G/T Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ makes return to Berlin tomorrow

first_imgTHE Berlin tarmac located in the vicinity of High and Drysdale Streets, Georgetown, will officially make its long anticipated return to action in the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Georgetown Championship.The venue which was utilised in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2009, will stage the second group night matches tomorrow. Eight matches will be hosted at the venue.According to tournament coordinator Three Peat Promotions, “There have been calls from the communities via elders and players for the venue to make a grand return to action and we have acquiesced to their requests following discussions with tournament sponsor Banks DIH Limited.The Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ phenomenon is an event rooted in the community culture and Berlin is a part of that fabric that has made the tournament what it is today.”The release further said, “We are pleased to be returning to a venue that was part of the inaugural edition, as the tournament will always be synonymous with and identified by its community origins, which is an attribute that should never be changed. We envision a mammoth crowd to descend on the venue especially from the surrounding environs as it is a historic night.”The round-robin stage will conclude on July 26. The top two finishers from each section will advance to the quarterfinal and subsequent semi-final rounds.Winner of the event will collect $500 000 and the championship trophy, with the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers copping $300 000, $200 000 and $100 000 respectively and the corresponding trophy.They will also automatically seal a place in the National Championship in August.To date Beacons (Bartica Champions), Melanie-B (East Coast Demerara winners), Brothers United (West Demerara/East Bank Demerara winners), Trafalgar (Berbice champions) and High Rollers (Linden champions) are the teams to have secured automatic berths to the national championship.Friday (today) National Cultural Centre(1) North East vs Rising Stars(2) Charlotte St vs Albouystown-B(3) LA Ballers vs Broad Street(4) Leopold Street vs Albouystown-A(5) Tiger Bay vs Future Stars(6) Gold is Money vs John Street(7) Back Circle vs Sophia(8) Sparta Boss vs Alexander VillageTomorrow (July 20) Berlin tarmac(1) LA Ballers vs John Street – 19:00hrs(2) Tiger Bay vs Albouystown-A – 19:30hrs(3) Alexander Village vs Albouystown-B – 20:00hrs(4) Back Circle vs Rising Stars – 20:30hrs(5) Leopold Street vs Future Stars – 21:00hrs(6) North East vs Sophia – 21:30hrs(7) Sparta Boss vs Charlotte St – 22:00hrs(8)Gold is Money vs Broad Street – 22:30hrsFriday (July 26) National Cultural Centre(1) Alexander Village vs Charlotte St – 19:00hrs(2) Broad Street vs John Street – 19:30hrs(3) Albouystown-A vs Future Stars – 20:00hrs(4) Sophia vs Rising Stars – 20:30hrs(5) LA Ballers vs Gold is Money – 21:00hrs(6) Leopold Street vs Tiger Bay – 21:30hrs(7) North East vs Back Circle – 22:00hrs(8) Sparta Boss vs Albouystown – B-22:30hrslast_img read more

Syracuse travels to Puerto Rico for tough tests against Georgia Tech, Virginia

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Syracuse’s freshman class has stood out over its first three games of the 2012 season.Cornelia Fondren, Brianna Butler and Brittney Sykes have started every game for SU this season and have had no trouble adjusting to Division-I basketball.“Each minute, each game I feel more comfortable playing,” Butler said. “And it feels like regular games—almost like high school kind of.”The Orange (4-0) freshmen face perhaps their toughest test of the season this weekend—a 27-hour whirlwind in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout. SU opens up with Georgia Tech (2-1) Friday at noon and tips off just 26-and-a-half hours later against Virginia (3-0) Saturday at 2:30 p.m.Syracuse passed its first supposed tough test with flying colors, dismantling a St. Joseph’s team that received three votes in the most recent AP poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Yellow Jackets and Cavaliers should prove to be tougher competition. Both teams are perennial tournament teams from an ultra-competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. Plus, the Orange doesn’t have the luxury of four days to prepare as it did for the Hawks.Syracuse spent Wednesday traveling to Puerto Rico. It had a chance to practice at Mario Morales Coliseum on Thursday morning, but even that day was cut short by Thanksgiving.Not only will the freshmen face their fiercest competition yet, but they also face the most unique conditions any of them have ever had to deal with.The difference for SU this year was expected to be the freshman class. The No. 6 class in the country was the best the school ever had, and it was supposed to get Syracuse over the hump and back to the NCAA tournament, perhaps even giving the program its first-ever tournament victory.Through three games, Fondren, Butler and Sykes have more than proven themselves.Sykes has led the freshmen with 7.3 points per game. Butler has averaged six points per game this year as well, but she has shot 6-for-16 from beyond the arc. Fondren has chipped in with three points per game.“It’s a huge help, and it’s a huge motivator,” senior guard Elashier Hall said. “When they come in and they hit big shots it gets the team going, especially on defense and defense translates to our offense.”But it’s not just the shooting that’s seen improvement thanks to the freshmen. Adding depth alone has allowed the Orange to more effectively get out in transition, but it also helps to add some of the best athletes the program has seen.“It’s the weapons that we have,” senior center Kayla Alexander said. “Especially the freshmen who came in. They came in, they contribute, they start, they get up and down the court, they play good defense; it’s a big difference.”The two-day stretch the San Juan Shootout provides is a unique proposition for a trio of rookies contributing heavily early. But despite the results – four blowouts – the freshmen have been tested.After an easy opener at home against Farleigh Dickinson, a trip to Maine provided a grueling road environment. Since then, SU hasn’t played a home game and won’t return to the Carrier Dome until Dec. 4.With the role they’re expected to play all season, another challenge will prove just how close Syracuse is to the goals it came into the season with tied with the arrival of the freshmen.“It’s everything,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We need their contributions, we need their depth on the court. So we need to do everything we can to keep them on the court.” Commentslast_img read more