All roads lead to Ennis this weekend for the All Ireland Youths Championships where Tipperary will send two teams and hopes are high that this might be the year which we make the breakthrough.
Since the County board put a structure for youths in place six years ago it has gone from strength to strength and our teams have never been outside the quarter final position.
Just two weeks ago we saw how darts in the county are growing all the time when our four teams reached the semi finals of the Munster Championships. While we have lost different players over the past few years, the standard is so high with new players coming through all the time that we enter the various competitions around the country as one of the favourites.
The County Board wish both teams and their mentors John Gearon, Mike Smith and Martin Browne all the best and with a small bit of luck come Saturday evening Tipperary will have landed its first national title.
This event takes place on Saturday in the West County Hotel and will start at 11am and we encourage anyone who can travel to come and give young players as much support as you can.
The twelve players who will travel are - Lorcan O Donovan, Evan Shine, Mark Closshey, Bodien Fogarty, Aaron Noonan, Ger Browne, Keith Gavin, Conor Moore, Dan Currivan, Aaron Browne, Stephen Roche, Dylan Bennet and Bunty Flannery.
Still on the national scene, Gerry O’Hara continued to make great strides on the darts circuit when last weekend he reached the quarter finals of the I.P.C championships, a great result for him as 123 players took part in this event. Over the past twelve months Gerry has made massive strides in all these competitions and is rising up the rankings every time he plays.
On the local scene the draw for the knockout stages took place in Barrons of New Inn last Saturday evening and this can be viewed on the County Board web page or Tipperary Darts face book page. All these game will take place on this Friday night so best of luck to all involved.
Also last Sunday the annual Tommy Cahill cup took place in Gibbs of Ballypatrick, where a large crowd turned up for this doubles tournament, and some great darts were thrown all day. The final was to come down between Willie McGarry/Martin Sheehan and Archie Morrissey/Noel O’Halloran. Willie and Martin won on a score of 4-2. Martin was to have the highest checkout of the final when he checked out 136 with a treble 18, bull and double 16 this is darts of the highest quality.