Island All Stars impress Toronto tournament

For Island All Stars domino club
their focus now is on local matches the rest of the year. However the team is
bound to feel confident for some time after their success at a recent
exhibition tournament.

The Cayman side came back overall
winners of an annual domino jamboree tournament held in Toronto, Ontario this
month. The tournament was hosted by Rising Stars Cultural and Sports Club of Canada.
The club is part of the Canada Domino League, the country’s national dominos
competition.

Cayman played some four squads
during the three-day tournament. There was a US team hailing from New York, a Canadian
national squad, the Canadian Rising Stars club and a Canadian select team.

In addition to claiming a
championship trophy, Cayman saw a number of individual players earn props. MVP
awards went to Ray McLaughlin, Janet Hislop, Oletta Elliott, Marcia Myles,
Seymour “Plummer” Ellis and Jose Jaime. In all 15 players were on the Cayman
team, some of whom were not part of Island All Stars.

President of the Island All Stars
domino club Derrick Elliott Senior stated he was very happy with the results,
especially his MVP winners.

“Having Oletta and Marcia take MVP
trophies was especially gratifying as these two ladies had to play against a
large number of professional players. Among them was a high-ranking executive
member of the International Council of Dominoes and the captain of a Canadian national
team. To their credit they remained unbeaten.

“On the whole, although we had a
skeleton team we did very well against a large number of top-ranking players
from New York and Canada.”

Plans are in place for another
overseas tournament. At this point the squad is looking to travel to Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida in November during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Prior to the Canada competition the
last major tournament for the Island All Stars was back in March. Billed as
part of the International Council of Dominos Test series, Cayman players took
on Jamaica’s Rite Stuff Sports Club. Though Cayman lost that series, a number
of players nabbed accolades in Derek Elliott Snr, Winston Welch, Oletta Elliott
and Neville Campbell.

Locally the Island All Stars will
look to play some eight other teams across Grand Cayman including Buttonwood,
East End and Kelly’s domino clubs.

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