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Japan 2022
SOFT DARTS PROFESSIONAL TOUR JAPAN 2022 TOUR DATES
Date Stage Prefecture Day & Date Event Location
220409 STAGE 1 Kanagawa 神奈川 Saturday, April 9th The Ōsanbashi Hall, Yokohama
220522 STAGE 2 Kyoto 京都 Sunday, May 22nd Miyako Messe Exhibition Centre, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
220605 STAGE 3 Niigata 新潟 Sunday, June 5th Toki Messe Exhibition Centre, Chuo Ward, Niigata
220709 (Round Robin and Div 2 for Men on Saturday for Sapporo stage - Div1 and final played next day along with all Ladies matches.)
220710 STAGE 4 EX Hokkaido 北海道 Saturday & Sunday, July 9th & 10th Chateraise Gateaux Kingdom, Kita Ward. Sapporo
220723 STAGE 5 Kyoto 京都 Saturday, July 23rd Kyoto Pulse Plaza PC SITE, Fushimi ward, Kyoto
220910 STAGE 6 Hiroshima 広島 Saturday, September 10th NTT CRED HALL Just South of Hiroshima Castle.
220918 STAGE 7 Aichi 愛知 Sunday, September 18th Port Messe Egg in Nagoya
221001 STAGE 8 EX Fukuoka 福岡 Saturday, October 1st Nishiten - West Japan General Exhibition Hall, Kitakyushu
221002 STAGE 9 EX Fukuoka 福岡 Sunday, October 2nd Nishiten - West Japan General Exhibition Hall, Kitakyushu
221105 STAGE 10 Chiba 千葉 Saturday, November 5th - Makuhari Messe Chiba City
221113 STAGE 11 EX Hokkaido 北海道 Sunday, November 13th Axes Sapporo, Sapporo
221119 STAGE 12 Gifu 岐阜 Saturday, November 19th Ceramic Park Mino
221210 STAGE 13 Hiroshima 広島 Saturday, December 10th Small and Medium Enterprise Hall Hiroshima
221217 STAGE 14 Osaka 大阪 Saturday, December 17th Intex (International Exhibition) Hall Osaka
230114 STAGE 15 Kanagawa 神奈川 Saturday, January 14th The Ōsanbashi Hall, Yokohama
230121 STAGE 16 Hiroshima 広島 Saturday, January 21st Small and Medium Enterprise Hall Hiroshima
230211 STAGE 17 Fukushima 福島 Saturday, February 11th Big Palette, Koriyama,
230218 STAGE 18 EX Kanagawa 神奈川 Saturday, February 18th The Ōsanbashi Hall, Yokohama

EX means a stage designated as Exciting and these will earn 1.5x Player's Points.


Dates and locations updated care of Ryk from here - https://www.dartsnutz.net/forum/thread-4...#pid672449
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18 stages - lovely

We only get 6 here in Korea.
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Some bad news - The planned second round on Kyushu (Fukuoka) has been postponed due to corona-chan and worries at the venue. 

But on a brighter note, here is a picture of last seasons top eight in the ladies championship at the end of year awards shindig. 
   

Back row - Left to right
------Mayu ----- Yukina -- Sayoko - Riyo
Shizuka - Natsumi - Mikuru - Kasumi
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Here is the link for the first stage on Saturday - starts at 7am UK time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55Rc2N54Xyc
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That's a pretty good time for me, I shall have to try and watch some until the PC starts Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Looks like they are added a few wrinkles to the points scoring system. A few stages will get a 50% bonus to the usual score as a way to promote an event outside of the island of Honshu. And then also boost the points for the final event to create more of a chance of positions swapping about.
anyhow.
220709 9th July on Hokkaido
221002 2nd of October on Kyushu
221113 13th of November also in Hokkaido
230218 The planned last stage at the Osanbashi in Yokohama on the 18th of February 2023
and also the missing stage from Fukuoka (which is on the island of Kyushu) that should have been on the 17th of this April has been planned to return with a bonus to the scores.
If any of these events are crowd limited due to the unknown virus - then the points will revert to normal.
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☆☆☆ 2022 Stage 1 Kanagawa ☆☆☆
20220409

The scores have all be reset and a brand new season is upon us. Being so close to the end of the previous season you would expect the same players to shine in this one.
Stage 1 returns to the City of Yokohama in the Prefecture of Kanagawa and the stage takes place inside the Ōsanbashi Hall located at end of the Ōsanbashi Pier jutting out into Yokohama Bay.

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18 stages were planed this season and already stage 2 on the southern island of Kyushu has been postponed due to concerns over SARS-CoV-2 at the Venue, better safe than sorry. So the other dates on the schedule remain but the stage numbers rejigged.

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Rie Hoshino (星野 理絵) has chosen to concentrate on soft tip as switching between online steel tip and soft-tip was not ideal, Feeling in steel tip she was not giving her best due to not practicing the format previously, despite her qualification rounds showing her ability and was respectable for a first try results. But Rie also felt her splitting her focus on soft and hard was taking the edge of both disciplines of the sport. 

But pre season practice routines included some mighty Egg Sandwiches - supplemented with Ham and Lettuce.


   
It takes real muscle power to be consistent with doorsteps of such magnitude!


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Rie was on board 69 with 5 other fresh faced ladies... So one player would miss out from the honour of playing against The Destroyer of Egg Sandwiches and that was... Chihiro Oyaizu (小柳津 千裕).
First game was...
Kim Hyojin (キム ヒョジン) 1-2
Asami Okutani (奥谷 亜沙美) - 2-0
Aika Ohsugi (大杉 愛華) - 0-2
make or break game. Rie has to win
Miki Motoki (本木 美喜) 2-0

Was it enough? Rie was only the 4th ranked player on the board... 95 average but and that was good enough to place her 58th of the 68 qualifiers.
You pay for the whole seat, but you only need the edge of it when you support Rie!

Maybe that Ham and Egg doorstep was too heavy. Maybe the locked in energy will infuse Rie with the boost to take her through the knockout stages. I hope so.

Other boards 
135 players i the ladies round robin. And will match up on boards 62-71 and boards 83-95 (Board 93/94/95 are 5 player boards - the rest are six player ones)

BOARD 62  Mayu Shimizu(清水 舞友)- 4-0 Six player board but a faultless start for the Dynasty Left hander. Sayuri "Dreamy" Nishiguchi (西口 小百合) 3wins and Saitama's Sayaka Kameo (亀尾 さや香) 2wins also advance.

BOARD 63 Rimika Matsumoto (松本 梨美香) - 3wins Six player board with Hyogo's Kimiko Noguchi getting on the wrong side of four 2-0 defeats, The other five somehow all had none losing records, but Natsuki Adachi (足立 菜月) 3wins and Shiho Sano (佐野 志歩) 2 wins advance.

BOARD 64  Nozomi Hayashi (林 望美)  4wins Six player board Nozomi pro was on fire only dropping one leg. Joining the Tokyo Target Treble Tickler (???) was Nanami Sumiya (炭屋 奈々美)3wins and Yumiko Sugime  (杉目 優美子) 2wins.

BOARD 65 Miyu Miyawaki (宮脇 実由) - 4wins Six player board and Trinidad's Miyu-pro only dropped one leg to Target's Naomi Tomikawa (富川 尚美) 3wins - Who herself only dropped 2 legs during her robin (to Miyu-pro) as the pair dominated the board. Cosmo Chuckerster, Chieko Nozoki (及位 千恵子) also managed to advance. Karina Ootorii (大鳥居 かりな) had a 92 average - but after being gifted two goose eggs from Miyu and Naomi two close wins over her other opponents was not enough - Even if she was 10 inches taller than the Board champion Miyu-pro.

BOARD 66  Mayu Shikanai (鹿内 麻友) - 3 wins. Extremely close board, three players managing to lose a single game, win a close one and dominate in two others. ending up with the very same leg differential.  Aomori's Aquarian Arrow Aimer; Mayu Shikanai's superior cricket let her edge the rankings, Hyogo's Kana Hayashi (林 加奈) 3wins, Osaka's Kaede Matsuzaki (松﨑 楓) 3wins All three advance and are joined by local Erika Saito (齊藤 恵鯉花) 2wins who handed Mayu her only loss... Gah I wish these were 5 players boards

BOARD 67  Miho Koshikiya (古敷谷 未保)- 4wins Solid 92 avr and 4mpr in the cricket let local Miho-pro advance without dropping a leg. .  Yukina Chiba (千葉 幸奈) 3 wins bounced back from her first game mauling my Miho-pro to slip into second place, Left handed Caramel Clutch Chuckarina, Maika Morimoto (森本 舞香) 3 wins

BOARD 68  Maiko Koyama (小山 麻衣子) - 3 wins Riyo Okumura (奥村 理世)3wins Etsuko Oi (大井 絵津子)3 wins. Despite it being a 6 player board - all three who qualified played one another and you guess they had a rock-paper-scissors of who was the best, Maiko beating Riyo who beat Etsuko who in turn beat Maiko. - So which one has to buy the celebratory beers then?

BOARD 69  Kim Hyojin (キム ヒョジン) 4wins. After a close game against Lovable Local Rie Hoshino went down to a deciding leg, Tokyo Kim cruised to the next round with a trio of wins. Joining the Dynasty player will be, all 5'1" of TIGA 's Aika Ohsugi (大杉 愛華) 3wins, Aichi's Chihiro Oyaizu (小柳津 千裕)3wins and Egg Sandwich Destroyer - Rie Hoshino (星野 理絵)2wins

BOARD 70  Mana Kawakami (川上 真奈) 4wins Osaka's Cosmo darter has fresh arrows and has them working a treat gifting 4 goose eggs for her to scamper to an untroubled victory o board 70. Joining the mighty Osakan will be, Kyushu's own Kaori Yamada (山田 かおり) who put together 3 wins and was the only player to qualify beyond the winner, Mana-pro.

BOARD 71  Mai Miyano (宮野 麻衣) 4wins - Hyogo's DMC Dazzler, Mai-pro had a close game with local Chihiro-pro but them had a smooth run to the board win. Chihiro Kondo (近藤 千尋) 3wins also advanced joined by Cuesoul's Osakan oche-dweller, Risa Hamada (濱田 理沙) 2wins. 

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BOARD 83  Kasumi Chiba (千葉 香純) 4wins. Th North Islander, Kasumi-pro flexed her abilities by being the Ichiban of the Robins - 105.8 average  Aichi's Reira Shibata (柴田 玲来) 3wins and Aomoroi's Mariko Kimura (木村 真理子) 2wins had a very slow start before the TIGA 's player unleashed the heat of the red oni from within.

BOARD 84  Akari Tanahara (棚原 あかり) 4wins-6 playerboard and 4 ladies snuck through. 5'2" Saitaman Akari-pro was the cream of the crop with 4 wins, and was joined by a trio of Cosmodart chuckerinas: - Aichi's Compact 4'12" tall Asami Takeuchi (竹内 麻美) 3wins, And two Cosmo players from Chiba Minako Ino (井能 実奈子) 2wins and Miho Otsuki (大槻 美保) 2wins.

BOARD 85  Shizuka Kondo (近藤 静加) 4wins Nami Iwasaki (岩崎 奈美)4wins. Wow - tough board here as two players - who never faced one another smeshed the rest with no thoughts to their feelings. Trinidad's Shizuka-pro had a 4+ cricket MPR and a 98 average whilst Cuesoul's Nami-pro's 88 average and 3.7mpr was enough to get her through to the knockout stage without a blemish. On any other board Shiho Sumida (角田 糸穂) 2wins should have advanced, but her 86 average and solid cricket play wasn't enough as she was hammered by both Shizuka-pro and Nami-pro in shut out losses.

BOARD 86  Saori Miyamoto (宮本 沙織) 3wins. Slight stumble at the end for local one80 player Saori-pro as she lost a close final game to Tokyo's Ayumi-pro. Osaka's 5'1½" Sayoko Suizu (水津 沙世子) 3wins Ayumi Nakamura (中村 歩実) 3wins Hiroshima's 4'11" Yuki Miyamoto (宮本 幸) 2wins also slipped through to the knock out stages.

BOARD 87  Miharu Kikumoto (菊本 美波留) 4 wins Birthday keeps on going for Tokyo's Caramel Clutch chucker, Miharu-pro with four good wins.  Yuna Yamamoto (山本 侑奈) 3wins, Haruka Hirose (広瀬 晴香) 2wins and Miki Hatano (波田野 光季) 2wins also advance.

BOARD 88  Junko Akaishi (赤石 順子) 4wins - Kana Kamesato (亀里 夏菜) 4wins Another board when the top two players smushed the rest and didn't face one another. Hokkaido's Junko-pro edges tops spot over Joker Driver's Kana-pro. as the North Islander didn't drop a leg, Kana-pro did lose one leg to a luckless Manami Furukawa (古川 愛美) in her very first match.

BOARD 89  Yuriko Yamaguchi (山口 祐理子) 4wins TIGA's Yuriko had the usual solid performance, over 4 marks in the cricket and a 99 average. Aichi's Wakana Tsuzuki (都筑 稚菜) 3wins advanced along with with Local Cosmo lady, Yuko Hino (日野 優子) 2wins.

BOARD 90  Miyuki Nakayama (中山 みゆき) 4wins Caramel Clutch sub five footer, Miyuki-pro did the business with 4 wins. Ultima Dart's Ayano Tomura (戸村 彩乃) 3wins and 5'7" Saitaman, Mami Shida (信太 マミ)3wins also qualify.

BOARD 91  Umi Abe (阿部 生) 4wins. Tokyo Joker Driver chukcers dominated this board. with 4 clean wins and a 93 average. A pair of 4'13" players join Ube-pro:- The Little Lioness of Kanagawa, Aoi Hirama (平間 葵) 3wins and Tottori's Joker Driver player Natsumi Matsuyam (松山 奈津美)2wins

BOARD 92 - Mei Takahashi (高橋 芽生) 4wins Gifu's DMC chucker Mei-pro grabbed four wins to advance. Local lady, Atsuko Hiramaki (平牧 あつ子) 3wins and Tokyo's Momoko Ishihara (石原 桃子) 2wins also advance.

BOARD 93  - Chizuko Nishimaki (西巻 千寿子) 4wins  - a five player board. Sanity at last. Only two advance. Both from Tokyo Little Chizuko-pro and Cosmo's scarlet and black, left hander Ami Komiyama (小宮山 亜美) 3wins

BOARD 94 - Itsuka Sawame (沢目 一華) 3wins - five player board and three advance each dropping one leg to each other. Yuka Iida (飯田 佑夏) 3wins and Rika Ikarashi (五十嵐 理香) 3wins. Tokyo's Itsuka-pro lost her opening match against Yuka-pro. Chiba's Yuka-pro then played Rika-pro and was promptly reversed 2-0 and then Tokyo's Joker Driver throwing lefty, Rika-pro (who was so far undefeated) faced Itsuka-pro who rolled her over 2-0. Darts eh? Totally predictable!

BOARD 95 - Chihiro Tanaka (田中 千尋) 3wins - five player carnage here as only Cuesoul's Chihiro-pro of Osaka did enough as everyone was tearing lumps at one another on a brutal board with a single survivor.

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Division 2 ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

The round robin players have battled it out and only half of their number remain for the knockout stages.  68 will enter but only 8 will escape.
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Rie Hoshino had a first round bye so her first game was against was up against.  Mana Kawakami (川上 真奈)
Tough draw as Mana--pro has fresh darts and all the confidence of only tasting sweet sweet victor and not dropping a leg. Would Rie be able to reverse Mana's irresistible march to the finals?
No. Mana smushed my Rie 2-0.
BOO! Rie was full of nerves and had the darts to win but she knew she was overthinking issues and once you try too hard darts is bad. When you know you are trying too hard so try to calm down can't help either. I blame the lettuce in that chunky Doorstep egg sandwich personally. 

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--  What did the eight ladies who managed to endure the Division 2 do to make it through? --

Mana Kawakami (川上 真奈) made it to the last 16 with a first round win bye, then a 2-0 win over Rie Hoshino (星野 理絵), Then had a closer match with Yukina Chiba (千葉 幸奈) winning 2-1 then returning to dominance with a game against Aika Ohsugi (大杉 愛華) which she won 2-0 to advance

Shizuka Kondo(近藤 静加) had a cheeky first round bye but strung together 3 consecutive 2-0 wins over, Yuko Hino(日野 優子) then Chihiro Tanaka (田中 千尋) and finally Mei Takahashi (高橋 芽生) to advance.

Mayu Shimizu(清水 舞友) also had a first round bye and then a trio of dominant victories. The Left hander first beat, Miki Hatano(波田野 光季) 2-0,then Riyo Okumura (奥村 理世) 2-0 and finally Kim Hyojin (キム ヒョジン) to advance.

Saori Miyamoto (宮本 沙織) had a by then rushed Natsuki Adachi (足立 菜月) 2-0  before having two tough matches with, Nozomi Hayashi (林 望美) 2-1 then Ayumi Nakamura (中村 歩実) 2-1 - to advance.

Kasumi Chiba(千葉 香純) had a cheeky first round bye then a game winning match with Yuki Miyamoto (宮本 幸) 2-1 then she faced, Atsuko Hiramaki(平牧 あつ子) 2-0 and then a final to the wire game with Miharu Kikumoto(菊本 美波留) that ended 2-1.

Mariko Kimura(木村 真理子) had a first round bye but then wen't on a hot killing spree of 2-0 wins over, Junko Akaishi (赤石 順子), Asami Takeuchi (竹内 麻美) 2-0 and Naomi Tomikawa (富川 尚美) - 2-0 to advance.

Umi Abe(阿部 生) had a first round bye then won games against, Chieko Nozoki (及位 千恵子) 2-0, Ami Komiyama (小宮山 亜美) 2-1 and Kaori Yamada (山田 かおり) 2-1 to get into the finals.

Maiko Koyama( 小山 麻衣子) took it to the finals with a first round bye then wins over
Kana Hayashi (林 加奈) 2-1, then Mami Shida (信太 マミ) 2-1 and Wakana Tsuzuki (都筑 稚菜) 2-1 to storm into the finals

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Now the top eight from the previous stage...all the way back from last season finale join the meat grinder of the final 16! Kasumi Sato snuck in as well. Luck of the unicorn eh?


☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Division 1 ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

  1. DRAW
  2. Yukie Sakaguchi (坂口 優希恵) vs. Umi Abe (阿部 生)
  3. Momoka Hayashi (林 桃加) vs. Shizuka Kondo (近藤 静加)
  4. Yumi Suzuki (鈴木 優美) vs. Maiko Koyama (小山 麻衣子)
  5. Koto Imai (今井 琴) vs. Mana Kawakami (川上 真奈)
  6. Sayoko Yoshiba (吉羽 咲代子) vs. Kasumi Chiba (千葉 香純)
  7. Kasumi Sato (佐藤 かす美) vs. Mayu Shimizu (清水 舞友)
  8. Natsumi Iwata (岩田 夏海) vs. Saori Miyamoto (宮本 沙織)
  9. Sayaka Sasaki (佐々木 沙綾香) vs. Mariko Kimura (木村 真理子)


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[b]☆☆☆ 2022 Stage 1 Kanagawa ☆☆☆

Part 2 [/b]

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Division 1 ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆


3-1 Yukie Sakaguchi (坂口 優希恵) vs. Umi Abe (阿部 生)
3-1 Momoka Hayashi (林 桃加) vs. Shizuka Kondo (近藤 静加)
1-3 Yumi Suzuki (鈴木 優美) vs.Maiko Koyama (小山 麻衣子)
3-0 Koto Imai (今井 琴) vs. Mana Kawakami (川上 真奈)

2-3 Sayoko Yoshiba (吉羽 咲代子) vs. Kasumi Chiba (千葉 香純)
3-2 Kasumi Sato (佐藤 かす美) vs. Mayu Shimizu (清水 舞友)
3-1 Natsumi Iwata (岩田 夏海) vs. Saori Miyamoto (宮本 沙織)
3-0 Sayaka Sasaki (佐々木 沙綾香) vs. Mariko Kimura (木村 真理子)

The top eight from last time out were doing well except for the winner of the last stage, Sayoko Yoshiba who fell to qualifier Kasumi Chiba in a match that went the distance. Yumi Suzuki also dropped out at this stage losing to Maiko Koyama - That means both Sayoko-pro and Yumi pro will be thrown into the Rancor Pit that is the Round Robins in Kyoto while Maiko and Kasumi can bask in the knowledge this win not only got them into the quarterfinals but also the last 16 next time out. All players in BOLD will also return to this point in stage 2.

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Quarterfinals ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

3-2 Yukie Sakaguchi (坂口 優希恵) vs. Momoka Hayashi (林 桃加))
2-3 Maiko Koyama (小山 麻衣子) vs. Koto Imai (今井 琴)
0-3 Kasumi Chiba (千葉 香純) vs. Kasumi Sato (佐藤 かす美)
3-2 Natsumi Iwata (岩田 夏海) vs. Sayaka Sasaki (佐々木 沙綾香)

First Kasumi-bowl and yes - Kasumi won. and will advance. Also Kasumi lost. The other games were nip and tuck slugfests all going down to the wire.


☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Semi Finals ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

3-2 Yukie Sakaguchi (坂口 優希恵) vs. Koto Imai (今井 琴)
2-3 Kasumi Sato (佐藤 かす美) vs. Natsumi Iwata (岩田 夏海)
Kasumi won the bull and hit a 13 darter in the opening 501 leg.
Leg Two (Cricket)Natsumi then banged in a 180 to get a huge start in the cricket, Kasumi was playing well but Natsumi rushed to the win hitting trebles with ease. (Leg ended with Natsumi having 6 Marks per Round) - 1-1
Leg Three had a more leisurely game of cricket, Masumi-pro just easing aaway and Natsumi not really imposing herself as the game trundled to the end. Then Natsumi went on a Bull fighting run, as Kasumi wobbled, But Kasumi won 2-1
Leg Four - 501- Natsumi lead off and was down to 84 after 9 darts, Kasumi closed to 134, but Natsumi had the first chance. Big 20, Big 14 Bullseye - and a 12 darter and the match was all square.
Leg Five
Natsumi won the bull and the game was - Cricket.
Natsumi hit 4 but Kasumi banged in 6 into the 19's. Natsumi hit another 4 into the 20's And Kasumi hit 5 into the 19's Natsumi then whiffed with just one 20. Kasumi shut down the 20s on her next throw. Natsumi rebounded with 7 into the 18's  Kasumi hit 4 19's to pump up her lead but a treble 4 didn't help her close down Natsumi's scoring 18's
Natsumi then did a yoyo with a treble 18 then a whiff to close down Kasumi's 19's for her to return to the 18's and slot home another treble 18. to leave her 72points up. Kasumi slammed in 7 into the 19's (So 133 scored... so took a 61 point lead. Natsumi then showed a lot of class with two treble 18s to regain the points lead then put the cherry on the top with a treble 19 to shut down Kasumi. 9 marks, no trouble. Kasumi then wobbled with just 2 hits into the 17's
Natsumi then just to rub it in slotted home a white horse, triple 17, 15 and 16 to take control of the leg and the match. Kasumi only hit the Bullseye but needed all three arrows to be on target.
Natsumi only hit two outer bulls to give Kasumi the most fleeting of chances to turn the game around. Three Bulls gave Kasumi the points lead but Natsumi had so many options to regain the lead and then a single bull to win ... and slotted bullseye and a treble 18 to win.



☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Final ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

3-1 Yukie Sakaguchi (坂口 優希恵) vs. Natsumi Iwata (岩田 夏海)

Both like to stand way way way to the right hand side of the oche and Natsumi won the bull and threw first. Natsumi got down to 160 after her first 9 arrows, Yukie put on some pressure getting down to 124, but it was Natsumi to have the first go at a big outshot. But her first arrow was off and she only got down to 59. Yukie was looking good bullseye, bullseye and... just under the double 12 giving Natsumi a chance to hold her throw...Natsumi then was the one to whiff, Hitting a big fat 9 to set up a bullseye finish only to drag it wide into the single 4... and 46 is impossible with one dart, even in soft tip. Just to show she had some zing Natsumi closed her throw with a treble 14 to leave double 2.
Yukie had 12 but whiffed all the way, inside double 6, quite a way off double 3 and with a last chance at treble 1 she was just under the wire. Neither of these two want to win!
Double 2 and the Tattooed Lady, Natsumi took the first leg!
Leg Two Cricket
Yukie hit 3 into the 20's for a slow start. Natsumi hit 4 into 19's Yukie hit five into the 20's Natsumi returned with 5 herself buried into the 19's Yukie then slowed down hit 6 into the 20's and the paused bit only got a single 19 for a 7 mark round. Natsumi hit 5 into the 19's to close the points gap but not quite enough to take the lead. Yukie two two arrows to close down Natsumi's 19;s and used her last arrow to get w treble 20 to extend her lead up to 71. Natsumi  then got frustrated with herself with two slips wide of the 18's and her final arrow only earned her a single 18. Yukie slotted home a treble 18 then put two into the 17's to strengthen her position. Natsumi had another first dart miss but then hit four into the 17's getting the gap down to just 54points. 
Yukie just needed to keep closing things down and her first two darts did just that, a single 17 closed the 17's and a nice treble 16 did the same there. Her final arrow found a home in the 15's for a productive 5 mark throw. Natsumi was just missing her targets and getting frustrated at herself which only made her pull more darts with a dreadful 1 mark throw that all but surrendered the leg to the Tie wearing Tall Lady. Yukie had no pressure so too her time closing down the 15's as Natsumi again struggled with just a single bull. Yukie zinged in a bullseye and had two arrows to get a bull to end it, but was just wide twice. Natsumi with nothing to play for hit four bulls, to close the points to just 4 behind. But Yukie just needed one dart on target now... and... (Yukie like Natsumi takes her time when she throws) And Yukie zinged the bull to get the leg and tie the game.
Leg Three Cricket
Natsumi to throw and 3 into the 20's. Yukie hit three ito the 19's and one into the 20's Natsumi  hit a treble 20 and a single 19. Yukie closed the 20's and hit 19. Natsumi opened up 18's for herself with a treble then shut down the 19's. Yukie slammed five into the 17's to get the gap down to just 7 points/ Natsumi was all over the treble 17 but one was a treble 3 and the other two were either side only bagging two marks. Yukie skewered a treble 17 and then pumped two into the 18's to take a 44 point lead. Natsumi then went on a rampage, treble 18 to regain the lead, a single 17 to close down Yukie's scoring segment and then another treble 18 just to show the fist dart wasn't a fluke and extend her lead to 64 points.  Yukie slammed in a treble 16 then a treble 18 (Only needed one though, show off!) then a single 15 for a five mark round. Natsumi
was throwing fast and after a loose second dart took pause to reset but ended her throw with just 2 marks hitting the 15's.  Yukie then emulated Natsumi with a lose second arrow and only two into the 15's. Natsumi then zinged a bull and then closed down the 15's. Yukie then pulled out a little magic and fired a salvo into the treble 16 to get a gross score (144!) and take the lead by 80 points. Natsumi needed to hit but she only edged two bulls. Yukie just needed three bulls to take the leg. Dead easy. she hits one with her first arrow. then nervously drops a dart. Composes herself and slots home two more bulls to close the game and take a 2-1 lead.

Leg Four 501 
And it is Yukie to throw after stealing Natsumi's game of Cricket. and Yukie is on Fire (No offence to Anakin Skywalker) with a hat trick to start. Natsumi mirrors than and Yukie has a couple of odd deflections which only get her 83, Natsumi goes up to the 20's to try to win the leg through sheer scoring power but after a good first dart, her next two are off target only getting 93. Yukie suffers no deflection with another hat trick to get down to 118 after 9 darts. Natsumi stumbles only getting down to 155. Yukie Bull- big 18 leaving her with one dart in her hand and 50 left to score ... and ... Yukie hit the 12 darter to win the leg. With the Match and win the first stage of the new season.

Yukie leads the championship... obviously!

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The tour will resume on the 22nd of May in many peoples favourite Japanese Capital city (Kamakura?) of course it has to be Kyoto!

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今回も読んでくださった皆様、ありがとうございました!
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☆☆☆ 2022 Stage 2 Kyoto ☆☆☆
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Stage 2 is here from Kyoto and the Miyako Messe Exhibition Centre in left side of the city. (If you are staying in the Imperial Palace and you leave it heading south... so the part of the city to your left would be... the Sakyo Ward. Bet you can't tell what the west side of the city is called, Ukyō? Okay maybe you do know then. Okay did you know when they moved the Emperor to live in Edo and they renamed Edo into Tokyo - they had a few years of calling Kyoto 'Saikyo'... Western Capital, well now you do know that bit of trivia you will never ever need to know ever, maybe.) 

Weather
And it is a Sunday and May is when you get the best sunshine - Don't listen to those who tell you it is August, they know nothing, May is the very bestest month to catch the sun - it gets too hot in August anyhow! Okay enough Banal British Banter about the weather. (Could be roasting inside your homes on the Iberian peninsula I guess - far too hot!) Okay there are a few clouds. Maybe August is better after all?

The stage is a chance for those at the top to stay there. The top eight will already be scoring well here, but if they win their first match they know the points will keep rolling in.
But before that the players who are not part of the top 8 will have to battle it out to earn the right to face off against one of the final 8 to take their most valued spot.
For me the fun is in the round robins and early knockout stages. It is a shame they have to play their hearts out to face a rested and energetic player who has been able to stay calm and fuelled up. The survivors of the Robins and the division 2 knockout stages could well be frazzled and running on an empty tank unable to dig deep for one more strong leg. Indeed the pressure only builds the further along the road to you travel

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Rie Hoshino (星野 理絵) has tried to improve her energy levels with a switch up to more meatilicious diet. (You've got to risk it, for the brisket.)

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Rie was on board 104 !!!  (The ladies were on board 89 -121)- 
First game was the always smiling Saitama-ian Birthday Girl (Friday)...Sayaka Kameo (亀尾 さや香)
and it went to a deciding leg and... and Rie (not wanting to spoil the birthday party feelings) lost - 1-2
next up was
Wakayama's own Kurumi Ueda (上田 胡桃) and Rie Won 2-0
3rd match was...
Hyogo's Yuki Nakamoto (中本 夕貴) and Rie Won again 2-0
final game of this 5 player robin was against...
Tokyo's Hiroko Nishino (西野 博子) and Rie Won again 2-0

Rie ended up ranked 28th behind Kameo-pro who after her win against Rie swept the board with three more 2-0 wins to end up ranked 16th overall.

Division 2 for Rie had a first round bye and was then up against Yuna Yamamoto (山本 侑奈) and in a repeat of the Robins took the game to a deciding leg only to fail to hit that winning dart - Despite the sun it is all gloomy moyamoya for Rie.

So on with the Gambatte Yuna-pro T Shirt then. When Rie does win, I am going to be as smug as those Chicago Cubs/White Sox and Boston Red Sox fans were a while back.

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Other boards.
167 players in the ladies round robin. And will match up on boards 89-121 to reduce them down to just 84 qualifiers for Division 2

BOARD 89 - Yukina Chiba (千葉 幸奈) 4 wins - Hyogo's Maika Morimoto (森本 舞香) 2 wins also advanced.

BOARD 90 - Shiho Sano (佐野 志歩) 3 wins - Minako Ino (井能 実奈子) 3 wins, Ekono Aoki (青木 恵子乃) 2 wins.

BOARD 91 - Aika Ohsugi (大杉 愛華) 4 wins - Miyuki Nakayama (中山 みゆき) 3 wins, Haruka Sakai (坂井 陽香) 2 wins.

BOARD 92 - Chiori Onishi (大西 千桜里) 4 wins - Mei Takahashi (高橋 芽生) 3 wins, Fumika Uchida (内田 芙巳佳) 2 wins.

BOARD 93 - Kim Hyojin (キム ヒョジン) 3 wins - Hiromi Sakuma (佐久間 比呂美)  3 wins, Kana Hayashi (林 加奈) 2 wins

BOARD 94 - Atsuko Hiramaki (平牧 あつ子) 4 wins - Namiko Muto (武藤 なみ子) 3 wins, Toshiko Watanabe (渡邊 稔子) 2 wins

BOARD 95 - Mariko Kimura (木村 真理子) 4 wins - Yumiko Sugime (杉目 優美子) 3 wins.

BOARD 96 - Nami Iwasaki (岩崎 奈美) 2wins - ultra tight board with everyone winning two games but also losing two games - so the winner was decided by leg difference and then scoring powah. Iwasaki-pro just edging out fellow qualifier, Midori Hamada (濵田 碧) 2 wins. The unlucky losers were. Chiaki Mori (森 千明) 2 wins, Fumina Matsuda (松田 文菜) 2 wins and Chisato Izuka (飯塚 千智) 2 wins on a board when just one leg could have made all the difference. (Okay Chisato-pro would have needed at least two legs to go her way - don't you hate people reading stuff over your shoulder...)

BOARD 97 - Miho Otsuki (大槻 美保) 4 wins  - Yuki Nishioka (西岡 友紀) 3 wins.

BOARD 98 - Ami Komiyama (小宮山 亜美) 3 wins - Junko Akaishi (赤石 順子) 3 wins, Chiemi Yamada (山田 千恵美) 3 wins. A rock-paper-scissors trio for the three who advanced. Sinister Ami won the board due to left handed shenanigans... or her 106.7 average... or perhaps her superior leg difference?.. Still Ami is left handed, so not to be trusted. (笑)

BOARD 99 - Miho Koshikiya (古敷谷 未保) 4 wins - Asuka Imose (五百瀬 明日香) 3 wins, Mitsuki Mori (森 美月) 2 wins.

BOARD 100 - Miki Wakita (脇田 美雪) 3 wins - Miki Motooka (本岡 美樹) 3 wins
(Didn't Toni Basil cover a song about these two, forty years ago?)

BOARD 101 - Miyu Miyawaki  (宮脇 実由) 4wins - Yuriko Yamaguchi (山口 祐理子) 3 wins, Miharu Kikumoto (菊本 美波留) 2 wins Miyu-pro needed every inch of her 105 average dropping legs to close games against her fellow qualifiers in a tough at the top round robin board, but the compact sized Kanagawan prevailed.

BOARD 102 - Wakana Tsuzuki  (都筑 稚菜) 4 wins - Kaede Matsuzaki (松﨑 楓) 2 wins. Both qualify. Saki Hirai  (平井 沙季) with 2 wins just failing to make the cut in 85th place.

BOARD 103 -  Mana Kawakami (川上 真奈) 3 wins - The Osakan favourite was joined by Local lady Yukari Shimoo (下尾 ゆかり) 3 wins in advancing into Division 2. 

BOARD 104 - Sayaka Kameo (亀尾 さや香) 4 wins - Rie Hoshino (星野 理絵) 3 wins were the only two to leave this board alive!

BOARD 105 - Mina Hayashi (林 美奈) 4 wins - Reira Shibata (柴田 玲来) 2 wins

BOARD 106 - Saori Miyamoto (宮本 沙織) 4 wins - Hotaru Igarashi (五十嵐 蛍) 3 wins,  Chiharu Yamada (山田 千春) 2 wins.

BOARD 107 - Sayoko Yoshiba (吉羽 咲代子) 4 wins - Mayu Shikanai (鹿内 麻友) 3 wins,

BOARD 108 - Mayu Shimizu (清水 舞友) 3 wins - Sayuri Nishiguchi (西口 小百合) 3 wins. Mai Miyano (宮野 麻衣) 2 wins. Another win for the tricksy Left Handed Dynasty player.

BOARD 109 - Risa Hamada (濱田 理沙) 4 wins - Yuri Saijo (西條 友梨) 3 wins,
Odd board with Risa-pro scoring very modestly with just a 68 average to coast her way to the top the board.

BOARD 110 - Megumi Kurosawa (黒沢 恵) 3 wins - Ayaka Ueno (上野 綾華) 3 wins.
Little Left hander Megumi topped the board with a sinisterly low 53 average.

BOARD 111 - Chieko Hagihara (萩原 千恵子) 4 wins - Tomoko Abe (阿部 知子) 3 wins. A 91 average gets Hyogo's Chieko-pro through after surviving three close games that she prevailed undefeated for the board victory.  Ryk's Obligatory Trivia Time! - I wonder if any of the players hoped when they play cricket on this board... A "Nelson" in cricket is the unlucky number of 111 and to ward off bad luck you hop over the batting crease and try not to touch the lines... but it is bad luck to be superstitious...

BOARD 112 - Shizuka Kondo (近藤 静加) 4 wins - Naomi Tomikawa (富川 尚美) 2 wins Yuko Hino (日野 優子) 2 wins. Heavy scoring board with Shizuka thumping home a 108.5 average and Naomi (88) and Yuko(91) both in up there too. (*) Scoring Average - not age!)

BOARD 113 - Mikuru Suzuki  (鈴木 未来) 4wins - Yoshiko Takano (高野 佳子) 3 wins. The Mikuru returns and throws down the gauntlet - with a stonking average of 117.3. Will the little lady from Shikoku march un opposed to the Capital, and avenge her defeat in the final stage of last season in this very city?


BOARD 114 -Chihiro Kondo (近藤 千尋) 4 wins - Mihiro Aoki (青木 実紘) 2 wins. 82 average was enough for Kanagawa's Chihiro to sweep this board. with Lefty Nihiro-pro just edging a cluster of ladies to advance as well.

BOARD 115 - Shiho Saito (斉藤 志保) 3 wins - Nozomi Hayashi (林 望美) 3 wins,
Akiko Tokuda (徳田 明子) 2 wins. Tight board here with Okayama's Shiho-pro taking top spot, from Tokyo's Targeteer Nozomi-pro and Tottori's Joker Driver-er Akiko-pro.

BOARD 116 -Yuko Yoneda (米田 裕子) 4 wins - Suzuka Ikemiya (池宮 すずか) 3 wins, Nami Yamamoto (山本 菜美) 2 wins.  Hyogo's Yuko Yoneda only dropped one leg to Nami Yamamoto on her table topping run to board 116 victory.

BOARD 117 - Akari Tanahara (棚原 あかり) 4 wins - Nanami Sumiya (炭屋 奈々美) 3 wins. Both 5'2" ladies made it through into division 2, Though Saitama's Akari-pro was also one of only 8 undefeated ladies that didn't drop a single leg. Flawless. 

BOARD 118 - Maho Minamiguchi  (南口 真帆) 4 wins - Catherine Rinaldi (リナルディ キャサリン) 3 wins. Two ladies from Nara dominated this board with 7 wins between them and both advance.

BOARD 119 - Yumi Suzuki (鈴木 優美) 3 wins - Shiho Sumida (角田 糸穂) 3 wins, Karina Ootorii (大鳥居 かりな) 3 wins - Yumi beat Shiho, Shiho beat Karina. Karina beat Yumi.  All three advance.

Did I ever mention I dislike 6 player boards?

BOARD 120 - Haruka Hirose (広瀬 晴香) 3 wins - Umi Abe (阿部 生) 3 wins, Ren Kamata (鎌田 恋) 3 wins and Maiko Nokura (野倉 舞子) 2 wins all four advance.

BOARD 121 - Riyo Okumura (奥村 理世) 4 wins - Yuna Yamamoto (山本 侑奈) 3 wins,  Saori Yanai (箭内 沙織) 3 wins Yui Yazawa (谷澤 唯) 2 wins. Another foursome advance.


☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Division 2 ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

The round robin players have battled it out and only half of their number remain for the knockoutstages.  84 will enter but only 8 will escape.
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Rie Hoshino had a first round bye so her first game was against was up against. 
Yuna Yamamoto (山本 侑奈) and in game where Rie had the darts to win she failed to hit the zinger and in a repeat of the first game of the Robins it was all gloomy moyamoya for Rie despite the nice sunshine outside.
BOO!

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--  What did the eight ladies who managed to endure the Division 2 do to make it through? --

Mikuru Suzuki (鈴木 未来) First round bye - Kaede Matsuzaki (松﨑 楓) 2-0, Kim Hyojin (キム ヒョジン) 2-1, Chiori Onishi (大西 千桜里) 2-0

Saori Miyamoto (宮本 沙織) First round bye - Yuki Nishioka (西岡 友紀) 2-1, Ami Komiyama (小宮山 亜美) 2-0,  Asuka Imose (五百瀬 明日香)2-0

Yukina Chiba (千葉 幸奈) First round bye - Nozomi Hayashi (林 望美) 2-0, Yuna Yamamoto (山本 侑奈) 2-1, Sayoko Yoshiba (吉羽 咲代子) 2-0

Riyo Okumura (奥村 理世) First round bye - Hiromi Sakuma (佐久間 比呂美) 2-0,  Shiho Sumida (角田 糸穂) 2-0, Saori Yanai (箭内 沙織) 2-0

Miyu Miyawaki (宮脇 実由) First round bye -  Sayuri Nishiguchi (西口 小百合) 2-1,  Wakana Tsuzuki  (都筑 稚菜)  2-0,  Mayu Shimizu (清水 舞友)  2-1

Yuri Saijo (西條 友梨) First round bye -  Junko Akaishi (赤石 順子) 2-1, Chihiro Kondo (近藤 千尋) 2-0, Mina Hayashi (林 美奈) 2-1

Yoshiko Takano (高野 佳子) First round bye - Yumi Suzuki (鈴木 優美) 2-0,  Miho Koshikiya (古敷谷 未保)  2-1,  Mana Kawakami (川上 真奈)    2-1
Shizuka Kondo (近藤 静加) First round bye - Fumika Uchida (内田 芙巳佳) 2-0, Tomoko Abe (阿部 知子) 2-0, Yuko Hino (日野 優子) 2-1

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Now the top eight from the previous stage...all the way back from stage one in the Oshabashi in Yokohamathe meat grinder of the final 16!
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☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Division 1 ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

DRAW

  1. Maiko Koyama (小山 麻衣子)  vs. Yukina Chiba (千葉 幸奈)
  2. Yukie Sakaguchi (坂口 優希恵) vs. Yuri Saijo (西條 友梨)
  3. Sayaka Sasaki (佐々木 沙綾香)  vs. Yoshiko Takano (高野 佳子) .
  4. Kasumi Chiba (千葉 香純) vs. Riyo Okumura (奥村 理世)
  5. Koto Imai (今井 琴) vs.  Miyu Miyawaki (宮脇 実由)
  6. Kasumi Sato (佐藤 かす美) vs. Saori Miyamoto (宮本 沙織)
  7. Natsumi Iwata (岩田 夏海) vs. Shizuka Kondo (近藤 静加)
  8. Momoka Hayashi (林 桃加) vs. Mikuru Suzuki (鈴木 未来)

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Division 1 ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

3-1 Maiko Koyama (小山 麻衣子) vs. Yukina Chiba (千葉 幸奈)
3-0 Yukie Sakaguchi (坂口 優希恵) vs. Yuri Saijo (西條 友梨)
3-0 Sayaka Sasaki (佐々木 沙綾香) vs. Yoshiko Takano (高野 佳子) .
2-3 Kasumi Chiba (千葉 香純) vs. Riyo Okumura (奥村 理世)

0-3 Koto Imai (今井 琴) vs.  Miyu Miyawaki (宮脇 実由)
3-1 Kasumi Sato (佐藤 かす美) vs. Saori Miyamoto (宮本 沙織)
2-3 Natsumi Iwata (岩田 夏海) vs. Shizuka Kondo (近藤 静加)
0-3 Momoka Hayashi (林 桃加) vs. Mikuru Suzuki (鈴木 未来)

All to lose, if you lose... Sad news for Kasumi Chiba, Natsumi Iwata, Koto Imai, and Momoka Hayashi as they join Yukina Chiba, Yuri Saijo, Yoshiko Takano and Saori Miyamoto in starting the Niigata stage from the round robin boards. Those in BOLD will enjoy an easy morning before getting involved in Division 1 next time out. 

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Quarterfinals ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

2-3 Maiko Koyama (小山 麻衣子) vs. Yukie Sakaguchi (坂口 優希恵)
3-2 Sayaka Sasaki (佐々木 沙綾香) vs. Riyo Okumura (奥村 理世)

3-1 Miyu Miyawaki (宮脇 実由) vs. Kasumi Sato (佐藤 かす美)
2-3 Shizuka Kondo (近藤 静加) vs. Mikuru Suzuki (鈴木 未来)

Three games going down to the wire. Small margins here. 

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Semi Finals ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

3-1 Yukie Sakaguchi (坂口 優希恵) vs. Sayaka Sasaki (佐々木 沙綾香)
0-3 Miyu Miyawaki (宮脇 実由) vs. Mikuru Suzuki (鈴木 未来)

Fairly quick games with the current championship leader against a player from the round robins stages. Will a snappy tie prove superior to a Black compression sleeve? Must be getting old didn't Mikuru use a Blue one?  So which is best a Grey Tie or a Black compression sleeve? Only one way to find out... watch the final! 

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Final ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Yukie Sakaguchi (坂口 優希恵) vs. Mikuru Suzuki  (鈴木 未来) 

Yukie won the bull and threw first.
Leg 1 501
And kept it going with a hat trick, Mikuru fluttered with two misses and just 71, Yukie hit 116, Mikuru hit back with a 150, Yukie only hit 86 to get down to 149, Mikuru hit another 150.
Yukie had an awkward 149 hit a bull but missed the set up with a single 3 then slammed home a treble twenty to leave double 18... if Mikuru doesn't hit her target - 130 - Bull Treble 20...one dart at double 10 - and just inside the wire! Yukie has three dart but only needs one to take the leg after 13 arrows.
Leg 2 Cricket
- Mikuru up first - 4x20's.  Yukie - 4x19's and a 20. Mikuru - 3x20, 3x19 but a smidge loose on her try at the 18's Yukie slowed down and only hit two single 18's. Mikuru then hit 5x18's to extend her points and be in a commanding position. Yukie keeps her focus blows on her fingertips and slots home a treble 17 but then gets the wrong side hitting a treble 3 and her last dart was just a single 17. Mikuru hits a single 17 then drops low to close it up with a double 17 before moving on to slam home a treble 16 to be just 3 good darts from the leg. Yukie gets 5 into the 15's closing the score but Mikuru has a 50 point lead and 3 darts to end it. First dart ends the resistance of the 15's second dart misses the bull - Yukie has the faint glimmer of a chance if Mikuru keeps missing. Mikuru then hits the outer bull. Yukie is not in the moment and has two misses before closing up the 20's. Mikuru ends it with a single dart - to take the leg with a 5+ mpr rating and bring things all square at 1-1
Leg 3 Cricket
Yukie throws good but each dart is just off the money so she has a slow 3x20 throw. Mikuru slips in two treble 19's and skies a go at the 20's but it is still a 7 mark round to take the lead of the leg already. Yukie starts well but slips to only 5x20's Mikuru retakes the lead with 4x19's but only hits a single 20 while trying to shut them down. Yukie lets Mikuru off the hook only hitting two single 20's to take the points lead; 140 to 133. Mikuru launches a treble 19 to take the lead then overkills the 20's with a treble when only one scores then just hits the single 18 which was a wire away from the treble. Yukie needs to find some form and hits 7 into the 18's to take the lead by 22 points. Mikuru regains the lead by 35 points with a treble 19 then bashes in a treble 4 - close but no cigar - Mikuru raises her aim and hits the double 18 to close down Yukie's scoring segment once more. Yukie hits the treble 17 with her first arrow but drifts high to only score 5 marks reducing the gap to Mikuru to a single point. But now Mikuru is not playing catch up, so when she battered in a white horse, closing down the 17 16 and 15 segments with three trebles the writing was on the wall. Yukie was not going to roll over hitting 4 bulls with 3 arrows Edging the lead and just hanging on in the leg. Mikuru retook the lead with a treble 19 then wiffed at the bull - so bashed in another 57 points with another treble 19 to extend the points gap up to 90 points. Yukie only hit a single outer bull to close the gap to 65 points - but Mikuru just needed a hat trick to polish it off... and she did. taking the lead of the final 2-1 breaking Yukie with a tidy 5.7 MPR leg.
Leg 4 501
Mikuru up first - but had a wobble with a mere 78. Yukie hits a hat trick. can she break back?
Again Mikuru has a wayward arrow with just 119. Yukie has a lose first arrow but 105 keeps her just in the lead but outside of checkout range, for now. Mikuru hits a hat trick  - leaving her with 154. Yukie mirrors Mikuru with a hat trick leaving her with 96. Mikuru has 154 - bull bull - just a treble 18 will take the match ... and just high as it hits the Big 1 - 53 left next time... If Mikuru gets a next time. Yukie toes the oche - well the very far right tip of it anyhow) with just 96 to hit...single 20 single 16... it all hangs on one dart at treble 20 ... and ... (Yukie likes to take dramatic ... pauses... worth it when she hits the lipstick and just like that the game goes to a sudden death match. with a critical 12 darter from Yukie Sakaguchi.
If Yukie is a William Shatner style Captain Kirk with all those - dramatic... pauses... Does that make Mikuru the Gorn? (Grrrr!)


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(Mikuru vs. Yukie, Yesterday?)

5th leg
and Yukie wins!!! (Calm down it was just the bull off!)
5th leg - Cricket and Yukie to throw first. just 4x20. Mikuru 5x19. Yukie 5x20. Mikuru has a miss into the 7' but then hits a brace of treble 19's to keep the high scoring going. Yukie shoots three times but each one is agonisingly under the wire for just 3x20 Mikuru pounces like a Fox on a plump chicken - treble 19 treble 20 and then a smidge high for a single 18 for a pivotal 7 mark round. Yukie - zings in a pair of fat treble 18's to wrestle back the lead but her last arrow just gets a single 19 for another 7 mark round. Mikuru hits 4 into the 19's to retake the lead by 51 then she aims high and hits the double 18 to close down Yukie's scoring segment and a 6 mark round. Yukie then wobbles aiming a smidge too high over the 17's hitting just two. Mikuru finds the target first time then needs two to fill up the 16's with a nice 7 mark round to put the leg firmly in her control. Yukie will need to hit something hard soon, her first arrow is high but the next two are bang on with 6 into the 15's Mikuru has a lead of 22. first dart closes down Yukie's 15 and the next two find a home in the bull with a dramatic outer bull then bullseye to take the leg with an other worldly good 6.17 MPR and also takes the match and Stage 2 in sunny Yamashiro.

2-3 Yukie Sakaguchi (坂口 優希恵) vs. Mikuru Suzuki  (鈴木 未来) 

  Sweet Buttered Crumpets Mikuru being Mikuru today marching on Kyoto like some Sengoku Jidae Daimyo! (Oda Nobunaga perhaps?)

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The tour will resume in the Toki Messe Exhibition Centre, Chuo Ward, Niigata 新潟 on Sunday, June 5th 20220605

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今回も読んでくださった皆様、ありがとうございました!
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SOFT DARTS PROFESSIONAL TOUR JAPAN 2022 TOUR DATES
JUNE 2022 update

Mostly it is the same, just rejigging of stage numbers but mostly...

●September 3rd Miyagi Tournament Cancelled
●October 1st Fukuoka Tournament Additional → Saturday STAGE8 and Sunday STAGE9 will be held.
●November 5 (Sat) Chiba Tournament Additional (It is held as an alternative to Miyagi Tournament)

Date Stage Prefecture Day & Date Event Location
220605 STAGE 3 Niigata 新潟 Sunday, June 5th Toki Messe Exhibition Centre, Chuo Ward, Niigata
220709 (Round Robin and Div 2 for Men on Saturday for Sapporo stage - Div1 and final played next day along with all Ladies matches.)
220710 STAGE 4 EXHokkaido 北海道 Saturday & Sunday, July 9th & 10th Chateraise Gateaux Kingdom, Kita Ward. Sapporo
220723 STAGE 5 Kyoto 京都 Saturday, July 23rd Kyoto Pulse Plaza PC SITE, Fushimi ward, Kyoto
220910 STAGE 6 Hiroshima 広島 Saturday, September 10th NTT CRED HALL Just South of Hiroshima Castle.
220918 STAGE 7 Aichi 愛知 Sunday, September 18th Port Messe Egg in Nagoya
221001 STAGE 8 EX Fukuoka 福岡 Saturday, October 1st Nishiten - West Japan General Exhibition Hall, Kitakyushu
221002 STAGE 9 EX Fukuoka 福岡 Sunday, October 2nd Nishiten - West Japan General Exhibition Hall, Kitakyushu
221105 STAGE 10 Chiba 千葉 Saturday, November 5th - Makuhari Messe Chiba City
221113 STAGE 11 EX Hokkaido 北海道 Sunday, November 13th Axes Sapporo, Sapporo
221119 STAGE 12 Gifu 岐阜 Saturday, November 19th Ceramic Park Mino
221210 STAGE 13 Hiroshima 広島 Saturday, December 10th Small and Medium Enterprise Hall Hiroshima
221217 STAGE 14 Osaka 大阪 Saturday, December 17th Intex (International Exhibition) Hall Osaka
230114 STAGE 15 Kanagawa 神奈川 Saturday, January 14th The Ōsanbashi Hall, Yokohama
230121 STAGE 16 Hiroshima 広島 Saturday, January 21st Small and Medium Enterprise Hall Hiroshima
230211 STAGE 17 Fukushima 福島 Saturday, February 11th Big Palette, Koriyama,
230218 STAGE 18 EX Kanagawa 神奈川 Saturday, February 18th The Ōsanbashi Hall, Yokohama

EX means a stage designated as Exciting and these will earn 1.5x Player's Points.
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☆☆☆ 2022 Stage 3 Niigata 新潟☆☆☆
June 5th 20220605

Stage 3 is here from the Toki Messe Exhibition Centre, Niigata on the fertile Echigo plains of northern Honshu that lies on the Sea of Japan.


   
The Toki Messe perching on the Shinano River. Waiting to catch a ... big fish...Yesterday.


This area of Honshu used to be in the heart of Echigo and ruled by the Usegi Clan but is now in the prefecture of Niigata but the city remains on the estuary of the mighty River Shinano. The Toki Messe is perched on the Eastern bank of the longest river in Japan, like a Japanese Crested Ibis. The bird is very much endangered but from the observation deck of the Toki Messe you can look to the west and on the horizon you can see the sixth largest Island of Japan, Sado - where there is a dedicated Preservation Centre to the Crested Ibis and its conservation, a species known locally as... the Toki and is the Symbolic bird of Niigata-ken (The Prefecture)


   
A group of Japanese Crested Ibis in a paddy field. Yesterday.


And the Crested Ibis - is a sort of Crane - and Doug Wood's iconic "Cranes" was the tune used by the BBC for the old Darts theme. (With the powerful Bass line, simple drum beat and early electronic synth keyboard effects. Nice)




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Rie Hoshino (星野 理絵) was been powered up by a slightly disappointing Chicken Bento Box meal from Tokyo Station when she got on the Shikansen train, Yesterday. Maybe Rie will be hungry and eat the Toki for breakfast today? But first she will have to much through the Robin first.

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Rie was on board 86  ... and was drawn to play...
Haruka Hirose (広瀬 晴香) Haruka was 3rd in the 2019 running of the Niigata stage and took Rie to a final leg - and Rie lost out 1-2
Not the most ideal start to the morning!
Chihiro Kondo (近藤 千尋) was next up And the second player based from Kanagawa - you get on the Bullet train to meet new people and it is the gang from back home that you play! Again it went to the final leg but this time Rie was the one to prevail 2-1.
Next up for Rie was Wakana Tsuzuki (都筑 稚菜) of Aichi. and Rie turned on the Jets and took a swift 2-0 win.
Final match of the Robins was against, Takako Chika (近 貴子) the Five Foot Scorpion of Niigata, and the game again went to a final leg and Rie kept cool to take the match in the final leg. 2-1

That left Rie 39th in the rankings for the qualifiers. a handy 84.5 average.

Into the Division 2 knock out stages which only had one player earning a Bye as there were just 63 qualifiers. Perfect imperfection, as the one player who earned the Bye,
Reira Shibata (柴田 玲来) played her two matches and emerged Victorious in both matches to advance.

Rie Hoshino (星野 理絵) was matched against...
Maiko Nokura (野倉 舞子) and kept things smooth with a 2-0 win.
Next round and Rie faced,
Natsuki Adachi (足立 菜月) and the game was close, it went to a final sudden death leg and it was Tokyo Lefty, Natsuki-pro who hit the winning shot. Putting Rie out.
End of the match for Rie, who was putting in a slightly different approach and it was looking good and she was playing well, Even in matches Rie lost it was a close fought one.
Even so...on with the "Go Go Natsuki" Comedy Oversized Sponge Pointy Left Handed Finger I guess... 

Natsuki was left with one match - Naomi Tomikawa (富川 尚美) and obviously her formed stepped up after two close game previously Natsuki advanced with a swift 2-0 to get to the final 16 stage. 


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Round Robin Detailed
Other boards
126 players in the ladies round robin. And will match up on boards 69-93 to reduce them down to just 63 qualifiers for Division 2  sprinkled in this gaggle were the 8 "top flight" players who lost in the last 16 round. Last time out in Kyoto four players made it through and took their secured spots in Division 1. They are going to want to bounce right back but first they have to survive the Round Robins!

BOARD 69 - Mina Hayashi (林 美奈) 4 wins - Karina Ootorii (大鳥居 かりな) 3wins

BOARD 70 - Kim Hyojin (キム ヒョジン) 3 wins - Chihiro Oyaizu (小柳津 千裕) 3wins
BOARD 71 - Nozomi Hayashi (林 望美) 4 wins - Asuka Takahashi (高橋 明日香) 3wins
BOARD 72 - Saori Yanai (箭内 沙織) 4 wins - Rimika Matsumoto (松本 梨美香) 3wins. Two from Tokyo took control of this board.
BOARD 73 - Etsuko Oi (大井 絵津子) 4 wins - Junko Akaishi (赤石 順子) 2wins, Asami Takeuchi (竹内 麻美) 2wins. The Osakan Snow Leopard took ownership of this board only dropping a single leg to Junko-pro.
BOARD 74 - Maho Minamiguchi (南口 真帆) 4 wins - Koto Imai (今井 琴) 3wins. Maho-pro from Nara used her Sagittarian skills great effect with her Gravity Barrels to take the board.

BOARD 75 - Yuko Hino (日野 優子) 4wins - Miho Otsuki (大槻 美保) 3 wins, Yasuko Uehara (上原 泰子) 2 wins. Everyone's favourite Cosmodart's Irish Lady Player, Yuuk O'Hino from county Kanagawa, hit a solid 93 average but a very modest 3mpr cricket to stride into the next round without loosing any of her long legs.
BOARD 76 - Reira Shibata (柴田 玲来) 4 wins - Chinatsu Nakaishi (中石 千夏) 3 wins, Yuna Yamamoto (山本 侑奈) 2wins. 5'2" Reira-pro from Aichi was the Top Banana today not only sweeping this board but topping the rankings of the all the qualifiers.
BOARD 77 - Natsumi Iwata (岩田 夏海) 4 wins - Yukina Chiba (千葉 幸奈) 3wins, Takako Kogama (鈳 孝子) 2wins. 102 average and a stonking rating of 15 but Natsumi dropped a leg to Osaka's Takako-pro so ended up only ranked 8th place of the qualifiers on what was a very strong board.
BOARD 78 - Maiko Nokura (野倉 舞子) 3 wins - Kasumi Chiba (千葉 香純) 3wins, Atsuko Hiramaki (平牧 あつ子) 2wins. Kanagawa's Cosmodart's Maiko-pro did enough to edge, North Islander, Kasumi-pro.
BOARD 79 - Ayumi Nakamura (中村 歩実) 4 wins - Mai Miyano (宮野 麻衣) 3wins, Yui Yazawa (谷澤 唯) 2wins.

BOARD 80 - Ami Komiyama (小宮山 亜美) 4 wins - Asuka Imose (五百瀬 明日香) 3wins. Two tall drinks of water with 94 averages dominated this board to advance.
BOARD 81 - Aika Ohsugi (大杉 愛華) 4 wins - Kazumi Yamazaki (山崎 法美) 3wins, Mayu Shikanai (鹿内 麻友) 2wins.
BOARD 82 - Yuriko Yamaguchi (山口 祐理子) 4 wins - Sayoko Yoshiba (吉羽 咲代子) 3wins, Natsuki Adachi (足立 菜月) 2wins. Tokyo Left Hander, Natsuki recovered from a pair of drubbings from the top two, with super necessary 2-0 wins to just edge into the knock out stages.
BOARD 83 - Mei Takahashi (高橋 芽生) 4 wins - Nami Iwasaki (岩崎 奈美) 3wins. Pretty low scoring board.
BOARD 84 - Sayuri Nishiguchi (西口 小百合) 4wins - Only the Dreamy Sayuri-pro survived this board. (I only say dreamy as Sayuri always closes her eyes softly before she throws her darts. With no legs dropped proof that her Canis Major darts know what to do without any of that stressful aiming business!) 

BOARD 85 - Miho Koshikiya (古敷谷 未保) 4 wins -   Ayano Tomura (戸村 彩乃) 3wins, Ikuko Takeyama (武山 郁子) 2wins.
BOARD 86 - Chihiro Kondo (近藤 千尋) 3wins - Rie Hoshino (星野 理絵) 3wins, Haruka Hirose (広瀬 晴香) 3wins. Rock-Paper-Scissors for Haruka/Rie/Chihiro - this trio only separated by leg difference.
BOARD 87 - Akari Tanahara (棚原 あかり) 4 wins - Hiroko Nakamura (中村 弘子) 3wins, Toshiko Watanabe (渡邊 稔子) 2wins. 5'2" Saitama-ken's Akari pro was worst of the best with her 80 average enoguh to let her sail into the knock out stages without dropping a leg, one of only seven players to manage the feat.
BOARD 88 - Mayu Shimizu (清水 舞友) 4 wins - That Sinister little Kanagawa-kem, Mayu Pro dominated her board in such a fashion none of the others could string together enough to advance.
BOARD 89 - Mihiro Aoki (青木 実紘) 3 wins - Yui Sato (佐藤 唯) 3wins, Yuri Saijo (西條 友梨) 2 wins, Minako Ino (井能 実奈子) 2wins.  - 80% survival rate - Yuna Shima (嶋 悠菜) 0 wins, was the sacrifice for such a result.

BOARD 90 - Saori Miyamoto (宮本 沙織) 4 wins - Momoka Hayashi (林 桃加) 3wins. Saori-pro was on fire
BOARD 91 - Wakana Yamahata (山端 若菜) 4 wins - Shiho Sano (佐野 志歩) 3wins. Saitama's Shiho-pro was in total control of this board 3 wins had not dropped a leg but a resurgent Wakana-pro stole a quick win to take the board for Aichi-ken.
BOARD 92 - Mariko Kimura (木村 真理子) 4 wins - Naomi Tomikawa (富川 尚美) 3wins, Chieko Nozoki (及位 千恵子) 2 wins
BOARD 93 - Hiromi Sakuma (佐久間 比呂美) 4 wins - 6 player board, Umi Abe (阿部 生) 3wins, Nanami Sumiya (炭屋 奈々美) 3wins also advance.


next post Division 2 run down.
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☆☆☆ 2022 Stage 3 Niigata 新潟☆☆☆

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Division 2 ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

--  What did the eight ladies who managed to endure the Division 2 do to make it through? 
None of these ladies had an easy road with every one of them forced to endure a sudden death decider on their journey to Division 1. 

Reira Shibata (柴田 玲来) had a first round bye, then played Nanami Sumiya (炭屋 奈々美) 2-1, then Haruka Hirose (広瀬 晴香) 2-1 to advance.

Natsumi Iwata (岩田 夏海) drew Mayu Shikanai (鹿内 麻友) 2-0, then fought Kasumi Chiba (千葉 香純) 2-1, then finally vanquished Mariko Kimura (木村 真理子) 2-1 to battle back into Division 1

Yuri Saijo (西條 友梨) drew Yuriko Yamaguchi (山口 祐理子) 2-1,  then played Mei Takahashi (高橋 芽生) 2-0, then finally played Rimika Matsumoto (松本 梨美香) 2-0 to advance

Koto Imai (今井 琴) drew Asuka Takahashi (高橋 明日香) 2-0, then faced Mina Hayashi (林 美奈) 2-1, then finally played Junko Akaishi (赤石 順子) 2-0 to advance.

Mayu Shimizu(清水 舞友) drew Yasuko Uehara ( 上原 泰子) 2-1, then played Ayano Tomura (戸村 彩乃) 2-0, then faced  Atsuko Hiramaki (平牧 あつ子) 2-0 to advance.

Yukina Chiba(千葉 幸奈) was matched with Nami Iwasaki (岩崎 奈美) 2-1, then duelled against Yuko Hino (日野 優子) 2-0 and then matched Hiromi Sakuma (佐久間 比呂美) 2-1 to stagger into Division 1

Natsuki Adachi(足立 菜月) faced Akari Tanahara (棚原 あかり) 2-1, then scraped past Rie Hoshino (星野 理絵) 2-1 (BOOO!) then played Naomi Tomikawa (富川 尚美) 2-0 to get through to Division 1.

Karina Ootorii (大鳥居 かりな) drew Chihiro Oyaizu (小柳津 千裕) 2-0, then faced Toshiko Watanabe (渡邊 稔子) 2-1, then dispatched Takako Kogama ( 鈳 孝子) 2-0 to advance.

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Now the top eight from the previous stage, two weeks ago in Kyoto step forward the put an end to the hopes of these eight brave qualifiers in the final 16.

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Division 1 ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

DRAW

  1. Mikuru Suzuki (鈴木 未来) vs. Reira Shibata ( 柴田 玲来)
  2. Kasumi Sato (佐藤 かす美) vs. Karina Ootorii (大鳥居 かりな)
  3. Yukie Sakaguchi (坂口 優希恵) vs. Natsuki Adachi (足立 菜月)
  4. Riyo Okumura (奥村 理世) vs. Koto Imai (今井 琴)
  5. Sayaka Sasaki (佐々木 沙綾香)  vs.Yuri Saijo (西條 友梨)
  6. Miyu Miyawaki (宮脇 実由) vs. Mayu Shimizu (清水 舞友)
  7. Shizuka Kondo (近藤 静加) vs. Yukina Chiba (千葉 幸奈)
  8. Maiko Koyama (小山 麻衣子)  vs. Natsumi Iwata (岩田 夏海)
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