LAST year saw fan attendance exceed previous years and this trend is anticipated to continue when play in this year’s East Coast zone of the highly-exciting Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Competition’ commences on April 12, at the Haslington Market Tarmac.Once again, the Organisers have planned a programme that is certain to make the fan experience a memorable one for fans along the East Coast corridor and those hoping to get a glimpse of what has become the most electrifying outdoor event in the sport.The early word emanating out of the respective communities that will be competing in the three-day competition is that defending champions, Uprising, will not have it easy this time around since teams have already begun preparations to challenge for the title.However, the reigning champs who had to qualify last year and subsequently became the only team to do so and win the title outright, have vowed to successfully defend their crown.This time around they will join seven other automatic qualifiers, while eight teams will have to enter the qualification process which will be conducted on Sunday, April 7, at the Haslington Tarmac.The full list of automatic qualifiers is Uprising, Paradise-A, BV-A, Melanie-B, Buxton Diamond, Mahaica Determinators, Victoria Church Yard and Belfield Warriors.
MEMBERS of the Guyana Mixed Martial Arts Karate Association registered podium finish in several events, when they competed in the North American Federation of Martial Arts International Championships, which was recently held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. All seven karatekas earned medals. Leading the charge was Azariah Duncan, who stormed to first-place finishes in traditional kata, kumite and freeform.Chandrapaul Sukha finished first in kumite and earned two silver medals in freeform and traditional kata. Altaf Singh finished first in traditional kata, second in kumite and third in freeform karate.In the black belt division: Zafar Lee Ramnarine finished second in kumite, second in traditional kata, third in freeform karate and third in weapons, while Raul Joseph finished third in traditional kata, and Abrar Wahid third in kumite and third in freeform karate.Master Lloyd Ramnarine, who made a return to competition after 18 years in the martial arts arena, finished first in kumite and also received a special award from Grandmaster Jose Torres. According to information from the association, Ramnarine promised his students that he would compete alongside them in the future. Ramnarine also congratulated each student who participated in what was described as a very rigid international martial arts championship.He thanked sponsors: Anand Persaud Dental Lab, Dougie Beer Garden in Bagotstown, Howard Restaurant in Eccles, National Horse Racing, Atlantic Marine Supply and Silvie’s Variety Store, He also extended special thanks to Republic Bank for sponsoring Azariah Duncan.Meanwhile persons interested in learning martial arts can become a member of any of the associations’ schools. Among benefits to be derived are: self-control, self-defence, self-discipline and overall health improvement,The schools are Iron Fist Martial Arts Academy located in Diamond/Grove Primary School, Vreed-en-Hoop Martial Arts Academy located opposite Royal Castle, Herstelling Tiger Martial Arts Academy at the NDC building, Invisible Kicks Martial Arts Academy in La Parfaite Harmonie and Red Dragon Martial Arts Academy located at the Belle West Primary School.Contact instructors on 698-6727, 673-0823, 698-7456, 266-2869 and 622-4857.
The Lattin-Cullen man, who’s the son of former intercounty referee Paddy Russell, got two of Tipp’s three goals – they came within a minute of each other midway through the second period.Goalkeeper Brian Hogan scored the other one with a penalty early in the second half.Four other Tipperary players got on the scoresheet: Billy McCarthy registered 0-3 with Sean Ryan, Liam McGrath and Dylan Fitzell getting a point a piece.Cork got to within four points of the Premier early in the second half but that was probably as close as they came to snatching victory at Semple Stadium. William Maher’s side defeated the Rebels 3-20 to 1-15 and go on to face Limerick in the next round on June 19th.Aidan McCormack of Thurles Sarsfields led the Tipp scoring charge – the senior panel member racked up 0-14, 0-12 of which came from frees.Full-forward Mark Russell also had a major impact on the match.