THE POPULARITY of a Colac darts tournament has forced organisers to cap entries.
Colac and District Darts Association hosted its annual tournament at Colac Turf Club featuring more than 20 teams.
Association secretary Veronica Lowe said the turf club only had room for a certain number of teams but that suited organisers.
“If we can stay at what we did this year with 14 men’s and eight ladies’ teams, we’ve pretty much got it down pat on how to run it,” she said.
“We have been told we are the best-run tournament in the Victorian western districts.
“We’re becoming quite exclusive as far as invites go and most of the teams we’ve got are first on the list to be invited.
“Talking to some other people, with their tournaments they have a waiting list and if you don’t enter within the last three years they’ll bring other people in.”
Geelong’s Spartans won their third straight men’s title on Saturday, winning 12 of their 13 matches with 55 game wins, while Highlanders finished runners-up.
Warrnambool’s Cruisers beat Bratz in the women’s section after claiming seven wins from seven matches including 27 game wins.
Tournament director Robert Oggero said he enjoyed his first attempt at running the annual competition.
“I learnt a lot and Norm Lowe helped me on the finer points,” he said.
“All in all there was no negative feedback and everyone said it was almost run to perfection.
“Veronica and the committee, the bar staff and food staff did a great job as usual.”
Ms Lowe said the tournament was another success for the association.
“It was massive, a big weekend and very successful,” she said.
“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, our new director did a great job for his first one and we hope he’ll take it on again next year.”