Some serious cash — not to mention ultimate bragging rights — will be on the line when the Shepparton Darts Association’s Premier League of Darts starts tomorrow night.
With $1000 up for grabs, 10 of the association’s best players will take part in the new competition comprising seven rounds of action to be played every four weeks.
Association secretary Rob McKenna, who will be one of the 10 entrants, said the format was a first for the club and had created quite a buzz.
‘‘The players with the top 10 averages from last year’s strongest competition have made it,’’ he said.
‘‘This is the first time we’ve held a competition like this; this is only our third year running and we’ve run the teams competitions and a monthly singles tournament.
‘‘They’ve been getting bigger and bigger and we’re getting people from Benalla, Seymour and even Yarrawonga all coming down.
‘‘I’ve had blokes ringing me up from other areas asking if they can be in the Premier League, but you’ve got to be in our winter competition to do that.
‘‘You’ve got to put a team in and make the top 10 in the averages, then you’ll get a guernsey.’’
McKenna was quick to point to ‘‘Mighty’’ Michael Cassar as the tournament favourite.
Cassar boasts a Victorian Open singles crown and a Masters doubles title, and was Victoria’s number one ranked player in 2010.
But joining him in search of the $650 cash for first prize is a cast of characters; Bruce ‘‘The Boss’’ Steen, ‘‘Dangerous’’ Dave Stanley, Sonny ‘‘Showtime’’ Tahuriorangi and Clint ‘‘Cliffhanger’’ Rowan to name a few.
The games will be best of 11 sets to 501 with the tournament backed by Slater and King Lawyers.
Play starts at Shepparton’s Darts Hall from 7pm tomorrow, with the association encouraging people to get along and enjoy the show.