Battle for Guinness Greatest of the Streets main draw commences Friday

Flashback: Crunching Challenge- Broad Street Bullies Rocky Gravesande (2nd from right) thwarting a Howes Street-A offensive move with a hard tackle at the Demerara Park in Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Georgetown Zone

The opening night of the Playoff Round of the 2017 Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Football Championships will kick-off Friday at 18:00hrs at the Meadowbrook Gardens Tarmac with 21 matches.

The elimination matches are expected to be played over a two-day period with more than 40 teams battling for 16 positions.

Each match will be eight minutes in duration. The deadline date of the submission of registration forms is tomorrow [Thursday].

According to a release from the coordinators, “Due to the overwhelming response by teams from various parts of the Georgetown environ and the organizers request to include as many communities as possible. This year’s entries have surpassed previous years.

“It therefore means that even at the playoff stage the excitement has started and it is anticipated that a large turnout will converge at the Meadow Brook facility to witness and possibly urge on teams from their respective communities.”

“Also of interest is who will join the 16 automatic qualifiers to make up the required 32 teams to contest the tournament which commences on November 22, at California Square in East Ruimveldt. Teams are being urged to adhere to the request of the organizers and coordinating group so that the group draws could be made early”, the document concluded.

Winner of the overall event will walk-away with $500,000 and the championship trophy along with automatic qualification for the National Playoffs. The runner-up, third and fourth placed finishers will receive $250,000, $200,000 and $100,000 respectively.

Forms can be uplifted from Banks DIH Limited ‘Caesar’s Palace’ Durban Street location or Referee Coordinator Wayne Griffith on 697-7777 or Three Peat Promotions Rawle Welch on 688-1776 and Duncan Saul at Stabroek News.

Failure to submit registration forms by the stipulated time will result in teams being unable to participate.