Darts players clash for shot at prizemoney

LOCAL CHARGE: Andrew and Tom Bowden will go up against state and Australia representative players at the Tamworth Games Dart Tournament. Photo: Ben Jaffrey
LOCAL CHARGE: Andrew and Tom Bowden will go up against state and Australia representative players at the Tamworth Games Dart Tournament. Photo: Ben Jaffrey

AUSTRALIAN representatives and local players will clash for a piece of roughly $5000 worth of prizemoney at the Tamworth Games Dart Tournament.

Five events – men’s and ladies’ singles, men’s and ladies’ doubles and mixed doubles – will be held across the two days with up to $1000, depending on nominations, up for grabs in each.

The cash draw card sees some of the nation’s best darts players compete at the tournament at West Tamworth League Club.

Newcastle’s Corinne Hammond is one Australian representative who makes the trip to Tamworth more often than not but will miss this year’s event.

However, Australian mixed doubles partner Mitchell Clegg will make the trip in the hunt for one of the top prizes.

NSW representatives Mike Bonzer and David Clegg will also be in the hunt.

Standing in their way will be a large contingent of Tamworth players.

Andrew and Tom Bowden will be amongst the Tamworthians looking to topple the big guns and tournament secretary Lola Roser said there was a chance of the locals getting up.

“A lot of the players we have here can hold their own against them [NSW and Australian representatives] and have done it before,” Roser said.

Other locals in with a red hot chance are Leon Lovett, Graham Parks and Darren Oliver. Oliver will compete in Tamworth on the back of playing at the Australian Championships at the start of the month.