Payslip team member makes her mark on the ladies darts circuit
Darts is not usually associated with women, but we’re delighted to buck that trend and our very own Sara Joyce, along with her fellow darts enthusiasts has been making waves around Ireland. Sara shares her story below -here’s a tale you won’t hear every day!
Mayo Ladies Darts
Looking back on the 2022/2023 season of Mayo Darts, it wasn’t a bad year. Darts can be an obscure sport unless you’re watching it on the tv at Christmas, but it attracts nearly 1,000 people in one hotel for a jam packed weekend. Luckily I have been a part of the Mayo Ladies for nearly 10 years now and hopefully I still have another few years to go!
A weekend of competitive action!
After many weeks of practice and competitions, we headed off to the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim, Co Meath. It all kicked off on the Friday evening with Ladies Pairs and Men’s Pairs to ease us in. Myself and my partner (who just so happens to be my mother) managed to get to the quarter finals against some great ladies teams. The Men’s pairs were won by two Mayo men which was a great achievement.
Saturday kicked off the group stages and there were 16 women’s county teams competing for the title. Mayo were on guard as both the women’s and men’s teams had won the year before and were defending champions. Only three counties have ever managed to “do the double” and bring both titles home. The ladies had a tough group which included Wexford, Carlow and Louth. After a long day the Mayo Ladies had topped their group and were through to the quarter finals the following day. After a quick break, it was straight into the singles competition with over 70 women from all over the country competing. Mayo had a good run with one lady making it to the quarter finals and another just getting knocked out at the last 16.
Sunday morning was the ideal start for the Mayo Ladies where they defeated Laois Ladies 4-1 to continue in the Championship. After a tough battle with a strong Dublin side we were defeated 4-1 in the semis to end our campaign to defend our title. Dublin were later defeated by Cork in a very tight final.
More to come as the future looks bright!
It can be very difficult to find ladies to play darts in local leagues and competitions, but the future of ladies darts looks bright with more people joining the sport for the great enjoyment it brings. Mayo is one of few counties that has two women’s county teams with the B team heading off to their own All Ireland championships in April.
Hopefully more ladies will join in the future and one day, we may even have all 26 counties featuring ladies teams competing for the All-Ireland title. I hope so and highly recommend this sport to anyone looking to try something a little different.
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