Pirates Week is about to begin and with it comes sporting events like the Mickey Mouse Darts Tournament.
Cayman Islands Darts Association President Paul Anglin states preparations have gone smoothly with the competition still scheduled to take place on 18 November from 1pm at the Mango Tree.
“I spoke to the Pirates Week office this week and the venue is already reserved,” Anglin said. “Registration runs 1-2pm on that Sunday with games starting at 2pm. It’s a round robin with a first round and then the losers going to a B bracket and the winners heading to an A bracket.
“There are about six Filipino teams registered in the national league so about 52 Filipino players will be coming for the tournament. Guys like Mel Tagalog, Jasper Esguerra, Randy Cruz and Eugene Deguzman will be there along with local guys like Norrin Stewart, Eddie Ballantyne and Edsell Haylock. Those are just a few to mention who can do well in the tournament.
“Richard Campbell is back and playing good darts. He’s a top contender and always has been. Once he comes back to practice, he’ll be good to go.”
Of that group, the focus will be on reigning champion Esguerra. He took down countryman Tagalog, a two-time winner, in 2011. Cruz and Deguzman also had good showings last year. Stewart and Ballantyne are coming off noteworthy performances at the 2012 Caribbean Cup this summer in Belize.
Campbell, 28, is getting back into the sport after a significant layoff. The George Town native states his focus is on international glory next year.
“I am getting back into playing darts again,” Campbell said. “The World Cup is next year in Newfoundland, Canada and I would like to go to that event as I did three years ago.”
Campbell has been heavily involved with volleyball and he has represented Cayman on the beach and on indoor courts.
Recently, he was part of the national men’s team that failed to advance in the 2014 North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation World Championship Men’s First Round Qualifier.
That event took place at the new Clifton Hunter High School Sports Centre in Frank Sound. Campbell was the youngest member of a squad that went 0-4 against Aruba, Barbados and Suriname.
Campbell was originally slated to compete in the annual Spikefest indoor tournament on 9-11 November at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall at the University College of the Cayman Islands. He states he will not be available for that competition, which features teams from the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and the US, as his focus in volleyball has shifted.
“As for volleyball, I am not going to comment on the volleyball movement here. I am no longer going to play international volleyball, in terms of playing in NORCECA events. I still intend to play for Cayman at next year’s Island Games in Bermuda, whether it be beach or indoor I am yet to determine.
“I would like to become an international beach volleyball referee, Cayman’s first and only one. This will take a few years to do so I want to get started now.”