Local darts may be down but it is not out.
The sport is going through a dark period with the sudden loss of darts figure Phillip Parsons.
Yet darts is pushing forward and many local throwers are continuing to play, both here and abroad.
Wednesday marks the first big step forward as a group of six players are leaving Cayman to compete in the World Cup of darts.
The event is being held in Charlotte, North Carolina this week from Wednesday until Saturday.
It is being put on by the World Darts Federation, the sport’s ruling body.
Making the trip for Cayman are captain Eddie Ballantyne, Hank Ebanks, Richard Campbell, Michelle Terry, Lynda Locke and Adrian Mannoche.
For the record it must be stated that team was formed on its own.
The understanding at this point is the local darts association skipped sending an official squad to Charlotte in favour of sending a team to compete abroad later in the year.
The side is set to take on some 35 teams from locales such as Bahamas, Canada and Australia.
As part of preparations for the trip the team has been playing two times a week at Corner Pocket.
The Cayman contingent takes with them a wealth of experience and talent.
Ebanks is one of the mainstays of darts in Cayman having played for over 20 years.
He is also one of its most successful people having won over 125 trophies in various competitions.
Campbell may not have many years behind him but he has the talent level from being a multi-sport star.
He also has a knack for darts as he won the Vivian Rankine memorial tournament in May.
Terry and Locke are two of Cayman’s best female players at present and have climbed the ranks over the last few years.
On the whole the team’s spirit is high and the players are eager to play.
In fact Ebanks feels confident that Cayman can do well in Charlotte.
‘I’m ready and I’m sure the others are too. All I know is I’ve been playing some good games lately.
‘I don’t see how we can’t come home with some sort of hardware to show off.’
Look out for a more comprehensive report in this week’s Compass.