Rodan pins down top spot

Rodan Asuncion should be all the rage in local darts. 

The Filipino sensation is rated as the top player in the ongoing Cayman versus Team Philippines monthly competition. Asuncion has 20 points, two points clear of countrywoman Rosyl Deguzman and three points ahead of local star Earl Smith. 

Five wins in seven matches and 21 tons have helped propel Asuncion into the top spot. Deguzman has only lost once throughout the tournament and Smith has a competition-best 45 tons and four perfect scores of 180. 

Competition has tightened up in recent months, as the Philippines lead four games to three. Cayman players have improved, winning three of the last four months: 10-7, 8-9, 10-7 and 10-7. 

Spearheading the challenge is Cayman Islands Darts Association Vice President Frank Martyr, who said local players still have a chance to step up. 

“We still have until year end to dominate the outcome,” Martyr said. 

Some of the Cayman’s top darts players are taking part in the competition. Aside from Asuncion and Deguzman, the Filipinos feature Buena Valle, who is 5-2 with five tons, Eugene Deguzman, who still has the best low darts finish at 17 and the most tons among Filipino players with 14 and Mel Tagalog, who has 17 tons in three games. 

Aside from Smith, Cayman relies on Richard Campbell, who is 4-3 with 27 tons, Eddie Ballantyne, who is 3-1 with 13 tons and a 180 and Hank Ebanks, who is 3-2 with 14 tons and one perfect score. The competition is being used as a precursor to international tournaments, such as the Caribbean Championships. Cayman is eager to improve on a disappointing seventh place finish last year in Belize. 

Matches take place at the end of each month at the Mango Tree, with the next contest slated for next Saturday, 25 May, at 7pm.