Lo­cal youths off to darts na­tion­als

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

The Toko­roa Darts As­so­ci­a­tion is pretty ex­cited for three of its young mem­bers.

Ro­heem Bar­low, 17, Tawhaki Web­ber, 12, and Jamie Bar­low are set to rep­re­sent the club at two up­com­ing na­tional tour­na­ments.

Ro­heem and Tawhaki will both com­pete in the 2016 Puma New Zealand Youth Dart Cham­pi­onships in Auck­land from July 17-19 ahead of Ro­heem and Jamie com­pet­ing in the Se­nior Na­tion­als in Ro­torua from Au­gust 7-12.

The New Zealand Darts As­so­ci­a­tion places clubs un­der var­i­ous re­gions and the trio have qual­i­fied un­der Waikato King Coun­try which has 13 play­ers at­tend­ing .

Toko­roa Darts As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Moe Nu­manga said the club felt hon­oured. ‘‘We haven’t had ju­nior reps for prob­a­bly about six or seven year so for these boys to rep­re­sent the club is a real hon­our,’’ she said.

The boys have been play­ing darts for three years and will play sin­gle, dou­ble, and mixed rounds dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tions.

Mother Tui Bar­low said the boys prac­ticed every Thurs­day night at the Toko­roa Cos­mopoli­tan Club in Bal­moral Dr at 7.30pm with the so­cial side be­ing the big­gest draw­card.

‘‘It gives them the op­por­tu­nity to meet other kids, es­pe­cially with the ju­nior side of it and any­one can give it a go,’’ she said.

‘‘Ro­heem and I walked in one night and said we wanted to play and they put us in team and any­one that comes in they will try and get a game for.

‘‘It’s one big fam­ily and we are al­ways here to help new play­ers and make each other feel wel­come,’’ Nu­manga said.

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