It was a great way to start off the season. We had 20 pairs (40 players)
in attendance for the Pair Knockout tournament last Sunday. This
represents a 25 % increase over previous years. It tell us that our
executive team is doing a wonderful job promoting our all fours events.
As you entered the building, you can tell by the atmosphere that the
guys were just itching to get the season started. It was really nice to get
out of the house for a change to socialize with friends over a game of cards.



Ashok Nagina & Rani Ramnarine (above) were the winners in the
"Most Bullseyes' category with nine (9) wins. Runner up was Sais and
Azie with 8 wins followed by 5 teams (Terry & Glenn, Sunil & Kelvin,
Wayne & Russell, Michael &  Cliff, Kathleen & Hafeez) with 7 bullseyes.
Most Hang Jacks went to the pair of Shammi & Sadiiqa
Mohammed (above) with a total of eight (8) hang jacks. Beena
and Vijay were the runner ups with a total of 7 hang jacks. 




Just look at last year's report

"The MAA 2018 season got off to a great start. We had 32 players ....
the same number as last year. Ashok Nagina & Waheeda Mohammed
tied with Kelvin Rampersad & Sunil Ramlochan in the Most Bullseyes
category. The team of Ashok & Waheeda won in a playoff game while
the team of Shammi Mohammed & Sadiiqa Mohammed emerged as the
Most Hang Jacks winners. All four winners are from the team
One Family."

Some say it's all in the cards.



Glenn helping to train our new scorer Margaret 


Frank & Bhupraj battling Ashok & Rani (eventual winners)


The MAA would like to thank all those who participated in
making the day an enjoyable one. We look forward to the
start of the regular season next weekend. Go team go!



Johnny & "Slim" Ray playing to a tie (6-6) with Russell & Wayne. It was great
seeing a 'new and improved' version of Big Ray after an absence of two years.
 In the first match, One Family vs defending champions WISA, many of us 
were stunned by the turnaround of things in the second half. After leading
by a game at halftime (17-16), WISA’s performance took a complete nose-
dive. One Family outplayed WISA by a second half score of 17 wins against
3 losses. The final result was 33-20 for One Family. The loss was a tough
one to take for WISA who were hoping to repeat as champions. Azan
‘Shammi’ Mohammed and Sadiiqa Mohammed finished with 10 wins nd
4 losses, tied ith two other pairs from Chutney Soca for the most bulleyes.

Charley & Omar taking care of business. Omar finding ways to
miscount for game... taking advantage of Kathleen & Hafeez. It's
always tough playing against Omar & his dad.

Peter & Curtis fighting for every point in a closematch with
Darren and partner. In the end Darren & Ron won 7 games to 6.



In our second match, Saints developed a comfortable lead at half time (17-10)
and maintained this lead right throughout the second half to finish with a final
score of 33 wins and 25 losses.   Charley Maharaj and captain Omar Maharaj finished
the day with a 9-3 record. Saints hung the most jacks for the day with a total of 15.

Muscle power from the President. Ram looks like he could do with a beer.

A face we haven't seen in ages. Welcome back Ram. Thanks for
coming out...even if you are only substituting for a few games.



In our third and somewhat controversial match, Chutney Soca defeated ICCA
by 15 games. Final score was 28-13 for Chutney Soca. At the start of this game,
there was only one pair on table three. This pair was registered to both teams.
Needless to say you can’t have one pair playing for two teams at the same time.
It’s physically impossible. In fairness to both sides, the MAA decided not to award
a 9-0 score to any of the teams. The game was played with three tables only.
Two pairs from Chutney Soca finished the day with 10 wins each.

The pair of Ken & Beth who have been looking after us for many years.
Thanks...we appreciate it ..!!! 


Jump & Wave 30  vs Chutney Soca 29

Suresh (right) puts on his badjohn face for Chutney Soca against Jump &
Wave. After being down at the half 3-6, Suresh and playing partner Vijay
rallied in the second half to finish ahead 10-8. Don't mess with the best.


 This was the closest game of the day. Chutney Soca trailed Jump & Wave
by 2 games at the half and at one time was leading them by 2 games late
in the 2nd half.  A last minute surge by J&W was just enough to snatch
victory from their opponents. Both Vijay & Suresh and Cliff & Michael
had 10 bullseyes to lead all pairs.


One Family 33  vs  ICCA  26

Erwin 'The Professor' Carrington
-- the maestro of all fours and rummy 
-- the winner of countless trophies
-- recent recipient of President Obama Award for All Fours in Winnipeg 
-- former Tobago Mayor and All Fours Champion
-- planted peas with the Mighty Shadow in Castara, Tobago
Professor, if each team used to wear jerseys with numbers, yours
would be the first one the MAA would retire and hoist to the rafters.
Always glad to have you back, buddy.


Still can't believe Selvon came back to play with his old team ICCA. Last
time he  played in the league was at the Norwood Community Centre....
some 15 years ago. 'Playing all fours is just like riding a bicycle again,'
said Selvon, 'you never forget how to do it.' He won 9-8 on his table.


 One Family led at half time 17 – 11, thanks to some outstanding plays
by ‘Professor’ Carrington and ‘Slim’ (no longer Big) Ray in the first half.
The pair amassed a total of 8 wins against 1 loss. ICCA never recovered
and a lead of 6 wins was maintained right throughout the second half
by One Family. In the 2nd half, two pairs played brilliantly. Shammi &
Sadiiqa (One Family) had 6 wins & 1 loss while Nyron (formerly Dan
Sankar) and Harry scored 6 wins against 2 losses.
WISA  33  vs  SAINTS  18


Two faces we haven't seen in quite awhile (Vishnu & Vijay). Both wishing
they were still playing. Glenn boasting that he can handle Charley &
Omar by himself.


WISA, despite losing the first 6 games, recovered nicely to lead Saints 17
wins to 11 losses at half time. They continued this domination in the 2nd
half looking like the WISA of old. They played like they were possessed
as though they were on a mission to seek and destroy. Overall, it was a
very solid performance. Final score was 33-18 for the defending champs.


  **  WELCOME  GUESTS  ** 


Balram Mahase welcomes guests Sam Raminair (left) and ex-ICCA player
Ken Modoo (centre).Always a pleasure having you guys drop by to see
the teams in action. Thank you both for the visit.