GUNNEDAH Men’s Dart League members recently gathered to honour the season’s best performers with an annual presentation evening.
Awards across the grades were taken home and the achievements of a number of different players were recognised.
Competition president John Campbell said it was pleasing to see several younger players take home awards.
“The overall winners of both the winter and summer competitions are little straightforward,” Campbell said.
“Most people kept a track on who was leading in those categories throughout the competitions and most knew who was going to win on the night.
“However, it was really pleasing to see Andrew Kelly from the Curlewis Allstars take out the rookie of the year award.
“It’s his first year playing and to be involved in an A grade premiership is really special.
“As well as that, young Tyler Silver from the Services Spinners took out the most improved award, which was great to see.”
Campbell said he hoped the competition would continue to grow in 2019.
“As I have said in the past, we are probably one of the best represented sports, in terms of regular participation, in town,” he said.
“Each week we have 110 people take part and have about 150 registered to play.
“Those numbers are excellent and I think it is because darts offers people something few other sports can.
“So from that point of view, we won’t be looking to change much next year.”
After the success of July’s inaugural Gunnedah darts open, the league will once again look to host the event.
“Our big open will be held on July 20 and 21 next year,” Campbell said.
“This year’s was fantastic and we’re hoping 2019’s will be even bigger.
“Next year’s open will offer state championship points for the first time.
“It’s really exciting because that should hopefully attract players from even further away and help cement the event on the darts calendar.”
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