Local darts players are targeting a larger audience for the sport.
Hank ‘The Hammer’ Ebanks, Frank Martyr, Earl Smith, Irma Smith, Michelle Terry and Cliff Weeks are traveling to Cayman Brac this weekend to compete in exhibition matches. The group, which leaves on Friday, is expected to play at venues such as Ed’s Place and return on Sunday night. Ebanks said the goal of the trip goes beyond nailing a Bull’s Eye or two.
“Those are some of the top players on Grand Cayman going over to play,” Ebanks said. “This is something we can do with nothing going on in the national league. We’re doing it on our own, with Eddie Ballantyne helping to sponsor the team. We want to introduce darts over there, no one has done that in recent memory. A couple of days ago, we came up with this because the group of us were talking, saying darts is dying and we discovered no one had ever played in the Brac or been there in a long time. Robert Arch used to be on the police team here and now he’s over there and he’s helping organize things on that end.
“I’m retired now, I’m at home and it’s been a long time I haven’t been to the Brac, since 1995. So it’s a chance for me personally to take a mini-vacation over there.”
Ebanks and Weeks are coming off strong showings at the 2013 Mickey Mouse Pirates Week darts tournament. Weeks would place third in the singles division, besting 2012 winner Eugene Deguzman. Ebanks teamed up with Randy Cruz to nab the doubles crown, defeating singles champion Mel Tagalog and Fernando ‘Bango’ Aromin.
In all, 29 players competed with the Cayman Islands Darts Association donating a portion of registration fees to the Bayanihan for Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) disaster relief fund.