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Family affair

Emoni Narawa
Saturday, October 15, 2011

THE final of the Vodafone Suva/Lami Darts League today has been spiced up with father and son combinations in opposing teams.

Defending champions Procera from Lami takes on Merchants Club from Suva in the main final at Defence Club.

Merchants Club will have the father-son team of Mahend and Suriya Prasad with top players Vili Naivaluwaqa and top snooker player Viliame Umu.

On the other side, Procera will have the father-son combination of Nilesh and Nikheel Chandra, backed up by former national and Fiji Open singles champion Lawrence Ram.

On the eve of the final, Mahend and Suriya were spotted at Merchants Club working on perfecting their game.

"This is my first year that I'm playing the sport and I am looking forward to the final. It's my first final and I want to give my best shot," the 16-year old DAV student said.

"I enjoy playing with my dad and the team and I have done a lot of practice. I think it is going to be a good game."

Dad Mahen said he was proud of the team's performance in only their second year in the sport.

"We are a new team and we only started playing together last year. I believe we have a good chance to win the tournament and we will give our opponents a good run for their money," he said.

Play-off for third place is between Lami teams 3Ds and Wild Bulls. 3Ds went down narrowly 5-6 to Merchants Club in their semi-final match and have top players Nadeem Tahir, Atama Vunibola and Rajen Mani, all of whom have won the national and Fiji Open titles in the past.

Wild Bulls have Fiji Open title holder Shalend Krishna and new and upcoming players Iliesa Raika and Ben Bolatolu.

In the plate finals, Traps will play against Defence Club while Goldarts and Central Darts I will play for third place.

So far two players (Edward Roxburgh from Traps and Prem Chand from Radial) have scored '180' with a high score of 171 by Shalend Krishna (Wild Bulls) and Savusavu Darts Open champion Greg Pooran holds the highest finish with 120.

Fiji Darts Association president Nyla Alfreds thanked Vodafone for their sponsorship and said the league had raised the standard of players and was one that is enjoyed by all those taking part.

The finals start at 3pm.

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