Darts MVBC

The McLaren Vale Darts Official Team Shirt.


McLaren Vale Black                                                        McLaren Vale Gold


(B) Andy Purdie (C), Paul Clayton, Tony Pettitt                                        (B) Steve Allen, Julian Adams, Paul Page ( c ), Barry Griffin
(F) Shaun Farmer, Barry Keen, George Bradford, Andy Conroy              (F) Courtney Bottrell, Steve Kidd, Grant Bottrell


McLaren Vale Royals                                                       McLaren Vale Red


(B) Cathal McGroarty, Kym Ferguson, Nigel Imrie, Scott Watson           (B) Danial Rokov, Jared Robinson, Stephen Moroney
(F) Dave Hall, Rick Clennett ( C ), Lee Edmondson, Steve Smith             (F) Carlo Rokov, Doug Conway (C ), Pete Robinson (Absent Matt Sulley)


McLaren Vale 26er’s                                                       McLaren Vale Silver


(B) Troy Cannell, Gareth Morgan ( C ), Guy Close                                      L to R Colin Hunt, Bec Hancock, Leon McMillan, Colin Grillet
(F) Sean Patrick, Alan Doel, Adam Grillet                                                             Colin Pulbrok, Phil De pinto (c), Dave Durdin, Mike Emblem.
(Absent Iain Fraser)



DARTS – McLaren Vale Bowling, Sports & Social Club

The darts section at MVBC was initiated by Rick Clennett and Neil Broadwood in 2015, with two teams initially, McLaren Gold and Silver, comprising of some players who used to play elsewhere and some MVBC members who expressed an interest in darts. Neil devised the dart set up, which is recognised as one of the best in the Southern Dart League. In 2016, Rick had recruited enough players to start a third team, the 26er’s. In early 2017 a fourth team was started, and then due to the success of the club and its teams, more players wanted to play out of the Vale.
We now have six teams with the Royals and the Red team completing the section. This means we now have nearly 50 players playing competitive darts out of MVBC. One of our new players was a recent Australasian champion and has played in competitions in the UK.
Our darts section has been successful from day one. The Gold team were promoted in their second season up to A grade. The Silver team were unbeaten for 37 matches, and were promoted two seasons in a row, now playing in Division 1. The 26ers have just come off a very successful Summer 17 campaign, winning the treble ie the league, Grand final and Team trophy. They have been promoted to Division 2. Steve Allen from the Gold team took out the 2017 Fleurieu Cup. We currently have two teams playing A grade, one playing B grade , one playing in Division 1, and two playing Division 2. We are very optimistic of more success this year.
The Future
The darts section is stronger than ever. We have some very good dart players now playing out of MVBC. We are quietly confident of achieving finals success in A grade this year, and the new team in premier B, is very strong and should push for promotion. We have ordered new dart shirts, in MVBC club colours, and plan to hold our Christmas function at the club. The section are hoping to establish a regular social darts evening and a yearly club championship, open to all MVBC members, in memory of Neil Broadwood.
If you are interested in getting involved in the Darts Section of MVBC, then please do not hesitate to call me, Rick Clennett, Darts Coordinator MVBC, on 8323 7306 or email clennettsdownunder@bigpond.com

Figure 1: A standard dartboard

Figure 2: The official WDF Dartboard setup

You should not rush into buying a set of darts. The weight and shape of darts varies enormously, as do the shapes of the flights. We recommend that you try as many different types of darts and flights as possible before making a purchase. After a while you will soon become aware that each different type of dart behaves differently when YOU throw it. Take your time, find a set that you feel comfortable with BEFORE you buy.

Here is a brief glossary of some of the common and most used terms and phrases used in darts:
“Game on”:-Advises all players that the match has now started.
“Ochie” (pronounced “okkey”) :- The name of the throwing line.
“Leg shot”:- Signifies that a player has completed (Won) the “leg”.
“Game shot”:- Signifies that the match winning double has been hit.
“Bust”:- Means a player has scored more than the score required.
“Double in”:- A double is required before scoring can commence.
“Straight start”:- No double required to start.
“Ton”:- Means a score of 100 points or more.
“Ton-forty”:- Means a score of 140 points or more.
“Ton-eighty” or “Maximum”:- Means a score of 180 points.

A game of darts always starts, and ends, with a handshake.
A game of darts can be played in played in several forms. The most common forms are:- One player against another which is known as “Singles” or teams of two players per team which is known as “Doubles” or “Pairs”. A game of darts is played over an agreed number of sections which are known as “legs”. The number of “legs” in a game is always an odd number usually 1, 3, 5, or 7 “legs”. Matches are played as (for example) “Best of 5 “legs”. This means that the first player or team to win 3 “legs” win the match.
Players throw alternately in “Singles” matches. In “Doubles” or “Pairs” matches each “Pair” throws alternately with each player in the respective “Pair” also throwing alternately. A “Throw” consists of “3” darts. If a player completes the “Leg” or the match in less than three darts the remaining dart or darts are not thrown.
Matches usually start from 501 in competition darts but other common starts are 301, 401, 701, and even 1001. Sometimes darts matches are played where a “double” is required to start each “Leg” of the match. However, the most common form of play is “straight start” which means that players/teams can begin to score points immediately with the first dart thrown. Both teams start on the agreed starting number and the object is to score down to zero as quickly as possible. The value of the different sectors of the dartboard can be seen in Fig 1. above. Each section or “leg” of the match must be finished with a “double”, this means the outer scoring ring. For example as one approaches the end of a “leg” a player or team may have 40 points left to score. This means Double 20 is required and to end the “Leg” a dart must be thrown into the “double” section of the “20” sector. Should the thrower miss “double” 20 and hit (for example) a single 1, the the thrower would require 39 to win the “leg” where a single 7 then “double” 16 could be an option. Another example could be the player or team require 51 points. Then there would be several alternatives to end the “leg”. The usual route would be either a single 11 and then “double” 20, or perhaps a single 19 and then “double” 16. The first player or team to hit the required “double” wins the “leg”. A new leg is then started and the procedure repeated until one of the players or teams has won the required number of “legs” to win the match.

The scoreboard starts as a blank chalk board which is usually hung on the wall about 50 cm or 1.5 feet to the left of the dartboard and at about the same height as the dartboard itself.
Your next step should be a look at the complete rules for Tournament Darts.
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