NSW players, from left, Graham Carr, Clive Collier, Marc Alders and Jason Chambers getting in some practice for the biannual to
NSW players, from left, Graham Carr, Clive Collier, Marc Alders and Jason Chambers getting in some practice for the biannual to

Darts triple treat and that?s no bull



IT MIGHT not have the same amount of intensity as a State of Origin clash but there is plenty of State pride on the line at the moment at the Sawtell Hotel.

For more than a week now the different State bodies in the Railway Institute Darts clubs have converged on the Sawtell Hotel battling it out for the various trophies that have been on offer in the biannual tournament.

"We've got 51 people competing here over a two week period," State secretary Mick Herft said.

"No-one who's come here has got any complaints except for the weather."

Not that the rain has bothered the competitors much as the creature comforts provided by the hotel have been appreciated by all the players.

The two big events will be held tomorrow and Friday this week as the singles and pairs champions are decided.

The singles title will be decided on Thursday with reigning champ Steve Young from Western Australia looking a likely type to repeat the dose from two years ago.

His main competition will probably come from NSW trio Hans Christensen, Mick Tapper and Shaun Hutchings.

Local Darts Association president Dave Cummings has welcomed the players to town and can't hide his excitement at the tournament finding it's temporary home in Sawtell.

"It's a bonus for the locals association having these players here," Cummings enthused.

"It's also a bonus for the whole town as well when you consider there's 14 people here who aren't playing as well and they're here for a whole two weeks paying for food and accommodation."



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