By Peter Ngunjiri,
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, January 26, 2021 (MMS-SKN) — Sponsor of the longest running domino league in the country, Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, on Sunday January 24 congratulated sponsors and organisers of a national domino competition which has brought together seasoned domino players from across the country.
Prime Minister Harris, who is the sponsor of the highly successful Constituency Number Seven Domino League which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, was on Sunday at the New Town Community Centre where the recently relaunched St. Kitts National Domino Association (SKNDA) is hosting a national domino competition involving twelve teams.
“I want to first congratulate the sponsors and the organisers for coming together and putting together what today has been a very exciting game of domino, which involves players from all across the country,” said the Honourable Prime Minister, who also took part in an exhibition game.
The competition, which will help with the selection of a St. Kitts team that will take part at future World Council of Domino Federation (WCDF) championships after an eighteen-year hiatus, has been sponsored by the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis – Platinum Sponsor, First Federal Credit Union, Best For Less Trading Ltd, The Craft House, and NAGICO Insurances.
“The games started after five o’clock and we are going late and there is still high energy, and high excitement,” remarked Prime Minister Harris after the first results where Terminal Boyz Domino Club beat Latecomers Domino Club 26-6 were announced at around 8:20 pm.
“It shows there is a strong passion, and what is good is we have a mix,” Dr Harris observed. “We have those from the Spanish community, we have our own local players, we have the most youthful players, and we have some who are advanced in age – so there are many opportunities for each one to learn. In my view, this evening up to tonight so far has been the very best in terms of domino I have seen played in many years.”
As he commended all the teams taking part in the competition the Prime Minister noted: “Of course I am impressed that we have quite a number of the teams that have been playing in my own constituency league over many years. So all in all, this is a fantastic show of solidarity and support.”
In the games played on Sunday, Terminal Boyz beat Latecomers 26-6; Eagle Claws beat Newcomers II 26-22; Spartans Fig Tree beat King Balang 26-17; Los Fuertes del Domino beat Lodge 26-6; Poor Man Pocket beat Masters 26-16; and Newcomers I beat Til Ah Morning 28-18.
Points standing after three rounds of play: Terminal Boyz and Poor Man Pocket are jointly holding the first position each having amassed 16 points. The second position is also jointly held as Til Ah Morning and Newcomers I have 11 points each. Others are Latecomers, 10 points; Masters, 10 points; Lodge, 5 points; Eagle Claws, 5 points; Los Fuertes del Domino, 5 points; Spartans Fig Tree, 5 points; Newcomers II, 0 points; and King Balang, 0 points.
Fourth round of play will be on Thursday January 28 at the same venue, starting at 5:00 pm.
“I just want to say kudos to the Honourable Prime Minister for showing the sort of interest he has been showing over the last twenty-five-plus years to keep domino alive,” said President of the St. Kitts National Domino Association, Mr Romeo Parris. “There has been no national domino in any organised way that has been taking place, so domino would have been dead basically at a certain level had it not been for his involvement.”
At the official opening ceremony of the tournament, which was also held on Sunday January 24 at the New Town Community Centre and chaired by Vice Chairman of the St. Kitts National Domino Association Mr Keithly Blanchette, main sponsor Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis was represented by Public Relations Officer Mr Peter Ngunjiri, while Best For Less Trading Ltd was represent by Manager Mr Anand Samtani, and The Craft House by General Manager Ms Haley Cassius.
“This game, in my opinion, would not have been possible had it not been for the large contribution from the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, and the cooperation of the institution’s CEO Mr Lenworth Harris, so that must be underlined,” commented Mr Parris. “We also thank our other sponsors, First Federal Credit Union, Best For Less Trading Ltd, The Craft House, and NAGICO Insurances for coming on board to support the tournament.”
Main photo: In an exhibition game, Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris paired with Mr Keithly Blanchette to play against tournament sponsors Ms Haley Cassius and Mr Anand Samtani.