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Monday, December 19, 2011

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to everyone from Peggy and I. Enjoy your break from darts and work and have a great time over the Christmas Holidays. I just watched Warren French win his preliminary game in the PDC world championships and was absolutely thrilled to see him win a tight game. He payed really well and very soon he faces Mark Walsh in a first round game. Come on Frog. If he plays they way he did in the prelim game he has every chance. At 2 o'clock this afternoon Peggy and I will be on the Pacific Pearl and off on a cruise around the islands. There will be no more blogging till I get back on 29/12/11. Once again Merry Christmas and we will see you all again soon.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Steve and Dave win.

Steve Holt and David Day defeated Dion Toki and Daniel Smith in the last club night drawn pairs and ham tournament for the year. Third equal were Geoff Koster with Kristal McDermott and Blair Neverman with Brian McLuckie. Thirty four players took part. 180's were scored by Mike Day (2) and Geoff Koster (2). Highest finish Maine Ngametua 160 and Stephen Holt 136. Best leg 12 darts Tony Lee and Maine Ngametua.

That was the last club night for the year. Play recommences on Thursday January 19th at 7.15 pm. All players welcome. West City Darts Association, 103 Glen Road, Ranui. The club AGM is tomorrow at 12 noon. After the AGM will be prize giving, a barb-e-que and a ham tournament. Members only.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Season Winds Up.

The dart season in the Auckland area has more or less wound up and people are getting ready for the Christmas break. Tonight is the last club night for West City Darts Association for the year. All players are welcome to come along and have a game at 103 Glen Road, Ranui start 7.15 pm.

On Sunday at 12 noon the club is holding its AGM, followed by election of officers. It is for members only. The club is shouting a few free drinks, a barb-e-que, spot prizes and free entry to the ham tournament. Last year about 40 attended so if you are a member come along.

Club nights will start again in January on 19th a Thursday.

Tournaments in January are;

Swanson Pairs on 21st.

Puma Open on 28th.

Tarzan and Jane Mixed Pairs 29th.

I and her indoors will be on holiday and sailing away as of the 19th and not back to the 29th of this month. So the last blog will be the 19th before the Christmas Break.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Swanson RSA Pairs 21/1/2012

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Instinctive Archery Insights

Recently I read Instinctive Archery Insights, accelerated learning through applied psychology, cure target panic by Jay Kidwell, Ph.D. If you are interested in some good mental techniques to help you overcome nerves or maybe dartitis or improve concentration and focus during a game I would recommend this book as being very helpful.
It is an archery book and some chapters deal with archery technique but others deal the reasons why we miss, imagery and visualisation, confidence breeding success. There is a section on target panic which offers a cure if you are having problems with nerves at crucial moments in games. It discusses instinctive shooting rather than thinking too much and offers methods to achieve this.
One chapter I found interesting was the one titled Dominant Eye Fallacy. I was told to throw in a line from your dominant eye. This is a technique taught to archers and to rifle and pistol shooters. The author has a different view on this which is worth exploring.
Below is an extract from the section titled Why We Miss.
' It is quite possible that when we think we have missed we have not missed at all. The problem was that the subconscious was aiming at ( and hit) a different target than the conscious was aiming at. Stimulus confusion can occur when you are focused on what you do not want to to hit as intensely as you are focused on what you do want to hit. The subconscious then finds it difficult to discriminate which focus area is the actual target. The best way to avoid stimulus generalization and stimulus discrimination problems is to visualize and imaginary icon ( a red dot, the letter A, a button, etc.) on the target.'
I got my copy from I have not seen if for sale in NZ. If anyone wants to lend it let me know and you can borrow it. It is a boomerang though.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Can Frog Do It ?

Warren ( Frog) French from Asburton is the NZ representative at the PDC World Championships in London this year. This will be the third time Warren has played in the championship. In 2007 he lost to James Wade 3 to 1 in the first round. In 2009 he won his preliminary round game against Akihiro Nagakawa of Japan and then played Dennis Priestly in the first round and was beaten 3 to 0.
No New Zealander has ever got past the first round. I spoke to Warren after the Club NZ championships in July and he told me he wanted to be the first kiwi to win a first round match. Knowing him I am sure he has been preparing hard to do just that.
He has to win a preliminary round game against Connie Finnan of Ireland to get to the first round. If successful he would then play later that same evening Mark Walsh of England. All games are on Sky TV. Warren plays at 8.15 pm on Sunday December 18th in England which I think will be Monday morning the 19th December NZ time.
Warren at his best is capable of winning both games but it is a tall order to get past an English professional who has tough competition year round. I will be watching and have my fingers crossed.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Steve and Loretta Win

Steve ( The Pirate ) Hanley and Loretta Hunter defeated Monty Tuhua and Colleen Cureen in the final of the ham drawn pairs held at West City Darts Association hall, 103 Glen Road, Ranui on Thursday night. Third equal were Marc ( The Shark) Skinns with Rob Scott and Mike Radford with Kristal McDermott. 18 pairs took part. There was minutes silence before play started for Dinx Cassidy who passed away this week.
180's were scored by Monty Tuhua (5), Tony Lee (1) and Geoff Koster (1). The highest finish was Monty with 146.
Next Thursday is the last club night for the year and the last ham and chicken night. All players are welcome. On Sunday 18 December at 12 noon the club AGM is being held followed by a barb-e-que and then a ham tournament. That day its members only.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Royal George Drawn Pairs Wednesday 14/12/11

This coming Wednesday the Royal George Dart Club, Avondale racecourse will be holding a drawn pairs to wind up the season and close for Christmas. The tournament is open and so everyone is welcome. It is $5 entry.
The club is putting on a free barb-e-que for all the players and is discounting all its alcoholic drinks so that the bar fridges are empty over the Christmas break. Check in by 7.15 pm and play starts 7.30 pm. There will be a raffle for a dart board and some darts which Lou Williams, club Secretary, thinks maybe Gary Anderson darts, a raffle for groceries and meat pack.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

World Cup Statistics

NZ never sent a team to the World Cup of Darts this year because of the financial cost. If we sent a team how would it have gone. Looking at the stats for the men's singles the three dart average over 152 players was 73.30. We certainly have the players who can match and beat that. The top individual average over all his games was Scott Waites of England with 98.02. We have players who can play at that level spasmodically but not consistently leg after leg. So the NZ men would have been middle of the bunch or a little higher. Not too bad for our small country.

In the ladies we would have done a lot better. Over 70 ladies in the ladies singles the average was 58.60 with the highest individual average 77.89. We certainly have lady players who play above 58.60 consistently and to the higher level. One in particular Janette Jonathan. So maybe the NZDC should have just sent the ladies.

The next World Cup is in Canada in 2013. I very much hope we send a team for that one. I would urge the NZDC if finance is an issue in 2013 to ask each players region and association to get in behind each player and pay some of the cost. I know in the Auckland area we would certainly do that for one of our own and the other regions I am sure feel the same.

I think it is very important to keep sending players to the World Cup and Asia Pacific cup as it is the only international darts we can off er our players and gives our top players a higher goal than what is available locally. When you look back NZ has had some terrific results in those events. So we can compete.

In Australia they send their number one lady and male player to the Winmau Masters and the qualifying event for the Lakeside world championships. I hope one day the NZDC can offer that to the NZ number 1 lady and man. Where there is a will there is a way. Perhaps offer to the number one players with some financial help and see if the regions and associations can make up the difference. Lillian Barnett did win the Winmau Masters for NZ back in the day.

This is an opinion piece and not a criticism of the NZDC who I think do a great job considering our distance from some of the international venues and the cost to get players there.

I recently met a NZ trampoline coach who had travelled to Birmingham this year with a NZ team of 9 to take part in the world championships. She told me it cost about $5000 per competitor to get them there and it was all funded by the individual players clubs who ran sausage sizzles , raffles and quiz nights. Also competitors families helped. They had no Government money or sponsors. Grants she said had dried up in the present economic climate. I think the passion is there to get our players overseas if the regions and associations are given the chance to help.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dinx Cassidy Has Passed Away

I just heard the sad news that Dinx ( Ronnie ) Cassidy has passed away this morning . Dinx was a great dart player and a great person. He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him. He was a member of the Auckland Region 2 team for many years. The above photo was taken in 2009 when he was part of the region team that won the NZ Men's region title.

$590 Raised in Fundraiser

Lou Williams and Hemi Johnson won a region 2 drawn pairs tournament held at West City Darts Association hall, 103 Glen Road, Ranui by defeating Linda Tomkins and Jimmy Hennah in the final held on Sunday. There were 28 players and $590 was raised for the region 2 junior and youth team to travel to Dunedin for the NZ champs in 2012. 180's were scored by Linda Tomkin and Terry Constable. The highest finish was 112 by Jim Hennah. The highest score was 167 by Hemi.

On Wednesday night coming another fundraiser will be held at the Royal George club rooms in the Avondale race course. Lou Willams , club secretary Royal George states " We will be raffling off a grocery hamper with ham, a dart board with darts and an Avon cosmetic gift pack. There will be a drawn pairs or threes with $3 entry and money paid out as prizes. All players are welcome. Check in is 7.15 pm with a 7.30 pm start."

Monday, December 5, 2011

Auckland Puma Open Mens and Ladies Singles 28/1/12

This poster is a little hard to read. Check in 10.00 am. Play starts 11.00 am. It is organised by Clubs NZ but is an open tournament so any player can enter. The venue is the Papakura Club, Croskery Road, Papakura. It is double start and Club NZ rules. DPNZ and DPA ranking points are awarded. Taffy Pugh one of the organisers states at least one Australian is coming over to play.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

John Sinclair Wins Champ Of Champ Men's Singles

John Sinclair defeated Sonny Harris in the final of the Champ of Champ singles held at the Otahuhu Working Men's Club earlier this evening. Third equal were Cody Harris, who won last year, and Tom Williams. John had the most 180's with 6 and the highest finish with 161. It was John's year to do the double winning both pairs and singles. Last year Cody Harris did the same.

John and Grant win Auckland Champ Of Champ Pairs

John Sinclair and Grant McGregor won the Auckland Champ of Champ pairs defeating Tony Lee and Robert Grant in the final 4 to 2 held at the Otahuhu Working men's Club earlier today. The event is straight start and played under NZDC rules. John and Grant won the bull and threw first. The first leg was finished by John with 52 in 21 darts. The second leg was won by Tony and Rob in 20 darts finishing with 25. The third leg was a 14 darter by John and Grant. The fourth leg an 18 darter by Tony and Rob. The fifth leg was the turning point. John and Grant finished in 24 darts but not before Tony and Rob had a number of shots on a doubles amongst them a 122 finish by Rob which on the final dart hit the 25 instead of the bull. The final leg gave John and Grant the throw and they finished in 16 darts with Grant hitting double tops to seal it.
There were 18 qualifiers. Third equal were Mal Berry and Dave Ellis of Auckland District RSA's and Mike Collett and Brian Oliver also of Auckland District RSA's.
There were 16 x 180. Mike Collett had the most with three. The highest finish was John Sinclair with 142.
The best darts I saw were in the earlier rounds when John and Grant threw a 13 darter. John threw 7 consecutive perfect darts with 180, 180 and one dart in double 4 to win.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Events This Weekend

  1. Saturday . Men's Champ of Champs pairs and singles to be held at the Otahuhu Working men's Club, Otahuhu with 9.30 am check in and 10 am start. This information is by word of mouth. I have seen no official poster so hopefully it is accurate.

  2. Sunday. Region 2 Ham and chicken tournament mixed pairs to be held at West City Darts Assoc club rooms, 103 Glen Road, Ranui. 10 am check in. This is a fund raiser for the Region 2 junior and youth team to go to Dunedin for the NZDC national champs in 2012. There is to be a batons up with a variety of prizes. West City have donated three sets of Puma signature darts as prizes.

Mike and Emma Win

Mike Day and Emma Heavey defeated Monty Tuhua and Sara Joseph in the final of West City Darts Association club night ham and chicken drawn pairs yesterday evening. Third equal were Peggy Wikaira with Peter Page and Ron Glavish with Kele Smith. There were 12 pairs entered. 180's were scored by Mike Day(2), Dean Webster, Mike Radford and Ron Glavish. A red dart case was left behind and can be claimed by seeing Stephen Holt.
There are ham and chicken tournaments at West City club rooms, 103 Glen Road, Ranui from 7.15 pm every Thursday till Christmas. All are welcome to enter.