Immense Year For The GSL
The Guyana Softball League ( GSL) reported that 2010 has been a flourishing year for the organisation, both on and off the field. GSL’s Executive Secretary Leonard Harprashad, in an exclusive interview with this publication, revealed that this year has been one of the better years for the organisation, since their formation in 2000. He said the GSL was recently handed the sole authority to organise national/regional softball competitions, and also the right to oversee the affairs of local softball clubs in the country.
Harprashad noted that the GSL has grown from strength to strength, with affiliates right across the country.
In recapping the league’s activities during the year, the executive secretary noted that the GSL had organsied 15 tournaments countrywide with the GT&T 10/10 competition being the first and, by some measure the largest, attracting 584 teams right across the length and breadth of Guyana.
The GSL also ran off two female competitions countrywide. That competition saw 84 teams participating. The District of Columbia Metro Cricket Organisation of New York (DCMCO) competition was also a huge success, attracting 130 teams. The Over-35 20/20 countrywide competition had 29 teams involved. The Inter-Jamaat 15/15 competition saw 23 masjids taking part.
The GSL also organised the Over-40 25-over tournament which attracted 33 teams. A 10/10 tournament, held in Essequibo, had 64 teams competing. A one-day tournament was organised for female teams on the East Coast of Demerara and, according to Harprashad, that tournament attracted 35 teams. Floodlight tournaments were also held for male teams on the Essequibo Coast, Berbice and East Coast of Demerara.
The executive secretary noted that, apart from the on-field action, the league donated trophies for the Capoey Mission Heritage Day celebrations and also donated jerseys to the female teams at Capoey, Cotton Field ( Essequibo) and Kabakaburi.
The GSL, through their kind gesture, has acquired sponsorship for Capoey, Mahaica creek and Mahaica under-15 female teams.
The GSL, over the year, has been able to establish softball leagues in Berbice, Essequibo, Lower and Upper East Coast, Georgetown and Linden. Next year, according to Harprashad, the organisation plans to organise more competitions at the youth level, including Under-15 and Under-17, in both male and female categories. Development of the game at the primary school level is also high on the organisation’s agenda.
Harprashad also stated that the administrators would like to encourage all clubs wishing to be part of the softball cricket family, by becoming affiliated to the body, can make contact with the following persons in their respective areas: Essequibo North: Thakoor – ( 613- 0418) or Wazeeda Bacchus ( 643- 6945). Essequibo Central - Balchand Shivamber ( 616- 4020/ 771- 4401). - Essequibo South – Ragubar ( 684- 6973/ 612- 3973). West Coast / West Bank- Leonard Harprashad ( 646- 0568/ 268- 2458). East Coast Demerara ( lower) – Mark Persaud ( 614- 2747).
East Coast Demerara ( Upper) - Herman Persaud – ( 682- 2350/ 229- 2038). Georgetown – Lance Adams ( 626- 7259).
East Bank Demerara – Ralph Narine ( 625 – 7998).
Corentyne – Omeshwar Sirikishun ( 627- 5788); Abina ( 614- 3373); Intikhab Sakoor ( 618- 0287). West Berbice – Barrington ( 667- 5199). Canje/ N/ A – David Lukenauth ( 679- 4379). Wakenaam – Asif Mohamed ( 646- 3156/ 774- 5050). Linden – Mortimer Denny ( 602- 1256/ 689- 3272). Bartica – Anand ( 612- 0235). Leguan – Harvey Gobin ( 260- 0856/ 665 – 9618).