Police en­joy fine wine, food at Awanui

The Northland Age - - Sport -

A large con­tin­gent of play­ers from out­side the area were treated to Far North hospi­tal­ity at its finest when they took part in the 43rd New Zealand Police Na­tional Darts Tour­na­ment at Awanui Ho­tel ear­lier this month.

A to­tal of 28 play­ers, many ac­com­pa­nied by their part­ners from as far away Christchur­ch, Palmer­ston North, Gis­borne, Tau­ranga, Toko­roa, Napier and Auck­land along with Houhora took part in the lon­grun­ning three-day cham­pi­onships from March 9-11.

Event spokesper­son Shane Godinet said the an­nual tour­na­ment started on the Fri­day with Far North Mayor John Carter speak­ing of a long and healthy as­so­ci­a­tion with the police over the years be­fore he threw three darts to of­fi­cially open the event — all darts hit the board some­what im­pres­sively.

The police men’s and women’s teams then played two in­vi­ta­tional sides made up of play­ers from the Far North Darts As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion in a se­ries of friendlies. The Far North women’s team pre­vailed 12-3 over the po­lice­women.

Both teams en­tered into the spirit of the game and a lot of mirth and fri­vol­ity was heard com­ing from their area of play, Shame said.

The men’s

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match proved a more se­ri­ous af­fair, with both teams trad­ing dart for dart.

“Scor­ing was of a high stan­dard and for the new­bies in both teams, it was an ex­pe­ri­ence of pres­sure darts they will not for­get.”

The fi­nal score was 11-9 to the police men. Stand­out was Cullen Wild, the youngest player fielded by the FNDA, who nar­rowly lost his sin­gles game. A win would lev­elled the score 10-all and forced a team game to de­cide the out­come. Only two 180s were scored in this match, by Wild and Derek Ash­ley.

With both hail­ing from the Far North, this sug­gested the fu­ture of darts in the Far North was in very good hands, Shane said.

Both were pre­sented with police 180 badges af­ter­wards.

The three-day event con­tin­ued on Satur­day and Sun­day with the police ti­tles up for grabs in sin­gles, pairs and fours, in both men’s and women’s di­vi­sions.

The games proved par­tic­u­larly mem­o­rable for the police com­peti­tors, thanks largely to the host­ing as­so­ci­a­tion and venue’s rep­u­ta­tion as cater­ers ex­traor­di­naire, as well as the sup­port the event re­ceived from the lo­cal com­mu­nity

“Spon­sor­ship from a host of Far North busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als saw the gen­eros­ity and largesse we know ex­ists in the Far North come to the fore,” Shane said.

“The police were amazed at the range of prizes, in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, bus tours, wine, honey, elec­tri­cal goods, spicy sauces, tools and out­door cloth­ing, that they left the area want­ing to re­turn,” he said.

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SPECIAL FORCES: The New Zealand Police men’s and women’s teams were se­lected at the con­clu­sion of the an­nual na­tional cham­pi­onships at Awanui ear­lier this month.

CAST­ING VOTE: Mayor John Carter of­fi­cially opens the 43rd police darts na­tion­als at Awanui ear­lier this month by throw­ing three darts.

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