Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:January 12, 2014, will be a marked date for clubs participating in the J. Wray & Nephew Western Domino League, as it reaches the semi-final stage in both the Premier League and Division One.
It's the date when title aspirants Assassin will take on battle-hardened Strike Force in one semi-final, while in the other, Tropical Riddim will face the winner of the B52 Bomb Squad/Deeside Untouchables quarter-final matchup, which takes place tomorrow in Duncans, Trelawny at 1 p.m.
Long Bay United will battle Top Class, also tomorrow, with the winner set to meet Dynasty in one Division One semi-final in January.
"These are critically important matchups as the semi-finals will ultimately be set from this. We are expecting some really exciting domino games this Sunday," said tournament director Walford Morgriege.
In last week's Division One quarter-finals, Intouch recorded a 12-point victory over Slickers (300-288) in dramatic style, as Slickers actually held a big 30-point lead at half-time. However, they could do little as Intouch mounted a massive rally down the stretch to slip back into contention, before outplaying their opponents to win with relative ease.
Intouch will now meet Uptown in the semi-final, after Uptown staved off Unity Strikers (300-273) in the other quarter-final.
"The anticipation of these matches is just unbelievable. The matchups are certainly increasing the excitement levels. I am sure the semi-finals will be even more thrilling than the previous rounds, as all the teams are equally matched," Morgriege told The Gleaner.
This is particularly so in the Premier League, as Fighter Jet, who came into this year's league as defending champions, were knocked out - leaving the door wide open for a new champion to be crowned.
"Fighter Jet lost their way midway the season and just could not recover. It was a little sad to see the champions dethroned, but it leaves some really good domino clubs still to fight for the Premier League crown," noted Morgriege.