Tagalog takes the Mick

Pirates Week saw a bevy of sports activities.

The last one to close out the annual celebration was the Mickey Mouse darts tournament.

Sunday’s competition took place at Corner Pocket bar in front of a crowd of some 40 people.

All were eager to see who would come out victorious in the sport’s last major event for the year.

By day’s end one man, out of the field of some 25 competitors, would earn all the bragging rights into the New Year.

Filipino sensation Mel Tagalog etched his name in the history books with a dominant display of precision and focus.

Tagalog beat out local star Earl ‘The Pearl’ Smith to win the singles competition and teamed up with last year’s overall champion Cliff Weeks to nab the doubles trophy.

On hand to present Tagalog with his trophies was sports figure Bernie Bush, representing the Pirates Week office.

Smith may have finished second to Tagalog on the day but walked home with two trophies as well.

He would partner with reigning Caribbean champion Edsell Haylock to nab the runner-up slot in the doubles event.

Other notable participants included Arek Archibold (who won a set of darts for being the youngest competitor), Filipino star Rodan Asuncion and Martin Bodden (who organized the Vivian Rankine event weeks ago).

One of the interesting aspects of the tournament was the level of corporate support it garnered.

Among the sponsors were Dolphin Cove, Chicken Chicken, Blackbeards, Hypoxi Studio, Reflections, Bottle Stop liquor store, Domino’s Pizza, Cimboco and Tortuga.

All gave away nice prizes to the spectators from free meals and food products to three figure gift certificates.

Main sponsor Budweiser gave away one of the largest prizes on the night in the form of a brand-new BBQ grill (won by Henry De La Cruz).

The large outpouring of community support left tournament organizer and Cayman Darts Association President Arthur Ebanks feeling satisfied.

‘I’m very happy with this year’s tournament. We had a good turnout of players who came and played their best.

‘I’m especially pleased with all of the support from the private sector this year. I applaud and thank the sponsors for their contributions to the sport of darts in Cayman.’