I enjoy living in a very dry city in the driest state on the driest continent on the planet even with our current water restrictions but today, when I knew I had to walk to David Fay’s house to interview him for his Player Profile, it was anything but dry. It was raining constantly outside and the wind was shaking the house quite a bit too.
Oh well, I thought, “a change is as good as a holiday,” as they say! So I packed my gear in water-resistant bags, put on my raincoat and set off on my little adventure. I arrived at the address that my good buddy Gordon had supplied me with and knocked on the door. Wrong house!
I stood in the driveway (of the wrong house) soaking wet and rang Gordon on my mobile to find out where I went wrong. “Oh yeah,” says Gordon casually, “it’s not number 42.” “Didn’t I tell you?” “Its number 34!” So anyway, I arrived at number 34 looking like a drowned rat and was welcomed into the immaculate Fay residence by Dave’s wife Maureen.
Dave gave me the grand tour first showing me all of his animals, which I quite enjoyed because I am an animal lover myself, before settling down with a beer each in his very comfortable, open dining area.
I was immediately made to feel at home and I unpacked my gear ready to begin an interview with a dart player that I had looked up to from the very beginning of my darting life. Dave has a unique but very impressive throwing style which many have tried to imitate because it works so incredibly well for him.
We talked for several hours about Dave’s darting achievements, the history of darts in Whyalla, his battle with cancer and of many other darting matters of interest until the question arose; what weight are your darts?
Dave’s well worn darts started out at 20gms but weighed in at only 17gms at the time when he had them re-pointed. He told me how they were very smooth now and he needs to lick his fingers to try to get some grip happening while he’s throwing.
As it happened I had a recently purchased set of very grippy, 17gm darts in my camera/darts bag that I had with me and so I removed them and handed them over for his inspection.
Well now with all of this darts talk and a new set of darts to try out we entered Dave’s trophy room, that also served as a practice room, so he could give them a try. He liked the darts and so we had a game of 501, first to 8 legs, to really test them out and satisfy our ever-growing need to bang a few into the board.
I was taught a lesson there in that room that was a shrine to Dave Fay’s success, as he annihilated me 8 − 1 and hit his first 180 with his new darts too! I was amazed at how there was never even a hint of pity for my dismal efforts and you could sense the competitiveness and his joy as he marked up every winning leg.
It was one of the most inspiring moments in my life and I felt the urge to try and imitate that style of his once again!
We moved back to the dining area and continued our discussion. Dave didn’t want me to mention his illness on the web site at first but we decided that it could inspire other prostate cancer sufferers and it was important for them to know that life can go on even when you are undergoing potentially crippling radiation therapy and have undergone surgery.
I was amazed to hear that Dave had had to travel to Adelaide, our closest capital city, to attend radiation treatment over a period of three weeks and actually played in the super-league darts competition about a week into the treatment. The folks at the treatment centre warned him that he wouldn’t be walking anywhere a few days into treatment but there was Dave playing South Australian super-league and enjoying it!
Thanks Dave for a very enjoyable, informative and inspiring day.
Footnote: I have decided to donate the prize-money that Mike Burgess won in our ′Best Darts Photo′ competition, that Mike instructed me to donate to charity, to The Prostate Cancer Foundation Of Australia and will add a few dollars more on top.
© Chris Elsby 31 March 2009 All Rights Reserved.
Welcome to Darts Addiction′s first darts blog for the year. I hope you all had a Great Christmas and enjoyed your new year celebrations!
I am pleased to announce that we now have a "Darts Photos" page with our first instalment of photos already in place. I have some more to post on there and will do so as time permits.
The next lot of photos includes a photo of a very special darts team with an average age of 72.67. If you think that′s impressive, they won a league division trophy a short time ago to gain promotion to the first division yet again!
We also have a links page now too with links to our friends in the virtual darts world. I recommend having a look at "The Oche" darts news website if you would like to read the very latest in world darts news.
I also highly recommend visiting "Part′s Darts". There is a great piece written by John Part himself the three times world darts champion. There is a six part article that explains how to train to become a great dart player and includes detailed explanations of how to train to throw at your best.
I would like to invite all the Whyalla darts leagues, men′s and ladies, to send me their darts results for posting on this site. If they have a write up that they would like me to post on here I will include that too. Please use the Contact us page to let me know and I will give you an email address to send them to.
Please use a text editor program and use spell check before sending me the results⁄ write ups in either .txt, .doc or other Microsoft Office created formats up to the 2007 version.
Please note that I cannot deal with hard copies (paper versions) as it is too time consuming to type them out and then convert them into HTML for the web.
At this time I am only offering this service to Whyalla leagues but may expand this to other darts leagues if it doesn′t turn out to be too time consuming.
Well that′s all for this darts blog for now so take care and happy darting.
I am happy to start this darts blog off with the news that Darts-addiction.com has a new look, as you would have noticed if you have visited us before.
The original look & feel was a template supplied by my web host, SiteSell, who I am grateful to. If you are looking to start your own web site then I would wholeheartedly recommend them.
I played darts again this week at the Whyalla Darts Club and had a ball as always. Many thanks to Olive Blackburn (my 2nd Mum) and Belle Mcgowan for being the perfect hosts!
I renewed my membership at the Whyalla Darts Club on my first night back to show my continued support for this fantastic club and I urge other dart players to renew theirs as soon as possible too.
Our team, Pete′s Boys, had a couple of our favourite supporters out to cheer us on which we appreciate a lot. Thanks Robyn and Trish. Trish Bradtberg is a dart player too and plays in the local ladies darts association (she′s also my niece) and Robyn Discombe has played at State level on six occasions.
Our team was beaten by a very worthy side, The Stagers. We were missing two of our star players, leaving us short a player, but I don′t want to take anything away from the Stagers who have a star line-up.
One of those players is Mark Simmonds who is the best dart player that Whyalla has ever seen in my humble opinion.
Mark Simmonds has agreed to an interview with Darts-addiction.com and we will feature him here in our darts blog as well as in our Player Profile page soon. I will be prying some valuable throwing advice from Mark so be sure to check back here to see what his secret is.
I′ll be writing another darts blog soon so check back soon and happy darting!
Ps. Mark′s Player Profile has been added. Have a look here!
© Chris Elsby 8 December 2008 All Rights Reserved.
Well I made my return to darts competition last night and what a night! I had a ball catching up with my darts buddies in my team and the opposition′s and to top it off my favourite beer was on special on the night.
We lost the match by 1 point to the City Blades who had about 11 players turn up to a six-a-side match with sub′s permitted. Meanwhile our side, "Pete′s Boys," started out with six including myself. I was asked to play so they wouldn′t be short a player. A final player for our side, Colin Davies, turned up after work later in the evening.
I scored quite well throughout the evening hitting a 180 at a crucial time in a game and pegged without any trouble too. Overall I was pretty happy with my performance. I did feel a bit rusty though and think I will do much better in the future.
Something really weird happened though. I was walking back from the bar when I noticed a set of Nodor Hexoset 1803′s sitting on a table. I actually wrote about these same darts on this site in the professional darts section and my brother-in-law bought some online from A180darts.com. Gordon is featured on the Player Profile page too!
I asked who′s darts they were and Clay Bodonback came forward saying they were his. He told me he bought them online at a bargain price from A180darts! Wow, coincidence or what?!
Anyway my singles game came up and guess who I had to play against? Yep, Clay with his Hexoset′s! So I have not only tried these darts out myself, thanks to Gordon, but I got to see someone throw them in competition against me!
I would like to use this opportunity to thank the ladies from the Whyalla Ladies Darts Club for being great hosts and providing such a great club to play at. It is the only club in our city dedicated solely to darts.
The only bad thing about my return to darts was that it ended all too soon and I was left with a deep longing for the next match in a weeks time. (Oh yeah and we lost)
I will be adding to this darts blog on most days for a while because I have some interesting darts events coming up. I would also like to tell you about my new darts and how I picked them out from Australia on a web site in the UK!
© Chris Elsby 28 October 2008 All Rights Reserved.
I′ll start this darts blog off with the news that I am returning to competition darts after an absence of well over a year!!! It was a much needed break that I took for many reasons and after not playing for a couple of weeks it felt like the right decision so I stayed away. (I still can′t believe I did it though!)
(It was my first voluntary break from competition darts in over 20 years!)
I know that the players in the two darts leagues that I played in will all have their own opinions as to why I made the decision to take a break. One reason, and the main reason I suppose, was that I stopped enjoying playing in my local competitions to the point where I couldn′t wait for the darts nights to be over. It should never feel like that of course, so I quit.
Another very good reason, was that I needed to concentrate on developing this web site to make my dream of having my own darts web site come true. This web site was created so that I could share my greatest passion and addiction with others with the same passion/addiction.
I never lost my love for throwing darts for one minute though and my best darts-loving buddies, Robyn Discombe and Gordon Ashworth, will vouch for that.
I have kept developing my throwing technique and hammer the board nearly every day while I wait for the kettle to boil, wait for my food to cook, stretch my legs, clear my head and for the simple fact that I love how it feels to throw darts.
I′ll take this opportunity to thank them both for providing me with the practice that I need to keep my game up and also for providing me with inspiration to keep going with my pursuits. I know that they enjoy the games as much as I do and we catch up on a weekly basis.
I will have some more news soon because I′ll be making my comeback tomorrow in the Monday league, first division competition with Gordon Ashworth as my captain. Not long before I quit my Dad, Peter Elsby, was the captain and I was vice captain of the team. (More on that later.)
© Chris Elsby 26 October 2008 All Rights Reserved.
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