High achiev­ers recog­nised at as­so­ci­a­tion’s wind-up

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

The best darts play­ers of the year were cel­e­brated at a wind-up event for the Kar­ratha Dampier Men's Darts As­so­ci­a­tion last week.

About 60 peo­ple at­tended the club’s an­nual awards night on Novem­ber 23 to see play­ers awarded for their achieve­ments at both the lo­cal and re­gional level.

For the KDMDA com­pe­ti­tion, premier­ship tro­phies were pre­sented to A-grade pre­miers the Mer­maid Is­lan­ders and B-grade win­ning team the Hawkes, and re­spec­tive run­ners-up the War­riors and Dragons were also recog­nised.

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s sin­gles win­ner was Brad Far­rell, and Trevor Long was named run­ner-up. Bill Brown took home the prize for high­est av­er­age af­ter scor­ing a sub­stan­tial av­er­age of 70.24 this year.

An­other strong per­former all year, Tommy Say­lor, was win­ner of the most pegs prize with a fi­nal to­tal of 77.

KDMDA pres­i­dent Bren­don Thomp­son said Dun­can Aubrey had been the club’s young player of the year and the suc­cess of him and young player Far­rell showed darts in Kar­ratha would have a bright fu­ture for years to come.

The awards night also cel­e­brated the club’s suc­cesses in re­gional tour­na­ment the Men’s Pilbara Darts Cham­pi­onships in June, whien KDMDA teams won both the A and C-grade di­vi­sions.

Lo­cal player Jay­den Dhu was recog­nised for win­ning the A-grade divi­sion sin­gles cham­pion ti­tle, while his team­mate Brad Far­rell was ac­knowl­edged for fin­ish­ing as the run­ner-up.

Far­rell was also recog­nised as the run­ner-up for the A-grade dou­bles prize, which he lost to a com­peti­tor from Tom Price.

Brown also won the high­est av­er­age award in the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion with a to­tal of 164 pegs.

KDMDA com­mit­tee mem­ber and Mer­maid Is­lan­der cap­tain Long said it had been a suc­cess­ful year for the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“We’ve had that suc­cess at the Pilbara Darts Cham­pi­onships, and the fact we had 10 sides com­pete and had two (new) RSL sides (in the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion) this year has been great,” he said. “It has been a growth year.” “Num­bers have been sightly up — we have had a lot of new play­ers this year that haven’t played be­fore, and we hope to get more next year.”

Long said the gen­eral pop­u­lar­ity of darts was grow­ing thanks to strong TV cov­er­age of the sport, and he en­cour­aged more peo­ple to con­sider try­ing it.

He said club com­mit­tee mem­bers were hop­ing to get more young peo­ple, in par­tic­u­lar, in­volved in the sport next year.

“It’s not overly phys­i­cal, it’s about us­ing your mind with math­e­mat­ics . . . and you can learn from the older, es­tab­lished play­ers,” he said.

Pic­ture: Trevor Long

The Mer­maid Is­lan­ders A-grade team: Bill Brown, cap­tain Trevor Long, Ross Bee­ton, Sean Fitz­mau­rice, Gor­don Bolitho and Billy Kelly.

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