Margie scores Qld jersey and takes aim at Aussie comp
DARTS: Callide Valley District player Margaret 'Margie' Smallwood took aim at getting Queensland representative honours recently and came home with a maroon jersey.
There was 60 players all vying for a top-eight selection to go away to the Australian Open Darts Tournament at Echuca-Moama.
Smallwood was happy about her selection to represent Central Queensland in Brisbane earlier this year.
"I was very stoked about it and excited when my name got called out for Queensland,” Smallwood said.
The top 12 all had a round robin playoff and Smallwood scored 8 wins out of 11.
"The player who won overall (Lorraine Byrne) only lost one game and that was to me,” she said.
Smallwood first started playing in 1992 and despite having several years' break from taking aim at the dartboard, this will be her tenth Queensland selection.
During 2004 she was named as reserve for the Australian representative team.
Showing her professional calm and relaxed manner, Smallwood has a secret to her darts success.
"I always go back to basics when I practise and have fun playing,” Smallwood said.
Receiving some expert tutelage from Judy Taylor, national coaching director, has helped to make a difference.
Another key component to her success is playing with and against her son Joshua Smallwood, who is one of the top darts players in Biloela.
Darts games director Narelle de Git was the non-playing captain for Central Queensland and was happy for Smallwood's selection.
"After her successful rounds, I had a good feeling about her chances of getting picked for Queensland,” de Git said.
This weekend will see the local darts hall on Callide St hosting the Zone 8 Carnival.
On Saturday there will be the men's and ladies' doubles and mixed events, and on Sunday will be the men's and ladies' singles, with competition on both days starting at 9am.
It is the final open competition for the financial year and will host about 20 men and women each.