As Pirates Week winds down, one of the staple sporting events on the horizon is the Mickey Mouse Darts Tournament.
The competition is scheduled for this Sunday, 18 November, from 1pm at the Mango Tree. Cayman Islands Darts Association Vice President Frank Martyr states some of the participants should be encouraged by the recent start of a monthly competition.
“It should have an impact going into the Pirates Week tournament,” Martyr said. “Everyone was rejuvenated to play darts. Everyone is getting a feel for it. Some of the Filipino players have never played tough opponents like that before.”
Martyr is spearheading a Cayman versus Team Philippines competition, which began last month at the Mango Tree. The event features all of the members of the Cayman national team that competed at the 2012 Caribbean Cup in Belize taking on the top Filipino players.
Among those involved is Jasper Esguerra, the reigning Mickey Mouse champion. He took down countryman Mel Tagalog, a two-time winner, in a memorable final in 2011.
Darts association president Paul Anglin states a number of local hurlers have done well in training in recent weeks including Norrin Stewart, Eddie Ballantyne and Richard Campbell.
Anglin states the Cayman-Philippines event is one of many happenings on the local darts scene.
“The Mickey Mouse is an open tournament and anyone can come,” Anglin said. “At the same time, we have the Filipinos taking on the Cayman national team every last Saturday of the month at Mango Tree at 7pm. The Filipinos won 9-8 last month.
“We also have the regular league starting this month and that will run through to next year.”
The Mickey Mouse tournament sees registration on Sunday at 1-2pm with matches starting at 2pm. A round-robin format will be in effect with hurlers going to winners and losers brackets.