Play­ers aim for beast in darts tour­ney

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ray­mond Jar­avaza Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

AR­GUABLY the city’s big­gest darts tour­na­ment hap­pens this weekend when the Bu­l­awayo So­cial Darts League hosts an open tour­na­ment in Sizinda sub­urb with a beast up for grabs for the win­ners to­gether with an as­sort­ment of other prizes for run­ners up.

The tour­na­ment, that seeks to host a min­i­mum of 100 dou­bles with an av­er­age of 28 dart boards, seeks to at­tract play­ers from the Bu­l­awayo Metropoli­tan, Mata­bele­land South, Mata­bele­land North, Mid­lands, Man­i­ca­land and Harare Metropoli­tan prov­inces to bat­tle it out on De­cem­ber 3 and 4 at Sizinda South Beer Gar­den.

Darts tour­na­ments are not new to Bu­l­awayo with the one of the favourite hunt­ing grounds for darts play­ers be­ing the High­landers Club­house and var­i­ous drink­ing spots scat­tered around the city.

But the spon­sors of this weekend’s tour­na­ment, Sizinda South Beer Gar­den and Sizinda Bot­tle Store work­ing in con­junc­tion with the or­gan­is­ers of the tour­na­ment, the Bu­l­awayo So­cial Darts League (BSDL), hope to make the tour­na­ment which is open to play­ers over the age of 18, a mem­o­rable event.

Ing­webu Brew­eries will also chip in with re­sources as co-spon­sors while Delta Bev­er­ages have been ap­proached and have ex­pressed in­ter­est in part­ner­ing the tour­na­ment.

“A beast spon­sored by Sizinda South Beer Gar­den and Sizinda Bot­tle Store is the first prize while the se­cond placed team will walk away with two goats. The third placed team will take home a sheep and the fourth placed team walks away with a goat. The los­ing quar­ter­fi­nal­ists (four teams of two play­ers) will each win two chickens. The best ladies team will win kitchen ware,” said BDSL sec­re­tary Edgar Dzin­gai.

The BSDL in con­junc­tion with the tour­na­ment spon­sors have asked the Sizinda and Tsha­bal­ala sub­urbs business com­mu­nity to give back to the less priv­i­leged.

“As part of our so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gramme we have re­quested a department in the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil that deals with so­cial ser­vices to iden­tify three less priv­i­leged families whom we will do­nate gro­cery ham­pers to,” added Dzin­gai.

The par­tic­i­pa­tion fee is pegged at $10 for a pair of play­ers. @Ray­mondJar­avaza

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