GT&T Reiterates Commitment to GSC4

Date Published: 
29-Oct-2014
Source: 
Guyana Times
Author: 
Rajiv Bisnauth

One of the main sponsors of the fourth edition of the Guyana Softball Cup, Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT), reinforced its commitment to partnering with the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFCA) for an impressive 2014 tournament.

The fourth edition bowls off on Friday at various venues across the capital city.

The company presented a cheque worth $500,000 to the GFSCA in its canteen and GT&T Marketing Officer, Nicola Duggan, disclosed that the entity is proud to be part of the development of softball cricket in Guyana.

“We at GT&T for the past two years had an outstanding relationship with the GFSCA and we are pleased to continue that relationship,” Duggan said. She also encouraged all Guyanese to come out and support the three-day event.

President of the GFSCA, Ramchand Ragbeer, expressed gratitude to GT&T for coming onboard for the second year, noting that sponsorship is critical to the success of a tournament of the magnitude of the Guyana Softball Cup.

On stream

Meanwhile, Vice-president of the GFSCA, Ricky Deonarain said all plans are falling into place for the country’s premier softball tournament. Executive member of the GFSCA, Dharam Persaud, outlined that the foreign teams will arrive today and tomorrow.

He also indicated that a meeting for all the teams will be held on Thursday from 17:00 hours at the Georgetown Cricket Club pavilion. Teams are asked to assemble at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground on Friday by 08:00 hours for the formal opening.

Twenty-six games preliminary games will be played on Friday, while the other thirteen will be played on Saturday morning before the four semi-finals in the afternoon.

The two finals are set for Sunday with the open final played under lights at the Demerara Cricket Club ground. Admission to the various venues on Friday and Saturday is free, while patrons will pay $500 on Sunday.

Format

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. Two 14-karat gold bracelets, accentuated with diamond studs, have been put up as the prizes for the Most Valuable Players (MVPs) of the Open and Masters categories, 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 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.