Jul 27, 2018 Sports
The Pouderoyen Tarmac will come alive tonight, when the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ National Championship, kicks-off. The street event which is expected to last for three days will be contested in an initial group stage. Each team will play two games in the group round, with the resulting group winner advancing to the semi-final round.
A win during normal time will translate to three points, while a win on penalty kicks equates to two points. If teams are tied on points, goal differential will be utilized as the first tie breaker. If that is equal, the head to head record between the teams will be used once the teams would have played each other. If not, goals scored will be utilized followed by goals against.
Each match will be of 20 minutes duration, with two periods of 10 minutes. If a winner is not decided within the aforesaid regulation time, kicks from the penalty mark will be utilized to decide the victor. In the opening fixture at 19:00hrs, West Side Ballers oppose Silver Bullets, while ESPN match skills with Disconnection in the second matchup from 19:30hrs.
The third contest will pit Leopold Street against Dave & Celina’s from 20:00hrs, while Showstoppers engage Swag Entertainment in the fourth affair at 20:30hrs. In the fifth matchup, ESPN battle West Side Ballers from 21:30hrs, while Silver Bullets tackle Disconnection Crew in the sixth showdown at 22:00hrs.
In the final two matches, Swag Entertainment battles Dave & Celina’s from 22:30hrs, while Showstoppers lock horns with Leopold Street from 23:00hrs. The first of three night will set the tone for the tournament, as fans will witness the best teams from the respective zones battling for the most coveted title in street-ball.
The tournament will then move to the Haslington Tarmac, East Coast Demerara, for the second night of action on August 1st. The fixtures for those matches will be released shortly. The grand finale of the tournament will be staged at the National Stadium, Providence. According to the tournament coordinator Travis Best, “The tournament is expected to be highly competitive, with an outright favourite unable to be selected due to the competitive nature of all the competing teams.”
The coordinator further said, “The expectation is that highly competitive football will be show and that the large fan base which is expected to descend on the venue with be treated to quality football on the night.”
Fixtures for the opening night:
West Side Ballers vs Silver Bullets 19:00hrs
ESPN vs Disconnection Crew 19:30hrs
Leopold Street vs Dave & Celena’s All-Stars 20:00hrs
Showstoppers vs Swag Entertainment 20:30hrs
ESPN vs West Side Ballers 21:30hrs
Silver Bullets vs Disconnection Crew 22:00hrs
Swag Entertainment vs Dave & Celena’s 22:30hrs
Showstoppers vs Leopold Street 23:00hrs
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