Darts takeover of the Octagon as Uni of Sheffield triumphs over Hallam

The University of Sheffield overcame top of the league Sheffield Hallam at a high spirited derby day clash, as they prepare for the Steel City Darts tournament.

For the first time this season, the University of Sheffield darts A team have beaten Sheffield Hallam in the University Darts UK (UDUK) league.

This victory for the University of Sheffield will be seen as an upset within the UDUK due to Hallam currently sitting top of the North Central table.

However, although this may be seen as an upset for many people watching the league tables, the University of Sheffield’s quality was the difference in the derby day clash.

Jack Quinn, president of the University of Sheffield darts society, said that the win was “positive” and that the game wasn’t as close as he had first expected.

Mr Quinn said that Hallam were “underwhelming” partially due to University of Sheffield’s dominance going undefeated in the single matches on the day.

Mr Quinn commented further saying that he hopes the societies performance against top of the league Hallam will invigorate them for the rest of the season.

The University of Sheffield have a busy schedule in the UDUK in the month of March but Mr. Quinn believes this will only help the team have a run of successful performances, especially when both the A and B team are at “full strength”.

This is the last time the two university darts teams will go head to head before their highly anticipated clash at Steel City darts which is being advertised as the ‘biggest night on the darting calendar’.

The University of Sheffield darts society member and previous society president, Oliver Nunn has backed the claims that this is one of the largest events in the University darts calendar and an event in which all society members look forward to.

Tickets have gone on sale for the event with a large crowd expected to be in attendance. 30 VIP tickets have been made available for society members.

A large amount of past university darts players are expected to attend the event to support the future of their respective darts societies.

Mr Quinn said that he is hoping for a record breaking attendance, as the event will be, “good fun for fans and society members” as well as an entertaining event for fans who don’t know much about the sport of darts.

Previous Steel City darts events, which can be found on online via the Forge TV YouTube channels, have always been thrilling and entertaining to watch. However, due to an incident at the event in 2017 it can no longer be represented or associated by Varsity.

Mr Quinn said that not being associated with varsity; “doesn’t change what we wanna do” as the event is still supported by the Student Union and they are being granted “more freedom” than the events in previous years in order to make the event as successful as possible.

Mr Quinn hopes to continue to grow the society and Steel City Darts events, saying that one day he hopes and believes the event can become as large as the varsity Ice-hockey event which amasses large crowd and is one of the biggest university events of the year.

Written by Thomas Halliday

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