UG students/athletes off to UDUAL Games in Curacao

21st November, 2017 0 comments

Some 41 student/athletes from the University of Guyana (UG) are set to depart Guyana today and tomorrow for the Organization of Universities of Latin American and Caribbean (UDUAL) Games in Curacao.

The games, which are scheduled to run from November 23- 27 will see participation from countries including Bonaire, Panama, Santa Domingo, Guyana and host Curacao.

The Guyana contingent will compete in four of the disciplines.

Along with the returning basketball team, for the first time UG will have teams competing in the chess, table tennis and track and field.

Ahead of the team’s departure, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ivelaw Griffith and some members of the governing body had a brief meeting with the athletes on campus yesterday. Dr. Griffith, in his opening remarks, urged the students to have respect for themselves, their sport, their university and the country bearing in mind that they are ambassadors of the school and the country.

He urged the students not to take for granted that they have been given the opportunity to travel in order to represent the university. “I would like you to not take for granted the investment that has been made on the university’s behalf and I would like you to not take for granted the investment that has been made on each individual’s behalf,” Dr. Griffith stressed to the contingent. He reminded the athletes that they are a team, which means that they are responsible for each other in and out of their respective competition areas.

He also stressed the point that they would be around other athletes from different parts who have different cultures and emphasized on how this would be a learning experience for each of them.

“Sometimes student/athletes are so caught up in their sports and games that they take for granted that they are representing the university and so you are likely meet persons from other universities who would be curious to learn about your university. They would be persons who may not know much about Guyana and so they would want to ask questions and learn just as much as you may want to learn about theirs. So I would like you not to take for granted that you would be asked questions about UG and Guyana. What can you tell them about UG? What can you tell them about Guyana?” the Vice Chancellor challenged the athletes.

He reiterated the importance of being knowledgeable of UG and Guyana so that while they are going out to compete to the best that they can, that they are also going under the banner of the school and country. “Ensure you know something about your country because when you wear that flag or UG paraphernalia, people are going to assume you know about what you’re representing. You are ambassadors.” he added.

Members of the management team traveling with the contingent urged that the student/athletes to be respectful and have fun. The dedication, focus and drive of the athletes as they prepare for the upcoming games while being focused in school was acknowledged.

The athletes in the four disciplines are ready to put their best forward. The experience of the national athletes will be looked upon as an asset to the team in each discipline. Of the four disciplines to be competed in, the chess team may have the least outside experience.

However this is not going to faze them as one of the country’s top player Davion Mars said.

“We have been training a lot. We have been training for about a year ahead of this, so I believe we are in a good position to not return empty handed. If we don’t come back with the overall title for chess I know we will come with some prizes.”

The athletes are confident that they are as properly prepared as they can be and it is their aim to do as best as they could during their time in Curacao.

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UG continues unbeaten run

2nd November, 2017 0 comments

The University of Guyana (UG) continues their impressive run in the New Building Society (NBS) Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) 40 – overs second division competition by notching up two wins over the weekend.

UG on Saturday, thumped Police by a mammoth 146 runs on the back of a fine century from Omesh Dhanram who slammed 133 after UG were sent in and piled on 350 before being dismissed in the 40th over.

Dhanram was supported by the consistent Keron Sewnarine (59) and Suresh Dhanai (56) as the students piled it on.

Bowling for the lawmen, off-spinner Jason Heyliger took 3-50 while leg-spinner Vishal Jaigobin had 3-61.

Police in response got off to a blazing start as National Youth Player Alex Algoo (30) was severe on anything within hitting range, his innings lasted 10 balls and consisted of five (5) maximums.

His dismal however set the host back and they were eventually dismissed in 28.1 overs for 204. Andrew Lyght Jr., stroked 59 and Mark Gonsalves 43.

Off-spinner Dennis Heywood took 4-33 and he was ably supported by seamer Ray Newton 2-32.

UG on Sunday continued their dominant showing by recording a comprehensive 110 runs victory over minnows Diplomats Cricket Club.

The students cantered to 231 for seven in the 25 overs reduced game as Dwayne Dodson missed out on a well-deserved century after being dismissed for 91.

He found support from Linden Austin (67) and Melroy Stephenson (24). Diplomats struggled in their chase and were bundled out for 121 in 24.5 overs as Dennis Heywood took (3-17) and Dodson (3-15) combined to route their counterparts.

UG has so far won all four of their matches and are well on their way to securing a berth in the semifinals. Action in the competition continues this week at various grounds around Georgetown.

UG, GCC and Transport record wins over the weekend

30th October, 2017 0 comments

The University of Guyana (UG), the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) and the Transport Sports Club (TSC) were all in the winner’s row as action continued in the New Building Society (NBS), Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) second division competition over the weekend.

UG got past Everest by four wickets to continue their unbeaten run coasting to their second consecutive win of the competition.

Everest was bundled out for 162 in the 36th over after being inserted with Saheed Mohamed (40) top scoring for the home side. His innings included five fours and a maximum and he received support from Ronaldo Renee (33) and Kevin Paul (31).

UG’s bowling was once again led by off-spinner Dwayne Dodson who grabbed 3-45 from eight overs while Linden Austin supported with 3-24 from six overs.

The students in response, reached their target, (164 – 6) in 29.5 overs with major contributions coming from Keron Sewnarine (43 not out), Dodson (29) and Melroy Stephenson (26). Spinner Javed Rasheed took 3-34.

Meanwhile, GCC got the better of arch-rivals Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) in a low-scoring affair. DCC, after being sent in, were dismissed for a paltry 121 in 27. 2 overs after being 101 – 2 at one point of their innings. Nkosie Beaton (40) and Alphius Bookie (32) received starts but failed to carry on.

Devon Lord (4-9) and off-spinner Chetram Persaud (3-33) did the damage for GCC who then reached 121 – 4 with Marlon Persaud top scoring with 38 which included four fours and two maximums.

The final match saw TSC upstaging a strong Police unit by four wickets. Police, after winning the toss managed 205 before being dismissed in the 39th over. Andrew Lyght Jr., was in fine form, smashing 61 while national under – 19 opener Alex Algoo made 37. Rafael Singh (3-39), Shaun Massiah (3-45) and Kevin Ross 2-34 led TSC’s bowling effort.

An unbeaten 49 from Charwayne McPherson then completed the victory as TSC reached 208-6 in 36.2 overs. McPherson got support from Ryan Hemraj (48), and Akeem Redman (24) in the four-wicket win as off-spinner Kelvin Leitch took 2-35.

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UG overcome Everest CC by four wickets

30th October, 2017 0 comments

University of Guyana defeated Everest Cricket Club by four wickets when action in the Georgetown Cricket Association New Building Society Ltd second division 40-over tournament continued on Saturday.
Batting first, Everest CC scored 162 all out in 36 overs at Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary. Saheed Mohamed scored 40, while Ronaldo Renee made 33 and Kevin Paul 31. Linden Austin snared 3-24 and Dwayne Dodson 3-45.
UG responded with 164-6 in 29.5 overs. Keron Sewnarine struck 43 not out, while Dodson got 29 and Melroy Stephenson 26; Rasheed captured 3-34.

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UG, GCC record wins

19th October, 2017 0 comments

The University of Guyana (UG) and the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), yesterday recorded wins in the latest round of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Noble House Seafoods, second-division 40 – overs competition.

UG completed a comprehensive seven-wicket win over the Guyana Defence Force (GCF) at Camp Ayanganna. After winning the toss, GDF decided to bat and were dismissed for a paltry 155 in 39.1 overs with off-spinner Dwayne Dodson picking up 4 -13.

The academics then cantered to 160 – 3 in 25 overs with Mahendra Persaud stroking an unbeaten 55 while Omesh Danram managed 49 to complete the victory.

Meanwhile, GCC brushed aside the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) at GCC on the back of a strong all-round performance from Joshua Wade.

GCC, after winning the toss, invited MSC to take the first strike in 25 overs reduced game which saw MSC being bundled out for 93 in the 24th over.

Carlos LaRose top scored with a 31 from 33 deliveries which included two maximums and a boundary while Jeremiah Scott managed 21 as Wade pickup 3 -2 from five overs.

GCC in reply cantered to 94 – 2 with Wade returning to smash 42 form 22 deliveries to hand his side an emphatic eight-wicket victory.

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Noblehouse Seafoods 2nd Div. 2-day. University of Guyana and Malteenoes play to a draw

12th October, 2017 0 comments

The 2017 season of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)/Noblehouse Seafoods, 2nd Division 2-day tournament continued last weekend at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) with a satisfying encounter between University of Guyana (UG) and Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC). UG salvaged 1st innings points in the match that was drawn. On the opening day, MSC won the toss and forced UG to bat. In response, the students amassed a total of 128 runs all out from 34.3 overs. None of their batters reached 30 runs with the main contributors being Devon George 26, Dennis Heywood 21, Keron Sewnarine 21 and Melroy Stephenson 19.

Bowling for Malteenoes, Carlyle Collins 4-32 and Marcus Watkins 3-30 were the architects of UG’s short innings. Ug’s Ray Newton 3-24, Dennis Heywood 3-26 and Linden Austin 2-26, ensured that Malteenoes fell short by 26 runs at 102 all out in 38.4 overs in their first innings reply. Shaquille Moseley stood up with 31runs along with Carlos LaRose (31) and Teun Hicks added 18 runs. During the second day’s play, in a feign attempt to get a result in the match, UG reached 85/5 after 29 overs and declared. Their top scorers were Devon George (21), Dennis Heywood (16*) and Melroy Stephenson (14).

GDF’s Marcus Watkins completed a five-wicket haul after grabbing 2-32 during UG’s second innings, while Shaquille Moseley stole two wickets with figures of 2-24. MSC were then set an improbable 112 from 7 overs for victory. They eventually reached 64-2 after the overs expired with Watkins smashing an unbeaten 43* to follow up his match five-for while Carlos LaRose compiled 17runs. UG gained 1st innings points in the drawn match.

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UG secures first innings honours over GNIC

2nd October, 2017 0 comments

The University of Guyana took first innings honours over GNIC in the latest round of the GISE, Star Party Rental & Trophy Stall 1st Division 2-day competition over the weekend which was played at the Malteenoes Sports Club ground.

GNIC after losing the toss was inserted on the rain affect day and compiled 156 for nine before declaring their innings closed.

Ranole Bourne was the centerpiece of the innings after stroking 84 in GNIC’s batting effort as former national youth players; off spinner Linden Austin and Michael Shalim grabbed four wickets apiece for the students who ended day one 18 – 1.

UG, however, manage to cruise past their first innings total on day two by posting 240 all out from 52 overs. Opener Nicholas Carryl scored 44 while Shalim retuned to also record 44 as UG gained a lead of 84.

GNIC in their second innings reached 100 for3 when play was called as Vidal Crandon was unbeaten on 63.

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Edwards expects South American Youth Games team to do well

21st September, 2017 0 comments

Hector Edwards, Secretary General of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) said last night that he expected the Guyana team to this year’s South American Youth Games in Chile to do well.

The games will run from September 27 – October 8 and the Guyana contingent is expected to leave Tuesday.

Speaking to Stabroek Sports, the former national cyclist, now University of Guyana lecturer, said that he has high hopes from the disciplines of boxing and athletics.

In addition to the above two disciplines, Guyana will also compete in badminton, basketball (3x) and table tennis.

“I think athletics and boxing might be the hallmark sports,” Edwards declared.

“Boxing stands a good chance while our young athletes have been doing pretty well at the Carifta Games and World Youth Championships,” he said adding.… our table tennis players might stand a chance as well.

This is the second time that Guyana will be represented at the South American Youth Games. They also participated at the inaugural event in Lima, Peru in 2013 where they won one gold, one silver and seven bronze medals from a 30-member delegation.


Another athlete whom Edwards said he expects to do well is boxer Keevin Allicock.

Meanwhile president of the Guyana Badminton Association, Gokarn Ramdhani, in an invited comment said of his two-member team….“we stand a good chance.”

Ramdhani was referring to the prospects of the two players in Priyanna Ramdhani and Tyrese Jeffrey.

Badminton, Ramdhani recalled, won two medals at the 2013 games with Ambika Ramraj winning a bronze medal in the mixed doubles while top player Narayan Ramdhani, who is world-ranked player, won a bronze in the individual singles.

According to Ramdhani, the players to watch will be players from Peru and Brazil.

“We are hoping to medal,” he said adding that he does not know whether the draws will be done using the seeding or the world ranking system. Should the world ranking system be used, Priyanna Ramdhani stands to benefit since she is ranked 215 in the world, said the GBA president. GOA vice-president Godfrey Munroe is the Chef-de-Mission while Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, is expected to attend the games in place of GOA president K.A Juman Yassin. The other officials are Wanda Richmond, athletics, Junior Hercules, basketball, Terrence Poole – boxing and Idi Lewis – table tennis.

The team members are: Kenisha Phillips, Analisa Barclay, Deshanna Skeete and Jermaine King – athletics, Keevin Alliock and Christopher Moore- boxing, Shamar France, Akeem Crandon, Isaiah Hintzen and Nigel Bowen- basketball and  Miguel Wong and Nicholas Romain – table tennis.

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UG thumps GDF by an innings and 159 runs

19th September, 2017 0 comments

University of Guyana defeated Guyana Defence Force by an innings and 159 runs when the Georgetown Cricket Association/GISE/Star Party Rentals/Trophy Stall first division two-day tournament continued last weekend. UG took first strike and posted 359 all out at GDF ground. Omesh Danram struck 114, while Keron Sewnarine made 51; Damion Waldron bagged seven wickets. GDF were sent packing for 81 in reply. Dennis Heywood grabbed 5-14, Danram 3-6 and Suresh Dhanai 2-17. Batting a second time GDF were bowled out for 112 with Waldron scoring 61. Dhanai and Heywood claimed three wickets each.

At Malteenoes SC, rain stopped play between GNIC SC and Transport SC. Batting first TSC rattled up 330 all out. Charwayne McPherson slammed 81; Suresh Budhoo made 67, Refael Singh 42, Stephen Alves 37, Joel Spooner 29 and Akeem Redmon 22; Dwayne Dick and Ronale Bourne snared four wickets each. In reply, GNIC SC were 183-1 at stumps on the first day. Veeland Crandon made 63 and Marc Nicholson 93 not out. Rain prevented any play on Sunday.

Previously, Transport SC beat GDF by 173 runs. TSC took first strike and scored 217. Joel Spooner made 37 not out, Devaugh Nandan got 37, Steven Alves 27 and Rafael Singh 23. Randy Lindore picked up 3-14, Damian Waldron 3-27 and J. Chisolm 3-57. GDF were bowled out for 74 in reply. Waldron and Damien Whitney made 19 and 15 each as Spooner grabbed 5-8, Kevin Ross 2-17 and Franchot Duncan 2-28. TSC were sent packing for 90 in reply. Mark Ramsammy made 26 and Spooner 13 not out. Lindore captured 4-22, Andre Mc Farley 2-2 and D. Rajmangal 2-19. Set 234 to win, GDF were bowled out for 60 with Waldron scoring 33; Kevin Ross bagged 8-14 from 10.5 overs of which six were maidens.

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George's maiden ton hands UG opening day advantage

16th September, 2017 0 comments

The Gandhi Youth Organization ended day one of the Star Party Rental/Trophy Stall GCA first-division, two-day competition on 133 for six, still trailing the University of Guyana by 139 runs at Malteenoes Cricket Club ground, yesterday.

UG had earlier won the toss and elected to bat  allowing middle order batsman Devon George to stroke his maiden first-division century, an even 100, inclusive of six maximums and eight fours to hand UG the edge on day one.

George featured in two significant partnerships, putting on 69 for the second wicket with Melroy Stephenson (38) and 84 for the fourth wicket with Darnell Douglas (40) to ensure UG recorded a competitive total.

Suresh Dhanai (22), Ray Newton (26) and an unbeaten 20 from Dennis Heywood ensured meaningful contribution as Trevon France grabbed 6-89 in GYO’s bowling effort.

GYO, at the close were precariously placed on 133 for 6 with France unbeaten on 32 and Leon Griffith on 16 being the other not – out batsman. Mavildra Dindyal made  36 and Divesh Ramjattan a fighting 22 as off – spinner Dwayne Dodson took 2-34 while Omesh Danram has 2-20.

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