By Edison Jefford
The kingdom of one of Linden’s enduring and dominant basketball clubs, Victory Valley Royals, which
would be to ultimately win the National Championships, awaits with the optimism that the team will be at full strength in three weeks when the event begins.
The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) National Club Championship: The Road to Mecca III: The Jubilee Edition is expected to bounce off on March 4 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall featuring the top 16 first division clubs in the country.
Royals’ Coach, Christopher Pollydore, told Kaieteur Sport yesterday that most of the team’s five starters are currently on work assignments that prohibit consistent practice, but nevertheless they are working out a system to have the team at full strength.
“Well the guys are following what is going on so that they can be ready; we’re trying to have our team with everybody for Mecca; once we have all these guys together before, nobody cannot beat Royals,” Pollydore believes, adding their intention is to perform well.
Those players include national shooting guard, Chris Williams, who represented Guyana at the Caribbean Championships last year in the BVI; forward, Orlando Glasgow, Lawrence De Costa and guard, Alwyn Rodney.
Pollydore is contending that once he has those players in his fold among some experience that he will import,
Royals will be difficult to overcome. He said that Royals has the depth to battle with any of the top teams in the tournament.
According to him, once all work according to plan, Royals will go deep in the tournament, which will justify his belief that the club can compete with the top units in Guyana; “once we avoid any of the top four clubs in the first round, we will be good to go,” he said.
In that regard, the Coach indicated that it is important that he sees the schedule of games early so that he can prepare his team. He added that it will help his players to personally plan as well. He admits that his challenge is practice time owed to rain in Linden.
“It is raining every morning now, and we practice on Saturday mornings. As you know we don’t have an indoor facility in Linden,” he said, adding that his team is taking the national tournament very seriously and as such they would like to be at their optimum.
This newspaper has also learnt that Royals have added forward, Trevor Profitt to its roster for the upcoming Mecca sojourn. Victory Valley Royals, based on the western side of the Demerara River that divides Linden, is ranked among the top eight clubs in Guyana.
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