Lakeside World Championship competitor Harley Massingham-Kemp won the Echuca-Moama Darts Association’s open tournament.LUKE MCMANUS June 4, 2014 3:02am
Echuca’s Darren Manners was just one dart shy of claiming a mammoth victory at the Echuca-Moama Darts Association’s open tournament on the weekend.
After cruising through the preliminary rounds of the men’s singles, Manners reached Sunday’s final against Harley Kemp, a 19-year-old Australian representative who this year competed in the British Darts Organisation World Championship.
In front of onlookers inside the betting ring at Echuca Harness Racing Club, the 11-game final came down to the last throw, with Manners needing 40 and Kemp needing 32.
The local hope threw too high chasing a double-20, handing Kemp the floor who made no mistake, hitting a double-16 to claim the title.
Echuca-Moama Darts Association president Mike Boslem said Manners was devastated but ‘‘quite chuffed with his achievement’’ in what was the association’s first open tournament in more than a decade.
‘‘Harley’s ranked something like 40 in the world, so Darren did a fantastic job,’’ Boslem said.
‘‘It was such a great final
Corinne Hammond, from Newcastle, claimed the women’s singles title from Jo Hadley, just a day after taking out the women’s doubles with playing partner Melissa Sinnott.
The men’s doubles was claimed by Mal Cuming and Wayne Weening.
Boslem, who was already looking forward to next year’s tournament, was pleased with the calibre of participants despite the Victorian Premier League’s impromptu competition in Geelong which impacted numbers.
‘‘We had about 88 players compete across the weekend,’’ Boslem said.
‘‘Some were from all parts of Victoria and some from interstate, including South Australia and NSW, even one from the Northern Territory.
‘‘Some have already said they’re coming back next year
With many seasoned players taking part, Boslem made particular note of the five junior players who competed in the singles competition.
‘‘The youngest was about nine and the eldest was 15,’’ Boslem said.
‘‘There was a 14-year-old who played and let me tell you, in about five or 10 years time he’ll be a formidable player.’’
Police are asking for information about an assault in Shepparton that left a man with serious facial injuries and broken bones last month.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Emily Umbers has been helping members of the Maasai community to get a toilet.
St Joseph’s Primary School students took part in an extended after-school stay.
Fraser sure has aces in spades
A great day brought big numbers to Station St in Seymour.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
Nominations are being sought for the annual Axedale CWA community youth award.
Access to Ulupna Island has been blocked at key points, leaving local residents and businesses rallying for a re-opening in a bid to save tourism dollars.
Deniliquin McDonald's raised more than $1300 for McHappy Day on Saturday.
Up to14 new full-time jobs will be created at Pactum Dairy Group in Shepparton, with the company set to embark on an $18million expansion at its factory.
Alma Nungarrayi Granites is the most successful of the Warlukurlangu artists who still live at Yuendumu and enjoys teaching children about aboriginal culture and art.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.