One of the biggest darts tournament
on the local scene gets going next weekend. Its chief organiser this year has
his eyes on a number of star talents to dominate.
Trevor Lloyd heads up preparations
for the 2010 Vivian Rankine Memorial darts tournament. Lloyd, who had been a
sponsor for years under his company International Map Services, takes over for
Martin Bodden, who is recovering from eye surgery.
The Englishman has been around the
sport for over a decade and states a number of local players are favourites
heading into the 30-31 October match days. “I’d have to say Mel Tagalog (last
year’s Mickey Mouse tournament winner), Earl Smith, Edsell Haylock and
defending champion Eddie Ballantyne are the four guys to watch,” Lloyd said.
“All four of those guys are in the running for the championship in my mind. A
couple of guys might do well if they’re feeling good, like young Richard Campbell.
But the four I mentioned are the ones I’d watch.”
The upcoming competition honours
the memory of the late Vivian Rankine, who passed away a 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. Funds collected from the
event go towards a scholarship fund for Vivian’s son George, who is looking to
attend college in the near future.
Lloyd states the event is an annual
backing of the young man. “For George the tournament is our annual show of
support for him. It’s all about helping him go to college to honour his dad.”
Corner Pocket will once again serve
as the venue for local hurlers at 2pm. Early registration for the tournament is
encouraged. The registration fee is CI$25 for both days and includes a T-shirt.
For more information call Carol Johnson at 916-2433.