Reigning champs Sparta tackle Norton St tonight

first_img… Future Stars and Kingston showdown a blockbusterTHE dreaded segment of any tournament has arrived where teams who lose usually go home and start early preparations for another competition.However, the street phenomenon labelled the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ competition is offering tonight’s losers a reprieve which will come in the form of having another opportunity to play for cash, $60 000 to be exact in a winner-take-all mini segment of the real deal.Tonight will mark the start of the business phase of the tournament and the venue is the spacious National Cultural Centre tarmac on Hadfield Street.Headlining the night’s fixtures will be the final game of the night between defending champions Sparta Boss and Norton Street.The reigning title-holders have not looked their lethal best, but experience sometimes count and they’re the superior team in this regard.Gregory Richardson, Cleon Forrester, Eusi Phillips are all players with a vast amount of experience in this format and their skills and familiarity in this format should be enough to engineer a win.Delon Williams was the lone scorer in Norton Street’s only win which came against Tucville and he will be called upon to orchestrate another victory.The Kingston versus Future Stars matchup is definitely a blockbuster encounter, with the latter slowly but surely earning the sobriquet of being the ‘young darlings’ among the fans.They’ve been playing cracking football, but the Kingston team are a crafty side with loads of experience so they have to be taken seriously.They topped their group, playing unbeaten with the likes of Nigel Denny and Sherwin Vincent in their lineup.However, Akeemo Anthony, Jermin Junor and Jamal Cozier are no jokes and have formed themselves into one of the most feared teams to encounter at any stage of the competition.The Upsetters and Queen Street of Tiger Bay clash is another game that is sure to provide end-to-end action and to predict the outcome is quite difficult.In the curtain-raiser, the ‘Gold is Money’ side face newcomers GTI Ballers who everyone will agree have been ‘balling’, but it might be a case of a bridge too far to cross.The West Ruimveldt side have been progressing smoothly without much fanfare, but everyone knows they are a formidable unit to deal with.Randolph Wagner is a prolific goalscorer and he is expected to lead the charge for victory, while GTI Ballers have shown a never-say-die attitude which is commendable for first-timers.Leopold Street versus Ol Skool Ballers is a must see, especially with the latter being the only Albouystown side left to defend the community.This could very well be the game of the night since Leopold Street, led by Okanie Fraser, Omallo Williams and company, are among the favourites to win the tournament outright.However, Roy Cassou has been a one-man army and he is capable of doing serious damage to any defence with his skills.The night is full of action-packed matchups and has the potential to be the biggest and exciting to date.The winning team will receive $500 000, a trophy and an automatic berth in the national playoffs, while second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will take home $250 000, $200 000 and $100 000 along with trophies.Colours Boutique on Robb Street is also on board the event.Round of 16 fixturesWest Front Road vs GTI Ballers – 19:00hrsUpsetters vs Queen Street Tiger Bay – 19:30hrsRising Stars vs North Ruimveldt – 20:00hrsKingston vs Future Stars – 20:30hrsCalifornia Square vs Trap Squad – 21:00hrsLeopold Street vs Ol Skool Ballers – 21:30hrsBent Street vs North East La Penitence – 22:00hrsSparta Boss vs Norton Street – 22:30hrslast_img

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