Cas­sius has his eye in

Young player im­presses

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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