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 March 27 2015
1. Eric Matheson 1. Judy Cleaveley

Saskatchewan's biggest tournament opens in Saskatoon

The Main Event starts at the Army Navy Air Force veterans club on 1st Avenue N. on Friday March 27 with a blind draw doubles at 7.30 p.m.

Saturday begins with breakfast available upstairs followed by Mixed doubles, the first of five events over the weekend. Men's singles first prize is $1,000 and women's singles has a top prize of $500.

Saskatoon zone and the event sponsors welcome players from across the province and beyond. Host hotel is the Thrift Lodge - see a poster

Jason doubles up in Rosetown

Results are in from the Spring Shoot in Rosetown. Jason Skinner of North Battleford won men's singles over Ashtin Bear of Prince Albert and then teamed up with Ashtin to take the doubles over local players Jaret Gray and Gerry Rorick.

Meanwhile, youth star Dakota Roberts of Prince Albert was taking care of business in women's singles, defeating Barb Schmidt of Saskatoon in the final. Dakota has improved steadily at this tournament, finishing third in 2013 and second last year, all as a youth player.

Team Sask veterans Lowine Binkley and Judy Cleaveley from Hudson Bay won the women's doubles final over Dakota and new provincial junior girls' champ Rianna December of Saskatoon.

Ashtin's second place moves him up to second in the men's rankings behind Eric Matheson.

Organizer Trish Gray says the turnout was great despite the weather and road conditions being bad, and as usual the steak supper was awesome. We'll have pictures soon. You can see full results here.


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Brian Humphreys has important information for players attending the Provincial Championships at Creighton in April

Creighton is one hour ahead of the rest of Saskatchewan so set your watches forward and don't miss the start!  Thanks Brian, good to know.

Results in from Icicle

Eric Matheson of Saskatoon has regained top position in the men's rankings with a win at North Battleford. He defeated Jason Skinner in the final of the Icicle Open March 7, improving on his second place in 2014.

Jason and Eric then teamed up to win the men's doubles, making it a nice payday for Eric. That's them on the left.

In women's play, local player Sharon Acker was first in the singles, over Dakota Roberts of Prince Albert. They're pictured right.

Dakota featured again in the doubles, taking first with partner Stacey Stephanson of Saskatoon.

The tournament attracted 28 players, including 5 youths and several new faces. You can see full results here.

Youth team picked

The young players pictured below took part in the Youth Provincials in Hudson Bay. Photo courtesy Becky Arndt

SDA President Pat Copeman has this report:

The Youth Provincial championships to determine which of our youth players will represent Saskatchewan at the Youth Nationals in May 2015 were held this past weekend (Feb 21-22) in Hudson Bay. The results were as follows: 

Junior Girls: 1st Rianna December; 2nd Savanah Solomon; 3rd Shaukeena McKay.

Senior Girls: 1st Dakota Roberts; 2nd Randi Friess; 3rd Clover Arndt.

Junior Boys: 1st Saul Arndt; 2nd Josh Grenier; 3rd Jaymes Swenson.

Senior Boys: 1st Austin Morrison.

Since there was only one participant in the Senior Boys' division, James Swenson will have an opportunity to attend the Nationals competition - he will play in the Senior Boys' division with Austin.  I know all the team and the coaches will give Jaymes a lot of support and encouragement

I would like to say thank you to the Hudson Bay Dart Club for hosting this event. I would also like to thank the parents who came to offer their support to all the players and for their assistance with section controlling and chalking. - Pat Copeman, SDA President

You'll get full coverage of the team's exploits in St. Catherine's right here.

Dakota wins first adult title

Dakota Roberts of Prince Albert has won a women's singles event for the first time. She defeated top-ranked Judy Cleaveley in the final of the Pines Open, held at Nipawin February 6-8.

Dakota, pictured left, who is still a youth player, has performed well at the adult level, finishing runner-up four times since winning her silver medal in senior girls' singles at NDFC Youth Nationals in May 2014.

In men's action, Greg Vass of Regina won his second singles title of the season at the popular tournament, a few weeks after getting a taste for gold at the Lloydminster shoot. He defeated Karsten Larsen of Saskatoon in the final.

Six events took place over the weekend.

Karsten Larsen and James Walter of Hudson Bay won the men's doubles; Judy Cleaveley was back on top in the women's doubles, partnered with fellow Hudson Bay resident Lowine Binkley. They're pictured top right.

Larsen, Walter and Rita Larsen teamed up to win the mixed triples. They look quite happy about it in the picture.

Blind draw winners were Ashtin Bear (Prince Albert) and Alden Lewis (Hudson Bay).

Organizer Shauna Grassing says that "despite Nipawin being under a snowfall watch, we had a great time. The numbers were slightly down but we had a few new players out and some who hadn't played in a very long time." See the full results

Icicle adds prize money

The North Battleford tournament coming up on March 7 has an extra $1,000 prize money thanks to sponsors Splish Splash Auto RV and Pet Wash. See a poster

Ashtin keeps cool in Blizzard

Reigning NDFC national youth champion and now three-time adult winner Ashtin Bear of Prince Albert held off the opposition to take the men's singles title at the 2015 Blizzard held in Regina January 17. Ashtin is pictured left.

Ashtin defeated Moose Jaw's Jesee Gamble in the final then went on to finish second in the doubles partnered with Reginan Shawn Solomon. They fell in the final to John Brann of Regina and Curt Gamble of Moose Jaw. That's Curt and John on the right.

Ladies' winner is Judy Cleaveley who made the trip from Hudson Bay. She's pictured below right with finalist Dakota Roberts out of Prince Albert (left in photo).

Over in the ladies' doubles it was Saskatchewan darts legends Joan Hodgen and Bonnie Lapierre (below left) who teamed up to win, defeating youth player Savanah Solomon (Regina) and Cathy Kerrigan (Saskatoon).

Organizer and SDA president Pat Copeman says the numbers were down from last year but the competition was as stiff as ever, and plenty of 180s were added to the maximum count.

You can see full results here. Rankings have been updated - the new list will be used to determine the byes to the Creighton Provincials. Photos courtesy Cathy Kerrigan

Eric goes top with Hemi win

Eric Matheson has taken top position in the men's rankings with a convincing win at the Al Heminger Memorial in Saskatoon January 3. He's pictured left with runner-up Doug Spearey (far left), also Saskatoon, who has made it to two finals in a row at the popular tournament.

Women's winner was Cathy Kerrigan (Saskatoon), defeating Dakota Roberts, the youth sensation out of Prince Albert. It's reigning provincial champ Cathy's first win of the season. Dakota (L) and Cathy look happy about it in the photo right.

Eric doubled up his winnings with a team victory, partnered with Karsten Larsen (Saskatoon). Women's doubles title goes to the Hudson Bay team of Lowine Binkley and Judy Cleaveley, pictured left.

The Sportsmanship Awards, voted on by players, went to Karsten Larsen and Lowine Binkley. That's them on the right.

You can see full results here. The numbers were down a little from last year with some cold weather affecting travel; thirty-nine men and fourteen women took part. Host and organizer Elaine Walker says thanks and Happy New Year to all the volunteers.

Provincials 2015 set for Creighton

Hosted by the Northeast zone for the first time, the SDA Provincial Championships are heading to Creighton. Players are already gearing up their game for the showpiece event of the season in April.

See details at this link. There's also a link at the top of this page.

Charity darts helps needy families

With a report from the Saskatoon Toy Shoot, here's Laurie Kitzul:

"The 24th Annual Charity Toy Shoot was held on Saturday, December 6. This is a mixed-doubles dart tournament where the entry fee is toys. For over 20 years, dart players have been supporting this great event and I’ve had the privilege to organize it. This year we had 24 teams (48 players) and lots of non-players bringing toys as well. All the toys and money raised goes to the Salvation Army in conjunction with CJWW’s Secret Santa campaign.

"This is our third year incorporating the food drive for the Saskatoon Food Bank and it’s here to stay!

"Thank you to the participants, our sponsors who donated gifts/prizes and the volunteers who make all of this possible."
 - Laurie Kitzul

Thanks, Laurie. Pictured right are the winners of the 2014 Toy Shoot, Cathy Kerrigan and Alex Parnitsky of Saskatoon.

Merry Christmas to all!

Ashtin wins back-to-back

Ashtin Bear of Prince Albert was on form again at the North East Classic in Hudson Bay November 22-23, making it two tournament singles wins in a row, and taking the wins in the mixed doubles and blind draw doubles as well, partnered with Lowine Binkley (Hudson Bay) both times. They're pictured left.

Ashtin's win over James Walter (Hudson Bay) moves him up to 8th spot in the SDA rankings, and he's still not half-way through his first season as an adult. See the latest rankings.

Women's singles winner is Judy Cleaveley of Hudson Bay, first place for the fourth year in a row at her home-town tournament. She defeated Aspen Cleaveley (Hudson Bay) in the final. The finalists are pictured left.

Aspen went on to team up with youth sensation Dakota Roberts (Prince Albert) and win the women's doubles. Men's team winners were Hunch Gray and Jaret Gray of Rosetown.

Full results here from the North East Classic.

Ashtin takes Oktobershoot

Ashtin Bear won his first adult title November 8, defeating Jaret Gray of Rosetown 5-2 in the final of the North Battleford tournament.

Ashtin, who finished up the final with a very impressive 13-dart game, is playing his first season as an adult, having won the NDFC Nationals as a youth in May of this year.

Ladies' winner is Joan Hodgen, who beat youth star Dakota Roberts of Prince Albert.

Earlier in the day, the mixed doubles event was won by Eva Schellenberg and Eric Matheson, who overcame Jaret Gray and Trish Gray. Sixteen men and twelve women took part in the weather-affected shoot. 

Full results here from North Battleford.

Hammer triples at Open

Bonnie "the Hammer" Lapierre of Regina took first in women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles events at the Saskatchewan Open.

She's pictured with singles finalist Dakota Roberts (left) and doubles partner Joan Hodgen (right). 

The five-event tournament took place in Regina October 24 and 25. 

Bonnie defeated youth phenom Dakota Roberts in the singles, then she partnered up with Joan Hodgen of Estevan and Jim Dennis in the team events. Dakota (Prince Albert) was second again in women's doubles with her partner Cathy Kerrigan of Saskatoon.

Pictured right are men's singles finalists Cory Tkach (right) in first place and runner-up Curt Gamble of Moose Jaw. Cory, playing out of Winnipeg, improved on his second-place finish at this event last year.

Jim Dennis (Regina, left) and Ernie Charles of Stanley Mission (right in picture), got the win in men's doubles, defeating veteran players Greg Wallace and Dave Brownrigg in the final.

See the full results. The SDA rankings and Maximum Exposure are up to date. Photos courtesy Bonnie Lapierre

Riders pool pays out $3,650 

The 2014 SDA Riders football pool is wrapping up with $3,650 paid out in prizes ranging from $50 to $500.

Over $8,000 was raised by the sale of tickets, which will go a long way towards sending our teams to Nationals.

Winners are listed on this page, where you'll find the Riders results. There's another link at the top of this page.

Saskatoon zone Bingo called

SUDO's online bingo for their youth darts league is over and we can announce the winners.

The first prize of $300 goes to Mike McPhail of Saskatoon; second prize of $200 was won by Catherine MacLean of Lloydminster. Congratulations to both of them and thanks to all our players for taking part!

Organizer Elaine Walker says the bingo raised $400 for youth darts in Saskatoon. In addition to that, Mike McPhail generously donated $100 of his prize to the league, saying he has young children who'll be playing darts in it themselves one day. Nice one, Mike.

The Saskatoon Youth League is run by Eva Schellenberg on Saturday mornings at the Army and Navy club. All youth players of all levels are welcome to join! Players aged under 19, you can contact Eva at this E-mail.

Fun shoot in Rosetown

Mixed doubles and singles events were played October 18. Top pairing was youth star Dakota Roberts (Prince Albert) and her partner Eric Matheson (Saskatoon), who defeated Judy Cleaveley (Hudson Bay) and Jaret Gray (Rosetown) in the final.

Fall Fun Shoot 2014.  Eric Matheson, Dakota Roberts, Judy Cleaveley, Jaret Gray

Organizer Trish Gray says there were 13 teams competing, and "it was nice to see some of the province's youth players in attendance."

The fun continued after the mixed. Karsten Larsen (Saskatoon) defeated 2013 provincial champ Gerry Rorick (Rosetown) in the men's singles. They're pictured left.

To the right, it's Judy again! She beat Gloria Morrison (Rosetown) in the women's final. Photos courtesy Trish Gray

Border shoot results

Results are in from the Lloydminster tournament played October 3-4. Men's singles winner is Greg Vass of Regina, defeating Jaret Gray of Rosetown in the final. Saskatoon team Karsten Larsen and Eric Matheson won the men's doubles.

Rosetown's Trish Gray won the ladies' event over Barb Schmidt and then teamed up with local player Lori Mackay to take the doubles. You can see the full results here.

That 170s show

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.

Laurie KitzulSome 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.

The list will probably not be comprehensive so if you're not here let us know.

Joan Hodgen 2006 Moose Jaw Spring Fling
Laurie Kitzul 1988 Provincials
Laurie Kitzul 1992 Rosetown Spring
Bonnie Lapierre 2009 Main Event
Bonnie Lapierre 2009 Davidson AGM
Georgina Ratt 2008 Provincials
Al Bradley, Brian Gatin, Carl Mercer, Rod Robbins all pre-1995
Wayne Day pre-1995 Prairie Open
Rodney Durocher 2009 Provincials
Curt Gamble 2011 North Battleford Icicle
Wayne Hudson 2007 Swift Current Frontier Open
Brian Humphreys 2002 Prince Albert Northern Lights
Brian Humphreys 2011 Provincials
Moff Kay 2007 Rosetown Spring
Bill Lobb 2008 Provincials
Rick Martens 2004 La Ronge Keewatin
Jason Skinner 2003 North Battleford Oktobershoot
Jason Skinner 2013 North Battleford Icicle
Doug Spearey 2007 Prince Albert Northern Lights

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.

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.

See the full results.

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.


Tournament Notes

The 2015 Youth Classic has been rescheduled and will now be held in Regina on May 2. See a poster

The 2015 NDFC Nationals will be held in St. Catherine's, Ont. 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.

 Maximum Exposure

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

21 Eric Matheson 2 Joan Hodgen
14 Karsten Larsen 2 Bonnie Lapierre
7 Curt Gamble   Cathy Kerrigan
7 Iain Mackay   Laurie Kitzul
6 Ashtin Bear   Lori Mackay
5 John Brann    
5 Jaret Gray    
5 Alex Parnitsky    
4 Jim Dennis    
4 Jason Skinner    
3 Ernie Charles    
3 Cliff Culbert    
3 Jesee Gamble    
3 Bobby Magalong
3 Danny Mckenzie    
3 Brad Ranford    
3 Shawn Solomon    
2 Bob Bensen    
2 Hunch Gray    
2 Klyne Obey    
2 Greg Vass    
2 Greg Wallace    
2 Mike Zidar    
  Ted Bell    
  Richard Hale    
  Brian Humphreys    
  Steve Kristjansson    
  Alden Lewis    
  Jamie Perrett    
  Damian Rice    
  Earl Stirling-Brown    
  Andy Townend    

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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