Bajans rule dom world
THE ONCE ELUSIVE men’s three-hand title now belongs to Barbados – right along with another international crown.
Make that nine for the blue and gold slammers after Barbados won five of eight categories to successfully retain yet another Domino World Championship at the just concluded tournament in Orlando, Florida.
It was one of the most dominant showings for the now nine-time champs, who won the overall title with a meet-best 26 points – 18 ahead of the nearest competitors Antigua.
Hosts United States managed a mere six points as the Bajan contingent left nary an event for their competitors after successfully defending their mixed pairs, team four-hand and female pairs titles.
But they went two titles better this year, with Shurland Bovell and Adrian Hinds securing the male pairs title before the two returned to help Barbados capture their first ever male three-hand crown.
“We worked hard over the last two years and planned for this male three-hand and now we’ve finally conquered,” said local dominoes president Rodney Inniss.
“It has always ended up with Guyana but in speaking to our managers and players they knew this is what we left home to capture.
“Overall, though, I was always very confident of our performances going in because I knew we have world-class champions who’ve proven themselves time and time again.”
So dominant were Barbados’ performances that there were two all-Bajan finals, with the husband and wife pair of Roland Jones and Winifred Harbin-Jones upending defending title holders Hamilton Durant and Charmaine Carter for the mixed pairs crown.
And this was after Carter paired up with Susan Jean-Baptiste to down another Barbados duo for the female pairs title.
Those competitions weren’t the only things Barbados walked away with, though, as the country also won the right to host the next championships in 2014.
Fourteen countries – eight more than this year’s competition – are expected to contest the World Championships slated for the summer. (JM)