Gore darts guru Desi Mercer is aiming high following her latest tournament in Oamaru.
Mercer placed second in the mixed pair, third in the women’s pairs and second in the singles at the Clubs New Zealand Darts Association South Island championships early this month.
Mercer also picked up the award for most 180s for women at the tournament and was selected for a South Island team to take on the North Island at the national darts competition in Upper Hutt in July.
She will also represent the South Island at the Australian State Championships in Dubbo in October.
A New Zealand test match will also be played there but the side is yet to be selected.
Mercer was happy with the two second placings at the Oamaru tournament.
“We went right to the wire in the singles.”
Mercer said it would be a huge year for her in darts as she began to focus on New Zealand Darts Council competitions.
“I am currently ranked No5 in New Zealand and will need to hit No4 to go to the worlds in Japan,” she said.
In order to move up the ranks, Mercer heavy tournament schedule. The South Island masters would be played during Easter, followed by the North Island Masters, New Zealand Masters and nationals.
“I need to compete at all the tournaments I can to pull in the points,” she said.
Since focusing on council darts she has moved up the ranks reasonably quickly.
“I have to keep the momentum going. As a woman you get more out of it with council darts where as charter darts is more aimed at men.”
Council darts comes under the World Darts Organisation while charter clubs competition is under Professional Darts Council jurisdiction.