The National Jai-alai Association has resumed its first league action in four years with a Tuesday Night Spring League beginning March 22nd. The event will run 9 consecutive weeks and end on May 17th.
A total of 16 players had signed up, but two players had to scratch on the eve of the event – Restina and Gino. Julio Restina, a homegrown Puryear Park player, has played pro at Miami, Calder and Ft. Piece jai-alai for the past several seasons.
Now, a total of 14 players will be participating – 7 in the front and 7 in the backcourt. Other former pro players include Leonard Linardos, Ricky Hernadez, Cachin 47 and Garby. There are several other players who have participated in the Magic City tournament that are playing and they include Alex, Bill O’Conner, Anthony Sutton, and Bernard II who will now play under the name of Zoltar II.
Here is the latest lineup. The action starts at 6pm. There will be 7 games to 10 points each – all doubles games. Points will be accumulated based on amount scored in each game, with an extra 3 points going to 1st place, 2 points to 2nd place, and 1 point for coming in 3rd. Trophies and prize money will be awarded to First, Second and Third Place finishers in the front and back.
Fans are welcome to bring chairs and watch the great action.