Locals will dart for Belize glory

While some residents start their Olympic travels, another group heads to Belize for regional props.

The Cayman Islands is sending a squad to the 2012 Caribbean Cup. Taking place in Belize City, Belize on 20-30 July, the event is the premier darts tournament in the region.

Cayman Islands Darts Association President Paul Anglin is serving as team captain and states he is confident in his side.

“We got a fairly good team together,” Anglin said. “The camaraderie and chemistry is good. We have females on the team but there are no juniors this time around. We shouldn’t have any hiccups once we maintain our focus.

“We got a good management for the team with Cassius Anglin as team manager, Eddie Ballantyne as national coach and Cliff Weeks as vice captain.

“It should go well, we practiced hard. Once we get down to the doubles and hit them, we’ll be OK. That has always been our weakness and we’ve been practicing on that.”

In addition to Anglin and the aforementioned team officials, the Cayman team consists of Hank Ebanks, Nethina Ebanks, Jasper Esguerra, Carol Johnson, Neville Parker, Miriam Rodriguez, Norrin Stewart, Mel Tagalog and Michelle Terry.

The Caribbean Championships is in its 19th year and runs alongside the sixth annual World Darts Federation Americas Cup. Some 11 countries will be in action. In addition to Cayman, the other competitors are Bahamas, Barbados, host Belize, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, the US (through a Florida squad and a select team), Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos.

Cayman has competed for a number of years. In recent history, Cayman placed fourth overall in Abaco, Bahamas in 2010, matching their best finish from the 2008 event in Trinidad. That same year saw one of the sport’s biggest highlights as Caymanian Edsell Haylock became the Caribbean singles champion.