County youth dart season winds up


WESTVILLE — Two members of Pictou County Youth Darts returned home recently from their participation in the Canadian Youth Dart Championships.

Abbey Harty and Dillon MacLellan attended the event that took place May 15 to 20 in Saskatoon. They were among 10 Nova Scotians who participated at the event.

“They did very well,” said Donald Calder who, with his wife Phyllis, operate the league. “They did very well individually. They’re very competitive.”

Dillon was one win away from going to the World Junior Dart Championships in Romania, Calder noted.

The team they played on won the bronze medal, while Nova Scotia as a contingent earned silver medals.

Harty and MacLellan were the only Pictou County league members at the Canadian championships. The league has 12 players registered from aged eight to 16.

The league has played at Branch 35 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Westville and ended its season on Monday with a closing dart session and refreshments.

MacLennan has been ranked fifth or sixth at different times in the provincial youth rankings, while Harty is becoming more proficient.

“Abbey is only 11, but has improved a lot this year,” Calder said.

Harty and MacLellan are among dart players planning to attend a prize tournament scheduled for mid-July in Moncton.

“A lot of people in eastern Canada are playing there,” Calder said.

There is no charge and there is $1,100 in prize money to be awarded to the top male dart player and the top female dart player.

Members of the Pictou County Youth Dart League gathered for a closing session at Branch 35 of the Royals Canadian Legion in Westville. Frm the left, front row: Abbey Harty and Dillon MacLellan, who competed at the 2019 national championships. Back row: Nate Boudreau, Payton Kelly, Ethan Johnstone, Keira McCuskey, Cierra Hawboldt, Randi Shaw, Cassidy McCluskey, Matthew Zugay and Brandon MacLellan. (Goodwin photo)