Station darts final

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This week at Davis: 17 May 2013

After a fiercely contested competition over the month of April, it had come down to the battle of two for who would become the Davis winterer darts champion of 2013!

There had been upsets, there had been tears and cheers, there had been controversy, but all that was forgotten as our two gladiators strode to the dart board to the motivating chords of the Rocky theme and stirring introduction by the self appointed commentator, Aaron.

Both had game styles as different as their approach to this final game. Nick, the surprise finalist who had an almost contempt to the finer finesse of the game, appeared in his robe ready to take the fight to Gavin who had taken to the game early in Summer. Gavin strode to the board, glass of wine in hand, seemingly gaining a few extra kilos since dinner.

The previous two games between Nick and Gav, our two Bureau of Meteorology representatives here at Davis, had been very low key games with a small audience. But at one game apiece, the scene was set for a monumental clash of the titans. The station's population gathered to see the final battle. Tim, the station darts captain for the upcoming inter-station darts comp, outlined the rules of the competition and the doc stepped in to be official scorer.

Gavin was able to get a good lead on Nick after closing 20s early with a good triple dart. Nick seemed to take a while to settle. Was it the pressure of the finals, the audience, or in his stomach after the fine Indian banquet just put on by Rocket less than 30 minutes earlier? Whatever the reason, the lead looked to be insurmountable but quickly wore away to become a deficit as yet again Gavin struggled to close out the doubles. But Nick was having his own trouble closing out beds and the lead changed yet again with Gavin finally coming up trumps at 268/230.

Congratulations to Nick for making it through to the finals and to Gavin for a hard fought victory. Gavin would like to thank his coaches through summer and winter that honed his skills and to the rest of the Davis crew for supporting the game on the evening. (Even if most of that support appeared to go Nick’s way)

There is now talk around the station of banning Meteorology from any other competitions as both Nick and Gavin have been the finalists in both the poker and darts tournaments! Is it luck? Skill? Or the fact we all know that they use a dartboard and tarot cards for forecasts? If their darts are that accurate, the forecasts should be good in the future.

Gavin standing in front of dart board
Gavin psyches himself for the game
(Photo: Jeff)
Tim and Gavin and Nick in front of dart board while others watch
Tim goes through the rules of engagement
(Photo: Keith)
Gavin and Nick shaking hands
Gavin and Nick wish each other luck before the game
(Photo: Jeff)
Gavin holding his hands over Nick’s eyes as he takes aim at the dart board
Gavin showing the form that won him the competition
(Photo: Jeff)
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