We are thrilled to be able to announce that Mozhgan Rahmani joins Darts Mad. Mozhgan will be one of our featured players throughout 2020 providing blog updates and pictures from her darting adventures around the world.
30 year old Mozhgan is from Tehran in Iran and will be competing on the PDC Asian Tour in 2020 as well as various WDF tournaments and other events around the world. With Nitin Kumar already a member of our team of bloggers Mozhgan becomes the second player based in the Middle East to be featured on Darts Mad.
Mozhgan Rahmani joins Darts Mad
Darts is a sport for everyone no matter what age, gender colour or creed and truly offers a level playing field for all that compete. This has been proven with the performances of Lisa Ashton and Fallon Sherrock in recent months, and as covered by our young blogger Jonty Eyre on the disability darts circuit.
It is this diversity offered by darts that makes us so proud that Mozhgan Rahmani joins Darts Mad and are very grateful to Mozhgan and our friends at Dart Players Middle East for being part of our team.
Mozhgan will be playing tournaments in countries like The Philipines, Malaysia, Germany and India (at the Bengal Rowing Club tournament where in 2019 she teamed up with Nitin to win the Mixed doubles event). Her journey this year started out at the Dutch Open and this is where her first blog comes from, enjoy!
Mozhgan Rahmani at the Bauhaus Dutch Open
This was the first time I have played in a tournament in Europe so it was a very new and unfamiliar experience for me. I have entered into the ladies singles and ladies pairs events.
The trip started badly as my flight from Tehran to Turkey should have only taken 3 hours, but ended up taking 7 hours, which meant that I missed my connecting flight to Amsterdam. Aaaarrgghhh!!!!
I had to spend the night in a hotel and go back to the airport the following day to catch a rescheduled flight. This already long trip has now just got a lot longer. I am really tired, I have a very bad headache and I just want to get to the venue. Finally I manage to land at Amsterdam Airport a day later than scheduled so now I can start to focus on the tournament.
First day for me is the ladies singles, drawn on board 138, this venue is huge!! I’ve never seen anything like it. You can easily get lost walking 10-15 minutes to find your board, so I make sure I know where I am.
I have a bye in the first round so my first match is 12 noon. I played well in this game and won 3-1. It’s a relief to be through the first game and into the last 128, now I hope I can relax for the next one.
Next singles game was so frustrating, I lost 1-3 all because I could not hit a double, each game I was on a double my opponent was left on over 200 points, the doubles just didn’t go for me. Very frustrating as I know I could have gone a lot further, but I will learn from this and improve for the next time.
In the Pairs I was drawn with Monika Van Malsen from Poland who I met for the very first time. I had a nice time with her friends and family there, socializing and practicing. Everybody was very friendly.
We managed to win our first 3 pairs games 3-0, 3-2 and 3-0 to make it through to the board final (last 32) against Lorraine Winstanley and Maggie Sutton. We lost this game but it was to the eventual winners of the competition so I am not disheartened.
I look forward to trying my best again in the next event and will keep practicing hard as always.
Back ground piece in Dutch by Arie van Malsen husband of Monika who partnered Mozhgan in the pairs event. Arie and Paul Brown were instrumental in getting Mozhgan the appropriate visa’s to be able to compete at the Dutch Open.
And a quick translation into English can be found after the dutch.
Mijn vrouw, Monika van Malsen – Bakalarczyk, was zich terug aan het vinden in darts na in een diep dal gezeten te hebben.
Daarom wilde ik dit jaar op het Dutch Open in Assen iets bijzonders voor haar doen.
Mijn oog viel op een Iraanse dame die opviel in de resultaten in Azië. Haar naam: Mozhgan Rahmani.
Ik sprak over haar met Paul Brown, manager van Big 5 Management (onder andere met Wayne Warran en Nick Kenny).
Beiden waren we van mening dat dit wel eens een heel speciaal Dutch Open kon worden.
We hebben er alles aan gedaan om een visum voor haar te krijgen en 5 dagen voor de start van het Dutch Open kwam het verlossende woord, er was een visum verstrekt.
Alles werd geregeld of was al geregeld voor een mooi weekend. Bijna gooide de reis naar Nederland nog roet in het eten omdat de tussenstop in Istanbul langer duurde dan gepland.
Uiteindelijk landde Mozhgan in Nederland op donderdagochtend.
Ze verbleef bij mij en mijn gezin en op donderdagavond speelde ze een wedstrijd mee in de bekerwedstrijd van de Lucky Losers. Mede dankzij haar werd deze wedstrijd gewonnen en daar liet ze al zien dat ze een pijltje kon gooien. Ook met haar koppelpartner op het Dutch Open, Monika, liet ze al zien wat ze konden.
Vrijdagmorgen vertrokken we als VIP naar Assen voor het Dutch Open. Daar maakte ze kennis met de internationale top en je kon zien dat het indruk maakte.
De wedstrijden van de dames op deze vrijdag….. onvergetelijke momenten. Met de bril, de vinger van Monika, de wijsvinger van Mozhgan, de emoties na een overwinning. Een prachtige 17e plaats van de 200 koppels, BRILJANT en een groot compliment voor beiden.
De singelwedstrijden op zaterdag vielen eigenlijk wat tegen. Monika verloor van een sterke Belgische dame in de eerste ronde na zich knap te hebben teruggevochten tot 2-2 na een 2-0 achterstand met o.a. een 106 finish.
Mozhgan was de eerste ronde vrij en won de tweede ronde redelijk overtuigend. In de derde ronde, laatste 128, kon ze de dubbels niet meer vinden en verloor ze helaas. De ervaring pakken ze niet meer af.
We hebben de wereld laten zien dat het niet uitmaakt waar je vandaan komt, welke religie je hebt…… veel lol gehad met onze vrienden !!
Het werd dus een speciaal weekend voor Monika en Mozhgan maar wat ik niet wist was dat mede hierom het weekend ook speciaal werd voor een heleboel andere mensen:
Lucky Losers, Oldskool, de Typhoon, Marian and Louis, de mensen die met Paul Brown waren meegekomen, Sandra, mr. 47 James, Steve, Ellie, Wayne, Paul Engelbertink (NDB) en vele anderen.
I know I will never forget this weekend….. it was my present for Monika and it became a present for so many more
My wife, Monika van Malsen – Bakalarczyk, was finding her way back into darts after being in a deep dip.
That is why I wanted to do something special for her at the Dutch Open in Assen this year.
My eyes fell on an Iranian lady who stood out in the results in Asia. Her name: Mozhgan Rahmani.
I spoke about her with Paul Brown, owner of Big 5 Management (including Wayne Warren and Nick Kenny).
We both thought that this would make for a very special Dutch Open.
We did everything to get a visa for her and 5 days before the start of the Dutch Open came the redeeming word, a visa was issued.
Everything was arranged or was already arranged for a nice weekend. The trip to the Netherlands almost threw a spanner in the works because the stopover in Istanbul took longer than planned.
Eventually Mozhgan landed in the Netherlands on Thursday morning.
She stayed with me and my family and on Thursday evening she played a match in the cup competition of the Lucky Losers. Partly thanks to her, this competition was won and she already showed that she could throw an arrow. She also showed what she could do as a pairing with her partner at the Dutch Openn, Monika.
Friday morning we left as VIP’s for Assen for the Dutch Open. There she became acquainted with the international darting top and you could see that it left an impression on her.
The games of the ladies in the pairs on Friday ….. unforgettable moments. With the glasses, the finger of Monika, the index finger of Mozhgan, the emotions after a victory. A beautiful 17th place out of 200 couples, BRILLIANT and a big compliment to both.
The single games on Saturday were actually a bit disappointing. Monika lost to a strong Belgian lady in the first round after having fought back nicely to 2-2 after a 2-0 deficit with a 106 finish.
Mozhgan had a bye in the first round and won the second round fairly convincingly. In the third round, last 128, she could not find the winning doubles anymore and unfortunately she lost. The experience will have been huge for her though with her first European competition in the bag.
We have shown the world that it doesn’t matter where you come from, what religion you have, in darts a lot of fun can be had with our friends !!
So it was a special weekend for Monika and Mozhgan, but what I didn’t know was that, partly because of this, the weekend also became special for a lot of other people:
Lucky Losers, Oldskool, the Typhoon, Marian and Louis, the people who had come with Paul Brown, Sandra, mr. 47 James, Steve, Ellie, Wayne, Paul Engelbertink (NDB) and many others all had an extra special weekend with getting to know Mozhgan.
I know I will never forget this weekend ….. it was my present for Monika and it became a present for so many more