The Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO), the youth arm of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic, will soon bowl off an inaugural male and female 10-over
Let’s play! Members of the PYO display the massive trophies that will be up for grabs at the upcoming competition (Photo: Carl Croker)
tapeball competition in memory of the late political activist and historian, Dr Walter Rodney.
The male aspect will feature approximately 36 teams battling in a four-round competition, starting with a regional playoff followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. The female version will involve four teams and will be run alongside the male tournament.
Action in what is being called the “PYO Championship League” will bowl off on June 29 and conclude with the male and female finals on September 1 at the Guyana National Stadium Parking Lot, Providence, East Bank Demerara.
Six teams from six districts/regions will compete in the playoffs of the male competition. The Region Four “A” (East Bank Demerara) zone will start on June 29, while the Region Four B (East Coast Demerara) zone will commence on July 14.
Action in Regions Two, Three and Five will also bowl off on July 14, while the Region Six zone will get underway on June 30.
On the distaff side, one team each from Regions Two, Three, Four and Five and Six combined will begin battle on August 21.
The teams for both aspects of the competition have been drawn from the PYO and other youth groups across the various regions.
The winner of each district/region will be presented with a branded PYO cricket bat, compliments of the PYO National Steering Committee. The overall champions of the two categories will be presented with the coveted Walter Rodney Cup.
In giving a basic overview of the tournament, the PYO said it is built on the foundation of the immortal ideologies/concepts of former great leaders of Guyana, including the late Rodney, hence the tournament being named in his honour.
“Of the many Guyanese heroes, our organisation still to date preaches the ideals of Dr Walter Rodney as we recruit youths of all classes, colours and creeds into our prestigious 61-year-old organisation. In memory of this great individual our organisation’s sports committee thought it best to host a national cricket competition titled the ‘PYO Championship League: In memory of Dr Walter Rodney’ where PYO teams from across the regions will vie for the coveted Walter Rodney Cup,” a PYO statement read.