-Digicel excited by the prospect of a rivetting finale
By Rawle Welch
After almost seven weeks of competition among 160 plus schools, Sunday will mark the end of the road when the final of this year’s Digicel Schools Football Championship is played, at the National Stadium, Providence.
It will be a repeat of last year’s championship game when four-time champions Christianburg / Wismar took on Chase Academic Foundation in the final which was won by the former in what was described as a pulsating encounter that went right down to the wire.
Yesterday, during a press briefing at the Company’s Head Office in Kingston representatives of the two finalists, Delon Peters of Christianburg / Wismar Secondary and Henry Chase of Chase Academic Foundation expressed confidence of their respective institutions winning the title.
Peters in his remarks said in terms of expectations, he expects nothing but the best and this is to win the championship for a fifth consecutive time.
“The players are all enthused and excited to be in the final, we’ve seen how emotional they are and this is because they’ve had to withstand all that has been thrown at them and here they are in the championship game,” Peters said.
Chase in his reply, exuded extreme confidence, pointing to earlier performances as evidence to support that position.
“We are very confident, we’ve looked at every game we’ve played this year and we’re satisfied with our performances,” Chase stated.
He said their toughest opponent to date was Annai Secondary and they prevailed, adding that they’ve watched Christianburg / Wismar dominate the competition for years, but felt that the other schools are catching up due to their willingness to invest in their preparations.
Also present at the occasion were Captains Kishawn Dey of Christianburg / Wismar and Jeremy Garrett of Chase Academic Foundation, who both offered their opinions on the game.
Dey said he is hoping that both teams come out on Sunday and play strong and give the fans a good game, while Garrett in his response admitted that the game will not be an easy one and pointed to the opposition’s dominance over the past five years as ample testimony to his contention.
Head of Customer care Sherwyn Osborne said as a representative of the Company they are satisfied with the manner in which the championship has been run this year, which according to him, has produced some exciting matches and unearthed a wealth of talent among the young footballers.
He was quick to point out that as a Company they’ve acted on the promise to ensure that all ten regions across Guyana host games, adding that they are also heartened by the response of the various communities.
He closed by saying that they are excited to see the two teams’ battle once again this year and expects a rivetting finale.
Lavern Fraser, who is the Co-ordinator of the tournament, first extended thanks to all the schools and co-ordinators for their support once again this year, informing that without their hard work the success of the event might not have been possible.
She added that this year there has been significant improvement in the level of play and lauded the respective schools for the tremendous effort they put forward in getting their players ready to compete.
“We are now seeing most schools retain coaches to assist in their preparations and this to me is a very encouraging development,” Fraser mentioned.
She said that this year has also seen a reduction in breaches of the rules, but cautioned that even though this is a good sign, for the next edition even more attention will be paid to detect and possibly penalise those in contravention of the rules that govern the championship.
Events & Sponsorship manager Luanna Abrams introduced the teams representatives at the start of the briefing and wished both teams well for the final.
The winning team will receive $1million, 2nd place $700,000, 3rd place $450,000 and 4th place $300,000 and trophies.
All the prizes will go towards a project (s) to benefit the respective institutions.
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