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Friday, January 23, 2009

Top darts players vie for $10,000 winnings

Saturday will provide some of the region's top darts players their last opportunity to win $10,000 by playing a "perfect" game - the equivalent of a hole-in-one in golf.

They will be competing in the final day of a televised competition organised by the Manawatu darts community in association with Tararua Television.

"There are 20 players taking part and each has two lives," said tournament host Dennis Hancock this week. "They met in a knockout tournament earlier and now we are in the final stage of a second competition which will be held at the Tararua Club in Pahiatua."

Mr Hancock said the only player to emerge from the knockout round with both "lives" intact was veteran winner Neville Moss of Masterton, who is also in the running for the "second life" title.

"He's been a darts player for 30 to 40 years and has been successful at the national level in singles and pairs play, " said Mr Hancock.

Should there be another winner in the final, the two will play off for the title of supreme champion.

"The calibre of the players taking part is such that if things go well for them anyone could win," said Mr Hancock.

The $10,000 top prize has been offered by one of the sponsors, Puma Darts.

Next year the tournament could go national with the final stages being played in Palmerston North. (story source link...)
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