Clark is fully fo­cused on win­ning his darts games and hav­ing fun in Mun­dub­bera Brett eyes off tar­get

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

HAV­ING only one eye doesn’t stop Brett Clark from hit­ting the bulls­eye on a dart board.

In­vited to come along and have a go at darts, Clark thought it would be a nice way to re­lax and meet some like-minded peo­ple in Mun­dub­bera.

So he and wife Belinda went along, joined up and it has been more fun than they ever ex­pected.

The Clarks have fit­ted into a six per­son team as novices and say they have a ball each time they play.

Clark lost his eye six years ago when he in­ter­vened in a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent and was glassed.

Part of a wine glass sev­ered his op­tic nerve and lodged in this eye socket.

“The fact that I only have one eye doesn’t re­ally make any dif­fer­ence to my dart play­ing,” Clark said.

“I have ad­justed to that hand­i­cap of the past six years fairly well,” he said.

Clark is fully fo­cused on his darts game and is en­joy­ing the chal­lenge of hit­ting the bulls­eye with just one eye.

The club meets once a week on aWed­nes­day night at the show­ground and has around 50 mem­bers.

“The first year when I started play­ing I came dead last in the club and I still re­mem­ber the first games that I was beaten in,” Clark said.

“Half­way through the first sea­son we bought a dart­board for home and some real good darts.

“But even with all the gear and all the prac­tice, I still came last.”

In Clark’s sec­ond year he man­aged to come 13th out of 50 in a very ac­com­plished field.

“In three darts my top score is 140 out of 180 and that is my proud record, want­ing to be bet­tered this com­ing sea­son,” Clark said.

“The darts club is fully li­censed and hav­ing a glass eye can some­times be an ad­van­tage,” he said.

“I can pop it out and leave it on the bar to keep an eye on my beer when I go to the bath­room,”

Clark said that Wed­nes­day was club night and it broke up the week so there was more than just the week­end to look for­ward too.

Play­ing darts is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to most sports where you start from zero and work up to a high score.

In darts you start at 501 and work back to­ward zero.

The win­ner is the per­son fin­ish­ing with zero after shoot­ing a dou­ble to ex­actly make zero.

If you need 10 to get to zero you have to hit dou­ble 5.

“My big­gest scalp and my great­est achieve­ment was to de­feat the pres­i­dent, Rus­sell Leder­hose,” Clark said.

“It took me three games to de­feat him and I have a love to win at­ti­tude, and I love to win.”

Belinda Clark says Brett gets into trou­ble be­cause of his will to win.

“I just like the so­cial side of the club and the peo­ple who play in Mun­dub­bera are a friendly, easy-go­ing bunch,” she said.

“I am so pleased we joined and I want to con­tinue play­ing in the teams events with Brett as my team mate,” she said.

For in­for­ma­tion phone Rus­sell Leder­hose on 4165 4346.

Brett Clark The fact that I only have one eye doesn’t re­ally make any dif­fer­ence to my darts play­ing.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

DARTS FOR FUN: Triple 20 is as high as you get and with one dart Brett Clark is on top of his game.

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