Election time is a stressful period. Some people never relax until the final vote is counted, others do what they can to take their mind off of things.
On the Sunday before the elections dozens of people flocked to Mango Tree to pose and lick a six.
Sunday May 17 saw the Island All Star Round-Robin domino tournament.
The all-day competition was open to all comers but focused on Cayman’s three major domino teams in Island All-Stars, team Buttonwood and team Meringue Town.
All of the squads would battle it out for bragging rights and a variety of cash prizes and awards.
The open lot behind Mango Tree would be a hub of activity from 2pm until roughly 10pm as players shouted with every win and slammed the wooden tables senseless with every key piece.
Spectators stayed glued to the action and the crowd dwindled little as the shades of darkness came. Among the notable faces in the crowd were George Town candidate Burns Connolly and local sportsman Eddie Solomon.
There were also a number of notable faces involved in the tournament. Lucille Barnes (owner of Meringue Town) served as score-keeper, policeman Martin Bodden (who is a darts and dominoes aficionado) was the MC and Alvin Bryan (a referee in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association) was a member of team Meringue Town.
Matches would be played using a round robin format as teams played each other more than once. The winner of each match would be the duo that reaches 125 points first.
Ultimately the three teams would take centre stage as they advanced deep in the playoffs.
Meringue Town would come out on top winning the first place trophy and prize of CI$400.
They would beat team Buttonwood in an intense and passionate final by 13 games (or points as domino enthusiasts say). As a result Buttonwood claimed the second place trophy and CI$200.
Tournament hosts Island All-Stars caught a bad break and ended up in third place. For their troubles they won two cases of ice-cold beer.
In addition MVP trophies were awarded to the top players from each team. Foster McLean and Perry Ebanks nabbed top honours for Meringue Town, Jerry and Jevony won for Buttonwood and Derrick Elliott and Menard Myles won for Island All-Stars.
A trip to Jamaica was also raffled on the night. Perry Ebanks of team Meringue Town would buy the lucky raffle tickets.
Tournament organizer and Island All-Stars President Derrick Elliott spoke about the success of the tournament.
‘It was very very successful to me. Everyone showed good discipline and enjoyed the game. Down the line I intend to put on more tournaments to get more players to enter the dominos arena.
‘In the future I plan to take it island-wide and encourage all to compete. The next one will be at a later date and I’m looking possibly at East End or West Bay.’
A mini-tournament was organized on Discovery Day by Lucille Barnes. The idea behind it was to keep the momentum going from the Island All-Stars tournament the day before.
Team RCIPS were the overall winners, beating Meringue Town by 29 points. Team Archers were third as they beat Buttonwood by six points.
Last week’s matches were the latest big games on the local dominoes scene. Previously a Cayman team went to Jamaica over the Easter holidays to play Jamaican clubs.
In that instance the Cayman side lost three games in Kingston and won a match in Ocho Rios against team Irie Fm.