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Digicel Schools Football Championship kicks off today

first_img– Essequibo Islands Secondary and Parika /Salem Secondary to collide in openerTHE 7th Edition of the Digicel Schools Football Championship will kick off today with a solitary game at the Leonora Track & Field Centre, West Coast Demerara.In the opening fixture of this year’s event, Essequibo Islands Secondary will travel to take on Parika/ Salem Secondary in what is expected to be a keen and exciting matchup commencing from 14:30hrs.Play in the championship resumes tomorrow with another match at the same venue featuring Leonora Technical versus Professional Learning Institute from 15:30hrs.On June 14, Mahaicony Secondary tackles Belladrum Secondary at the Belladrum ground in West Berbice from 15:30hrs, while Vreed-en-Hoop and Patentia square off at L’Aventure ground from 15:30hrs.Over at Burnham Park in New Amsterdam, Berbice, Berbice High School collides with Berbice Educational Institute at 15:30hrs.Play continues throughout the week at various venues.One hundred and fifty schools, drawn from the ten administrative regions of Guyana, will once again vie for what is considered as the country’s ‘Holy Grail’ of schools football.One million dollars will go to the winning school for a project of their choice, while second, third and fourth placed teams will pocket $700 000, $400 000 and $350 000 respectively.However, the tournament which will see Georgetown being divided into north and south, will see the winners of each zone being awarded $100 000,to go towards a school project.Chase’s Academic Foundation are the defending champions in the tournament, while the Christianburg Wismar Secondary School, popularly known as ‘Multi’ is the most decorated team.The Linden-based team have played in every final since the inception of the tournament; winning four consecutive titles, only losing in the inaugural year to the Georgetown Technical Institute and in last year’s final.last_img read more

Franklin ready to defend his senior national table tennis title

first_imgDEFENDING Senior National Table Tennis Champion, Christopher Franklin, is ready to win his third consecutive title tomorrow – but it will be no easy task.Unlike the female competition, which will be without top players Trenace Lowe and Chelsea Edghill, the male battle should be a scorcher.Several top table tennis players will vie for the title. Although the likes of Joel Alleyne and Nigel Bryan should threaten, it would most likely come down to a battle between Franklin and former Caribbean U-21 champion Shemar Britton.The top two table tennis players are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Franklin is still an excellent player, but at 35, his best years are behind him. He has, however, shown longevity and his table tennis IQ is highly rated. His ability to slow down a game and manipulate his opponent’s plan is also a thing of beauty.Then there is Britton. At 21, he grew up respecting Franklin’s game play, but he has also created his own path. By winning the U-21 Caribbean championships two years ago, the youngster announced himself to the region.Christopher Franklin will look to defend his senior titleHe is now studying law at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, in Trinidad where he has become a more refined player. In 2019, he won both the Trinbago Open and the Reliability Maintenance Services Limited Super Singles, but his eyes are set on winning his first national title – as he looks to begin his reign.His game play is more energy-driven, with solid footwork, which allows him to remain unpredictable. He is also excellent in serves and third ball attacks.Although the pair are no strangers to each other, they have only met twice in tournaments. When Franklin was in his prime, Britton was still a young teen and when the latter blossomed, Franklin had taken a hiatus from the sport.When they did meet, it was the final of the 2018 Senior National Championships and Franklin was able to use his experience to come from two games down to defeat his young rival.At the Malteenoes Sports Club last December, in a Juniors-teaming-with-Seniors competition, Britton found himself in a similar position in the singles battle against Franklin, but he was able to keep his cool and register his first win against his rival.Now he has taken time away from school to play in the championships again and attempt to take his game to the next level, by defeating the best.Neither player admitted that the other is his main rival. According to Britton, there are several big names in the mix. “All the members of the current men’s national team are dangerous players. They are Christopher Franklin, Joel Alleyne and Nigel Bryan. Edinho Lewis and Orin Nickerson are also very capable of springing an upset.”He has also named spin king, Jonathan Sankar as a dark horse. “But my dark horse that I’ll be looking out for is Jonathan Sankar; he’s playing extremely well right now and his game is different from everyone else’s, seeing he’s a defensive player.”Although he is confident, the 21-year-old said he is putting his December win against Franklin behind him because “the match begins at 0-0 all over again.”For Franklin he will be taking it one game at a time.“I’m practising at least 3 times per week. I’m not sure who will be showing up to play, but whoever comes I will be ready. I’m confident in my ability to come away with the victory.”The Senior National Championships started yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall with the U-21 and C Class. Those games are scheduled to continue today, while the B Class will start today, with the seniors (male and female) in action tomorrow.last_img read more