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Darts Prepares For Regional Engagement

  The Fiji Darts Association is using the Vodafone Fiji Open Darts doubles as a build-up to selecting potential players ahead of the first South Pacific Darts Championship in Vanuatu
18 Sep 2016 08:09
Darts Prepares For Regional Engagement
Ronith Narayan in action during the Vodafone Fiji open darts doubles tournament at the defence club yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

The Fiji Darts Association is using the Vodafone Fiji Open Darts doubles as a build-up to selecting potential players ahead of the first South Pacific Darts Championship in Vanuatu in 2018.

Association president Nyla Alfred said yesterday this is the first time ever for Fiji to be invited to such an event and in order to be competitive they need to choose the best players.

“We have been lucky that we have been invited which is a first for darts in Fiji,” she said.

“We are using this competition to gauge our players and we will have trials. We are planning to do something before the year ends to let players know what they need to do in order to trial for the team.

“There is a lot of room for improvement, we had a Nauruan team and we can see that our players need to improve if they want to become competitive come the championship.”

While the turnout was a lot less than last year for the Darts doubles tournament, Alfred says, the reason behind this is because they have chosen to stick to deadlines.

“We sort of changed the rules slightly as we have kept to deadlines now trying to get people used to deadlines. Before we used to allow players to join on the day but this year we decided to stick to the closing date but 20 teams is good for us.

“We are also happy that the ladies also turned up to play in this tournament and pitching themselves against the men in preparation for the Ladies singles next Saturday. The completion has been successful, this is our first tournament for 2016 and the results have been tough but good. It has not been easy. Those who we thought would have come out of the pools didn’t so it’s been a good tournament.

“We just like to thank Vodafone Fiji Limited who came out this year to help us and in helping us they have provided sponsorship for five of our tournaments. For small federations it is difficult to find sponsorships so we are thankful to Vodafone.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj



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