The 14th annual Brodersen's Night Before Thanksgiving Luck of the Draw Dart tournament was a great success. With just under 100 players from numerous towns/cities across the region coming together to play this year it once again proved why it is considered by many as one of their favorite events of the year.
Although there were a few amazing games thrown, including the eventual tournament champions, Wes Babcock & Ryan Evans throwing a 7.15 mpr game, the general consensus was that it was once again the play of the youth players that stole the show. Our youth involvement continues to grow and we couldn't be more proud of the representatives that we have coming out to play in the adult tournaments that would make most youth players too nervous to even sign up.
Led by 13 year old Chance Taylor from Plattsmouth, Nebraska, who finished in 4th place in the event with his partner Mark Goodrich from Eagle, the youth revolution was also driven last night by the play of Dallas Winters (Plattsmouth), Kole Gray (Plattsmouth), Trent Record (Plattsmouth) and Jeff Martens (Fremont). With the continued evolution of our youth players, we hope that more of our area youth take an interest in the sport of darts over the next few months and years.
We would like to thank Plattsmouth VFW for providing the venue, drinks & food specials and for adding money to the prize fund. We would like to thank Greater Omaha Leagues & Central Distributing for the beautiful Galaxy 3 dartboards to play the event on...a few player had never even played on a Galaxy 3 dartboard before. We would also like to thank the Brodersen family for sharing their love for the sport of darts by starting this event years ago and continuing a wonderful tradition year in and out...we look forward to many, many more.
Here are the full results from last night's event:
1st: Wes Babcock, Omaha/Plattsmouth & Ryan Evans, Omaha
2nd: Adam Porter, Council Bluffs & Leo Dobash, Omaha
3rd: Rick Molczyk, Bellevue & Brandon Bjorklund, Fremont
4th: Chance Taylor, Plattsmouth & Mark Goodrich, Eagle
5th/6th: Steve Garrean Jr, Plattsmouth & Aaron Halagarda, Plattsmouth
5th/6th: Donnie Nippert, Harlan & Courtney Ball, Buccaneer Bay
7th/8th: Dale Kenworthy, Lincoln & Jeff Sidney, Plattsmouth
7th/8th: Marc Timmons, Omaha & Terry Brodersen, Plattsmouth
9th-12th: Brian Martens, Fremont & Kim Burgess, Nebraska City
9th-12th: Larry Runge, Omaha & Linda Smith, Plattsmouth
9th-12th: Matt Alexen, Plattsmouth & Nash Hammond, Fremont
9th-12th: Sonny Seyler, Plattsmouth & Steve Brasuhn, Plattsmouth
13th-16th: Ike Kyles, Omaha & Ashley Camerota, Plattsmouth
13th-16th: Marc Pruitt, Plattsmouth & Melissa Hofler, Plattsmouth
13th-16th: Bill Lowther, Omaha & Kim "Sugar" Stutzman, Lincoln
13th-16th: Whitey Smith, Plattsmouth & Chris Thurman, Thurman
17th-24th: Dallas Winters, Plattsmouth & Justin Carter, Plattsmouth
17th-24th: Dave Keller, Omaha & Tiffany Meisinger, Avoca
17th-24th: Kole Gray, Plattsmouth & Nick Adams, Council Bluffs
17th-24th: Jeff Brindley, Fremont & Brian Garges, Council Bluffs
17th-24th: Rita Runge, Omaha & Derek Showman, Fremont
17th-24th: Danielle Red Owl, Lincoln & Rodney Ketchum, Plattsmouth
17th-24th: Lisa Timmons, Omaha & James Oliveri, Omaha
17th-24th: Brandon Wolf, Fremont & Michelle Molczyk, Bellevue
25th-32nd: Tony Boucher, Omaha & Jeff Martens, Fremont
25th-32nd: Derek Shreeves, Council Bluffs & Chris Gilbert, La Platte
25th-32nd: Terril Kennedy, Plattsmouth & Dustin Bjorklund, Fremont
25th-32nd: Pat Sedlacek, Fremont & Brad Meisinger, Weeping Water
25th-32nd: Melvin Hollingsworth, Omaha & Sara Danielson
25th-32nd: Sarah Sykes, Omaha & Cheryl Brodersen, Plattsmouth
25th-32nd: Dan Brodersen II, Plattsmouth & Cyle Johnson, Neb City
25th-32nd: Sara Roberts, Neb City & Shawn Schultz, Fremont
33rd-44th: Jim Donnelly, Council Bluffs & Tori Brodersen, Plattsmouth
33rd-44th: Jack Valentine, Fremont & Tim Isham, Plattsmouth
33rd-44th: Anne McKinney, Plattsmouth & Valerie Titus, Council Bluffs
33rd-44th: Trent Record, Plattsmouth & Danny Halagarda, Plattsmouth
33rd-44th: Jeff Mather, Elmwood & Dan Brodersen Sr., Plattsmouth
33rd-44th: Bev Halagarda, Plattsmouth & Amber Sidney, Plattsmouth
33rd-44th: Chris O'Flaherty, Fremont & Steven Ross, Plattsmouth
33rd-44th: Gabe Ahlers, Louisville & Steph Foster, Plattsmouth
33rd-44th: Cheri Boroviak, Lincoln & Larry Van Voltenbert, Council Bluffs
33rd-44th: Steve Garrean Sr, Plattsmouth & Clint McCarthy, Omaha
33rd-44th: Jaime Tweedy, Fremont & Gabe Record, Plattsmouth
33rd-44th: Jordan Moore & Jaime Reed, Omaha
On Wednesday November 26th, 2014 another installment of Cass County's longest running annual dart tournament will be going down. In what has become many dart players favorite event, the Brodersen's Night Before Thanksgiving Luck of the Draw Dart Tournament has been a steady attraction for dart enthusiasts and their friends and family.
The event is open to the public, anyone and everyone is encouraged to participate regardless of experience, skill level, league affiliation, etc. The tournament was started in 2000 by Dan Brodersen Sr. and his family as a way to get more people involved in the sport. He also used this annual event to have a get-together with friends and family that he didn't usually get to share his love of the game with. Over the years, one group of players have been more successful at this tournament than any other. A group of Brodersen's co-workers that came down from Omaha to have a fun night out with new people. For the first 7-8 years of the event, the members of that group always seemed to find a way to finish in the Top 3...especially Ike Kyles, who has won the event on multiple occasions.
This event has lasted through good and bad times and has always seen a good turnout of players looking to have a good time before the long holiday weekend. With massive league growth occurring around the area, we hope that this year is no different.
Other than having a great time with great people, this event has evolved into a high stakes event for those participating in Greater Omaha Leagues' Ultimate Qualifier Series. The event is worth Triple qualifier points and will have a drastic effect on the final Top 40, which decides who gets the opportunity to play for over $2,000.00 in prize money in mid-December. On top of that, not only is this the final point-earning event for the 2014 series, it is also the first point-earning event of the 2015 Ultimate Qualifier Series...so it has double the value to participating players. Players who participate in this event not only have the opportunity to finish 2014 strong, but get an early jump on the competition in 2015.
As always the event will be held at the Plattsmouth VFW in downtown Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Please remember to invite all of your friends and family who may enjoy playing darts, as this is an event enjoyed by all.
Signup 6:30pm, Shoot 7pm
$5/entry + $150.00 Added
There will also be a 50/50 raffle at the event, so someone will be winning some cash outside of the dart tournament as well.
Come Trick or Treat with Plattsmouth Eagles #365 on Friday night. Use your best "Trick" shots in our Draw Your Partner Halloween Pool Tournament. "Treats" will include drink & shot specials all night long.
Signup 6:30pm, Start 7:30pm
$5/player entry, 100% payout
1st player to make an 8-Ball break wins $100.00 cash!!!
For further questions, contact the Plattsmouth Eagles.
As of Sunday October 12th, 2014 all Greater Omaha Leagues will feature the new Arachnid “Shot Clock” feature to promote faster league play. Everyone has had an experience in which a team has caused a game or match to last way longer than it should by not coming to the line when it was their turn. The occasional circumstance is understandable, but there are times when it becomes counter-productive to the sport.
Due to ongoing complaints of slow play and after many discussions, we have decided to activate Arachnid’s “Shot Clock” feature. We hope that by now, this season’s new players will be well versed in how the dartboard works and this feature will ultimately improve everyone’s experience as a whole.
Basically, once a game is started each player will have 60 seconds to throw each dart. This may seem like a small amount of time, but it is actually much more time than needed. The average dart game lasts 8-10 minutes for higher average players and 15-18 minutes for lower average players, so allowing a player 1/3rd - 1/6th of that time for a round of darts is more than enough. Some remote leagues are using the 30 second shot clock, but we decided that could be too short of a time limit.
Q: Do I have 60 seconds to throw all three (3) darts?
A: No. You have 60 seconds to throw each dart. Once your turn lights up, the shot clock will begin to count down from 60. After you’ve thrown each dart it will restart to 60.
Q: What if I don’t throw my dart in time?
A: Once the 60 second shot clock has run out, the board will disqualify that dart and your 60 second shot clock for your second dart will start.
Q: What if I am ordering at the bar or kitchen?
A: It is important to time trips to the bar accordingly and/or work with your partner(s) for trips to the bar. Once you get used to working as a team, it becomes pretty easy to work out bar trips.
Q: What about bathroom breaks?
A: Try to take bathroom breaks between games or when you are sitting out a game. If planning to take a bathroom break between games, please have the courtesy to text/call your opponent and make them aware of it before hand…this way they can also use that time for a bathroom break, cigarette break or a bar run.
Q: What if the internet connection is lost during my turn?
A: The shot clock is powered by the internet, so if connection is lost…so too will be the ability for the shot clock to continue counting down. Upon reconnection, the shot clock will begin where it left off, so be prepared to continue your turn.
Q: Where do I find the shot clock on the screen?
A: The shot clock is located in the top center of your screen, colored brightly for easy detection.
Q: What if the “time abusive” players just start taking long breaks between every game?
A: This is an issue that has been stressed multiple times. Players, remember that you are part of the league and you are expected to be playing darts once league has started until completion of the match. As much as people love this sport, many of them have to work early in the morning…if a league match lasts longer than normal due to massive points being scored or an inability of each team to close out a game; that is part of the sport and is understandable. Continuously slowing down a match throughout the night will not be tolerated. If this occurs, we urge the team Captain to notify via text to (402) 350-4125 upon the 2nd & 3rd instance in a match. Once the offense has been done a 4th time, please call (402) 350-4125 at which time you may be instructed to cancel the match and be awarded the remaining games as a result of disqualification.
We will be uploading the Captain Contact sheets to the league website, so you have access to them there. We have found that many have lost or never received their sheets and communication in remote leagues is peril. With this contact information, it will allow you to text or call your opponent to schedule a between game bathroom/bar/cigarette break. Communicating in this way will make everything move much more smoothly.
Match 1: Phil Taylor vs. Takehiro Suzuki
Match 2: Phil Taylor vs. Atsushi Matsumoto
Match 3: Phil Taylor vs. Sho Katsumi
Match 4: Phil Taylor vs. Kenichi Ajiki
Match 5: Phil Taylor vs. Rie Hoshino
Match 6: Phil Taylor vs. Yuji Eguchi
Match 7: Phil Taylor vs. Mitsumasa Hoshino
Final Match: Phil Taylor vs. Paul Lim
On Sunday August 3rd, 2014 the inaugural "Think Pink" Adult/Youth Charity Dart league was the guests of the Omaha Storm Chasers at Werner Park in Papillion, Nebraska as they hosted the Iowa Cubs in a battle of the top two teams in the division.
The league players and their families were able to enjoy a beautiful day of baseball, face painting, balloon animals, basketball & wiffle ball games, a petting zoo, bounce houses, playground, carousel and much more thanks to the partnership between Greater Omaha Leagues and the Omaha Storm Chasers organization for this charity league. The kids who chose to stay until the end of the game were even able to go onto the field and run the bases.
Greater Omaha Leagues has been proud of our first charity dart league and we look forward to many more successful years.
Just a friendly reminder to players that we are closing in on the deadline for the Fall 2014 dart league. Don't miss out on the opportunity to have some fun during the cold winter months.
There are many benefits to playing in Greater Omaha Leagues...100% plus payback...not only does Greater Omaha Leagues pay back all of the league dues to players, they also use bar sponsorship money to pay for League Champion shirts and fund the Ultimate Qualifier Series, which ends with one of the biggest single tournament pots in the area. On top of all of this, Greater Omaha Leagues also have a partnership with Promo-Nation LLC, a rewards group that allows players to earn points for playing in leagues/tournaments. Once the player creates a free player account at www.promo-nation.com they begin to accrue points that are redeemable for thousands of items in the online store.
We have already had players redeem points for weed eaters, curling irons, edgers, chainsaws, heaters, dartboards, fire pits, digital cameras, HD TVs, etc...all for playing darts, pool and/or Golden Tee Golf with Greater Omaha Leagues. Players have the option to save up their points for bigger and bigger prizes as well, like pool tables, ATV's, Theater Systems, etc...once they are in a player's account, they don't expire.
If you aren't already playing league with Greater Omaha Leagues...I'm not sure what the hold up is...it doesn't get any better. Find yourself a team, a sponsoring home bar and start playing. "It Pays to Play With Greater Omaha Leagues".
On August 8th, 2014 the Eagles Club Aerie # 365 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska hosted their first annual “End of Summer Shootout” luck of the draw dart tournament and the event was an instant success. This being the club’s first venture into the world of large dart tournaments, they sought out sponsor partners to help them add to prize money. When it was all said and done the sponsors: Whitey Smith, New Technology Towing & Recovery, Cundall Auctioneering & Big Al’s Bar had added $400.00 to the payouts for the evening.
With the added money guaranteed for the evening, players from numerous regional cities made the trip out for the event and finalized the event with 48 teams vying for the top spot. Players of all different skill and experience levels joined together to make the inaugural event a huge success, leaving the Eagles # 365 eager to host more tournaments with money added.
The results were:
1st Place: Donnie Nippert (Harlan, IA) & Rick Molczyk (Bellevue, NE)
2nd Place: Wes Babcock (Omaha, NE) & LaVel Sterling (Omaha, NE)
3rd Place: Steve Garrean Sr. (Plattsmouth, NE) & John Edwards (Sioux City, IA)
4th Place: Jeff Brindley (Fremont, NE) & Milton Petersen (Omaha, NE)
5th-6th: Alan Knudtson (Omaha, NE) & Chris Smith (Plattsmouth, NE)
5th-6th: Ben Rimel (Plattsmouth, NE) & Mark Reeves (Sioux City, IA)
7th-8th: Kole Gray (Plattsmouth, NE) & Jason Gressman (Omaha, NE)
7th-8th: Amber Nicole Sidney (Plattsmouth, NE) & Dale Kenworthy (Lincoln, NE)
9-12th: John Lowell (Bellevue, NE) & Steve Garrean Jr. (Plattsmouth, NE)
9-12th: Matthew Alexen (Plattsmouth, NE) & Robert DeMey (Omaha, NE)
9-12th: Mike Chamberlain (Sioux City, IA) & Brian Garges (Council Bluffs, IA)
9-12th: Terril Kennedy (Plattsmouth, NE) & Chance Taylor (Plattsmouth, NE)
There was much attention focused upon two young competitors, Kole Gray (15) & Chance Taylor (13), who stepped away from the youth league and stepped up in competition…only to excel. The Eagles Club and Greater Omaha Leagues look forward to more successful events like this one that will showcase players from everywhere throughout the region.
On Friday night August 8th, 2014, Plattsmouth Eagles will be hosting a Luck of the Draw dart tournament with $400.00 being added to the pot by sponsors!
On top of this, the event is an Ultimate Qualifier Series event worth DOUBLE POINTS! There will be Promo-Nation points randomly drawn and live music by Alex & Matt Dibaise from nationally touring band Save the Hero! For featured drinks there will be $2.25 domestic bottles, $2.75 Tallboys plus shot and other drink specials! The Plattsmouth Eagles will also have their kitchen open for all food orders from 5-10pm that evening.
This tournament is open to anyone and everyone, regardless of league affiliation, experience or skill level. The most important thing is for everyone to have fun. Join us on Friday August 8th for a night of fun.
Signup 7pm, shoot 7:30pm
$5/player entry + $400.00 added
Double qualifier points
New Technology Towing & Recovery
Big Al's Bar
For questions, email Steve@gamesales.com or call 402-350-4125.