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Young prospects took to the oche at Rosetown February 24-25 in the 2018 Youth Provincials Championships, and four new team members qualified for Nationals. Here's a photo of all the participants. No names: you know who you are!

With a report, here's SDA Youth Director Shauna Grassing:

We had a terrific weekend in Rosetown! Thirteen young players took part and produced some exciting moments. I think we could have a very competitive team this year.

First year player Joshua Adrian (Nipawin) won the junior boys title and he is a natural. He shot his first 180 and is interested in all aspects of the game. He edged out Dillon Dumont, also from Nipawin, in a playoff game. They were tied through all round robin play. Dominic Saccucci (Martensville) came in third and is the junior boy alternate. Jaymes Swenson (Prince Albert) joins Saul Arndt (Regina) in the senior boys, so that's another strong team.

Junior girls saw Taryn Kristjansson (Saskatoon) coming out on top. The race was for second, with Rianna December (Warman) being the winner. Shaukeena McKay (Nipawin) is the junior girl alternate. Veronika Duchscherer, a senior girl from Nipawin, was encouraged to play. She joins Savanah Solomon (Regina) in her last year of youth competition, so Saskatchewan will take a full team to Quebec.

The female sportsmanship award went to Savanah Solomon and the male award to Jake Larratt. Overall everything was well run. Rosetown did a great job of hosting. Thank you to Trish and Hunch, as well as Dean and Gloria and all the adult players who came to chalk for the youth players. A big thank you to the parents who are very supportive, and to the SDA and in turn SaskSport for their financial support. - Shauna Grassing

Thanks Shauna! Pictures of the individual award winners are posted on our Youth page. Let's wish our team all the best for Drummondville, where they'll be up against some tough competition in May.

First tourney win for Mel at Pines, Karsten takes men's

Melanie Thomas of Spiritwood defeated first-time finalist Angela Aucoin of North Battleford to take the Pines Open women's title February 10 in Nipawin. That's Mel's first SDA singles win - congratulations! - and it lifts her to the top of the women's rankings.

In men's action, Karsten Larsen of Saskatoon overcame Brad December to win his second of the season.

Doubles winners are Steve Kristjansson and Brad December in men's; youth players Rianna December and Taryn Kristjansson were top in the women's event. The juniors are pictured below right.

Blind draw doubles went to Randi Friess of Nipawin and Karsten Larsen. You can see full results here.

Thanks to Shauna Grassing of Nipawin zone and her group of volunteers for another successful Nipawin shoot. Shauna is off to Rosetown in her role as SDA Youth Director on February 24-25 for the SDA Youth Provincials.

Rianna receives WDF award

Rianna December of Saskatoon placed second in 2017 in the World Darts Federation Americas region for girls' darts. She was presented with a cheque for US$300 by SDA president Elaine Walker.

In more Rianna news, she defended her WDF title in Edmonton February 2-4. Congratulations! Rianna defeated Taylor Huber in the girls' final. That puts Rianna up to 9th place on the WDF rankings. That's world-wide, people!

Rianna, the reigning SDA junior girls' champion, is pictured at the Edmonton tourney with fellow Saskatoon youth player Taryn Kristjansson (far right), who took part in the WDF qualifier for the first time. 

SDA girls were on a roll that weekend, with Rianna finishing second in the Snowflake youth tournament, while Taryn was third. 

Elaine hits second, Jason first at Icicle

Elaine Walker of Saskatoon won her second title of the season with a defeat of Stacey Stephanson at the North Battleford tournament February 3. They're pictured right.

In men's, Jason Skinner defeated Noel Aucoin in a 'battle of the Battlefords' final, to mark his first tournament win of 2017-18. Skinner later teamed up with Austin Morrison to win doubles. Austin and Jason are pictured left.

Women's doubles went to Melanie Thomas of Chitek Lake and her partner Rita Larsen of Saskatoon. They're pictured far right. You can see full results from North Battleford here.

Aspen on form, Steve hits fifth at Copeman Memorial

Aspen Hall of Mortlach took top spot at the Pat Copeman Memorial tournament at Regina January 20, with a win over long-time rival (and mom) Judy Cleaveley of Hudson Bay.

Men's champ is Steve Kristjansson of Saskatoon, who defeated Curt Gamble of Moose Jaw in the final. That's Steve's fifth tournament win of the season, and he remains at the top of the rankings.

In doubles events it was Steve again with partner Saul Arndt (Regina) taking first. Women's winners, repeating their win from 2017 are Bonnie Lapierre (Regina) and top-ranked woman Elaine Walker (Saskatoon). We'll have more from Regina soon. You can see results here.  

New Year wins for Ashtin, Stacey

Team Saskatchewan players took top spots in the singles events at the Al Heminger tournament in Saskatoon January 6. Men's winner is Ashtin Bear of Prince Albert with a victory over Austin Morrison of Rosetown. They're pictured far right.

Women's champ is local star Stacey Stephanson, who defeated Aspen Hall of Mortlach (near right).

Over in the doubles, men's pair Curt Gamble and John Brann (far left) placed first, while Elaine Walker (near left) joined with novice Taryn Kristjansson for the win in the women's.  

The Al Heminger Sportsmanship awards were decided by player votes. 2018's good sports are Elaine Walker and Larry Unrau.

Provincial Zone playoffs begin

Zones are the way for local players to qualify for Provincial Championships. Try your arm!

Saskatoon zone has already played its playoffs, but all other zones will be having theirs during February.

Zone directors, please send your playoff details and we'll post them here. Otherwise, players can contact their local zone for details. Find your local contact here.

Bruce Buxton

It is with regret that we announce the passing of a well-loved Saskatchewan darts player. Bruce Buxton, formerly of Biggar, had spent his final years in Alberta. He left us on January 8, 2018. 

Bruce had a long darts career, spanning over 50 years, and he will be remembered as a great player, a stalwart team-mate and a formidable opponent. He played in Saskatoon leagues, among others, attended countless tournaments, and was a fixture at SDA Provincials from its beginnings. Bruce also competed across Canada at the national level in Elks, Anavets and Royal Canadian Legion darts.

Bruce represented this province at NDFC Nationals in 1982 and 2004.

Youth Provincials update

The 2018 Youth provincial championships will take place in Rosetown February 24 and 25.

Organizer Trish Gray has booked rooms at the Country Rose Inn, tel. 306-882-3093, for the nights of February 23 and 24, checking out on the 25th. Book before February 9 to avoid disappointment.

You can see a poster here.

Good luck to all our youth competitors! 

Provincials modernized for 2018

SDA President Elaine Walker has announced some changes to Provincials this year that will make the Championships run faster and more smoothly.

The first change is that we’re getting computerized. SDA techs have installed the latest app and that should speed up board allocations for the knockout rounds.

We are also cutting back on the number of rounds. The format will remain round-robin to double knockout, but only 32 men and 16 women will advance to the double knockout each day.

Finally, to shorten up the double knockout even more, we are reducing the number of legs in a knockout match to best-of-five until four players remain, and then it’s best-of-seven for the semis and finals.

Team selection introduced for Nationals

To improve our showing in the doubles and mixed doubles at NDFC Nationals, the partnerships for those events will not be left to chance, and instead will be selected by a panel of three SDA executives.

The 2018 Provincials will be played in Saskatoon, April 13, 14 and 15.

Charity Toy Shoot raises money for needy kids

The 26th Annual Charity Toy Shoot was held on Saturday, December 2ndWith a report here's Laurie Kitzul from SUDO (Saskatoon zone):

"This is a mixed-doubles (one man and one woman) steel-tip darts tournament where the entry fee is toys.

"For over 25 years, players have been supporting this great event I’ve had the privilege to organize.

"This year we had 24 teams (48 players) and with lots of non-players bringing toys as well. We did draws for various items and also made a cash donation to the Salvation Army’s Secret Santa.

"We ran a food drive for the Saskatoon Food Bank and collected food from the players as well. This was our fifth year incorporating the food drive and it’s here to stay!

"Thank you to the participants, our sponsors who donated gifts/prizes and the volunteers who make all of this possible."  - Laurie Kitzul

Football pool payout tops $3,000

We've paid out $3,050 in prizes in the 2017 Riders football pool. You can see a list of winners here. Congratulations to them all and thanks to everyone for entering.

Lloydminster hosts five events

Darts on the Border was held on November 24 and 25, hosted by Lloydminster zone.

The big winners were: Karsten Larsen in men's singles over Steve Kristjansson (both Saskatoon); Elaine Walker in women's singles, defeating youth sensation Rianna December (both Saskatoon); Karsten Larsen and Chester Sakebow (Chitek Lake) in men's doubles; Rianna December and Trish Gray (Rosetown) in women's doubles; and Karsten larsen and Raymond Bonsan in the blind draw.

You can see full results here.

Steve, Lowine on form at North East Classic

Former Provincial team players Steve Kristjansson (Saskatoon) and Lowine Binkley (Hudson Bay) won the singles events in the tournament played at Hudson Bay November 17-19.

Steve defeated fellow Team Sask player Karsten Larsen (Saskatoon) in the final, making it four tournament wins out of four to start the season. What an impressive showing by Stevie K, who stays on top of the rankings. Meanwhile in the the women's final, the runner up was another former team player, local star Judy Cleaveley.

Steve and Karsten teamed up to take men's doubles. Women's doubles went to Gloria Morrison of Rosetown and Tia Crowe of Prince Albert. Nice darts! In the triples event, Tia and Karsten joined 2017 men's provincial champ Ashtin Bear (Prince Albert) to take top spot.

The previous evening's blind draw winners were Ashtin Bear and Ahab Mckenzie of Stanley Mission.

You can see full results here.

Steve, Judy winners at North Battleford

Results are in from the Fall Harvest shoot held at North Battleford November 4.

Judy Cleaveley defeated youth star Rianna December in the women's final. They're pictured left.

Steve Kristjansson beat local player Noel Aucoin in the men's final and that puts Steve on top of the men's rankings. That's Noel and Steve on the right.

Steve and Rianna went on to win mixed doubles.

You can see full results here. Thanks to Elaine Walker for the photos. 

Riders pool winners announced

It's time to hand out some prizes in the 2017 Riders Football Pool. Lucky winners have collected over $1,000 so far and still many more have yet to be decided. You can see results and a list of the winners here. There's a link at the top of this page as well.   (Note to zones: please send ticket stubs to Bonnie a.s.a.p!)

It's not too late to get in on the action. Twenty dollars gets you a draw in every game of the season, and the tickets will be back-paid to the start of the season. Zones all have tickets for sale.  You don't have to check your scores - winners will be paid out automatically by cheque. Good luck to all our players, and Go Riders!

Results from Sask Open

Five events were held October 21-22 in Regina. Men's champ and repeating his win from 2016 is Steve Kristjansson of Saskatoon. Steve defeated Eric Matheson, also Saskatoon, in the final.

Women's winner is provincial champion Georgina Ratt of Stanley Mission, who beat Joan Hodgen of Midale. Georgina also took the women's doubles title with her partner Melanie Thomas of Chitek Lake. Over in men's doubles it was Karsten Larsen of Saskatoon and partner James Dennis of Regina in top spot.

In the Friday mixed doubles event, Reginans Bonnie Lapierre and James Dennis defeated Georgina Ratt and Steve Kristjansson in the final. Way to go!

Organizer Bonnie Lapierre says there are pictures from the weekend on the SDA Facebook page. You can see full results here.

Four of the best at AGM

Four Team Saskatchewan stars took all the marbles at the 2017 AGM tournament in North Battleford.

Steve Kristjansson defeated Jason Skinner in the men's final and then partnered with him to win the doubles event. They're pictured far right.

In women's play, Bonnie Lapierre and Elaine Walker (right) took first in doubles, then they both made the women's singles final. Bonnie repeated her win from 2016, when the same pair also won the doubles. You can see full results here. Rankings are up to date.

Order restored

September 9, 2017: At the Annual General Meeting, it was announced officially that the 2019 Nationals will be held in Saskatoon! Congratulations to that city, who will welcome the nation's darts teams in June of that year. Now the hard work of the executive and Saskatoon zone begins. President Elaine Walker asked for volunteers to help out with the big event.

During the meeting, 42 members heard reports from executive officers. Georgina Ratt was recognized in her absence for her achievement in making the World Cup team. Later a discussion was held, yet again, on that old chestnut the format for Provincial Championships.

The association asked for bids from zones to host the 2018 Youth Provincials, which are usually held the third week of February.

The SDA thanks North Battleford zone and the Legion for hosting this event.

Georgina in Japan for World Cup 

2017 provincial champion Georgina Ratt of Stanley Mission won a spot on the NDFC Canadian World Cup team and played in Japan at the World Cup. Congratulations to her!

Team Canada's Manager Elaine Walker and SDA Past President Laurie Kitzul travelled with Georgina.

Georgina is pictured right after hitting the winning double at qualifiers. Team members are Patricia Farrell (NL), Kim Bellay-Rousselle (BC), Diane Gobiel (QC), Jeff Smith (NB), Kiley Edmunds (NS), Terry Forgere (NB) and Nick Smith (NS).

Full results from NDFC Nationals are posted at the NDFC web site.

Team Sask picture from Saint John

Official photo from NDFC Adult Nationals June 12. Back row L-R: Chester Sakebow, Myles Charles, Curt Gamble, Jim Dennis, Karsten Larsen, Ashtin Bear, Steve Kristjansson, Jason Skinner. Front row: Bev Roth (SDA), Randi Friess, Elaine Walker, Stacey Stephanson, Georgina Ratt, Aspen Hall, Gloria Morrison, Carol Shepherd, Becky Arndt.

Tournament Notes

Did you know? The 2018 NDFC Nationals will be held in Drummondville, Quebec.

The 2019 Nationals are in Saskatoon! Be there!

Stay tuned for up-to-the-minute news of any announcements or changes to tourney dates.

 Maximum Exposure

This is the tally of all maximum 180s and 171s recorded by SDA players at tournaments this season.

Well done to everyone who hit a 180 for the first time in competition - the first of many!

27 Steve Kristjansson   Leah Bill
15 Karsten Larsen   Judy Cleaveley
14 Jason Skinner   Cynthia Crowe
9 Ashtin Bear   Corinne Daelick
7 Austin Morrison   Rianna December
6 Sean Shea   Bonnie Lapierre
5 James Dennis   Georgina Ratt
5 Chester Sakebow    
4 Noel Aucoin    
4 Eric Matheson    
4 Rod Swenson    
3 John Brann    
3 Rick Hanson    
3 Marcus Stephanson    
3 Larry Unrau    
3 Greg Vass    
3 Brad December    
  Scott Ashton    
  Paul Dempsey    
  Curt Gamble    
  Evan Grieman    
  Wayne Hudson    
  Brian Humphreys    
  Iain Mackay    
  Terry McKay    
  Tom Perkin    
  Grant Sawa    
  Keane Sutherland    
  Steve Trask    

Records on this site date back to the 2000-1 season. If you have earlier records and archives in your possession, please contact the SDA

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