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Tourneys not competing

Ezra Stuart

Tourneys not competing

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ST JOHN and St Michael South-East will clash in the feature match when the David Thompson Memorial Community Soccer Classic kicks off October 16, a week earlier than originally scheduled.
The match is slated for the Gall Hill playing field, St John, at 8 p.m. following the opening ceremony and parade of teams at 5 p.m. and first game between Christ Church East and St Michael North at 6 p.m.
While the two games will clash with the ongoing LIME Pelican Challenge, coordinator Hamilton Lashley told NATIONSPORT that will be the only time this will happen as the remaining matches are scheduled for Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
“We made every possible precaution not to clash because it is all in the development of football in Barbados,” Lashley, the Member of Parliament for St Michael South-East, said.
He added that cricket was scheduled for the Gall Hill venue on the previous day.
Lashley contended that the Memorial Community Classic, which is being held under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development with an estimated price tag of just over $300 000, is not being staged to compete with the LIME-sponsored Challenge, organised by Opposition MP Mia Mottley’s Pelican Creatives Services Inc.
“There are no rivalries. The two concepts are different. Mia’s competition is semi-professional at a main location but ours is community-based playing in all 30 constituencies with no entry fees,” he said.
Lashley added that whereas mostly Premier League footballers are playing in the Pelican tournament, which carries a first prize of $100 000, the Thompson Memorial Classic will cater to Division One, Two and Three players as well as the eligible Premiership footballers.
“The BFA has a stipulation that players can only play in two out-of-season tournaments and the majority of the Premier League footballers have already committed themselves, so we are looking primarily to players in the lower divisions and youngsters in the communities,” he said.
The winning constituency will receive $30 000; the second-placed team $20 000, the third-placed team $15 000, and the fourth-placed team $10 000.
Players will also be given performance fees while the organisers are providing the uniforms.