Far North way too sharp for Tani­wha

The Northland Age - - Age Sport -

The Far North Darts As­so­ci­a­tion rep side mounted a suc­cess­ful de­fence of the Chal­lenge Shield against a strong Tani­wha out­fit at the Awanui Ho­tel on Sun­day.

The Whangarei-based Tani­wha as­so­ci­a­tion brought up two teams of eight to take on their Far North coun­ter­parts in the an­nual provin­cial chal­lenge.

The top teams from each fac­tion bat­tled for the Chal­lenge Cup (con­tested by the three North­land as­so­ci­a­tions, Far North, Bay of Is­lands and Tani­wha), while the B teams bat­tled it out for the re­an­i­mated Team Chal­lenge Shield (con­tested be­tween Tani­wha and Far North).

Lo­cal com­men­ta­tor Lau­rence Erstich noted the Far North A team proved too sharp on the day with Steve Doak, Brian Steed and Derek Ash­ley all hit­ting 180s, while the best fin­isher was Becca Marinkovich who hit a 67 bulls­eye fin­ish, along with a 102 and the day’s best fin­ish of 110.

Erstich noted the Tani­wha had their chances with six wins in the dou­bles, while Doug and Michelle also claimed a cou­ple of good wins for the vis­i­tors in the sin­gles.

The cur­rent hold­ers were clearly not keen on re­lin­quish­ing the cup and went on to dom­i­nate the dou­bles 10-6 and the sin­gles 6-2 to se­cure vic­tory by a con­vinc­ing 16-8 mar­gin.

Erstich noted the Tani­wha team brought up both ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers and those new to the tournament sce­nario and said it was great see­ing new play­ers from both teams com­pet­ing at a good level and en­joy­ing them­selves.

The B teams’ bat­tle for the Team Chal­lenge Shield (to be won by the side whose A and B teams have the most over­all points) saw both fac­tions field­ing a com­bi­na­tion of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Far North stand­outs in­cluded Ian Webb with a 180 and Denny Watling a 104HF, while young­sters BJ Wil­liams and Jamie Hil­ton-Jones scored and fin­ished well, win­ning both their games 2-0.

Tani­wha stand­outs in­cluded Marie hit­ting a high-score 152, while the other novice com­peti­tors in the vis­it­ing team gained im­mense ex­pe­ri­ence from the oc­ca­sion.

The Far North Bs even­tu­ally dom­i­nated the dou­bles 12-4, and the sin­gles 7-1 to take out a com­fort­able 19-5 win, and giv­ing the hosts vic­tory in the Team Chal­lenge Shield by a re­sound­ing 35-13.

In other news, the FNDA con­grat­u­lated Jo Steed for mak­ing the New Zealand team, which was picked at the end of the na­tion­als in Au­gust. The team of two ladies and five men are cur­rently in Seoul, South Korea, play­ing in the World Darts Darts Fed­er­a­tion’s 19th Asia Pa­cific Cup from Wed­nes­day to Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 10-13.


Far North team cap­tains Robert Bradley and Steve Doak cel­e­brate af­ter beat­ing their coun­ter­parts from Whangarei in the an­nual Chal­lenge Shield darts tournament at Awanui on Sun­day.

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