Mitchell Hurring (15), of King's High School, eyes up another high score at the inaugural Dunedin interschool darts championship, held at Otago Boys' High School yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A new darts tournament for Dunedin secondary school pupils,
started by accident, seems to have hit the mark, attracting
several former and present New Zealand darts champions.
The inaugural Dunedin interschool darts championship was held
at Otago Boys' High School yesterday, with 12 darts players
from Queen's High School, King's High School and Otago Boys'
High School competing.
Event organiser and Otago Boys' head of chemistry Tim Ashdown
said the competition was of a high standard, with competitors
such as OBHS pupil Dan Smart (17), who is the New Zealand
under-18 darts champion, and Queen's High School sisters
Ripeka (18) and Svania (17) Te Moananui, who are former New
Zealand darts youth champions.
While delighted at the success of the event, he was a little
surprised at pupils' responses to it.
''I started it by accident. I put a dart board up in my
classroom on a wet day about three years ago so the boys
could play at lunchtime.
''And before I knew it, it got so popular I had to put up
another five boards.
''Once they start playing, they get hooked - it's very
''The boys are here every lunchtime.''
Because of the increasing popularity of the sport and the
increasing competitiveness of the pupils, Mr Ashdown decided
to establish an interschool tournament.
''We're just trying to grow the sport,'' he said.
''In the United Kingdom, more people watch darts on TV than
Mr Ashdown said the tournament had been so successful, it was
certain to become an annual event.
Results. - Junior champion: James Whelan (OBHS); senior
champion: Daniel Smart (OBHS); most improved player: Shannay
Nicholls (Queen's); overall team winner: OBHS.