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  • Writer's pictureJo Clements

No rest for the wicked

Friday March 1st saw the finals night of Longridge Panels darts at St Wilfrids club. This fantastically run annual competition is well attended over its 8 weeks with darters of great calibres. I qualified the first week of the ladies competition and the best 8 ladies were to battle it out on finals night.

My first game took a little while for myself to warm up. Once I did i managed to take out local Longridge lady Michelle Joyce 3.1. Second game saw me pit my wits against a phenomenal darter and fellow Lancashire team mate and friend Audrey Underwood. I went on the clinch victory here 3.0 in a high scoring battle. The final was a re run of the previous year, myself versus future sister in law Heather Lodge. Up on the stage I played the best game of the competition hitting some high scores and finishing accurately. Leading me to a 3.0 victory with a 69 average. I had retained my title.

Sunday 3rd March saw me head down to St Thomas Club Wigan for our county fixture against Northamptonshire. What a fantastic clash against fantastic people. I claimed another red army victory with another lady of the match for Lancashire. Red Army took more points towards our crusade to take the league title.

Thursday 7th saw the Morecambe mob head over on the night ferry to the Isle of Man. I love this island, not just because of the darts and all the friends you catch up with but it is such a beautiful place.

The classic competition saw me go out in last 32 against the awesome Lorraine Winstanley. We had a great game where, despite being first to doubles I came out in second place. The masters comp saw me go out in after a tight battle in the last 16 at the hands of Dutch phenom Aileen De Graaf. Final singles comp - Isle of Man Open saw me face yet another bit hitter and double finalist for the weekend Fallon Sherrock. An extremely tight match ended with a 2.4 loss for me but I was so close! Perhaps next time victory will be mine.

Final day was the day for pairs. Myself and Lancashire captain and great friend Ally Smith were playing together. We smashed through our first game and had to face my darting idol Trina Gulliver and her partner Paula Jacklin. Our opponents took the first of the best of 3 legs, so we had work to do. We took the second leg with me hitting the double however I didn't play as strongly as I could to support my partner Ally. Darts were missed to seize victory and we bowed out 2.1.

Such a busy time has seen my win £295 to go towards other upcoming competitions. It won't be too long until it's used as on Thursday 14th I will be heading back to Holland and the West Fries competition. Hopefully pick up more ranking points.

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