Off to Japan with the NZ darts team

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Gore woman Desi Mercer has been named in the New Zealand national darts team after winning the New Zealand women’s singles.

The Puma New Zealand open was played last weekend in Motueka, with 212 men and 114 women competing.

Mercer, who is ranked No40 in the world, competed in the New Zealand pairs, women’s singles and open singles.

“It started last Sunday and finished on Friday,” Mercer said.

“Me and my partner, Rachel Padget, won the ladies’ pairs title and I also won the women’s singles,” she said.

The pair had been playing together for more than 20 years, but this was their last competition together, due to other commitments.

“This season we have played in three tournaments [Canterbury open, South Island masters and New Zealand pairs] and won all three.”

Mercer said that last Monday when she was playing in the New Zealand open singles, she made a “big stuff-up”.

“I had to get 56, so I was thinking I would go for a 16 and double 20 but I made a mistake and for some reason went for a three. By the time I had figured out what other numbers I’d need, the other person had won.

“You could call it a blonde moment. I left early that day and I never leave early.

“After that I came back to win [the women’s singles] and I did.”

Mercer was named in the New Zealand national darts team to visit Kobe, in Japan, for nine days in October.

“They name two A teams and two B teams, when it comes to the New Zealand team selection.

“The A teams play each other and the B teams play each other and then the selectors choose the team.”

The match between the two A teams is called the Harriers v Hawks medal, which Mercer and her team won.

Mercer will head to Japan and 10 days later will compete in the Australian State championships.