Two additional venues and prizes worth close to $45,000 should bring lots of excitement when the National Sports Council’s (NSC) Inter-parish Road Tennis Tournament hits the courts on October 26.
The launch for the tournament which runs to January 10, 2015, took place this morning at the headquarters of the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth, and was attended by many of the organizers, as well as Minister of Sport Stephen Lashley, deputy director of the NSC, Mona Alleyne, and technical director for the tournament, Philip Foff Garner.
Lammings in St Joseph and Superlative in St George are the two venues added to give road tennis fans within those respective parishes the opportunity to come out and witness the various matches.
Lashley during his remarks said that the fundamental principal of the tournament was playing for the love of the sport and not so much the prize money.
“I prefer to see road tennis more in the context of a very serious development of our indigenous sport. We need to play road tennis for the love of road tennis and not simply for prize money in my view.”
Lashley also added that one of the things they were looking to implement was hosting a World Road Tennis Tournament in Barbados in 2016 along with having a home for road tennis.
“A committee has been formed in the sports council and along with that I must say we are looking very seriously at having a home for road tennis as well within the context of a mini road tennis stadium.”
There are six categories in the competition which include the 15 and under, 21 and under, ladies, senior A, senior B and veterans. Each participant is expected to pay a fee of $10 to participate. The highlight of the tournament will be in the men’s senior A category which will have a grand prize of $10,500. Other prizes include $5,000 cash for the runner-up in the men’s senior A; the veterans will play for $3,000; and the runner-up $1,500. In the men’s senior B the winner will walk away with $6,000 and the runner-up, $3,000.
The ladies also have a substantial first prize worth $6,000 with the runner-up pocketing $3,000. The 21 and under will receive a prize valued at $4,000 from Tropical Computers and the runner -up will collect half that amount in products compliments Digicel. The 15 and under winner will receive a gift voucher worth $500 compliments Digicel and the runner-up will receive a voucher of $250.
Garner explained that persons within the various parishes would play among themselves in the respective categories and once that phase was concluded, the parish against parish play-offs would take place and then the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and final.
The venues for the quarter-final games will be at Silver Hill, Oistins, Vauxhall and Belfield while the semi-final is scheduled to be played at the University of the West Indies. The finals will be broadcast live by sponsor Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation on January 9 and 10 at Springer Memorial School.
Games will be played at 9 a.m., midday and 7 p.m.