March 11, 2014 By
March 11, 2014 By
Road to Mecca…
By Treiston Joseph
With Ravens up by one and the clock on 36 seconds, Ryan Stephney came down the court, called an isolation play, used his hesitation dribble followed by a left cross, drove the lane and scored over traffic to the resounding applause of a packed Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Sunday evening to help the Ravens defeat the Pacesetters 61-58 in the Road to Mecca National Club Championships.
The game started with both teams swishing threes to start the competitive game in front of one of the best crowds in a while.
As usual, the Ravens were active on the glass and received numerous second chance opportunities which helped them run out to a seven-point lead at the end of the first.
Three-point bomber for the Pacesetters Stephon Gillis, in the second quarter unleashed a barrage of threes to erase the seven point deficit and head into the half time break with just one point ahead of the Ravens with score on 41-40.
After the halftime break, Ravens settled into their offense, as they looked to pass for the open shots, while Gillis started to go cold from the arc, but continued to fire away, while the guards of the Pacesetters found it hard to penetrate the 3-2 zone defense of the Ravens.
However, with the score on 57-55 in favour of the Ravens in the final two minutes and both teams cranking up the defense, Gillis hit a clutch three to send his team one point ahead with a minute left to play.
Stephney then took over the game driving the ball down the middle to score before retrieving a crucial turnover from the pacesetters to drive the ball again and score against two defenders that left 11 seconds on the clock.
Gills in the dying moments out of a time out threw a heave at the basket that missed, giving the Ravens the crucial win.
Stephney ended with 25 points while Akeem ‘The Dream’ Kanhai contributed 12 points in the thriller of a game. Gillis ended with 23 points for the Pacesetters while Travis Burnett dropped 10 points as well in the losing effort.
Meanwhile, the Retrieve Raiders pulled off a 57-55 thriller of a game against the Kashif and Shanghai Kings to move to the semi-final round.
Dwayne ‘Brown Suga’ Roberts and Keon Cameron combined for 41 of the team’s 57 points in the game.
Roberts inside tactic was the crucial factor in the game, as he dominated the post with 21 points, while grabbing 20 rebounds for a double-double.
Omally Sampson had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Orin Rose dropped 14 and Steve Neils Jr 10 in the loss.
Amelia’s Ward Jets dominated the Victory Valley Royals in a 67-56 win to move forward to the semi-final.
Shane Webster went off in the post, dropping 22 points and collecting 15 rebounds in his double-double performance to see that his team qualifies. Emmanuel Archibald chipped in with 14 points, while Rodwell Pellew had 11 points.
Harold Adams scored a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Ron Beckles also had a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
The Bounty Colts was the fourth team to make the semis, as they routed the Pepsi Sonics 65-51 for their second win of the tournament.
Dave Causway was the high point man for the Colts with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Shelroy Thomas had 16 points and seven rebounds.
Guard Jason Squires had an all-round game for the Sonics with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Trevor Smith was the team’s leading scorer with 17 points.
March 11, 2014 By
Treacle chalked up another victory in a feature race, this time before a packed Rising Sun Turf Club (RSTC) on Sunday.
Ridden by Randolph Richmond, the animal out of the Dookhie’s Stable was in exceptional form, toying with its rivals before beating them handsomely in the C and Lower event.
The race saw ten animals leaving the gate in an even break and as they approached the first turn, the lead was rapidly changing.
However, it was Treacle that had the final say, as it pulled away from its rivals as the animals were approaching the final turn.
Coming into the homestretch, jockey Richmond (only name given) showing his brilliance in the stirrups, decided to let the animal go, giving it full rein to win with easily by about three lengths. The win was worth $1 million dollars and the Banks DIH Trophy.
Country Armagh finished a distant second place, with Swing Easy and California Strike rounding out the top four.
The Dookhie’s Stable was in winners’ row again, with Easy to Win racing to pole position in the I Class race ahead of Marian.
The Jumbo Jet Stables took top honours with three wins and other top placings in the seven-event meet.
The Stable won the Four-year-old race for West Indies Maiden and Guyana bred horses as well as the F Class and G3 and Lower races. The winning animals for the three respective races were Princess Alicia, Appealing Harvest and Rosetta.
Unsettled and the De Gump won the Three-year-old race for West Indies and Guyana bred horses and the J and Lower race respectively.
The Jumbo Jet Stable won the champion stable accolade, while jockey Colin Ross won the champion jokey award.
Horse racing action continues this Sunday with the Kennard Memorial Turf Club’s (KMTC) annual Phagwah horse race meet.
March 11, 2014 By
South New Amsterdam Teachers gave their counterparts from the North a trashing and a lesson in counting when they whipped them 6-1 in the feature game of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) triple-header Saturday night at the All Saints Primary School.
Playing under lights, North New Amsterdam started the game with great aggression, but were soon tamed and for most of the first half the teams shared possession equally.
However, former Berbice player Colin Bowery made good use of a pass that went across the goal midway in the first half.
When the half time whistle came, the score line was the same and the match seemed wide open.
On the resumption Rocky Hutson found himself in the right position to receive a pass from Bowery and made no mistake.
Although limping with a groin injury, the Tutorial Academy teacher continued on the field and netted twice more before Graham Thomas found the back of the net.
Not satisfied with his lone goal, Bowery scored again to make in 6-0. With some injury time granted to the players, Micah Erskine pulled one back for North.
Earlier, the female students played to a 2-1 game in favour of North New Amsterdam.
The North New Amsterdam girls made it almost impossible for South to score with solid defense from the likes of Taniean McWatt (Berbice High School [BHS]), Nerissa Grant (Berbice Educational Institute [BEI]), Sodia Smart (BHS) and Roshell Miller (BHS).
Together with the fast running striker in team captain Taniean Savory (BHS), North took the lead. However Shantia LeCock, who utilized her speed to play at every available part of the field, ensured that the score line was level at the halfway stage of the game.
In the second half, the rivalry continued and South seemed to be better able to get past the defense, but still could not change the score line.
In an effort to strengthen their defense, South replaced goalkeeper Abigail Walker, with National School’s triple jump record holder Daniela Joe – a move that could have cost them the game.
Marsha Narsaiah, playing just off the centre line, fired at a rolling ball and sent it straight to the goal, but by the time the ball reached the goalkeeper it was moving at a snail’s paste.
To the surprise of all, the goalkeeper missed it and Narsaiah scored her first goal at the inter-school level.
The boys game was played at a fast paste and seemed a mismatch, as some of the players from New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI), representing North, were at least 18 inches taller than their counterparts from the South. One spectator asked whether there was an age limit for the players.
But the disadvantage did not dampen the spirits of the boys from the South. In fact they embarrassed the taller guys and made one-on-one plays.
Six minutes into the game, Staffard Edwards of South (BEI) sent a shot that beat two defenders and found the goalkeeper slightly out of place to open the scoring.
Two minutes later Steffon Boucher (NATI) answered that goal. In the 14th minute, Edwards dribbled through the field and sent a powerful shot, which had goalkeeper Edmond Semple diving to his left, but could not hold on to the ball and Orin Glen completed the job for South.
In the second half of the game, North employed a more meaningful strategy and kept the ball more on the ground. They were rewarded with a goal when Jeremy Samuels got a free kick just off the corner line and just outside of the 20-yard box.
The shot went up and curved to the far end of the goal to find the back of the nets, despite an excellent attempt by goalkeeper Omari Bentham to end the game 2-2.
The GTU New Amsterdam Branch organized the event to raise funds for the branch.
March 10, 2014 By
West Berbice and New Amsterdam/Canje will clash in the first round of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) organised National Communication Network (NCN) Under-15 Inter Zone tournament, which is set to bowl off today at the Cumberland ground, Canje.
The competition is a yardstick for the junior selectors to pick the Berbice Under-15 team for the Limacol Under-15 two-day competition, which will take place from March 23-30, featuring Demerara, Berbice, Essequibo and the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) President’s XI.
According to a release from the BCB, the ongoing Tenelec Under-15 Inter-Club tournament will also be used by the junior selectors.
The tournament will be played for two days as the BCB strives to expose young players to the longer version of the game.
Defending champions Lower Corentyne and Upper Corentyne will clash from Thursday at the Albion Sports complex.
The winners of the two semi-finals will feature in the final scheduled for sometime next week, with the two losing teams’ battling for the third place playoff. All matches start at 10:00h. The respective squads are below.
New Amsterdam/Canje: Kevin Sinclair, Alex Algu, Steve Deonarine, Garfield Benjamin, Junior Williams, Malcolm Mickle, Davendra Ramkissoon, Naresh Chand, Melvin Singh, Brandon Stewart, Dominic Durant, Jamal Frank, Rajendra Beharry and Bharrat Bhopal.
West Berbice squad: Kris Ramnarine, Sachin Veerasammy, Saheed Khan, Seon Glasgow, Javid Karim, Tallim Inshan, Assad Isaqhawk, Imran Azeez, Christopher Harry, Bickram Mohan, Adrian Ramnarine, Yuvendra Budhu, Nicholas Shewrattan and Navindra Persaud.
March 10, 2014 By
The Goodwill football series hosted by Vision Sounds concluded on Sunday evening at the GFC ground with Alpha United edging Boys Town FC out of Jamaica 1-0 through a Dwight Peters’ 69th minute goal. The other game between Slingerz FC and Buxton United was a goalless draw. In photo, a Boys Town FC player tries to stave off the challenge of an advancing Alpha United player.
March 10, 2014 By
The Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) Under-15 Inter-Zone competition will bowl off on Wednesday at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) and Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) grounds in Georgetown.
So far, the DCB is in possession of three of the four teams that will compete for top honours. The Georgetown team was slated to be selected last evening.
The other three zones are East Coast Demerara, East Bank Demerara and West Demerara. Below are the teams.
East Coast Demerara: Bhashkar Yadram (captain), Rovin Ramsaroop (vice-captain), Gopaul Applesammy, Vishal Roopchand, Ramdeo Basdeo, Mohamed Hussain, Compton James, Shaquelle King, Marc Mahase, Akash Narine, Travet Sheopersaud and Sewnarine Sukhai. Manager is Gavin Moriah and Coach is Latchman Yadram.
East Bank Demerara: Sagar Hiathiramani, Bhojnarine Singh, Mark Ramsammy, Nazim Esau, Paul Thomas, Ricky Dass, Ronaldo Jaisingh, Anthony Ontonio, Christopher Hamilton, Devon Allen, Daniel Scott, Akeem Bahoney, Raule Douglas, Joshua Singh and Takudyal Boodhoo. Manager is D Debidial.
West Demerara: Chukiram Outar (captain), Ganesh Jailall (vice-captain), Troy Persaud, Kumar Ramlakan, Parmanand Rambarak, Navindra Persaud, Ahamad Sattuar, Rajesh Bhoodram, Sayrendra Pooran, Retesh Samaroo, Joshua Rahaman, Lakram Haimkarran, Daneshwar Kowlessar, Aftab Basdeo and Shem Khan. Sudesh Persaud is Manager.
In the opening round on Wednesday, East Coast will take on East Bank at GCC and Georgetown and West Demerara will clash at DCC.
March 10, 2014 By
Stag Beer/EDFA Division One League…
With the intensity of the Stag Beer sponsored East Bank Football Association (EBFA) Division One League getting better, the latest battle between Grove Hi Tech and Soesdyke was an epic last Sunday afternoon at the Grove Playfield, and has been dubbed as the most exciting game to date.
Grove ran out 5-3 victors, but it was not an easy battle, barring some questionable referral calls that saw both teams on the wrong end, the game had the attention of the fans from start to end.
Sunday’s other match-up saw Agricola Red Triangle trouncing Herstelling 8-0 for their second win in as many matches. With the victory, they have assumed the number one spot on the points table by virtue of a better goal difference ahead of Kuru Kururu Warriors and Timehri Panthers.
Grove, led by captain Domini Garnett, who has been named in the national squad that will commence preparations for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) championships, opened the scoring for his side in the 12th minute.
Garnett’s goal was soon matched by teammates Denzil Crawford in the 17th minute and Joel Dick one minute later from the penalty spot and the first of a double from him, as Grove raced to a 3-0 lead. But even such a comfortable advantage was not to deter the Soesdyke boys, who kept up their offensive efforts.
Their persistence brought the desired results and in the 32nd minute the advantage was narrowed, compliments of a Colin McLean goal. This change in fortunes brought more energy to the Soesdyke team, even as Grove tried to keep them at bay, the half ending 3-1 in favour of Grove.
On resumption, Soesdyke continued where they left off from the first half and five minutes on they found their second goal to bring down the advantage to one goal, Dwayne Dillon converting in the 50th minute.
Dillon’s goal added a new perspective to the game, but Grove wasn’t comfortable with their rivals coming so close; restoring the two-goal cushion two minutes later when Tybert Muir found the back of the nets.
The exchanges continued end to end as neither team relented. With the time ticking away, Soesdyke again found goal shooting range and made it count when Roger Dey blasted in their third four minutes to full time much to the delight of his teammates and fans.
At this juncture the Soesdyke lads were on a high and were at least looking for an even share of the points if they could have found another goal to draw them level. The Grove ballweavers were not in a mood to share any points.
On the stroke of full time, the home team placed the result beyond any doubt when Dick netted his second to seal an exciting win for Grove 5-3, their first points while it was Soesdykes first loss of the league.
Agricola did not have much worry in disposing the challenge of Herstelling, one of the youngest clubs in the association.
Finding the target for Agricola were Travis Farinha (2nd, 18th) and Gordon Grant (22nd, 26th) with a brace each, while there was one each for Winston Rawlins (15th), Travis Welch (42nd), Colin Richie (44th) and Yohance Roberts (48th).
Matches will continue at the same venue this Sunday and Monday, which is a national holiday in observance of Phahwah.
On Sunday, Diamond United will oppose Mocha Champs in the first game from 13:00 hours with Kuru Kururu Warriors and Timehri Panthers clashing in the feature.
Mondays matches will see Grove Hi Tech opposing Herstelling FC with the main event between Soesdyke Falcons and Agricola Red Triangle.
March 10, 2014 By
Table Tennis Academy ‘A’ dominated the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) League Teams table tennis tournament on Saturday at the National Gymnasium in Georgetown.
In the ‘B’ Class tournament Academy ‘A’ (Warren Hackshaw, Elishaba Johnson and Sunil Logan) won both of their matches, defeating Blue Thunder ‘B’ (Patrick Triumph, Jurome Mitchell and Roy McClennon) and Blue Thunder ‘A’ (Remy Taitt, Devon Richmond and Vernon Rodrigues) 3-0 and 3-1 respectively, while Malteenoes Sports Club ‘A’ (Shemar Britton, Jeremey Singh, Kyle Edghill and Chelsea Edghill) defeated Blue Thunder ‘B’ and Blue Thunder ‘A’ 3-1 and 3-0 respectively.
In the ‘C’ Class competition, Table Tennis Academy ‘A’ (Terrence Rausch, Khalil Ninvalle and Kristie Lopes) also won both their encounter against Bank of Guyana ‘A’ (Cleveland Davson, Imran Khan and Leonardo [only name given]) and Central High ‘A’ (Romario Hemraj, Jamal Persaud and Jamol DaSilva) 3-1 and 3-0 respectively.
Table Tennis Academy ‘B’ (Kayson Ninvalle, Amit Mookram and Brittany Bunbury) defeated Central High ‘A’ 3-0, while Bank of Guyana ‘A’ defeated Table Tennis Academy ‘B’ 3-2 in a close encounter to end the day.
The league will continue on March 17 at the same venue.
March 10, 2014 By
Cheddi Jagan Memorial Cycling…
By Avenash Ramzan