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National Day Darts Extravaganza: Who Will Reign Supreme?

FOLLOWING on the heels of a successful revival of Darts on the Island recently in which Untouchable A emerged as champions, the Saint Lucia Darts Association (SLDA) in collaboration with Prio’s Bar and Grill located in Corinth is at it again. This time the two entities will stage the one day event, National Day Darts Extravaganza, which serves off today (Saturday 19th December 2020) from 2.00 p.m.

The question is, who will reign supreme after the final dart is thrown to signal the end of the 2020 season for the SLDA?

Image: (L-R) Thomas Labadie (Southern Pointers) and Haig Louis (Untouchables A). (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Thomas Labadie (Southern Pointers) and Haig Louis (Untouchables A). (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

Public Relations Officer for the SLDA, Lambert Charles, spoke to The VOICE about the event: “It’s a one day affair; we have five teams participating, namely, Untouchables A and B; Southern Pointers; Amazona and Branford Darters and like the previous tournament we expect a very high level of competition throughout”.

According to Lambert, the games will be played in the 501 format in the following categories: Team 1001; Men singles, with no ladies singles this time around, but the ladies will look to muscle their way when they compete in the Mixed Doubles category.

“For clarity, instead of starting at a score of 501, teams will start with 1001; the same rules and playing conditions apply,” Lambert said.

Some of the players who will be in for the showpiece are expected to leave no stone unturned, some of them were defeated on the final day of the previous tournament and will be hoping to avenge their defeat.

Image: Neville Labadie (Southern Pointers) and Lambert Charles (Untouchables A). (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
Neville Labadie (Southern Pointers) and Lambert Charles (Untouchables A). (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

On the final day of the 501 tournament played on November 14th, in the men’s singles final Haig Louis (Untouchables A) went down to Thomas Labadie 3-2, Haig at one point led 2-0; the experienced Lambert Charles (Untouchables A) is expected to come out firing on all cylinders against whoever he comes up against after losing to Neville Labadie (Southern Pointers) 3-2 for the third place silverware.

Other players who will be in the thick of things and will be looking to end on a winning note for their respective teams include: Peter Lionel; Hendrickson Joseph, Donavan Medar, Kevin Joseph, Delta Lionel and Leona Augustin (Amazona).

Image: (L-R) Phillip Branford (Branford Darters), Peter Lionel and Delta Lionel (Amazona). (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Phillip Branford (Branford Darters), Peter Lionel and Delta Lionel (Amazona). (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

Other players include, Trevor John, Johnathan Emmanuel, Cuthbert Anthony, Patricia Edmund (Untouchables A), Lance Charles, Eric Daniel, Andrea Leon, Vibert Henry (Untouchables B), Victor Simeina, Selwyn Maitland, Simon Romain, Alban Lay and Dawn Avril (Southern Pointers), Phillip Branford, Marceline Charles and Julian Jules (Branford Darters).

The Ministry for Youth Development and Sports has also sponsored four trophies to the cause.

Meanwhile, the SLDA is leaving nothing to chance indicating that all COVID-19 protocols will be in place to include, the wearing of masks, temperature testing, hand sanitizing upon entering the facility and six feet distancing.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

He covers and contributes articles highlighting the areas of international, regional, national, community based clubs and schools sporting activities. There is never an off day as he stays busy... Read full bio...

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