Hurlers nailed many bullseyes

Like a lot of sports darts is about
precision and sticking to a set protocol. In 2010 everything did not quite go
as planned.

In August the Cayman Islands Darts
Association sent a team of 18 players to Abaco, Bahamas for the 2010 Caribbean
Championships of darts. Cayman did not live up to its lofty expectations as the
side finished tied for fourth with Brazil. The side matched its fourth place
spot from four years ago in Trinidad but saw Edsell Haylock lose his spot as
the Caribbean singles champion. On a positive note Arek Archibold, 12, finished
second in the Americas Cup junior finals.

September saw the annual general
meeting for the sport and West Bay native Paul Anglin would be elected President.
Anglin, 41, took over the presidency from Arthur Ebanks who held the position
the last four years. Aside from Vice President Richard Campbell, 26, taking
over from Ricky Bodden the rest of the board remained the same as Miriam
Rodriguez remains secretary, Michelle Cullen continues on as treasurer and
Eddie Ballantyne is still venue inspector.

October saw Filipino sensation Mel
Tagalog claim the annual Vivian Rankine memorial tournament. Tagalog nabbed the
overall crown ahead of Paul Anglin and defending champion Eddie Ballantyne. The
competition also was a boost to the family of Vivian Rankine as son George now
has roughly CI$11,500 in a bank account from tournament proceeds. Young George
also was given a free darts board to encourage his growth in the sport.

In November came tragic news as
long-time darts figure Trevor Lloyd passed away. Lloyd, 60, had a sudden heart
attack while competing in the 2010 Barbados Darts Festival. Lloyd’s passing was
the second major death in the local darts fraternity in the last 16 months as
Philip Parsons died from a heart attack at age 46 last July. Lloyd helped organized
and competed in the Vivian Rankine tournament.

By the end of the month some of the
sorrow was numbed as Mel Tagalog won the Mickey Mouse tournament for the second
straight year. Tagalog, 36, not only won the singles title but claimed the doubles
championship. A stalwart of Pirates Week, the competition was delayed to
accommodate Lloyd’s funeral.

Ultimately darts saw a mix of happy
and sad times in 2010. With numerous additions to the record books, at least
the sport can keep its head up going into 2011.

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