The ultimate out shot. The holy grail of doubling. The flashiest of finishes. We all know how rare and elusive the 170 is.
For the new season, there's a new feature at tournaments highlighting the 170 out that will raise some cash for SDA programs and it could mean a big payout for one or more of our players. But before we get to that let's look back at our brushes with bull-hitting brilliance.
Since the earliest days of the SDA, the maximum three-dart out shot has turned heads and some are still remembered thirty-odd years later. SDA President Pat Copeman says she can recall 170s by SDA champions Al Bradley, Rod Robbins, Brian Gatin and Carl Mercer. Veteran player Carol Shepherd says Wayne Day hit it at the Prairie Open in the 80s and that was unusual because he was a 19 thrower.
Some of our top women also hit the magic 170. Laurie Kitzul, pictured left, hit it twice. She remembers the moment at 1988 Provincials against Jan Robbins. "I had to go and check that the second dart was in and then bang, double bull!"
The next time was at the Rosetown tournament in 1992. "I had been playing badly all day," says Laurie, "then walked up and took the 170 out, then went back to playing badly again. Funny how that can happen."
Rare but memorable
Two-time National Champion Bonnie Lapierre says she hit the 170 a couple of times around 2009. Though she's unsure of the date, she says she remembers who it was against: the recipient was Barb Schmidt - both times. Ouch!
We've put together a list of players who have achieved the 170 in the era since we kept records. Our list includes only the 170s hit a SDA tournament level.
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The list will probably not be comprehensive so if you're not here let us know.
The point is that it does happen, just not very often and it's unpredictable. The last 170 recorded at the tournament level was in March 2013 by Jason Skinner, pictured right. In the last ten years there were 6 hit by men and 3 hit by women, not counting Provincials.
So, knowing that all our players are capable of a surprising shot and that we all like to help raise some money for SDA programs, the SDA Fundraising Committee has started the province-wide 170-out 50-50 pool.
Players can enter the pool at any SDA tournament for $2. There'll be separate pots for men and women, and we'll keep a running total here. It's limited to SDA-ranked tournaments only.
The first man who is entered and hits the 170 will collect 50 per cent of the pot. Same goes for the women's pot. The pots will build up until someone hits the top shot.
Keep your eyes on the prize but don't let it distract you from winning your game.
Saskatoon zone holding youth darts bingo
Eyes down for a look in! Saskatoon United Darts is having a $500 online bingo for their youth darts league.
Bingo cards are available from darts leagues and other organizers in Saskatoon for $2 each or three for $5. For info on how to get tickets call zone director Elaine Walker (306-651-0481), who now explains how it all works:
We will be playing for "blackout". Forty-five numbers will be drawn on October 5, 2014 and then one number per day until won. These numbers can be found at the SUDO web page.
If you get a blackout in 52 numbers or less you will win $500. If it is not won in 52 numbers we will then play for two full cards. The first full card is worth $300 and the second full card $200. If there is more than one winner the prize will be split.
You have 7 days to claim your prize from the day your last number is drawn. The Bingo caller will keep drawing numbers until all prizes have been claimed. The Bingo caller's phone number is on the SUDO page.
The Saskatoon Youth League is run by Eva Schellenberg on Saturday mornings at the Army and Navy club. All youth players are welcome to join! Players aged under 19, you can contact Eva at this E-mail.
Riders football pool off to good start
The 2014 SDA Riders football pool is well under way. Tickets are on sale now, available from your zone rep. Twenty dollars buys you a draw in every game of the season, and winners will be paid back to the start of the season.
Prizes range from $50 for a matched quarter score to $500 for the final score of the Grey Cup, and many more in between. Winners are being announced weekly on this page, where you'll find the Riders results. There's another link at the top of this page.
Team SK stars Eric and Georgina move to strike at AGM
Eric Matheson of Saskatoon (Team Sask '14) made it two for two at the Davidson AGM tournament September 6, winning the singles title for the first time and taking the doubles event with his partner Jim Dennis. Thirty-nine men entered the singles this year.
Eric and men's singles runner-up Deon Grandy played a gruelling final that went 4-3.
Eric says the secret of his success is easy to explain. "It's the new boots." Pictured right, Eric shows off the footwear that "feels like floating on air." Eric's win moves him up to second place in the latest SDA rankings.
Double celebration for Georgina
Georgina Ratt of Stanley Mission (Team Sask '00, '01, '02, '03, '05, '07, '08, '11, '13) won the singles at Davidson, defeating Bonnie Lapierre of Regina in the final to regain the title she last won in 2009.
This year's win came on the anniversary of Georgina's wedding to husband Arthur, who was celebrating with a few wins of his own in the men's events. Congratulations to them both!
Doubles winners were Judy Cleaveley and Lowine Binkley from Hudson Bay.
Provincial Championships 2015 - Creighton, Saskatchewan
It's going to be a long haul for some of us to get to Provincials this season, but we're assured of a warm welcome when we get there!
President Pat Copeman announced at the AGM that the North East zone, headed by Brian Humphreys, will be hosting the SDA's showpiece event.
Creighton is a border town located very near Flin Flon, MB. A few facts: it's as far as you can travel on an STC bus. It has a population of 1,500. And the mayor of Creighton, Mr. Bruce Fidler, is a darts player! That certainly bodes well. Congratulations to the zone and let's make this a Provincials to remember!
Provincials format to change in 2016
A little piece of Saskatchewan darts history was made by league player Darrin Rekve at this AGM, for it was he who proposed the motion to change the format of SDA Provincials starting in 2016 at Saskatoon.
Following a presentation by Brian Humphreys on behalf of a committee that was struck one year ago and given the task of exploring new options for our Championship event, members voted to go ahead with its recommendation to adopt a round-robin-to-double-knockout system.
Players may remember that the issue of format at the Provincials has long divided the membership and over the years there has been much discussion on how to proceed with the issue, if at all. A similar move to change the format was narrowly defeated by player vote in early 2011.
SDA Vice-president Wayne Hudson says he was pleased to see that those divisions are a thing of the past and that members embraced the progressive new format. Our Tournament Director also says that the more complex double knockout will be "challenging but fun" to organize in 2016.
There was overwhelming support for the new idea among the 56 members present at the AGM. The current round-robin format will be used for the last time at Creighton in 2015.
Fundraising always on the agenda
As in any sport, raising money to pay for teams to travel to Nationals as well as youth initiatives and other expenses is always a necessity and the SDA is looking for more input in this area.
A new SDA Fundraising Committee will entertain new and innovative fundraising ideas from all members, and even find ways to bring back some old ones.
Get your thinking cap on and send us either province-wide or local ideas that will bring in some extra of the folding stuff to support the endeavours of our non-profit Association. The Committee members are SDA Vice-president Wayne Hudson, Saskatoon darts supremo Elaine Walker, and Moose Jaw darts dynamo Carol Shepherd. You can look them up on our contact list.
Our major fundraiser for the past few years has been the Roughriders pool, which carries on apace and will continue to be popular for years to come with any luck. Don't forget to buy your ticket!
Respect in Sport
The SDA has incorporated the Respect in Sport program into its policy manual. All coaches will have to complete training for recognizing important issues such as bullying, harassment and abuse in sport.
We believe in a safer, healthier and more positive environment for our athletes.
Respect in Sport is an initiative of SaskSport, Inc, a major sponsor of darts.
Pat on the back
SDA President Pat Copeman and the rest of the SDA executive would like to thank Dave Lapierre for the barbecue, Frank Zimmer for bartending, and the many volunteers who stayed late to put away the porta-board units. You all helped make the AGM tournament a success.
The North Battleford and Lloydminster shoots this fall have traded places - on the schedule, that is. Darts on the Border at Lloydminster will now be on October 3-4 (see a poster), while the N.B. Oktobershoot is a misnomer this year with the shoot being held November 8 (see a poster).
The 2015 NDFC Nationals will be held in St. Catherine's, Ontario. In 2016, they head west to Richmond, B.C.
Stay tuned for up-to-the-minute news of any announcements or changes to tourney dates.
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