Darts champions of the Antarctic and a report from Josh and Aaron who are back out in the field, from Macca.

The darting champions

Below is the very exciting final ‘Inter-station Championship Match’ report between Macquarie Island and Davis on Friday evening, 7th June 2013.

After a thrilling set of preliminary rounds of inter-station darts, it all came down to a final matchup between the favourites Davis and the contenders, Macca. Our thanks go to Tim Kerr of Davis for organising this first and inaugural darts tournament between the stations.

The mood at Macca was electric, you could feel the tension at the bar as the dart points were sharpened and the beer caps flipped. Macca was ready.

First up were John and Dave taking on the might of Davis. John stunned the opposition, himself and the Macca supporters with a magnificent Shang of 20’s early in the game. There was no letting up as the Macca onslaught continued. John was steely handed and calm, punctuated with blistering deliveries. Dave producing more of his incredible high level consistency, as yet an unbeaten record in the tournament. This team of stars proved too much for Davis and Macca won deservedly, the score 284 to 186. The Macca supporters were stoked!

The second match, featuring Craig and the last minute replacement, Clive, started positively, and hopes were high. Initially it was dart for dart and point for point. However, an inexplicable mid-match slump in the Macca team led to a resurgence in confidence in the Davis Team. Macca fought back valiantly but were unable to staunch the tide of the unrelenting Davis attack. The Davis team, led by the tournament organiser Tim Kerr, finally came out on top, thus equalising the match at one victory each. The score was 162 to 47.

Rumours were rife that the Macca squad had thrown the match to force an exciting finale. However, an anonymous spokesperson for Craig and Clive vehemently denies that any money had changed hands.

The 3rd and final game promised to be a woozer. Final warm-ups completed, this was the match, the title match, the match to settle the bragging rights for a year. Chef Tony was supercharged, like a man possessed, and together with supercool-arrow-arm Aaron, they blitzed the opposition. The fans were barking out chants of “darts” “darts” “darts” every time the Macca duo hit the target. The tension reached a crescendo when, in the dying moments of the match, Tony delivered the throw of the match — with a triple bull! The crowd went wild and the air was thick with anticipation. Could it be us? Would it be them? Both sides only needing a double to win, it was now down to the line.

The audience was hushed — even Mark was hushed. Tony stepped up to the line, shuffled his foot, twitched his elbow and beady-eyed the board. Then, with superb precision and skill, our Chef Tony delivered a spectacular double 11 to lift the match, the series, the title and the championship. The score 139 to 102.

Macca went ballistic — CHAMPIONS!

Macca would like to thank all the participants in the tournament who sacrificed their Friday nights to come to the darts board, to play and have fun. The tournament highlights were the camaraderie and enthusiasm shown by all participants. Thanks guys! The Antarctic spirit lives on. 



Josh and Aaron back in the field

Back out in the field, Aaron and I travelled south on the 6 June set to return home by the 9th. The purpose of the trip was to rectify some LPG issues at a couple of the huts. We were fortunate to get some good weather for the duration of the trip. The wind never exceeded 40 knots and we had only small amounts of intermittent rain. The plateau was still covered with a fair bit of snow left over from heavy falls that had passed through in the last three days. Most of the lakes still had a fair covering of ice which looked great from the overland track. 

We then had a couple of nights at Green Gorge with Billy, Nick, Ange, Leona and Karen from MIPEP. The usual king penguins and giant petrels were hanging around, some in better condition than others. We did a dash up to Tiobunga Hut with Ange and Leona to have a look at some infrastructure and cart an HF aerial up there as the previous one had snapped off in strong winds. Tiobunga Hut is pretty small and in a very exposed location, however our companions say they love staying there as it is small and therefore it’s easier for us to clean up before we leave. 
All in all it was a great trip and we achieved everything that we had set out to do. I look forward to the next trip down the island.