The darts community in Saskatchewan is reeling from the news of the passing of our president, coach, team-mate, mentor and friend Pat Copeman, peacefully at home in Regina on July 25.
We would like to express our condolences to her husband Howard, children Donna and Darren (Kim) and grandchildren Aaron and Bailey.
Pat was involved in Saskatchewan darts at every level since the earliest
days of the SDA in the 1980s. She represented our province at NDFC
Nationals as a player in 1990, ‘92, ‘97, ‘99 and 2004. When she stopped
throwing competitively, Pat embraced the role of coach and executive,
representing us at Nationals as coach or provincial director in 2008, ‘09, ‘10, ‘12 and ‘13
then as SDA President in 2014, ‘15 and ‘16, and was well known at the
National level. Pat was also an inspiration to youth players and attended NDFC
Youth Nationals with the Saskatchewan team in 2015 and 2016.
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Pat was also an inspiration to youth players and attended NDFC
Youth Nationals with the Saskatchewan team in 2015 and 2016.
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Pat’s long-time friend Judy Seidler took the time to share some of her memories:
"Mom, Grandma, Ms. President, or just Pat – no matter what you called her, we lost a good one on July 25, 2016.
Pat was a dedicated dart enthusiast, either as a player or as an administrator and had been involved in darts for about 35 to 40 years. She originally started playing at the Vets in Regina in the Ladies League. I first got to know her when she entered some of the small tournaments that I used to run at the Legion. One of my first memories of her was when Pat and two other women came over with these silly smurf tee-shirts on and called themselves the Smurfettes. We had a lot of giggles about that years later. Pat and I would travel to all of the SDA tournaments either with Carol Shepherd, or Carl Mercer and Jack Giesinger or just us. We were going to Nipawin one year and hit a storm. Instead of turning back, we rolled down both windows and followed the lines that way with our heads stuck out of the windows.
As time went on, the three of us, Pat, Carol and myself, became inseparable, as everyone pretty much knows. I think one of Pat's proudest moments in darts was when the three of us were inducted into the Golden Harvest Hall of Fame as the Three Amigos.
The memories for me are immense and I can't even begin to start on
everything. So many years of laughs and giggles. (Pat and I are
pictured right at the 1992 Nationals).
(Pat and I are pictured right at the 1992 Nationals).
Pat loved the admin side of darts but was starting to get a little tired so she was thinking of taking a break at the next election.
Pat, you will be missed hugely by the dart family in Saskatchewan and across Canada in every province.
I, myself will miss you a lot even though I no longer play. Be at peace and God's Speed.
- Judy Seidler, former SDA President (2007-09) and Team Sask player 13 times (1984-2005).
Pat’s close friend and playing partner for more than 20 years, Carol Shepherd, is, like many of us, still in shock. She says that Pat was not unwell and was very active. “She was like a sister to me,” says Carol, pictured left. They had been roomies at countless darts tournaments and Nationals trips. “Pat was always coaching,” she says.
Pat had retired from nursing and was a volunteer for the RCMP among other activities. An obituary will appear in the Regina Leader-Post in the coming days. We understand that there is to be no funeral at Pat’s request.
Pat was elected President of the SDA in 2011, having served on the executive for several years as Secretary. Here at the SDA executive, we will try to continue on with the business of darts without Pat at the helm, but it will be very tough to do so and on behalf of all our players and all of those who knew Pat, we’d like to say that darts in Saskatchewan will never be the same. Thanks for everything, Mom.
Saskatchewan ninth at Nationals
Team Sask finished up in ninth place overall in the Canada Cup standings at the 2016 NDFC Adult Nationals.
Some of our players had a good run in the round robin sections, including Bonnie Lapierre who advanced to the first round. A couple of our teams were in 4th-place playoffs, but it was not meant to be our year.
Nationals were played June 14-17. The winning province this year is Nova Scotia.
AGM called for September 10 in Regina
SDA President Pat Copeman called the Annual General Meeting for 10 a.m. on Saturday September 10 at the Eagles Club in Regina.
Members are invited to meet the new executive members and take part in the proceedings to officially start the 2016-17 season.
Then the darts begins with men's singles and women's doubles in the morning session, followed by men's doubles and women's singles in the afternoon. All participants must register before the 9.45 a.m. cut-off.
You can see and print a poster here.
Ashtin Bear fifth at Canadian Open
Provincial Champion Ashtin Bear of Prince Albert wowed the crowd at the Canadian Open in Richmond BC on June 18 as he played to a respectable joint fifth place.
Ashtin was knocked out in a seven-leg thriller by John Norman of Newfoundland and Labrador. The eventual winner was Kiley Edmonds of Nova Scotia. Women's champ is Karrah Boutilier, also Nova Scotia. A nice run by Ashtin and now Nationals is over, our players get a well-deserved summer break.
Full results from Nationals and the Canadian Open will be posted on the NDFC web page.
Saskatchewan junior boys win national doubles
Saul Arndt (Regina) and Jaymes Swenson (Prince Albert) took it to the stage on the opening day of Youth Nationals May 20 and won the NDFC junior boys' doubles title in Richmond, BC. Great darts!
On May 21, Saul Arndt won the Americas Cup qualifier, entitling him to represent Canada at the U-17 level in Barbados this July - great job!
Then, on May 22, 16-year-old Saul teamed up with Rianna December of Saskatoon to make the stage and win silver in junior mixed doubles. Saul adds his two medals this year to his previous two, and that's Rianna's second medal as a junior rep. Way to go!
To round off an excellent tournament, Saul Arndt went on to win the World Masters qualifier, which earns him a place at the U-18 BDO World Masters in London, England in November. Saul, who was appearing at Nationals for the seventh time, is pictured right. A fantastic achievement by the lad from Regina!
Team SK 2016 also includes Josh Grenier, David Pelly, Lyneta Grenier, Clover Arndt and Shaukeena McKay.
The Youth Nationals wound up Sunday evening, May 22 with the banquet and awards. Full results will be posted on the NDFC web site.
Riders 2016 football pool tickets go on sale
The 2016 Riders football fundraiser is your chance to raise money for our association, win prizes, and watch the Riders all at the same time!
Tickets are $20 for the whole CFL season, with one draw in each regular season game as well as the playoffs and Grey Cup Final. We paid out $3,850 in prizes in 2015. See your zone director to buy tickets and also if you want to become a ticket seller. And Go Riders!
Provincials 2016: Bonnie hits 20, Ashtin wins men's
The new men's provincial champion and youngest ever to do it is Ashtin Bear of Prince Albert. Bonnie Lapierre of Regina wins the women's event for an incredible 20th time.
Here are the top finishers:
This year the Zone Cup went to Prince Albert, followed by 2. Stanley Mission, 3. Regina and 4. Moose Jaw.
Main Event draws top shots
Men's champion and $1,000 better off is Dave Cameron of Nova Scotia, who defeated Manitoban Rory Orvis in the final. The finalists are pictured left.
Women's champion Roxanne Vantassel of Northern Ontario beat Kim Bellay-Rousselle of British Columbia to take the $500 first prize. That's Roxanne and Kim on the right.
Roxanne teamed up with Cathy Kerrigan of Saskatoon to take the women's doubles. They're pictured right.
In the men's doubles it was Shawn Currie and Shawn Burt of Alberta (far right) who came out on top.
In the mixed doubles event on the first morning, local player Rita Larsen partnered Dave Cameron to a first place finish. They're pictured below left.
The previous evening Danny Mckenzie of Stanley Mission and Eric Matheson of Saskatoon were partnered up and went all the way in the blind draw competition. Danny and Eric are pictured right.
Tournament organizer (and joint fifth-place woman) Elaine Walker says it was a fantastic turnout, and she offers a big "thank you" to everyone who supported the tournament, including all the players that travelled and the volunteers who helped with setting up and running everything.
"Without you all," says Elaine, "it would not have been such a great success."
Elaine says, "there were some pretty amazing darts thrown this weekend and it was a real pleasure to watch. Congratulations to all the winners and I hope to see everyone back again next year."
Other notable Saskatchewan results were Cathy Kerrigan's third in women's singles and the third place by Ashtin Bear and youth player Rianna December in the mixed event.
Did you know? The 2017 NDFC Nationals will be held in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Stay tuned for up-to-the-minute news of any announcements or changes to tourney dates.
This is a record of all maximum 180s and 171s recorded by SDA players at tournaments this season.
Well done to everyone who hit a 180 for the first time in competition - the first of many!
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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