Amerindian Heritage Month 2002 sports programme By Neil Marks
Guyana Chronicle
September 15, 2002

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THE Amerindian heritage sports programme in Georgetown will be held on September 21 and 22.

On Saturday 21, the hinterland football fraternity takes on its Georgetown counterparts in two feature football matches at the GNS Ground, Carifesta Avenue, from 14:00 hrs.

The hinterland will be represented by two teams, Rupununi and North West, while Georgetown will have Thomas Lands United FC and University of Guyana as its representatives.

The hinterland teams were selected after extensive inter-village competitions, and therefore their quality of football is expected to be of the highest standard. This is added to the fact that both teams possess players that have been selected for national duty, both at junior and senior levels, as well as representing clubs in neighbouring countries. The unique South American flair is therefore guaranteed.

On Sunday 22, a day of sports is planned in which there will be a number of competitive events among male and female hinterland teams.

The action commences at 11:00 hrs with two small goal football matches, male and female, between hinterland students and invitational sides representing hinterland persons living in Georgetown.

There will then be a feature cricket match between female teams representing Regions Three and Five. This would be the culmination of competitions that took place within the Amerindian villages in the individual regions.

A number of novelty events are also planned, including such activities as male and female tug-of-war, archery, piwari drinking, etc.

In the evening, under floodlights, there will be two feature football matches. The first game pits a female Georgetown selection against a Rupununi XI. This match is expected to generate much excitement since a number of female nationals will be donning their Rupununi colours.

The day culminates with a match between the two leading male hinterland teams, North West and Region Nine. This will finally confirm who will earn the title "Champions of the Interior". Both teams come with high credentials and expectations. A titanic encounter is therefore anticipated. (Ministry of Amerindian Affairs release)