With the second edition of the Guinness Cage Street-ball Championships set to commence tonight at the Haslington Tarmac, the Gaming Authority became the latest entity to throw its support behind the competition.
In a simple ceremony that was conducted at the entity’s South Road location on Monday, Towana Whinfield, Compliance Officer attached to the Authority, presented a cheque for an undisclosed sum to Three Peat Promotions’ Rawle Welch to aid in the successful staging of the tournament.
Welch, in his remarks, thanked the authority for its timely support, adding that their contribution cannot be undervalued during the current climate when they are initiatives to unite and foster cohesion among the communities.
He expressed gratitude to the organization, declaring that the entity’s support highlights their commitment to social cohesion and sport development at the community level.
According to an official release from the coordinators, “With the growing need to build cohesion among our communities and to foster better understanding among its residents, the Three Peat Promotions / Guinness Cage Competition dubbed ‘East Coast Best versus the Rest’ is expected to provide the platform to achieve those goals.”
The correspondence added, “In order to accomplish those objectives, Sport has been earmarked as one of the vehicles to do so and members of the corporate community is leading the way through their support to the initiative.”
The five day competition kicks off tonight with 12 matches at the Haslington Market Tarmac from 19:00hrs.
Some 24 teams selected from the East Coast of Demerara and Georgetown will square off for prize monies in excess of $600,000 including trophies and individual prizes for outstanding performers.
The teams will be divided into six groups of four teams, with the top two teams from each group along with the four best third place finishers advancing to the knockout round. Each match will be 14 minutes in duration.
The other scheduled playing days are: August 11th, 18th, 25th, with the grand finale slated for September 1st. Below features the fixtures for the opening night and the group assignments.
Among the other entities who have pledged their support are: Banks DIH under its Guinness and Power Wine brands, Clark’s footwear giants Chetsons, E-Networks Inc., KSM Investments, Yhip’s Bakery, Brass Aluminum & Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF), Ray’s Auto Sales, Y.K. Investments, Trophy Stall, Express Shipping, Woodpecker Products, National Sports Commission, ‘C’ Division of the Guyana Police Force, Jai Signs & Auto Designs, Julius Variety Store and C & C Prestigious Styles.
Day-1 Fixtures-Haslington Tarmac-August 8th.
BV-A vs Hustlers-19:00hrs
Belfield vs Melanie-B-19:20hrs
Leopold Street vs Avocado Ballers-19:40hrs
Paradise vs Broad Street-20:00hrs
Melanie-A vs Victoria Eagles-20:20hrs
Albouystown vs North East La Penitence-20:40hrs
Victoria Church Yard vs Tigerbay-21:00hrs
BV-B vs Buxton Diamond-21:20hrs
Plaisance-A vs Back Circle-21:40hrs
Uprising vs Vryheid’s Lust-22:00hrs
Sparta Boss vs Buxton-B-22:20hrs
Haslington Hypers vs Alexander Village-22:40hrs