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 November 27 2015
=1. Ashtin Bear
=1. Eric Matheson
1. Judy Cleaveley

Ashtin takes first of season; Dakota's run continues

Hudson Bay's North East Classic tournament was held November 21-22. Here's local organizer and SDA secretary Judy Cleaveley with a report:

"This year was a totally huge success. Ashtin Bear had reason to smile as he not only took the men’s singles event, he also shot a perfect 170 out, winning himself the SDA 170 out pot as well as the Hudson Bay 170 Out pot worth $800.00. All in all a very good weekend for Mr. Bear.

"Ken Cleaveley presented Ashtin with a cheque for $800.00 on behalf of the Hudson Bay Club. Ashtin is shown at the board with the darts still in place from his 170 out.

"Blind draw winners are James Walter and Eric Matheson; Men’s Doubles winners are Eric Matheson and Jason Skinner; Ladies’ Singles winner is Dakota Roberts; Mixed Triples winners are Myles Charles, Lowine Binkley & Danny McKenzie." - Judy Cleaveley

Thanks Judy. That's Dakota Roberts's third ladies' singles win of the season, and she still doesn't make the ranking list because she isn't an adult! Fellow Prince Albert star and 2014 NDFC youth champion Ashtin Bear remains at the top of the men's rankings with his win, tied on points with Eric Matheson of Saskatoon.

You can see full results from Hudson Bay here.

Champ on form at Battleford

Provincial men's champion Danny Mckenzie of Stanley Mission showed why he's our top player yet again at the Oktobershoot in North Battleford November 7. Danny won men's singles with a victory over first-time finalist Steve Kristjansson of Saskatoon. 


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Fellow Stanley Mission star Georgina Ratt came out on top in women's singles, beating Lori Mackay of Lloydminster in the final.

Georgina and Danny are pictured right.

Three of the best

Earlier in the day a triples event was played. The top team was Dakota Roberts, Eric Matheson and Harold King.

That's the trio with brio on the left. See the full results here.


25th Toy Shoot set for December 5

The annual Toy Shoot for needy kids will reach its 25th anniversary this year in Saskatoon.

Organizer Laurie Kitzul says they hope to raise lots of toys for the CJWW Secret Santa, which is collecting on behalf of the Salvation Army. Entry fee is one toy per person.

There's also a Food Bank Drive where players and spectators who donate items of food will be entered into a special draw.

Mixed doubles teams have to pre-register with Laurie. You can see lots more details on this poster.

Fun in Rosetown

With a report from the Fall Fun Shoot in Rosetown, held on October 24, here's Trish Gray:

"Well our Fall Fun Shoot was another successful one.

"Sixteen teams signed up to play in the mixed doubles event. Gloria Morrison and her grandson Austin Morrison played in the final, defeating youth player Rianna December and partner Ashtin Bear.

"Unfortunately, not everyone was able to stay and join in the singles events. Fifteen men registered, with Eric Matheson winning over Ashtin Bear in the final.

"Eight ladies participated in the ladies singles event with youth player Dakota Roberts winning over Lori Mackay in the final.

"It was a perfect day for a darts shoot and we would like to thank everyone for their time and coming out to support our tournament.
" - Trish Gray

Thanks Trish!

Bonnie three-peats at Open

Bonnie Lapierre of Regina won the Sask Open for the third time in a row October 17, defeating Tracy Keel, also from Regina, in the final. Bonnie went on to win doubles with her partner Joan Hodgen of Midale, which is a repeat of last year's result. Bonnie and Joan are shown left in 2014.

In the men's event it was Shawn Burt of Alberta who won singles, having teamed up with Adrienne Veters to win mixed doubles the previous evening.

Men's doubles went to Ron Looker and Scott Sansom, who beat the Moose Jaw team of Curt Gamble and Jesee Gamble.

You can see full results from Regina here.

Rick Levasseur

We are sad to report that Rick Levasseur of Moose Jaw passed away on October 18. Rick was a competitive darts player on the SDA circuit for many years, and represented Saskatchewan at NDFC Nationals in 1980 and 1995. We offer our condolences to his family and friends.


Karsten, Judy make a run at the Border

Karsten Larsen of Saskatoon took first place at the Darts On The Border tournament in Lloydminster October 3. He defeated Eric Matheson of Saskatoon in the final. They're pictured left.

Women's champ is Judy Cleaveley of Hudson Bay, who cements her position on top of the women's rankings. She defeated Rita Larsen of Saskatoon in the final.

The finalists then joined forces to win the women's doubles. That's Rita and Judy to the right.

Men's doubles winners are Matheson and his partner Harold King of Saskatoon.

You can see full results from Lloydminster here.

Eric, Dakota make a ruling at the AGM

The Saskatchewan Darts Association's 2015 Annual General Meeting and darts tournament took place at Davidson Saturday September 12.

Eric Matheson of Saskatoon repeated his 2014 win in men's singles, defeating Perry Burton of Flin Flon in the final.

Prince Albert-based youth star Dakota Roberts, pictured left, took the win in the women's singles over Aspen Hall of Mortlach. 

Men's doubles winners are Ashtin Bear of Prince Albert and Steve Kristjansson of Saskatoon, pictured right, who beat Regina pair Shawn Solomon and Klyne Obey in the final.

Women's doubles champs are Shauna Grassing of Nipawin and Lori Mackay of Lloydminster, pictured right.

AGM passes smoothly

SDA President Pat Copeman chaired the 2015 AGM, where executives presented their reports to the 34 assembled members. The Association is financially sound; no issue of any major concern was brought up. Most pressing is the need to increase our membership numbers and get more players to come out to tournaments.

Two new executive members sat on the board: 2nd-vice-president Brian Humphreys (Flin Flon) and secretary Judy Cleaveley (Hudson Bay). Pat Copeman announced that Shawn Solomon has been named as interim youth director, taking over the position vacated by Trish Gray, who has stepped down for personal reasons.

Pat thanked all the volunteers for helping to set up the boards on Friday evening. We thank you, Pat, for providing the lunch and taking care of the bar.

Larsen hosts fun darts

In between events, Team Sask player Karsten Larsen introduced a fun-darts game, "The Weakest Link". It was an enjoyable interlude and it turns out that Ashtin Bear is the strongest link.

See full results from Davidson here. You can see how they rank here.


Team Saskatchewan Represent!

Team Saskatchewan attended the NDFC Adult National Championships, which started June 16 in St. Catherine's, Ontario. After the opening ceremony, the darts began with men's and women's doubles. Saskatchewan pairs Danny Mckenzie/Ashtin Bear and Bonnie Lapierre/Aspen Cleaveley advanced to the first knockout round.

On Wednesday the 17th, the singles events were played. Saskatchewan women's champ Bonnie Lapierre advanced to the second round, repeating her joint-ninth finish from 2014. Canadian National champions for 2015 are Dave Cameron (NS) and Maria Mason (ON), both of whom repeated their 2014 wins.

Thursday featured the mixed doubles event. Ashtin/Aspen came closest to a knockout berth, losing a playoff.

At the awards banquet Thursday evening, it was announced that Saskatchewan finished ninth in the overall Canada Cup standings. This year's winners are Ontario, who have now won it 21 out of 30 times.

Team Saskatchewan 2015 are shown in the official team picture. Back row, L-R: Eric Matheson, Danny Mckenzie, Darrell Nash, Karsten Larsen, James Walter, Jim Dennis, Ashtin Bear, Ernie Charles. Front row, L-R: Aspen Cleaveley, Stacey Stephanson, Bonnie Lapierre, Joan Hodgen, Lowine Binkley, Judy Cleaveley, Carol Shepherd, Wendy Hrechka, Pat Copeman (SDA President).

Saskatchewan finally had something to get excited about on the last day of Nationals. In Friday's Nodor Cup team event, the Saskatchewan women came third, repeating the 2014 team's achievement. In the World Cup Alternative competition, Danny Mckenzie narrowly missed out on a trip overseas, losing to Paul Bolduc in the men's final. Congratulations on a great run, Danny! Bonnie Lapierre was joint fifth in the women's event.

The Canadian Open was played on the closing Saturday. Full official results of all events will be posted at the NDFC web site.

Youth pairs make podium at Nationals

May 15: On the first day of competition at NDFC Youth Nationals in St. Catherine's, Ontario, our doubles teams were in action in four categories. Two of our pairs made the semi-finals.

Senior girls Dakota Roberts and Randi Friess collect a bronze medal; junior boys Saul Arndt and Josh Grenier also receive a bronze medal.

May 16: Play continued with the singles events. Four of our eight players (Austin, Dakota, Saul and Savanah) made it out of their sections then fell in the first round. 

May 17: The final day. Team SK lost a first-round playoff in the Nodor Cup team event. Best result was joint fifth for Rianna and Saul in the mixed doubles.

Pictured right, the team take some time out for a visit to Niagara Falls. Looking good! L-R Savanah Solomon, Josh Grenier, Rianna December, Jaymes Swenson, Dakota Roberts, Randi Friess, Austin Morrison, Saul Arndt.The final tally of Canada Cup points was announced at Sunday's awards ceremony. Saskatchewan finished in 5th place overall. Not too shabby!

The team were accompanied to St. Catherine's by acting SDA Youth Director Pat Copeman and coaches Becky Arndt, Ken Cleaveley and Shawn Solomon.

Let's congratulate all the players on a great team effort.

Danny repeats, Bonnie regains title at 2015 Provincials

Saskatchewan men's champion Danny Mckenzie of Stanley Mission retained his title at the SDA Provincials in Creighton April 12, while Bonnie Lapierre regained the women's title she last won in 2013.

Congratulations to both of them!

Let's wish all our representatives good luck for the NDFC Nationals in St. Catherine's in June.


Pictured above are the winners at Creighton. Back row L-R: Shawn Solomon, Ernie Charles, Ashtin Bear, Karsten Larsen, Eric Matheson, Jim Dennis, James Walter, Darrell Nash, Danny Mckenzie; Front row L-R: Gwen Blatz, Wendy Hrechka, Stacey Stephanson, Lowine Binkley, Judy Cleaveley, Joan Hodgen, Carol Shepherd, Aspen Cleaveley, Bonnie Lapierre. Photo by Tanya Benoit

Bonnie 'The Hammer' Lapierre has now won the women's trophy an amazing nineteen times; Danny Mckenzie chalks up his eighth win. They'll be Team Saskatchewan captains for Nationals.

Here's the line-up for Team SK 2015:

1. Danny Mckenzie Stanley Mission 1. Bonnie Lapierre Regina
2. Ashtin Bear Prince Albert 2. Aspen Cleaveley Mortlach
3. Karsten Larsen Saskatoon 3. Carol Shepherd Moose Jaw
4. Eric Matheson Saskatoon 4. Joan Hodgen Midale
5. Jim Dennis Regina 5. Judy Cleaveley Hudson Bay
6. James Walter Hudson Bay 6. Lowine Binkley Hudson Bay
7. Darrell Nash Flin Flon 7. Stacey Stephanson Saskatoon
8. Ernie Charles Stanley Mission 8. Wendy Hrechka Flin Flon
Alt. Shawn Solomon Regina Alt. Gwen Blatz Flin Flon

Elections were held at Creighton on April 11 for three positions on the SDA Executive. Pat Copeman stays on as President; new executives are Judy Cleaveley, Secretary, and Brian Humphreys, 2nd Vice-president. They will take up their posts in time for the AGM in September and serve two-year terms.

See the full results for Men  Women

Tournament Notes

Did you know? The 2016 NDFC Nationals will be held in Richmond, B.C.

Stay tuned for up-to-the-minute news of any announcements or changes to tourney dates.

 Maximum Exposure

This is a record of all maximum 180s and 171s recorded by SDA players this season.

Congratulations to Eric Matheson and Bonnie Lapierre - they were the top maximum hitters for 2014-15.

Well done also to everyone who hit a 180 for the first time in competition - the first of many!

12 Eric Matheson 2 Dakota Roberts
8 Karsten Larsen   Judy Cleaveley
8 Jason Skinner   Carol Shepherd
6 Ashtin Bear    
5 Curt Gamble    
5 Klyne Obey    
3 Danny Mckenzie    
2 Chris Morgan    
2 Jesee Gamble    
2 Tim Beattie    
2 Brian Humphreys    
2 Darrin Rekve    
  Bill Binkley    
  John Brann    
  Ernie Charles    
  Brad December    
  Jim Dennis    
  Rick Hanson    
  Phil Harbin    
  Wayne Hudson    
  Harold King    
  Steve Kristjansson    
  Austin Morrison    
  Roy Shortt    

Records on this site date back to the 2000-1 season. If you have earlier records and archives in your possession, please contact the SDA

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