East End Mystical Youth are one win away from clinching another domino title.
The reigning national champions are in action this Sunday, 28 October, from roughly 2pm at Pirates Cove Bar in East End in the finals for the Cayman Islands Domino Association 2012 Bud Light Playoffs.
East End head coach Billy McLaughlin states the knock-out championship goes through his squad.
“You got to beat us and that’s hard to do,” McLaughlin said. “We lost a game this season but the only reason we lost was because I left the game due to a disagreement. The players also didn’t listen to me. We play to 300 points and I left at 200 points.
“If all our players are there, we’re hard to beat. For example, in our last game, we were losing by nine points. I made some changes and we won by like 37 points.”
East End, behind stalwarts like boxing coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin, won the association’s 2011-2012 national league crown. Al McLaughlin and Brent Greene propelled the squad to a league-best 13-1 record, 4,198 points and a cumulative team score of 65.
Mystical Youth now square off for the knock-out title against Archies. Both played in the latest round robin matches at the Mango Tree last Sunday. East End downed Ray McLaughlin’s Island All Stars by 34 points while Archies lost to Richard Allen’s DLK by 22 points.
The first round took place at DLK Bar in George Town earlier this month. East End beat DLK by six points while Archies defeated All Stars by 45 points.
All Stars player Dwight Moss sees his team facing Sheena Taylor’s DLK this Sunday. In spite of his side’s current postseason form, Moss states optimism is high.
“It’s going good so far, we lost two games but it’s not bad,” Moss said. “Last Sunday was a great game, they came back on us after the domino changed. We always look forward to playing East End and we look forward to Sunday’s finale.
“As for the format, it works. I’m working with it and the players are satisfied with it. The association is going good and I like the way it is being run.”
For the record, the playoffs feature the top four teams during the association’s 2011-2012 national league. DLK were second at 11-3, All Stars were third at 8-6 and Archies were fourth at 7-6-1.
The 2012-2013 national league starts on 11 November.