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Cheese on a high after President's Cup win

Published:Wednesday | January 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp/Gleaner Writer
JDA President's Cup Open champion Damion Cheese.

"I managed to pull it off. It was tough, but luckily for me, Mark Birthwright ranked at number one, and Tenge Brown, at number three were not there. This title goes a far way in deciding the placings for next year," Cheese said following the President's Cup last Sunday at Club Odyssey in Discovery Bay, St Ann.

"I am leading with eight points, followed by Marco Walters, who I beat 3-2 in the final on six points, and Jennifer Reid and Albert Bailey on four points each. It feels good to win the President's Cup back to back, which is not easy in darts," the 2018 number two ranked JDA player said.

"There will be four ranking tournaments for the year and the next one is due in late March or early April at the Constant Spring Tax Office. That is the shooting star," Cheese explained.

 

Confidence boost

 

"The aim is to be number one next.. The more confident you are, the better for you as darts is a mental sports. I am more confident heading into the next tournament," said Cheese, who started playing darts in 2015, concluded.

JDA members participate in ranking tournaments during the year and accumulate points. These points are important in determining eligibility to participate in the national trials.

Meanwhile, Kerdyia Wills, having accumulated the most points during the Under-18 trials last Saturday at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay, will join Kailya Cheese, Jahiem Chin and Donte Burchell as Jamaica's representatives in the junior section for the Caribbean Championships to be held in Trinidad and Tobago in July.

The full national youth squad is: boys Jahiem Chin, Donte Burchell, Jahmari Wright and Mickail Esson; girls Kailya Cheese, Kerdyia Wills, Shanna Headley and Aaliyah Eccleston.