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Sunday, March 31, 2013

West City Club Night Results 28/3/13

Friday, March 29, 2013

Open Pairs Helensville 21/4/13

This poster is not that good. Even though it does not say it is actually an Open pairs. No women's or men's only pairs just everyone mixed together.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Benefits of Practice

Click the link below to the you tube video. It shows a 50 year old man practising his football skills. He weighs 130 kilos and since loosing his job as a fisherman practices his football skills two hours a day in a car park. He was secretly filmed by a passerby. It is pretty amazing.

Taranaki Singles and Pairs This weekend

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

On This Saturday

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Early Report Wanganui Puma Open

Jonathan Silcock defeated Craig Pullen 6 to 5 in the final of the Wanganui Puma Open held at the Castlecliff Club, Wanganui yesterday. The winning legs were 22,17,18,21,21,18,18,17,18,15 and 21 darts. Jonathan's average for three darts was 78.38 and Craig's 80.23. Both hit one 180 each in the final. Craig played well in an even contest and was a bit unlucky in the final and deciding leg where Jonathan threw first and had three extra darts.

In the ladies final Kit Bennett defeated Heather Siebers 6 to 3. The winning legs were 25, 23, 31, 30, 19, 26, 30, 24 and 27. Kit's average  for three darts was 56.19 and Heather's 53.71.

There were 35 men entered and 17 ladies. 52 x 180 were hit through out the day. The biggest finish I saw was 160 by Jonathan Silcock against Mike Day in the quarter finals.

Renee Stacey News

There was supposed to be a Renee Stacey Shield men's challenge today between the holders West City Darts Association and the Onehunga Darts Club. West City have won by default as Onehunga have withdrawn.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Upper Hutt DPNZ Puma Open Eary Registrations

In an innovative move early registrations for the Upper Hutt Puma Open singles and pairs, men's and ladies  to be held 11th and 12th May is now open online at capital darts website. Just click the link at right hand side of the page. Early registrations get a discount.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Not so serious dart players...

A bit of fun here with the PDC Premier League players of 2011 so you may have seen it before...
Certainly some big bullseyes in this lot !

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

DPNZ Ranking Tables

DPNZ Men's rankings to 16th March 2013.

Topping the table is Warren French from Canterbury.
West City's Monty Tuhua is third

Click on the image on the right to see the full rankings

DPNZ Ladies's rankings to 16th March 2013.

Topping the table is Wendy Harper from Waikato.
Second is West City's Peggy Wikiara

Click on the image on the right to see the full rankings

Monday, March 18, 2013

PUMA Open - Otago 2013 Results

Ladies Final:
Rachel Padgett the winner over Ruth Todd 6-4
Click on the image right to see the full Ladies results.

Mens Final:
Tony Carmichael the winner over Paul Harper 6-3
Click on the image right to see the full Mens results.  

Points Results:
Click on the image right to see the full points results.

On This Saturday

I know of about 5 Aucklanders going to this. Should be a good contest.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Parts Darts

Want some dart throwing tips from a proven winner? John Part is Canadian and a 3 times World Champion - BDO 1994, PDC 2003 and 2008. His website Parts Darts seems a little old as some of the pages don't appear to have been updated for quite a while.

However John Part's 6 part series covers several areas including throwing basics, practise routines/habits and match preparation... and these tips just don't date !
Click on the picture to go to Parts Darts.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Phil Taylor interview with Jonathon Ross

This is a Phil Taylor interview on the Jonathon Ross TV show shortly after he won his 16th world title this year. Phil is a bit game at the end taking part in a somewhat farsical contest against other guests on the show, but it is interesting to hear his story of the drug test he underwent after winning the world title. Don't know how long this will be left up on YouTube...

Tip: Want to watch a larger version of this video? If you are not familiar with YouTube, hover over the bottom of the video to bring up the control bar and on the right hand side you will then be able to click on an icon to watch either a larger video directly on YouTube or in full screen mode on your PC

Friday, March 15, 2013

DPNZ Top 20 Mens

Some interesting stats from the DPNZ top 20 Mens rankings:
  • Canterbury is the leading region with 6 players ranked in the top 20. Auckland is next with 4
  • Canterbury dominate the top 8 with their players occupying 50% of those positions
  • West Coast NI are arguably punching above their weight with 3 in the top 20 compared to 4 from Auckland when looking at the population base these two particular regions have to call on
  • Cody Harris, John Aitken, Tony Carmichael and Rob Szabo are in the top 20 with only one qualiyfing tournament result each to their names
  • Jonathon Silcock is still classified as a Youth but impressively makes the top 20

Club Night Singles Results14/3/13

Mike Day defeated Monty Tuhua in the West City Darts Association club night singles held at the club rooms, 103 Glen Road, Ranui last night. Third equal were Ken Moir and Steve Hanley. Fifth equal were Blair Neverman, Stacey Heavey, Issac lewis and Olivia Curreen. Thirty players took part and 15 qualified for the main round.
180's Monty Tuhua, Ken Moir(2), Dave Curreen, Steve Hanley (2) and Mike Day.
100+ finishes William Neverman 116, Steve Hanley 105, Jo Kinita 107, Geoff Koster 137 and Mike Day 101.
Club night is held every Thursday evening. 7.15 pm check in and $5 entry. All players welcome.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

TAB Revenue From Darts Betting

For the last couple of years the NZ Darts Council has been receiving income from the NZ TAB. It is a percentage of the money spent by punters betting on the outcome of darts games shown on Sky TV. In 2011 it received $1707. What it received in 2012 I am not sure as I have not seen that year's financial report. All the past reports are available online. As the NZ Darts Council are an incorporated society they have to publish their financial statements on the Government website. So if you wish to have a browse just click on the link below and enter New Zealand Darts Council;

The irony of them receiving this income is that the darts shown on TV in New Zealand is that it is PDC darts, The NZ Darts Council have no connection with that organisation. DPNZ and Clubs NZ are the organisations that give players the pathway to play in that arena. I think by law the TAB have to pay the money to the National Governing Body of the particular sport involved hence the NZDC get the revenue. Lets face it they need it.

It would be a great gesture on their part if they offered DPNZ 50% of that income to show goodwill. I think that would be fair.I think DPNZ are making moves in the background to get that money or some of it. I am not sure what is being planned but it would be nice if both organisations worked together on this issue and perhaps discussed it. Knowing the DPNZ that money would most likely go to assist funding representative players for overseas travel. I do not know what the NZDC has ear marked it for or whether it is just swallowed up into general funds.

The picture is of James Wade and Ronnie Baxter when they were playing in the Australian Open, Shoalhaven Heads in 2008. James is giving his thoughts. What do you think ? Who should get that revenue.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Did You Know?

The throwing distance from the face of the dartboard to the toe line (the oche) in New Zealand is officially 7 ft 9.25 in. (2.37 m). This is also the official distance of the WDF (World Darts Federation) and the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation).
However in some British pubs the distance is 8ft or even 8ft 6in. In actuality the distance can vary the world over to as far as 9ft ! There doesn't seem to be a generally accepted reason as to why the standard distance is now 7ft 9.25in, other than this became the standard about 15-20 years ago. There is one theory that it came about in the professional arena as the shorter distance made games a little more competitive and more exciting to watch. I'll second that when watching the PDC games on SKY TV !

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Book Review

There doesn't seem to be a great deal of books out there on darts compared to other sports like rugby, cricket and soccer, however I have read a few over the last couple of years. One that I read recently was "The Crafty Cockney : The Autobiography of Eric Bristow" [written by Paul Carter]. 

He re-traces his life through his playing career with its many ups and downs as well as travels. In my view he tends to use a bit of poetic license to fill out his stories with one typical example being his description of flying into Auckland on a darts trip to this part of the world several years ago (you'll have to read it to see what I mean). Plus his tales are littered with his drinking exploits and the often funny outcomes. He even touches on the dartitis that inflicted him in his later playing years. All in all though an interesting read for anybody who loves darts, even though some of his tales I found myself taking with a grain of salt. His book can be loaned from Auckland Libraries so you don't have to shell out any cash to read it... if you live in Auckland that is !

Friday, March 8, 2013

Peggy and Dave Win the Rosebowl

Peggy Wikaira and Dave Holt defeated Steve Hanley and Olivia Curreen in the final of the Holt Memorial Rose Bowl yesterday evening at the West City Darts Association club rooms, 103 Glen Road, Ranui. Third equal were Steve Holt with Colleen Curreen and Monty Tuhua with Amber Neverman. 30 players took part. Steve Hanley and Blair Neverman scored 180's.

The trophy is a memorial trophy for Dave's father who was one of the founding members of West City Darts Association. Dave last won it in 1994 when he partnered with Maria Wikaira. In those days Dave and Maria played in many mixed pairs tournaments and had a lot of victories together. Maria passed away at that time and Dave stopped playing darts until very recently since his grandchildren have begun to play.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Winners Bull Rule

In my opinion Clubs NZ Darts should get rid of the winners bull rule. For those who do not know who ever wins the toss at the beginning of the game gets to throw first for the bull. The second player then throws and whoever is closer to the bull gets to throw first and is given a three dart advantage in that leg. The winner of that leg then throws for bull first in the second leg and so on.

The coin toss winner by a stroke of luck in calling correctly heads or tails gets an unobstructed throw at the bull. The unlucky second thrower gets an obstructed view and a harder task to get his or her dart closer. So they are disadvantaged.

If both players are of equal skill then the bull winner will most likely be the player who threw first for the bull and he or she in turn will most likely because of the three dart advantage win the leg and get to throw first in the second leg as well. The out come of the coin toss in the beginning can be the minuscule difference in advantage that propels one of two equally skilled players to a match win.

I know some of you will say that does not always happen and you are right but I think if there was any long term analysis and statistical study over thousands of games you would find the coin toss winner is slightly more likely to win. It will not be a 50% each situation it will be slightly more than 50% chance for the coin toss winner.

This probability can be neutralised if in the second leg the first throw is given to the player who threw second in the first leg. Players get alternate starts in other words. It would make the game a little faster and take away a decision from the chalker. Chalkers in my opinion when the darts are close sometimes get it wrong. If one dart hits a black segment and the other a white segment the colour effects your perspective and can create in my opinion an optical illusion which makes one dart look closer than another when it may not be. Also the angle which the dart hits the board can effect the choice of which is the closer dart as well. The chalker if in doubt is meant to ask the players to throw again but they do not always do it.

Those readers who are familiar with the PDC a bull is a bull and a 25 is a 25 rule will know that is the best way to determine who throws first as both players have an unobstructed shot and no intuitive measurement by a chalker is required. The out come of the coin toss has no influence. My preference is that way. I have found Darts Administrators and players tend to be very conservative in nature and don't like change. Especially players etc who have been doing things one way for years and do not want to make the effort to learn or adopt a new way out of their present comfort zone. I would like to see the PDC rule adopted universally at least at the top levels of competition in New Zealand  but I cannot see it happening in near future even though it is the best way for fairness that anyone has come up with yet. It is no surprise it was conceived and implemented first in the World of Professional darts where livelihoods can hinge on key games.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Photo Of The Day

The Champion Auckland Area team after they were undefeated at the North Island Clubs NZ dart championships 2013. Tony Lee, Mike Day, Monty Tuhua, Tukina Weko, Olivia Curreen, Peggy Wikaira, Nga Smythe and Charlene Te Paki.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Region 2 Junior Youth Playoffs This Sunday

Region 2 AGM This Sunday

On This Thursday

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Some Stats From North Island Champs

In the ladies singles Tina Osborne defeated Judi Fenton 4 to 0. Winning legs were 21, 24, 22 and 17 darts.

Tina's stats. Doubles to start 4 from 8 darts (50%). Doubles to finish 4 from 9darts (44%). As good as a professional. Overall average for three darts 71.57 better than most of the men. Threw 84 darts.

Judi's stats. Doubles to start 4 from 25 darts (16%). She never got a shot at a finishing double. The double start if you do not get away in the first three darts can make the best cry. Overall three dart average 42.81. Threw 81 darts.

In the men's singles Rob Szarbo defeated Jonathon Silcock 4 to 0. Winning legs were 21, 18, 17 and 16 darts.

Rob's stats. Doubles to start 4 from 11 darts (36%). Doubles to finish 4 from 7 darts (57%). Overall  3 dart average 83.49. Rob also won the four bulls to start each leg first so he always had a three dart advantage on Jonathan in each leg. His highest finish in final 115. Threw 72 darts as he was always throwing first.

Jonathon's stats: Doubles to start 4 from 7 darts (57%). He only got three darts at finishing doubles which he missed. Overall average was for three darts (86.19). Threw only 63 darts as he was always throwing second.

Results for North Island Clubs NZ and South Island Champs

Click on link to Capital darts to right to get North Island Results and click on link to North Otago Darts to get South Island Results

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Clubs NZ - North Island Champs 2013

Some news to hand about West City players from the Clubs New Zealand North Island Champs...  

North  Island Juniors
Winner - Nathan Holt
Mens Pairs
Runners Up - Monty Tuhua  and Tony Lee
Womens Singles
3rd Equal - Olivia Curreen
Last 16 - Stacey Heavey

Nathan checked out with an impressive 118 to win the NI Juniors Final. Great result Nathan !
Well done to the West City players with some good results and more results to come. I'm sure Peter will have an update on his return

West City Club Night - Thursday 28th Feb

The club held a drawn pairs event on Thursday. There were 12 pairs in the qualifying rounds with seven teams qualifying.
5th equal were Peter Bloomfield and William Neverman, Rob Scott and Geoff Harold and Lloyd Watters and Phil Neverman. 3rd equal were Glenn Holt and Mike Radford, Amber Neverman and Stephen Holt. In the final Steve Hanley and Jo Kinata won out over Emma  Heavey and Blair Neverman 2-1.
2 x 180s were hit, one each by Stephen Holt and Steve Hanley.
Club night is held every Thursday from 7 pm. All players welcome. $5 entry.