"Welcome to the Winners' Club, Eddie!"
Two of the team event saw a landmark victory for Jamaica's
Eddie DePass, who after four winless CASA Championships
finally won a match as he put Jamaica into the lead against
Bahamas with an impressive 3/0 win over Howard Mason in the
Men's 50+ match.
"They stitched me up for years," said a delighted Eddie,
"playing me at number five on the main team, but now I'm playing
in my true position it's great to finally register a win!"
Eddie got no sympathy for his previous losses from Vets Skipper
Douglas Beckford: "He's just moaning, man, if you can't win
at number five what are you playing at. Still, it's great to see
him finally get that win after all these years!"
it was Douglas who pulled me across to court seven as Eddie
approached victory. "You have to capture this, the longest
losing record in the Caribbean is about to end," and the
headline is Douglas's tribute to Eddie, of course.
Douglas is himself a veteran of many CASA campaigns, having
played since 1979, missing "two or three" in that time, and the
same is true of Gill Binnie [Mother of ...], whose first
CASA was in 1984.
"We never got too far in the individuals, we were the supporting
cast for the main teams," explained Douglas, "but we've done ok
since we moved up to the vets.
Douglas has won the Over 40 and Over 50 titles (it's based on
the performances for the team) and is "going for the O60 title
this time, hopefully!"
So well done Eddie, and good luck Douglas ... we'll be watching.