Cali and So Fresh reign in MoBay
The threat of weekend rain did nothing to dampen the vibe and energy from the Guinness Street Football Competition (GSFC) as organisers took to Jamaica's second city for its most competitive day yet on April 9.
Teams from Trelawny and St James came out in full force for a shot at the parish title. Each parish had 16 teams competing for the $100,000 prize.
"This is a different kind of competition because the teams have one day to prove themselves if they want to make it to the country finals," said Imru James, brand manager for Stouts at Red Stripe.
Each parish knockout has four rounds that are played in one day qualifiers, quarter finals, semi-finals and finals. This, coupled with match times as short as 15 minutes, makes the competition intense.
"There can only be one parish champion, so the teams have to give it everything they have if they want to advance."
Celebrating in the second city
Having proven that their teams are made of more, Cali and So Fresh celebrated their victories with a shower of Guinness as they took the St James and Trelawny titles respectively. Each team was awarded cases of Guinness, Malta, Gatorade, and St Mary's Banana Chips along with a cheque for $100,000. The teams will compete for the national title and $200,000 in May.
The next match day will take place on Saturday, April 16 at Manchester High School where teams from St. Elizabeth and Manchester will compete.
Teams can sign up for the four-a-side scrimmage online at www.gsfcjamaica.com, on the Guinness Facebook page or by calling the GSFC Hotline at 618-9291.