Hervey Bay’s Lois Ehrlich (left), her daughter Angela Novley and granddaughter Shantel Novley played in the Sporties Darts Invitational tournament.
Hervey Bay’s Lois Ehrlich (left), her daughter Angela Novley and granddaughter Shantel Novley played in the Sporties Darts Invitational tournament. Karleila Thomsen Fhbdarts

Family darts into fun

LOIS Ehrlich was aiming to impress while playing in the Sporties Darts Invitational tournament.

Two other members of her family had the same idea.

Her daughter Angela Novley and her granddaughter Shantel Novley made playing in the annual event at the Hervey Bay Boat Club a real family affair.

Although none of her family finished among the winners come the end of the two-day event, Lois said it had been a great way to share some precious family time.

“Darts is a sport which allows that,” Lois, who started playing the game about eight years ago, said.

“We give it our best shot and have a lot of fun while doing it.

“It doesn’t matter if we win or lose – we are doing something together as a family and that is what counts the most.”

But how is it that there is now three generations of her family playing?

“Well, I started playing because my health wouldn’t allow me to continue playing the other sports I loved like indoor cricket and tenpin bowling,” she said.

“I got hooked on darts and then I started playing a few games at home against Shantel so she got the bug as well.

“We then persuaded Angela to give it a go and she did – we are all so glad that we have found a sport we all love.”

As for who is the best player, Lois said it wasn’t her.

“That honour would have to go to Shantel,” she said.

“She is only young (she’s 16) and she’s improving all the time.

“I am really happy to let her take the credit for being the best player.

“You could say that I am a very proud gran.”



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