Heatherton siblings Kaylee and Robin Barnes played a key role in a momentous occasion for youth darts in the province, but they were too shy to talk about their achievements.
However, coach Morley Greening, who is also the proud grandfather of the girls, wants people to know the big news.
Under coach Greening, the provincial youth darts team made history at the 2014 national youth darts championships by winning the Canada Cup for the first time in the 29 years the event has been in existence.
After all the points were tabulated, Newfoundland and Labrador claimed bragging rights with 78 points, 12 ahead of its nearest competitor, a strong team out of Ontario, in Dartmouth, N.S.
“It think it’s just fantastic,” coach Morley said of the Canada Cup victory. “I think it can only help us and help the kids make darts grow in the province.”
Kaylee Barnes was instrumental in the victory by winning a silver medal in the junior girls singles bracket — losing to the defending champion Taylor Probert of Nova Scotia — and teaming up with Amy Spracklin of South River to nab gold in the junior girls doubles event.
Robin, who is a two-time Canadian champion, had to settle for fifth spot in senior women’s singles, but she bounced back to nab gold in senior women’s doubles with partner Raina Burke of St. John’s.
While the siblings have had success on all levels in the past couple of years, it appears coach Greening believes this victory was a direct result of all hands playing a part in the success.
He has been involved in youth darts for the past 19 years and feels this year’s team had what it takes to eke out a win against some tough competition from across the country.
“To my mind, this was probably the best team we’ve ever had,” coach Greening said. “The results showed it. Although we’ve had individual winners in the past this time it was a total team effort.”
From a coaching perspective, he acknowledged that Robin has proven herself over the years as an elite player and Kaylee is now starting to turn heads with her consistency.
“If I had to pick a team she would be one of my first picks,” he said of 15-year-old Kaylee. “She knows the board really well and she knows the darts and she knows what she needs to finish. She’s just an alla-round dart player.”