Cassius has his eye in
Young player impresses
Cassius Akavi was not among the medals at the recent junior darts national champs in Masterton but he came home with an award that made his family and club proud.
The 10-year-old from Porirua East has been playing the game for just over a year, encouraged to participate by his father, Antz. Both are members of the Kapi-Mana club.
Cassius was up against players with more experience and despite making the last 16 in the pairs, he did not feature in the latter part of the tournament in the singles. He did win four matches overall, however.
Cassius also picked up the best sportsman trophy, a reward for his positive attitude and politeness towards other competitors and judges. No juniors from the Kapi-Mana club have won it in 25 years, his dad says.
‘‘It’s because of the way he acted – he’s always happy. I think some of the mums and dads wanted to take him home,’’ mum Nicki says.
Along with a trophy, Cassius received a set of Puma darts and a standing ovation on his next trip to the Kapi-Mana clubrooms. Cassius goes along for club nights every Tuesday, one of about a dozen juniors in the club.
Antz says that along with the social aspects, playing darts is brilliant for his counting skills.
‘‘His teachers are saying his maths is getting better, so that’s all good.’’
Cassius’ aim now is to beat his dad. He hasn’t managed a victory over Antz yet, but that day will come, both believe.
An all-round sportsman, Cassius played in the rugby league grand final for the Porirua Vikings under-10s on Sunday.