Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Darts Australia 25 and Under Championships, hosted by Darts NSW at the Central Coast Leagues club.
What an incredible spectacle it was. Some of the best players in that age group from around the country. It was particularly nice to catch up with a few ex juniors who have continued their love for the game through this avenue. Even more pleasing was the introduction of some new faces who have taken the opportunity to take their game to the next level.
To those who were successful in the challenge, congratulations. For those who know where their dreams lay, I urge you to continue the hard work and return again next year to test your skills against the best.
I would like to offer my sincere thank you to Chris Delbrige, Sue Clegg and Lea Sutton for the mountainous task of making sure these Championships were a success. They met the challenge with vigour and enthusiasm. Congratulations on a wonderful championship.
To Tara Vellanff and to Kerry Kanukai. As the Captains of the NSW Team you did such a wonderful job of keeping the team happy and playing at the highest level. But as NSW representatives yourself, I also saw the amount of behind the scenes work you have done for the success of the entire Championships. Thank you so very much!
I was asked after my brief speech at the Presentation, why I had mentioned a particular lady form the other side of the Country. It is unfortunate that information about our sport is not always shared amongst the players. I would like to rectify that now.
Several years ago Betty Hislop discussed the possibility of a ‘new championship’. Several of us were very sceptical (I was one of them) regarding the cost and benefit of such a Championship. Betty never gave up and lobbied the affiliates to promote the benefits of such an event. Three years ago, the first event was held and its popularity and development has grown since that time.
To Betty, on behalf of the people that have been enriched by this program alone, I thank you for the vision that you shared with us and your continued hard work in the development of these championships. It is clear that this event will become an integral part of the Darts Calender in Australia and will breed a new group of Champions worthy of our admiration.
To the participants, congratulations, you made the championships a wonderful event that the organisations you represent can be very proud of.
Winner: Conan Ugle WA - Runner Up: Nick Kenafake Qld
Winner: Leeanne Watkins WA - Runner Up: Tallithia Gregory NSW
Pacific Cup Winners - 2014
Gold to Australia Men - Doubles
Eddy Sims and Mitchell Clegg
Silver to Australia Men - Doubles
Peter Machin and James Bailey
Gold to Australia Ladies - Doubles
Corrine Hammond & Lorraine Burn 4 defeat Japan girls Ouchi & Hiyama 2
Darts Australia can now confirm that we have reached agreement with Etihad Stadium and two qualifiers will have the opportunity of a lifetime to play on stage alongside James Wade, Michael Van Gerwen, Raymond Van Barneveld and Simon Whitlock on January 9th and 10th at Etihad Stadium.
Every South Australian dart player will have their chance to qualify at NDDA on November 23rd .
The other qualifier will be held in Victoria to be announced within the next 48 hours.
Full details will be posted shortly
An exciting and ground breaking Pro Darts Tour is coming to Australasia in January 2015.
Four venues are set to play host to the greatest Darts Challenge ever launched in the Southern Hemisphere and Hobart, Sydney, Invercargill and the Gold Coast are the chosen Regional Final venues.
What’s even better is that eight Qualifying events will be staged and these will literally give every single darts player in Australia and New Zealand the opportunity to compete for great Prize Money and to stand on the same competitive oche as two legends of the game and contest the title of "DartsKing of Australasia "
Change of date of the DDDA sponsored event due to the sponsor being unavailable on the existing day to attend.
The new date is the 16th November.
“ Darts Australia is aware there is some confusion regarding members of the 2014 Australian Team Members and their participation in the recent Sydney and Perth Masters and the upcoming Dartsking of Australasia tournament.
We would like to clarify there have been no restrictions placed on any player for these events and are delighted that our players and the sport has received such great exposure in recent times.
We wish all participants the very best of luck and look forward to the continued growth of the sport and continued broadcast exposure for our players and the sport”.
on behalf of Darts Australia
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Dear Darts Australia members,
We hope your dart season is going well and you are enjoying the record coverage of darts on Foxtel of late with plenty more to come!
2013 has been busy time for us over here at Puma Darts in Katikati, NZ. The latest Puma Darts collection was released in February . There is also plenty happening across all steel and soft tip dart markets for us. Puma Darts are excited to be working with new dart finishing technology and accessory innovations and look forward to bringing these to you, we welcome your valuable feedback along the way!
2013 also marks a special milestone for Puma Darts, it is the 20th Anniversary of the popular and renown 'Bandit' dartboard technology. As you know over the years this
technology has evolved and is arguably after 20 years the world's finest bristle dartboard technology, further enhanced in recent years with the development of the popular 'Bandit Pro Trainer' and the elite lighter and quieter version in the 'Bandit Plus'. Puma Darts is proud to be the official sponsor of darts in Australia and having the Bandit dartboard as the official competition board for all Australian sanctioned tournaments.
As part of our grass roots support of youth darts throughout the world including Australia, Canada, NZ and Hong Kong to date, Puma Darts have formed Puma Darts Young Guns Australia which feature a selection of the countries top youth darters including Tyson Hoefel, Jackson Wilson-Young, Jamie Rundle, Robbie King, Guy Holland, Tori Kewish, Brittany Fordham and Sarah Langley. We wish these youth players all the best at the upcoming events on the Darts Australia calendar.
We also wish you all the best for your upcoming events including the Australian Darts Championships in Canberra on July 28-Aug 3 so all the best for your preparation for this special event and its a great time to be fine tuning your dart set-up in advance and allowing Puma Darts and our vast selection of dart equipment to help you with this where possible.
Best regards from the team at Puma Darts!
In 2002 Tony David became the first Australian player to win a World Professional Darts Championship.
Tony David became the first Australian to win the Embassy World title with a 6-4 victory over Mervyn King and to this day Tony is our only Men's World Singles Champion [Embassy/Lakeside]
To reach the Final Tony beat England's Martin Adams
[ M Adams (Eng) 4-5 (2-4 on a tie-break) T David (Aus)] in a tie-break in the Semi-Final for a place in the Embassy World Darts final against Mervyn King.
In 1997 Graham Hunt became the first and still the only Australian to win the Men's Singles at Winmau.
Graham played Ronnie Baxter in the Final and won the event 3-2 finishing the match with a 33 per dart average.
Darts Australia is committed to the principles of Pure Performance in sport (Anti-Doping), Darts Australia condemns doping in sport at all levels.
Anti-doping programs seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport. The essence of sport at all levels in Australia upholds the principles of fairness, respect, responsibility and safety.
Darts Australia seeks to protect athlete's rights to participate and compete in a doping free sport and promote health, fairness and equality for athletes worldwide.
Darts Australia also seeks to ensure harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programs at all levels in regard to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping within sport.
Darts Australia's Anti-Doping policy (2009) is currently under review and new
Anti-Doping Section has been added to the Darts Australia website to provide information to all stakeholders.
Please be aware that ASDMAC (Australian Sports Medical Advisory Committee) is the only body that can grant approval to athletes who are ligitamitely utilising a prohibitive substance for therapeutic purposes.
Athletes should also be aware that Therapeutic Use Exemption forms (TUE'S) must be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the commencement of a tournament or immediately before taking a prohibited substance.
Athletes should also be aware that is their sole responsibility to ensure that applications are submitted directly to ASDMAC.