Grand Caymanian hosts Viv’s crew

The Grand Caymanian will play host to Cayman’s next major darts event.

The resort will serve as the venue for the annual Vivian Rankine Memorial darts tournament this Saturday, 25 November, with matches starting at 2pm.

Martin Bodden serves as one of the tournament organisers and states the competition will be different in 2012.

“This year, the format is being reduced somewhat because of the venue and not enough dart boards,” Bodden said. “The Grand Caymanian has only three boards while the Corner Pocket bar, which used to hold the tournament, had five.

“We’re doing it all in one day, as opposed to spreading it out over multiple days. We want to make it a nice tournament and we especially encourage everyone who has ever been to the tournament in the past to come out and support it.

“Those persons have contributed to the funds being raised for George Rankine and they should share in the blessing and good will of this event.”

The tournament is in memory of the late Vivian Rankine, a former officer for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and a darts aficionado who passed away in 1999.

Over the past 13 years, the tournament has raised over $13,000 for a scholarship fund in the name of George Rankine, Vivian’s son. George, who turns 18 this year, is the son of Mavita Rankine and is expected to attend Hawaii Pacific University to pursue an undergraduate degree related to marine biology.

The Vivian Rankine Memorial also pays tribute to Trevor Lloyd, who served as a tournament organiser alongside Bodden, Carol Johnson and Horace Duquesnay. Lloyd passed away suddenly in 2010. Bodden states while the meaning behind this year’s tournament is slightly different, play will remain the same.

“This is the last hurrah as we have done everything to help out of the kindness of our hearts. With the format, there will still be A and B brackets. In the singles, players start in one pool, in best-of-three game series. The losers go to the B division while the winners go to the A division.

“Then the elimination process begins and the knock-outs go from there. It’s the same with the doubles, where we’re hoping for 32 players and 16 teams to be registered. Trophies will be given to first, second and third place in the singles and doubles categories with A division, B division and overall champions being crowned.”

Most eyes should be on Mel Tagalog as the Filipino star has won the competition on two consecutive occasions. Tagalog beat out a field of some 25 competitors in 2011. Other notable players last year included tournament runner-up Eugene Deguzman, Rodan Asuncion and Cayman Islands Darts Association President Paul Anglin. Johnson was the women’s champion.

News of the Vivian Rankine tournament comes after the Mickey Mouse Pirates Week competition took place on Sunday. Tagalog went into that event as the 2011 runner-up.

Vivian Rankine Memorial registration takes place on Saturday from 12.30pm to 1.45pm. There is a fee of $10 and includes a medal for participation and a T-shirt. For more information, call Carol Johnson at 928-2433 or ring Martin Bodden at 916-0509

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