Darters take flight

The local darts league is back on target this year.

The 2008-2009 Guiness League is entering its fifth week of play.

The league began in November last year with six games already played.

The league is slated to continue play into late June of this year.

Ten teams make up the current league in Centre Spot, Corner Pocket Deliquents, Corner Pocket Regulars, Corner Pocket Shafters, Fidel’s, Harrows, PD’s Pirates, Spoilers, Triple Crown and Wednesday’s Excuse.

Thus far the league has been dominated by three teams in CP Regulars, Fidel’s and Triple Crown.

All have ten points and nearly perfect records, with Triple Crown undefeated through five games.

Triple Crown are the defending champions from last year and are looking to post another unbeaten season. The team is led in large part by celebrated veteran Hank Ebanks.

The league is slated to go through three rounds of play with the possibility of an A and B division.

The league is being sponsored primarily by Cayman Distributors Ltd. One of its products in Guiness beer serves as the name of the league.

The league is one of a number of competitions scheduled for this year.

According to Cayman Islands Darts Association Vice President Phillip Parsons one day tournaments will feature heavily into the competition schedule.

One of the bigger tournaments coming up is the Marjorie Bodden Memorial tournament. Times and dates for the competition will be announced at a later date.

As Parsons explains the tournaments will be a steady feature for local darts in order to keep the sport alive.

‘We’re looking to have the one day tournaments during the season, possibly having different tournaments once a month. They are one of the many things planned for this season.’

Games are played at 8pm every Wednesday.

The league uses six different venues in Corner Pocket, The Doghouse, Fidel Murphy’s, PD’s Pub, Triple Crown Pub and Centre Spot sports bar.

More information on the league and local darts can be found by logging on to darters.wordpress.com.

The 2008-2009 league is coming off a number of notable happenings in the world of darts.

Cayman placed fourth overall at the 16th annual Caribbean Championship of Darts in Trinidad.

Cayman grabbed notable awards as Earl Smith nabbed the trophy for the most perfect scores while Rodan Asuncion and Cliff Weeks placed second in the men’s doubles tournament.

Edsell Haylock was the big winner on the trip as he walked away with the men’s singles title and the label of overall Caribbean champion.

Last September saw the ninth annual Vivian Rankine Memorial Darts Tournament take place at Corner Pocket.

Roughly 31 darts players came out to compete with rookie Richard Campbell winning the overall championship.

George Rankine, the 14 year-old son of the late Vivian Rankine (a noted darts figure), officially opened the tournament.

In November the annual Mickey Mouse Pirates Week Darts tournament took place at Jillian’s Lounge and Bar.

Some 32 players came out to compete with Cliff Weeks emerging the overall champion.

For Parsons the league has done well to get a sponsor in Cayman Distributors and now only needs more players onboard.

‘We’re very thankful to have Cayman Distributors supporting us. But we need more people to come forward so that we can get more games in the league.’

To register, contact Phillip Parsons at 916-8965.