the Most Valuable Player.
Pouderoyen won the second prize of $100,000 and the Youth and Sports Trophy, while the third place playoff was decided on sudden death penalty kicks where Kitty prevailed over Den Amstel 1 nil to take the $70,000 and the China Trading trophy with Den Amstel taking away $30,000 and the Business School trophy after ending the tournament in fourth place. Further, each member of the winning and runner up teams received food hampers compliments of Ricks and Sari Ltd.
Mayor Green travelled from Georgetown to the West Coast location to witness the matches and afterwards delivered a few remarks while assisting in the distribution of prizes shortly after the final whistle sounded.
He congratulated the players for their individual efforts in making the tournament a success even as he hinted of Government’s intention of rendering support to football and other disciplines. The championship match was played under slightly darkened conditions and Mr. Green promised that very soon floodlights would be installed at the facility. The Mayor also had special congratulatory words for Bobb and afterwards extended a warm handshake after presenting the dapper footballer with the MVP trophy.
When activities got underway at 14:00hrs, Kitty brushed past Lima Dam 4-1 following a hat-trick by Anthony Sancho with support from Donald McKenzie. Uitvlugt then humiliated Haslington 5-1 on the back of Trayon Bobb’s 4 successes with the other goal coming off the boot of Cordell Mars. Jamal Harvey was Haslington’s scorer, from the penalty spot.
The Victoria/Pouderoyen quarter final affair ended in a goalless stalemate and necessitated penalties to separate the teams. In the end the latter team prevailed 3-2 to seal off a semi-final place. The other semi-final slot was also determined on penalty kicks after Den Amstel and Mahaica Determinaters played to a nil all stalemate during regulation and Den Amstel prevailed 2-1.
Kitty’s luck ran out when it faced Pouderoyen in their semi-finals match after a rampaging Sancho was kept in check and Marvin Josiah and Dextroy Adams exploiting the opposition’s defence with one goal apiece.
The Uitvlugt/Den Amstel semi-final affair was also keenly contested and regulation time was characterized by near misses and obvious blunders to the extent that no team managed to score during regulation time and once again the match was decided on the penalty line where Uitvlugt prevailed 1-0.
The final between Uitvlugt and Pouderoyen was a gem as both teams fought ferociously to take the initiative and the smattering of spectators was treated to a delightful display of skill and guts. Both teams also squandered great opportunities and when the final whistle sounded the score was nil all and necessitated a penalty shootout. Uitvlugt sunk their first two efforts, while Pouderoyen was successful in the first but botched the second. The organizers enjoyed the patronage of several business entities including Banks DIH Ltd, Massy, Beepat and Sons, CBR Mining, MACORP, Guyana Beverage, home of Busta soft drinks, Aruwai Mining, IPA, Muneshwar’s, E Networks, CIDI, BEV Processors, EC Vieira and Cummings Electrical.
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