Cayman pins fourth place spot

Cayman’s national darts team had
many ups and downs in the Bahamas
the last few days. But in the end the team kept their status as one of the four
best darts squads in the Caribbean.

At the 2010 Caribbean Championship
of darts in Abaco Cayman tied for fourth place overall with Brazil. Florida came first and took home the 18th annual
Caribbean Cup while Trinidad and Tobago
were second and the Bahamas
placed third. Florida competed as a country as
the US
state was one of the founding members of the tournament.

Cayman’s team manager and the
president of the Cayman Islands Darts Association Arthur Ebanks states the
result was hard-fought as the team faced many challenges.

“We maintained our place from
2008,” Ebanks said. “Our overall level of darts showed a great level of improvement
since the last tournament. However our level at practice was much higher than
in Abaco. I really think our results could have been much better. But the obstacles
we had to deal with affected the players’ mental focus and dropped the standards.”

Interestingly Cayman was as high as
third last Thursday trailing Trinidad and Florida
while leading the Bahamas
and Brazil.
However the Bahamas
made a late rally, using their experience as Cup champs on five previous
occasions to edge Cayman. Some 150 competitors were at the event, which the Bahamas took
some six months to prepare as hosts.

Ebanks states in spite of the late
rally by the Bahamas,
third place was within Cayman’s grasp.

“I felt we could have placed in the
top three. We were capable of it. One of the goals we achieved that we’re proud
of is we drew with Florida.
That’s something we’ve never done before and that was certainly a highlight for
us.”

Ebanks was one of 18 people
representing Cayman. Five female players were on the team in Michelle Cullen,
Miriam Rodriguez, Linda Locke, newcomer Tiffany Laurie and Irma Smith (who was
a reserve for the team, taking Michelle Terry’s spot due to medical reasons).
They joined nine men in Adrian Mannouch, Eddie Ballantyne, Cliff Weeks, Earl
Smith, Paul Anglin, Richard Campbell, Mel Tagalog and former Caribbean
singles champion Edsell Haylock and Arek Archibold (who was also Cayman’s lone
junior player). Guiding the side was head coach Anthony Archibold and assistant
coaches Cassius Anglin and Hank Ebanks.

Unfortunately Cayman did not
produce a Caribbean champion in the singles or
team events. The new men’s singles champion for the next two years is Trinidad’s
Lestor Legall while the women’s champion is Paula Murphy of Florida. The doubles champions were Earle
Chimming and Troy Bhujhawan of Trinidad and the mixed triples winners were a
team from the Bahamas.

While in Abaco Cayman also took
part in the fifth annual Americas Cup event and placed fifth. The top four
teams in the event were Trinidad, the Bahamas,
the US and Canada. For Canada it was
their first ever Americas Cup victory.

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