With the reality of an East side coming up against a West side, Berbicians on both sides of the river will have the opportunity to see which side of the divide will emerge from this contest with bragging rights when the final of this year’s Berbice Zone of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Competition climaxes this evening at the New Amsterdam Ferry Stelling.
Defending champions Trafalgar are still strong favourites to retain their crown, but East Berbice teams New Amsterdam Kings and East Bank Gunners would want to be instrumental in disrupting the Trafalgar reign at the top.
Champs Trafalgar will first have to get past Lichfield in the first semi-final, while NA Kings will face East Bank Gunners in the other encounter. The respective winners are to meet in the final.
All four semi-finalists have to date displayed impressive form; and while it is difficult to predict which two teams will survive the respective semi-finals, fans are virtually assured of two riveting games before the championship showdown.
Trafalgar have quality players the likes of Kevin Layne, Olvis Mitchell and Delwyn Fraser to lead their quest for a final spot; but the same could be said of Lichfield, whose pursuit of victory will be spearheaded by Allan Garnett, Shelton George and Carlos Grant.
In the other semi-final, the Kings will be hoping that Quinn Hazel and Jamal Butts produce the kind of performances that would result in victory. Conversely, the Gunners’ chase for a place in the final will depend on how well Sherwin Nicholson and Joseph Giddings combine in offense.
The winning team will receive $300,000 and the championship trophy; while second, third and fourth place finishers will take home $150,000, $100,000 and $75,000 respectively.
It is expected that a number of Banks DIH officials along with media representatives will be on hand to witness the finals of this year’s tournament.
The other sponsor on board is Colours Boutique of Robb Street.