Darts club on target as competition numbers grow
THE Gladstone Darts Open is beginning to make a recovery and climb into the numbers that it once attracted, only two years after not being on the fixtures list.
For a long time the Open used to attract anywhere between 70 and 85 players, before the competition fell into decline and was lost as a permanent tournament for a few seasons.
Last year the tournament made its way back onto the board, but with limited success.
The 2013 edition, on the other hand, showed that the Gladstone Open still has life in it yet.
"It is still a little bit down, we usually have 70 or 80, but people are only now aware it is back," Gladstone Darts president Victor Ghilotti said.
After welcoming 48 players, a number of whom are former Australian and Queensland players, the Gladstone tournament has shown huge improvement from the time it was nearly dead and buried.
Ghilotti is keen to continue the improvement, especially after hearing positive feedback about the running of the competition.
"It was a great weekend, everyone had fun and it was extremely competitive," he said.
Players travelling from as far as Townsville to the North and Maryborough to the South are sure to bring more competitors to the Open in coming years, reviving the tournament until it finally hits the bullseye.