Marcano of Gran Chemin, Moruga, acknowledges
his victory on Wednesday.
Photo: Trevor Burnett
Anderson Marcano is the new national stick-fighting champion. And Ortoire has emerged the leading gayelle in the country. Marcano 21, of Gran Chemin, Moruga, was crowned King of the Rock on Wednesday night at Gilbert Park, Couva, when he scored with a “buss head” over Cluster Guy of Ortoire in the final. He had earlier outclassed former champion Anthony Binealle of Couva in the preliminary round, while Guy had defeated George Quashie of Talparo with a “buss head.”
Popular stickfighter Moses Ralph, of Sangre Grande, was beaten by Kenneth John, of Cushe. John was scheduled to meet with Marcano in the semifinal, while Guy had a bye into the final. John chose to settle for the third prize of $5,000 and conceded the fight to his younger brother Marcano. Marcano, an unknown to the stick-fighting arena, displayed superb craft, striking with either hand and with a change of leading foot, he checked the advances of his charging opponents.
Binealle and Guy were thrown off-balance by the clever moves and ambidextrous strikes of Marcano...a well deserved champion. In the Gayelle semifinal battles, Ortoire won all three fights against Gran Chemin, while Longdenville defeated Sangre Grande by a similar margin. And in the Gayelle final, Ortoire, represented by Cluster Guy, Daniel Barclay and Peter Stephens, won by two fights to one over Longdenville, represented by Anthony Binealle, Nigel Jones and Sunil Kowlessar.