Georgetown Primary Schools Windball
The Georgetown leg of the 15th annual Primary Schools Male Windball championship bowled off yesterday with 12 schools battling for supremacy in the five-over competition at the National Park Tarmac.
The competition, which is a collaborative effort of the Sport and Education Ministries and the National Sports Commission (NSC), will see the teams vying for the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company trophy.
The boys from Mae’s Primary, who are a record eight-time winners, are the defending champions, but they will receive stiff opposition from Tucville, St Gabriel’s, Monar Educational Institute, Redeemer Primary, St Ambrose, Stella Maris, Josel Educational Institute, St Agnes, Graham’s Hall, F.E. Pollard, Enterprise Primary and newcomer Marian Academy.
At the official opening ceremony, one of the coordinators of the competition, Julius David of Al Sport and Tour Promotions, said the competition provides an opportunity for the students to showcase their talents and harness their skills.
“One of the things that this competition does is to expose out young boys and girls in cricket of course. Down the line some of you will be selected to our clubs and maybe the national team…we’ve been doing well in that regard because of a number of students who would have passed through this programme have gone on to represent the national team- both males and females,” David explained.
NSC’s Sport Officer, Allister Munroe, pointed out that the tournament is more than just windball cricket, but an avenue for the players to bond and interact.
He stated that apart from the competitive on-field action, the students should take time out to build friendly relations and learn from each other.
“While we want you to be competitive and play hard, we also want to you to build camaraderie…learn about the different cultures and learn more about your competitor’s school,” Munroe advised the students.
According to Munroe, the female players in Georgetown will be in action shortly, while teams in the Upper Corentyne area will have their chance to shine today when action in Region Six commences at the Skeldon Community Centre ground.
Meanwhile, in the games played yesterday, debutant Marian Academy, chasing 50 to win, made 44-4 against Graham’s Hall, who chalked up 49-1 with Melelek Watson making 30.
F.E. Pollard, making a return to the competition after a five-year hiatus, batted first and made 52-1 with Joseph McAlmont getting 25 and Denzel Ross 12. In reply, Tucville posted 48-4 with Jami Hinds scoring 10 and Ross retuning with the ball to capture 3-6.
In the opening game, St Ambrose made 59, but Redeemer Primary knocked off the target, reaching 61.