Throwing in Vivian’s honour

This weekend is a momentous one for local darts.

That is because the annual Vivian Rankine memorial darts tournament is set to take place at the Corner Pocket bar.

Action gets going tonight from 8pm with an informal gathering at Corner Pocket.

The get-together serves primarily as a chance to meet and greet visiting Jamaican players Hubert ‘Tengue’ Brown and Mark Anthony Birthwright.

Brown currently competes in the US darts circuit while based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Birthwright meanwhile serves as the head of the Jamaica Darts Association.

Both are revered around darts circles for their glory days some 30 years ago when the pair won numerous Caribbean championships and regional awards.

From there the tournament gets going in earnest tomorrow evening with round-robin qualifiers and group stages.

Tournament director Martin Bodden has a robust playing format that spectators at the Corner Pocket will see applied to the singles and doubles event and possibly a female division (if there are enough participants).

Sunday sees the finals for the tournament and the prize-giving ceremony.

Last year’s competition was won outright by young Caymanian multi-sport star Richard Campbell.

Campbell surprised all and asserted his passion for darts by winning the singles event as a rookie in a dramatic showdown with 2008 Caribbean champion Edsell Haylock.

From there Campbell would take down Filipino player Ray Bylon in the tournament championship to win the overall title.

The competition is one of the bigger events on the local scene and honours the memory of the late Vivian Rankine.

Rankine passed away a little over a decade ago in 1998. Rankine was an officer for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and was an avid sports enthusiast, especially with darts.

Last year son George Bodden, who has an interest in the sport, officially opened the tournament.

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