More than 320 dart players are set to descend on Oamaru for the Clubs New Zealand South Island Tournament, taking place from February 25 to March 1.
Oamaru Club darts section president Tony Crane, along with some keen dart players, were hard at work at the Oamaru Club yesterday, setting things up for the tournament.
The tournament is the culmination of two-and-a-half years of hard work, and the first of these tournaments in a long time, the last being held in the 1980s, Crane said.
Various local darts players were set to take part in the tournament – and give the other competitors a run for their money.
“A couple of local players have the experience to get in to the finals on various days,” he said.
“It all comes down to the draw and how you go over the whole day.”
Dart player Jim Clark, who was helping set up the Oamaru Club for the tournament, said locals were feeling good about the tournament.
“We’ve put a lot of work into practice over the last few months.”
The tournament would attract the best of the best to Oamaru – an exciting proposition for local players, he said.
“The level of darts is pretty high, basically the same as the Clubs New Zealand North Island Championships. The only level above this in New Zealand is The New Zealand Championships,” Crane said.
There were few places around the country that could host a tournament of this calibre, he said.
“Not many clubs have got a hall this big,” he said.
On the first day, Tuesday, February 25, a social opening ceremony would be held, which was open to anyone, Crane said.
For the rest of the tournament, if someone wanted to watch games, they should come along with a registered Oamaru Club member, he said.
By DAVID DE LOREAN
TOURNAMENT TIME: Dart player Jim Clark took some time out to practice as he helped set up the Oamaru Club for the Clubs New Zealand South Island Tournament yesterday.
PHOTO: DAVID DE LOREAN