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.
Pictured left are Eric (L) and men's singles runner-up Deon Grandy of Suffield, AB, both a little worse for wear after a gruelling final that went 4-3.
Eric says the secret of his success is easy to explain. "It's the new boots." Very comfortable they look too. 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 her 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.
Players may remember that the issue of the format for 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 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. The newly re-appointed Tournament Director also says that the more complex double knockout is going to 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.
An SDA Fundraising Committee will entertain new and innovative fundraising ideas from all members, and even find ways to bring back some old ones. Eyes down for some bingo, anyone?
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. WH
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.
More on this story in our Youth section
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 in Saskatoon 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 82 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
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.
The return of ...
This is a record of all 180s and 171s scored at SDA-ranked tournaments
by our members. Congratulations to the winners
and to the first-time maximum scorers! The first of many!
Records on this site date back only as far as the 2000-1 season. If you have earlier records and archives in your possession, please contact the SDA
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