The Wairarapa team who competed in the national junior and youth darts championships. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED



Wairarapa’s Reinga Ranger is the number one junior girl in New Zealand after her junior girls’ singles’ victory at the national junior and youth darts championships held in Hastings.

Reinga Ranger … national junior singles champion.

The 12-year old Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Wairarapa pupil beat K Rawiri 2-0 in the final.

She backed up that with a strong performance with Darius Kahu in the junior mixed pairs. They made the final where they were beaten by Gisborne’s Renata Leach and Shannan Eyles.

Ranger wasn’t the only Wairarapa player to gain national representation.

Paikea Rogers-Te Whare 13, was selected for the national junior boys’ team.

He progressed to the semifinals of the singles where he lost to Leach.

Kahu and Charlie Casha also performed with distinction, finishing runners-up in the junior boys’ pairs consolation final.

The 12-strong Wairarapa team comprised of players from the Wairarapa and Maungaraki Darts Associations.