The Grenada Cricket Association (GCA) last Saturday held its third annual award ceremony at the Grenada Trade Centre to recognize exemplary, performances and services in the various fields of cricket for the year 2016.
Seventeen awards were presented to various individuals; teams and clubs that in the opinion of the GCA surpassed expectations in the area of service to GCA or cricket related matters and perform excellently in the different aspects of the sport.
Among the top awards handed out on Saturday was the GCA Male and Female Cricketer of the Year, and for the second consecutive year, the awards went to the Fletchers, Andre and Afy Fletcher.
The National Lotteries Authority and the GCA in the case of Andre sponsored the award while Grenlec and the GCA sponsored Afy’s award.
The award for Youth Female Cricketer of the year went to Holly Charles; Grenlec sponsored that award. The Youth Male Cricketer of the year award went to Ryan John; Republic Bank sponsored that award.
Other awards presented were Coach of the Year; the winner was Ashley Cummings, Manager of the Year Award was won by Ryan Boyed, Curator of the Year was Sherland Francois, Match Official of the year, Carl Felix and Media House of the Year FLOW 1.
In addition to the various individual winners the GCA recognized the top four cricketers for the year 2016; they were Denis George, Sherman Lewis, Roland Cato and Devon Smith, their awards were sponsored by the National Lotteries Authority.
Team awards were presented to St Patrick’s; winners of the 2016 Under 15 tournament, and the GCA Super 50 tournament while Beauregard United and Police were named joint winners for the Club of the Year Award.
The GCA Lifetime Achievement Award went to cricket commentator Stephenson Worme.
Last Saturday’s award ceremony was preceded by speeches from various speakers among them President of the GCA Dwain Gill who broke from the tradition and didn’t deliver a speech but highlighted the achievements, programmes and plans for the year 2016/ 17 in an interview segment led by Michael Bascombe.
Also addressing the gathering, which comprised past presidents of the GCA, members of the cricketing fraternity and government officials, was Senator Pamela Moses, senator with responsibility for Sports and Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell who commended the GCA for lifting the bar for cricket in Grenada and pledged his continued support for cricket and other sporting disciplines on the island.
The prime minister noted that while there might be a glowing perception as it relates to his bias for cricket his government would ensure that all sporting disciplines get their fare share since according to him, his interest is about young people’s development.
The key note speaker for the evening was former West Indies fast bowler Anthony Grey who delved into some of the reasons in his view for the successes of West Indies teams of the past as apposed the present state of the region’s cricket. At the same time he urged aspiring cricketers to stay focused on the ultimate goal of playing the game at the highest level.
Grey assured the gathering that cricket is still the glorious game and West Indies cricket remains one of the most unifying sports in the region. He
Added, the sport was used by God to unify mankind in the Caribbean.
The former fast bowler hinted that lots of what made the West Indies cricket team the dominant force it used to be is no longer applicable in today’s lifestyle and there may well be the need to return to those traditions to realize the resurgence of West Indies Cricket.