Shanmagum ousts Haripersaad in darts singles

2015-06-24 06:00
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Nine Pillay (centre) congratulates winner Darrel Shanmagum (left) and runner-up Ashley Haripersaad.

PHOTO: supplied Nine Pillay (centre) congratulates winner Darrel Shanmagum (left) and runner-up Ashley Haripersaad.

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DARREL Shanmagum ousted Ashley Haripersaad in the final of the Nine Pillay and Family-sponsored KwaDukuza Darts Association (KDDA) singles tournament held at The Quartz in Stanger Manor on Wednesday night.

Jerry Govender, who emerged runners-up with Vinesh Geanballey in the KDDA doubles tournament a fortnight ago suffered a shock quarter-final exit at the hands of Haripersaad after going down 2-0.

Doubles team-mate Geanballey, who beat Devan Gounden in straight sets in the 2nd round, suffered a similar fate after going down 2-1 to Justin Naidoo in the quarters.

Haripersaad proved that his quarter-final victory against Govender was no fluke after notching up an impressive 2-0 win against Naidoo in the semi-finals to book his place in the final.

In the bottom half of the draws, Jodie Naidoo stunned the more experienced Yogan Pillay, winning 2-0 to secure a semi-final berth against Shanmagum, who sent Terrence Subban reeling of the tournament with fluent 2-0 win.

Shanmagum proved too classy for Jodie Naidoo in the semi-finals romping to a fluent 2-0 win to set up a mouth-watering final against Haripersaad.

Shanmagum got off to a flying start and was all the rage in the first set cantering to a comfortable victory. In the second set, Haripersaad stole a march on his rival in the hope of levelling the scores at 1-1 and pushing the game into a third and decisive set.

But, Shanmagum quickly brought his tally down to 130 and stunned his opponent with a three-dart close.

He notched up a triple 20 (60) with his first dart, a single 20 with his second dart and received a standing ovation after closing with a bull’s eye on his third dart to annex the Nine Pillay and Family-sponsored singles title.

In other darts news, KwaDukuza Darts Association are bracing themselves for the South African Darts Championship to be held in Gauteng from 5 to 10 July.

KwaDukuza will be locking horns with Metsweding, Saldana Bay, King Williams Town, Sedibeng, Mbombela, Matlosana, Phoenix and Districts, Stikland and Hibiscus of South Coast in quest for honours.

The KDDA team comprises of Vinesh Geanballey, Vigen Murugan (manager), Jerry Govender, Padday Padayachee, Neeran Somnath, Jerry Arunachellam, Charlie Pillay and Justin Naidoo.

KDDA is appealing to the business-houses in KwaDukuza and individuals for financial assistance. Each player is expected to cough up almost R4 000 (which includes transport, accommodation, meals and playing kit) to make the trip to Gauteng. Those interested in making a contribution are requested to contact the KDDA secretary, Rajen Pillay on 081 348 2168

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