April 24, 2014

Baird elated over historic feat

Kadecia Baird

Kadecia Baird

By Treiston Joseph

Just two days removed from the recently concluded Junior Carifta Games held in Martinique,US- based Guyanese Kadecia Baird could not contain her excitement on becoming Guyana’s first sprinter to win gold at the premier junior event of the Caribbean.

“Oh My God it feels great!” Baird told Guyana Times Sport about her achievement.

 Baird, won gold for Guyana in the women’s under-20 400 metres at the track and field event, clocking 53.84s to win Guyana’s first  gold medal in a sprint event at the games.

“I’m happy, excited all kind of emotions, that [winning gold] was the mindset going into the race… get the gold and at that time it didn’t matter  because the weather was on and off,” Baird told this publication exclusively.

In addition, Baird ,who could have added to the feat by capturing gold in the 200 metres was still proud of her silver medal despite the disappointing fall near the finish line that cost her the top podium prize.

“The 200 was an emotional race… that fall was a bit disappointing but I will say God has a plan for everything, I may not see it now but I will later.

“To fall and still be able to run a personal record feels great,” Baird mentioned  her 200 metres run in which she clocked 23.13s for the silver, while the winning time of the race was 23.10s.

Meanwhile, with the junior Carifta games behind, the 19- year- old quarter miler  has her sight set on accomplishing greater things for her native land.

“I am now going to focus on my college meets and then the focus is all on World Juniors for Guyana,” Baird noted in delight.

However, Baird was met with some confusion on her way out of Martinique as her flight had to be postponed for five hours due to a void ticket; and the flight being full dampened the experience of winning the gold.

Further, Baird will be in action again with her next competition scheduled for over the weekend.

Flying Ace cycling club names strong team for three-stage race

Jamal Eastman

Jamal Eastman

The Flying Ace Cycle Club (FACC) of Berbice has selected an eight-member team to participate in this year’s 32nd annual Independence Three-Stage Cycle road race.

The two-day event is billed for May 17-18 and will be held in collaboration with the National Sports Commission, the Sport Ministry and the Guyana Cycling Federation.

The cyclists named are Keith Griffith, Gary Benjamin, Ray Millington, Audrel Ross, Syborne Fernandes, Elijah Bijadder, Calet Bacchus and lone female rider, Maricia Dick.

Founder and coach of the club, Randolph Roberts, made the disclosure on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, when action pedals off on May 17, the riders will compete from the Corriverton Police Station to Alexander Street, New Amsterdam, covering a distance of 46.6 miles or 75 km. That leg is slated to start at 07:30h.

At 14:00h on the same day, the cyclists will start at Rosignol and finish at Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, a total distance of 60.4 miles or 97.1 km.

Maricia Dick

Maricia Dick

The third and final stage, which will cover 64.5 miles or 103 km, will be held on May 18 with action starting at 08:00h at Kara Kara, Linden, and ending at Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown.

Altogether, the racers will cover 171.5 miles or 275.1 km of Guyana’s roadways.

At last year’s event, Barbadian Jamal Eastman, riding for local club Carlton Wheelers, won the overall title in six hours, 58 minutes, 13 seconds (06h: 58m: 13s). Eastman was in sublime form, winning stages one and two, while Guyanese Robin Persaud won the final stage.

GFF appoints Electoral Committee

Joseph Hamilton

Joseph Hamilton

The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has appointed a four-member Electoral Committee to organise, manage and supervise the electoral process of the Annual Ordinary Congress on Saturday.

A GFF statement issued on Wednesday read: “Please be advised that consistent with a previous affirmation of Congress, the GFF has proceeded to identify the members to comprise the Electoral Committee whose mandate it is to organise, manage and supervise the electoral process for elections, which are scheduled for the Annual Ordinary Congress of the GFF on April 26, 2014.”

The committee is being headed by Parliamentary Secretary in the Health Ministry, Joseph Hamilton, who has been appointed Chairman, while Guyana Olympic Association Vice-president Charles Corbin is the Deputy Chairman. Attorney-at-law Euclin Gomes is a member of the committee, while fellow attorney Dawn Holder is the alternate.

Charles Corbin

Charles Corbin

The Congress will be held on Saturday from 10:00h at the Regency Suites on Hadfield Street, Georgetown.

YBG regional tourney set for May

The much anticipated Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) Schools regional tournament will tip-off in May after issues regarding sanctioning and schedule coordination with the Guyana Amateur basketball Federation (GABF) were resolved.

The regional tournament will be officially launched in the second week of May, while tip-off will be later that month.

Despite the late start to the tournament which was originally scheduled for April, a full complement of schools is expected to participate throughout the five regions in Linden, Georgetown, East Coast, East Bank and Berbice.

Some of the top schools expected to be a part of the only basketball school programme in the nation are powerhouse Kwakwani, defending champions Marian Academy, The University of Guyana (UG), Mackenzie High School, Port Mourant Training School and Linden Technical Institute.

Arm wrestling championship shifted to May

Hugh Ross

Hugh Ross

– deadline for registration is Friday

By Avenash Ramzan

History has been delayed as the first-ever “Ultimate Arm Wrestling Championship 2014” will now be held next month, as the organisers are giving more persons an opportunity to register for the highly anticipated competition.

The  event, which is being organised and hosted by 704 Sports Bar at Lamaha and Albert Streets, was slated to get under way on April 14, but due to unforeseen circumstances could not commence on that date.

Dustani Barrow

Dustani Barrow

In an invited comment on Wednesday, Public Relations Officer of 704 Sports Bar, John Ramsingh, revealed that interested persons have until Friday (tomorrow) to register to participate in the two-day event, which will be held on May 3 and 10 at 704 Sports Bar.

Registration forms are available at the entity’s location, as well as at leading gyms across the country.

Ramsingh further highlighted that each competitor is required to pay an entrance fee of $1,000 upon submission of completed registration form.

The championship is open to everyone 18 years and older in three categories: Males over 200lbs, Males under 200lbs and Female open. The organisers are hoping to attract a minimum of 48 competitiors per category, and according to Ramsingh, they are still to achieve that target.

John Ramsingh

John Ramsingh

The top three finishers in each category will receive $100,000, $75,000 and $50,000 respectively, along with gift certificates from Fitness Express, Guinness hampers and products from the other sponsors.

Alternative means

Speaking at the launch of the championship last month, Project Manager of 704 Sports Bar, Dustanni Barrow, said the event will provide an alternative means of entertainment to the sports- loving Guyanese public.

Barrow reflected that from since ancient Egyptian times, men always wanted to find new ways of testing their strength against each other. He added that over time arm wrestling has gained popularity around the world with the first tournament being held in California in 1952.

“The arm wrestling phenomenon has taken over the television with blockbuster movies like “Over the Top” and one of the highest watched series “Game of Arms.” It is with this is mind that we at 704 Sports Bar look to host live competitive sports events at a sports bar, thus giving birth to Guyana’s first Arm Wrestling Championships “Ultimate Arm Wrestling Tournament 2014,” Barrow explained.

Ross elated

Patron of the tournament, Guyana’s world renowned and award-winning bodybuilder Hugh Arlington Ross, in endorsing the activity, said arm wrestling is one of the purest ways of proving one’s strength.

He expressed elation at 704 Sports Bar embracing the concept and being bold enough to stage a competition in this regard. Ross wished the organisers and the prospective competititors well, noting that an exciting championship is envisaged.

DCC ‘A’, Bel Air Rubis, TSC and GNIC secure wins

Joshua Persaud

Joshua Persaud

GCA/Brain Street U-15 Tournament…..

The Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) sponsored Brain Street Under-15 tournament continued on Wednesday with four games in the capital city.

Demerara Cricket Club ‘A’ team, Bel Air Rubis, Transport Sports Club (TSC) and the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) came out victorious.

At the Demerara Cricket Club ground, the hosts’ ‘A’ team bowlers put up a clinical display to crush Everest Cricket Club with a commanding seven-wicket victory.

The visitors, sent in to bat, managed only 45 in 23.4 overs as left- arm spinner Ashmead Nedd (4-5), medium pacers Bhojnarine Singh (3-11) and Junior Phillips (3-10), wreaked havoc with the ball.

(From left) Ashmead Nedd, Bhojnarine Singh and Junior Phillips, the key players for  the DCC ‘B’  commanding victory

(From left) Ashmead Nedd, Bhojnarine Singh and Junior Phillips, the key players for the DCC ‘B’ commanding victory

DCC ‘A’ then strolled past the modest target to reach 46-3 in 15 overs.

At the Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO), the hosts suffered a 19-run defeat at the hands of Bel Air Rubis.

Asked to bat first, Bel Air Rubis rides on Josiah Butler’s top score of 84 (4x4s, 9x6s) and Nand Sanicharan unbeaten on 71, as they were bowled out for 215 in 41 overs. Tony Hargobin was the best bowler for the hosts with 3-11.

In reply, GYO were bowled out for 196 with Navindra Persaud top- scoring with 62. Alex Chunilall (3-44) was the most penetrative bowler for Bel Air Rubis.

At the Malteenoes Sports Club ground, the hosts were beaten by Transport Sports Club (TSC) by 144 runs.

TSC after being asked to bat first were inspired by Anthony Antonio (36 not out), Collin Barlow (34), Devon Allen (26) and Tony Adjodha (25), as they managed a total of 208-8 in 48 overs.

Jowan Cadogan (3-17) was the hosts’ best bowler on show. In reply, MSC were bowled out for 64 in 31.5 overs. Antonio (4-9) and Joel Spooner (3-9) were the wreckers in chief for TSC.

Over at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation ground, Joshua Persaud slammed an unbeaten century and Christopher Campbell stroked a half-century to power hosts GNIC to a crushing 177-run victory against the DCC ‘B’ team.

 Persaud smashed 142 (14x4s, 11x6s), while Campbell made 85 (9x4s, 3x6s), as GNIC produced a dominant batting display to post an imposing 281-2 in 21.2 overs when the declaration came.

In reply, DCC ‘s ‘B’ batsmen struggled under the pressure of the huge run chase and were bundled out for 104 in 42.3 overs.

Persaud returned with the ball to snare 5-21 off 10.3 overs. Orlando Ghisiawan (2-22), Kurt Lovell (1-4) and Hifa Walters (1-14) were the other successful bowlers for the winners.

The tournament continues today with Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) hosting Bel Air Rubis; Demerara Cricket Club ‘A’ team will host the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC); Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) will play Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) at MSC and Everest Cricket Club will come against Transport Sports Club (TSC). That game is tentatively scheduled for the Everest Cricket Club ground. (Rajiv Bisnauth)

NAMILCO One Love Classic produces ‘best football product’

Wayne Forde

Wayne Forde

– but crowd support in Georgetown worrying

By Avenash Ramzan

After weeks of keen rivalry, the seventh annual National Milling Company (NAMILCO) One Love Football Classic will wrap up this Sunday with the final and third- place playoff at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground, Bourda.

Georgetown club side Fruta Conquerors and NAMILCO have collaborated for close to a decade to stage the inter-club tournament, which will come to a close with four top teams set to do battle.

Defending champions Alpha United, the most successful team in the tournament’s history with three titles (2008, 2010 and 2013), will take on the Guyana Defence Force, who have won the title twice in 2007 and 2012, for the $1.2 million top prize.

Fruta Conquerors and Riddim Squad will contest the third-place playoff.

In giving a review of what has transpired during the past weeks, president of Fruta Conquerors FC, Wayne Forde, pointed out that they are generally satisfied with the quality of football that has been played, but a bit disappointed with the lack of crowd support, especially for matches in Georgetown.

“Specifically with the conduct of the tournament itself, I think we’ve completed seven days of competitive football with very few incidents, both on and off the field, and I think that’s something to be proud of,” Forde highlighted during an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

He added, “If you ask me if I’m satisfied with the crowd support, the answer will be somewhat subdued. We have found over the past two years that crowd support for football in Georgetown has been declining. The exact reason for it is not yet known, but I’m hoping that for the final we can see a complete turnaround in that regard, and I hope that it can be the restart of fans regaining the interest in football.”

In comparing this year’s 16-team competition to previous years, Forde pointed out that 2014 was the best year in terms of the “football product.”

“Because what we did this year we organised the tournament between March and April, obviously trying to capitalise on the good weather we experienced during that period. The other years the tournament was played either in November or before; last year we played in February and it was severely affected by bad weather. Bad weather affects crowd turnout and it also affects the quality of play because sloppy, wet condition [sic] is not the ideal condition to play football,” the Fruta Conquerors head explained.

With crowd support being an issue during the Georgetown games this year, Forde highlighted that fans will be in for a treat on Sunday, as apart from the two football games, there will be added entertainment.

“Well what we’ve done in trying to hype up the tournament and gain the interest of football lovers is that we’ve partnered with the Slingerz Family; and there is going to be an exciting after- party hosted by Slingerz Family, so we want to encourage the fans to come out and witness not one, but two games and also have some entertainment afterwards,” he mentioned.

While the price for admission has not yet been decided, Forde promised that it will be affordable, as the ultimate aim is to ensure that the final night is well attended.

The champion team will walk away $1.2 million richer, while the runner-up, third and fourth-placed finishers will receive $600,000, $400,000 and $200,000 respectively. Trophies will also accompany the cash prizes.

NAMILCO has injected $5 million into this year’s competition, a sponsorship package that has steadily increased since the first year when the company had invested $1.6 million.

Lodge man pleads guilty to possession of narcotics charge

Storm Gouveia was charged on two counts of possession of narcotics when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The first charge stated that on April 21, at Norton Street, Lodge, the defendant was found in possession of 3.5 grams of cannabis while the second charge stated that on the day in question, he was also found in possession of 1.5 grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Gouveia was unrepresented and pleaded guilty to the first charge for which he was fined $3000 and ordered to do six months of community service.

He told the court that he smokes weed and was found with the substance after he had purchased it on his way home.

Gouveia pleaded not guilty to the second charge and was remanded to prison by the Chief Magistrate.

Police Prosecutor Michael Grant told the court that the defendant was standing on Norton Street when he saw the Police approaching, and ran into a nearby yard.

He was intercepted and a black bag was retrieved. The bag was subsequently checked and the cocaine and cannabis were discovered. Gouveia was arrested and the drugs were weighed in his presence.

He will return to court on May 8 and will appear before Magistrate Fabayo Azore in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Registration for GSCL Inc Independence Cup closes today

Registration for the Georgetown Softball Cricket League (GSCL Inc) inaugural Independence Cup will close this afternoon, and according to Assistant secretary/treasurer of the GSCL Inc. Russell Jadbeer, no late entries will be accepted.

The three-day tournament is scheduled for May 3, 4 and 5 and will feature teams battling in three categories, Masters, Open and Female.

The first six female teams to register will be allowed to play and will battle for a top prize of $50,000.

In the Open category, the Competitions Committee of the GSCL Inc. is looking to accommodate 12 teams for which a prize money of $800,000 and trophy would be paid to the winning team, while the losers will pocket $200 000 and a trophy. The entrance fee for this category is $110 000 per team. The final of this category will be broadcast live on NCN Radio.

The admission fee for the Masters category is $100 000 with the winners pocketing $500,000 and a trophy and the second-placed team $200,000 and trophy.

Registration can be done by contacting Assistant secretary/treasurer of the GSCL Inc. Russell Jadbeer on 225-4802, 226-4205 or 626-8228 or at Regal Stationery and Computer Centre, Seaforth Street, Campbellville.

The official launching and drawing will be held on Thursday from 17:00h at the GNIC Sports Club.

GFSCA/Trophy Stall softball finals set for Saturday

The three category finals of the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA)- organised Trophy Stall- sponsored male and female softball tournament will be played on Saturday at the DCC ground in Lance Gibbs Street, Queenstown.

Action will bowl off at 14:00h with Floodlights taking on Success in the Masters 20/20 final, followed by the Female championship game from 17:00h, involving Wellwoman and Trophy Stall. That game is slated to be a 10/10 affair.

The Male Open final will crown  the day with action set to get under way at 18:15h. Two of the country’s leading softball teams, Wolf’s Warriors and Regal will battle for supremacy.

As is the norm with all competitions organised by the GFSCA, there will be live commentary of the games at the venue, while there will be musical entertainment beyond the boundary.

Admission to the venue is $200 per person, while vehicular parking inside the ground will attract a fee of $500.