ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cambouie Charles will go down in warri history after having won the Masters Division of the Sand Haven sponsored Antigua & Barbuda Warri Association (ABWA) Warri Marathon on Sunday night.
Charles captured the inaugural installment of the eight-week long tournament after breaking a seven-week winning streak by Elmore “Boogie” Joseph when the two clashed in the anticipated finals at Sand Haven Bar & Restaurant.
Charles, who had advanced to the finals on average after sharing points with Walwyn “Rat Buster” Barton in the semi-finals following a draw, defeated Joseph 4-1 to lift the title and leave Joseph in the number two spot.
Joseph had beaten Ulyses “Slow Play” Henry, 3-2, in the semis.
Barton lost 5-0 to Henry in the third place match-up to finish in the number four position.
Public Relations Officer of the warri association, Trevor Cranston, commended the players for the high standard of play and professionalism displayed.
“A high-standard of warri was played and the co-ordinators are very appreciative of the efforts that the players have put in and the standard was very high in both divisions where, even in the finals, Cambouie Charles who didn’t do so good in the preliminaries but he came back and came back well. Elmore Joseph, who went through to the finals unbeaten, was humiliated by present national champion Cambouie Charles,” he said.
Cranston said attention would now turn to the tournament’s knockout competition which will see players from both the Masters and Seniors divisions squaring off against each other.
“In this knockout, it will be just like you having cook-up like when you take everything and throw it in a pot and cook, your chicken and your fish, and so on,” Cranston said.
“The Masters Division and the Seniors Division will be clashing with players competing against each other for the knockout. So come next week Sunday, 24th March, these matches continue at Sand Haven Beach Bar & Restaurant and it is going to be a big affair.”
The ABWA member also showed appreciation to a number of persons and businesses that contributed to the tournament’s success.
“I would like to say thanks to Julian ‘Macho’ Roberts, he was one of the co-ordinators and he did a very good job down there. Also, I would like to say thanks to Sylvester George who is the proprietor and he sponsored this tournament. I will also say thanks to the ABS crew because these matches were actually televised and we just want to say thanks to all those persons who have contributed to the Sand Haven Warri Marathon,” Cranston said.
The Seniors Division, which ended some weeks before the Masters Division, was captured by Ellie Hughes, while Goldburn “Criminal” Richards and Winston “Crawley” James were second and third, respectively.