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Hi Club / Pub / Association / Administrators / Managers

We are the Northern Darts Association (NDA) and we currently have a 28 team league in Pubs & Clubs across the Northern Suburbs. We are trying to address any avenue possible to get our Association's name out there and encourage more people to take up the sport of Darts. The Association has been running since 1984 & has nearly folded a few times. But with the increasing coverage on tv, it seems to be coming back into a fashion.
We Want Your Participation!!

We are a Northern Melbourne suburbs Darts League which is always looking for new players of all standards. We at the N.D.A. are currently looking for New Players, Teams and Venues to expand our league & we want your participation!!

The Summer/Winter 2015 season commences in February, & we are taking inquiries & team nominations for next season as of now.

We are looking to expand our League which currently has 3 divisions. We would like to expand further with the lower division being more of a development Grade for newcomers and beginners.

We play every Wednesday night starting at 8pm. You will need 6-8 (min 6) players & we are a mixed league, so ladies are most welcome.

Your team plays home games at your venue, whether it be a Club / Pub / footy/cricket/bowls club etc. Your venue would be open on a Wednesday night, so to your Bar and Club, so that means further sales and profits to your venue.

Any new team/venue or players are welcome to join our league. Or if you a player looking for a team, and you can't find one, we'll try and find a team for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us.

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THE AIM OF THE N.D.A. - Shall be to promote the game of darts.


A Brief History of Darts

The sport of darts began as training in the martial arts, (well, the martial art of archery). Darts began in Medieval England. Historians surmise, because they don't know for certain, that those teaching archery shortened some arrows and had their students throw them at the bottom of an empty wine barrel.


The fact that the bottom of an empty wine barrel was used is a clue to how the game developed into a pastime. It is thought that the soldiers took their shortened arrows with them to the local drinking establishment to both exhibit their skill and have fun at the same time. When the bottoms of wine barrels proved to be inconvenient or in short supply, some inventive dart thrower brought in a cross-section of a moderate sized tree.

The "board" provided rings, and when it dried out, the cracks provided further segmentation. This cracked and dried board began to evolve into what we think of as the current dart board.

A game as fun as darts could not be hidden from the upper classes and they soon put their own stamp on the game. Henry VIII was reputed to enjoy the game immensely. So much so, that he was given a beautifully ornate set by Anne Boleyn.

Like much of American History, the roots of darts in America can be traced to the Pilgrims. These hardy colonizers were reputed to have played the game on the Mayflower as it made its ocean crossing. Like the game of horseshoes, it was then played avidly in America whenever leisure time was available.

However, darts remained largely an Anglo-American sport until the Victorian age when it was spread world-wide by the great expansion of the British Empire. It seems that the "sun never set on the British Empire". At the same time, there was never a time when a dart was not in the air. Many native populations were exposed to the game and found enjoyment in it.

Around 1900 the rules and darts began to settle into what they are today. Yet according to Christopher G. Carey, author of American Darts Organization Book of Darts, "The international throwing line of 7 ft. 9 1/4 inches was established in the 1970s to make it standard for international competitions; depending on the country (or at times, even the venue), the throwing line was anywhere from 7 ft 6 in. to 8 ft. Also, throughout the early part of the 20th century, there were many different types of dartboards until the 'clock' board became the standard...It really wasn't until after WWII that many of the rules of darts became standardized." Now people all around the world can enjoy the sport of darts in international competitions, in leagues, or in private parties and all be on an equal footing.

So the next time you put your toe to the line and raise a dart to the board, remember that there is a rich history behind this engrossing sport.

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