With the Georgetown and West Demerara zones completed, lovers of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Competition have now set their sights on the East Coast Demerara leg to commence on March 28, at the Haslington Tarmac.
The three-day event will see 16 teams compete for prize monies and a place in the national playoffs and according to the Organisers, the response by teams have been great.
“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from teams desirous of entering the competition, some for the very first time and once again we are faced with a dilemma due to the growing interest in the Guinness brand,” a member of the co-ordinating committee stated.
He said Melanie ‘B’, who is the defending champion, will no doubt be hard-pressed to retain its crown with the intense preparations that teams are undergoing presently, but assured that the quality of play will be much improved than last year.
“Teams have seen the quality of play in the other two completed zones and they know that they have no other option than to come better prepared, especially with a spot in the national playoffs up for grabs along with the large prize money that will be on offer,” the official said.
He added that the date for the playoffs will be known shortly, pointing out that just around six teams will be vying for the remaining spots to join the ten automatic qualifiers who will be announced shortly.
Among the teams listed to compete are: BV-B, Melanie-A, Melanie-B, Plaisance-B, Buxton Diamond, Belfield Warriors, Turkeyen Champs, BV-A, Paradise, Plaisance-A, Haslington North and Victoria Church Yard United.
In last year’s final Melanie-B defeated Plaisance –B 1-0, while Buxton Diamond finished third following a similar margin of victory over BV-B.
Meanwhile, the other scheduled playing days are Saturday, March 31 and Easter Monday, April 2, at the same venue.
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