Today our six finest Darts students travelled to Wonthaggi to compete against five other schools for the 3rd Gippsland Inter College Dart Shield.
The Yarram team was made up of Year 11 students Andrew Caygill, Brett Martin, Glenn Reilly, Kim Davies, Renee Aghan, Tayla Pritchard. They were coached by Russell Strobel who has been training the kids for the past four weeks.
Our students were up against teams from Korumburra Secondary College, Leongatha Secondary College, Newhaven College, South Coast Christian College and Wonthaggi Secondary College.
Competition was fierce with all competitors keen to take home the shield for their school. Our students hit the floor running winning five out of the first six games in the singles and doubles events.
At the end of the 4th round our students had won nine of the first twelve games and were sitting second on the leaders board.
At the end of the 5th and final round, our students had won eleven of the fifteen games and were in first place!
Next was the whole teams event. Our students were quietly confident after winning the first section of the day and they took out the first round against Korumburra in a nail biter where both teams needed a double one to win.
Brett Martin broke through for our team with the sealing throw, much to his Korumburra opponent’s disgust.
Then it was time to take on Newhaven College. Newhaven started the game strongly with some great throws, but our Yarram team fought back only to be pipped at the post.
With a one win, one loss start we next took on South Coast Christian College to try to get back on the winners podium. It wasn’t to be with the Christian College prevailing by one dart.
It was then time for a well earned lunch and a chance to refocus for the two remaining games of the day.
After lunch kicked off a game against Leongatha and again it came down to who could throw a double one to win. Glenn came through with the goods to wrap this one up for his team.
The final game was against reigning champions, Wonthaggi and we need to win to be assured of a place in the top three.
This was another tense game but Wonthaggi proved too strong in the end.
When all the numbers were crunched, our team was equal first with South Coast Christian College so they had a play off for first place. Brett Martin played for our team but he came up against tough opposition.
We finished the day in second place, wining $400 for the school.
Andrew Caygill won the highest individual boys score for the day.
Mr Mitchell accompanied the students to the event and said that the behaviour and sportsmanship shown by the team was exemplary.
The team would like to thank Russell Strobel for giving up his day to assist our school team and for sharing his knowledge and passion for the sport with our students.
The day was very well organised by event organiser Gordon McFarland from Wonthaggi Darts Association.