Despite artificial surface handicap, Guyana’s male and females qualify for 2018 CAC Games

December 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After much success by the Guyana Men’s National Hockey teams of the 1980s and 1990s, it was the Women’s turn to shine at the turn of the New Millennium. A revival drive saw the women catapult from Regional underdogs to being placed among the top 8 teams of a 30 team Region in 2012.  This ascent also gave the Guyana ladies the accolade of being the biggest global mover for this period by jumping 20 spots in the global rankings from #58 to #38 in the world.

Meanwhile, the men who had not been in competition due to lack of funding, managed to secure the resources to participate once again internationally in 2014 and again in 2016. In the Pan American Indoor Championships in Uruguay in 2014, the Guyana men managed to secure its first ever bronze medal for Indoor Hockey, signalling an impressive return to the international game.

That result was followed by two stellar performances in the outdoor game, where they narrowly missed a medal in the Pan Am Challenge in Peru and finished 7th in the Junior Pan Am Championships in Toronto.

Leading into 2017, both men and women had fallen in their regional ranking as a result of not being able to compete regularly at the international level. This meant both teams would need to attend the Central American & Caribbean Games qualifiers in Kingston Jamaica in November, this year.

This outdoor task, however, would be following closely on the heels of the Indoor Pan American Cup where Guyana would play host nation to international hockey for the first time in over 25 years.

With Guyana being one of the few remaining nations in the Pan American Region without an Artificial Pitch on which outdoor international matches are played, the indoor version of the game is the only way the team can enjoy the opportunity to perform for a home crowd.

The Guyana men would enter this year’s competition as the defending bronze medalists, while the women made their international debut in Indoor Hockey.

While the indoor tournament was a huge success from an organisational standpoint, the Guyana teams fell short of the medals despite putting in good performances throughout the competition.

The men lost out on retaining their bronze medal position by losing to Canada in the third-place playoff, while the women could only manage 6th place in their first international indoor hockey showing. Not a moment could be wasted after the Indoor Pan Am Cup as both male and female teams were whisked off to Kingston, Jamaica where much was at stake in the form of a CAC Games berth in Baranquilla, Colombia in July 2018.

The CAC Qualifier would determine the final two places in the CAC Games, which would go to the top two finishers in the qualifier.

The Guyana men steamrolled their opposition in the first three games of competition beating Puerto Rico, Panama and Guatemala by handy margins to secure a record of 15 goals scored with only one conceded.

Their final pool match against Jamaica was simply a ‘dress-rehearsal’ for the final as, by that time, both teams had qualified for the final based on their progression in the tournament. Despite a strong performance, Guyana lost to Jamaica by a narrow 2-3 margin and would hope to exact their revenge in the final the very next day.

Alas, fate would deal a tough blow to the Guyanese as power difficulties with the stadium lights caused the final to be abandoned after a scoreless twenty minutes of play.

By virtue of the pool round results, where Guyana had lost to Jamaica by one goal, the gold medal was awarded to Jamaica and the silver to Guyana with both teams qualifying for the CAC games.

Despite having to settle for second, Guyana dominated the individual awards with 21-year-old Aroydy Branford securing the top goal-scorer and Player of the Tournament awards and with Medroy Scotland receiving the Best Goalkeeper Award.

In Scotland’s case, this was a repeat of the Indoor Pan American Cup, where he was also adjudged the Best Goalkeeper.

After playing unbeaten in the pool round of the ladies competition, Guyana and Jamaica would match their male counterparts by reaching the final of the qualifier and securing the final two spots in the CAC games.

The Guyanese and Jamaican ladies had battled to a 0-0 stalemate when they met in the pool round and the teams had both scored 12 unanswered goals against the rest of the competition.

While both teams had chances during an entertaining final, the Guyanese side seemed more comfortable than they did in the earlier tie and managed to gain the upper hand in possession during the final two-thirds of the match.  Their efforts were finally rewarded when striker, Latacia Chung, managed a rebound shot off a penalty corner strike in the 48th minute to put Guyana ahead for the first time. The single goal was enough to secure the victory for Guyana, leaving a stunned home crowd consoling themselves that their team had also secured a spot at the CAC games.

The performance of the Guyanese teams in Jamaica showed that the quality of hockey in Guyana is still on par or above most in the region despite the handicap of not having an artificial surface on which to train and compete.

The teams now face the arduous task of trying to prepare on grass for what is likely to be heightened competition at the games where regional powerhouses, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Mexico will be present.

Golden Jaguars Come Up Short On Gold Cup Qualification- New And Exciting Players Come To The Fore

November 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When they commenced action on March 22nd, 2016 in the Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup 2016 championships, the ultimate dream was qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the pinnacle of national football within the Confederation, but six (6) games later, having chalked up 3 wins and as many losses, that dream is no longer reality.
Back to back defeats to Caribbean Campions Jamaica (2-4) at the Leonora Track and Field Football Facility and Suriname (2-3) in Paramaribo, both in extra-time duals on October 11th and 8th respectively, brought the journey to an end.
Team captain for the two Round 3 matches, Samuel Cox, who plays with Boreham Wood FC in England, expressed disappointment at not defeating either Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz or Suriname after being in the lead against both nations at the end of the first half, but posited that the players gave of their best while Head Coach, Jamaal Shabazz, emphatically stated that he has taken full responsibility for the losses and the team not qualifying.
The Guyanese commenced their quest in bright fashion with an emphatic 7-0 whipping of Anguilla on March 22nd and seven days later were 1-0 winners over Puerto Rico in Round 1 qualifying.
Round 2 saw the Golden Jaguars going down to host Curacao 2-5 but rebounded in fine style to brush aside the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) 7-0, which saw them qualifying for Round 3.
Hopes were high for the Guyanese going into Round 3, which was just one step away from CONCACAF Gold Qualification. But that was not to be, despite showing good promise as they led Suriname 1-0 after 45 minutes and Jamaica 2-0 at the same juncture.
The Jaguars then allowed their opponents to get back into contention by scoring a similar amount of goals which tied the matches by the end of full time, 90 minutes. The rules of the competition at this stage states that there must be a winner; this meant that 30 minutes of extra time (two halves of 15 minutes) was played, at the end of which, Guyana ended as losers.
In both the Suriname and Jamaica encounters, the Golden Jaguars gave up two goals without responding, thus suffering defeats.
However, this journey for the Guyanese saw a number of new and exciting players coming to the fore, including 18 year-old 6’5” goalkeeper, Kai McKenzie-Lyle, who plays with Barnet FC in England.
Philadelphia Union FC Warren Creavalle (26 year-old) is an exciting midfield player; as is Cal Poly San Luis’ Cashion London, who is 20 years old. With the likes of 23 year-old Trayon Bobb (midfield) and 22 year-old forward Pernel Schultz and the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) embarking on a serious youth development drive, the future for Guyana looks bright.
In total, Guyana scored a total of 21 goals whilst conceding 12, but even this record of +9 wasn’t good enough to take them forward.
Attention will now be focused on the new Technical Director, 31 year-old Ian Greenwood of England, who commenced a 4-year contract on October 13, 2016.

Guyanese Olympians! Rallying A Nation Through Their Perseverance

September 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It is always a huge achievement for any athlete to be selected as a representative of their country at the highest possible level in sport, the Olympics.
At the 2016 Olympics taking place in Rio, Guyana was represented by six athletes in the form of swimmers Hannibal Gaskin and Jamila Sanmogan and athletes, Troy Doris, Winston George, Brenessa Thompson and Aliyah Abrams.
Arriving in Rio, it was the intention of the Guyanese athletes to break a 36-year medal drought at the Olympics; Guyana’s last and only medalist to date being boxer Michael Paris who achieved a bronze medal at the 1980 summer games held in Moscow, Soviet Union.
While the Guyanese athletes did not achieve a medal, they represented with pride and dignity. Coming closest to giving his nation a medal was triple jumper Troy Doris, who reached the finals and ended as the 7th best in the world with a best jump of 16.90m.
The event was won by USA’s Christian Taylor with a leap of 17.86m, his countryman Will Claye took the silver (17.76m) while China’s Dong Bin copped the bronze medal with his 17.13m effort.
Doris in the process created history by becoming the first Guyanese to qualify for a final at the Summer Olympics, quite an achievement and has set the bar high for others to aim for in Tokyo in four year’s time.
In advancing to the finals, Doris had finished 6th place in qualifying with a leap of 16.81 m.
Sprinter Brenessa Thompson competing in the women’s 100 m heats round 1 and ranked at 53, posted time of 11.72s which was not good enough to take her forward as she ended in 7th place. In the women’s 200 m, round 1 with a rank of 59, Thompson clocked 23.65 which effectively brought her Rio sojourn to a close.
Winston George competing in the 400m one lap contest and ranked at 26 was timed at 45.77s which, he too made a first round exit despite placing fifth.
With a rank of 38 in the women’s 400m, Aliyah Abrams ended her quest for glory in the first round with a time of 52.79s which earned her 5th place.
Zooming in our swimmers, the duo of Hannibal Gaskin and Jamila Sanmogan were in Rio through “Universality Places” and therefore were only allowed one event each.
Contesting the 50m Freestyle, Sanmogan achieved a time of 28.88s contesting heat 5 for 6th place, while Gaskin competing in the 100 m Butterfly (heat 1) which attracted 3 swimmers, achieved a time of 58.57 s.
Both Sanmogan and Gaskin participated in the South American Swimming Championships in Paraguay, March 30 – April 3 which was the last qualifier that they went to prior to Rio.
While no medals, all Guyana must be proud of the athlete’s achievements. The rallying call must be for government and the private sector to start a serious and real programme of investment in local athletes. Then and only then, would the nation be able to take it up a notch in search of that elusive second medal.

Winning the World Cup Was An Extraordinary Accomplishment

August 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Not many players get an opportunity to play in the Cricket World Cups – so winning the International Cricket Council T20 World Cup is a memory to cherish for a lifetime. This is according to the Guyanese members of the victorious West Indies Women’s team that captured their maiden world title in India, Shemaine Campbell and Tremayne Smartt.
Both players who hail from the Ancient County of Berbice expressed delight at winning the title. West Indies defeated three-time winners Australia by eight wickets in the final at Eden Gardens.
Campbell expressed that winning the coveted global showpiece cannot be explained. “We were knocked out from the semi-finals a few times, so crossing that hurdle and winning the competition is very good for us,” she added.
The pint-sized Campbell pointed out that their preparation was good. “We worked very hard and our series in South Africa leading up to the World Cup worked in our favour, we played as a unit which was very instrumental,” Campbell informed.
The all-rounder was happy with the support from the Indian fans and said she was confident they could have gone all the way. “The support we got in India was tremendous and I do look forward to playing there again,” she posited, adding women have a lot to offer in the game.
Her humble advice to the younger players is to take the game seriously and remain committed.
Medium pacer Smartt, who is also a Coach, said she is excited to be in the winning side and hopes the victory motivates other players in the region. “Cricket means a lot the Caribbean people and I am very happy to be able bring joy to them,” she lamented.
Smartt knows how important it is to play as a unit and said it is one of the main reasons for their success. “We play together and managed to execute game plans well while sticking to the basics, these factors contributed tremendously to our success.”
She too pointed out the importance of fan support: “There were some West Indian fans there which was good, but I admire the support we got from the Indian fans. They really like the West Indian players and it was encouraging to see another country supporting us.”
“The male team supported us well, and we did that as well so being a part of that team and moment is a memory to cherish a lifetime.”
Also a useful batter, Smartt informed that she was always confident they could have won the title. “We play hard cricket and believe in ourselves and this is something we always wanted to achieve.”
Dwayne Bravo’s hit song, CHAMPION, motivated the team the Guyanese duo shared. These World Cup winning players are now looking forward the regional season and the series against England.

National events slated for the Golden Jubilee celebrations

July 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 


While private entities have been making their grand plans for Guyana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, the Government has carefully crafted a number of events that will last throughout the year in honour of this occasion. Here is a look at some of the spectacular events that encompass political appreciation, cultural diversification and the promotion of national unity.


National Trust – Architecture and Heritage Festival
(All Regions) May 15th-28th @10am – 3pm each day


Jubilee Literary Festival Continues – “Ottoman and We
(Upper Demerara – Region 10) May 20th


Yukuriba Republic Road

Jubilee Jam
(East Berbice-Corentyne, Region 6) May 20th New


Amsterdam Guyana Action Committee Gala (Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) May 21st Fusion of


Cultures/ North West

Awards Ceremony
May 21st Police Gymkhana (East Berbice-Corentyne,

Region 6)

“Tales of Our Fathers” Play (Upper Demerara-Berbice, Region 10) May 21st


LICHAS Independence Exposition
(Upper Demerara-Berbice, Region 10) May 21st


Miss Guyana World Pageant (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 22nd



Horse Racing Cup
(Mahaica  Berbice, Region 5) May 22nd


Dedication of Unity Park (Pomeroon-Supenaam, Region 2) May 22nd


Perth Village,

Essequibo Boat Cruise
(Upper Demerara – Region 10) May 22nd

Jubilee Literary Festival Continues
“Future Tense: Isika”

May 22nd


Schools Pan Explosion
(Inter-regional schools steel band competition

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 22nd

Merriman’s Mall National Symposium including Distinguished Lecture (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 23rd-24th


Arthur Chung Conference Centre The Digital Tent (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 23rd


Arthur Chung Conference Centre Legacy of Iconic Guyanese Women – Launch (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 23rd

 Arthur Chung Conference Centre National Creative Writing Competition
May 23rd at Giftland Mall


Short Play Writing Competition May 23rd at Giftland Mall


National Poetry Slam – On the theme of Independence May 23rd Giftland Mall


Steel Pan Symposium (workshop, demonstrations, exhibition), Youth Village (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 23rd – 24th National Park


Book Launch
– Guyana at 50

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 24th Arthur Chung Conference Centre



Book Launch
– Coee Table Publications
(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 24th Arthur Chung Conference Centre


The Legacy Of Female Icons

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 24th


Literary Prize Giving Ceremony (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 24th Arthur Chung Conference Centre



(Upper Demerara, Region 10) May 24th Regional Members Association Finals Linden Sports Club (CONCACAF)

Prepared Speech Competition on Independence

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 24th Carifesta Sports Complex


International Football Friendly (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 25th National Stadium

National Flag Raising Ceremony (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 25th Durban Park @ 9pm


Jubilee Float Parade (Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) Details to follow May 26th


GTT sponsored Mega Event (Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) May 26th National Stadium


Day of Sports
(Barima-Waini, Region 1) May 27th


Elite League Football Championship

(Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) May 27th National Stadium


50 Shades of Reggae May 27th Hj Water World


50th Anniversary Gala (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 28th Arthur Chung Conference Centre

T20 Cricket

(East Berbice-Corentyne, Region 6) May 28th Albion Sports Club



Independence Ball
(Barima-Waini, Region 1) May 28th Brooms Resort


Finals of the 10/10 Softball cricket Competition
(Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) May 28th National Stadium@10am


Banks DIH sponsored

Mega Concert
(Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) May 28th National Stadium @ 8pm


T20 Cricket

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 29th National Stadium


Culture Night
(Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) May 29th Golden Grove


Youth Reception

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 31st Lawns of State House @7pm


Youth Parliament (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) June 3rd


Parliament Village Day Launch (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4)

June 4th – Cane Grove

June 11th – Victoria

June 18th – Chateau Margot

June 25th – Diamond

July 2nd – St. Cuthbert’s Mission


Youth Village

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) August 12th-13th National Park


Steel Band Music Festival and Award Ceremony (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) November 19th & 20th Cliff Anderson Sports Hall




Guyana secures 2nd CMRC title -Trinidad finishes a ‘bumper close’ second

January 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Images Right (Top to Bottom): Elliot Vieira and Kristian Jeffrey receiving their awards

Images Right (Top to Bottom): Elliot Vieira and Kristian Jeffrey receiving their awards

Guyana tasted Championship Glory again on November 16th when they were announced winners of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship’s (CMRC) country title for a second year running.
Coming home to the final leg, the Guyanese sat third in the Championship behind Barbados and Trinidad respectively and Trinidad had seemed to sense an opening, preparing a 9 member team in an attempt to win their first championship since returning to full competition last year.
A proverbial dog fight ensued between the Trini’s and the 592 boys for a title that was so close to each of them, and when the dust settled, a bumper of 8 points gave the locals their second trophy in as many years.
Guyana (936 points) and the ‘Tigers’ team of Trinidad (924) pulled away from the rest of the pack in Barbados (660) and Jamaica 269 while the lone contender for the Cayman Islands Gary Barrett racked up 158 points and Suriname’s Oliver TjinLeipShie 25 points.
CMRA Chairman Ray Rahaman, who declared the winner, noted, “In four legs, both teams (Guyana and Trinidad) were able to amass over 900 points. That is an amazing feat.”
“Added to that, to have eight points separate the two top teams just goes to show that the CMRA competition is not always a run away and we expect more competition in the future,” continued the CMRA Chairman.
Paramount to Guyana’s win was Kristian Jeffrey who successfully retained his Group Four championship for a second time.
He picked up 225 points from an almost perfect season leaving his nearest competitor and only competition Trinidadian Kristian Boodoosingh second on 152 points and Trinidad’s Gerard Carrington 58 points.
At the Group two level, Barbadian Mark Thompson was forced to concede his title and settle for second after Trinidad’s Marc Gill amassed 189 points from the four legs of competition.
Guyana’s Shairaz Roshandin ended 3rd with 84 points.
The Trini’s also picked up the group 3 title after Paul Vieira carted off 169 points from three legs while Cayman Islands Barrett, who was awarded the most consistent and competitive driver of the CMRC 2015 picked up second (138 points.)
Barbadian Kurt Thompson ended 3rd with 104 points while Guyana’s Danny Persaud ended 4th with 82 points.
In the Superstock department, Elliot Vieira produced the ride of a lifetime to be crowned the youngest CMRA Bike champion after his cousin Stephen had suffered some amount of injuries a few weeks before races.
He ended with 161 points, clear of Stephen’s 143 and Matthew Vieira’s 100 points.

Guyana Breaks Into The Formula 4 Market

December 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Guyana has broken into a new realm of racing with the introduction of its first Formula 4 (F4) Driver, Calvin Stanley Ming, at the Inaugural NACAM (Norteamérica, Centroamérica, Caribe y Norte de Sudamérica) Championships in Mexico.
At the big weekend (October 30 to November 1), the launch of the F4 class took place on the grandest stage of them all: the Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix set for Mexico City’s revamped Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Leading up to that weekend, Ming told the media that he was relaxed. He was adamant about his usual game plan: “apply the concepts and techniques that I would have learnt over the last year in the (United) States at Team Pelfrey.”
It was on Saturday October 31 2015 that Ming broke the barrier as the first driver of Guyanese parentage to enter the F4 arena and one of the first Caribbean men to make a stake in that level. Ming is the son of eminent Guyanese entrepreneur and veteran Guyanese racer Stanley Ming.
The young Ming qualified a decent 7th on the grid. He had faced some late issues on qualifying day but that did not dampen his spirit. Rather, it worked as the motivation which fired him to do better come race day.
Making a bit of a ‘bobble’ (as he describes it) at the start of the race cost him a quick two spots after just the first lap but the Guyanese was intent on flying the Golden Arrowhead high.
Reverting to his game plan and putting his shoulder to the wheel, the young Ming moved up to fourth spot, much like his racing number, before the safety car was called onto the track in the dying minutes after another competitor spun.
He used his reflexes to dart to third quickly on the restart of the race but was overtaken on the last lap of the race, owing to the fact that he did not block because his team radio had incurred problems and could not hear that it was the last lap.
Nonetheless, the Guyanese racer took the optimistic approach, saying, “The race was pretty intense and I was able to learn a lot more being the first time I’m in a winged open-seated car race. I will definitely keep up the momentum and keep pushing for more. Hopefully next race I’ll be on the podium.”
In July this year, the junior Ming did some testing in a F4 car belonging to Team Pelfrey, a top team in the United States. After an evaluation, he was invited to drive for the team. Calvin Ming was exposed to some valuable lessons in F1600 series – another open wheel, single-seater, open cockpit setup, similar to the F4 series that he would be participating in.
The F1600 class featured the same basic design and driving style of the F4 cars. As such, he quickly picked up a podium finish during the second of the three race days, copping valuable points that aided his team to constructors’ glory.
He called that fixture, “A really good race from the go”, adding that “as soon as they dropped the flag, I tried to stay up with the lead pack. That was my whole objective for the race.” It proved a valid strategy as he ended second.
All the while, testing continued at the Gingerman Raceway in Michigan, Putnam Park Road Course in Indianapolis, Indiana and the New Jersey Motorsports Park where he completed over 500 laps and covered a distance of approximately 800 miles. The 6 days of intense testing in the US was done in preparation for his ‘rumble with the big boys.’
During his training, Calvin Ming was under the watchful eyes of his personal coach, team directors, mechanics, and engineers.
The next stop on the Ming train is right here in Guyana, where he will thrill fans with a demonstration run of one of his two F4 cars during the final leg of the Seaboard Caribbean Motor Racing Championships (CMRC) on November 14-15.
Calvin Ming started racing in the shifter kart division in Guyana before attending the Florida International University where he pursued a Degree in Engineering. He also attended the Skip Barber Racing School Programme where he emerged as top student in a class of 21.

Football takes new leap of faith with unveiling of Stag Elite League

November 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Holistic football development in Guyana has been given a new lease on life with the unveiling of the most lucrative league yet, the Stag Elite League.
This feat has attracted eight of the nation’s best clubs. In full battle mode for the $15M in prize money are: Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United, Slingerz, Fruta Conquerors, Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Georgetown Football Club, Buxton United, Pele and Monedderlust Football clubs.
There was a Super League and similar leagues before, but this new league is set to trump all others as it is more all-encompassing. It will run for eight months at a level never before seen in Guyana when it comes to the league format.
The title sponsor is Ansa McAl under their Stag Beer brand, while corporate support so far has also been had from Courts Guyana Inc., Hits and Jams Radio (94.1FM) and E-Networks – Guyana’s premier Cable TV, Internet, VOIP and 4G Broadband Service Provider. The latter will be airing the game of the month to its subscribers – a first for the sport in Guyana.
The first double-header got underway on September 18, 2015 at the Leonora Track & Field and Football Facility on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) where Pele FC, one of the longstanding clubs, matched skills with another longstanding club, Georgetown Football Club (GFC), the former prevailing.
Also at stake, apart from the fact that one club can win as much as $10M at the end of both rounds of competition, are also two spots available at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship which leads to the CONCACAF Champions League.
The league will be split into two – Genesis and Finale, with the club coming out on top taking home $4M, second-place $2M, third-place $1M and fourth-place $500,000. There’s also a $1M bonus for the club with the most points at the end of both seasons.
Chairman of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Normalisation Committee, Clinton Urling, in his comments at the official launch, said the league in itself, will be football’s ‘litmus test’.
He noted that sustenance of the league, after the Normalisation Committee’s life comes to an end on November 14 and the GFF Congress is held to elect a new executive, would be paramount for the new administration to ensure that it is continued.
“I hope also to see in the future that the GFF doesn’t own the league, but that clubs in the league rightfully take charge. We (GFF) are starting it now but the long-term plan is to ensure that those clubs can manage, run and share the revenue,” Urling said.
He added, “In the last league, I think the prize money was about $6.5M, and this year we pumped it up to $15M. For the first time, the GFF will be paying the players. So for every match played, the players will be receiving a direct support from the GFF.”
Urling also disclosed that apart from tangible support from corporate Guyana, the league is heavily funded by the sport’s world governing body FIFA, which is of the view that “the leagues is where you develop players and teams to have champions, not just one of competitions.”
“Football is the world’s biggest sport; the world’s most commercially viable sport, and FIFA, if you look at their World Cup – Guyana’s GDP is $3.2 billion and FIFA in the 2014 World Cup revenue is $4.8 billion, which is more than our(Guyana) GDP in an entire year,” Urling noted.

Guyanese still rules WICB Regional under-15 50-overs scene

October 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

– Guyana’s junior cricketers continue in the rich tradition of dominance against its regional counterparts

Starting the 2015 edition as reigning champions and also enjoying home advantage, the young Guyanese were able to retain the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Under-15 50-overs title.
The home team ended the tournament in grandiose fashion when they trounced the Windward Islands by 98 runs in the 5th and final round game at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
In a tournament severely affected by the inclement weather, Guyana needed a victory to retain championship honors after two of their earlier matches were rained out, much to the advantage of their opponents who were ahead of them by five points going into the contest.
But shrewd leadership by Guyana’s Captain, Ashmead Nedd, saw the home team playing like true champions. Batting first after winning the toss against the Windward Islands, the Guyanese racked up 199-9 off their 50 overs.
The opening pair of Junior Sinclair (25) and Robin Williams (38) laid a solid foundation for the home team, adding 77 before Demerara Cricket Club left-hander Sachin Singh anchored the innings with a crafty 45.
Additionally, Kevlon Anderson contributed 37, while off-spinner Jahseon Alexander snared 4-41 for the Windward Islands. St. Lucian left-arm orthodox spinner Simeon Gerson supported well, with 3-54.
The Islanders were in for a rude awakening as they were sent packing for 101 in 38.1 overs, courtesy of some disciplined bowling led by left-arm spinner and player-of-the-match Kevlon Umroa, who snatched 5-32.
Fast bowler Haifa Walters was the perfect foil for Umroa, with 2-5. The Windward Islands players were never allowed to get into stride by the Guyanese who kept the stranglehold on their opponents from the first to the final delivery of the innings.
Only opening batsman Dhan-Raj Cepal was able to handle what the young Guyanese had to offer with the top score of 35 from 101 balls. The only other batters into double figures were Rene Montoute with 12, and Razim Elehie, 11.

Summary of the earlier rounds

Guyana campaign did not get off to the best of starts, because rain ruined their opening encounter against Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) at Albion, similar to the case at Enmore between Barbados and the Leeward Islands.
Windward Islands had the advantage of playing three of the five scheduled games at the National Stadium, arguably the fastest drying ground in the Caribbean, and they made the most of the opportunity: they toppled Jamaica by 46 runs.
In round two, the home team finally got an opportunity to showcase their skills, and wasted little time in disposing the Leeward Islands. The Islanders took first strike and were skittled for 90. Only Paul Miller negotiated the bowling with any degree of success; he made 20.
Pacer Alphius Bookie picked up 3-8 while Qumar Torrington and Haifa Walters had two each. Sachin Singh led Guyana’s run chase with a score, Guyana replied with 94-3 in 24.4 overs.
Barbados thumped Jamaica by seven wickets at Albion. There was no play at Enmore between T&T and Windward Islands after overnight rain left the outfield waterlogged.
In round three, T&T defeated Jamaica by nine wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method. Batting first, Jamaica was sent packing with 125 in 40.1 overs. T&T replied with 125-1 in 34.3 overs.
Windwards got the better of Leewards by 18 runs. Windwards took first strike and were bowled out for 118 in 47.4 overs. Leewards were limited to 100 in 40.4 overs in reply. The Guyana and Barbados encounter was rained out at Everest.
Round four play saw Guyana handing their counterparts from Jamaica one of the worst defeats in the history of the competition. The home team hammered Jamaica by nine wickets at the Albion Community Center Ground in Berbice.
Leading from the front was Captain Ashmead Nedd who snared 3-3, while Alphius Bookie (2-2), Qumar Torrington (2-7) and Haifa Walters (2-14) backed up well. Jamaica was sent back to the pavilion for a mere 27. Guyana replied with 28-1 in 7.5 overs.
Windward Islands’ winning streak continued as they thumped Barbados by five wickets at the National Stadium. Barbados took first strike and posted 201-8; the Windwards responded with 204-5. There was no play at Everest between T&T and Leewards due to rain.
At the closing ceremony, the Windward Islands dominated the individual awards. One of the tournament’s brightest prospects, Kimani Melius, received the awards for being Leading Run Scorer and for the Highest Individual Score. Jason Alexander took the accolade for taking the Most Wickets, while Tahj Tavernier received the prize for the Most Dismissals by a Wicket-Keeper.
Barbados was given the Most Disciplined Team trophy, while Nyeem Young (Barbados) was adjudged the Best All-Rounder.
Speaking at the closing ceremony held at the historical and once world famous, Georgetown Cricket Club, Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, informed that Guyana’s government is committed to the development of sport.
Jones also took time out to congratulate the Guyana team on their achievement of retaining the championship. The home team ended with 19.5 points, while runner-up Windward Islands managed 18.2.
Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) President, Drubahadur thanked the WICB for affording Guyana the opportunity to host the competition, pointing out that he was impressed with the talent of the players whom he urged to take the game seriously.

Outstanding Afro-Guyanese Athletes

September 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Winston Frank Stoby

Living a disciplined and committed life as a sportsman has seen Winston Frank Stoby, aka ‘Little Master’, blaze the powerlifting trail to become one of the best powerlifters Guyana, the Caribbean and Commonwealth has even seen.

Stoby proved his worth by shattering his own World Deadlift Record of 260kg achieved in Texas 2012 by setting a new record of 272.5kg when he competed in the Masters M2 74kg category at the World Masters Powerlifting championships in Orlando, Florida in September 2013. This record is still intact.

Stoby revealed that when he was going through rehab at the KingsrowBarbel Club for an injury he received while playing rugby, his trainer and gym owner, the popular weightlifter Claude Charles observed his talent and encouraged him to remain in the strongman sport. He did and the rest is now history.

When asked to give his take on what keeps him going, Stoby said that a high level of discipline has been the key to his success, not only as an athlete but in life.

Stoby’s words of advice for young athletes in the sport are: “As young and aspiring athletes wanting to achieve greatness, you have got to train in a dedicated and committed manner. You must be business-like in your approach. Even if it rains or the sun shines hot, you must be able to stick to your plan and work hard.”

He is currently preparing for a local competition in August, but will be back on the international stage at the Pan-American Championships in September in Brazil. Then he will be targeting the Commonwealth Championships in Canada in December.

And of course, being the best is what the ‘Little Master’ is aiming to become.

Trayon Denzil Bobb

Trayon Denzil Bobb is another Guyanese athlete who deserves recognition for his outstanding achievements. Born on November 5, 1993, he is considered to be one of Guyana’s most accomplished and respected football players.

Bobb, who is originally from Uitvlugt, began his competitive football career, for West Demerara at the age of 16 years during the Guyana Football Federation under-17 inter-association tournament. After this, the young athlete never looked back and kept dominating the sport.

In March 2010, Bobb led a match against East Bank netting four goals, which included a first-half hat-trick. Two months later, West Demerara defeated Georgetown 2–1 in the final of the tournament to claim the title. After scoring seven goals in the competition and finishing as the joint-top goal scorer, Bobb was named the most valuable player of the tournament. He then began attracting coaches and gaining acknowledgment for his talent.

Following a series of impressive performances during the Kashif& Shanghai knockout competition in 2010, Bobb followed Guyana national team manager Jamaal Shabazz to Trinidad and Tobago to begin his professional football career for Caledonia AIA of the TT Pro League.

In 2013, he made it to a European league when he was signed to the Premier League of Lithuania with FK Kruoja.This can be noted as one of his greatest accomplishments.

Even though the Guyanese player has been signed to both regional and international teams, he still represents Guyana’s national team – the Golden Jaguars – and is very proud of this. He even scored two goals against El Salvador for Guyana in the World Cup qualifier.

Apart from football, he said he also holds his family, friends, fans and God close to his heart. They are what keeps him going every day. His advice to young athletes is to keep working hard, stay focus, stay humble, and pray to God to keep you disciplined.

Avery Anthony Corbin

Humble, dedicated and determined are the words which can be used to best describe Avery Anthony Corbin –a key member of Guyana’s National Rugby team. The athlete only started participating in the sport eight years ago after being encouraged by one of his fellow team mates. Initially, Corbin began playing in the Guyana Defence Force Club, where he still remains a member.

The 31-year-old whose position is prop or wing, said his biggest accomplishments in rugby are helping his team beat Barbados in 2013 at the Guyana National Stadium and winning the North America championship in Mexico in the North American Caribbean Rugby Association tournament.

He noted that what made that victory stand out is that Barbados was leading Guyana in the second half of the game. “Guyana’s score was at five, while Barbados’ was 17. We turned it around in the last few minutes of the game and ended Guyana-19 and Barbados-17,” he boasted.

The rugby player said that what keeps him going is faith, courage and his family. His advice to young athletes is,“Whatever you put your mind to, stay focused, be determined and never give up. No matter what people talk about you, keep your head held high.No matter what, never stop trying.”

At the moment, Corbin is doing therapy for an ankle injury which he sustained during a practice game in Canada. However, his club will soon participate in a 7s tournament, which the rugby player is hoping to take part in. It is evident that the player has no intention of backing out of the sport he enjoys playing anytime soon, and will represent Guyana for as long as he can.

Hugh Arlington Ross

Undisputedly Guyana’s best bodybuilder of all time, Hugh Arlington Ross, despite competing as an Over-50, is still a force to reckon with on the international stage.

The former Guyana Defence Force Officer (GDF) who now resides in the USA, strutted his stuff once again and was unbeatable when he won the Masters Over-50 title at the NABBA World Championships in June.

Ross won the 2010 Mr. Universe Masters title but did not compete in 2011. In 2012, he was the World Champion and did not compete in 2013. In 2014, Ross was second at The World Championships and took the crown in 2015.

Having come from a disciplined background, Ross who hails from the Ancient County of Berbice made some changes to his body as he adapted a different diet in order to be more competitive.

He swapped some of his trade mark details/striations in favour of a few more pounds having realised that on the European scene, almost everyone goes for size. Increasing his weight and being just as striated as when he was light did not come easy according to Ross.

“In Europe, these athletes do not play with a level deck of cards but of course one does not have evidence because there is no testing here but from my experience I can tell with total clarity from one glance. To that effect it entails me working quadruple harder to be able to stand up and compete on the same stage with them. I have no problem with that, basically with my discipline and work ethics I’m always very confident,” Ross stated.

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