The only time when posing is okay

Dominos has quietly been on the
fringe of the local sports scene for the last six months.

Now the sport springs to life with
a tournament taking place this weekend.

The Cayman Islands Domino
Association, in conjunction with International Council of Domino, will host a
domino competition featuring a Jamaican team against a Cayman select side (made
up primarily of players from local club Island All-Stars). 

Mango Tree bar by the airport will
host all the action throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

The Cayman team has reportedly been
in training for over three months. Most times the squad have honed their
strategy on Sundays at a bar in North Side.

Among the local players in training
is Island All-Stars team president and association head Derrick Elliott Senior.

He states the Cayman team has
actively been licking sixes and blocking games for some time.

“We’ve been training all along,
primarily up in North Side. For us playing dominos is an ongoing thing. I’ve
never stopped and the guys in Cayman have never stopped either.

“This is the third time we’re doing
this particular tournament. We travel to Jamaica in Easter to finish the
series.”

Last year’s series took place at
the Mango Tree and Corner Pocket. Some US $1500 worth of prizes was available.
All were made possible by sponsors Caybrew, Corner Pocket Bar, Mango Tree Bar,
Quick Cash Money Transfer and Western Union.

Jamaica
won last year, beating Cayman in two out of three match days. A number of
Cayman players won accolades including Elliott Senior, Dwight Moss (most valuable
player), Ray McLaughlin, Mannie Myles, Kirk Sango and Nettie and Patricia
Stole.

For the record many sports figures
are involved in dominos. Among them is darts aficionado Martin Bodden and basketball
referee Alvin Bryan.

The sport is looking to gain ground
in Cayman’s sports culture and, as Elliott Senior states, the tournament can be
a launching point for more endeavours.

“A couple of bars are interested in
hosting games and competitions. We have a couple teams now that play by and by.
Ideally we would like to start a local league to keep the interest high. We
just want to get more people interested in playing.”

For more information call 916-3365
or e-mail [email protected]  

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