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Team Saskatchewan 2015 are shown in the official team picture at the NDFC Adult National Championships, which got under way June 16 in St. Catherine's, Ontario. Back row, L-R: Eric Matheson, Danny Mckenzie, Darrell Nash, Karsten Larsen, James Walter, Jim Dennis, Ashtin Bear, Ernie Charles. Front row, L-R: Aspen Cleaveley, Stacey Stephanson, Bonnie Lapierre, Joan Hodgen, Lowine Binkley, Judy Cleaveley, Carol Shepherd, Wendy Hrechka, Pat Copeman (SDA President).
After the opening ceremony, the darts began with men's and women's doubles. Saskatchewan pairs Danny Mckenzie/Ashtin Bear and Bonnie Lapierre/Aspen Cleaveley advanced to the first knockout round.
On Wednesday, the singles events were played. Saskatchewan women's champ Bonnie Lapierre advanced to the second round, repeating her joint-ninth finish from 2014. Canadian National champions for 2015 are Dave Cameron (NS) and Maria Mason (ON), both of whom repeated their 2014 wins.
Thursday featured the mixed doubles event. Ashtin/Aspen came closest to a knockout berth, losing a playoff.
At the awards banquet Thursday evening, it was announced that Saskatchewan finished ninth in the overall Canada Cup standings. This year's winners are Ontario, who have now won it 21 out of 30 times.
Saskatchewan finally had something to get excited about on the last day of Nationals. In Friday's Nodor Cup team event, the Saskatchewan women came third, repeating the 2014 team's achievement. In the World Cup Alternative competition, Danny Mckenzie narrowly missed out on a trip overseas, losing to Paul Bolduc in the men's final. Congratulations on a great run, Danny! Bonnie Lapierre was joint fifth in the women's event.
The Canadian Open was played on the closing Saturday. Full official results of all events will be posted at the NDFC web site.
Youth pairs make podium at Nationals
May 15: On the first day of competition at NDFC Youth Nationals in St. Catherine's, Ontario, our doubles teams were in action in four categories. Two of our pairs made the semi-finals.
Senior girls Dakota Roberts and Randi Friess collect a bronze medal; junior boys Saul Arndt and Josh Grenier also receive a bronze medal.
May 16: Play continued with the singles events. Four of our eight players (Austin, Dakota, Saul and Savanah) made it out of their sections then fell in the first round.
May 17: The final day. Team SK lost a first-round playoff in the Nodor Cup team event. Best result was joint fifth for Rianna and Saul in the mixed doubles.
Pictured right, the team take some time out for a visit to Niagara Falls. Looking good! L-R Savanah Solomon, Josh Grenier, Rianna December, Jaymes Swenson, Dakota Roberts, Randi Friess, Austin Morrison, Saul Arndt.The final tally of Canada Cup points was announced at Sunday's awards ceremony. Saskatchewan finished in 5th place overall. Not too shabby!
The team were accompanied to St. Catherine's by acting SDA Youth Director Pat Copeman and coaches Becky Arndt, Ken Cleaveley and Shawn Solomon.
Let's congratulate all the players on a great team effort.
Ashtin and Dakota on target at Moose Shoot
Ashtin Bear and Dakota Roberts of Prince Albert took top spots in the singles events at the 2015 Moose Shoot held in Moose Jaw May 9.
Ashtin added his fourth singles win of the season to his provincial second place and now sits on top of the men's rankings, while youth star Dakota put a second adult win under her belt as she headed to Youth Nationals the following weekend.
Ashtin teamed up with fellow Team Sask player Karsten Larsen to win the men's doubles. Over in the women's team competition it was Team Sask stars Aspen Cleaveley and Judy Cleaveley in first place. You can see full results from Moose Jaw here.
Youth of today
The 2015 Youth Classic tournament was held in Regina May 2.
With a report here's SDA President Pat Copeman:
Ten enthusiastic dart players registered for the day's events, which started with a blind draw doubles. To provide more competition for the youth we added parents and extra spectators as entrants to the event. Each youth player was teamed with an adult except for our senior girls’ team - the senior girls played together.
The result of this event are as follows:
In the afternoon the youth players played singles against the other players in their respective divisions.
The results are as follows:
Pictured below having a good time are the players with their coaches and parents. A good-looking bunch - you know who you are!
This tournament serves as a warm-up for Youth Team Saskatchewan members Dakota, Randi, Rianna, Savanah, Saul and Josh who are off to St. Catherine's for the Nationals May 14-17. More on that story here. Stay with saskdarts.com for all the latest from the NDFC Youth Nationals. Photo by Becky Arndt
Riders football tickets now on sale
Riders football tickets now on sale
The 2015 CFL season is just around the corner and this year the SDA football pool tickets are going on sale early.
A full season of entries into draws for every game is now available for $20. Get your ticket from your zone rep!
Orvis makes it three at Flin Flon Open
Rory Orvis three-peated in men's singles at the Flin Flon Open, defeating Team Sask member Darrell Nash in the final. Orvis, who plays out of Manitoba, has now won this tournament five times since 2008.
Women's champ is Judy Cleaveley of Hudson Bay, who cements her position at the top of the women's rankings with the win over Audrey Campbell.
Six events were played at the tournament April 24-26. You can see the full results here.
Danny repeats, Bonnie regains title at 2015 Provincials
Saskatchewan men's champion Danny Mckenzie of Stanley Mission retained his title at the SDA Provincials in Creighton April 12, while Bonnie Lapierre regained the women's title she last won in 2013.
Congratulations to both of them!
Let's wish all our representatives good luck for the NDFC Nationals in
St. Catherine's in June.
Pictured above are the winners at Creighton. Back row L-R: Shawn Solomon, Ernie Charles, Ashtin Bear, Karsten Larsen, Eric Matheson, Jim Dennis, James Walter, Darrell Nash, Danny Mckenzie; Front row L-R: Gwen Blatz, Wendy Hrechka, Stacey Stephanson, Lowine Binkley, Judy Cleaveley, Joan Hodgen, Carol Shepherd, Aspen Cleaveley, Bonnie Lapierre. Photo by Tanya Benoit
Bonnie 'The Hammer' Lapierre has now won the women's trophy an amazing nineteen times; Danny Mckenzie chalks up his eighth win. They'll be Team Saskatchewan captains for Nationals.
Here's the line-up for Team SK 2015:
Elections were held at Creighton on April 11 for three positions on the SDA Executive. Pat Copeman stays on as President; new executives are Judy Cleaveley, Secretary, and Brian Humphreys, 2nd Vice-president. They will take up their posts in time for the AGM in September and serve two-year terms.
Main Event draws top shots
Men's singles winner and $1,000 better off is Shane Harvey of Alberta (far left). He defeated fellow Albertan Mike Dwyer (left) in the final.
Women's number one is Saskatchewan's reigning provincial champ Cathy Kerrigan of Saskatoon (far right), who collects $500. Runner up: Wenda Carter of Alberta (right).
Photos courtesy Elaine Walker
Wenda teamed up with Ann-Marie Farmer to take women's doubles (pictured right). Over in men's doubles it was Scott Collins and Deon Grandy (Alberta) who came out on top (second right). Canada's top-ranked man Dave Cameron of Nova Scotia teamed up with local star Elaine Walker to win the mixed doubles (far right). Cameron also won the blind draw along with Matthew Hynes.
A total of $9,370 in prize money was paid out over six events, making this Saskatchewan's biggest tournament by far. You can see full results here.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
This is a record of all maximum 180s and 171s recorded by SDA players this season. Congratulations to Eric and Bonnie - they're the top maximum hitters for 2014-15.
Well done also to all 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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