It has been a busy few months at the academy. We have decided this year to have a ranking singles and doubles league, which are both played
once a month and are proving very popular, giving the youngsters a competitive environment in which to play darts on a Monday night.
We have had some interesting results and with the pairs being blind drawn each month you never know who you will be partnered with. We held our first open singles competition, opening it up to anyone over the age of 13 years old. The Academy was well represented with plenty of the members having a go.
The field of 55 was more than we had hoped for and we hope that next year we may hit the 100 mark which would be nice. Jack Marriner and Harry Annals shared the prize for the furthest Academy players both making it as far as the last 16. Harry also picked up the prize for the highest checkout of the day with a stunning 148 in his last 16 match. Dan Read of the Andover Academy picked up the award for the furthest youth player from outside the academy losing out to Tony Broughton in the Semi's.
The Main Competition was won by Bob Crawley who overcame Tony Broughton in a thrilling final. The Ladies competition was won by Jane Jenkins and Academy player Kelly Palmer was runner up. We held a first round loser’s competition to and this was an all-Academy final with Terry 'Gaffer' Hiscock taking on Player of the Year Aaron Bentley with Gaffer coming out on top in the end.
As part of Aaron's award as Player of the Year he was given the
opportunity to have a 2 hour personal coaching session with Bob
Anderson. Bob spent much of the time helping Aaron with his technique
and helping him with some practice routines which we hope will continue
to help him with his game.
We also had Team Unicorn Member Terry Jenkins come to Petersfield to do an exhibition for us, this was due to happen at Easter with Peter Manley but due to his sudden illness we had to postpone and Terry very kindly filled in for us, it was a fantastic evening which every one enjoyed, at the end of the night we asked Terry if he would become a vice-president of the Academy which he accepted and we are honoured he did.
With many competitions coming up over the next few months and
organising our under 21's tournament at the end of the year we have a
busy few months coming up but we hope that the academy will continue to
go from strength to strength.
Unicorn Petersfield Darts Academy
Terry Jenkins with Petersfield Chairman Chris Skinner