Sixteen teams in Berbice to battle including Metro Females
By Franklin Wilson
Sixteen cricket teams in the Ancient County of Berbice would face off in the historic Guyana Water Inc. sponsored ‘Water is Life’ Under-17 50-overs knock-out tournament organised by the indefatigable Hilbert Foster
and the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club M.S (RHTY&SC).
The tournament which is a first for the Dr. Van West Charles (Managing Director) led GWI in terms of sports sponsorship, was yesterday launched jointly by Foster, Secretary/CEO of the RHTY&SC and GWI’s Gale Doris, Director of Human Resources, Management and Development.
In her remarks, Ms. Doris said that her company was very pleased to be a partner with the RHTY&SC in this venture that would see youths being the main benefactors. She was quick to point out that she was very aware that the club, which she has been following over the years, has been involved in a number of sports activities.
”I am particularly happy to hear you are promoting women or females, it’s always good to know that. What I’m hoping is that you would also encourage these youngsters to have a balance between education and their sports life because lots of times we find some of these sports personnel are not pursuing their education the way they should.”
Foster, who promised that the tournament would be well organised and promoted with all the objectives being met, thanked Ms Doris, Dr. Van West Charles and Public Relations Officer Leanna Bradshaw for their efforts in making the competition a reality, related that the decision by the company to become a partner with them took less than 10 minutes.
He said that for players to be eligible they must be born on or after September 1st, 2000. The winning team would receive $40,000 and a trophy. The runner-up team and man-of-the-finals would be rewarded with trophies and cash.
The nation’s lone female team, Metro Females would be playing in the competition and would be the only team allowed to feature players above the September 1st, 2000 cut off as the organisers seek to ensure their on-field development given the fact that no female competitions are played in Guyana.
Among the other teams confirmed are Bush Lot United, Young Achievers, Blairmont, Young Warriors, Rose Hall Town Pepsi ‘A’ and ‘B’, No. 73, Skeldon and Tucber Park among others.
Foster also informed that officials of the sponsor would grace the semi-finals and final with their presence they would share information on the work of the entity and the topic, ‘Water is Life’. GWI Inc. has also committed to donating one cartoon of trophies towards the club’s 2017 list of activities which include a number of sporting and educational competitions for youths in the Ancient County.
He said that there would be a zero tolerance on any club being indisciplined and any club found guilty of playing an over age player would be penalised by being disqualified from the competition.
The outspoken Foster stated that it is the hope of the club that the “Sickening Problems” of the Berbice Cricket Board are resolved speedily. He committed the club in picking up the mantle that has been put down by the Berbice Cricket Board due to its inactivity by organising at least 20 cricket competitions that would benefit players at the Primary and Secondary Schools levels.
These would see players at the Under13, 15, 17, 19, female, second and first division levels also cashing in towards their development. Foster noted that when his club was formed back in 1990, over 120 clubs were active at the second division level with as many as 60 competing at the junior levels.
He challenged that it would be difficult to find 40 second division clubs and for that matter, 20, which are competing at the junior level.
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