BAJANS FACE STIFF OPPOSITION FROM VISITORS AT BRYDENS BARBADOS DARTS FESTIVAL, NOVEMBER 2 – 12
The Bajan darts players will have to be on top form at this year’s Brydens Barbados Darts Festival if they are to land the top prizes on offer and ward off the threat from the British tourists and the visiting regional players.
Now in its eighth year, the event has grown in popularity and importance and this year it will be hosted by the charismatic Wayne Mardle who is one of the very few players ever to defeat thirteen times World Champion, Phil Taylor, at the World Championships.
Although Wayne is not eligible to play in the tournaments at the Festival, there are a number of Super League and County Players who make up the largest touring party from the UK in the Festival’s history and some very experienced players are jetting in from other parts of the Caribbean seeking to take the prize money on offer.
Mike Noyce from Southampton has a highest check out of 164 and his near neighbour Craig Ryves can count amongst his scalps the current World no.2 darts player, James Wade.
David Woodward from Swindon plays in the top leagues and has qualified for the prestigious tournament at the Reebok stadium in Bolton. He will have support in the shape of Keith and Jason Thorn.
Then there are others who have played in the Festival in previous years who are capable of going the distance. These include Terry Murphy, David Bulstrode, Rob Sime, Simon Thomas and Colin Smith who hit that stunning 144 check out at last year’s Festival.
In the ladies events the challengers are likely to be Joan Bulford, Joan Calvert, Sharon Larney and Amanda Thain but both Barbados and Trinidad are strong in the women’s game.
The Bajan men also face a strong challenge from nearer to home. Norman Madhoo and Sudesh Fitzgerald from Guyana have both qualified to play at The Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship in previous years and so has Vivekanand Dyal from Trinidad.
The stage is set for some exciting darts which kicks off at The Ship Inn on Tuesday November 3 with the main tournaments taking place at the well equipped Solidarity House from Thursday November 5 – 8. Admission for spectators in free, so come along to support the Bajan players