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Huntly hits the bullseye from an online oche as local league follows on from world darts by playing competitions from home during the Covid-19 pandemic

By Craig Christie

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HUNTLY’S darts league is following in the footsteps of local legend John Henderson by playing matches from home.

Huntly darts players have been competing online, just like their home hero John Henderson. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Huntly darts players have been competing online, just like their home hero John Henderson. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

While big 'Hendo' has been contesting tournaments from his own bedroom in the Aberdeenshire town, an online darts league in his local community is keeping players occupied during the pandemic.

Players compete on their own home dart boards and are given three matches to play in the space of a week at their own leisure.

The first Huntly event drew an entry of 12 players with home player Brian Ritchie emerging as the winner.

David Gordon from Rhynie was second and another Huntly player, Mark Webster took third place.

The quality of play was high, with Webster scoring no fewer than six maximum 180s, while winner Ritchie had the highest checkout of the event when he finished on 160.

The shortest leg was shared by Brian Crawford and George Davidson, both of whom finished on 14 darts.

A second competition began on Monday this week, with an increased entry of 17. The top four will progress to a knockout stage to decide who wins the top trophy, while the rest will contest a consolation cup.

Organisers have thanked Craig Fowler for his work as the stat man, ensuring everything runs smoothly online.

Thanks were also given to local people for helping the league with fundraising efforts through their Facebook page.

The league plans to raise money for a local charity by organising an online duck race as their next venture.

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