“One of the best ever cricket tournament”- winning captain Roy Jaferally
- Grill Master whip Prophecy Boys in Green Economy softball final
“In my 21 years as a softball player, this tournament is without doubt one of the best ever, while the organising skills of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club is simply unmatched.”
Those were words of winning captain Roy Jaferally at the presentation ceremony of the historic RHTYSC/Kares Engineering Patron’s Green Economy Tournament last Sunday at the Area ‘H’ Ground.
Jaferally led his team, Grill Master of Canje, to a commanding 130-run win over Prophecy Boys of Port Mourant after they batted first and piled up 272.
Jaferally, who copped the Man-of-the-Final award, noted that the tournament was a total success, while each of the 18 teams felt comfortable playing in the tournament and stated that it was the first time that he witnessed no form of indiscipline during an entire competition.
Jaferally stated that each of the teams respected the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, its outstanding work and as such co-operated to make the tournament successful. The main objectives of the Patron’s Tournament were to honour President David Granger on his 72nd birthday, to educate Berbicians on the impact of Climate Change, to promote the Green Economy effort and the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club Say No/Say Yes Campaign.
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, also praised the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club for organising a tournament of the highest standard and noted that it was a fitting honour to President Granger on his birthday.
He pledged the government’s support for the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club’s efforts to educate youths on Climate Change and the Green Economy. Sponsor Mahadeo Panchu of KSM Investment expressed his pleasure at being associated with Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation and praised the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club for organising a high standard cricket tournament.
Representative of the title sponsor, Kieran Persaud, stated that Kares Engineering Inc. was delighted to be part of the tournament to not only honour the Guyanese leader, but to also educate others on Climate Change. Kares Engineering Inc., he stated, is proud of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club organising skills and the fulfillment of each commitment to his company.
Club Secretary/CEO, Hilbert Foster, spearheaded the organising of the Green Economy tournament with Vice-President Mark Papannah and Assistant Secretary Simon Naidu. Foster noted that the Club’s Cricket Development Committee worked beyond the call of duty to make sure that every angle was covered and hailed the RHTY&SC/Kares Engineering Patron’s Cup as one of the best ever organised by the Club.
“Not only was the standard of play very high, but there was no form of indiscipline and there was a massive crowd support at all three rounds of matches,” he said. The long-serving Secretary/CEO stated that it was a blessing in disguise that the tournament utilised the softball format as it was hugely popular at the grassroot level in Berbice.
The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, Foster disclosed, hopes to make the event an annual one. Over $1.5 million worth of cash prizes and trophies were shared out to the top teams.
As part of the tournament, the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club and its eight cricket teams shared out $1 million worth of school bags, 25 bicycles to less fortunate students and close to $1 million worth of cricket balls to cricket clubs across Berbice.
The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club would like to express gratitude to the following sponsors for making the cricket tournament and the donations possible; Kares Engineering Inc., B.K. International, S. Jagmohan Hardware, V Net Communication, Peter Lewis, KSM Investment, Bakewell, National Sports Commission, Rossignol Butchery, Bissan Trading, Mohamed Raffik, A. Hamilton, Fyuse Hussain, Fazal Habibulla, J.B. Brothers, Ministry of the Presidency, Farfan & Mendes, Mines Service Ltd, F & H Printery, 4R Bearings, John Fernandes Ltd, Lennox Cush, Ronald Williams, Apex Insurance Brokers, Jumbo Jet, A. Ally & Sons, Amerally Sawmills, Claude Raphael, Ricks & Sari Agro Industries, Regal Enterprise, New India Insurance, J.R Engineering Solutions, Annirud Ramcharitar, Trans Pacific Motor Spares, Greenidge Fridge Repairs, Radesh Rameshwar, Safraz Sheriffudeen and Mahadeo Panchu.