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Article: Herts Quartet Distinguish Themselves At The Brydens Barbados Darts Festival

Herts Quartet Distinguish Themselves At The Brydens Barbados Darts Festival

Four darts players from Hertfordshire taking part at the recent Brydens arbados Darts Festival, hosted by Wayne Mardle, distinguished themselves in ournament play at the event, landing the Pairs title, runner-up in the Singles and a semi-finalist in the Singles.

Wayne Dawson won the Mens Pairs with Jason Neville and also reached the final of the Mens Singles. Paul Stern reached the semi-final stage of the Mens Singles, going out to the eventual winner, as did Jason Neville in the quarters.
Jason Phillips was going well at another event but came up against host Wayne Mardle ( the only event Wayne was allowed to take part!) at the quarter final stage.

Now in its ninth year, the 2010 Festival attracted an increasingly high calibre of participants from not only the UK and the other Caribbean and South American countries but also, for the first time, players from Canada and the USA. 
This "overseas" presence was clearly evident when you looked at the nationalities of the teams contesting both the Mens Pairs semi-finals. Three of the last four teams remaining at this stage of the Pairs were from the UK and Canada and the fourth team comprised of the top two players in
the Caribbean for the last two years, Norman Madhoo and Sudesh Fitzgerald from Guyana. 

In the early rounds it was Madhoo and Fitzgerald who set the high standards, winning some of their games in just 14 or 15 darts. But they were hard pressed in their semi-final by the Canadians Guy Masse and Christian Brissom.

The other semi-final was an all-British clash and again the standard was high with Jason Neville and Wayne Dawson edging out compatriots Craig Ryves and Mike Noyce.

However, Neville and Dawson kept their best darts for the final. Dawson consistently hit three figure scores but they were matched by the Guyanese and it was Fitzgerald who had a chance to take the double for the first game. He missed and Dawson hit his double with his first dart.

In the second game both Herts players scored heavily on their visits to the oche and this time it was Jason Neville who took the game and match with the winning double to walk away with the $1,000 winner^s prize.

In the Singles Jason Neville reached the quarter finals where he was defeated by the eventual winner Paul Harvey from Nottinghamshire.  The same player did for Paul Stern at the semi-final stage but not before Stern had defeated the two-times PDC Ladbrokes World Darts Championship qualifier,
Anthony Forde from Barbados.

Larger-than-life darts celebrity Wayne Mardle has agreed to host the tenth Festival in 2011.  This year^s event attracted over 100 visitors from the UK, USA, Canada, St Lucia, Trinidad, Guyana and the Cayman Islands to this most sought-after holiday destination and, as always, they had a great time
because the Festival is about far more than winning tournaments.

The social programme also allowed everyone to enjoy all that Barbados is justifiably famous for - a catamaran cruise which includes swimming with turtles and snorkelling over reefs and a wreck, an island safari, a day at the races, golf, a variety of entertainment options and restaurant -  and a
glorious climate, fine sandy beaches and an azure blue, warm ocean!

Paul Stern says:
"We didn^t know quite what to expect of Barbados and the Festival but we certainly had a bit of a shock when Hurricane Tomas hit the island two days after we arrived!  But Barbados soon got back on its feet and it is a superb location for a holiday.  Wayne was a great host - always willing to join in
-  and with two bottles of ice cold beer from sponsors Carib costing just $5 (that^s less than a pound each!) at the tournaments we never went thirsty! We also managed to pick up some cash to help pay for the trip!  What more could you want". 
Next year^s event takes place from October 31 to November 10 and packages to include flights, ten nights accommodation and all tournament fees and travel to venues start from c. £875.
Festival Director, Michael Heal:
Tel: 0775 157 1936

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