Local youths off to darts nationals
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.