By Rhinold Cameron
The curtains finally came down on the Boyce & Jefford relay festival, despite a threat by nature at the Police Eve Leary ground yesterday.
The day of diverse sporting action was led by the highly anticipated relay events, which saw top athletes representing their respective clubs for cash, trophies and bragging rights.
However, the day of relay belonged to the Police Sports Club male and female teams who dominated their events. Other teams competing were Mercury Fast Laners (MFL), University of Guyana (UG) and Super Upcoming Runners (SUR), who all impressed; providing a formidable challenge to their opponents.
Football action provided some additional impetus to the sizable crowd, as ranked teams such as Agricola, Broad Street, BV Triumph and Better Hope battled intensely – with Agricola emerging victorious on penalty shootout against Broad Street in the finals.
Softball cricket was another feature of the day, as Trophy Stall male and female teams proved why they are leading teams in the country.
Though Jefford and Boyce male team featured the likes of Christopher Barnwell and Trevor Benn, they were limited in that form of the game. Trophy stall amassed a total of 99 in their allotted 10- overs and bundled out the host for 61.
The highlight of the day came as amputee cyclist, Walter Grant Stuart, was given a half lap advantage over his other competitors. The race became exciting as a pledge of GY$5,000 was made for the first cyclist to catch him. That never happened. A further pledge of $10,000 was made to Stuart if he caught up with his competitors. He did so in the 6th lap of the twelve lap race. To the surprise of many, $70,000 was then up for grabs should he win the race, which he did in fine style, sending the already energetic crowd into a frenzy.
The day’s proceedings came to a close spectators an athletes were entertained by popular DJs.