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SMITH, WADE & BARNEY'S WORLD SERIES BOOST

THE field of PDC representatives on the 2018 World Series of Darts has been completed following invitations for Michael Smith, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld.

The World Series of Darts' global tour will see tournaments held in Germany, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane ahead of the end-of-season Finals in Vienna.

Whilst the field for the German Darts Masters has already been finalised, and includes new German Darts Open champion Max Hopp, two places remained in the other five international events.

Former World Youth Champion Smith, who currently sits in second place on the Unibet Premier League table and has won two ranking titles this year, has been invited to compete in all five events.

He will be joined in the U.S. Darts Masters and Shanghai Darts Masters by James Wade, a two-time World Series of Darts finalist and multiple winner on the big stage.

Five-time World Champion Van Barneveld, meanwhile, will compete in the Auckland Darts Masters, Melbourne Darts Masters and Brisbane Darts Masters as the popular Dutch legend returns to the World Series, where he will also compete in Germany next week.

"This year's World Series of Darts is shaping up to be a thrilling set of tournaments and this announcement completes the PDC players who will compete in each event," said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

"Michael Smith is enjoying his breakthrough year on the big stage after knocking on the door in recent times, and after having a taste of the World Series in 2017 has now got a great opportunity to light up the global stage.

"James and Raymond are two players who are known globally for their achievements and have vast experience around the world.

"Despite not being selected for the Premier League this year, James' attitude has been excellent and he has been a leading performer on the circuit.

"Raymond's profile makes him a massive draw in New Zealand and Australia, where he has previously reached World Series finals, and as the sport's elder statesman in playing terms will be a big drawcard for fans Down Under."

The world's top four players - Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross and Gary Anderson - will compete in all World Series of Darts events this year.

Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price will compete in Las Vegas and Shanghai, with each respective event featuring a series of eight regional qualifiers.

Australians Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson and Corey Cadby will compete in Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane, with seven Oceanic Representatives also set to qualify for the treble-header.

The German Darts Masters will take place on Friday May 25 at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen. For tickets, visit www.eventim.de.

The U.S. Darts Masters will be held on July 6-7 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, and will be preceded on July 5 by the North American Championship. For tickets, visit www.pdc.tv/vegas.

The Shanghai Darts Masters will take place on July 13-14 at the Pullman Hotel, Shanghai South.

The Auckland Darts Masters will be held from August 3-5 at the Trusts Arena. For tickets, visit www.ticketek.co.nz.

The Melbourne Darts Masters will be held from August 10-12 at the Hisense Arena. For tickets, visit www.ticketek.com.au.

The Brisbane Darts Masters will be held from August 17-19 at the BCEC. For tickets, visit www.ticketek.com.au.

The World Series of Darts Finals will take place from November 2-4 at the Multiversum in Schwechat, Vienna, Austria. For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.tv.

Day 3 Harrows Pro Tour Warilla NSW

Day 3 Harrows Pro Tour continues in Warilla NSW Sunday. Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

Another win for Cadby in Warilla

Another win for Cadby as he defeats DPA International Player Loz Ryder
over 75 Players were in attendance competing for the Kelvin Boyland Memorial Trophy at the Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club

Pro Tour #8
Saturday 14th April 2018
Round Robin to Knockout
Top 4 off the sheet

Final
Loz Ryder 3-6 Corey Cadby

Top 4
Raymond O’Donnell 3-6 Loz Ryder
Corey Cadby 6-4 Tim Pusey

Top 8
Raymond O’Donnell 6-4 Bill Aitken
Loz Ryder 6-3 Steve MacArthur
Corey Cadby 6-2 Raymond Smith
Tim Pusey 6-1 Mark Colbongon

Top 16
Raymond O’Donnell 6-4 Andrew Eagers
John Bunyard 5-6 Bill Aitken
Tic Bridge 3-6 Loz Ryder
Lucas Cameron 5-6 Steve MacArthur
Gordon-Glen Mathers 3-6 Corey Cadby
Raymond Smith 6-4 Mark Taafe
Dean McGladdery 1-6 Tim Pusey
Mark Colbongon 6-4 Steve Fitzpatrick

Top 32
Raymond O’Donnell 4-1 Ash Britt
Andrew Eagers 4-2 Zinzan Clushaw
John Bunyard 4-2 Craig Prizeman
Bill Aitken 4-0 Greg Major
Tic Bridge 4-3 Leigh Giblin
Russell Stewart 1-4 Loz Ryder
Lucas Cameron 4-0 Mike Bonser
Steve MacArthur 4-3 James Bailey
Gordon-Glen Mathers 4-1 Graeme Lowe
Corey Cadby 4-0 Mick Lean
Raymond Smith 4-1 Jamie Hales
Mark Taafe 4-2 Jerry Weyman
Mick Lacey 2-4 Dean McGladdery
Tim Pusey 4-0 Adrian McDevitt
Mark Colbongon 4-3 Tremiane Gallagher
Steve Fitzpatrick 4-2 Kerry Allen

Board 1 & 2
Dean Mcgladdery
Steve Fitzpatrick
Kevin Luland
Kalani Hillman
Peter Primmer
Greg Major
Paul Emmerton
Marshall Allen
Tic Bridge
1st – Tic Bridge
2nd – Steve Fitzpatrick
3rd – Greg Major
4th – Dean McGladdery

Board 3 & 4
Andrew Eagers
Hayden Charlton
Craig Prizeman
Peter Hawkins
Lucas Grey
Lucas Cameron
Ian Dargan
Mick Lean
Judy Neaves
1st – Lucas Cameron
2nd – Andrew Eagers
3rd – Mick Lean
4th – Craig Prizeman

Board 5 & 6
Deb Soden
Clayton Collins
Kerry Allen
Chris Donaghy
Darren Wolter Gumley
Ash Britt
Mark Taafe
Mick Lacey
Jen Lange
1st – Mick Lacey
2nd – Mark Taafe
3rd – Kerry Allen
4th – Ash Britt

Board 7 & 8
Conan Genaras
Jake Howie
Leigh Giblin
John Bunyard
Jerry Weyman
Dennis Saro
Nathan Walsh
Rod Crawford
Russell Stewart
1st – John Bunyard
2nd – Russell Stewart
3rd – Jerry Weyman
4th – Leigh Giblin

Board 9 & 10
Adrian McDevitt
Nathan Simpson
Paul Hill
Jason Siefried
Simon Farrell
Tremaine Gallagher
Mark Colbongan
Steve Macarthur
Kim Anderson
1st – Mark Colbongon
2nd – Steve MacArthur
3rd – Adrian McDevitt
4th – Tremaine Gallagher

Board 11 & 12
John Riley
Darren Lane
Sapphire Allen
Gordon-Glen Mathers
Ryan Lynch
Jamie Hales
Jamie Budd
Trevor Targett
Loz Ryder
Tim Pusey
1st – Gordon-glen Mathers
2nd – Tim Pusey
3rd – Loz Ryder
4th – Jamie Hales

Board 13 & 14
Graeme Lowe
Kim Emmerton
Matt Clarke
Bill Aitken
Greg Walsh
Matt Leahy
Raymond Smith
Terrence Insley
Dave Williams
James Bailey
1st – Raymond Smith
2nd – Bill Aitken
3rd – James Bailey
4th – Graeme Lowe

Board 15 & 16
Troy Romando
Pat Dargan
Mike Bonser
Corey Cadby
Ray O’Donnell
Zinzan Culshaw
Daniel Sim
Steve TePaki
Dave Henricks
Bruce Stone
1st – Raymond O’Donnell
2nd – Corey Cadby
3rd – Zinzan Culshaw
4th – Mike Bonser

Players in Attendance – 75
Adrian McDevitt
Andrew Eagers
Ash Britt
Bill Aitken
Chris Donaghy
Clayton Collins
Corey Cadby
Craig Prizeman
Daniel Sim
Dave Henricks
Dave Williams
Dean McGladdery
Deb Soden
Dennis Saro
Jerry Weyman
Gordon-Glen Mathers
Graeme Lowe
Greg Major
Greg Walsh
Ian Dargan
James Bailey
Mark Colbongan
Jamie Hales
Jen Lange
John Bunyard
John Riley
Judy Neaves
Kevin Luland
Kim Anderson
Kim Emmerton
Leigh Giblin
Loz Ryder
Lucas Cameron
Lucas Grey
Mark Taafe
Matt Clarke
Matthew Leahy
Mick Lacey
Mick Lean
Mike Bonser
Patrick Dargan
Paul Emmerton
Raymond O’Donnell
Raymond Smith
Rod Crawford
Russell Stewart
Ryan Lynch
Steve Fitzpatrick
Steve MacArthur
Steve TePaki
Tic Bridge
Tim Pusey
Tremaine Gallagher
Trevor Taggart
Zinzan Culshaw
Kalani Hillman
Jamie Budd
Nathan Walsh
Kerry Allen
Marshall Allen
Conan Genaras
Troy Rimando
Darren Wolter-Gumley
Paul Hill
Bruce Stone
Peter Primmer
Sapphire Allen
Peter Hawkins
Hayden Charlton
Simon Farrell
Terrance Insley
Jason Siefried
Darren Lane
Nathan Simpson

Harrows Australia DPA ProTour Event #8 Kelvin Boyland Memorial

75 Players in attendance see to day competing for the Kelvin Boyland Memorial Trophy

Board 1 & 2
Dean Mcgladdery
Steve Fitzpatrick
Kevin Luland
Kalani Hillman
Peter Primmer
Greg Major
Paul Emmerton
Marshall Allen
Tic Bridge

Board 3 & 4
Andrew Eagers
Hayden Charlton
Craig Prizeman
Peter Hawkins
Lucas Grey
Lucas Cameron
Ian Dargan
Mick Lean
Judy Neaves

Board 5 & 6
Deb Soden
Clayton Collins
Kerry Allen
Chris Donaghy
Darren Wolter Gumley
Ash Britt
Mark Taafe
Mick Lacey
Jen Lange

Board 7 & 8
Conan Genaras
Jake Howie
Leigh Giblin
John Bunyard
Jerry Weyman
Dennis Saro
Nathan Walsh
Rod Crawford
Russell Stewart

Board 9 & 10
Adrian Mcdevitt
Nathan Simpson
Paul Hill
Jason Siefried
Simon Farrell
Tremaine Gallagher
Mark Colbongan
Steve Macarthur
Kim Anderson

Board 11 & 12
John Riley
Darren Lane
Sapphire Allen
GG Mathers
Ryan Lynch
Jamie Hales
Jamie Budd
Trevor Targett
Loz Ryder
Tim Pusey

Board 13 & 14
Graeme Lowe
Kim emmerton
Matt Clarke
Bill Aitken
Greg Walsh
Matt Leahy
Raymond Smith
Terry Insley
Dave Williams
James Bailey

Board 15 & 16
Troy Romando
Pat Dargan
Mike Bonser
Corey Cadby
Ray Odonnell
Zinzan Culshaw
Daniel Sim
Steve Te Paki
Dave Henricks
Bruce Stone

Cadby Takes Win in Warilla

On Friday night the 7th leg of the Harrows Pro Tour of 2018 was held at Warilla Bowls and Recreation club. It also marked the annual awarding of the Joe Seymour trophy as well as points going towards World Series of Darts qualification. It was Corey Cadby and Lucas Cameron in the final for the night and high class darts were once more on display.
Cadby started the final with a maximum before Cameron scored 140. A 135 visit from Cadby put him in control and with another ton visit he left 86 but on his next visit missed the bull for the leg. Two darts were enough to give Cadby the first leg. A pair of 96 starts on the Cameron throw was then replicated by both players. A 140 from Cameron could not be matched by Cadby with 99. A 96 left Cadby on 114 which he converted at his next visit. With a break under his belt Cadby opened with 85 and 134 which Cameron then matched. A poorer visit from Cadby was not punished by Cameron and 134 left him on 108 which he could not convert on his next visit but was able to do so with another two darts. 3-0 and things looked bad as Cameron opened with a 97 but his opponent hit 140 to move back over a 100 match average. A 140 visit from Cameron put him back in the leg, helped by a 41 visit from Cadby. Another 140 left Cameron chasing 84. A 133 left Cadby on 106. Cameron then left 33 as Cadby left 46. Cameron took out the fourth leg with two darts on his next visit. 3-1.
Cadby missed a chance to go three legs up again as 64 left him on 25. Cameron could not take out 140 but Cadby then missed at his next visit as Cameron came back to take his second leg on the trot. He then opened with an 82 but Cadby clicked back into gear with a 134 which was all but matched by his opponent at the next visit. 100 left Cadby on 267 as 83 moved Cameron to 203. 97 set up a second 170 opportunity for Cadby in the match as Cameron scored 171 to leave 32. Cadby missed the bull for the big fish and Cameron tied the match up after six legs.
A 140 start from Cadby on throw was almost matched by Cameron. 100 from Cadby and 140 from Cameron looked good until Cadby hit his second maximum for the match to leave 81. 57 was not enough and Cameron chased 124 but left 32. Cadby got the required 24 with his second dart to lead 4-3.
Cameron then opened with his first maximum of the match as a follow up of 93 left him on 228. Cameron left tops for the match after a couple of visits and with Cadby on 61 Cameron converted with tops to move the match to 4-4.
Cadby opened with 140 in the ninth leg and Cameron disappointed on his next visit. Cadby rubbed salt in with another visit of 140 (pushing his average over 100 again.) On 128 Cadby scored 56 and then 32 with his next visit. Cameron was well behind so Cadby had his shot at tops which he took with the first dart of his next visit.
Cameron opened with 70 to give his opponent a chance of a break in the next leg although Cadby did not take full advantage straight away. A 140 from Cadby mid leg left him needing 142. With Cameron well behind he set up a 44 which he took out at his next visit to win the match 6-4.
The semi-finals had been fairly close. Corey Cadby took an early lead in the first match, building on an opening leg win by breaking Raymond O’Donnell in the second leg. With O’Donnell on 150 Cadby was then able to hold for a three leg lead with tops. He then broke the throw of O’Donnell a second time. At 5-0 up O’Donnell avoided a white wash by winning a leg and then secured a second leg with double 16. A similar check out on the next leg would have concerned Cadby as the score now read 5-3. O’Donnell then grabbed another leg but was unable to take it to an elimination leg as Cadby secured a 6-4 victory and a place in the final.
In the second semi-final Lucas Cameron won the first leg but on throw Dave Marland equalised in the next. A poor visit left Marland on 126 in leg three but Cameron was not in a position to take full advantage. Marland could not take out the leg on his next visit and Cameron made him pay to lead 2-1. A double 5 put Marland back on even terms once again, this time at two legs each. Against the throw Marland chased 161 in the next leg but a bounce out did not help as he left 121. With his opponent on 40 Marland missed bull for the leg and Cameron took the leg out instead.
Marland then had to check out 115 but left 72 as Cameron left 12 from his next visit. Marland had a poor second throw on his next visit which cost him a check out and Cameron took full advantage, grabbing a break of throw and a 4-2 lead. Another bounce out in the next leg cost Marland once more as Cameron went three legs clear, 5-2. A 139 left Marland on 62 in the next leg which he took out on his next visit. Three shots at tops were not converted by Cameron but with Marland only moving to 64 Cameron was able to take out the required darts in the ninth leg to win the match 6-3.
Corey Cadby took an early lead in the first, building on an opening leg win by breaking Ramond O’Donnell in the second leg. With O’Donnell on 150 Cadby was then able to hold for a three leg lead with tops. He then broke the throw of O’Donnell a second time. At 5-0 up O’Donnell avoided a white wash by winning a leg and then secured a second leg with double 16. A similar check out on the next leg would have concerned Cadby as the score now read 5-3. O’Donnell then grabbed another leg but was unable to take it to an elimination leg and Cadby secured a 6-4 victory and a place in the final against Cameron.
In quarter final one Corey Cadby had comprehensively defeated local Warilla star Clayton Collins 6-1. Shire resident Dave Marland, who has enjoyed a lot of success at Warilla in recent years, continued his strong record with a 6-2 victory over Raymond Smith, who led the series before the weekend. After falling behind early in his match with Steve Macarthur, Lucas Cameron came home strongly and moved a leg away from the win before Macarthur stopped the rot to tie the match up at 5 legs each. After four attempts at double 16 Cameron was able to secure the quarter final 6-5. The final match in the round Bill Aitken went to an early lead only for Raymond O’Donnell to turn the match on its head and take it out six legs to four.
The tables had been very strong with the calibre demonstrated by board finals of GG Mathers v Corey Cadby, Daniel Sim v Lucas Cameron, John Bunyard v Steve Macarthur, Ray O’Donnell v Mick Lean, Tremaine Gallagher v Bill Aitken, Ray Smith v Steve Fitzpatrick, David Marland v James Bailey, and Clayton Collins v David Williams.
The Joe Seymour trophy was awarded to at the end of a night, a worthy winner of such a strong competition.

Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club
Pro Tour #7
Friday 13th April 2018
Knockout
Final 63
BYE v Jerry Weyman
Raymond O’Donnell v Patrick Dargan
Mick Lean v Greg Major
Russell Stewart v Jake Howie
Loz Ryder v Tremaine Gallagher
Judy Neaves v Adrian McDevitt
Bill Aitken v Jen Lange
Matt Leahy v Mick Lacey
Chris Donaghy v Judith Bell
Kim Emmerton v Clayton Collins
Dave Williams v Lucas Grey
Paul Hill v Kevin Luland
Ryan Lynch v Deb Soden
Rod Crawford v Gordon-Glen Mathers
Leigh Giblin v Steve TePaki
Corey Cadby v Mark Colbon
John Riley v Brian Mccann
Jamie Rogers v John Bunyard
Steve MacArthur v Dean McGladdery
Andrew Eagers v Tim Pusey
Kim Anderson v Daniel Sim
Dave Henricks v Matt Clarke
Tic Bridge v Zinzan Culshaw
Ash Britt v Lucas Cameron
Craig Prizeman v James Doherty
James Bailey v Ian Dargan
Dennis Saro v Mark Taafe
Dave Marland v Jamie Hales
Paul Emmerton v Greg Walsh
Raymond Smith v Mike Bonser
Trevor Taggart v Stefan Cubrilovic
Steve Fitzpatrick v Graeme Lowe
Final 32
Jerry Weyman v Raymond O’Donnell
Mick Lean v Russell Stewart
Tremaine Gallagher v Adrian McDevitt
Bill Aitken v Mick Lacey
Chris Donaghy v Clayton Collins
Dave Williams v Kevin Luland
Ryan Lynch v Gordon-Glen Mathers
Steve TePaki v Corey Cadby
John Riley v John Bunyard
Steve MacArthur v Tim Pusey
Daniel Sim v Dave Henricks
Tic Bridge v Lucas Cameron
Craig Prizeman v James Bailey
Mark Taafe v Dave Williams
Greg Walsh v Raymond Smith
Stefan Cubrilovic v Steve Fitzpatrick
Final 16
Raymond O’Donnell v Mick Lean
Tremaine Gallagher v Bill Aitken
Clayton Collins v Dave Williams
Gordon-Glen Mathers v Corey Cadby
John Bunyard v Steve MacArthur
Daniel Sim v Lucas Cameron
James Bailey v Dave Marland
Raymond Smith v Steve Fitzpatrick
Final 8
Raymond O’Donnell v Bill Aitken
Clayton Collins v Corey Cadby
Steve MacArthur v Lucas Cameron
Dave Marland v Raymond Smith
Final 4
Raymond O’Donnell v Corey Cadby
Lucas Cameron v Dave Marland
Final
Corey Cadby v Lucas Cameron
Winner
Corey Cadby
Players in Attendance – 63
Judy Neaves
Corey Cadby
Patrick Dargan
Trevor Taggart
Chris Donaghy
John Riley
Steve TePaki
Craig Prizeman
James Doherty
Ryan Lynch
Mike Bonser
Tic Bridge
Lucas Cameron
Kim Anderson
Russell Stewart
Lucas Grey
Leigh Giblin
Adrian McDevitt
Mark Taafe
Tremaine Gallagher
Clayton Collins
Dean McGladdery
Bill Aitken
Paul Emmerton
Kim Emmerton
Gordon-Glen Mathers
Mick Lacey
Greg Major
Dave Marland
Paul Hill
Graeme Lowe
Jamie Rogers
Deb Soden
Ian Dargan
Steve Fitzpatrick
Tim Pusey
Loz Ryder
Jamie Hales
Mark Colbon
Raymond O’Donnell
Dennis Saro
Ash Britt
John Bunyard
Daniel Sim
Steve MacArthur
Judith Bell
Jen Lange
Andrew Eagers
Mathew Leahy
Zinzan Culshaw
Dave Williams
James Bailey
Jake Howie
Kevin Luland
Gerry Weyman
Matt Clarke
Dave Henricks
Mick Lean
Stefan Cubrilovic
Raymond Smith
Greg Walsh
Rod Crawford
Brian Mccann

FRIDAY NIGHT AT WARILLA

Dartplayers Australia return to warilla this weekend for the continuation of the Harrows DPA PRO tour. Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

ERIC BRISTOW PASSES AWAY

THE Professional Darts Corporation is deeply saddened to announce that five-time World Champion Eric Bristow MBE passed away on Thursday evening following a heart attack.

Arguably the sport’s first superstar player, Bristow, 60, was World Champion five times between 1980-1986 and also won five World Masters titles during an outstanding career.

Bristow was one of the founder players when the PDC (then World Darts Council) was formed in 1993 as the sport's leading stars broke away from the British Darts Organisation.

The 60-year-old was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame in 2005 alongside great rival John Lowe, and since retiring from competition at the end of 2007 remained a popular figure on the exhibition circuit.
Bristow also worked as a TV pundit and spotter for Sky Sports, was awarded the MBE for his services to sport in 1989 and appeared on ITV's "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here" in 2012.

Born in east London on April 25 1957, Bristow later relocated to Staffordshire where he proved instrumental in the development of the Phil Taylor as a sponsor and mentor during the early stages of the eventual 16-time World Champion's career.

Taylor went on to defeat Bristow in the 1990 World Championship final, while a 6-0 defeat to Dennis Priestley the following year proved to be his last appearance in a televised final. His final World Championship, in 2000, was his 23rd of an illustrious career which saw him win over 70 professional titles in total.

In 1989, he married Jane Bristow with whom he had two children, Louise in 1991 and James in 1993.

Bristow’s subsequent battle against dartitis was overcome briefly when he reached the semi-finals of the 1997 PDC World Championship, and after making intermittent appearances on the circuit in the following years he competed for a final time on the PDC circuit in 2007.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn led the tributes to Bristow, stating: “Eric will always be a legend in the world of darts and British sport. He was a tremendous player and a huge character and even after his retirement fans would travel for miles to meet him and see him play.

“Eric was never afraid of controversy, but he spoke as he found and was honest and straightforward which is what people admired about him. The PDC, and the sport of darts, will miss him.”

Day 3 Harrows Pro Tour seaford Victoria

DAY 3 and the final day of the Harrows Pro Tour at the Seaford Hotel concludes this Sunday. Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

Day 2 Harrows Pro Tour seafood Victoria

Day 2 of the Harrows Pro Tour continues Saturday at the Seaford Hotel Seaford Victoria.

Player registrations are as follows
Friday: 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am
Sunday: 9:00 am
$40.00 per Day or $100.00 for 3 Days (saving of $20.00)
event's carry DPA Pro Tour ranking events
Players MUST be eligible and available to participate in the PDC World Darts Championship 2018/2019 London England
Venue address
362 Frankston - Dandenong Rd, Seaford VIC 3198, Australia

Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

DPA returns to Melbourne

The DPA returns to Melbourne this weekend with the Harrows Pro Tour at the Seaford Hotel, Seaford Victoria

Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th
Player registrations are as follows
Friday: 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am
Sunday: 9:00 am
$40.00 per Day or $100.00 for 3 Days (saving of $20.00)
event's carry DPA Pro Tour ranking events
Players MUST be eligible and available to participate in the PDC World Darts Championship 2018/2019 London England

Venue address
362 Frankston - Dandenong Rd, Seaford VIC 3198, Australia

Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results...

Brisbane to host World series of darts

BRISBANE and Vienna are to host the PDC's World Series of Darts for the first time in 2018 following confirmation of the year's seven events, while Rob Cross, Jamie Lewis and Dimitri Van den Bergh will also step onto the global stage.

The ongoing global expansion of the World Series of Darts will see six worldwide events followed by the end-of-season Finals, which will move to Austria in November.

The year's events will begin with the second staging of the German Darts Masters, with a one-day spectacular being held on Friday May 25 at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.

The stars of the sport will then return to Las Vegas, with the North American Championship to be followed by the second U.S. Darts Masters, which will be held at Mandalay Bay from July 5-7.

July's double-header will then see the third Shanghai Darts Masters held on July 13-14 at the Pullman Hotel Shanghai South, before the action heads Down Under for an August treble-header.

The Auckland Darts Masters takes place from August 3-5 at the Trusts Arena, with the sport's top names returning to New Zealand for the fourth staging of the popular event.

The action then moves to Australia, with the second Melbourne Darts Masters taking place from August 10-12 at the Hisense Arena before the inaugural Brisbane Darts Masters, from August 17-19 at the BCEC, sees the World Series visit Queensland for the first time.

The season-ending World Series of Darts Finals will then be held from November 2-4 at the Multiversum Schwechat in Vienna, as Austria hosts the 24-player event.

The world's current top four players - Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, World Champion Rob Cross and Gary Anderson - will compete in each of the six international events.

They will be joined in the German Darts Masters by Austrian star Mensur Suljovic – the reigning Champions League of Darts winner - five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld, reigning World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh and World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis.

The top two German players from the PDC Order of Merit at April 30 will also qualify alongside six players from the German Superleague.

World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney and Premier League star Gerwyn Price will compete in the U.S. Darts Masters - where the Northern Irish ace was runner-up in 2017 - and Shanghai Darts Masters in July, with the final two PDC players to be confirmed in due course.

The U.S. Darts Masters will also feature the eight players from the USA or Canada who qualify to compete in the 2018 North American Championship - with four winners from qualifiers to be held on July 3-4 joined by four players from a Qualifiers Order of Merit.

The Shanghai Darts Masters will see the eight PDC stars up against eight regional competitors, with the top three players from the PDC Asian Tour, following Event Six, joined by five Chinese qualifiers.

August's three events will see Van Gerwen, Wright, Cross and Anderson joined by Australian trio Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson - the reigning Auckland Darts Masters champion – and recent UK Open finalist Corey Cadby plus one other player

A series of qualifying events will be held during July for players to win spots in the three events, to be held in Invercargill from July 2-8 and in Warilla from July 22-25.

The Auckland Darts Masters will feature the top two players from the DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, plus one player from the DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, plus four players from the Auckland Darts Masters, with one place to be confirmed.

The events in Melbourne and Brisbane will both feature the top two players from the DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, one player from the DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table and four qualifiers, with one place to be confirmed.

The World Series of Darts Finals will then see the top eight players from the final World Series of Darts Order of Merit joined by 16 invited players and qualifiers to compete in Vienna.

Tickets for the German Darts Masters are available now through www.eventim.de, while tickets for the North American Championship and U.S. Darts Masters are available via www.axs.com.

Ticket information for other events will be confirmed at www.pdc.tv/tickets in due course.

2018 PDC World Series of Darts

German Darts Masters

May 25, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Competing Players

PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Mensur Suljovic, Raymond van Barneveld, Jamie Lewis, Dimitri Van den Bergh.

German Representatives: Top two German players from PDC Order of Merit at April 30, plus top five players from German Superleague. One place TBC

Runners Up for Cadby at UK Open

GARY ANDERSON claimed his first Coral UK Open title with an 11-7 win over Australian sensation Corey Cadby in Sunday's final at the Butlin's Minehead Resort.
World number four Anderson scooped the £70,000 top prize and his first televised ranking title for over two years with the success.
Anderson defeated World Champion Rob Cross 10-5 in Sunday afternoon's quarter-finals and then overcame David Pallett 11-7 in the semi-finals, before holding off the former World Youth Champion to claim the title.
After Cadby opened up an early 4-1 lead, Anderson hit back to lead 5-4 with a four-leg burst of his own, before finishing a key 108 to lead 8-6.
Cadby hit back before finishes of 70 and 91 moved Anderson to the brink of a victory which he sealed with a 14-dart leg on double 18.
"It's fantastic for me," said Anderson. "I've come here to win the tournament and managed to do it, and it's great.
"In the last three games I've been lucky - it's been a struggle. Corey is good and I've got a lot of time for him, he's a class act.
"I knew exactly what to expect and he's going to be about for a long, long time. It's getting harder every year with all the youngsters coming through and they'll take it in their stride."
Cadby, who picked up £35,000 as runner-up, continued his superb start to life as a professional since winning a Tour Card in January by reaching his first televised ranking final with Sunday wins over Gerwyn Price and Robert Owen.
The Tasmania-born star will now return to Melbourne ahead of his wedding to fiancee Breana in a fortnight - on his 23rd birthday - and said: "What a year 2018 has been and I'm looking forward to the rest.
"I'm only young, I've got a lot to learn and I'm pretty happy to make the final. I'm not happy to be runner up but I'll take it.
"I gave everything but you've got to hit the doubles at crucial times, you can't afford to miss and Gary came through and won."
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2018 Coral UK Open
Sunday March 4
Afternoon Session
Quarter-Finals
David Pallett 10-5 Steve West
Robert Owen 10-3 John Part
Corey Cadby 10-6 Gerwyn Price
Gary Anderson 10-5 Rob Cross
Best of 19 legs
Evening Session
Semi-Finals
Gary Anderson 11-7 David Pallett
Corey Cadby 11-3 Robert Owen
Best of 21 legs
Final
Gary Anderson 11-7 Corey Cadby
Best of 21 legs

QUARTER-FINALS ROUND-UP
GARY ANDERSON moved a step closer to winning his first Coral UK Open title after knocking out World Champion Rob Cross in Sunday's quarter-finals, while Corey Cadby, Robert Owen and David Pallett also progressed in Minehead.
2010 finalist Anderson won the last six legs of the standout quarter-final tie to seal a 10-6 victory against world number three Cross.
The Scot produced three ton-plus checkouts, including a brilliant 130, as he closed in on a first televised ranking title since his second World Championship triumph in 2016.
"I've not been in this position for a while," said Anderson, who will take on Pallett in the first semi-final on Sunday evening.
"I've just kept plugging away and It's going alright so far but it didn't really happen for either myself or Rob. I'm happy I managed to scrape through and I'm looking forward to tonight.
"You often end up playing players that you're not used to in this tournament because of the open draw and I never take anybody for granted. You've got to beat each player in front of you."
Pallett earned his spot in a first televised semi-final by defeating Steve West by ten legs to five to open the final day of the £350,000 event.
The 28-year-old clinched a break of throw in the tenth leg to lead 6-4 and never looked back as he punished his opponent for a string of missed doubles to seal the win.
"It was close in the early stages but I felt the first break would be crucial and that proved to be the case," said Pallett, who currently competes on the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour, having failed to regain his Tour Card at the 2018 Qualifying School.
"I quit my job to focus on playing darts full-time at the start of this year so it was blow not to get on the ProTour but this makes the decision worthwhile.
"I've had some good wins over the weekend and I can't wait for the semi-final tonight."
Cadby continued his brilliant start to life as a PDC professional by seeing off 2017 UK Open runner-up Gerwyn Price to reach his first televised ranking semi-final.
The Australian sensation, who won a UK Open Qualifier last month, landed five 180s and averaged just under 100 in a 10-6 success against the Welsh number one.
A clinical 93 finish earned Cadby the first break of throw in the eighth leg to take a 5-3 lead and he later immediately cancelled out a break back from Price to move 8-5 up, before producing a ten-darter to move within a leg of victory.
Price kept his hopes alive by taking out 80 but Cadby finished the job to maintain his unbeaten record in Minehead, having won the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship final at the Butlin's resort in 2016.
"I'm going to win this," said a typically confident Cadby, who will face Owen in the last four.
"I'm strong enough to let my darts do the talking and it showed in that match. I kept my focus on my doubles and I'm pleased with how I played.
"It really doesn't bother me who I play in the semi-final or the final. I'm here to win."
Owen eased past John Part 10-3 to book his place in the last four, ending the fairytale run which saw the three-time World Champion reach the quarter-finals in a televised singles tournament for the first time since 2012.
Welsh ace Owen's dream debut in the £350,000 tournament continued as he averaged 98.94 and fired in six 180s in a comfortable triumph against the Canadian great.
"I'm really pleased with how I played," said Owen. "I probably had one or two more gears, which bodes well for the semi-finals.
"I could only have dreamt of reaching the semis before this weekend but I'm there now and I'll take it in my stride and see if I can go even further."
The final session of the 2018 Coral UK Open will take place on Sunday evening, with the Anderson and Pallett meeting in the first semi-final before Cadby takes on Owen.
The final will then see a new UK Open champion crowned, who will pocket the £70,000 winner's cheque.

SEMI-FINALS ROUND-UP
GARY ANDERSON and Corey Cadby will meet in the final of the Coral UK Open after the pair ended the hopes of first-time televised semi-finalists David Pallet and Robert Owen in Minehead on Sunday.
Anderson reached his second UK Open final after a 11-7 success against 28-year-old Pallett, who does not currently have a professional Tour Card.
The first three legs all went against the throw as Pallett moved 2-1 ahead with a 64 checkout, which he followed up with a 68 finish to move two legs clear.
Pallett held on to the advantage until the tenth leg when 2010 runner-up Anderson took out 80 to level up - a finish he completed again to lead 8-7.
The Scot then checked out 105 as he reeled off the last four legs to move into the decider.
"If David had have played anything like he had for the rest of the weekend, he would have probably beaten me," said Anderson.
"I didn't play my best but I was pleased to get over the line."
Cadby stormed into his maiden televised ranking final with a crushing defeat of Welshman Owen.
Cadby incredibly raced into a 9-0 lead, landing double top to win each of the first four legs and a 111 finish in leg eight after Owen missed the bull for a 164 checkout.
The Welshman finally won a leg as he pinned double top to to take the tenth but Cadby responded with a brilliant 124 finish on the bull.
Owen landed 120 and 61 checkouts to clinch another two legs but Cadby fired in his fifth 180 and pegged double 18 to complete an 11-4 success.
The final will commence at 9.15pm on Sunday evening.

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