Filipinos favored in darts tourney

Cayman’s next darts competition favors a small segment of the population.

Cayman Islands Darts Association president Paul Anglin believes players from the Philippines will be tough to beat at the annual Mickey Mouse Pirates Week darts tournament, sponsored by Budweiser. Mango Tree will host the 2013 edition on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 1 p.m.

“I can see Eugene Deguzman and his wife (Rosyl Deguzman) defending their title,” Anglin said. “Filipino player Reni Dela Cruz is also playing very impressive darts and can pull a surprise upset. Filipinos like Randy (Cruz), Mel (Tagalog) and Rodan (Asuncion) will do good.

“It’s their game, the Filipinos excel in this format and it’s their strongest game.”

The Deguzmans claimed the 2012 trophies as Eugene emerged the overall men’s winner by beating 2011 champion Jasper Esguerra. Rosyl earned her second straight women’s title by defeating Miriam Rodriguez, after beating Michelle Terry in the 2011 final. Last year’s other top finishers were Earl Smith and Ritchie Bernaldo, who beat out Anglin and playing partner Cliff Weeks in the doubles category. A total of 44 hurlers took part in 2012.

The competition format is unique as players attempt to land three consecutive darts on the portions of the dartboard with the values 20-12 and also the Bull’s Eye. The player finishing all of his/her numbers first, with the highest numerical score, wins.

Anglin said while the Filipinos are heavy favorites, a few Caymanian players could provide upsets. “The Caymanian players to watch out for are Richard Campbell and Norrin Stewart. If Edsell Haylock shows up, he will do well and can win the tournament once he’s on his game.”

Registration on Sunday starts at noon and play is split up into a singles and doubles segment. After the tournament, the association will stage its annual general meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Mango Tree from 7:30 p.m.