Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Central Region Big Three Tournaments

Players from all over the country and Australia had another great weekend of darts at 'Central Regions Big Three' with the hosts once again being Timaru South Cosmopolitan club and the Waimate Town and Country Club where the Puma Open was played.
This year has seen a change in this tournament by way of it being one of four through out New Zealand carrying dual rankings and with the other four dual ranked tournaments being held in Australia.
The big Three kicked off the weekend with it's normal Friday night Alleen Hawkey memorial Mixed pairs at the Timaru South Cossi Club, which received quite a reasonable entry and after a great night of darts by all concerned Dave and Jane Harrington of Canterbury ran out the winners.
As day broke on Saturday most players were up bright and early to make the short trip to the Waimate Town and Country Club where the Puma Open's were being played. Once again the following men's and ladies entries were on par with last year.
The ladies first semi final between Rosalie Ritchie of Christchurch and Irene Martin of Timaru seen Rosalie take it out 4 to 2. In the second semi final last year's winner Christine Hay was up against Sarah Pitama of Christchurch. This match turned into quite a little battle with Sarah eventually taking a close encounter 4 to 3. Both Sarah and Rosalie went into the final without anyone really standing out as the favourite. As the final progressed Rosalie seemed to have it all under control until Sarah put in a great leg starting with a break of 120 which rocked the boat a little but not enough to stop Rosalie taking the final 5 to 2.
The men's semi's seen very close matches both of them going 4 to 3. In the first Dave Harrington of Christchurch played Neville Herbert of Invercargill by this time the standard of darts was getting up there which kept the spectators interested, this semi seen Dave go through to the final. the second semi was not any different with Warren French and Nigel May both of Christchurch putting on another display of great darts. Nigel really did give Frog a run for his money at 4 to 3.
Going into the final Warren went in as favourite, but as the final got under way Dave was to have none of this with the match at 2 to 3 Dave missed his chance to make it 3 all, up to this point the match was even with it now standing at 4 to 2 Warren seen his chance to take the final out with the next leg, this proved to be one of the best legs from both players of the whole tournament, entertainment plus, Dave broke first with 85, Warren followed with a 100, Dave's next was a 100, Warren's next was 180, Dave followed that with a 140 by this time the spectator's had gone quiet and were just watching. Warren's next shot was 100 it left 121. Dave had a 176 left and his third dart clipped the 60 wire and he only scored 100 to leave 76. Warren's next three dart were 20 - 51 and bull. Leg, shot and match as I'm speaking for everyone who watched the final I would like to take this opportunity and congratulations guys plus thanks for a great final.
On Sunday once again there was a great response and turn out for the Timaru South Cosmopolitan Clubs Men's and and Ladies pairs. Both ladies and men's winners were a complete Canterbury affair with Jane Harrington and Sarah Pitama taking out the ladies pairs and the men's pairs being won by Dave Harrington and Stan Kysely,
This report courtesy of Dale Frampton. The latest DPNZ ranking list can be found at the North Otago darts website. Click above right. Pictured are Puma Open winners Warren ( Frog) French and Rosalie Ritchie.

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