Slamming for respect

The sports scene in the Cayman
Islands is a burgeoning one as the list of disciplines is huge. One sport to
burst onto the scene in 2010 was dominoes.

In March the Cayman Islands Domino
Association hosted its second annual test series between Jamaica and Cayman.
Rite Stuff Sports Club would emerge victorious over a Cayman select side made
up mostly of players from Island All Stars domino club.

That same association would go
through a number of changes throughout the year. Initially at the start of the
year Island All Stars club President Derrick Elliott Senior was listed as the
man in charge before Horace Duquesnay took up the post. However by November Ray
McLaughlin would be voted as president after Duquesnay stepped down only a few
months into his term.

October would see the start of the
inaugural Cayman national dominoes league. An informal competition in the past,
eight teams are taking part in Helium, Archie’s, Buttonwood, Kelly’s, Meringue
Town, Singh’s Roti Shop, the Island All Stars and East End All Stars. The
league is on a Christmas break and picks up in the New Year with East End atop
the standings after going unbeaten in seven games.

November was a sombre time for the
sport with the tragic passing of Winston Welch. A noted player for Island All
Stars, Welch, 52, was the victim of a hit-and-run incident outside of Mango
Tree. Sadly, days before, he had been chosen as part of the club’s travel team
that faced domino sides from Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach in Florida.

In the end dominoes is serious
about being considered a sport. With an active association, local league and
contests with international sides, there seems to be every indication 2011 will
be slamming from start to finish.

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