Bandera (August 1, 2007)
HATAW PINOY by Rolando S. Luzong
LETTERS FROM GUAM
Recently, we’ve met a group of Gumanian cockers attending classes in the TJT Cocking Academy. One of them is Ernest T. and since then , we have been corresponding with each other thru emails. His last email yesterday deserves to be shared with you. Here goes…
just fought a Pinoy Club sponsored 3 cock derby with 24 entries, winner take all. We ended up being one of three winners. Our fights lasted less than 30 seconds each. We used a Gavilan dark leg hatch, Gavilan pale leg hatch (sweater) and a yellow leg hatch. Averag age was 15 months for the three. The two Gavilans hit their opponents on the first fly. The third opponent refused to meet our bird in the air but immediately after our bird hit the ground, after the third fly, he grabbed the opponent and hit him on the side ending the fight. It was a good night.
You're probably the expert on disputes. This is how the story was told to me - I left the pit after our third fight. The deal was there was a person with his personal entry with two wins (# 1) and another person (# 2) with two wins also. # 2 was fighting bloodlines acquired from # 1. # 1 refused to fight # 2 because it was his bloodline. The referee automatically awarded the win to # 1.
This is how I feel: The fight between # 1 and # 2 had a bearing on the outcome of the derby (pot) therefore it should have been fought regardless of who owned what birds. If the owners did not want to fight in order to save the birds then that was their call but the win (portion of the pot) should not have been awarded.
The bottom line is that the two actual winners which was our birds and by the way, person # 1 scored 3 points each. The third win was bogusly awarded to person 1, whom had a final score of 2 points. Do the math.
What is your take on this situation? Let me know ASAP.
My reply was :
The general rule is that "EVERY POINT MUST BE EARNED" So it is only proper that #1 & #2 should have fopught each other, so that there should only be one winner and there'll only be two champions including you.
On extreme cases and in times when there is really a valid reason not to fight (same bloodline or same source of roosters is not a valid reason) then, the two entries that would not fight each other should only share the prize for one champion, because, if they would fight, there is also a big possibility that their fight will end up in a draw and then you will be the only winner.
Vaild reasons not to fight are, if the owners are next of kin line father & son, brothers, uncles, cousins etc.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JACK, WIFE OF MY COUSIN FREDDIE SANTOS. LIKEWISE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SYAHONG ERNING ASILO YESTERDAY.