Mak­ing a mark with aim

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

The aim of two Man­gakino teenagers was on tar­get dur­ing the re­cent Clubs New Zealand 2017 North Is­land Darts Tour­na­ment.

Jamie Bar­low, 14, and Tawhaki Web­ber, 13, placed first and sec­ond re­spec­tively in the 12 to 17 age group at the Porirua based tour­na­ment which saw com­peti­tors travel from through­out the North Is­land to com­pete.

Up against 30 in their cat­e­gory alone, tak­ing out the two top spots was no small feat for the teens who have only been play­ing for just over three years.

‘‘There were heaps of com­peti­tors which made the com­pe­ti­tion pretty hard and I re­mem­ber think­ing if I didn’t win my qual­i­fy­ing round for the fi­nal I’d be gone but I had to stay calm at the same time,’’ Jamie said.

‘‘I lost one game in the heats but won the rest which meant I won over­all and I was re­ally happy. My fam­ily was there too and they were re­ally happy for me as well giv­ing me heaps of hugs and kisses.’’

Tawhaki, al­though beaten by Jamie, said there was no jeal­ousy be­tween them and he was equally as happy having come sec­ond dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘It was good be­cause it was my first time com­ing sec­ond at a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion,’’ he said.

Jamie said there was no se­cret to their suc­cess, it sim­ply came down to ded­i­ca­tion and plenty of prac­tise.

Jamie Bar­low, left, and Tawhaki Web­ber came first and sec­ond re­spec­tively in the Clubs New Zealand 2017 North Is­land Darts Tour­na­ment.

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