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Friday, June 29, 2012

Club Night Results 28/6/12

Blair Hutchinson with Haki Heke defeated Joseph Gallina with Mike McLeod in the West City Darts Association club night drawn pairs held yesterday evening at the clubrooms, 103 Glen Road, Ranui. Third equal were Monty Tuhua with Glen Holt and Dean Webster with Emma Heavey.
About 30 players took part. 100+ finishes Blair Hutchinson 116 and 140. 180's scored by Peter Page and Joseph Gallina.
Club night is held every Thursday from 7.00 pm. All players are welcome. $5 entry.

Mayalasian Open 2012 - 31 Aug to 2 Sept

This poster has been sent out by the NZDC. I do not think any Kiwi has ever played in it. If you know of anyone who has drop us a line with the details and I will put it on the blog. It is a nice poster. The prize money is shown in Malayasian Ringgits. A 1000 ringgits equals roughly $400 NZ dollars. If you want an entry form e-mail me at and I can send you one.

Selwyn Robson Memorial Tournament 14/7/12

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Teachings of Awa Kenzo (1880 - 1939)

Awa Kenzo was a Japanese Archery Master. Below are some of his teachings which might be helpful in darts;

- Everyone tries to shoot naturally, but nearly all practioners have some kind of strategy, some kind of shallow, artificial, calculating technical trick that they rely on when they shoot. Technical tricks ultimately lead nowhere. Shoot without shooting.

- Each shot shows what you have suffered through, what you have practiced.

- If you are upset or nervous, that is proof you lack something. Do not be sad or gloomy-foster virtue, feel compassion, and you can save even devils.

- Human beings always cling to things. Practice begins when you stop clinging.

- If you look at the target as your enemy you will never make progress. The target is a reference point, not your opponent.

- Our Way is ultimately a solitary pursuit. It is based  on establishing your true self, and only you can do that. You must break out of your shell on your own. We are looking to Shoot straight,  free of distraction.

- If you want to win practice virtue. If you win with virtue, your opponent buries himself. That is the true victory. Trying to win relying on technique is a great mistake. If you want to emerge victorius, penetrate the mysteries of Shooting. Give up dissapation, forge your spirit, overcome sloth and pride. In Shooting respect and being high- minded are the keys.

These teachings and others come from  the book Zen Bow, Zen Arrow. The life and teachings of Awa Kenzo written by John Stevens. I got this book from Amazon and found it an interesting read.

Another good read if you like this sort of thing is Zen and the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigal which is the story of how Herrigal went to Japan to teach at a Japanese University between the wars and learnt archery from Awa Kenzo.

Kenzo taught archery as a martial art and competed with success at tournaments throughout Japan. At about the age of 41 he seemed to have a revelation and began the doctrine of the "Shooting Way" and taught  his students shooting without shooting.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

West City Club Pairs and Singles

The West City Darts Association club championship  pairs and singles are to be held at the club rooms, 103 Glen Road, Ranui this Sunday. Check in by 10.30 am. 11 am start. Open to financial club members only. No entry fee just playing for name on trophy. Men's and ladies pairs to be followed by men's and ladies singles. The club is providing a free sausage barbeque.

Monday, June 25, 2012

ADA Graded Singles/Pairs This Saturday

Sunday, June 24, 2012

ADA Ladies 9 West City Ladies 5

Auckland Darts Association ladies defeated West City Darts Association ladies 9 to 5 in an APDE Ladies Challenge held at the Mangere Bowling Club earlier this afternoon. It was 1 all after the fours, 4 to 2 after the pairs and 9 to 5 after the singles.

ADA were Mata Atitoa, Hun Tepaki, Roimata Tekena, Gail Kahaki, Denise Hakeagatoa, Maria Siavale, Nga Smythe and Tauturu John. West City were Peggy Wikaira, Stacey Heavey, Oliva Curreen, Colleen Curreen, Lou Williams, Jeanette Scott, Maine Ngametua and Rita Wells.

Player of the day for ADA was Nga Smythe. Player for the day for West City was Jeanette Scott.

The trophy was first played for in 1966 and has been held at various times by teams as far a way as Gisborne, Whakatane and Te Kuiti. The number of member associations has fallen away and it is now mainly played for in Auckland and sometimes Hamilton.

Eurostar Ad For London Olympics

A Eurostar advertisement for the London Olympics shows a dart player in the style of Greek Statue. They do have a sense of humour.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Monty Wins Super Series Event 5

Monty Tuhua defeated Steve Hanley in the final of Super Series Event 5 held at the West City Darts Association Hall, 103 Glen Road, Ranui. Third equal were Geoff Koster and Richard Te Whero. Fifth equal were PJ Johnson, Dave Curreen, Blair Hutchinson and Collen Cureen. 38 players took part.
180's were scored by Richard Te Whero (3), Monty Tuhua (2), Peter Page, Jim Hennah and Geoff Koster. Highest score Jimbo Saddlier 174. 100+ finishes Steve Holt 100, Richard Te Whero 110,112, 120 Ron Glavish 112, 145, Steve Hanley 118, Pat O'Connell 120, Blair Hutchinson 126.
The current prize pool is now $1445. Next event Thursday 19/7/12. All players are welcome every Thursday night from 7 pm.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Big Gordy Special Request

Hi everyone. I do not normally do Trade and Exchange on the blog but my friend Gordon Comrie ( Big Gordy) has a special request. In July and early August his son and his son's girlfriend are coming to NZ to visit. Gordon needs the use of a 6 or 7 seat people mover. He wants to swap for about one month his Hyundai Tuscon ( 5 seater) for a 6 or 7 seat people mover. If you can help him he can be contacted at or rung at 0211806341. He lives in Meadowbank, Auckland.

Despite the impression you may get from the picture he never drinks and drives. I can vouch for that as we play in the same team every week.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Early Report NZ Masters

I have not got the full results from the NZ Masters but I see they are not on the NZ Dart Council site yet. What I do know is that Corinne Hammond of Australia won the Ladies singles. When I left for the airport Wayne Carey and Greg Moss were slogging it out in the men's final best of 11 and Greg was a little ahead. The trip to the airport was a bit hairy. Anna Neho, Wellington player, kindly took us in her 7 seat people mover. We managed to fit 9 people in and luggage. The seating for the Canterbury players was fairly tight which caused a few laughs. We got there safely though thanks to Anna.

The picture below shows Auckland player Peggy Wikaira gifting leading Japanese player Rachel Mariko Maitland an Auckland shirt. Even in Japan they appreciate a Region 2 shirt. Rachel mainly plays soft tip darts in Japan.

It was very cold down there. The coldest I have experienced in trips to Wellington. It felt like there was snow in the air. The hall warmed up well enough and the event was well organised. There was about 77 men and 39 ladies. There was a group of players from Japan and another from Australia. Two players come from Dunedin, 4  from Christchurch, 5 from Auckland, a few from Nelson and a lot from lower North Island.The darts overall were to quite a high standard especially in the latter rounds of the men's. Some of the legs were as good as any English professional might throw.

I took some video of the tournament but have had trouble loading it on to you tube. I did get some of it on there showing the card part of the men's singles. Look on You Tube under title NZ Masters Darts 2012  for a look. I hope to improve my video skills and put more on in the near future.

Super Series Event 5 This Thursday. All Welcome. Current prize Pool $1255

Shortest Day and Longest Night Results

Blair Hutchinson and Blair Neverman won the Shortest Day Longest night pairs held at Paraki on Sunday.  Only three pairs qualified. They played a round robin. Runners up were Monty Tehua and Richard Te Whero. Third equal were Marc Skinns and Steve Holt.

Auckland District RSA 4's Results

Trevor McFarlane, Frank Speight, Issac lewis and Mike Collett of the Mt Wellington RSA defeated Terry Constable, Peter Bloomfield, Lou Williams and John Tran of the Swanson RSA in the final of the Auckland District RSA 4's held at the Mt Wellington RSA on Sunday. Frank Speight had the highest start with 160 and highest score with 140. The highest finish was 112 by Russell Packard. Most 180's Tom Williams with 2.
Mike Collett won the championship singles defeating Joseph Gallina of the Avondale RSA in the final. Highest start 152 Issac lewis and 92 Emma Heavey. Highest score 152 Joseph Gallina, 140 Sonia Lewis.
Highest finish Mike Collett 108, 68 Jenny Heavey.
180's Frank Speight (2) Sonia Lewis, Lenny Lewis, Heemi Johnson and Mike Collett. It was the third year in a row Mike has won the singles.

Bailey and Manu win Val Amorette Drawn Pairs

Bailey Mathews with Manu Mafileo defeated Tama Kiliuyi with Colleen Curreen in the final of the Val Amorette drawn pairs held at the Cosmos Darts Association clubrooms in the Avonale racecourse on Saturday.

Bailey is pictured.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Manukau Dart Supplies Have Shifted to new Shop. Grand Opening Thursday with 25% Discount

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Glen Eden RSA 4's 8/7/12

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Results of APDE Jack Smith 4's

A Counties Manukau team of Sam Bryant, John Sinclair, Cody and Sonny Harris defeated Andre Alberton, Phil Cave, Sonny Matekurae of Counties - Manukau with Gary Whyte of City Of Sails in the final of the Jack Smith 4's held at the Otahuhu Working men's club this afternoon. Most 180's Robert Grant (2), Tukino Weko, Geoff Koster and Gary Whyte with one each. Highest start Cody Harris 160. Highest finish Robert Grant 114. There were 11 teams entered.

In the ladies 4's a Counties Manukau team of Rachel Penney, Malia Ioane, Maxine Taaka and Mata Tuao of ACIDA defeated a West City team of Peggy Wikaira, Lou Williams, Rita Wells and City of Sails Trish Collins. Rachel Penney scored a 180. Highest start was Charlene Tepaki 120 and highest finish Malia Ioane 98. There were 10 teams entered.

Robert Grant is pictured.

SADA Open Singles 28/6/12

SADA Men's and Ladies Open Pairs 21/6/12

This Sunday In Auckland

This Saturday in Auckland

This Sunday in Wellington

This Saturday in Wellington

This weekend In Wellington

Pumas Masters Prize Money

The NZDC have sent out this list of prize money for NZ Masters singles. It was not on the original poster. No mention of pairs prize money. The masters pairs and singles are to be played this weekend. The posters can be found on the NZDC website. I only know of 4 Aucklanders going down for sure.  

Friday, June 8, 2012

Rita and Steve Win West City Club Champs Mixed Pairs

Rita Wells and Steve Holt defeated Tanaya Wikaira and Monty Tuhua 2 to nil in the final of the West City Darts Association mixed pairs club championships last night held at the club rooms, 103 Glen Road, Ranui. Third equal were Marc Skinns and Jennie Heavey with Heemi Johnson and Emma Heavey.  180's were scored by Monty Tuhua and Dave Curreen.

In the alternative singles Jason Amos defeated Jimmy Hennah in the final. Third equal were Dave Owen and Dean Webster. 100+ finishes. Jimmy Hennah 122 and 143.

Next Thursday there is a playoff for selection of the West City ladies team to play ADA ladies in the Ladies Challenge. Any West City lady interested in selection should attend. There will be an alternate competition for other players. All players welcome. 7.15 pm check in and $5 entry.

West Coast Puma Open Now Has Change of Date to 8/7/12 at same venue and time. As roads closed with snow.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

APDE 4's This Sunday

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ASA Graded Singles and Pairs 30/6/12

ADA Drawn Pairs 16/6/12

Canterbury Open

I am back from the Canterbury Open. The results for the singles are on the NZDC website. Some other results were;

Peter Hunt and Lorene Gilliam winning the mixed pairs on the Saturday.

Craig Caldwell and Jonathan Silcock winning the men's pairs on Sunday.

It was a very enjoyable weekend. Not that expensive to get to if any player is contemplating going next year. From Auckland on an earlybird fare was $206 return. Accommodation is a short walk and $46 a night. We flew in on an early flight Saturday and got there an hour before check in.

It was a very high standard of darts with quite a few NZ and ex- NZ players playing. Players came from Invercargill, Dunedin, Wellington, West Coast, Auckland and every where between.

It was well run and organised. 55 men and about 19 ladies played in the singles. It was best of 5 legs on the card system so you had fair go to qualify.

The organisers announced that next year they will in February be hosting another NZDC ranking tournament  to replace the Mosgiel 5000. They have sent a proposal to the NZDC. Look for some confirmation in the near future hopefully at the NZDC nationals in Rotorua.

There was a few earthquakes. The only one I felt was a 4.4 on the Sunday night when I was sitting on the couch in the motel.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Monty and Stacey Win Drawn Pairs

Monty Tuhua with Stacey Heavey defeated Peter Page and Blair Wilcock 2 to 1 in the final of the West City Darts association club night drawn pairs held yesterday evening at their club rooms, 103 Glen Road, Ranui.
Third equal were Steve Holt with Heemi Johnson and Dave Owen with Jennie Heavey.
24 players took part. 180's were scored by Monty Tuhua (2) and Dave Owen. The highest finish was Monty Tuhua 111.
Next Thursday evening West City are holding their mixed pairs championship which is open to members only. For other players there will be another tournament to run along side so all players are welcome. Check in by 7.15 pm.

Good luck to all the players taking part in the Victory Tournament in Napier over the weekend and all those travelling to the Canterbury Open.