Kemptville Darts Leagues looking for new players

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The Kemptville Darts Leagues at the Legion are beginning their season and are inviting interested people to come see what it is all about. Darts at the Legion is a long-standing tradition in Kemptville. It began over 40 years ago with a mixed darts league and has evolved into a women’s and men’s league as well. President of the Kemptville Women’s Darts League, Jenn Bond, grew up with her parents always going to the Legion once a week to play. “Thursday night was darts night,” she remembers. Now that she has grown up and settled back in Kemptville, she has become very involved and also sits on the executive of the Kemptville Community Mixed Darts League. “My mother is also still involved,” she says.

Lesley McGhee has been playing darts at the Legion for almost 30 years. She is now the Treasurer on the executive of both the women’s and mixed leagues. She says the friendship and comradery that comes with the weekly games is something that has made her come back year after year. “Everybody is so friendly,” she says.

The leagues run every year from September to April, and they take the first two weeks to get averages for the new players. This helps to make sure that each team has roughly the same average, and is therefore evenly matched. Vice President for the women’s league and statistician for the mixed league, Linda Chambers, says she likes that the atmosphere is competitive without being too serious. “I’m not a competitive person, but I do like to win,” she says. “I like to take down the big guys.”

The cost to play on a team is $5 per evening. Money collected goes right back to the leagues to pay for their end of the season banquet, trophies, and smaller administrative items like paper and ink. The leagues also make a donation to the Legion, who offer their space to use free of charge three nights a week throughout the season.

Jenn, Lesley and Linda encourage anyone who is interested in learning about the game to come to one of their introductory evenings this September. “Everyone is friendly, fun and very welcoming,” Lesley says. “It’s a good time,” Jenn adds.

The introductory sessions have already begun, but it is not too late to sign up. The first Kemptville Community Mixed Darts League meets this Thursday, September 5, at 7:00pm. The Kemptville Men’s Darts League meets on Monday, September 9, at 7:00pm, and the next evening for the Kemptville Women’s Darts League is on Tuesday, September 10, at 7:00pm.

If you are unable to make it out to be placed on a team, there is always the opportunity to come to any of the leagues on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Legion and see if any team needs a substitute player. “Anyone can also come watch,” Jenn says.

Lesley hopes the see a lot of new faces on this year’s teams. “It’s good for new people to get to know the community,” she says. “It’s something stable that has been around for over 40 years,” Jenn adds.

For more information on the mixed darts league, contact Linda at lritchie7477@hotmail.com. For information on the women’s league contact, Jan at janhaggert@outlook.com. For information about the men’s league, contact Phil at phil.wiseman@xplornet.ca.

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