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Amanda Harwood continues impressive return to the darts circuit with Romanian Classic Ladies title triumph

She has only recently returned to the darts circuit after several years away, but Amanda Harwood is certainly making up for lost time.

Following the arrival of her daughter Lily, the Fordham British Legion player opted to step away from the international scene five years ago.

However, with the support of sponsor Ian Rampley, Harwood decided to return in October 2019 and within a matter of weeks had won the BDO Malta International Darts Open Ladies Pairs alongside good friend Joanne Locke.

Fordham darts player Amanda Harwood in Romania (28342639)
Fordham darts player Amanda Harwood in Romania (28342639)

And individual success followed late last month in eastern Europe, where – watched on by Lily and dart-playing husband Will – Harwood clinched the Romanian Classic Ladies title after coming through a number of matches to beat Marjolein Noijens 5-1 in the final.

“I had my little girl and life changed. I kept my hand in by playing Super League with Fordham, but I could not practice enough to stay on the circuit,” said Harwood.

“But Ian asked me last year if I wanted to get back on the circuit and I decided to give it a go.

“Winning the doubles at the Malta Open was a stepping stone. I probably did not expect to win events so quickly after returning, but I have been playing really well and I felt confident.

“I have always enjoyed it in Romania. It is a competition I won a few years ago and it is great to have won it again. It is also amazing to have Lily there with me at competitions – she loves it.”

Next up for Harwood is the Scottish Open on February 14.