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  • Writer's pictureJo Clements

Local successes

Despite travelling further afield when I can I love to play in my local area. My local leagues sparked my love for the sport and I play in as many leagues as I can during the week and at weekends when there are no other competitions on.

Season has finished for most leagues but I was the only female member in Smokey's 49ers on Tuesday evenings, Smokies Bandits team member every Wednesday and one of only 2 ladies whom entered the local Premier league on Thursday's where I have to face another 15 males playing 8 legs each game. Also a Railway Club female member in a male orientated league on Friday evenings. Not forgetting Sunday evenings of Superleague for Morecambe Ladies and the times away playing County darts for Lancashire.

There is nothing more I love than playing with the Bandits. We have such a good team. Everyone is so supportive of each other. Our team Captain Anita Ward is a not only a fantastic darter who played countless times for Cumbria but she is my dear friend and darting mentor. Anita has taken the time to teach me finishes and give me confidence and belief in my game. For this I will be eternally grateful. She is always the first one to message asking how I am getting on, asking what my averages were and whom I've beaten. She is also there as a support and comfort when games haven't gone as planned.

Nothing makes me prouder than winning for myself and for Anita. Despite tough competition in my area the past few seasons I have been very successful.

This season I found myself winning:

Ladies Singles

Ladies Outstanding Player

Mixed Pairs Winners with partner Lee Knight

Ton Up Cup

as well as being a team member whom helped the Bandits clinch Morecambe Ladies league Victory and Christmas knockout Champions. Throughout this I managed to hit 2 x 180.

I gave up my chance to defend the Ladies Premiership title for the 3rd year running by entering the mens premier league. I am finding playing the longer formats against the men is helping my game go from strength to strength. It's early days but I am mixing it well with the men.

Middle of my league winning 2 and losing two just...5 legs to 3:

Looking to take my form off to Selsey for the England Open this coming weekend. Wish me luck!

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