DEAD-EYE darts duo Ken Kostitch and Jay Jordan have topped the Zone 12 Championships, taking home the doubles title against some of the best players in the region.
Darts die hards from Young, Mudgee, Bathurst and Wellington converged on the Victoria Hotel, Orange, for the annual championship, with Kostitch and Jordan completing wins in 11 of the 12 games contested to take home the doubles title.
Having tasted similar success alongside Jordan at the 2012 Western Area League doubles championship in Mudgee, Kostitch said to again go all the way was a special feat.
“It is. These are the top players,” Kostitch said.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for the players that played.”
Played over two days from Saturday, September 14, Kostitch and Jordan warmed up by contesting the singles championship on day one before dominating the doubles the day after.
Orange’s Aaron Osborne won the singes title in a competitive race, with Jordan (20.44) failing to capitalise on his superior average to be edged out by Osborne (20.05)
Kostitch rounded out the top three averages with 18.51.
But, together the Kostitch and Jordan combination excelled.
It’s the first time the duo has won the doubles at Zone 12 Championships and, having already won in a darts title in 2012, Kostitch was hopeful his and Jordan’s run will continue into the future.
“We stuck together. We know each others game. We thought we’d stick together this year to see how we go and we did it again,” he said, with the pair boasting a combined 45 years experience in competition.
Jordan added: “What makes the result better than most is it’s Zone 12, it’s the best players from Orange, Mudgee, Young, Wellington, pretty much the majority of Central West.
“Every good player that was in town was here.”
The pair will head off to Gulgong for a tournament worth $2000 at the end of September before ramping up preparations to defend their Zone 12 title in 2014.
“Bloody oath,” Jordan said when asked if they’d aim for back-to-back titles.
Kostitch added: “Definitely. We’ll look to defend it here again next year.”