-Sparta, Back Circle showdown too close to call
By Rawle Welch
Despite not performing at their clinical best so far, reigning champions Sparta Boss have managed to stay on course in defence of their Georgetown Zone Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ title.
They face inaugural champions Back Circle in one of two semi-finals tonight at the National Cultural Centre Tarmac and the overwhelming prediction points to an enthralling battle for a place in the final.
In the other semi-final, Broad Street Bullies irrefutably the in-form team of the tournament go up against Tucville and this too promises to be a sizzler.
However, all eyes will be on the Sparta Boss and Back Circe encounter since this is a clash of current and former champions and both teams have looked patchy throughout the tournament, but everyone knows the value of experience when it comes to this stage of competitions.
These two teams are not short on such and judging from past performances in this tournament, this very component is expected to play a great role in each team’s quest for a place in the final.
The current title holders who’re also the national champions have played without two key players in Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson and Devon Millington throughout the competition and their noticeable absence have taken away the attacking potency of the team.
New players have stepped up and played their part, but the inspirational Sheldon ‘Saddle’ Shepherd still is the main cog at both ends of the court.
King Solomon Austin, Courtney Britton and Denis Edwards have lent solid support and are in goal-scoring form, a trait that their loyal fans are hoping continues.
On the other hand, Back Circle will no doubt be looking to Captain Andy Duke for leadership and goals, while Jermin Beckles, Job Caesar and Sylvester Richardson to orchestrate a win.
In the other game, many may be tempted to install Broad Street Bullies as clear favourites to progress due to the unbelievable form they are in, but at this stage of a tournament, underdogs feel that they have nothing to lose and play with a lot of determination.
Broad Street Bullies have shown to date that they possess plenty of firepower with the Gravesande brothers Jimmy and Rocky still pivotal in their success.
However, players such as Lennox Cort, Devon Johnson, Darren Benjamin and Kevin Cummings have already shown that the team is not a two-man show, but loaded with talent.
This is the best they’ve played for a while and it would come as no surprise if they make it all the way.
Tucville on the other hand have reached this stage relatively unnoticed, but must be oozing confidence after their impressive quarter-final triumph over a strong Leopold Street lineup and that result could serve as an impetus for an even better showing come tonight.
Leon Richardson and Denis Edwards were the heroes in that encounter and their band of supporters will be eager to see them duplicate that performance.
As always, a packed house is anticipated and the matchups are a guarantee that nothing will be different.
Also on board as a sponsor is Colours Boutique.
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