Amid much anticipation and excitement, the inaugural Dragon Stout Street-ball ‘Community Cup’ was officially launched yesterday at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue.
The three day elimination tournament which is slated to commence on December 17th, will be contested utilizing an elimination format. The second playing date will be December 19th, with the semi-final and grand finale pegged for December 28th.
16 teams will contest the opening night, with the resulting eight winners advancing to the quarterfinal round. Upon the conclusion of the final eight section, the semi-final and final will occur on the final night of proceedings.
Dragon Stout Brand Manager Jamal Baird stated that the selection of the teams from the various communities and regions gives the tournament national flavour, adding, “It is the start of an exciting project which has the capacity to become a staple of the local street-ball and community landscape and attract a mass following. It’s an exciting opportunity for the brand to establish and foster a relationship with the respective communities through the common denominator of sport.”
He further stated, “Presently systems and structures are being fine-tuned to ensure a memorable event that will leave a lasting impression in the minds of the spectators and more importantly the players. There is a buzz within the respective communities about the tournament which bodes well for its success as players are excited to compete. I am excited for the tournament and the festivities to commence.”
Director of Sports Christopher Jones commended the work being undertaken by Ansa McAl under its Dragon Stout brand in staging the tournament, adding that the NSC will always support such projects which are important in the development of sport and social cohesion amongst the communities.
He added that initiatives such as this provides the platform for players to showcase and develop their respective talents, adding, “I want to wish all the teams the best of luck and may the best team win.”
Meanwhile, Back Circle Captain Selwyn Williams and Rio All-Stars coach Troy Lambert exuded their respective confidence in the ability of their charges to secure the championship.
Winner of the tournament will pocket $300,000 and the championship trophy. On the other hand, the runner-up will collect $150,000. Meanwhile, the third and fourth place finisher will receive $75,000 and $50,000 respectively and the corresponding accolade.
Below features the complete list of fixtures for the event:
Dragon Stout Complete Fixtures
Day-1-Round of 16-Dec 17th
(1)Sparta vs Showstoppers
(2)Future Stars vs Albouystown
(3)Gold is Money vs Mocha
(4)Leopold St vs Ansa All-Stars
(1)Bent Street vs Broad St
(2)Sophia vs North East La Penitence
(3)Back Circle vs Festival City
(4)Rio All-Stars vs Alex. Village
Day-2 Quarterfinals-Dec 19th
(5)-Winner (1) vs Winner (2)
(6)-Winner (3) vs Winner (4)
(7)-Winner (1) vs Winner (2)
(8)-Winner (3) vs Winner (4)
Day-3 Semifinals and Final-Dec 28th
(9)-Winner (5) vs Winner (6)
(10)-Winner (7) vs Winner (8)
Loser (9) vs Loser (10)
Winner (9) vs Winner (10)
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