There are three ladies performances that stand out internationally above some other very good ones. The first was in 1985 when Lillian Barnett won the Winmau Women’s World Masters in England. Second is Jill MacDonald winning the World Dart Federation’s world cup singles held in Holland in 1991. The New Zealand ladies team received the overall award that year as well. The third was when Noeline Gear won the World Dart Federation’s world cup singles in Perth in 1997. NZ has not fielded a team in World Cups for a while so the ladies have not had as much opportunity to excel in that arena as they once did. Hopefully the New Zealand Dart Council will be in a position to send a men’s and ladies team to the World Cup in Japan when it comes up later this year. Finances have been what has stopped regular participation in the World Cup and Asia Pacific Cup in recent year’s. I do not blame the NZDC for being prudent in this regard. If you have not got it you cannot spend it. Japan is a little less expensive to get to than some other recent venues so might be in the range of what can be allowed for. To it’s credit the NZDC has done a lot for players in recent years who wish to play internationally helping the leading ones financially. That has been great for the player’s and as a result we have seen more travel and perform in major tournaments in England and Australia. I do know that for any NZ player to make a World Cup team, attend and play in a World Cup with that silver fern on their chest would be a very proud moment and a career highlight. I hope it can be achieved again.
Of all the NZ players to play at the PDC world dart championships Rob Szabo has the highest recorded 3 dart average when he averaged 90.06 against Phil Taylor in the first round of the 2016 championship. Rob lost that game 3 sets to 1 but made it close.
Every now and then when at different dart events in New Zealand I have heard players suggest that Clubs NZ, DPNZ and NZDC should amalgamate. They feel that would be a benefit having one organisation that governs and administers all of NZ darts.
There would be some advantages to it. Economically that one organisation with a larger combined player base would have larger revenue. That gives them the opportunity to do more.
You would not need as many officials and we could even have a full time paid officials . I know how hard many of the officials work for these organisations having to balance work and family life around their service to the darts community. Having some paid officials would be in line with other sports in NZ. It means more time could be devoted to long term planning for the sport and so on.
A second advantage would be some rationalisation of the darting calendars with more uniformity in the rules.
Of course if you have been around N Z darts long enough you know this will never happen. Each of the organisations is run slightly differently and each has a slightly different ethos. They could be compared to socialism and capitalism in some ways.Two of the organisations have elected officials and a third is bit more like a private company. NZDC offers financial support to clubs that host their events and DPNZ charge clubs for holding their events and so on.
I have never been in favour of amalgamation for two reasons. Inevitably if you have one organisation at some point a section of the dart community will feel aggrieved about some issue and would start a rival organisation anyway. At least with three organisations players if they feel upset about something they can just play elsewhere than where they are at currently. The second reason is competitive tension. Just like rivals in business having more than one organisation stops complacency and sees people seeking to improve what they do and offer.
Just my opinion.
The World Darts Federation have published their monetary awards for the 2016 season. Three NZ players feature. Tina Osborne was ranked number 2 in the Asia Pacific ladies list behind Corrine Hammond of Australia and Sha Hohipa third. Greg Moss was ranked third in the Asia Pacific men’s list behind Adam Rowe and Ray Smith of Australia. A tremendous effort by those three players.
The link for all the awards is hhttp://www.dartswdf.com
The average age of a PDC champion at the time of winning is 40 years of age. The youngest winner was Michael Van Gerwen at age 25 and the oldest Phil Taylor at age of 53. Dennis Priestly was 44, John Part 37 and 42, Raymond Van Barneveld 40, Adrian Lewis 26 and 27, Gary Anderson 45 and 46. Phil Taylor won it at various ages from 35 to 53.
At the beginning of the 2017 PDC world darts championships the top 8 seeded players had an average age of 40. This shows darts is a game you can play at a top-level to a much greater age than most sports. The oldest is Phil Taylor who is 56 and the youngest Michael Van Gerwen who is 27 years of age. Others are Gary Anderson 46, Peter Wright 46, Adrian Lewis 31, James Wade 33, Dave Chisnall 36 and Mensur Suljovic 44 years of age.
Jerry Hendricks defeated Warren Parry 2 sets to 0 this morning at the Alexandra Place in the PDC World Dart Championships preliminary round. The game was reasonable close but Hendricks had better scoring at the crucial moments. Plus he was 46.15% on his doubles. which is good in any company. Some other stats are below;
First set: Parry winning legs 19,19. Hendricks 15,18, 13.
Second set: Parry winning legs 15,19. Hendricks 18, 15, 16
Tina Osborne of the West City Darts Association has ended the New Zealand Dart Council season as the number one ranked lady player. This is the third year in a row she has achieved this feat having done it in 2014 and 2015 as well. She won 4 New Zealand ranked events. The Canterbury Classic, Puma NZ Masters, NZ Open and NZ singles. Sha Hohipa was the next closest lady with three tournament wins. The North Island Masters, Canterbury Open and Levin Open.
Tina is currently ranked 16th on the World Darts Federation ranking list and Sha Hohipa is 17th.
At the end of the 2016 season Cody Harris of Counties Manukau is the New Zealand Dart Council number one male player. He won 4 New Zealand ranked titles through the year. The Canterbury Classic, NZ Open, NZ singles and Levin Open. The only other player to win more than one was Mark McGrath who won two. The NZ Masters and the Alan King Memorial.
This is the first year that Cody has topped the NZDC ranking list at season end. He is currently ranked 28 in the World Dart Federation ranking list. Only one New Zealander sits in front of him and that is Greg Moss at number 23.