George, Mahaica, Olaleye and Carter Golden on penultimate day
GASA Independence National Long Course C/ships…
On the third and penultimate day, Monday of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) Independence championships which splashed off on Saturday last at the National Aquatic Centre Liliendaal, Onika George, Paul Mahaica, Tommy Olaleye and Donna Carter were all racked in gold medals.
George was reined in gold medals in the Girls 15 -17, 50m Backstroke and the 200m Freestyle. In the Boys 8 & Under, Paul Mahaica also swam away with 50m Backstroke and the 200m Freestyle gold medals.
Later in the Boys 11-12, 200m Tommy Olaleye swam a very gusty race to stay in front from start to finish winning Gold but it was Donna Carter’s power finish that stole the limelight in the afternoon swim sealing the win and Gold in the Girls 11-12 50m Backstroke.
Aleka Persaud who has proven that she is the best Girls 8 & Under athlete in the country, took Gold again on Monday in the 50m Backstroke and the 200m Freestyle to add a couple more to her collection from the other days.
Raekwon Noel also won Gold in the Boys 9 -10 200m Freestyle followed by Leon Seaton who was also Golden in the same age group but in the 50m Backstroke. Kenita Mahaica won Gold on Monday in the Girls 13-14 50m Backstroke which will make her coach very happy.
In the Boys 13-14 50m Backstroke, Nathon Hackett swam the race of his life to hold off all challengers by a finger touch at the finish to take Gold. Antonio Hussein won the Gold in the 200m Freestyle; Sekhel Tzedeq achieved a similar feat in the Boys 50m Backstroke by cruising home to win easily adding another one to his collection.
In the Boys 18 & Over 50m Backstroke, Trumaine Cole raced away from the field to take home a well deserved Gold also while in the same age group but on the distaff side, Athena Gaskin swam well to take Gold in the same event.
Gaskin, Winter, George and Hussein strikes gold
GASA Independence National Long Course C/ships…
On Sunday, day two at the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) Independence National Long Course
championships being held at the National Aquatic Centre, Lilliendaal, Hannibal Gaskin got turned the tables on Omar Adams by taking gold in the Boys 15-17 100m Butterfly and Freestyle races.
This was followed by the young and talented Lian Winter who struck gold three times in the Girls 9-10 age group by winning the 50m and 100m Breaststroke along with the 100m Freestyle.
Lian was all smiles when she was presented with the medals.
In the Girls 11-12 category, Jadyn George started her feat with the 400m Freestyle then took revenge on her twin sister Danielle by capturing Gold medals in the 100m Freestyle followed by 100m Breaststroke.
In the Boys 13-14 class, Antonio Hussein took gold medals in the 100m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke while Nathan Hackett captured the 100m Breaststroke Gold and Sam Clarke got the 200m Backstroke Gold.
In the Girls 13-14, Kenita Mahaica captured Gold in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke, her younger brother Paul Mahaica swimming in the 8 & Under age group was unstoppable as he took Gold in the 50m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle.
The Girls 8 & Under saw Aleka Persaud striking Gold again in the 50m breaststroke and 100m Freestyle. Leon ‘Golden Child’ Seaton captured the 50m and 100m Breaststroke plus the 100m Freestyle in the Boys 9-10 category.
Tommy Olaleye took Gold in the 11-12 Boys 100m Freestyle and 100m Breaststroke while Sekhel Tzedeq got Gold in the 50m Breaststroke. Danielle George swimming in the Girls 11-12 division came out with Gold the 50m Breaststroke.
The Girls 15-17 age group saw Onika George taking the 100m Gold while Satyanand Ramlagan took Gold in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke.
Brittany van Lang swimming in the Girls 18 & Over captured Gold in the 50m Breaststroke and 100m Breaststroke along with the 100m Freestyle where she clocked the fastest time swam by any female on the day proving she is still Guyana’s best female sprinter.
Also in the Boys 18 & Over, Andrew Flower struck Gold in the 100m Freestyle while Mario King took the 50m and 100m Breaststroke events. Swimming continued yesterday morning with the 800m and 200m Freestyle and 50m backstroke.
Tomorrow is the final day and will see competition in the Girls 18 & Over 400m Individual Medley and the Girls 13-14 1500m Freestyle.
Independence National long course Swimming C/Ships…Dominant Aleka Persaud breaks 2 more records yesterday
By Sean Devers
Aleka Persaud broke two more records on the penultimate day of the Independence National long-course swimming championships yesterday at the National Aquatic Centre at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara to add to the three she set on the previous days of the event which is being used to pick a squad for the 2015 Goodwill games.
Nine-year-old Persaud, swimming out of the Orca Speed Swim Club, bettered her previous best in the girls under-8 50 meters Breaststroke and the girls U-8 100 meters Freestyle to post new championship records. The petite lass is .24 of a second short of breaking the Goodwill record in the 50 meters freestyle which stands at 33.52 in her age group and is among the favorites to capture Gold in next this year’s Goodwill Games.
Amy Grant, the daughter of Guyanese musician Rudy Grant, was also in good form, winning 13-14 400 meters Freestyle and the girls 13-14 100 meters Butterfly races, while top teenage swimmer Britany VanLange, a Cadet officer with the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) took first place in the girls 18 & over 50 meters Breaststroke in her last race before she leaves next month for a four-year scholarship at the West Point Military Academy where she will study Engineering and also advance her swimming career.
Grant, representing Silver Shark Aquatic Swim Club, won the 400 meters Butterfly in a time of 6:02.94 and the 100 meters Butterfly in 1:22.33 while Persaud, the only swimmer to set new records at these Championships, won her U-8 girls 50 meters Breaststroke in 47.56 and the 100 meters freestyle in 1:20.91.
Twins Danielle and Jadyn George, Antonio Hussein, Paul and Kenita Mahaica, Liam Winter, Leon Seaton, Raddy Potter, Sekhel Tzedeq, Mario King, Satyanand Ramlagan, Hannibal Gaskin, Andrew Fowler and Sam Clarke were also in winner’s row yesterday.
The Championships began 30 minutes late because some of the Time Keepers were delayed by the flooding in city caused by torrential rain and the day’s proceeding began yesterday under angry looking dark clouds and slight showers. But as the day progressed the sun came out in all of its glory much to the relief of a fair size gathering of spectators which comprised mostly parents of the competitors, many of whom worked as ‘Volunteers’ for the GASA organized competition.
Sixty swimmers will be selected from this Championship for the July 5th ‘Swim off’ after which a 40 member squad will be picked for the Goodwill games in Trinidad on August 14-16.
Barbados, St Lucia, Suriname, Bahamas, T&T and Guyana will vie for medals and yesterday’s championships, which involved five top clubs, was sponsored by Banks DIH, Sterling Products Ltd, Raymond Haniff General Store, Star Party Rentals and Martin Brock from Corporate & Executive.
President of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) Ivan Persaud said he will seek assistance from Government with funding for the trip to the Goodwill Games since a lack of funds for travel leaves a heavy burden on parents to fund the cost of the children’s participation.
“The previous Government never really supported us although we were representing Guyana. So now for the first time in 23 year we could be able to send a full contingent of 40 swimmers. Last year we only could send 30 swimmers to Suriname which was the most we ever sent,” Persaud lamented.
He added that he is confident that Guyana will do better than any other year because we should start getting medals from our under-8 swimmers.
“We will also be fielding relay teams which will benefit us because you get 18 points for a relay win,” Persaud concluded.
Ravens’ juniors move a game closer to Hard Court title
– Colts burst through Nets on way to redemption
By Edison Jefford
Ravens Under-23 team moved a game closer to the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) ‘King of the Hard Court’ title Saturday night when they set up an ideal final showdown with Trinity Grid Holdings (TGH) Pacesetters.
The battle for the junior title in the competition was scheduled for last night, but rain inundated the Georgetown venue, forcing the GABA to postpone the game. The Ravens junior team set up the clash with a 63-43 dismantling of Colts Basketball Club.
Sebastian Luke scored 17 while Carlos Edwards had 12 points; the other players scoring double figures for Ravens were Triston Burnette and Rondell Arthur with 11 and 10 points respectively. The win ensured that Ravens, like Pacesetters, remain unbeaten.
Jonathan Pooran was the only player in double figures for Colts with 14 points as Amoniki John and Jafar Gibbons contributed six and five points apiece. Colts’ redemption came in the Division I category of the tournament when they blew out Republic Bank Nets.
Colts beat Nets 81-55 with centre Shane Webster seemingly returning to form in the nick of time ahead of the Caribbean Championships. Webster was dominant in the paint for 32 points with the guard duo, Shelroy Thomas and Dave Causway adding 18 and 10 points respectively.
For Nets, Mortimer Williams scored 16 points while Pelham Doris and Mark Gilberts scored 14 and 10 points each. Colts obliterated Nets in the first quarter with an 18-4 run, which put them up 28-12 at the end of the period, ensuring Nets play from behind.
Colts took full advantage of their home-court through Webster, Thomas and Causway. Republic Bank Nets had a better offensive second period, but it was not enough, as Colts managed to hold on to a 49-30 lead midway through the game.
It was clear after Colts amassed the mammoth first quarter lead that they knew once they kept on scoring, the game would be out of reach for Nets. Colts won each quarter to do exactly that with a 20-point 65-45 lead at the end of the penultimate period.
Nets were unable to string together a run throughout the encounter which ensured the redemption of Colts after Ravens had blew them out in Plaisance. The full strength Colts had a point to prove and they did so in fine style against a top Georgetown team.
In the other Division I game, University of Guyana (UG) Trojans defeated the East Coast-based, Melanie Patriots 75-61. Emmanuel Archibald scored 25 points with Akeem ‘The Dream’ Kanhai scoring 23 points and Colwick Benjamin adding 11 points.
For Melanie, Sherlan Legall led the offence with 19 points while Sheldon Noel and Floyd Arthur supported with 11 and 10 points correspondingly. The GABA will announce the new date for the continuation of the competition, which should be in its twilight.
This new government has begun to supply the light
By Rawle Welch
Despite being in office for just over two weeks the new administration under the stewardship of His Excellency President David Granger and the Honourable Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has already demonstrated its commitment to forging a new path for the youths of this country, more specifically our athletes.
The Kaieteur News of Saturday, May 30 reported that the boxing team which departed of Friday to participate in the Pan American trials in Mexico was finally able to make the trip due to the support offered by the Minister responsible for Sport Dr. Rupert Roopnarine.
The Minister’s intervention followed exhaustive appeals made by Guyana Boxing Association President (GBA) Steve Ninvalle calling for financial assistance to offset travelling and other related expenses.
This development is wlecomed news for our athletes who’ve been subjected to disappointment after disappointment due to the lack of adequate support from the previous government.
This support follow on the heels of a similar gesture made to the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation that will be sending male and female teams to the Caribbean Championships slated for Tortola next month.
Just like the euphoric feeling that permeated among the citizens of this nation which was emphatically revealed during the inauguration ceremony not so long ago at the National Stadium, the early prognosis indicates that national teams will definitely enjoy much more support from an administration that is already exhibiting the kind of care and attention to the citizens of this wonderful country that was terribly absent.
The new administration is leading by example and it is this kind of leadership that will encourage more corporate entities to follow suit and extend their generosity to our athletes.
Our boxers looked impeccably decked out in their attire as a travelling contingent and this outlook can quickly instigate national pride and a determination to do well for country.
It was reminiscent of the way our athletes looked previously, during a period when we dominated the entire Caribbean in many disciplines, and should the other components (coaching expertise, state-of-the-art facilities) be provided, our journey to regain our rightful place within the Region and beyond may not seem impossible after all.
Our youths must be given the opportunity to excel in whatever sphere of endeavour they choose and this new government has begun to supply the light in a tunnel that grew darker and darker before May 11.
We must complement the efforts of our youths who’ve struggled for so long it is time that the administrators of Sport put their collective energies together to create a new generation of sport stars.
There is understandable optimism that Dr. Roopnarine will remain committed in his support for our athletes, but even with his best effort, the united resolve of all stakeholders will be crucial for success.
While it is understood that the government does not possess unrestricted financial reserves, a check list of priorities could ensure that resources are placed in the right areas.
Can we do it, yes we can.
Golds for Van Lange, Mahaica, Grant, Adams and Persaud
The Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) National Long Course Championships got off to a flying start on Saturday with Brittany Van Lange, Amy Grant, Omar Adams, Kenita Mahaica and Aleka Persaud capturing Gold in the Blue Ribbon Stakes.
It was nice to see Brittany Van Lange in the pool after a long layoff, copping Golds in the Girls 18 and over in the 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly, 200m IM and 200m Breaststroke.
Amy Grant captured Golds in the Girls 13-14 Group, retaining her title as Sprint Queen in the 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 200m IM, while Kenita Mahaica won the Girls 13-14 100m Backstroke.
Omar Adams took Golds in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, defeating Hannibal Gaskin to claim the coveted title of King of Sprints.
Aleka Persaud swimming in the Girls 8 and under won the 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 200m IM.
Saturday events also saw Paul Mahaica winning the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly.
Leon Seaton took Golds in the Boys 9-10 Group in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly while Raekwon Noel captured the 200m IM in the same age group. Lian Winter claimed the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly in the Girls 9-10 category.
Jadyn George swimming in the Girls 11-12 category won the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly while Sekhel Tzedeq competing in the said age group captured the 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke.
Onika George, battling in the Girls 15-17 category, took the top podium spot in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, while Satyanand Ramlagan won the Boys 15-17 200m Breaststroke.
Sam Clarke carted off the 200m Breaststroke in the Boys 13-14 category while Antonio Hussein claimed the 200m IM, Nathan Hacket the 100m Backstroke and Daniel Scott the 50m Butterfly.
The day concluded with the Boys 18 and Over as Joseph Seguina captured the 50m Butterfly. This age group also saw Andrew Fowler taking Gold in the 50m Freestyle; coach Mario King took the 200m Breaststroke. The championships conclude today.
Phang, Rahaman and Shomari Wiltshire impress on opening night
Woodpecker Products Junior National Squash Tournament …
The Woodpecker Products Junior National Tournament, hosted by the Guyana Squash Association in collaboration with its leading sponsor Digicel, began with inspiring performances from several in-form players on Wednesday evening, at the
Shomari Wiltshire showed impressive ball control and court awareness as he easily dispatched of Dominic Collins with several dismissive forearm drives and smart employ of back hand short arm volleys.
The Under-13 right hander looked a class above his opponent and is rapidly improving, ahead of the upcoming Junior Caribbean Amateur Squash Association (CASA) Tournament. Several other players won without conceding a set including Jason Gomes, Kamir Khan, Chad DeAbreu and Lucas Jonas.
Nathan Rahaman held on despite a late surge from Mashel Allicock to win a marathon third game 18/16, to seal a 3-0 win. Of the females around winner’s row after the first night of events, Aliyah Persaud played a hard fought game to beat Abosaide Cadogan 3-1, while Makeda Harding dominated Kirsten Gomes 3-0 in an 11/1, 11/2, 11/3 victory.
In the night’s closest game, John Phang recovered from two sets down to edge Gianni Carpenter 3-2 ( 6/11, 8/11, 11/2, 11/9, 11/7). The tournament was set to continue last evening, at the same venue.
The full results are: Boys
Novices: Nathan Rahaman blanked Mashal Allicock 3-0 (11/4, 11/5. 18/16)
Kamir Khan beat Liam Carpenter 3-0 (11/3, 11/4, 11/7)
Jason Gomes proved too good James Mekdeci 3-0 (11/4, 11/9, 11/3)
Under-9: Mohryan Baksh defeated Noah Rahaman 3-0 (11/3, 11/3, 11/4)
Chad DeAbreu beat Shiloh Asregado 3-0 (11/2, 11/5, 11/1)
Louis DaSilva beat Wade Beckles 3-0 (11/5, 11/5, 11/6)
Under-13: Lucas Jonas sailed past Nechemiyah Levans 3-0 (11/3, 11/5, 11/0)
Shomari Wiltshire thumped Dominic Collins 3-0 (11/1, 11/2, 11/4)
John Phang beat Gianni Carpenter 3-2 (6/11, 8/11, 11/2, 11/9, 11/7)
Under-11: Giovanna DoSantos vs Isabella Ramjohn
Kirsten Gomes beat Paige Fernandes 3-0 (11/4, 11/2/11/3)
Haley Carpenter defeated Beau Fernandes 3-0 (11/2, 11/5, 11/5)
Under-13: Madison Fernandes beat Teijah Edwards 3-0 (11/1, 11/2, 11/0)
Aliyah Persaud defeated Abosaide Cadogan 3-1 (15/13, 11/5, 6/11, 11/8)
Makeda Harding cruised past Kirsten Gomes 3-0 (11/1, 11/2, 11/3)
Knights continue conquest with huge win against Warriors
By Edison Jefford
Knights continued their ascendancy in basketball in Georgetown Wednesday night with an easy win against West Side Warriors in the Division I category of Georgetown’s Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) ‘King of the
Hard Court’ Championship.
Guard/forward, Owan Walton was again the leading offensive player for Knights with 19 points, which led them to a 59-41 rout of Warriors in overcast conditions. Lloyd Bart had 11 points and Akil Lewis eighth points for Knights in their third straight victory.
Devon Murray scored 21 points for Warriors. Continuing the game from last week when a power failure eclipsed its first attempt with Knights leading 32-21 with two minutes left before the half-time break, three points were added to Knights to close out the period.
Knights, obviously reserved owed to the damp court, obliterated Warriors for a mammoth 51-32 lead at the end of the penultimate period. Walton was the main contributor with a jump shot and a layup complimenting his excellent free-throw shooting.
The central Georgetown-based Knights went deep into their bench in the final quarter, after they had basically wrapped up the win with excellent clock management that placed the game beyond Warriors reach despite Murray’s scoring heroics. The game was over.
In an Opening Under-23 fixture, Plaisance Guardians thrashed Pepsi Sonics 93-69 with Terrence Daniels scoring 27 points and Akeem Johnson 21 points. Malcolm Powder and Andrew Johnson scored 10 and nine respectively for Guardians as well.
Daniel Haynes was the leading scorer for Sonics with 17 points while Quincy Wright supported with 16 points. Lumel Grant and Leron Vyphuis chipped in with 12 and eight points respectively for the Mandela Avenue-based Pepsi Sonics.
Guardians took possession of the game early, racing to a 31-19 lead. They continued to press an uptempo offensive system that ensured a 48-32 lead midway through the game. Sonics made an optimistic run in the third quarter that saw them chopping Guardians’ lead.
Sonics trailed 55-63 with a quarter left in the game. However, Sonics could not put together one quarter of complete basketball that would have seen them continue the run they started after their halftime break. They allowed Guardians to protect their advantage.
The tournament is scheduled to continue tonight at the Burnham Basketball Court having already seen games at the National Gymnasium and Plaisance Community Court.
HISTORIC! Eight Elite Clubs Meet To Discuss Future
CONCACAF Club Licensing makes smooth transition in Guyana
The new club licensing system that has been established by CONCACAF in the confederation has made a smooth transition in Guyana with eleven clubs already making the mark and have been duly granted their licenses
by the Guyana Football Federation following the verification process.
Of the eleven clubs, eight have been selected to be part of the inaugural GFF Elite League which will take flight later this year according to GFF Technical Director, Claude Bolton.
On Monday afternoon last at the Water Chris Hotel, Quamina Street, the eight Elite Clubs were privileged to be part of a seminar with Mr. Andres Portabella – CONCACAF Club Licensing Manager and Mr. Michael Gandler – FIFA Consultant.
The eight Elite Clubs are Alpha United FC, Guyana Defense Force, Slingerz FC, Monedderlust FC, Fruta Conquerors, Georgetown Football Club, Pele FC and Buxton FC.
The activity sought in the first instance to congratulate the clubs on their selection for the GFF Elite League whilst Portabella took the opportunity to walk the club through the intricacies of embracing the new concept of Club Licensing and what it entails with a view to making Guyana’s structure more efficient.
Portabella explained the reason behind club licensing: “The main objective is to improve the quality of all football clubs, all futsal and beach soccer clubs in the CONCACAF region, both men and women.”
Each of the forty-one members association in CONCACAF is being assisted to implement the club licensing system. Portabella informed that the club licensing system sets minimum criteria for clubs to participate in their leagues at the domestic level which is now kicking in 2015 and 2016.
“In 2017 we’ll set a regional criteria that will establish minimum criteria to participate in CONCACAF Club competitions. So basically in this first stage what CONCACAF has done is grab the FIFA club licensing regulations and we have adapted them to a set of CONCACAF club licensing regulations which every single federation in CONCACAF has to adapt to a federation set of club licensing regulations.”
It was pointed out by Portabella that CONCACAF has brought down the level of criteria to a basic level so that the system can be inclusive, including all clubs in the region whether they are super professional or very amateur.
“Basically, we gave set the requirements for clubs to fill out four forms and to be able to fulfill eleven (11) additional requirements which are extremely simple. So in this way we are guaranteeing that all clubs are included into this new system and that we set a long term foundation for development of all clubs.”
He noted that in this first phase CONCACAF will get to know each club within the confederation from who owns and manages the club to who finances the club, which players play with the club as well as their youth outfits and training facilities among others.
“This will allow us to in the future set even more criteria gradually that will allow the whole region to grow together in the long term.”
The CONCACAF Club Licensing project has already touched down in other countries; Portabella’s last stop was Bonaire, one of the smallest affiliates in the confederation.
“We’ve had a great reaction from the clubs there. They have embraced us and the system and are ready to take on this new project and the movement to develop their clubs.”
More developed federations would have also been visited by Portabella including Costa Rica and Panama which have more developed systems.
“They have already increased the domestic criteria; CONCACAF has set basic criteria at the domestic level but each federation is allowed to increase the criteria a little bit. So for example Costa Rica has increased a little bit that criteria and its working well for them because their clubs are much more advanced than the average club in the CONCACAF region.”
Jamaica has also been visited and they have been doing well according to Portabella with regard to embracing the system.
Zooming in on CONCACAF’s Mission Statement: “To develop, promote and manage football throughout the region with integrity, transparency and passion in order to inspire participation in the game”
Portabella stated that inspiring participation is key: “So we want to inspire more clubs, we want to inspire more leagues, more administrators, and more coaches to take their organization o the next level.”
Also established by CONCACAF is a new set of guides for leagues and clubs. The confederation is also doing documentaries on leagues, clubs and infrastructure throughout the region; case studies on different clubs and leagues with a view to providing examples and best practices from the region and to share this information to clubs.
“If we are able to share knowledge we’re doing our job the right way. We’re becoming a sort of information facilitator at CONCACAF. It will allow someone in Bermuda to learn what somebody in Nicaragua is doing and somebody in Nicaragua to learn what somebody in Canada is doing.”
GASA congratulates New Govt
The Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) has congratulated President David Arthur Granger and the new Ministers of the National Assembly. A release from GASA stated that association is looking forward to working with the new administration for the development of the sport.
Meanwhile, the entity will be hosting their Independence long course championship from May 29-June 1 at the National Aquatic Centre.
Colts rebound against home side Plaisance
– Ravens, Pacesetters on collision course
By Edison Jefford
After a crushing defeat against Ravens Friday night, Colts rebounded against home side Plaisance Guardians for a narrow win Sunday night when the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) ‘King of the
Hard Court’ competition continued in Plaisance.
Colts prevailed 76-69 against Guardians in the Division I category of the competition with Shane Webster and guard, Rayon Cummings combining for 16 points apiece. Seasoned guards, Shelroy Thomas and Dave Causway supported with 13 and 12 points respectively. Dexter Walcott scored 10 points to highlight the good offensive showing for Colts.
Plaisance Guardians’ main offensive threat, Nikkoloi Smith continued his leading performance in the tournament with 20 points. Forward, Mark Richards added 14 points while Ron Campbell had 12 points and Kwame Fox 10 points.
The Georgetown-based Colts took early control of the game, outscoring the home side 23-16 in the first quarter. Colts maintained their advantage going into the halftime break, despite an even battle in the second quarter. Colts scored one more than Guardians’ 20 points to ensure that they lead 44-36 midway through the game.
Guardians’ meltdown in the third quarter almost gift-wrapped the win for Colts. However, after a poor penultimate period, it was clear Guardians left too much work to be done in the final period, which they won, but not enough to stop Colts from trampling them.
Melanie Patriots defeated Central Georgetown unit Pepsi Sonics via walkover Sunday night. The loss for Colts was their second in as many nights. Ravens steamrolled them 87-54 Saturday night at the same venue, which sparked Plaisance’s slide.
Guard, Ryan Stephney scored a game high 19 points while Jermaine Slater and Ryan Gullen had 14 points apiece. Marlon Rodrigues added 12 points in the comprehensive win for Ravens, which is on a collision course with TGH Pacesetters, which is also unbeaten.
For Plaisance, Campbell scored 14 while Enoc Matthews had 11 points. Richards and Smith had 10 points each in the heavy defeat.
In the second game Saturday night, Trinity Grid Holdings (TGH) Pacesetters beat Republic Bank Nets 67-50 with Stephon Gillis scoring 14 points, while Randy Richardson and Joslyn Crawford added 11 and 10 points in that order.
Fabian Johnson and Dorian Lewis had 12 points each, while Pelham Doris supported with seven points for Nets. In an opening game Saturday night, Colts edged Plaisance Guardians 53-48 in an Under-23 fixture.
Kevin Dey and Amoniki John led the winners with 13 and 12 points respectively. Nduka Horatio scored 21 points in the loss was while Kelvin Yorrick had 10 points. The competition shifts back to the Central Georgetown venue, Burnham Basketball Court tomorrow night.
Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis dubbed a hero
GBBC President, Peter Abdool proposes national monument in his honour
The recent death of former World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion, Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis has left a void, not only in the boxing fraternity but, to my mind, the entire nation. This missive is written expressly to foster a better appreciation of the volume of Lewis’ achievement and what it meant to the sporting history of our Nation and its extraordinary significance at that particular moment in time.
Allow me to regress ‘back into the future’ when on the 13th September 1980 an extremely talented Guyanese featherweight fighter by the name Patrick Forde stepped into the ring at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas, USA to face the WBC World Featherweight champion, Salvador Sanchez for his title. Of the many great fighters that Guyana had produced, this was a genuine shot at the world title staring us in the face.
You see, despite the fact that we had produced many great fighters, we had never as a nation, managed to win a world title. In those days world title fights were a grueling 15 rounds and this one went exactly that distance. But at the end, the scores were 139-148, 145-145 and 141-145 in favour of Sanchez.
Seven months later, on 14th February 1981, Forde again made our hopes soar, this time taking on Eusebio Pedroza in Panama for the WBA World Featherweight title. Once again, despite a spirited effort, Forde surrendered in the 13th of the scheduled 15 rounds affair and it seemed as though the elusive world title was simply not to be.
In 1981 on the 26th June, just four months later, our tremendously talented young super lightweight, Lennox Blackmoore lifted our hearts and our hopes once again as he took on undefeated Aaron Prior at the Hasciento Hotel, Las Vegas, USA for Prior’s WBA World Super Lightweight title. Guyana’s anticipation was palpable and our excitement immeasurable.
In just two rounds, Blackmoore, as brilliant as he was, suffered a technical knockout from the rampaging Aaron Prior. Again Guyanese hearts were once more utterly and decisively crushed and the elusive world title remained, just out of reach.
On 4th of May, 1993 we would try again, this time, our rising young middleweight star, Wayne Harris would take on American Reggie Johnson for his WBA World Middleweight Title at the McNicolls Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. Harris surrendered that bout by scores of 109-120, 108-120, 110-120 and once again it was cold denial for Guyana as the unrealized dream remained just that.
In 1995 on 27th May, Anthony ‘The Pearl’ Andrews journeyed to the Broward County Convention Centre in Fort Lauderdale, USA in pursuit of Jorge Fernando Castro’s WBA World Middleweight title. It was an action packed encounter and at the start of round 12, the Pearl was ahead on all of the scorecards and needed only to avoid a surging and desperate Castro to lift the title.
Guyana was tantalizingly one round away from its first world title but Castro, the man who stood between us and the title, would have none of it. He caught the Pearl on the ropes and landed shots heavy enough to render the Pearl helpless, forcing the referee to stop the contest.
He lost by TKO at 2:14secs of the 12th round in what was a decisive heart breaking loss yet. It seemed certain that Guyana would never win a world title although we had produced for decades, tremendously talented fighters.
On the 17th February 2001 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, James ‘The Mighty Quinn’ Page stepped into the ring to defend his WBA 147 lbs Welterweight World title against Lewis. At 5’ 11″ with a reach of 73″ and just 30 years of age, Page was a formidable and large welterweight, an orthodox
Pittsburg California native, an American Champion defending his world title on American soil. He was known for a bone jarring left hook, one that had stopped many of his opponents in his 23 wins from 28 fights with 19 knockouts. It was a very huge affair.
The famous Kenny Bayless was the referee and the supervisor of the fight was none other than Giberto Jesus Mendoza, the now President of the WBA. The commentary team included the famous Emmanuel Steward. Across the ring draped in the hardly known green, yellow, red and black flag of Guyana in which he had entered was a diminutive Andrew ‘Sixheads’ Lewis, standing at only 5’ 8″ in comparison to his opponent’s 5’ 11″.
I remember that like all Guyanese watching, my heart was in my hands. The difference in size alone was enough to cause panic and then there was that awesome left hook that Page possessed. It looked very much as if we would be denied once again.
I had expected that a fairly intimidated ‘Sixhead’ would emerge from his corner and look to avoid Page’s big shots. The exact opposite happened – Sixhead came out as if there were only two people in the world, Page and himself and he (Sixhead) was, in his own mind, the far better fighter. He attacked Page with ferocious aggression, driving the bigger man back with hard left handed power shots from a classic southpaw position.
A startled Page could deliver very little of his own and found himself confronted with a far superior boxer. By round two, Page was dumped on the canvas from a hard right uppercut. Sixhead’s focus was intense as he systematically dismantled Page with a brilliant display of ring generalship.
Page’s poor defense proved porous against Six’s pinpoint accuracy and he could do little to stem Sixhead’s unrelenting aggression. Emmanuel Steward’s open admiration for Sixhead’s destruction of Page was clearly evident in his commentary. Page endured a battering and at the end of the sixth round, Sixhead landed a wicked combination, a right hook followed by a brutal right uppercut.
At this point, all of us who know boxing, knew that Page could not endure much more punishment. At the 98th second of the seventh round a vicious right hook connected to the side of his head sending him to the canvas. Referee Kenny Bayless, intensely looking into his glazed eyes and mindful of the punishment he had already absorbed, stopped the contest. Pandemonium followed.
It is just incredible how much emotion the human brain and body can process at one time. The pride that I felt for our country at that moment caused all at once a constriction in my chest that literally threatened to stop my breathing and a large lump in my throat the size of a breadfruit which was certainly not reflected in all the hollering that I was doing.
Sixhead Lewis lifted me and every Guyanese that witnessed this fight to arguably the greatest moment of National pride that we will ever experience.
He came to a door that said ‘World Champions only – No Guyanese Allowed,’ and he simply kicked it down.
In the few years that followed, six of his countrymen and women came in through that open doorway stepping over the flattened door that still lies on the ground, demolished by Andrew “Sixhead” Lewis.
His singular achievement represented a culmination of all of the countless years of toil and effort of all who preceded him – our amateur ranks through which he had come, our loyal and dedicated trainers, cornermen, sparring partners, the Guyana Boxing Board itself and the many, many loyal supporters over the years.
His spectacular seizing of the World Title was at last, justification for all of the hard work over the years – a vindication as it were, that it had not all been in vain – that our great and unyielding belief that our fighters were among the very best in the world was finally proven and justified in spectacular fashion for all the world to see.
For the Guyana Boxing Board of Control, this man will forever be our “Eternal hero”. Nothing will ever take him out of the pages of this Country’s history or indeed out of our Hearts. Guyana has lost a real and true Hero – one who took not a brush but a pair of Gloves and beautifully painted one of the most glorious moments in our nation’s history.
It is for that reason that the Guyana Boxing Board strongly advocates that a national monument in the form of a life sized statue be erected in a prominent location in commemoration of this Guyanese Hero as has been done in other countries in honour of their boxing legends. Andrew ‘Sixheads’ Lewis deserves no less; Guyana deserves no less. May his soul rest in eternal peace!
Ravens embarrass top-ranked Colts
– Knights upset Sonics
Colts, which had managed to secure a competitive reputation in basketball in Georgetown, had a strange
meltdown against Dyna’s Ravens Friday night when ‘King of the Hard Court’ Basketball competition continued at the Plaisance Community Centre Court.
Ravens embarrassed Colts 75-40 in a Division I showdown in Georgetown’s Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) inaugural tournament. Dominic Vicente and Ryan Gullen top scored in the win with 17 points each while Jermaine Slater had 15 and Ryan Stephney 10 points.
For Colts, O’niko Fraser, Rawle Nelson and Haslyn Hooper scored six points apiece with Delon LaRose and Rayon Cummings adding five points each. Dyna’s Ravens was merciless offensively from the first quarter jumping out to an 18-2 lead.
Colts improved in the second quarter, but nothing threatening enough to shoot down Ravens, as the quarter ended 32-15. The scoring struggles continued for Colts in the penultimate period of the game with Ravens added 20 points in the period.
Ravens continued their offensive press in the last period to leave a hapless Colts wondering what hit them in 40 minutes of basketball. Vicente led the scoring in the last period with 12 points that included a three-point play and a huge three point jumper.
In the opening Division game of the night, Knights defeated Pepsi Sonics 51-42 with Lloyd Bart scoring 17 points and Owan Walton 13 points. Knights downed the top-ranked Sonics in a result that was perhaps long overdue
after they handed the National Champions, Trinity Grid Holdings Pacesetters a scare two weeks ago.
Akil Lewis also scored10 points for Kinghts. On the losing side, Trevor Smith shot his way to a game high 23 points while Yannick December and Kerwin Jackson had six points each for Pepsi in the encounter.
Knights led 14-9 after the first period and surged into a massive 30-15 advantage at halftime; the opposing Pepsi Sonics rallied to cut the deficit in the third period as they outscored Knights 15-8 to go into the fourth quarter trailing 30-38. However, Knights managed to hold on for the win in the final period, to mark a clear pattern of ascendancy in Georgetown.
Profiles of Cabinet Ministers
Brig. David Granger…………President
Mr Moses Nagamootoo……….Prime Minister
Col. Joseph Harmon…………….Minister of State
Mr Noel Holder……………………Minister of Agriculture
Mr Dominic Gaskin………………Minister of Business
Mr Ronald Bulkan………………..Minister of Communities
Dr Rupert Roopnaraine………..Minister of Education
Mr Winston Jordan………………Minister of Finance
Mr Carl Greenidge………………..Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr Sydney Allicock………………Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs
Mr Basil Williams………………….Minister of Legal Affairs
Dr George Norton…………………Minister of Public Health
Mr David Patterson……………….Minister of Public Infrastructure
Mr Khemraj Ramjattan………….Minister of Public Security
Mrs Catherine Hughes…………..Minister of Tourism
Mrs Volda Lawrence………………Minister of Social Protection
His Excellency The President, David Arthur Granger, MSM, MSS
David Granger’s life is grounded in traditional Guyanese values. He was born into a large family with strong roots in the public service and grew up in the three counties – Essequibo, Berbice and Demerara.
He was educated at Queens College and graduated from the University of Guyana, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He also attended the University of the West Indies, the University of Maryland and the National Defence University in the USA.
David Granger’s years of military service are based on his belief in Guyana’s independence and territorial integrity. He received his military training at the Mons Officer Cadet School and the School of Infantry in the United Kingdom, the Jungle Warfare Instruction Centre in Brazil, and the Army Command and Staff College in Nigeria. After serving as Commander of the Guyana Defence Force and National Security Adviser to the President, he retired with the rank of Brigadier.
Brigadier Granger made a significant contribution to national defence and public security as a member of several defence and security agencies. These include holding the chairmanship of the Central Intelligence Committee, co-chairmanship of the Border and National Security Committee and membership of the Guyana Defence Board, National Drug Law Enforcement Committee and the Disciplined Forces Commission.
He served in several public organisations and was elected to the presidencies of the History Society, Guyana Heritage Society, University of Guyana Guild of Graduates and the Guyana Chess Federation. He was also formerly a member of the University of Guyana Council and the Guyana Press Association. At present, he is chairman of the Guyana Book Foundation and a member of the Guyana Legion and the Board of Trustees of the Guyana Veterans Foundation.
Brigadier Granger has written extensively on national defence and public security issues. He received various academic awards which include the President’s Medal. His military awards include the Military Service Star for distinguished service.
Brigadier (ret’d) David Arthur Granger is a family man and is married to Sandra Chan-A-Sue Granger with two daughters, Han and Afuwa.
Prime Minister & First Vice-President, Moses Verasammy Nagamootoo
- Justice of the Peace & Commissioner of Oaths to Affidavits
Born: November 30, 1947 in Whim Village, Corentyne, Berbice.
Parents: Gangama and Nagamootoo Ramaswamy, both deceased.
Spouse: Sita Nagamootoo
Children: Angela Vashmini, Sita Maria, Adela Gangama & Moses Ernesto.
- Auchlyne Scots School
- Rose Hall & Comprehensive High Schools
- University of Guyana
- University of the West Indies (Hugh Wooding Law School)
- Accabre College of Social Sciences
- Venezuelan Spanish Language Institute
- Fellowship – Allen White School of Journalism, University of Kansas
- In 1961, entered politics at age 14, during struggle for Guyana’s independence.
- 1964, October – member Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO) and People’s Progressive Party (PPP).
- 1966 – founder of National Union of Students.
1976-2011 – Member of PPP Central Committee.
1978-2005 – Member of PPP Executive Committee.
2011– Vice-Chairman, Alliance For Change (AFC)
1992-2014 Member of Parliament.
1992-2001 Member of Cabinet under four Presidents (Cheddi and Janet Jagan, Samuel Hinds and Bharrat Jagdeo).
Senior Minister of Information; Senior Minister of Local Government & Regional Development with responsibility for Information & Amerindian Affairs.
COMMITTEES & BOARDS
Member of Select Committee on Constitutional Reform.
Chairman of Oversight Committee of the Select Committee on Constitutional Reform.
Member, Foreign Relations and Standing Orders Committees.
Council Member, University of Guyana.
1994-1998 – Director, Guyana Airways Corporation.
2005-2006 – Executive Member, Guyana Bar Association.
TEACHER (1964-70); JOURNALIST (1971-92)
- General Secretary of the Union of Guyanese Journalists – UGJ (1970-1992);
- Founder member and Executive member of Caribbean Association of Media Workers- CAMWORK (1986-1992);
- Executive Member of Federation of Latin American Journalists – FELAP;
- Vice-President of International Organisation of Journalists – IOJ (1990-1996).
Hendree’s Cure, (2001 Nominee Guyana Literature Prize for First Novel)
Fragments from Memory (2015)
Editor Anthology of Revolutionary Poems: “For the Fighting Front”
PPP’s Certificate for Meritorious Service – 1990, Guyana
IOJ Scroll of Honour as Outstanding Journalist – 1996, Vietnam
GOPIO Community Service Award- 2008, India
Mr. Joseph Harmon.
Minister of State of the Ministry of the Presidency
Mr. Joseph Harmon. was born and raised in the West Demerara village of Pouderoyen and completed his schooling on the West Demerara before qualifying to do his ‘A’ Levels at Queen’s College. However, because of his circumstances he was unable to take up the opportunity and instead was forced to find employment. He worked for about a year in the Geddes Grant motor sales department before enlisting for the Officer Cadet course in the Guyana Defence Force, where he rose from the rank of Second Lieutenant following his graduation, to Lieutenant Colonel at the time of his retirement.
He applied for early retirement from the army as he wanted to do something else. During his years in the army Harmon took advantage of all the training it provided, including travelling widely in and out of Guyana, and in his later years he also made use of the opportunity afforded to officers to further their studies while still serving.
He completed his law degree at Cave Hill in Barbados before attending the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad. On completion of his law studies he served for some time in the army’s legal services department, where he was the Commanding Officer and where he did some prosecution work.
After twenty-three years in the Guyana Defence Force and another 15 years as a lawyer in private practice, Mr. Joseph Harmon still remains an “active politician” and was a new face in the Tenth Sitting of the National Assembly.
In his early days, Mr. Harmon was a member of the Young Socialist Movement (YSM), the youth arm of the PNC, and at one time he was the Chairman of the Pouderoyen YSM group, later on becoming a Member of the Regional Executive of the movement.
During his army days, Mr. Harmon ‘eased up’ in his involvement in politics, but by 2010, he resumed ‘full scale politics and was the Returning Officer for the elections at the Party’s Biennial Congresses.
Mr. Harmon is married with six children. He served in the Tenth Parliament of Guyana as APNU’s Shadow Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure.
Mr. Noel Holder
Minister of Agriculture
Mr. Dominic Gaskin
Minister of Business
Mr. Ronald Azam Bulkan
Minister of Communities
Mr. Ronald Bulkan. is the fifth of seven children of Rehannah Bulkan and the late George Bulkan, both of whom were school teachers.
Ronald, who was born in Supenaam on the Essequibo Coast, is a product of rural Guyana, though not exclusively so. He attended St. Philips Nursery, Bush Lot Primary, Yakusari Govt., Massiah Govt., Dolphin Govt. and Queen’s College. He has spent his entire life in Guyana, except for a nine-month period in 1979/80, when he lived in the USA while attending the University of Houston.
Mr.Bulkan is a co–founder (1983) of Precision Woodworking Limited, a pioneering company in value added processing in the wood–sector in Guyana. Mr. Bulkan and Precision were awarded the coveted Ernst and Young Caribbean Entrepreneur of the Year title in 2001, to date, the only Guyanese company to earn this accolade. He subsequently was inducted to the World Entrepreneur of the Year Academy in Monte Carlo in June 2002.
Although a businessman, Mr. Bulkan is no stranger to social and political activism. He belonged to the Guyana Human Rights Association (and was a member of the Elections Monitoring Committee in the pre-1992 period). An extension of this saw his being a part of the GUARD movement and he spoke on the platform, both in Georgetown and on the Corentyne.
He proudly recalls organizing a picketing exercise (together with Ian Lye) in 1992 against S.S Ramphal outside the Hotel Tower, when Ramphal was here spearheading hearings of the West Indian Commission. The exercise was meant to highlight the call for regional and international pressure to restore democratic elections and it was joined by the PPP, whose members that day included the late Dr. Jagan & Mr. Harripersaud Nokta. He was a candidate at the 1997 General Elections for the WPA.
The only organizations to which he has ever belonged to are the Queens College Cadet Corps, GHRA, WPA & now a proud member of the PNC. He counts among his heroes Nehru, Gandhi, Norman Manley, Martin Luther King, Mandela, EusiKwayana, Desmond Hoyte and Muhammed Ali.
Mr. Bulkan prays at the Redeemer Lutheran Church but is comfortable in any place of worship. He is married to Sattie and together they have two children, George & Nadia.
Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine
Minister of Education
Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine was born on 31st January 1943 in Kitty, Georgetown and is the father of Dr. Terry Roopnaraine and Alicia Roopnaraine.
He is a world class professor and instructor of liberal arts who has lectured at some of the most prestigious universities and learning institutions around the world, and is no stranger to Guyana’s politics and the struggles of the working class people of this country.
He has been in the front line of the national political movement since 1977 as one of the elite leaders of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA). He served as a Member of the Faculty of the University of Guyana from 1976 to 1990 and as a Member of Parliament for a number of years. He brought to the leadership of A Partnership for National Unity (A.P.N.U) his vast political experience and the WPA’s unwavering commitment to the building of a Guyana of social justice and racial harmony.
He was educated at Queen’s College (Guyana), Cambridge University (UK), and Cornell University (New York, USA), and holds a Doctorate in Comparative Literature.
Dr. Roopnaraine was part of APNU’s Shadow Cabinet in the Tenth Parliament, holding the portfolio of Agriculture and Environment.
Mr. WINSTON JORDAN
Minister of Finance
- MA, Economics, University of Warwick, UK, 1985
- B SocSc, Economics (pass with distinction), University of Guyana, Guyana, 1981
- Certificate, Public Sector Budgeting, Harvard University, USA, 1990
- Certificate, Budgeting and Structural Adjustment Management, Penn State University, USA, 1993
HONOURS AND FELLOWSHIPS
|198119901992||University of Guyana Vice Chancellor’s Special Award: Best graduating student in the Faculty of Social Science.Commonwealth Scholarship: To pursue postgraduate studies in Economics at University of Warwick, UK.UNDP Fellowship: To pursue postgraduate studies in public sector budgeting at the Harvard Institute for International Development, Harvard University, USA.Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship: To pursue postgraduate studies at the Graduate School of Public Policy, Penn State University, USA; professional affiliations and attachments to various Federal and State bodies in the USA; and internship at the International Monetary Fund.|
Over thirty (30) years working experience in a number of areas including macroeconomic management; economic policy reform, programming and governance; resource mobilization; public finance; public sector budgeting; policy design and analysis; and design of poverty programmes and safety nets.
Served on several technical committees and state boards, including:
- Presidential Committee on Economic Matters (1990-91);
- Presidential Committee on Public Service Wages and Salaries (1997);
- Presidential Committee on the Privatisation of Guyana Electricity Corporation (1997) and Linden Mining Enterprise (2003);
- Arbitration between the Government and the Guyana Teachers’ Union (1999);
- Arbitration between the Government and the Guyana Public Service Union (1999);
- Deputy National Authorising Officer for Guyana to the EEC (1986-92);
- Director, Guyana Cooperative, Agricultural and Industrial Development Bank (GAIBANK), 1987-92;
- Director, Bauxite Development Company Limited (BIDCO), 1987-2003;
- Director, Guyana Cooperative Financial Service (GCFS), 1997-2005.
- Alternate Director, Caribbean Development Bank, 1986-92;
- Temporary Governor and Temporary Alternate Governor to several Annual Meetings of the IDB, CDB and the IMF/World Bank Group;
- Chairman, Caricom Meeting of Officials of the Council on Finance and Planning (COFAP), February 2003.
- 2009-2015: Country Analyst, Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU)
- 2006 (February) – 2008 (June): Technical Coordinator, Public Management Modernisation Programme (IDB), Ministry of Finance
- 1998 (August) – 2007 (May): Budget/Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance
- 1997 (April) – 1998 (July): Budget Specialist, Office of the Budget, Ministry of Finance
- 1995 (July) – 1997 (March): Adviser in Budgeting, Ministry of Finance
- 1995 (January – May): Budgeting and Public Investment Specialist, Ministry of Finance
- 1985 (June) – 1994 (August): Director, Office of the Budget, Ministry of Finance
- 1984 (October) – 1985 (June): Senior Planner, State Planning Secretariat
- 1981 (October) – 1984 (October): Planner, State Planning Secretariat
OTHER WORK EXPERENCE
Spring Semester, 2011: Senior Lecturer, University of Guyana. Taught the course EM22EP2: Development Planning and Administration, in the Executive Master’s of Business/Public Administration Programme, a joint collaboration between the University of Guyana and the Commonwealth of Learning.
Fall Semesters, 2002, 2003 and 2010: Lecturer, University of Guyana. Taught the course DSC 514: Public Finance in the Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Studies Programme, on a part-time basis.
1984 (October) – 1989 (June):Lecturer (1984-87) and Senior Research Associate (1988-89), Institute of Development Studies, University of Guyana. Taught the course, IDS 502: Development Planning in the Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Studies Programme.
1993 (March) – 1993 (June):Internship, International Monetary Fund.
Mr. Carl Barrington Greenidge
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Carl Barrington Greenidge was born in New Amsterdam, Berbice, and attended New Amsterdam Congregational School, first spending a few months at the Malteenoes Branch of Tutorial. He then attended Berbice High School, until he left for the United Kingdom to further his education.
Mr. Greenidge is a former Minister of Finance, Planning and Trade of Guyana. He has extensive experience at the policy, management and technical levels and has worked on public sector economics and agricultural policies as well as international trade and finance. He has provided distinguished service to his country, the Caribbean and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. That service has been in the design and management of Guyana’s Economic Recovery Programme (1988-1992) and the negotiation of the unique north-south cooperation pact, the Lomé Convention, inter alia. This latter pact aimed to alleviate the burden of poverty in the ACP regions which include the most trade dependent countries in the world and countries for which agriculture is dominant. He has successfully headed two joint ACP-EU funded institutions devoted to development and cooperation, and has, in the process, sat on both ‘sides’ of the Donor-Recipient interface.
Mr. Greenidge has also published four monographs, numerous academic articles on economics, and contributed to books on a variety of issues, including the political economy of agricultural modernisation, international agricultural trade negotiations and marine fisheries. He has been Co-President of the Joint Council of Ministers of the European Union and the ACP States.
Mr. Greenidge is a member of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) and served in the Tenth Parliament of Guyana as APNU’s Shadow Minister of Finance and International Economic Co-operation.
Mr. Sydney Allicock
Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs
Mr. Sydney Allicock, 55, is from the North Rupununi, Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo, Region No.9 and is widely accepted as a pioneer of community-based tourism in Guyana. He was Public & Civic Contributions 2010 Laureate. Mr. Allicock is a representative of the Guyana Action Party (GAP) in A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).
Mr. Allicock has articulated and promoted a vision of indigenous rural community development based on communal effort, wise use of natural resources, traditional knowledge and social systems, and equitable partnership with outside agencies. He has been a key figure in the development over the past two decades of the village of Surama, the North Rupununi region more widely, and Guyana’s indigenous communities, which account for nearly a tenth of the country’s population.
As a former Toshao of Annai, Mr. Allicock pioneered celebrations for Amerindian Heritage Day which was later adopted as a national event by the Guyana Government. Now Amerindian Heritage Day is celebrated in a different village each year, bringing both investment and national attention to indigenous communities around Guyana.
Mr. Allicock is one of the Iwokrama Centre’s key tutors for its Training Services Centre, where he has helped train hundreds of young Guyanese, mostly from indigenous communities, in leadership, survival skills, and eco-tourism development. His writing has been published in the distinguished literary journal Kyk-Over-Al and he has performed his poems at Guyana’s National Cultural Centre.
Mr. Allicock served in the Tenth Parliament of Guyana, with responsibilities for Local Government and Hinterland Development.
Mr. Basil Williams
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs
Mr. Basil Williams was privileged to begin his Public Service career as a young lawyer and as one of the Legal Advisors of the late Founder Leader of the PNC. Later, he was to become Legal Assistant to then President Hoyte, from 1985-1988.
While in the Office of the President, he became intimately familiar with the politics of the PNC and the machinery of the Party. He went on to become a Vice-Chairman of the Party and a member of the Central Executive Committee (CEC).
Mr. Williams is also Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Party and a member of the Joint Task Force on Local Government Reform. He holds an LLB (Hons.) Degree from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus and a Legal Education Certificate from the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad and Tobago.
He has served in different capacities in the public domain, including representing Guyana at the 6th Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in 1985; City Councillor from 1986-1988 and Secretary of the Review Committee of the Companies Act, 1986-1988.
Mr. Williams entered Parliament in 2003 and served in the Tenth Parliament of Guyana as APNU’s Shadow Minister of Legal Affairs and Justice.
Dr. George Norton
Minister of Public Health
Dr. George Norton is an Ophthalmologist by profession. He was educated in the Republic of Cuba, where he graduated with a Degree in Medicine from the Superior Institute of Medical Science in 1984 and specialized in Ophthalmology in 1988. Dr. Norton is a Consulting Ophthalmologist and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Guyana.
Dr. Norton is one of the Vice Chairpersons of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) and a member of the Central Executive Committee (CEC). He is also the Party Director of Hinterland Affairs. He takes a special interest in sports, youth and culture, and is strong in advocating the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples.
Dr. Norton entered Parliament in 2001 and has been a vibrant representative of Amerindian communities throughout Guyana. He served in the Tenth Parliament of Guyana as APNU’s Shadow Minister of Public Health and Disease Control.
Mr. David Patterson
Minister of Public Infrastructure
Date of birth: 4th May, 1967
Place of birth: Georgetown
– Primary St. Gabriel Primary School (Guyana)
– Secondary St. Stanislaus College (Guyana)
– Tertiary Greenwich University (UK) Bsc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
Profession: Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Real Estate Appraiser and Project Manager
Over twenty – five years’ experience of providing quantity surveying, project management and appraisal services to both public and private sector clients in the UK, Guyana and the Caribbean.
Royal Institutions of Chartered Surveyors – Member
Member of Architecture and Surveying Institute
Pastimes, hobbies: Off-road camping, sports, reading
– Political affiliations: AFC – 2005 to present
Positions held: Member of parliament (2006-2014); General Secretary (2012 – present)
Past president of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation
Past President of the Georgetown Dominoes Association
Past President of the Rotary Club of Demerara
Honours and Awards
Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary Foundation)
Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan
Minister of Public Security
Khemraj Ramjattan LLB (Cave Hill UWI) and LEC (Hugh Wooding Law School) was born on October 12, 1960 at No. 48 Village, Corentyne, Berbice. He is an eminent Attorney-at-Law, a fearless and objective politician, and volunteer youth organizer. His profession as an Attorney-at-Law and as a politician brings him in contact with people from all over Guyana. He is married to Sita Ramjattan and is the father of two sons, Divesh and Vikash.
“Prakash” or “Prak” as he is fondly known was born into and grew up in a grassroots, humble political family on the Corentyne, Berbice. His formal introduction to politics was through the People’s Progressive Party where he ascended through the ranks, from being leader of its youth section (PYO) to the position of member of that party’s Central Committee.
However, his futuristic way of thinking, probing mind and true commitment to democracy at all levels including at the level of internal party arrangements, brought him into conflict with the old dogmatists of the PPP/C. It was his vision for a new and progressive political dispensation in Guyana that led him to the formation of the Alliance For Change in 2005, the party he founded with Raphael Trotman and Sheila Holder.
This former State Counsel in the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions 1984 – 1988, and former President of the Guyana Bar Association 2003 –2005, has been a Member of Parliament since October 1992, serving as a Member of the Public Accounts Committee in 2001 – 2004, and in a number of other Parliamentary Committees. He has fearlessly and objectively represented his views on numerous issues, some highly politically sensitive, all in his quest for a better Guyana. His advocacy in many high profile human rights cases has given him prominence and stature in Guyana’s legal fraternity.
Mr. Ramjattan has participated in many national and international workshops and seminars; and contributed to numerous discussions and public debates on issues of mal-administration, good governance, undue political interference by the state, unprofessional and unethical behaviour at the Bar, among other topics.
He successfully participated in the British Council’s Young Lawyers Commonwealth Scholarship Programme in 1992 at the University of London. He is a former Editor of the Guyana Bar Review.
Ms. Catherine Hughes
Minister of Tourism
Catherine Andrea Hughes is a Media Specialist with extensive knowledge of the Caribbean media and advertising environment. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in Mass Communications
Ms. Volda Lawrence
Minister of Social Protection
Ms Lawrence is an accountant by profession. She has a Degree in Accounting from the University of Guyana and a Master’s Degree from Gloucester University, England and is a Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA Level II). Ms. Lawrence is currently employed by the American School in this capacity.
Ms. Lawrence is a member of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR). She also heads the Human Services and Welfare Department of the Party. She has done and continues to do sterling work among the elderly and with families who have encountered misfortune. She served in the Tenth Parliament of Guyana as APNU’s Shadow Minister of Human Services and Social Protection.
LABA to host pre-Independence tournament
The Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA), fresh off the court from its Inter-Ward Championships, will host a pre-Independence Basketball Competition on Monday at McKenzie Sports Club Court, under the banner ‘Because We Care’.
“This event is an attempt to raise funds and at the same time to assist Linden players selected to represent Guyana at the upcoming Championships,” the association, which had a new executive elected this year with Lawrence Simon as President, said yesterday in a press release.
It added that it will be continuing with its proliferation of the sport through programmes geared at generating interest. “This event will be one of LABA many promotions as we aim to improve basketball, the game we love…” the release continued.
“More so, our organisation is built on core values, personal, and team commitment, respect for others, integrity, performance and excellence,” it said. “Thus, one of our goals is to work along diligently… to achieve our aim,” the document added.
The two games planned for the Pre-Independence showdown include Amelia’s Ward Jets vs Half Mile Bulls and Georgetown’s Colts in an epic showdown against the Victory Valley Royals. The LABA thanked all for their support as they continue to build basketball in Linden.
Referee Steve Smoger to Conduct Clinic during St. Maarten “Eruption In Paradise” week
Recognized as one of boxing’s most prolific referees, Steve Smoger’s 30-year career includes refereeing more than 850 bouts, averaging 27+ boxing matches refereed per year, and highlighted by more than 165 world title fights.
A New Jersey and Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, Smoger is also this year’s Ring 10 Arthur Mercante Award winner as a referee who exemplifies honesty and integrity in the sport of boxing and who attempts to the best of their ability to keep the sport safe and at the same time entertaining.
Steve Smoger will be conducting a referee/ judges clinic at the L.B. Scott Auditorium on My 27th, through May 29th, 2015, clinic start from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the week leading up to the May 30th, “Eruption In Paradise” boxing event, persons making use of the opportunity can become certified I.B.A referee/judges this has been approved and sanction by the International Boxing Association Body.
He has recently provided several similar referee clinics in St. Maarten, “I am honored to address my fellow brother and sister officials of St. Maarten by way of my referee clinic,” Smoger said. “I have found in the past that these clinics have been both beneficial to the attendees and myself. I am delighted during the clinic, as part of the finishing question and answer part of the clinic, to discuss various aspects of officiating and refereeing with real life examples through some of the memorable title fights with boxers that I have had the privilege of sharing the ring with in my capacity as referee.”
The clinic is being held in conjunction with “St. Maarten Boxing Association,” which is the only governing body for professional boxing in St. Maarten and Bobby Ottley who is affiliated with the St. Maarten Amateur Boxing Association. Bobby Ottley founder and promoter of the BOSE PROMOTION has seen a steady growth during the last 5 years, currently encompassing more than 5 local referee/judges in the last five seminar held by Mr. Smoger in St. Maarten.
Persons interested from the Caribbean and St. Maarten can indicate their willingness to become an official IBA referee/judge by calling 1-721-542-1616-or 1-721-522-9900 emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
GASA names teams for Pan Am games and World C/Ships
The Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) has announced the teams for the upcoming Pan
Am games and Word Championships at a council meeting held yesterday at Herdmonston Lodge.
Onika George and Omar Adams will represent Guyana at the Pan Am games slated for July 14-18 in Canada. The duo will be accompanied by Coach Paul Mahaica and GASA Head Ivan Persaud. Persaud will also represent Guyana at the Union Americana De Natacion meeting on the trip.
George will compete in the 50 and 100 meters freestyle, while Adams will do battle in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle.
The team is expected to depart Guyana on July 8.
Jamila Sanmoogan who is currently on a scholarship in Colombia heads the team for the World Championships set for July 24-August 9 in Kazan, Russia, while the other members are Hannibal Gaskin and Andrew Fowler. Isabel Maria Couso-Fals had been appointed coach while Charles Corbin will also travel as an executive.
Victory Valley/Scheme win LABA Inter-Ward title
Victory Valley/Scheme won the inaugural Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) Inter Ward Championships last weekend at the Mackenzie Sports Club Hard Court Linden with Keifer Tappin putting
in a Most Valuable Player (MVP) performance.
Tappin dumped in 22 points to help Victory Valley/Scheme beat Kwakwani 72-54 in the final of the first tournament for the newly elected LABA. Forwards, Trevor Profit scored 21 points while Harold Adams added 19 points in the comfortable victory.
For Kwakwani, Leonard Primo and Dominique Douglas had 12 points each to lead the side, while Stanton Rose and Sheldon Thomas supported with eight points apiece. The team from Kwakwani had an unusual poor offensive showing in the game.
In the third place game, Block 22/Wisroc defeated Amelia’s Ward Front 47-44 with Sean Adams scoring 14 points for the winners; Rawle Williams supported with 10 points. For Amelia’s Ward, Akine Wilson also had 14 points.
Primo copped the Most Rebound award while Chris Williams was rewarded with ‘Most Assist’ at the presentation ceremony. The LABA has committed to ensuring that its latest development programme is proliferated throughout the year.
Twist it or turn it Andrew Lewis is a national hero
His dreams must not be interred with his body
Says Michael Benjamin
When Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis squared off with Fitzroy Davidson in February 1993, it signaled the end of an illustrious amateur career that peaked when he earned selection at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He failed to secure a medal and subsequently decided that his tenure at the amateur level was over.
He continued his domination in the fistic sport with a humiliating 2nd round stoppage of Davidson whose reputation as a determined boxer with steely resolve was well established. Lewis chalked up 4 other victories against his countrymen before he was matched against a South Korean, Han Kim, and surprisingly was held to a technical draw after a mishap in the 2nd round forced a premature end to the scheduled 6 rounder.
Andrew retained his unbeaten streak right up to his 3rd defense of the World Boxing Association Welterweight title he won from James Page in March 2002. This is really a phenomenal feat when one takes into consideration that Lewis was a Guyanese practicing his trade in American territory; the odds were certainly against him.
Lewis took over from his compatriot, Terrence Ali, whose feats under the ESPN banner is well documented. Ironically, Lewis’ rise to fame and his reputation as a world beater was strengthened after he stopped Ali in the 2nd of their 12 rounds contest for the local Welterweight title in September 1996.
By then he had attracted a reasonable following and former head of Del Mars Promotions, Compton Beckles, who operated out of Miami Florida, had taken a liking to him. Beckles was also a staunch friend of Lewis’ dad, Sammy, who had passed away before Lewis’ rise to fame. And so it was that Beckles became involved in Lewis affairs and he (Lewis) moved over to Miami Florida while Beckles piloted his career.
Lewis fought in Massachusetts, New Jersey, South Carolina and a host of American states before he parted company with Beckles, left Miami and journeyed to Brooklyn where he opened camp at Gleason’s Gym, Front Street Brooklyn.
During his early tenure in the USA, Lewis defeated several notable fighters, the likes of Teddy Reid (W 10), Rafael Williams (TKO 2) and Sebastian Valdez (W 10). These were among the many victories that served as the catalyst to the Lewis/Page showdown in February 2001 that saw Lewis breaking the world title jinx that had plagued the Land of Many Waters for decades. Many opined that his infraction with the Mighty Don King had spelled the end of his career and while the end result endorsed this view, the true boxing knowledgeable, armed with the intricacies of the sport, would view those experiences with skepticism.
Irrespective of the achievement of other pugilists, Gwendolyn O’Neil, Wayne Braithwaite, Vivian Harris and Gary St. Clair, Lewis will always stand out as the boxer who effectively opened the floodgates. His decorum after returning home to a hero’s welcome might not have resonated positively on the masses but that certainly cannot mar the magnitude of the achievement.
Lewis death occurred at a time when the nation is engaged in an historic election and was understandably temporarily relegated to the back burner. One would assume that now that the major aspects of those elections are over, the nation can now address the modalities of his burial and fitting send off.
There has been speculations regarding his final resting place among Guyanese heroes at the Seven Ponds; some figure this is just a far-fetched notion even as others argue for its authenticity.
While I would play it safe regarding his final burial place, I know for sure that irrespective of personal opinions, Lewis has lifted this country on the world stage even if but for a few fights. When he returned home to glorious acclamation, government officials, the business community and common folks all competed to touch the proverbial hem of his gown.
Government had declared a national holiday in his honour. Petty grievances should not blot out such a large picture or meaningful contribution. Sometimes even presidents fail to evoke such positives for their country.
Word is out that Lewis will be interred on Thursday and a wake would have been held at the gym christened in his honour, last evening. It would also be a good thing if the gym named in his honour and now regarded as the home of boxing could be spruced up and converted into an academy that truly focuses on the all round development of young pugilists.
As a small nation of few heroes, it would be remiss to allow Andrew’s death to dwindle into oblivion which would contrast with his return home some 15 years ago to a hero’s welcome where one and all jostled just to touch the proverbial hem of his garment. His dreams must not be interred with his body!
Colts romp to narrow win against Sonics
– Pacesetters survive scare
Colts romped to 72-66 win against Pepsi Sonics Saturday night in the Division I category of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) ‘King of the Hard Court’ Championships at Burnham Basketball Court.
Guard, Shelroy Thomas top scored with 20 points while Shane Webster, who is still nursing an injury and is on standby on the national squad, and Rayon Cummings supported with 15 and 14 points respectively for Colts.
Shooting guard, Trevor Smith scored a game high 22 points with Kurt Elias adding 14 points and Jason Squires 10 points respectively. Colts took full advantage of their practice court, which they share with Trinity Grid Holdings (TGH) Pacesetters.
Colts outscored Sonics 23-13 in the first quarter with Webster and Cummings leading the charge for the eventual winners. However, Sonics came out hot in the second quarter, outscoring Sonics 19-9 to establish a 32-32 deadlock midway through the game.
The back and forth continued on offence among two quality units until Colts used knowledge of the facility to seize the momentum 49-46 in the penultimate period. Thomas was the architect of the offensive push for Colts.
Thomas dumped in 10 points that included two jumpers from beyond the arc in the last quarter to help secure the win. Elias, who was also named on the national training squad, also added double digits of 10 points down the stretch.
TGH Pacesetters edged Knights 73-67 in the other Division I game. Stephon Gillis poured in 20 points, while Joslyn Crawford and Keith Tute supported with 15 and 13 points respectively for a struggling Pacesetters unit on the night.
Owan Walton scored 18 points while Andrew Mendes added 11 points correspondingly. In the opening U-23 game, Ravens defeated Melanie Patriots via walkover.
The tournament continues at the same venue on Friday with three games slated. In the opening matchup 6pm, TGH Pacesetters will play the University of Guyana Trojans in an U-23 game as the second fixture pits UG Senior team against Melanie Patriots. Knights will play Eagles from 10pm in the featured game. (Edison Jefford)
Melanie Patriots down West Side Jammers
-Pacesetters clip Eagles wings
By Edison Jefford
Melanie Patriots’ forward, Sherlon Legall continued his dominance in the paint that led to his prolific scoring Friday night at the Burnham Basketball Court in the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA)
‘King of the Hard Court’ Competition.
Legall scored 29 points to ensure the East Coast-based Patriots down West Side Jammers 70-65 in the Division I category of the competition. Floyd Arthur supported with 17 points with Ashton Adams and Dennis Corbin adding seven points each.
For the West Demerara-based team, Devon Murray dropped 33 points with Ralph Browne adding 12 points. Throughout the game, none of the Jammers showed in likelihood of stopping Legall, who scored at will in the paint off several offensive rebounds.
In the other Division I contest, Trinity Grid Holdings (TGH) Pacesetters clipped Eagles wings with a 97-39 blowout win. Pacesetters shot the ball at a very high percentage, landing 13 three-point jumpers that lit up the venue.
Forward, Travis Williams scored 19 points while Joslyn Crawford added 13 points in the huge victory for Pacesetters. Keith Tute and Kwesi Roberts supported with 12 points apiece as Horace Hodges added 10 and Stephan Gillis nine points.
Eagles forward, Louis James had 13 points while Japheth Hackett chipped in with 10 points. The opening period gave an early impression of the outcome of the game, with Pacesetters racing to a 22-4 lead in what became a lopsided contest.
Gillis was on fire early with consecutive three-pointers while Hodges was a beast in the paint for most of the opening period. Pacesetters went deep into its bench in the second period sensing the game may very well be a no-contest, and rightly so as Pacesetters went into the halftime leading 43-15.
Williams and Hodges shouldered the offensive burden in the third period with only James for the Eagles looking ominous. The unbeaten Pacesetters, who are also the current National Champs, in an offensive blitz, literally ran Eagles off their home court.
Hodges and the lanky Crawford combined to establish a formidable presence in the paint while the guards, including Tute were difficult to defend on transition. The result was a 28-10 rush in the last quarter that completed the mammoth victory.
GABF shortlists training squad for CBC Championships
-five international players included among 16 locals
The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has shortlisted the male squad that will continue
training for the 2015 Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships, to be held in Tortola, British Virgin Islands from June 13-22.
The 21-man squad includes local players: Akeem Kanhai (Captain); Dave Causway, Travis Burnette, Shelroy Thomas, Nikkoloi Smith, Terron Welch, Jason Squires, Harold Adams, Ryan Gullen, Jermaine Slater, Chris Williams, Dominic Vincente, Rudy James, Royston Siland, Kurt Elias and Shane Webster (on standby owed to injury).
International players in squad: Kerron McKenzie, Ray Victor, Gordon Klaiber, Delroy James and John Ashley.
The management staff include: Darcel Harris (Head Coach), Marlon Rodrigues (Assistant Head Coach), Troy Greene (Manager) and Andrew Hercules (Assistant Manager).
Practice sessions continue at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Sundays from 8am – 12 noon and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8pm – 11pm.
Two of the five overseas-based players named in the squad have confirmed their availability, Kerron McKenzie, shooting guard and Delroy James, the 6’8″ power forward; they are expected in Guyana on June 1 to commence training with the National Squad, the GABF said in a press release yesterday.
“After sweeping Bermuda in March this year in a three-game series, Guyana played in Suriname in a three game challenge series earlier this month, May 1-3; winning one of the games against a full-strength Suriname CBC team that included Surinamese overseas-based players,” the GABF noted while thanking all, including the media, for their support.
Kwakwani seeking to get past Victory Valley to cop $70,000 first prize
Linden Inter-Ward Basketball final tonight …
Kwakwani will this evening attempt to make a fairy tale return to basketball at Linden when they come up against Victory Valley/Scheme in the final of the Linden Inter Ward basketball tournament organised by the Linden Amateur Basketball Association.
Kwakwani scored an emphatic 72-49 win against Amelia’s Ward Front to reach the final behind a top score of 24 points by Shelroy Thomas and 14 by Domini Douglas.
In the other semifinal Victory Valley /Scheme were winners against Block 22/ Wisrock 74-23 as Keifer Tappin led them with 19 points and Chris Williams. Christopher had 9 for the losers.
A top prize of $70,000 will go to the winners of the Kwakwani and Victory Valley/ Scheme encounter while the losers will get $50,000. The third place finisher will receive $30,000 while all four teams will get trophies also.
Plaisance Guardians blow out UG Trojans
– Ravens win against West Side Jammers
By Edison Jefford
Plaisance Guardians blew out the University of Guyana Trojans Wednesday night in the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) ‘King of the Hard Court’ Championship with Nikkoloi Smith dumping in 34 points
for the East Coast-based team.
Guardians dismissed the University 85-57 with seven players, among them three veterans, Enoch Mathews, Kwame Fox and Mark Richards. But it was the rising stars that shone with Smith, and Ron Campbell, who scored 17 points, leading the way.
The University of Guyana (UG) team was loaded with former junior national players and future senior national prospects. Emmanuel Archibald led with 20 points while Quincy Easton chipped in with 12 points for the leading tertiary institution.
The game started with a competitive first quarter that ended 19-18 in favour of UG, which had an obviously tired Akeem Kanhai on the sidelines looking on following his return to Guyana from a rigorous Suriname tour with the national team last weekend.
It was the closest UG got in the game as the East Coast-based team outscored them 21-8 to take a commanding 39-27 lead at half time. Guardians’ dominance continued as the University, despite its youthful prowess, struggled to convert on possession.
They were once again outscored massively in the third period and further went down 36-58 as a result. Guardians coasted to the win with Smith showing off his inside-out game with easy drives to the basket and three-point jumpers when the lane became clogged. It was too much of an easy win for the benchless Guardians.
In the second game, Dynas Ravens crawled to a 64-45 win against West Side Warriors in another Division I contest. Marlon Rodrigues scored 20 points while Ryan Gullen, Dominic Vicente and Tyrone Hamid supported with eighth points each for Ravens.
Ralph Browne had 17 points while Devon Murray and Caleb Morrison scored 12 and six points respectively for the West Demerara-based Jammers that opened its campaign against one of the more formidable teams in Georgetown with a 12-12 first period stalemate.
Vicente dropped a three-pointer early in the second quarter before contributions from Rodrigues and Gullen helped Ravens seize control of the first half with a 35-22 points’ lead at halftime. The last two quarters was more of the same for Georgetown-based Ravens.
They continued to press on the offensive gas in the third quarter, albeit not with its usual finesse.
Leading 44-34 heading into the last period, Ravens scored 20 points in the final period while the Warriors was reduced to merely nine points. The game was over.
The tournament continues tonight with Melanie Patriots taking on Knights in an Under-23 game from 6pm then Plaisance Guardians will play Buxton in another U-23 game, before Trinity Grid Holdings Pacesetters come up against Eagles in the Division I competition.
GABF pursuing seven Internationals for CBC Championships
The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) will pursue seven Guyanese International players for the upcoming Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships, slated for June 13-22 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
According to GABF President, Nigel Hinds, the federation is basically seeking to full the Centre and Power Forward positions on the national team. Insufficient ‘big men’ locally has been one of the biggest challenges for the national team recently.
Following Guyana’s 3-0 victory against Bermuda here in Guyana, it was widely believed that the local players can compete with the best in the Caribbean but the two positions have to be filled if they are to effectively do so in the region.
Generally, the national basketball team minus the international players is undersized. Hence, the federation has gone abroad to address their shortcomings and instead of inviting a barrage of the international players with interests, as was the case last year, the GABF has narrowed its focus to seven players.
The ‘big men’ on the GABF radar include Berbician brothers, Delroy, Shawn and Gordon James, who are all playing in Europe. Delroy is 6’8″, Shawn is 6’10″ and Gordon is 6’6″; they are being eyed for the Power Forward and Centre positions.
In addition, Kaieteur Sport understands that an 18-year-old 6’10″ forward, John Ashley, is set to join the team. Overseas-based Guyanese CBC All-Star Point Guard, Keron McKenzie will return to the unit as well along with Tortola-based guard Ray Victor. Japan-based 6’9″ forward, Gordon Klaiber also makes a return to the team.
Those are the seven players of interest to the GABF for the upcoming Caribbean Championships in June; all-Guyanese teams beat Bermuda 3-0 at home and lost to Suriname 1-2 in Suriname last weekend. The international players are expected in Guyana during the first week of June to join the national team’s ongoing practice sessions.
Guyana and Suriname are slotted in the same group for CBC 2015. The other teams in the group are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, with Bermuda rounding out the five-team grouping. The two top teams in the group will qualify for the Final Four.
GABF President, Hinds had said that the first aim of the Guyanese team is to reach the last four, and after that they will fancy their chances of reaching the Final. (Edison Jefford)