Female Captains Confident For Semi-finals
With just a day away before the lucrative Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company Limited/National Sports Commission/Guyana Softball League nationwide 10/10 female semi-finals showdown, the leading contenders have been keen to outline their ambitions, with no shortage of confidence existing within the camps of the four leading contenders.
Trophy Stall Angels will face Mike’s Wellwoman while 4R Lioness will play Rising Star on Sunday at the Everest Cricket Club ground. In the quarter finals match up Trophy Stall Angels overpowered Rising Stars XI by 37 runs, Mike’s Wellwoman hammered Falcon Girls by 52 runs, while 4R Lioness defeated Karibee Rice Strikers by five wickets and Rising Star edged All Star Conquerors by one run.
Speaking to Guyana Times Sport yesterday, the four captains expressed confidence while being happy to reach so far in the tournament that had 112 female teams making their exit at the end of the preliminary rounds and quarter final stage.
Trophy Stall Angels captain June Ogle-Thomas says that her team is “going into the semi-final very confident” and is adamant that her team “won’t be complacent” because of their “pre-tournament favourites tag”.
“My team is very focused on the task ahead and we are eager to deliver, we are much focused and have our sights set on going all the way to win the final on May 12th at the Providence Stadium, added the team is in high sprit,” the Trophy Stall Angels captain said. Ogle-Thomas who represented the West Indies female cricket team in India last year emphasised that the team has put in a lot of work over the past few months and it is now reaping the rewards of committed work.
Ogle-Thomas’s opposing captain Abenia Parker from the Mike’s Wellwoman is hopeful that her team would continue its stellar show in the crucial match.
“We’ve shown everyone what a good side we are and to go the distance we got to play good cricket,” Parker said. Parker stated that her team has a clear understanding of their opponent and will definitely play Sunday’s game to the best of their abilities. “We have trained everyday for this week. It’s now time to keep fine tuning the tactics and strategy for what we expect to be our toughest game to date against a good side.”
Mike’s Wellwoman lost their semifinal game last year to eventual champions, Berbice All Star and have set their sights on lifting the winner’s check but they will be taking one game at a time according to Parker.
Meanwhile, Captain of the 4R Lioness Tracy Glasgow said that once her team plays as a unit they will definitely comes out victorious over their Ann’s Grove based team opponent Rising Star. “We as a unit are confident of winning, we have train hard leading up to this tournament and our hard work has so far paid off, added that the team spirit is high,” Glasgow said.
According to Rising Star Captain, Dianne Pompey her team remained confident about making the final since that is the team’s main goal at the start of this tournament. “We are confident. We are honoured to be here in the semi-finals and we are not under too much pressure because we are not listed as the favourites,” Pompey disclosed. “We have fought hard in the tournament, so we feel really confident. It will be a good game; both teams are looking forward to reaching the final.”
The Rising Star Captain added that she expects an overall team performance and is backing everyone to make a contribution. “We will just try and stick to our basics and try and restrict them and let them take more chances if we can squeeze them out with a lot of dot balls and create a bit of pressure we will definitely have the upper hand,” Pompey said.
On the other hand, the male semi-finals will also play on Sunday with defending champions Wolf’s Warriors will seek to maintain their dominance and retain the title when they are challenged by Unstoppables while Rockaway Auto Sales ‘A’ XI and Regal XI will face off in the other semi-final.
Defending champion Wolf’s Warriors cantered into the semifinals following an emphatic 96-run win over the hapless Mahaica Raiders in a lopsided match while first year finalists Unstoppable defeating Linden’s Bayrock Blazers by 6 runs in another energizing affair, Regal XI defeated Karibee Boys by 11 runs and Rockaway Auto Sales ‘A’ XI won off the penultimate ball by 5-wickets against Speed Boat Sports Club in the quarter finals games last weekend.
Game time on Sunday is 10:00 hours.
Meanwhile, the competition will culminate on Saturday, May 12 with a super concert at the Guyana National Stadium. The concert will feature, Trinidad’s No. 1 Crossover Band comprising Ravi B; Nesha B and Soca sensation, Gregory; Guyana’s Road March King 2011, Mahendra Ramkellawan and GT&T Jingle and Song Competition winner, Brandon Harding.
There will also be live entertainment from the “Feel the Beat Dancers”; the Heat Waves Band; Shakti Stings Band and the Fusion Sound System.