SOESDYKE Falcons mauled CV Jaguars 10-1, while Grove beat Kuru Kururu Warriors 4-1 and Agricola secured a walk-over victory from Diamond when play in the Guyana Football Federation/NAMILCO National Under-17 Intra-Association competition continued on Saturday last at the Grove Playfield, Grove, East Bank Demerara,Soesdyke Falcons’ huge margin of victory was spearheaded by Kelsey Benjamin who netted a hat-trick in the 16th, 78th and 79th minutes with support from the Khan siblings, team captain Tyrone and Tyrell.Tyrell scored in the 11th and 44th minutes, while Tyrone blasted the nets in the 23rd and 58th minutes.Lerone Prince (54th), Nickolas Billison (75th) and an own-goal closed off Soesdyke’s scoring while Circuit Ville Jaguars got their consolation strike from Melon Joseph in the 70th minute.The main supporting game saw the home team (Grove) maintaining their unbeaten record with a 4-1 triumph over Kuru Kururu Warriors while Agricola gained full points without breaking a sweat since their opponent, Diamond United, failed to show up for the match.Grove brushed aside the challenge of the Warriors through goals from Kevin Padmore in the 29th minute, Rasheed Evans in the 60th, Jamasi Benjamin in the 77th and Threvon Pluck two minutes to full time.KK Warriors were able to pull one back through Jonathan Bailey who found the back of the opposition’s net in the 30th minute which actually tied the match at 1-1 but never threatened after, as Grove ran riot.Meanwhile, in the East Demerara Football Association Leg of the tournament, Buxton United, Mahaica Determinators, and Ann’s Grove all recorded victories when the League continued at the Golden Grove ground.Buxton United made light work of the home team (Golden Grove), winning by a 5-0 margin through goals from Tironi Semple who scored in the 68th, 72nd and 75th minutes, while Joshua Liverpool and Leslie Durant supported with a goal each in the 25th and 55th minutes respectively.Mahaica Determinators beat Bachelors Adventure/Paradise 3-0 with the winning goals coming off the boots of Orland Adonis in the 20th and 25th minutes and one from a Rickford Profit 60th minute strike.Ann’s Grove then made light work of Buxton Youth Developers,winning by a 4-0 margin.For the victorious Ann’s Grove side, Maurice Adams netted a brace in the 42nd and 44th minutes while Yohance France supported with a brace of his own in the 50th and 52nd minutes.
The NCC Tennis League will resume this weekend with a high-stake tie between Team Lead Way and defending champions,Team Tombim, at the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos. There is also a second tie in Ilorin between Team Goshen and Team Offikwu at the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin.Team Tombim has national champion Moses Michael and highest ranked ATP player Christian Paul as the leading players and they are backed by Sarah Adegoke, national No.4 as the women’s singles player. The defending champions will however have to contend with Joseph Imeh, a Nigerian top 10 and ATP ranked player as well as Ronke Akingbade ranked No.5 in the ladies. The Lead Way team is also expected to have the edge in the men’s doubles and mixed doubles as it has Monday Igbinovia, a doubles expert to lead the doubles teams.In Ilorin, tennis fans will have the opportunity to watch the skills of Sylvester Emmanuel National No.2 and Aanu Aiyegbusi the women’s No. 3 who will likely face a tough challenge from fast improving Bunmi Aare, the Goshen team top player.Meanwhile soft-drink giants, Coca – Cola have thrown their weight behind the tennis league. Coca- Cola will be offering refreshment to all the players, officials and spectators at all the venues beginning this weekend.Director of the International Tennis Academy, Godwin Kienka, who is coordinating the league said: “This is a massive addition to the tennis league and takes us closer to our our dream of becoming the most spectator friendly event in Nigeria. In addition to snacks and refreshments to all spectators, there will be raffle draws for state-of-the-art phones, tee shirts and other gift items.”“The NCC Consumer Affairs Department is also setting up shop at every match venue to attend to complaints and inquiries from phone and data users. What more can spectators ask for? It is an ideal family picnic event with matches staring at 10 am at all venues.”The NCC Tennis League is a team championship open to all Nigerian tennis players of all levels and is offering almost N30 million in prize money and bonuses. The winning team takes home N7 million, runner-up N5 million, third place N3 million and fourth place N2 million.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram