Today at the National Championships Singles events dart matches went into the history books, heroes were created, hearts were broken, and victories were celebrated!
And the singles competition? The top 2 men and top 2 ladies all range under 30 years of age! The young and upcoming players demonstrated their prowess today stealing the limelight from the well seasoned veterans.
Not only is she ranked #1 in Canada and just successfully defended her national singles title...Cindy Pardy of Alberta is on a roll. With her third consecutive singles title under her belt Pardy is on her way to matching the record of 5 national adult singles titles held only by Patricia Farrell - NFLD, Bob Sinnaeve - ON, and John Part - ON.
With the icing on the cake is that Pardy is on track to win a Triple Crown if she can pull off another win in Thursday's mixed doubles event. Basking in victory here is how Pardy made it into today's history books!
Jenelle Legge of Newfoundland & Labrador met up with Brenda Moreau of the Northwest Territories in the first semi finals match. Both these gals have plenty of stage and international experience and took this match all the way to the 5th leg. With an average of 21.94 Legge shot 10-100's, 6-100+ and 4-140 scores. Adding a 115 finish, Legge was just to much for Moreau to manage with a 17.67 average. Legge moves into the finals with a 3-2 win final match score.
In the second semi finals Tammy Perry of Nova Scotia sets her sights on de-crowning the defending champion Cindy Pardy of Alberta. Perry poured it on with 5-100's, 4-100+, and a 180 score averaging 19.16 overall. Pardy had other plans though as she fired off 9-100's, 7-100+, and 2-140's scores carrying an impressive average of 24.05. Wrapping up the match with a 3-1 score Pardy moves herself into an opportunity to claim a 3rd national singles title.
Score Sheets: Legge VS Moreau Perry VS Pardy
Finals: Alberta VS Newfoundland & Labrador
Feeling a bit of déjà vu? This match is a repeat of the 2010 finals in NFLD where Pardy met Legge in the ladies singles championship finals. In the best of 7, you can bet both of these ladies had one thing in mind, defeating the current champ and defending a title. High scores and good finishes this finals match displayed the high calibre of play in today's ladies darts scene. Legge shot 9-100's, 4-100+, and 5-140's scores with an average of 20.84!
Pardy though had other plans in mind as she fired off 12-100's, 8-100+, and 4-140's plus upping her average to new heights at 24.26! With a 4-2 final score Pardy takes the match and her 3rd consecutive ladies singles title. Hats off also to Legge as she proves to be a serious contender and her time is surely due.
Score Sheet: Pardy VS Legge
Congratulations to Cindy Pardy of Alberta the 2011 Canadian National Ladies Singles Champion.
Ladies Knock-out Bracket
|Alberta - Gold
||Newfoundland - Silver
||Northwest Territories - Bronze
||Nova Scotia- Bronze
Today saw the crowing of a new Canadian Men's single champion! In a hard battle with the toughest of competition, our Canadian men proved to be world calibre players. Here is how the men championships unfolded.
Of the top 4 men left in this competition Andre Carman of Ontario could be considered the favourite with his long history of titles. In his semi finals match he met up against Newfoundland & Labrador's Troy Hanlon. Both these gents finished 2010 at joint 17th so to be in the semi finals is a commendable improvement.
In the best of 7, Carman fired off a 23.5 average with scores of 9-100's, 5-100+, and 4-140s and a high finish of 95. Hanlon played a comparable match with his average at 21.5 and scores of 10-100's, 5-100+, 4-140's. Missed finishes plagued both of these top players and in the end Hanlon was able to pull out the win with a 4-2 score line to advance to the finals.
Ranked player (#7) Nick Yorston from Nova Scotia took on Alberta's own Norm Tremblay. What a game this turned out to be...though the scoreline does not highlight the games, nor the payers calibre, this match was top notch. 'Norm the Storm' - Tremblay had impressive 26.04 average with 7 -100's, 4 - 100+, and 3 -140's.
Tremblay was on a finish in every leg through out the match as he was left on 54, 10, 83, and 60. With a 4-0 sweep Yorston took advantage of the missed finishes. The highlight of this match was Yorston sitting at 181 with a 170 shot to leave 11 in leg #1. Tremblay could only watch while on 54 as Yorston quickly closed out 11 for the leg. Yorston averaged 27.83 the highest of the top 4 matches and advances to the finals.
Score Sheets: Carman VS Hanlon Yorston Vs Tremblay
Finals: Newfoundland & Labrador VS Ranked Player - Nova Scotia
When you make it to this stage the pressure is on not only to win the title but to play your best in front of your entire country. And these two young gentlemen did just that in the best of 9! With the best averages of the day Yorston came in with a 28.26 and Hanlon with a 27.91. These young guns both hungry for the win put on a heck of a show! Hanlon also had the added pressure of keeping the trophy in his home province following in the steps of Wayne Pike's 2010 singles win.
Leg 1 went to Hanlon in 15 darts on a 71 finish with his opponent back on 279. With such an awesome start one would expect Yorston to ride with the momentum but Hanlon had other plans in his back pocket. Coming back and taking the next 4 legs in 18, 17, 13, and 18 darts with Yorston on a 3 dart finish in each leg. The pressure is on Yorston now as he is one leg away from defeat. Game 6 sees Yorston come back with a nice 14 darter but he is unable to shake the unfathomable Hanlon. For all the glory in leg 7, Hanlon finishes 40 in 3 darts and claims his first National Singles title!
Score Sheet: Hanlon VS Yorston
Congratulations to Newfoundland & Labrador's Troy Hanlon 2011 Canadian National Mens Singles Champion.
Men's Knock-out Bracket
|Newfoundland - Gold
||Ranked Player - Silver
||Ontario - Bronze
||Alberta - Bronze
Article by Catherine Haycock, contributors Mary Dezan & Bill Hatter