Adrian Frater, News Editor
Defending champions Fighter Jet continue to advertise themselves as the team to beat in the Premier League section of the 2013 J. Wray & Nephew Western Domino League when they spanked Strike Force 300-289 to win last Sunday's mid-season final at the Caribatik Restaurant in Falmouth, Trelawny.
In a game they dominated for the most part, the Marlon 'Hero' Hamilton-led Fighter Jet proved too strong for their opponent, as after securing a fairly comfortable 152-132 half-time lead, they coasted home.
"We were always confident of winning because we have no doubt that we are the best team in this league," said Hamilton. "Our next stop is to retain our title as well as the champion of champions title, which will be contested by the Premier League champion, the Division One and Division Two.
In the Division One mid-season final, which was played simultaneously with the Premier League final and the Division Two final, Intouch took the title in a ding-dong battle with Dynasty, getting home by a single point in a nail-biting 300-299 margin.
In the game, which was close from start to finish, Intouch led by two points at the half-time break then looked to be running away with the match as they led by 21 points with 20 games to go. However, Dynasty stormed back, cutting the deficit to one point. However, Intouch won on countdown as with using two tables with Paul Dawkins and Anthony Godfrey, they narrowly snatched victory.
"It was a most entertaining match-up as both teams gave it their all," said Walford Morgraige, the president of the Western Domino League. "It was a real pity that one team came out a loser because they both played so well."
In Division Two, which is in its inaugural year, Glendevon CDC took home the mid-season title, scoring a comfortable 300 to 275 win over Peace and Love.
"It was a very spectacular and dramatic day of dominos and the public can expect more excitement come Sunday (tomorrow) when the next round begins," said Morgraige.
When the second round starts in all three competitions tomorrow, the fixture reads as follows: In the Premier League, Fighter Jet will oppose Tornado; in Division One, Intouch will battle Unity Strikers; Top Class entertain Slickers; Logwood face off with Uptown; Tropical Storm play away to Long Bay; and Rainbow tackle Dynasty. In Division Two, Glendevon CDC will lock horns with Hawkeye Stingers, Woodlands host Tatch, Perry Strikers battle Western Stars, and Peace & Love play away to Wakefield.