Phil Adams is the 2019 World Aunt Sally champion!
Abingdon League star Phil, eased past Dick Walsh in the final, winning the first two legs, 3-2 and then 4-3. His main test came in the quarter-final against Roger Goodall, World Champion of 2015 and 2017. Roger had beaten Phil in the first round last year, but this time Phil prevailed, winning the first leg 5-3 followed by a 4-4 tie. Needing to win the final leg to force a three-stick shoot-out, Roger had no answer to another 5 from Phil.
Phil needed to beat five opponents to make the final, defeating Max Everett, Jon Townsend, Terry Downes, Roger, and then Ken Morris in a semi-final where Phil threw the only 6 of the entire championship to win the final leg.
Bumper crowds turned up for this year's event which attracted a record field of 82 competitors.
Thank you to the new World Aunt Sally Open Singles Championship sponsor, Bronsens.
Unlike league Aunt Sally, the open singles World Championship is not a team event. Ours is a singles, knock out competition in which players participate as individuals. Names are drawn out of a 'hat' in FA Cup football fashion. Each round involves a game of three legs. Each leg consists of six throws and a point is counted only as long as the stick hits the doll before the iron. In the event of a tie after three legs, each player throws three sticks each, and if the scores are still even, the game enters a sudden-death round, in which players throw one stick at a time until one player is eliminated. The winner goes through to the next round. Otherwise normal rules apply and the umpire's decision is final.