East End Mystical Youth intend to continue their reign in local dominoes.
After dominating the Cayman Islands Domino Association national league a second straight year, Mystical Youth members like head coach Billy McLaughlin have their sights set on another title.
“No one knows the guys as good as me,” McLaughlin said. “We’ve been playing 30 years. We will always and consistently be in the top three among the domestic teams in these islands. I can guarantee you that.”
The domino association’s 2012-2013 league starts play this Sunday, 11 November, from about 2pm in George Town. Singh’s Roti Shop will see the Roti team battle new club Ultra while Archies Bar sees Archies face Sea Inn.
East End won the finals for the domino association 2012 Bud Light Playoffs by defeating Archies by 20 points last month 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 All Stars player Dwight Moss, the target is squarely on East End’s back.
“We’re definitely planning for next season,” Moss said. “We’re already wanting to regain the title. East End may be the reigning champions but All Stars are coming back to win the title.
“We’re getting back players and we’re recruiting players to take this domino thing back to them. All Stars will be number one again.”
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 rest of regular season standings saw Singh’s Roti Shop in fifth at 7-6-1 (they had less points than Archies with 3,981 compared to 4,095), Sea Inn sixth at 4-10 with 3,901 points, Kelly’s seventh at 4-10 with 3,411 points and Eastern Star in last place at 1-13.
Moss states those numbers combined to make a disappointing campaign for his team.
“My partner Carlos Whittaker, Godfrey Bowen and Mary Ebanks are some of the players in top shape. Karen Hislop, Ray McLaughlin’s playing partner, is not a regular league participant but she is a club member and supporter.
“Association-wise, the league was OK. But with All Stars it was a down year. We lost few key players and that set us back in the league as we were short of players a lot.”
Interestingly, the association’s Annual General Meeting took place last week and saw the executive board remain largely intact. Ray McLaughlin returns as president, armed with new vice-president Gary Berry.
Dareen Ebanks is back as treasurer, Vanessa Forrester is assistant treasurer, Oleta Elliott returns as secretary, Sheena Taylor is assistant secretary, Derrick Elliott Senior is public relations chairman and Kendal Connor is fundraising committee chairman.