Hurlers take aim at big memorial

As darts heads into 2013, one of the talking points will be on its tournament layout.

With the Vivian Rankine Memorial coming to an end last December, the focus shifts to an event that can honour many fallen players. As tournament organiser Martin Bodden states, it is about moving the sport forward.

“They, the Cayman Islands Darts Association, are doing one big memorial next year so that darts is alive and well in the Cayman Islands,” Bodden said.

“Grand Caymanian has been phenomenal as hosts for the Vivian Rankine. It was the first time in my mind that a darts tournament raised money for this kind of cause and it was great to be part of a history-making event.

“As for George, at least he will be able to purchase something to get started for school. A lot of young people going to university don’t have that kind of start.”

The competition honoured Vivian Rankine, a former police officer and darts aficionado who passed away years ago. A tournament in Vivian’s honour has been staged since 1999. George Rankine, 18, is Vivian’s son and the event’s main beneficiary the last 13 years, earning over $14,000 towards a tertiary education.

Without the Vivian Rankine Memorial, local darts will be down to the Mickey Mouse Pirates Week tournament. In 2012, the top players were husband and wife duo Eugene and Rosyl Deguzman.

There are also plans to continue the Cayman versus Team Philippines competition, spearheaded by darts association vice president Frank Martyr. Association president Paul Anglin states while that event has been interesting, national league play is his focus.

“The Filipinos have been successful two months straight but 2013 is a new year,” Anglin said. “Now that the tournaments are over, it’s time to think about the league. We’re supposed to have 12 teams in the making. Let’s keep busy and stay in shape.”

Not all members of the local darts fraternity are on board with less tournaments. George Rankine states the Vivian Rankine competition should continue and benefit other people.

“I’m going to miss being able to see everyone at that darts tournament,” George said. “I’m hoping they keep doing it and give money raised to a local charity. In all honesty, I’d say Maple House to help the mentally disabled people.

“But again, thank you to everyone over the past 13 years. I wouldn’t be able to do everything I’m about to do without you all.”

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