Team Captain: Milo Reynolds
Darts has been played at Merton College ever since Walter de Merton, founder of the College, was impressed by the athleticism and guile of the professional athletes he observed competing at the Alexandra Palace on a chance visit in 1268. Since then, the College has witnessed some of the greatest darts players, if not in the world then certainly in Britain, ply their trade. ‘Dave’ and ‘Lee’, anonymous pseudonyms whose identities are believed to be T. S. Eliot and Nobel Prize-winning alumnus, zoologist Nikolaas Tinbergen, are both believed to have amounted above 1,000 checkouts on Merton’s cherished darts board. Recent stalwarts of the McNaughton Room include Benedict Holden, the last known Merton Darts captain, and, more recently, a Golden State Warriors-style ‘Big Three’ has emerged in the young core of James Chalaby, Joshua Navarajasegaran and Milo Reynolds.
Merton’s Darts Team went under the radar in 2016-17 (the radar being existence). Nevertheless, the future of the Darts programme is bright, and a team will doubtless be assembled to compete with the heavyweight Darts programmes of Trinity and St. Hilda’s. Please direct all queries to the JCR Sports Rep.