Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Karen Gardener, sales manager for Samsung Electronics Latin America, organisers of this year's inaugural Samsung Cup youth football tournament, expects a very exciting and competitive day of activities during tomorrow's grand final, which will be held at the Stadium East field.
Urban area champions, Holy Family Primary, will battle rural area winners, Irwing Primary, in the all-island final starting at 3 p.m. The match will be preceded by the third-place play-off between Quest Prep from Kingston and Corinaldi Primary, of St James, starting at 1 p.m.
It will be a fun-filled day. Gardener said that there will also be celebrities such as Gyptian, TOK, Munga, TV personalities Yendi Phillips, Neville 'Bertis' Bell, Dahlia Harris, Kamila McDonald-Alcock, as well as cheerleaders and a Samsung Experience Zone.
"For Saturday, fans can expect a showdown that is even bigger and better than what was seen in Montego Bay on Saturday or in Kingston the week prior," said Gardener.
"There will be a signing wall and we encourage everyone to come and write a note to your favourite team, as the winning team will get it as a keepsake for their school," she said.
"We will also have the Samsung Experience Zone, where patrons will be able to interact with select Samsung products which will heighten the energy for the day, and last, but not least, we will have refreshments, prizes and surprises," Gardner pointed out. "This Saturday at Stadium East promises to be an exciting, fun-filled family oriented day, and we invite everyone to come and support our stars of tomorrow."
Patricia Laufer, marketing manager, Samsung Electronics Latin America, Miami office, said the tournament has been successful.
"We've received much positive feedback about the Samsung Cup tournament over the last few weeks and can't wait for the final match on Saturday," Laufer said in a media release yesterday.
"We truly appreciate the support and collaboration of our partners, including the Jamaica Football Federation, Jamaica Independent Schools Association and Institute of Sports as well as the coaches, staff, family and friends who have helped make this an incredible experience for the young footballers participating," Laufer added.
Tomorrow, the winning school will get a fully equipped media centre worth US$10,000 from sponsor Samsung.