Steady on the oche for darts-mad kids

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HPCC Eagles clinched the top spot amidst fiery compeition in the Eastbourne Youth Darts League finals held at the Hampden Park Community Hall.

The competition, sponsored by Sported, an organisation which changes young lives through sport , saw some of the town’s top young players make their way to the highly-contested knock-out league slots.

The knockout league places were closely contested as HPCC Eagles occupied top spot thanks to a win over Railway Reds.

HPCC Greens took the runners-up berth ahead of the Railway team on better leg aggregate.

In the other league, HPCC Greens were convincing winners on 10 points, with HPCC Eagles second and Railways Red missed out on the trophies in third.

The evening began with the team fours. Paul Weatherby, Lord Greger, James Mewett and Chadley Robson of the Railway Reds won 2-1 against Jessica Gould, Emillie Collins, Shaun Reynolds and Joe Carmichael.

Paul, Lord and James were also successful in the Triples winning 2-0 against Paige Gliddon, Curtis Stevens and Sam Lock of HPCC Eagles.

The Planahead pairs final was another close contest and after winning a leg each, Railway Reds’ Paul and James secured the victory as HPCC Greens’ Alfie Stredwick and Becky King missed the finishing double.

In the newly launched singles competition for 10 to 13-year-olds, Oliver Cole won 2-0 against Jack Hayes while the youth league singles final saw Josh Long winning 3-0 against HPCC Greens team-mate Alfie Stredwick when both players scored highly and played excellent darts.

The highlight of the night was the Bill Clements Singles final where Paul Weatherby was again confident scoring six tons and 140, but it was Andrew Finch of the Drive team who confidently hit his doubles and pulled out an 18 dart leg to win 3-0.

Sam Carmichael received the highest finish award, while Tobi Silva, Joe Carmichael, Craig Cowshall and Tanisha Lee were recognised as most improved players.

League Secretary Anita Coleman said, “There is such commitment and competitive spirit shown by these young people who learn so much about team building.

“Over the eight years the league has been running we have produced many very talented youngsters, some of whom have been selected to play for their county in the Sussex Youth Squad.”

The league resumes in October, but youngsters between 10-16 years are welcome to compete throughout the summer on April 16, May 7, June 11, July 2, August 6, September 3 and October 1at the Hampden ParkCommunity Hall.

The players can register on the night against a £3.00 fee for the year. For more information, contact Jenny Holden on 01323 504719 or Anita Coleman on 01323 488843.