Thursday, February 20, 2014
First Annual Senior Domino Games – A Huge Success
Lauderhill, FL. Excitement, camaraderie, competition was in the air Saturday, February 1, at the First Senior Domino Games held in Lauderdale Lakes. The event was spearheaded by State Representative Hazelle Rogers (D-Lauderhill) in an effort to have Dominoes become a sanctioned sport in the Florida Senior Games.
“I was thrilled at the turn out for this inaugural event. I would like to thank the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, North Lauderdale, and Miramar for partnering together to promote the event and ensure that it was successful. We exceeded our projected goal of registered players and judging by the number of spectators, we expect the Senior Domino Games to double in size next year,” said Representative Rogers.
Ruddy Schaaffe, Tournament Administrator said, “The First Seniors Domino Tournament was a tremendous success. The hospitality provided by the hard-working committee, under the leadership of State Representative Hazelle Rogers, created an atmosphere of high spirited fun and very competitive play.”
With 80 competitors from as far away as Port St. Lucie, The Senior Domino Games proved to be a great day of fun and competitive play. Much of the day’s success was due to the use of the Multiple Partners style of play, also known as Random Partners, which promotes mental acuity, fair play and allows the competitors to get to know each other. All players enjoyed this style of play and look forward to participating again next year.
In an effort to acknowledge a player who works tirelessly to promote the sport and the Senior Games, each host city will be allowed to name the trophy after a deserving senior in their city. The 2014 host committee has named the inaugural Senior Games trophy after Ms. Eulalee Bax, an avid player, who plays four nights a week.
The Senior Domino Games were open to all players ages 50 and over. Participants competed for a first place prize of $600. Prize money was awarded to those finishing in 1st -12th place. The top four female players also received a cash prize of $25 each.
The winners of the 1st Annual Senior Domino Tournament are:
1st Place Stanley Tater
2nd Place Michael Moore
3rd Place Stennett Morgan
4th Place Anton Collins
5th Place Hal Lewinson
6th Place Dave MacLeod
7th Place Junior Dennis
8th Place Douglas Chin-Loy
9th Place Charles Stewart
10th Place Joyce "RJ" Bromfield
11th Place Michael Rainford
12th Place Newton Dawson
Consolation Prizes: Top 4 Female Players
1st Sheila Weir
2nd Sandra Skeene
3rd Eulalee Bax
4th Ita May Hill