East End Mystical Youth left little doubt that they are the best in local dominoes.
The Mystical Youth won the finals for the Cayman Islands Domino Association 2012 Bud Light Playoffs. The victory cements a remarkable run for East End, who are now the reigning two-time national champions.
East End head coach Billy McLaughlin states the key to success rests in experience.
“A lot of people play dominoes and they don’t know how to play,” McLaughlin said. “We know how to play at the mental stage. We’re a very hard team to beat when it comes to Cayman dominoes.”
McLaughlin’s troops would defeat Archies by 20 points last Sunday at Pirates Cove Bar in East End. The other round robin final saw DLK crush Island All Stars by 31 points.
The final playoff standings would see East End first, DLK second, Archies third and All Stars fourth. East End were unbeaten in the playoffs, after thrashing All Stars by 34 points at the Mango Tree and defeating DLK by six points at DLK Bar (both establishments are in George Town).
For Mystical Youth veteran Fred McLaughlin, last Sunday’s match was decided by one duo.
“My playing partner Al McLaughlin and I are called the McLaughlin Connection and we single-handedly destroyed the Archies team,” Fred said. “It’s officially a two-peat, we won the league and the knockout. Now, we’re going for the three-peat.”
East End, behind stalwarts like boxing coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin, won the association’s 2011-2012 national league crown. Brent and Kelsey Greene propelled the squad to a league-best 13-1 record, 4,198 points and a cumulative team score of 65.
The playoffs featured the league’s top four teams as DLK finished second with an 11-3 record, All Stars were third at 8-6 and Archies were fourth at 7-6-1.
The association’s Annual General Meeting occurred on Thursday and the 2012-2013 national league starts next Sunday, 11 November.