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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Monty and Jannette Win North Island Masters

Monty Tuhua and Jannette Jonathon won the men's and ladies North Island Masters singles titles earlier today at the Hastings Darts Association club rooms, Hastings. Monty played Rob Szabo in the final of the men's and won 5 legs to 3. Rob won the bull and started first hitting a 15 darter and finishing on 80. Monty replied with a 15 darter of his own finishing on 120. Rob then hit a 17 darter finishing on 40. Monty replied with another 15 darter finishing on 101 and hitting a 180. Monty then broke throw and hit a 19 darter with a 40 finish. Rob broke back and hit another 17 darter finishing on 40. Monty then hit an 18 darter finishing with 88 on the bull. He followed it up with a 19 darter finishing on 40 in the deciding leg.
Monty had defeated Peter Hunt, last years winner and the NZ number 1 player in the semi final. Peter in an earlier game came close to hitting a 9 darter. He put his first 7 darts in the triple 20 and then missed triple 19 to have a shot at double 12. Rob Szabo defeated Craig Caldwell in his semi final.
In the 2009 dart season Monty finished third in the NZ Dart Council rankings without doing any practice and just relying on match play. Recently he played in the South Island Masters and had a poor showing. He decided he better practice. For this tournament he practiced 20 minutes a day and it seemed to pay off.
Jannette had it mainly her own way defeating Mihi Pike 5 legs to nil in her final. She finished the last leg on 83. She defeated Polly Luke in the semi final. Mihi had defeated Lorene Earnshaw in her semi final.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Paddles Says Goodbye

Mark Padley, known as Paddles by all, has been a member of the West City Darts association for the past 4 years. On Sunday 24th April Paddles is leaving New Zealand to go and live in Greece so he can look after his elderly father who is 82 and retired there. Paddles will be missed by all those who know him. There have been several farewell parties for him and on Thursday he will be at the West City club night for the last time. Anyone wishing to wish him all the best is most welcome to come along.

Paddles has been playing darts on and off for ten years in total. He first played in Blenheim whilst he was in the Airforce for the Corsairs dart team in the early 1980's. The highlight of his darting career was winning the Inter-Dominion pairs with Jimmy Hennah when it was played at the Henderson RSA in 2008. Paddles favourite scoring spot is the triple 19. Paddles being shorter than most has to reach on tip toe to pull darts from double 20 so has found triple 19 closer to his height. He hits many 171's in the way some players hit the 180's. His darting tip is "hit the double first".

His new address will be Tolo Nr Naphion, Greece. He still owns a house in Ranui so has kept a foothold here. So who knows when he gets sick of Ouzo and goat cheese maybe he will come back.

Goodbye Paddles we will miss you. Bon Voyage.

Auckland Region Men's playoffs

The Auckland Region men's team was selected today after the region 2 playoff held at the West City Darts Association club rooms, Glen Road, Ranui. There were 27 players and after a round robin the ten with the most wins to make the team were; Mike Day 22, Ken Moir 20, Cody Harris 20, Ray Tonga 19, Monty Tuhua 19, George McKinnon 18, Sonny Harris 17, Robert Grant 16, Tony Lee 15 and Wilson Henry 15. Graham McIlroy also had 15 wins but elected not to go into a playoff with Tony Lee and Wilson Henry to secure the tenth spot.

Monty Tuhua was made Captain for the second year running. Ken Moir had the most 180's with 8. Grace Cassidy was named as men's manager.

Auckland Region Ladies Playoffoffs

The Auckland Region Ladies Team was selected earlier today at the region 2 playoffs held at West City club rooms, Glen Road, Ranui. There were 24 players playing in a round robin. The ten ladies with the most wins comprised the team as follows: Bubs Sylva 19, Peggy Wikaira 19, Malia Ioane 18, Judy Ngati 16, Lorenne Earnshaw 14, Mata Atitoa 14, Maxine Tucker 13, Sara Joseph 13, May Houkamu 13 and Jo Kinita 12. Peggy was named as Captain. Lorene had the most 180's with 2. Oronsay Tairua was named as manager.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Ken and Loretta Win Rose Bowl

Ken Moir and Loretta Hunter won the Holt Rose Bowl last night at the West City Darts Association club rooms, Glen Road, Ranui. They defeated Mike Day and Sarah Joseph in the final.
The Holt Rose Bowl has been played for annually since 1971 and is a memorial trophy to the grandfather of current West City player Steve Holt. It is a drawn mixed pairs open only to club members.
There were 12 teams and 6 teams qualified. Mike and Sarah defeated Dean Webster and Rita Wells in the semi-final. Ken and Loretta defeated David McNamara and Jo Kinita in there semi final.
Report Steve Holt.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Mike and Wendy Day Win Des Heavey Memorial Mixed Pairs

Mike and Wendy Day won the Des Heavey Memorial Mixed Pairs earlier today at the West City Darts Association club rooms, Glen Road, Ranui by defeating Ray Tonga and Lynette Bennett 3 to 1 in the final. The first two legs of the final were rather awful. The first one was won by Mike and Wendy in 33 darts and the second by Ray and Lynette in 32. Mike Day then decided to pull his finger out and he and Wendy won the third leg in 25 darts with Mike just missing a 170 finish by hitting the 25. In the last leg it was better with Mike and Wendy finishing in 21 darts and Mike hitting a 180.

There were 33 entries and 18 qualifiers. Nine 180's were scored. Wilson Henry got the first with his first three darts of the day. Mike Day had the most with two. Paul Williams had the highest men's finish with 117 and Jo Kinita had the highest ladies finish with 124.

$300 was donated to the West Auckland Hospice. This was presented to Wendy Day the representative of the West Auckland Hospice by Raewyn Heavey the President of the West City Darts Association.

The consolation was won by Stephen Holt and Rita Wells when they beat Michael Hogan and Jeanette Tonga.
The next event at West City is the Holt Rose Bowl on Thursday 15 April at 7.30 pm. This is a financial members only drawn mixed pairs event. Followed by the Auckland Region playoffs on Sunday 18th April.