The 6th Gibraltar International Open took place this past weekend in the Catholic Community Centre. Like in previous years, this event attracted several high ranked World Players including the Veteran World Champion Juan Carlos Granados. Four categories were played with approximately 45 players in all competitions.
In the team event there were four entrants, GTSA A/B/C and Tiburones FM. This was played in league form with every team playing each other. GTSA A won this event for their first time.
In the Under 15 event, there were 21 players. The two semi-finals were between the best four players in this category. In the first, David Gonzalez Bermudes was paired up against team rival Antonio Casin. Bermudes won 7-2. In the second match, local rivals Kyle Tellez and Guy Palmer played an exciting game which was resolved in the last 2 seconds with a 3-2 victory for Tellez. The anticipated final between Tellez and Bermudes was a very intense and tactical match with Bermudes winning 3-2 with the golden goal.
The Veteran event unfolded with a victory by the reigning World Champion Juan Carlos Granados who imposed himself against Nuno Noronhawith a golden goal
The Open event was the most anticipated event of the weekend. Three locals [John Field , Guy Palmer and Eddie Tellez] managed to reach the semi-finals only to loose against a very strong opponent, Vinc Prats from Torino Warriors. Prats won 3-1 in the final against Guy Palmer.
The GTSA would like to thank all it’s members and the participants of this event for their fair play. In addition they would like to thank the Minister for Sports Mr Edwin Reyes for his continuous support and attendance and Chris Miles [on behalf of Sponsers- Verralls Solicitors].