By Michelangelo JacobusA PACKED house, fully behind a rampant Beacons side, witnessed their favourite side being crowned the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Bartica Champions after a 1-0 defeat of Police on Sunday night at the Bartica Community Centre tarmac.A rampant center forward, Whitney Welcome, denied Police by netting the game’s only goal in the 31st minute in a matchup which was highlighted by a lot of physicality.Welcome stuck the needle in the lawmen after receiving the ball on the right side following a fluent set of passing; his calm take was followed by a powerful right-footed shot which beat the final defender to ignite wild celebrations on the field and in the crowd.For the officers, it was their second loss in three years in the championship matchup after losing the inaugural final in 2017 to Rivers View.Beacons booked their place in the championship match after brushing aside Walking Boys 3-0.On the other hand, Police edged Mighty Ruler 1-0 on penalty kicks, after regulation and extra time ended goalless.The win earned Beacons $400,000 and the respective trophy while they also won an automatic place in the National Championship, which is pegged to start in August.Meanwhile, the losing finalist received $150,000 and a trophy. In the third place playoff, newcomer Walking Boys needled Mighty Ruler 1-0.Due to the outcome, Walking Boyz walked away with $100,000 and a trophy, while Mighty Rulers collected $75,000 and the respective accolade.Goal-Raiders won the Guinness Plate Championship, defeating Rivers View 1-0 on penalty kicks, after regulation and extra time ended scoreless.For their win, Goal-Raiders pocketed $60,000. In the earlier Guinness Plate semi-final round, Goal-Raiders bested Prison Officers 1-0, while Rivers View edged Potaro by an identical score.The other major sponsor of the event was Colours Boutique. In attendance at the venue was Banks DIH Guinness Brand Executive, Lee Baptiste. The Georgetown leg of the tournament is slated to commence in July.
Schmoldt’s take:While figure skating and Alpine skiing seem to dominate the popularity aspect of the Winter Games, I have become more of a fan of the seemingly smaller events. To go along with hockey, I’ve enjoyed watching curling, cross-country skiing and ski jumping.I don’t think I’ve enjoyed watching a single Olympic moment more than the 4 X 10 kilometer cross-country skiing race. Yes, it did take a few hours to finish, so we didn’t get the benefit of watching the entire race, but to see the end was phenomenal. In case you missed it, Italy’s Christian Zorzi, who had an enormous 30-second lead coming down the stretch, stopped to grab an Italian flag from a fan and crossed the finish line with a finger to his lips and an enormous ovation from the raucous home crowd.And I am mesmerized by the ski jumpers. To see them flying through the air down this huge hill in the position that they are in is incredible. Then I realized that to learn just about every sport, you have to stumble along the way. I can’t imagine smacking the snow at those speeds and falling for the first time, only to get up and do it again.So logically, my favorite Olympic event combines the two of those sports — the Nordic combined, a sport that many people probably don’t even know about, and if they do, they probably don’t realize what it involves. For those who don’t know, it consists of one ski jump and one 750-kilometer cross-country race with a staggered start based on how each athlete did in the ski jump.The difficulty is that you get just one jump, so you better make it good or you’ll find yourself in a 90-second hole to start the second portion of the event; but it was fun to watch Tuesday’s winner win in spite of starting 54 seconds behind the leader in the ski sprint.So there you have it. I like a sport that tests an athlete on more than one level, both of those levels very difficult. It’s too bad that it’s over and done with.