The Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship will invade the community of Bartica tomorrow, when the 3rd edition of the Street Football Competition commences at the Bartica Community Centre ground.
The zone will feature 16 teams battling for the coveted title and a place in the grand finale on June 16th. The opening night features elimination matches, with the respective winners advancing to the group stage pegged for June 15th.
The two finishers from the two groups will progress to the semi-final round. The subsequent winners will then progress to the final, with the losers facing off in the third place playoff.
Similarly, the four teams that fail to make the semi-final stage will battle in the Guinness Plate Championship. This will be played on the final night.
The eight teams that have earned berths to the opening night are defending champion Disconnection Crew, Goal Raiders, Almanac Kings, former champion Rivers View, Jones Avenue, Falmouth, Potaro Strikers and Mighty Ruler.
According to coordinator Alden Marslowe, “All systems are in place for a wonderful tournament, the teams have really caught on with the street football and everyone has really gotten into it. This is the third year and we have seen tremendous growth. We have had three privately run street football tournaments earlier and the teams are definitely catching onto the format.”
He further disclosed that the tournament has witnessed a record number of entries which supports the belief that the tournament is growing in popularity and overall interest.
“We have had more teams enter than previous editions especially from the outline communities which is great for the event. The anticipation is there from the public, Bartica is a football community and I expect another great tournament with quality action,” he added.
Similarly, Lee Baptiste, Guinness Brand Executive stated that everything is geared and ready for another great ‘edition’ to the phenomenon that is the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship.
He further noted that he anticipates three nights of exciting action as team’s battle for bragging rights and the chance to represent their zone at the coveted National Championship.
The winner of the championship will pocket $400,000 and the winner’s trophy. They will also earn the right to represent the zone at the National Championship.
On the other hand, the runner up will collect $150,000 and a trophy. Meanwhile, the third and fourth place finisher will walk away with$100,000 and $75,000 respectively and the corresponding accolade. Winner of the Guinness Plate Championship will receive $60,000.
Up to press time, several playoff round matches were underway. The other major sponsor of the event is Colours Boutique.
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