DARTS: New challenge pays homage to ace Wally

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South Lincolnshire’s top darting players are being urged to sign up for Good Friday’s 2013 Wally Seaton Memorial Trophy.

Held at Holbeach United Sports and Social Club (8pm start), a £200 first prize is up for grabs – and this year sees the introduction of Wally’s News of The World nine-dart challenge.

The new challenge pays homage to Wally’s historic victory in the national News of The World competition way back in 1967, which was the equivalent of today’s world championship.

Anyone is eligible to have a go at the nine-dart challenge, at a cost of £1 per entry.

The winner, who will have thrown the highest score with nine darts, will trouser a cool £25. The victor will also be the first player to see their name etched on the new trophy, which is shaped like a giant dart.

There will also be a smaller version of the challenge open to just ladies and under-16s. That is 50p to enter and the winner will net £10.

The main Wally Seaton Memorial competition will be played on an old school darts board that has been crafted specially for this year’s tournament.

Looking just like the board Wally used back in 1967, it was handed over by darting legend Bobby George and signed with a message saying ‘from one champion to another’.

Men’s entry to the Memorial is £4, with women charged just £2. As well as the winners’ cash prize, there is a £100 payday for the runner-up and semi-finalists will pocket £30 each.

The lady thrower that goes the furthest in the event will also bag £25.

There will be a raffle on the night too, with a £25 prize for the winner.

All proceeds from the annual event will go to this year’s chosen charities; Gedney Hill Golden Link and Macmillan Cancer Research. Last year the competition raised an impressive £450 for Lincs Air Ambulance.

For more information, to sponsor a board or to donate a raffle prize contact Wally’s grandson Rick Seaton on 07866 638698 or Alan ‘Lefty’ Wright on 07944 841498.