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By Edison Jefford
The mega Banks DIH Inter-Organisation Dominoes tournament will return for the second year tomorrow after officials from the beverage company and organisers announced the coming of what can now be easily called one of the most impressive annual features of the board competition.
And Banks DIH Communications Manager, Troy Peters, did not hesitate to substantiate the view when he said that “this is a big tournament” in introducing the 2012 version of the event that will conclude on Sunday at Banks DIH Thirst Park.
“We can expect a wide cross-section of the corporate and business community along with Private Sector participation. We hope it (the competition) will attract the rivalry it usually attracts. Banks would like to say that we are enthusiastic with what happened last year and we anticipate an even better tournament this year,” Peters told the media at the launch of the event.
The Banks DIH Communications Manager stopped one breath short of stating that the event will be held in honour of the late Robert Williams, who was President of the Domino Federation and Deputy Mayor of the City of Georgetown up until his death on Monday.
The champion team in the event will pocket $150,000 with second place taking home $100,000; third place $60,000; fourth place $20,000 and fifth place $10,000. The Most Valuable Player will also be rewarded while $2000 from each team registration fee will be donated to charity. When a team enters Thirst Park from 4:30pm on Friday they will each receive a case of Banks Beer.
Organiser Lyall ‘Tall Man’ Gittens thanked sponsors, Banks DIH for continuing to contribute to the success of the competition. “So far we have about 30 teams registered, and another 30 calling us to be registered. So the tournament will be big,” Gittens asserted.
He said that registration closes this afternoon and no guest players are allowed to infiltrate those organisations that will be competing. Gittens made it pellucid that teams’ accommodation of any guest player will result in automatic disqualification. He pleaded with organisations to uphold the tournament rules.
Another organiser, Roderick Harry related that they are attempting to return some of the integrity the sport is known for to the Banks Inter-Organisation event. Mike Persaud, Bovell Construction, Nigel’s Supermarket and Guinness Bar are among the other sponsors.
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