Ansa McAl renews alliance with Guyana Softball Cup
By Avenash Ramzan
Ansa McAl Trading under its popular Stag Beer brand on Wednesday morning renewed its alliance with the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA), the organising body for the upcoming Guyana Softball Cup 6.
Dubbed the biggest softball cricket competition in Guyana, the three-day event, which will attract 24 teams from Guyana and North America, will take place from November 4-6 at various grounds in Demerara.
At a simple ceremony at its Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara, office, Ansa McAl’s Stag Beer Brand Manager, Lindon Henry, sealed the company’s partnership with the GFSCA for the third year running, stating that the entity is delighted to once again align itself with the tournament.
Jailall Deodass, one of the Vice-presidents of the GFSCA, pointed out that the association is indeed grateful for the support given to the tournament by Ansa McAl Trading. He expressed appreciation to the management and staff of the company for their dedication towards the development of sports in general, and softball in particular.
Deodass assured company representatives that their investment will be worthwhile, as another highly successful competition is eagerly anticipated. The competition will comprise a total of 43 games in the Male Open, Male Masters and female exhibition.
Fourteen teams will compete in the Masters and 10 in the Open, with close to two million dollars in cash prizes up for grabs, while the Player-of-the-Series in both divisions will receive a 14-karat gold and diamond pendant, compliments of Steve’s Jewellery.
On the day of the finals at the Demerara Cricket Club ground in Queenstown, action will commence at 11:00h and admission to the venue is $1,000 per person. At Wednesday’s function, another Vice-president of the GFSCA, Ricky Deonarain, gave an overview of the 2016 tournament.
“At the finals on November 6, four ticket holders stand a chance to win a trip for themselves and a partner to Baganara Resort for one night, Kaieteur/Orinduik Falls, Arrowpoint Resort for one night and Aruwai Resort White H20 for one night. This is compliments of Survival Travel Agency and it is fully paid from Georgetown to destination and back. Ten hampers will also be up for grabs. Spectators are asked to retain their half tickets and listen for their number to be called during the games,” Deonarain explained.
He added, “Player-of-the-Series will receive a cricket bat gold pendant (14-karat) with diamond encrusted, again compliments of Steve’s Jewellery. There will also be plaques for special performances, example centuries and five-wicket hauls. These plaques and all trophies are compliments of the Trophy Stall.”
The champion team in the Open category will receive $800,000, while the runner-up will collect $200,000. The Masters champion will pocket $600,000, while the losing finalist is guaranteed $150,000. All team prizes will be accompanied by trophies. Regal XI and Regal Masters are defending champions both categories.
Once again, teams will be drawn from Guyana, New York, Florida and Canada. Tickets for the finals day are available at Trophy Stall, Mike’s Pharmacy, Ramchand Auto Spares, 4R Bearings, Motor Trend, Rohan Auto Spares, Ariel Enterprise, Nauth’s Motor Spares and Nand Persaud and Company Limited.
The tournament has attracted corporate support from Stag Beer, Rubis Guyana, Trophy Stall, Survival Group of Business, Steve’s Jewellery, Clear Waters, Busta Soft Drinks, Rohan Auto Spares, A&R Jewanram Printery, W.J Enterprise and Mike’s Pharmacy.
Photo caption: Stag Beer Brand Manage, Lindon Henry (centre), seals the partnership with GFSCA president, Ramchand Ragbeer. Sharing the moment are other GFSCA officials, from left, Ramesh Sunich, Ricky Deonarain and Jailall Deodass (Photo: Avenash Ramzan)