Briefing For GSC4 Teams
Participating teams of Guyana Softball Cup 4 will this evening be made aware on the tournament’s playing conditions during a team briefing session at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Members Pavilion, commencing at 17:00 hours.
The three-day competition will bowl off on Friday and end on Sunday, however, this evening’s function is the teams’ final opportunity to clarify whatever misconceptions may exist with regards to the rules and regulations governing the tournament.
As was done during the first three years, team representatives will be equipped with the tournament booklet which clearly outlines the format of the competition, fixtures and prize money.
Vice-president of the organising body, the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA), Ricky Deonarain, said all systems are in place for a successful tournament, and he is enthused by what is in store for over the weekend.
Over the coming days, a total of 24 teams from Guyana and North America will do battle in two categories, the Men’s Open and the Masters.
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, apart from the trip to Aruba, there will be lots of hampers and give-aways for spectators.
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 three-day championship, there will be a total of 36 preliminary games, followed by four semi-finals and two finals.
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.
According to information emanating from the GFSCA, this year’s tournament has an estimated budget of around $10 million.