Hanlon's gold part of fine medal haul for Newfoundland at nationals

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Troy Hanlon

 

Newfoundland athletes returned from the recent Canadian national darts championships in Edmonton with a handful of honours, including the men's singles championship.

Troy Hanlon of St. Mary's Bay captured the men's title, while Jenelle Legge of Marystown placed second in women's singles and combined with Patricia Farrell of Doyles for third place in doubles.

The Newfoundland ladies' team won a silver medal, while the men's and women's team combined for a fifth place overall finish.

An invitation to the world masters tournament in England comes with men's singles title, while Legge earned the right to represent Canada at the World Cup in Castlebar, Ireland in September.

The women's silver-medal team team included Legge, Farrell, Martina Ryan, Sandra Squires,Clara Bailey, Joann Whelan, Wanda Healey, Joann Champion and Joann O'Neill.

Hanlon, 24, is the fourth Newfoundlander to win the national singles crown, following in the footsteps of Tony Foley, Albert Anstey and Wayne Pike.

Hanlon, ranked 14th going into the tourney, defeated his buddy Nick Yorkston of Nova Scotia 5-2 in the final, but says the scoring was close.

"We both shot around the same average and he actually outscored me but I got the doubles quicker," said Hanlon.

Hanlon, who practices three hours a day, said he was shooting for the title this year. His previous high was the top 16.

Meanwhile, Hanlon's first world masters tournament was three years ago, when he admitted he was "very nervous."

"I know what I'm up against this time and I'll be prepared," he added.

Legge, ranked sixth in Canada, lost the final 4-2 to Alberta's Cindy Pardy, ranked No. 1 in the country.

She expected to "do good, but not this good," at the nationals.

Although she came close to winning the singles title, Legge is more than satisfied with the silver medal.

"(Pardy) is No. 1 and because of the way I shot, it's impossible to be disappointed."

Legge, who is working in Fort McMurray, Alta., said she didn't expect to do as well as she did in singles and the team competition is usually "a flip of the coin."

However, she said she "kinda expected" to do well in the doubles mainly because Farrell has been one of the the best players from this province in 20 years."

The 25-year-old Legge, who represented Canada at the 2007 world championships in Holland, has been playing the sport for 11 years and says her career has had a few peaks and valleys along the way.

"It depends on how much I'm able to practise and how I'm feeling. My performance goes down when I don't have the time to practise as much as I'd like, but this year, I had lots of time to practice and it showed."

St. John's will host to the world men's and women's championships in 2013 and both Newfoundlanders re looking forward for the opportunity to play at the top level at home.

Legge says she "can't wait" and Hanlon said it would be "a dream come true."

jbrowne@thetelegram

 

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Canada, Edmonton Marystown Doyles England Castlebar Ireland Alberta Fort McMurray Holland St. John's

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  • Mary
    June 24, 2011 - 07:20

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Great job, Team NL!!

  • Wayne
    June 23, 2011 - 12:58

    Congrats to Troy, Jenelle and the rest of the NL team. Another great showing at the National level. Good Luck at the Worlds

  • SMBer
    June 23, 2011 - 08:56

    Great job!!!