POLICE officers from all across the country gathered in Margate last week for the SAPS National Darts Championships. It was a close tie between Western Cape and hosts KwaZulu-Natal as Western Cape took the cup. KZN were runners-up, but won the men’s doubles. The finals at Santana Flats on Friday night were opened by Brigade Moodley. “Thank you for choosing Margate and KZN we welcome you all to the province. This is the best province in the country. I hope you enjoyed your stay. Next time we need to make sure we get more players.” Durban based Lieutenant Colonel Andre Laatz, part of the organising team, announced his retirement next year after playing for 20 years. He said the sport has been dealt a lot of negativity in the past, but was finally gaining momentum as a recognised and funded sport. “A lot of people view it as a bar sport. Although it’s recreational it is very competitive and takes a lot of hard work. You can see that through the passion and dedication of the players,” said Laatz. The sport was in its seventh year back as a funded sport. In the final results Western Cape came first, followed by KZN in second and Eastern Cape in third place, Teams: Stephanie Malan and Lynette Ludick (ladies doubles). John Ince and Joey Singh (men’s doubles) and Stephanie Malan.