Winner climbs world rankings

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Sharp...Gore darts player Desi Mercer holds the trophy she won for winning the New Zealand Darts Council Championships ladies singles title at Motueka earlier this month. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Planning has helped Desi Mercer hit the bullseye again in her darts career.

The Gore darts player recently won two titles at the New Zealand Darts Council Championships in Motueka: the women’s singles and the New Zealand open women’s singles.

She was also selected to represent New Zealand at the world cup in Germany next month.

Winning the New Zealand open qualified her to go to a World Darts Federation tournament in The Netherlands in December.

Mercer said prior to the championships earlier this month there had been aspects of her game she was not happy with.

“I didn’t know what to do to fix them and the last thing you want is it playing in your head, so I always figure if you fail to plan you expect to fail,” she said.

The plan she came up with was to seek mentoring from Australian darts player Brendan Quinn, who sent her some information.

“There were some really good tips in there that did help.”

She was especially pleased with winning the open title because she had never won it before.

It had also boosted her world ranking from 77th to 16th.

Once she won the open title she backed herself to win the singles title the following day.

In darts, players start the game with 501 points and then subtract each round off that total to end up on zero points. The final throw must be a double.

Getting to zero quickly had given her the edge in the tournaments she said.

“I hit my doubles quick.”

She was pleased with the way she was playing but felt she could do even better.

Work commitments meant she did not practice much.

It was not easy getting match practice, either, but she was able to compete online.

The national rankings had not been updated yet but before the championships Mercer was ranked fourth.

In the eight-member national team Mercer is the only one without a sponsor.