The Haslington Tarmac will come alive this morning when the playoff round in the 6th Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ East Coast Demerara zone, commences from 8:00am.
Currently 12 teams have secured automatic berths to the main tournament, which stars on Wednesday. They are Champion Melanie-B, 2014 winner Melanie-A, Plaisance-B, 2013 winner Plaisance-A, 2015 champ BV-A, 2016 winner BV-B, Buxton Diamond, Buxton, Victoria Church Yard, Haslington Hypers, Belfield Warriors and Paradise-A.
Young Stars tackles Vryheid Lust from 8:00am, while Golden Grove South oppose Belfield Stars at 8:15am and Victoria Hardball match skills Uprising from 8:30am.
The fourth contest pits Paradise-B against Police-A at 08:45am, while Golden City take aim at Police-B from 09:00am and Mahaica Determinators faceoff with Bad-A-Road at 9:15am.
In the final playoff match of the first round, Mahaica Guinness Bar will tackle Young Jiggers at 09:30hrs. The respective winners advances to the second round of qualifiers.
Each game will be played for a period of eight minutes. The official tournament, which lasts for the duration of three days, will commence on Wednesday at the same venue.
The second night will be staged on Saturday with the grand finale slated for April 2nd.
Winner of the competition will pocket $400,000 and the championship trophy. They will also earn an automatic berth to the National Championship.
In last year’s final, Melanie-B defeated Plaisance–B 1-0, while Buxton Diamond finished third following an identical scoreline over BV-B.
On the other hand, the second, third and fourth place finishers will receive $150,000, $100,000 and $75,000 respectively and the corresponding accolade.
Meanwhile, Guinness Plate Championship also be staged, with the winner walking away with $50,000.