The billiards section of the Petrotrin Fyzabad Sporting Club has started its island-wide billiard tournament which will see 35 persons competing for attractive cash prizes and trophies over the next five weeks. The tournament will take the shape of a knockout competition, and all games will be played at the Petrotrin Fyzabad Sporting Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 3.30 p.m.
This tournament, which is being held in honour of Arnold Latiff and his son, the deceased John Latiff. Both were advocates and champions of the game. The island-wide tournament opened on Saturday April 20 with Arnold making a special appearance.
Tiger Tanks Trinidad Unlimited is sponsoring this tournament.
Prizes are: First place $7,500 and trophy; second place $5,000 and trophy and third, $3,500 and trophy.
There are also other categories to win cash prizes.
In an interview on Wack Radio, Roy Achat, one of the chief organisers of the tournament, stressed the importance of allowing the younger generation to know and understand Billiards as a sport, since most of the current players in the country are older. Achat said it would be unfortunate if the game dies in Trinidad and Tobago, so this tournament is intended to revive billiards as a competitive sport in T&T.
As opposed to pool, billiards is a more technical game played on a bigger table with less balls. The scoring or points system is also different. The public is invited to attend these matches, free of charge.
The finals are scheduled for Sunday May 26 at 3 p.m.