Clark is fully focused on winning his darts games and having fun in Mundubbera Brett eyes off target
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.
DARTS FOR FUN: Triple 20 is as high as you get and with one dart Brett Clark is on top of his game.