Cranston hails first tournament as “Spanny-man” takes title

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President of the Antigua & Barbuda Draughts Association (ABDA), Trevor Cranston, has expressed satisfaction with both the standard of play and officiating in the recently held Cool & Smooth/Foster Jonas Draughts Tournament held at the Multipurpose & Exhibition Cultural Centre at Perry Bay.
Domingo “Spanny-man” Antonio emerged champion of the Masters Division while Donaldson “Fat-man” McDonald captured the Seniors Division.
“We had nine masters and 14 senior players in the Seniors Division so on the whole, like I said, it was a total and tremendous success. I would like to say thank you to the executive members of ABDA and to the tournament committee who have actually put in immense work in making the Cool & Smooth/Foster Jonas Invitational Draughts Tournament 2017 a tremendous success,” Cranston said.
Fitzgerald “Future Kid” Frederick was runner up in the Masters category with Anthony “Tony” Gomes finishing third.
Second in the Seniors Division was Jack Matthew while Lorne “Bumpy” Maxime claimed the number three spot.
The association, Cranston said, will now channel its energy towards recruiting new players.
“We need to get more individuals playing draughts. Draughts is becoming very popular in Antigua and I am very happy for the executive members and the tournament committee. Also we are seeing a home for draughts. I would like to say thank you to the management and staff of the Multipurpose & Exhibition Cultural Centre who have allowed us to use the facility free of cost but we really need a home for draughts in Antigua & Barbuda so that the game can develop more,” the administrator said.
The competition started on July 21 and ended on July 25.

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