Jasper lifts Viv’s final crown

Jasper Esguerra has cemented his place in the history books for darts in the Cayman Islands. 

Esguerra emerged the overall winner of the Vivian Rankine Memorial darts tournament. The Grand Caymanian hosted the competition last Sunday, which attracted roughly 36 players. 

Tournament organiser Martin Bodden, one of the driving forces for the event the past 13 years, states it was a fitting send-off. 

“This is the second largest turnout since 1999,” Bodden said. “Every year, we see continued interest for the purpose of this tournament, which is to raise funds for Vivian’s son, George Rankine. 

“We were honoured to have Deputy Governor Franz Manderson here this year. Franz has been an avid darts player over the years. I can recall him playing in the police canteen at lunch time in the past. He maintains an interest in the sport. 

“George has got his father’s legacy to carry on now. We, as a darts fraternity, are proud of George. We will always have him and his family in mind.” 

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. Bodden has had help staging the tournament in Vivian’s honour from Carol Johnson, Horace Duquesnay and Trevor Lloyd (who passed away in November 2010).  

At the tournament’s conclusion, Bodden handed over a cheque to George Rankine for $14,477; which is in a scholarship fund in George’s name. The son of Mavita Rankine will attend Hawaii Pacific University to pursue an undergraduate degree related to marine biology. 

The final results for 2012 would show Esguerra beating out runner-up Marcelo ‘Val’ Junio in the tournament final. Esguerra also won the A division singles segment, ahead of Earl Smith and third place Michelle Terry, before placing second in the B division doubles category alongside Hank Ebanks.  

Junio won the B division singles crown, ahead of runner-up Antonio Ayuson and Frank Martyr, and placed second in the A division doubles alongside Buena Valle. 

Randy Cruz and Nida Jemina would win the A division doubles category with Rodan Asuncion and Eugene Deguzman placing third. Miriam Rodriguez and Abner Fogardo won the B division doubles segment with Antonio Ayuson and Jastine Rubio in third place. 

Esguerra is the latest Filipino player to dominate the Vivian Rankine Memorial. Mel Tagalog, who did not play this year, was the two-time reigning champion and beat out Deguzman in 2011. 

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