Darts enthusiasts vying to grow the game in Warrnambool and south-west

DARTS enthusiasts are hoping to ride on the booming international success of the sport to extend its reach in the south-west after the breakout success of a Warrnambool tournament.

The Warrnambool Darts Association drew more than 25 teams to its annual tournament at Deakin University on Sunday, but the association is pushing for more south-west residents to take up the sport.

Brendan 'Hundi' Galloway throwing a dart. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Brendan 'Hundi' Galloway throwing a dart. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Tournament director Gayle Harmsworth said the association received a wave of positive feedback from the event.

“We’re trying to get darts going a bit more. There’s lots of interest in it worldwide and people are following our guys like Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson really closely,” Harmsworth said.

“We’re just trying to get the numbers up even more here in Warrnambool. Our weekend was fabulous and we had so much good feedback.”

Harmsworth said the event was loaded with strong competition, with a number of games going down to the wire.

Cruizers took out the female tournament, while a team dubbed Allstars won the male event.