NORO Darts Club won all before them to claim the inaugural Lou Island Darts Association (LIDA) tournament held recently in Rei village, Manus province.
Noro, led by husband and wife team, Raset and Emily Karnick, knocked out the top pool A team Ololio to book a place in the grand final against Pwarombae, defeating them 5-1.
Noro consistent single players of Hooper Loras, Jerry Kove and Tali Peters combined well with the Karnicks to bag the major prize money and pride of the tournament.
Hot favourites Pwarombae, having the top players like Kekes Musim, Kosling Esia, Eddie Korup, Micah Sivan, Jambi Lester and only female member Piuru Paun, could not withstand the psyched- up Noro outfit in the tense grand final.
Noro kept the pressure on with huge 100-plus score in the 701 team game to check out before the opponents had any chances.
Noro lead 3-0 after winning the team game and scoring another two wins in the double.
The game was decided in the five single games with Peters checking out Loras in the final game.
The games coordinator Daniel Poli was a happy man during the presentation and was convinced Lou Island darts players can match up with the best in Manus as the leading province in darts after winning gold in the recent PNG Games.
“I like the sportsmanship shown during the tournament and winners are declared on the board with no hiccup and complaints,” Poli said.
The highest finish was given to Musim and highest of maximum 180 was won by Poli.
In the women’s division, Karen Poloat and Ivan Selan both scored 140 had as the highest and Beverly Kavon Wak won the highest checkout with 89.
Border Development Authority (BDA) public relations coordinator Reuben Pokanau, who hails from the island and was on duty travel to Manus, provide the cash prizes to the winner of both men’s and women’s divisions and all the logistical cost of the tournament.