Ansa McAl Confirms Partnership
Given its tremendous success during the first three years, it comes as no surprise that companies are clamouring to be aligned with the country’s prestigious softball cricket competition - the Guyana Softball Cup - organised and staged by the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA).
One such entity is regional conglomerate Ansa McAl Trading, who on Thursday confirmed its unflinching support for the October 31 to November 2 tournament, which has attracted teams from Guyana and North America.
At a simple ceremony at the establishment’s main office at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara, top officials of the GFSCA were on hand to receive the sponsorship package from senior executives of Ansa McAl Trading.
Public Relations Officer, Darshanie Yussuf, was quick to point out the main reason why her company agreed to be part of the fourth edition of the tournament.
“Ansa McAl has been following the progress of the Guyana Softball Cup and we are very pleased with the development of the tournament and hence we are on board to lend our support and further assist in the growth of such a great event. Cricket is part of who we are as Guyanese; hence it’s only fitting that we support and make this into one of the biggest and events in our country,” she explained.
The GFSCA officials, which included Vice-presidents Ricky Deonarain and Ramesh Sunich, as well as Lalta Gainda, Reyaz Hussain and Pitamber Maharaj, all expressed pleasure at having Ansa McAl Trading on board for the event.
They also give the assurance of yet another successful tournament, pointing out that preparations are moving apace.
As was the case in previous editions of the tournament, there will be two categories- one for teams contesting the Men’s Open and the other for the Masters players, aged 45 and over.
The champion team in the Men’s Open is guaranteed a whopping $800,000 first prize and a huge trophy, while the losing finalist will have to settle for $200,000 and a trophy. In the Masters’ division, the winning team will pocket $600,000 with the runner-up assured of $150,000. The Man-of-the-Match in both finals will receive a trophy.
As has been the case in the past, the Most Valuable Player of each category will become the proud owner of a softball bracelet, made of gold and diamond studs, compliments of Steve’s Jewellery.
On the day of the final, there will be lots of hampers and give-aways for spectators. Additionally, two spectators can win return tickets from Survival Travel Agency to the beautiful island of Aruba. All the spectators need to do is retain their half tickets and listen for their numbers to be called over the Public Address system during the final.
Two dozen teams will compete in this year’s event, with 12 from Guyana, seven from New York, three from Florida and two from Canada. During the 3-day championship, there will be a total of 36 preliminary games, followed by four semi-finals and two finals.
In an effort to expand the reach of the competition and ensure maximum participation from spectators, the organisers have increased the number of venues this year. Grounds earmarked to host games are Police Sports Club, Everest Cricket Club, Georgetown Cricket Club, Demerara Cricket Club, Ghandi Youth Organisation, Muslim Youth Organisation, Enmore Community Centre and Enterprise Busta Sports Club.
Trophy Stall and New York Better are the defending champions of the Open and Masters categories respectively, while the previous champions were NYSCL New York (Open) and Savage Masters in 2012 and Cotton Field Wild Oats (Open) and Regal Seniors (Masters) in 2011.