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Tuesday , October 9 , 2012
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The 6th Royal Challenge Calcutta Darts League 2012
The always-on-target Bengal Rowing Club team with the super division trophy. “The best thing about the win is that we have had a clean sweep. We haven’t lost a single match. With the cup in hand, we are now encouraged to bring together more champion players in the club. So, we have plans of a darts arena and leagues of our own,” said Vikram Baid, captain.

What: Final night of Royal Challenge presents 6th Royal Challenge Calcutta Darts League 2012, in association with The Telegraph.

When: October 6.

Where: International Club.

Looking back: Bullseye was the buzzword in 13 city-based clubs from August 11 as the Calcutta Darts League — divided into two slots, the super division and the first division — got going. It wasn’t all work and no play, though. Merrymaking on the sidelines was as much a part of the league as the battle of nerves in the dart rooms.

Winning throws: The super division came to a close on September 30 with defending champions The Bengal Rowing Club reclaiming their crown, closely followed by International Club and RCGC as first and second runners-up.

The first division fight took place between October 4 and 6 with five clubs in the running. An added bonus was a wildcard entry to the super division in the next league.

Playing back-to-back matches, Dalhousie Institute darted their way to number one. Dalhousie Athletic Club came a close second.

“Darts might belong to the C- grade category as far as sport in the country goes now, but it is slowly gaining in popularity. With such strong players in the league, darts will undoubtedly reach new heights in the near future,” beamed Prasanta Saha, secretary, West Bengal Darts Association and founder-secretary of the All India Darts Association.

The Finale: After two months of aiming at dart titles involving lots of hard work and concentration, Saturday night was the time to unwind, bond and break free.

Madan Mitra, the state sports minister, dropped by as the chief guest. Debasish Kumar, member, mayor-in-council, who is also the chairman of the organising committee of the League, was also in attendance.

The hand that throws the dart can also show off moves, Bolly-style, seemed to be the mantra of the night as ‘aims’ turned dance partners for the night.

And with DJ Happy’s tunes blasting the console, it was a party to remember in the darts room-turned-dance floor at International Club, on Shakespeare Sarani.

The Buzz: The next Darts League will see an increase in not just the number of participating clubs, but also the number of participants. To that, add quality.

Text: Sreyoshi Dey

Pictures: Arnab Mondal