Registration closes on Friday for GSCL Inc. pre-Mash tourney


… Launch and draw set for February 11 at GNIC

TEAMS desirous of competing in the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc. (GSCL)-organised Pre-Mashramani tournament which will be played in two categories – Open and Over-40 – are being reminded of the closing date for registration which is this Friday.
The tournament, which was set to bowl off on January 25 and culminate the following day, was pushed back to February 14, due to unforeseen circumstances within the GSCL Inc., hence the new closing date for registration. The launching and draw will occur on Tuesday, February 11, at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) Sports Club on Woolford Avenue, from 17:00hrs.
The winning team in the Open category will pocket G$1M, a trophy and 15 medals, with the runners-up collecting $200 000, a trophy and 15 medallions and in the Over-40 category, the winners will receive $600 000, a trophy and medallions while the second-placed team will take home $200 000 a trophy and medals.
Man-of-the-Series for both categories will receive a three-piece living room suite or cash equivalent and the Man-of-the-Match of the final $10 000 and a trophy.
Teams desirous of competing in the Open category, are asked to pay an entrance fee of $140 000 (US$700), while those who wish to do battle in the Over-40 segment will have to pay an entrance fee of $120 000 (US$600).
Meanwhile, the invitations which were sent to the teams from Suriname, Canada, Florida and New York were well received but due to work commitments, players were unable to acquire the requested time-off to come and compete, hence they were categorically denied.
However, several teams from overseas have given a commitment to the GSCL Inc., as it relates to future competitions of this kind. They have indicated a willingness to secure the necessary time-off to come and compete against their local opponents.
On the local scene, teams such as Wolf Warriors, Berbice Titans, Regal XI, Memorex, Bartica Challengers, Cotton Field Wild Oats and Trophy Stall will seek to capture the first prize in the Open category, while Regal XI, Savage Masters and Industry Super Kings, Floodlights XI and Mike’s Wellman are some of the teams who will be among the list of competitors in the Over-40 segment.
Also listed to compete in the tournament, which to date has received sponsorship from Five Star Minerals and Ryan and Reuben General Store out of Bartica, are the new softball team on the block, known as Sparta, who say they are coming to take the top prize back to the Ancient County.
Preliminary matches are expected to be played at Everest Cricket Club, Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary, and the Ministry of Education ground, with the semifinals and final being contested at Everest Cricket Club, which will host the Open final under lights, with live radio commentary.
Some other sponsors include National Sports Commission (NSC), Everest Cricket Club, Memorex Enterprise, Regal Stationery and Computer Supplies, Trophy Stall and Romaine Car Wash..

(Calvin Roberts)