New 2018 Aunt Sally Open Singles World Champion
Kevin Powney is the 2018 World Aunt Sally champion!
Kevin from Launton near Bicester won a thrilling final against Karl Budd. In the championship's best out of three legs format, the first leg was drawn 3-3, Karl won the second 2-1 and Kevin prevailed 4-3 in the third to take the final to a three-sticks shoot-out. Both scored two, which meant sudden death - Kevin hit the doll, Karl missed, and we had a new World champ.
Kevin needed to beat five opponents to make the final, defeating Warwick Morris, Luke Purcell, Pete Rampton in a dramatic high-scoring encounter, Richard Wayne, and then previous World champion, Roger Goodall in a tense semi-final that also went to a shoot-out.
Bumper crowds turned up for this year's event whichattracted a record field of 72 competitors, the furthest of whom had travelled from Germany to compete.
World Championship Rules
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.
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