The business end of the Cayman darts scene is seeing an early start.
With the national league now over, focus turns to the annual tournaments organized by the Cayman Islands Darts Association. The big news this year is the proposed introduction of new competitions.
Association president Paul Anglin shed some light on a event planned for next month at a local hotel.
“The national darts league is over and the results are being tallied,” Anglin said. “Snipers, led by Mel Tagalog, had a lot of new guys on the scene and did well in that event as well as winning the Corner Pocket Team Cup after the season. The focus now is on our tournaments.
“In particular there are plans for a tournament at the Grand Caymanian resort. That establishment has expressed a great interest in being a site for darts going forward and is in the process of getting darts equipment like scoreboards. We have tentatively planned a competition there for Friday 26 August. At this point it would have a ‘grab bag’ format.”
The national league is a warm-up for the two major competitions on the darts association calendar. There is the Vivian Rankine memorial darts tournament, usually held in late October, that honours a former police officer and darts enthusiast of the same name. From there comes the Mickey Mouse darts tournament, normally staged during Pirates Week in November, which attracts international players.
With the passing of darts figures Philip Parsons and Trevor Lloyd in the last two years, Anglin states there are also plans for at least one additional memorial competition in the coming months.
“We want to do something for Trevor, who as you know passed away last year. We’re thinking of a memorial tournament prior to the Vivian Rankine event. Then we would focus on the Pirates Week competition.”