The 2014 NDFC Adult National Championships took place in Halifax. With a report from Nationals, here's SDA President Pat Copeman:
"The Nationals started on Tuesday June 10 with the Men's and Ladies' Doubles events. Unfortunately we had only one Doubles team advance to the knockout round - Cathy Kerrigan and Bonnie Lapierre achieved a joint 5th finish in this event.
"On Wednesday the Men's and Ladies' Singles events took place. Again it was our women who advanced to the knockout round. Cathy Kerrigan and Joan Hodgen finished joint 17th and Bonnie Lapierre finished in the joint 9th position.
Team Saskatchewan are pictured in the official team photo taken June 10:
Back row (L-R): Cathy Kerrigan, Danny Mckenzie, Jim Dennis, John Brann, Karsten Larsen, Ken Friesen, Alex Parnitsky, Eric Matheson, Curt Gamble, Dorothy Zimmer (alt). Front row (L-R): Pat Copeman (SDA President), Judy Cleaveley, Aspen Cleaveley, Bonnie Lapierre, Stacey Saccucci, Carol Shepherd, Joan Hodgen, Sherry Hingtgen.
"On Thursday the Mixed Doubles event was played. Cathy Kerrigan and Danny McKenzie were eliminated in a playoff.
"Friday was the Nodor Cup event. Our Ladies' team (pictured) got joint 3rd in this event.
"While the team remained in 8th spot in the Canada Cup standings we did increase our point count by 17 points. I look forward to a further increase in total points for next year." - Pat Copeman
Thanks Pat and well done to all our
In other results, Cathy Kerrigan partnered up with Mandy Fleck of B.C. to win the ladies' doubles at the Canadian Open. Nice job! That's Mandy and Cathy on the right.
In the pre-tournament East Coast Open, Jim Dennis
reached the final, finishing second to Dave Cameron of Nova Scotia.
They're pictured left. Carol Shepherd came joint ninth in the ladies' event.
Full results from Nationals are posted here by the NDFC.
Saskatchewan youth Ashtin Bear wins National championship
Ashtin Bear of Prince Albert won the NDFC National Senior Boys' championship in Halifax May 17, defeating Dawson Murschell of Alberta in the final 3-1. Ashtin, pictured right, took out a 72 finish to win the gold. After his victory he said "I can't believe I won," later saying that it is "a dream come true." What better way to end his final year as a youth player! Congratulations Ashtin!
Dakota Roberts, also from Prince Albert, came second in senior girls, losing to Raina Burke of Newfoundland in the final 3-2. The match went down to the final double.
A day earlier, Dakota and her partner Randi Friess finished second in senior girls' doubles, then on Day 3, Ashtin and Dakota teamed up to finish second in mixed doubles, bringing Dakota her third silver and the team's total medal count to a gold, three silvers and a bronze.
Youth team start strong in Halifax
In doubles play on May 16, the first day of national competition, Saskatchewan girls got off to a flyer!
Randi Friess (Nipawin, far left) and Dakota Roberts (Prince Albert, near left) made the final in Senior Girls and won the silver medal. The stage match was very close, with Dakota wiring a double she needed to win the fifth and final game against Newfoundland and Labrador. Congratulations on a great result!
Junior Girls Savanah Solomon and Rianna December got to the semis and finish with a bronze medal for joint third.
The juniors are pictured right. Savanah (Regina, L) says she and Rianna (Saskatoon, R) "played pretty good together." She had to help rookie Rianna with what to shoot for sometimes but it seems to have worked out! Savanah says "we would encourage each other a lot."
Savanah enjoyed her first time at Nationals. "It's really fun. You get to meet a lot of different people from different places and become friends with them. It's a great experience."
Rianna was also a first-time competitor at Nationals. She says "Oh yeah, I would do this again!"
SDA Provincial Youth Director Trish Gray says "the senior girls played an awesome stage set. I am super proud," and that for the juniors, third place is a "sweet" result in their first year. Trish says the boys' teams missed out (May 16), but not for a lack of good darts.
In other notable results, Saul Arndt of Regina finished second in the pre-tournament Bursary shoot and second again in the World Masters qualifier. Our overall finish in the Canada Cup was fifth. Full results will be posted by the NDFC.WH
Official team picture, NDFC Youth Nationals, Halifax, NS, May 16 2014: Back row: Laurie Unger (coach), Hunch Gray (chaperon), Saul Arndt, Austin Morrison, Ashtin Bear, Josh Grenier, Shawn Solomon (chaperon). Front row: Rianna December, Savanah Solomon, Dakota Roberts, Randi Friess, Trish Gray (SDA youth director).
Danny makes a comeback, Cathy tops women
Danny Mckenzie of Stanley Mission has regained the title of men's provincial champion, having won it six times before, most recently in 2008. Danny is pictured left. Women's champ at her first attempt is Cathy Kerrigan of Saskatoon (right). Congratulations to both of them!
After three long days of competition April 11-13, Team Sask 2014 was decided for the NDFC Nationals in Nova Scotia.
This year's Zone Cup is awarded to Moose Jaw, who recorded a 56.8% win rate. Regina were second with 52.7%, followed by North Battleford (52.2%), Stanley Mission (50.2%), Saskatoon (46.6%), West Central (45.1%) and Nipawin (43.4%).
Election of board members
The executive has two new members and two returning. New Financial Director Bev Roth and First Vice-president Wayne Hudson were elected, Member-at-Large Shauna Grassing was re-elected to her position, and Trish Gray retains the post of Youth Director by acclamation. Let's wish them all the best for their two-year terms.
A sport for the ages
A reminder that darts is truly a universal sport - contestants in our adult provincials ranged from 19 to 83 years of age.
(L-R) Cliff Culbert (Hodgeville), Finn
Petersen (Saskatoon), Moff Kay (Kindersley) and Earl Stirling-Brown (Nipawin)
competed in the three-day event. Looking good fellas! The
combined score in years of these gentlemen is an amazing 295. For the record our
senior shooter is Finn. WH
Hammer nails Event, Jeff repeats in men's
Bonnie "The Hammer" Lapierre pounded home some telling darts to take the women's singles and a nice $500 prize at the Main Event held April 5-7 at Saskatoon. Reginan Bonnie (near left) defeated NDFC star Cindy Hayhurst of Alberta (far left) in the final and regains the title she last won in 2012.
Over in the men's singles Jeff Howard of Alberta took first place from a field of 59 men and earns a cool $1,000. He's on the right of the picture with runner up Dave Cameron.
Here's a report from Saskatoon organizer Elaine Walker:
In other results, ladies doubles goes to Cathy Kerrigan of Saskatoon and Ivy Weishlow of Alberta; men's doubles winners are Dave Cameron of Nova Scotia and Troy Hanlon (NL); Cindy Hayhurst partnered with Terry Hayhurst to take mixed doubles, repeating last year's result; and the blind draw event winners were Trish Gray of Rosetown and Dave Cameron. Photos courtesy Elaine Walker, Cathy Kerrigan.
Moose Shoot winners
Moose Jaw's annual shoot took place May 10. Men's singles goes to Scott Lemoine of North Battleford zone, beating Saskatoon's Alex Parnitsky in the final. Women's champ is Joan Hodgen of Midale with the win over Cathy Kerrigan of Saskatoon.
In the doubles events, local men Jesee Gamble and Curt Gamble took first prize over Alex Parnitsky and Karsten Larsen, while first-time winner Rita Larsen of Saskatoon and her partner Cathy Kerrigan topped the women's event over Aspen Cleaveley of Saskatoon and Karen Shepherd of Moose Jaw.
We'll have the full results soon. WH Photos by Cathy Kerrigan
Classic doubles for Jason and Judy
Jason Skinner of Battleford and Judy Cleaveley of Hudson Bay both made it two for two at the Northern Classic in Prince Albert February 8-9.
Jason beat Danny McKenzie of Stanley Mission in the singles final, and then partnered up with Damian Riceof Lloydminster to take the doubles over McKenzie and his partner, local star Rod Swenson. Jason says "it was great darts."
Judy won singles over Saskatoon's Barb Schmidt and teamed up with Lowine Binkley of Hudson Bay to take women's doubles.
We'll have more results from Prince Albert soon. Prince Albert organizer Terry Newell posted some photos on the SDA Facebook page. WH
The annual Blizzard dart tournament was held in Regina January 18. We have the following report from SDA President Pat Copeman:
2014 Youth Classic
We have the following report from SDA Youth Director Trish Gray:
Forty-seven men and 16 women played the Al Heminger Memorial tournament in Saskatoon January 4. The SDA's biggest one-day shoot paid out over $3,000 in prizes.
Organizer Elaine Walker and the volunteers from the Saskatoon United Darts Organization did a great job running a smooth tournament. Here are some of the best shots:
You can see the full results from the Heminger Memorial here. WH
New leader for Saskatoon Youth darts
Organizer Eva Schellenberg (pictured) recently started youth darts up again in Saskatoon. They get together Saturday mornings at the Army Navy so if you're 19 or under and play at any level, there's somewhere for you to meet others and play. Players aged 7 to 16 are already throwing. You can contact Eva at this E-mail.
Eva says, "let's get our youth more involved because they are the future. Please come out and support Youth Darts!" We'll be there, Eva! WH
Stay tuned for up to the minute news of any announcements or changes to tourney dates.
The return of ...
For a listing of maximums thrown in the 2012-13 season, click here.
This is a record of all 180s and 171s scored at SDA-ranked tournaments
by our members in the 2013-14 season. Congratulations to the winners
and to the first-time maximum scorers! The first of many!
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