Darts fly in Kby

2017-05-10 06:01
The winner of the Northern Cape darts competition of the South African Pro Darts Organisation, Earl Pentolfe. He beat local player Eddie Pillay in the final individuals game in Kimberley.Photos: Boipelo Mere

The winner of the Northern Cape darts competition of the South African Pro Darts Organisation, Earl Pentolfe. He beat local player Eddie Pillay in the final individuals game in Kimberley.Photos: Boipelo Mere

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The winner of the Northern Cape darts competition, Earl Pentolfe, proudly walked away with the trophy and R25 000 after beating local player Eddie Pillay in the final individual match in Kimberley.

The city hosted one of the eight national competitions of the South African Pro Darts Organisation (Sapdo) at the Floors Hall on Saturday, 30 April.

Teams from four provinces (the Free State, the Western Cape, Gauteng and the Northern Cape) battled it out.

The final match saw Pillay and Pentolfe sweating it out on stage after Pillay had beat Cape Town-based, number-one ranked player, Brand Robinson, with 7-6 in the semifinal.

To Pentolfe, the three-day event was a highly competitive match, as it required a lot of confidence.

At least 60 players participated for the winning prize of R25 000 for the classics and R15 000 for the ­individuals.

Pentolfe won in the classic category for the Free State in 2013.

He described the competition as highly motivating, as it is a ticket to the international qualifiers that is expected to be hosted later this year in Europe.

Pentolfe expressed the wish for more youth to participate in the game, as it has the potential to keep them focused.

“With this game, you can never say you are ready, as it requires practice, practice, practice,” Pentolfe said.

Pillay also experienced the competition as a tight one, as he had to give it his all after realising that he was 4-1 behind his opponent during the semifinals.

“This was a very important game for me, because I made it to the finals, but no one will understand what I was going through while I was on that stage during this round. It was the biggest moment in the 35 years that I have been involved in darts,” Pillay said.

According to the co-ordinator of the tournament, Lennie Thomas, Sapdo was established in 2008 to give competitors a platform to play at a professional level.

The Northern Cape Tourism Authority (NCTA) values the tournament, as it ties four provinces together.

There is a high possibility that the main event, which is expected to be hosted later in August, will be hosted in Kimberley this year.

According to Peter McKhuchane, general manager for business and tourism events at the NCTA, said the event was expected to benefit the province economically.

“This will be our first time hosting the professional tournament, which over a 100 delegates are expected to attend. This is a sport in which the whole family can participate at different levels. That is why we need a bigger venue and areas of accommodation,” said McKhuchane.

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