The GFA-Banks DIH grand football final was nothing but spectacular

Dear Editor,

I would like to commend the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) and Banks DIH for running off another tremendously successful end-of-year football competition. Together they ran with this competition for a second year, tackling numerous challenges and scoring big with a grand final that will be on the lips of many Guyanese throughout many months of 2013. As promised, the competition was bigger and better that the inaugural one, with a winner-take-all $4M first prize, adding considerable motivation for players and clubs to perform at their best.

The grand final held on January 1, 2013, was nothing but spectacular. And the football loving public showed their appreciation for the work of the GFA and Banks DIH, by turning out in their thousands to support this relatively new and innovative competition.

With a ground already filled to capacity by the time Northern Rangers displaced GDF 3-1, the match of the night between Sunburst Campton FC and Riddim Squad was to begin before tens of thousands of football loving fans.

I took a glance outside the pavilion during the half-time break of the final match and was moved by the mere sight of the crowd on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, all the way to North Road and spilling into Robb Street waiting to enter. I am not sure what the scene was at the other entrances, but when the organizers decided to open the gates retraining thousands from coming on the field under the pavilion, the stream of patrons seemed to be never ending. By the time of the final whistle of the final match, Sunburst Campton FC emerged dominant winners of the 2012 Banks Beer/GFA Knockout Competition brushing aside Riddim Squad 2 -0.

With the games concluded and the party commencing, the entire field was quickly engulfed with patrons. Guy-anese really turned out in their numbers to celebrate Guyanese football and to celebrate Banks.

A hard-working Mingles Sound Machine tried its best to set the mood for Beenie Man. But it seemed clear that patrons were already in the mood for ‘The Doctor,’ and were just biding their time for Mingles to leave the stage. And then he came on. Belting out a superb mix of old and new school tunes, Beenie Man rocked the crowd in a manner only he could, impressively showcasing all the majesty reminiscent of the ‘King of Dancehall.’

The support shown to Banks DIH and the GFA is clearly highlighting a fact that perhaps the final is beginning to outgrow the GCC venue.

There were a few low points of the evening that threatened the ability of many patrons to enjoy the proceedings. The throwing of very loud fire crackers onto the field by very misguided individuals disturbed the senses of many who came to enjoy the matches. At one point, a Sunburst Campton striker missed a very easy goal only to be further distracted by a loud firecracker thrown at the goal.

Perhaps searches need to be thoroughly conducted the next time and all firecrackers seized. Throwing firecrackers onto the field during play is not funny, safe, or sensible.

Two other things of notable mention seem to be endemic at entertainment events throughout Guyana. Bar service was extremely poor and at best inadequate in dealing with the massive crowds, thirsty and out to drink and party. The other issue of note was the poor sound quality. One easily got the impression that the after party concert was only for the patrons directly in front the stage. Much sound was lost to the wind and the density of people on the field.

Surround sound forms the basis for modern effective sound management at events regardless of their magnitude. The piling of speakers in front of a stage is simply not good enough.

Speakers need to be strategically placed within a venue so as to ensure patrons are afforded the best sound quality possible. This ensures that all will be able to enjoy the entertainment of which they are a part. I sincerely hope that as evaluations are conducted, these issues can be properly addressed for more improved event hosting.

The GFA and Banks DIH have done well again! May this strategic partnership continue to bear more successes for football in Guyana. I urge Guyanese to continue celebrating Banks and Guyanese football.

Yours faithfully,
Richard Francois


Chronicle article libelled Clifton Bacchus and damaged his business

Dear Editor, I act on behalf of Clifton Bacchus, personally, and in his capacity as the majority shareholder of Sleepin International Hotel& Casino Inc of Lot 289 Church Street, Queenstown, Georgetown.

Two NWD cases should be re-investigated

Dear Editor, The Amerindian Action Movement of Guyana (TAAMOG) is calling on the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Director of Public Prosecution to order a re-investigation into the death of two Amerindian children killed as a result of a speedboat accident, where the occupants failed to render assistance to the Basil Da Silva family on 26th August, 2016 on the Waini River, about two miles from Morawhanna.

It was earlier proposed that UG have smoke zones as well as smoke free ones

Dear Editor, Some years ago when I served as the Secretary of UGSS, the then Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy held the position that the University of Guyana should be made a smoke free zone.

There is a difference between employees of the state and employees of the government

Dear Editor, Having read Maxwell E Edwards’ response to Chevy Devonish addressing the issue whether the President has the authority to direct the Police Service Commission not to act on the list which forms the recommendation for promotions in the Police Force, there arise issues for further deliberation.

Unauthorised group soliciting donations for Belle Vue Sports Club

Dear Editor, Belle Vue Sports Club has been made to understand that another group of people is using the club’s name to solicit donations (monetary and other forms) both in person and on social media.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now