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Cadby Desperate To Make Up For Lost Time

COREY CADBY is aiming to make up for lost time as he makes his return to action at the Melbourne Darts Masters on Friday.

Cadby has been based back in Australia since reaching the Coral UK Open final in March, having won his PDC Tour Card and claimed a UK Open Qualifier in an explosive start to the year.

Having returned to Australia to parry partner Breana, Cadby has also been limited to competing on the DPA's domestic circuit whilst a UK Visa application is processed.

However, Cadby will be competing on home soil at the Hisense Arena this weekend and will also take part in next week's inaugural Brisbane Darts Masters.

The former World Youth Champion is now aiming to use the World Series of Darts double-header in Australia as a chance to relaunch his exciting career.

"I can't wait for the darts in Melbourne to start, as I have lost time to make up," said Cadby, a finalist in the 2017 Auckland Darts Masters.

"I showed in a short space of time that I can compete at the top level and just can't wait to get started once more."
Cadby has won six DPA Australian ProTour titles during his time back in Australia, but added: "It's not been easy just not knowing what is going on, as all the paperwork is in then you don't get told anything.

"The plus point is that I have had my amazing family around me. I got married to my beautiful wife, which was a moment that I will never forget."

The World Series tour continues with the Melbourne Darts Masters this weekend (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.

Melbourne Darts Masters
August 10-12, Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Australia
Competing Players
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Michael Smith, Raymond van Barneveld
Oceanic Representatives: Corey Cadby, Tim Pusey, Raymond Smith, Haupai Puha, Damon Heta, Mike Bonser, Ray O'Donnell, James Bailey

Brisbane Darts Masters
August 17-19, BCEC, Brisbane, Australia
Competing Players
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Michael Smith, Raymond van Barneveld
Oceanic Representatives: Corey Cadby, Tim Pusey, Raymond Smith, Mark Cleaver, Damon Heta, Gordon Mathers, Barry Gardner, Justin Thompson

MvG takes out Auckland

The final night of the 2018 Auckland Darts Masters saw Michael van Gerwen put his name on the title for first time.
In the semi finals Raymond van Barneveld upped his game from the previous round to put Simon Whitlock to the sword by ten games to five.
Both players had held throw early until the fifth leg when van Barneveld broke his opponent after Whitlock failed to convert 142. It looked as though it was a blip in the Wizard’s game though as he went on to break straight back. He could not consolidate in the next leg, though, as Barney checked out 130 for his second lead of the match. Both players then held throw for the next three legs before a 71 check out gave the Dutchman a second break.
Whitlock stole the 12th leg with a 116 check out only for Barney to beat it by two, checking out 118 in the 13th leg. A 121 finish, on the bull, put van Barneveld a leg away from the final and with a 12 darter in the next leg he was through.
In the second semi final Michael van Gerwen came out of the blocks at full speed. He broke his opponent in the second leg and before long had secured a second break of throw. The fifth leg was even more of a step up as MvG left 170 after nine darts. He secured that check out with the required bullseye. He then followed it up in the next leg with a 164 check out. At 6-0 up he then left 170 but this time missed the conversion, although he still won the leg.
After the break MVG moved to an 8-0 lead before Wright won two legs in succession. Van Gerwen then stopped the mini revival with a 68 check out to move within a leg of the final. He failed to convert a 160 in the next leg and Wright stepped up to secure his required 46 check out. The 13th leg was a bridge too far for Wright though and van Gerwen picked up his tenth leg to set up an all Dutch final.
The final itself looked to be going the way of van Gerwen’s semi as he came out of the blocks at full throttle once more. A ten dart start on throw was then followed by a break against the van Barneveld throw. Both players had opportunities in the next leg but it was van Gerwen who took a 3-0 lead. Both players then held throw as MvG took a 4-1 lead into the first break and then secured the next two legs to seemingly secure an impenetrable 6-1 lead.
A third 180 in three legs gave Barney an opportunity in the eighth leg and when van Gerwen missed a dart at tops for the leg his opponent pounced to secure the leg with a double five. He then collected another two legs to close in to 6-4 at the second break. That break came at the perfect time for van Gerwen as he came back out to win two straight legs before checking out 156 and restoring his five leg lead.
Van Gerwen moved to within a leg of the match when he punished van Barneveld for missing a double 16 check out and even though he could not take out another 170 finish, his opponent could not secure the required check out and eventually MvG hit tops for the match.
A glorious edition of the Auckland Darts Masters had finished with a new name on the winner’s trophy, a name etched on many a darts trophy around the world, Michael van Gerwen.

Auckland Darts Masters Night Two

The second night of the Auckland Darts Masters produced some more world class performances as four players moved through to the semi finals, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright.

The first quarter final of the match saw Simon Whitlock go behind early to World Champion Rob Cross before three legs on the trot saw the Wizard take the lead. Another two legs (including an 11 dart seventh leg) to Cross moved him back in front before Whitlock, thanks to his 100% start on the check out darts, secured another three legs in a row.

The Englishman then secured two legs on the trot after Whitlock missed the bull and Cross checked out 78. In leg 13 Whitlock started a run of 180s that would eventually take him to the match. After securing that leg Whitlock missed the bull for a 164 check out and Cross tied the match up at 7-7. Whitlock then moved ahead with a full finish chasing a 126 check out. His opponent then was unable to get to a finish dart chasing just 65 and Whitlock pounced to move within a leg of the match. After another maximum at his second visit to the oche in the next leg Whitlock moved through with confidence, having hit tops to take out the match.

Local hope Mark McGrath then put up a decent fight before succumbing to Raymond van Barneveld, 10 legs to 4. Things started well for McGrath as he managed to hold throw but on his second throw he was broken by his Dutch opponent and after holding throw Barney was quickly 3-1 ahead. McGrath looked to be in trouble but demonstrated his resilience by holding his next throw. He could then have broken his opponent but missed the double 15 and the PDC player punished the miss.

Van Barneveld then won legs either side of the break to lead 6-2. After the Dutchman secured another leg he looked to be moving to a six leg lead until six poor darts let McGrath back into the leg, which he took with both hands after checking out 78. This revival was put out after the Dutchman stole the next leg. Again McGrath did not throw in the towel as he checked a 115. However the lead was too big and after missing the bull to win a fifth leg, the Kiwi had to stand and watch as Barney hit a double 16 with last dart in hand to take out the match.
In a high class third quarter final Michael van Gerwen defeated a slow starting Gary Anderson by ten legs to four.

Van Gerwen’s attitude was clear from the start as he chased a nine darter with seven perfect darts. He then secured a break of throw and was soon five nil up. To that point a 134 was his lowest first visit to the oche. Just before the break the World matchplay champion jumped into gear with two legs, including a 170 to go to the break 5-2 down. Van Gerwen came out after the break and threw a 12 dart leg before quickly adding a further leg to his lead.

Anderson then went on a mini run as he won two games on the trot but the turning point of the match came in the 12th leg when Anderson could have moved to 7-5 but failed to convert 36. Van Gerwen then powered through the next leg to move only one away from the match. More maximums gave both players a chance but Anderson missed the double ten and on his next visit Van Gerwen locked the match up ten legs to four.

In the final quarter final Peter Wright took out the defending champion, Kyle Anderson. The Scotsman came out of the blocks quickly and jumped to a 2-0 lead. With an amazing last dart Anderson got a leg back. After his first two darts had covered the target, a double 8, he had to move very wide but managed to sneak his arrow through. He then had an outside chance of going all square but he could not convert 160 and Wright squeezed a double one home for a 3-1 lead. Anderson then secured the fifth leg and the match went on throw until the break, including “The Original” hitting a treble 1, 25 and bull finish for the seventh leg.

Some powerful throwing from Wright kept him well ahead in the leg after the break and he went 6-3 up after Anderson failed to check out 121 in three visits to the oche. In the tenth leg Anderson required 66 but the Australian had to watch as Wright took out his check out first. Despite missing the bull for the next leg Wright was 8-3 two darts later and yet another double ten finish moved the Snakebite to just a leg away from the match. In the final leg the double ten finish let Wright down but Anderson missed the bull and a couple of darts later the night was over.

Mark McGrath takes win from Smith in Auckland

THE 2018 Auckland Darts Masters presented by TAB and Burger King got underway with a bang as the reigning Shanghai Darts Master Michael Smith was dumped out on day one by Mark McGrath.

The night also saw defending champion Kyle Anderson progress, Rob Cross and Simon Whitlock survive match-darts and Gary Anderson set up a mouthwatering quarter-final clash with Michael van Gerwen. There were also wins for Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld at the Trusts Arena.

It will be a tournament to forget though for the former World Youth Champion Michael Smith as he suffered an early upset at the hands of Mark McGrath in the opening round in Auckland.

Smith who had claimed his first senior televised title in China less than a month before was punished for only hitting 21% of his shots at doubles as McGrath progressed in to the quarter-finals.

The pair exchanged holds of throw until the sixth leg where McGrath broke to take a 4-2 lead.

a 78 checkout from Smith in the next leg saw him break back before levelling again.

A scrappy ninth leg ended with the man from New Zealand pinning double one after a 26-dart leg.

McGrath then delighted the New Zealand crowd, pinning tops to seal the victory.

“It’s the best win of my career but hopefully there are a couple more to come.

“I think Michael was a little under the weather but this is still going to take a little while to sink in,” said McGrath who will now face Raymond van Barneveld in the last eight after the five time world-champion beat Warren Parry 6-4.

In a repeat of their first round clash in Auckland a year earlier, Van Barneveld once again was too strong beating his opponent by the same 6-4 scoreline as 2017.

Four maximum and almost 50% success rate on doubles was enough for the Dutchman in the end as he booked his place in the last eight.

Reigning Auckland Darts Masters champion Kyle Anderson got his campaign to defend his title underway with a 6-4 win against Haupai Puha.

Puha, a former champion golfer, started the better of the pair, racing in to a 3-1 lead before a spirited comeback saw Anderson win five of the final six legs to progress in Auckland.

“I’ll be honest and say I’m having a bit of an issue with my confidence at the moment.

“In the practice room I was playing great but I just couldn’t transfer it to the start of that match,” said Anderson.

“The guys over here are getting better and better and it’s so good to see players from this part of the world improve.

“The opportunity to play on TV is a massive chance to make your family proud and I think that’s why the standard of the qualifiers at TV events is so high now,” concluded the 30-year-old.

Anderson will come up against Peter Wright in the last eight as the Scot made the quarter-finals in Auckland for the third time in four years after a 6-3 win over Tahuna Irwin.

The young man from Gisborne, New Zealand, who will make his first appearance at the World Championship in December at the age of 22 will have gained valuable experience on his big stage debut but the quality of Wright, including a 121 bullseye finish, shone through on the night.

World number one Michael van Gerwen will face newly crowned World Matchplay champion Gary Anderson in the tie of the quarter-finals after beating Cody Harris 6-2.

The two-time World Champion, who missed the World Series event in New Zealand last year due to the birth of his daughter Zoe, was in no mood to be dragged in to a close match after his first round defeat in the Matchplay a week earlier averaged 102.45 in Auckland.

A 120 finish from Van Gerwen was the highlight of the match but almost 55% success rate on double attempts shows the world’s top player means business this weekend.

“I don’t want to lose ever, so when Jeffrey beat me last week it was tough.

“I played well today and didn’t make any mistakes, I can do better but that is a good start,” said Van Gerwen.

Gary Anderson progressed in to the last eight with a 6-3 win over Australian Tim Pusey.

An average of 94 and a 100 checkout was comfortably enough for the Scot who was in control throughout the match to set up a quarter-final encounter with the world number one.

“It will be good to play Michael, we always have great games so I’m looking forward to it.

“It was great to win in Blackpool last week and hopefully I can carry on the run here in New Zealand,” offered Anderson after his victory.

World Champion Rob Cross saw John Hurring miss two-match darts in the deciding leg of their encounter before the Englishman eventually got over the line to set up a quarter-final match with Simon Whitlock

It was another TV debut for one of the Oceanic representatives as Hurring gave himself the chance to beat the world number three in Auckland.

Cross produced a piece of magic in the third leg taking out 150 to move in to the lead but Hurring was able to stick with the 27-year-old pushing the game in to a deciding leg.

The New Zealand thrower left 56 after nine darts but was unable to convert either of his two attempts at tops to move in to the last eight.

“I’ve been impressed with the standard of the qualifiers in the practice room, darts is getting bigger and bigger and the guys over here keep improving,” said Cross.

“I needed a bit of luck tonight but if I come back tomorrow and play as well as I can then I know I’ve got a good chance of doing well,” concluded the champion of the world.

Simon Whitlock also had to survive a match-dart in the opening match of the evening in Auckland as Ben Robb pushed him all the way to a last leg decider at the Trusts Arena.

Robb, who had only found out he had been selected for the event two days ago after a late withdrawal from Corey Cadby, struck finishes of 101 and 124 as he pushed the world number seven all the way to a final leg.

The 29-year-old from New Zealand who was making his television debut had a dart at double 16 to beat the former European Champion but was unable to convert, allowing Whitlock to seal the win on the same target.

“I’m really happy just to have gotten over the line to be honest,” said Whitlock.

“I was told he was a good player so I expected a tough game and I needed a bit of luck in the end.”

The Auckland Darts Masters continues on Saturday with the quarter-final ties taking place in a best of 19 format at the Trusts Arena.

Auckland Darts Masters, Presented by TAB and Burger King
Friday August 3 (7pm local time)
First Round
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Ben Robb
Rob Cross 6-5 John Hurring
Mark McGrath 6-4 Michael Smith
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Warren Parry
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Haupai Puha
Peter Wright 6-3 Tahuna Irwin
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Cody Harris
Gary Anderson 6-3 Tim Pusey

Saturday August 4 (7pm)
Quarter-Finals
Rob Cross v Simon Whitlock
Mark McGrath v Raymond van Barneveld
Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright v Kyle Anderson
Best of 19 legs

Kyle ready to defend title

KYLE ANDERSON will start the defence of his title with a clash against Haupai Puha at the Trusts Arena as the 2018 Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB and Burger King, gets underway.

Anderson beat Corey Cadby to lift his first TV title back in 2017 and will be searching for more success as the PDC’s World Series of Darts continues down under with events in Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane.

After beating Gary Anderson in the opening round last year, the Australian then saw off Simon Whitlock, James Wade and Cadby to lift the title.

“It’s been hard to keep up with what happened to be honest, as it was such an emotional rollercoaster at the time,” said Kyle on his achievement.

“It meant a hell of a lot - I had friends I hadn’t seen for ten years watching me in the crowd, and to perform in front of them was something special.

“I am looking forward to this one, I feel good and I’m hoping that comes out on stage.”

His opponent, 33-year-old Puha, is no stranger to professional sport having previously been a professional Golfer on New Zealand and Australian Pro-Am circuit.

Peter Wright faces 21-year-old hot prospect Tahuna Irwin in the opening round at the Trusts Arena.

Irwin, who has also qualified for the World Darts Championship in December, was a spectator at the 2017 Auckland Darts Masters which he states motivated him towards qualification this year.

“When I was there, the atmosphere was amazing and that inspired me to want to get up there - and here I am now.

“I hope to just be the best I can, I don’t want to be wasting the time that I have.

“I’m very excited to play Peter, to test myself and experience everything before the World Championship.

“Win or lose, I am still happy that I even got there. But of course the goal is to win - and I know I have the talent to do that, I just have to use it.”

Michael van Gerwen’s bid to get back to winning ways starts with a clash against Cody Harris.

32-year-old Harris is well known in the PDC ranks, having played previously at the World Darts Championship and UK Open.

Gary Anderson, who won the BetVictor World Matchplay on Sunday (July 29), will conclude the first round against Australian Tim Pusey.

Following the withdrawal of Cadby due to visa issues, Ben Robb - third on the Dart Players New Zealand rankings - steps in to face Simon Whitlock in the opening game of the competition.

Michael Smith, the most recent winner on the World Series of Darts in Shanghai, faces 50-year-old Mark McGrath.

World Champion Rob Cross, a finalist in both Shanghai and Las Vegas, will be looking to go one better as he takes on Christchurch native John Hurring.

And in a rematch of the first round in 2017, Raymond van Barneveld takes on 54-year-old Warren Parry.

Tickets are still available for all three days of the 2018 Auckland Darts Masters

Auckland Darts Masters, Presented by TAB and Burger King
Friday August 3 (7pm local time)
First Round
Simon Whitlock v Ben Robb
Rob Cross v John Hurring
Michael Smith v Mark McGrath
Raymond van Barneveld v Warren Parry
Kyle Anderson v Haupai Puha
Peter Wright v Tahuna Irwin
Michael van Gerwen v Cody Harris
Gary Anderson v Tim Pusey

Draw Bracket
(1) Rob Cross v John Hurring
Simon Whitlock v Ben Robb
(4) Michael Smith v Mark McGrath
Raymond van Barneveld v Warren Parry
(2) Gary Anderson v Tim Pusey
Michael van Gerwen v Cody Harris
(3) Peter Wright v Tahuna Irwin
Kyle Anderson v Haupai Puha

BIG-STAGE DEBUT FOR ROBB AS CADBY MISSES AUCKLAND DARTS MASTERS

BEN ROBB will make his World Series of Darts debut in the Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King, following the withdrawal of Corey Cadby.

2017 Auckland Darts Masters runner-up Cadby has pulled out of this year's Trusts Arena event after being unable to travel to New Zealand due to a delay in a visa application.

The former World Youth Champion will be replaced in the 16-player field for this weekend's tournament by Ben Robb, the third-placed player on the DartPlayers New Zealand rankings.

Canterbury's Robb has never previously competed in a televised event, but was the runner-up to Haupai Puha in a DPNZ event earlier this year and has also previously lost to Warren Parry and Mark McGrath in finals on the domestic circuit.

The 29-year-old will take on one of the eight PDC stars, who include new World Matchplay champion Gary Anderson, world number one Michael van Gerwen and World Champion Rob Cross, in Friday's first round at the Trusts Arena.

The World Series of Darts event then continues with the quarter-finals on Saturday and the semi-finals and final on Sunday.

Tickets for the Auckland Darts Masters - which will be held from August 3-5 at the Trusts Arena - are available through www.ticketek.co.nz.

Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King

Competing Players

PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Michael Smith, Raymond van Barneveld

Oceanic Representatives: Cody Harris, Warren Parry, Haupai Puha, Tim Pusey, Tahuna Irwin, Mark McGrath, John Hurring, Ben Robb

Damon Heta a threat in Melbourne

KYLE Anderson says fellow West Australian Damon Heta will be the one to watch at the much-anticipated Melbourne and Brisbane Darts Masters tournaments next month.
Heta qualified for both events on the same day at the qualifying tournament in Warilla, NSW, earlier this week and Anderson, who is the only Australian to win a World Series of Darts title, says all the qualifiers have the chance to upset the top professionals in the world but backed Heta as the likely standout
“Any player that has got through can do well,” Anderson, who defeated compatriot Corey Cadby to win the Auckland Darts Masters last year, said.
“But from what I see this year Damon Heta is the man to watch.
“He has been at the top of his game for years and he used to be my juniors pairs partner, so I know what he is capable of and how he handles the pressure.”
A former DPA Australian singles champion, Heta, from Perth, will return to the TV stage in Melbourne and Brisbane after previously competing in the 2014 Sydney Darts Masters and the Auckland Darts Masters in 2016.
He denied world championship qualifier Gordon Mathers a place in the Melbourne event with a 6-4 victory and then defeated veteran David Platt 6-3 to make it to the Brisbane tournament.
Mathers made up for his defeat by qualifying for his home event in Brisbane later in the week.
The qualifiers will take on the top PDC professionals in the world in Melbourne and Brisbane, including world No.1 Michael van Gerwen, reigning world champion Rob Cross, two-time world champion Gary Anderson plus homegrown stars Anderson and Simon Whitlock.

The Melbourne Darts Masters will be held from August 10-12 at Hisense Arena with the Brisbane Masters to run from August 17-19 at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre.

Australian World Series of Qualifiers Finalised

An exciting week of qualifiers at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club on the beautiful south coast of NSW has culminated in the final positions of the PDC World Series of Darts 2018 Australian events being filled.
For the running of the second Melbourne Darts Masters invitee Corey Cadby has been joined by Raymond Smith and Tim Pusey (both of whom had already qualified through the DPA season). They have been joined by DPNZ Qualifier Haupai Puha and the winners of this weeks qualifiers, Damon Heta, Mike Bonser, Ray O’Donnell and James Bailey.
Heta was a recent runners up in the Perth Premier League of Darts whilst the other three are veterans of the darts circuit in Australia. The line up demonstrates the widespread appeal of darts in Australia with the players having represented Victoria, NSW, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia in the DPA Australasian Championships and one player was born in Tasmania.
All the Australian qualifiers, bar Cadby and Heta, will be making their World Series of Darts debuts but have strong darts acumen behind them. Competition has been fierce for these positions with over 300 entrants playing out the season events and around 70 players being part of this weeks qualifiers each day.
The inaugural Brisbane Darts Masters will also see Cadby, Smith and Pusey participate, as will Heta who won two events on the one day of qualifiers to make the main stage for both events. DPNZ Qualifier Mark Cleaver will also join the field. The other three positions were snapped up by local Queensland star, and PDC World Championship entrant, Gordon Mathers, Perth Premier League of Darts winner Barry Gardner, and former Lakeside entrant Justin Thompson.
With two Queenslanders taking to the big stage, in Smith and Mathers, the locals are sure to be vocal in their support of their fellow Queenslanders as they, along with the other qualifiers, take on the some of the worlds best players.

Thompson Triumphs to take up the last spot in Brisbane

Justin Thompson played just one day of qualifiers but left his mark by securing the final spot for the debut of the PDC World Series of Darts events in Brisbane. Another elimination leg was required to separate two protagonists as Thompson defeated fellow Victorian Rhys Mathewson 6-5.

The board winners were Rhys Mathewson (over Jeremy Fagg), Mark Smyth (over Ray O’Donnell), Chippy Miller (over Jerry Weyman), Alex Evans (over Matt Clarke), Mike Bonser (over Mick Lacey), Steve Macarthur (over Darren Wolter Gumley), Justin Thompson (over Koha Kokiri) and Jake Devries (over Mark Taafe.)

In the final eight Mathewson returned to some good form, defeating Smyth 5-1. Alex Evans upset a very consistent Chippy Miller 5-3. Steve MacArthur defeated Melbourne bound Mike 5-3 and Justin Thompson showed his class in a 5-1 win over Devries. Mathewson continued his good for in the semi finals with a 5-2 win over Alex Evans and set up a final clash against fellow Victorian Justin Thompson who defeated MacArthur 3-5, preventing the Queenslander from being on stage at his local event.

The final started well for Thompson as he won the bull to throw first forcing Mathewson to break him to take the match. Thompson opened with a 100 but on his second visit Mathewson hit a maximum. A 125 response from Thommo had him well and truly in the leg although it was Mathewson who had first shot at a check out. With Thompson needing 50 Mathewson was unable to convert 121 (leaving 32) and Thompson took out the leg.
A poor start of 59 for Mathewson was pounced on by Thompson with a 140. Thompson scored 100 when chasing 148 but with Mathewson far behind on the leg he got another visit to the oche but missed his check out. Mathewson could not convert 100, leaving tops, and Thompson was able to hit the required target with his last dart in hand. 2-0 to Thompson.
The next leg started well for Mathewson with a 135 and two 140 visits but Thompson threw good consistent numbers to stay in the leg. Both players required 86 but Mathewson got it at the first attempt to get the break back off his opponent. Mathewson then opened with 100 which was matched by his opponent. Thompson then moved ahead by 75 points but missed a chance to leave a check out after his next visit. A 140 left 80 for Thompson as Mathewson moved from 180 to 80. Thompson left twenty as Mathewson held throw with last dart in hand. 2-2.
Thommo opened the next leg with 45 whilst a 134 demonstrated a mini momentum shift to Mathewson. Thompson had to do something to stifle this and he did so by throwing a maximum. A second 180 in consecutive visits set Thompson up for the leg but he failed to convert 96. With Mathewson unable to take out a huge 167, missing the bull, Thompson hit tops with his next dart.
The sixth leg started out close but mid leg a maximum to Mathewson left him on 128. He had six darts to complete the score and used them all to do so. The match was tied at three legs each.
Thompson and Mathewson traded some big visits midway through the seventh leg but a 171 from Mathewson left him with a 132 checkout. He was unable to convert this and then had to watch as Thompson checked out 105 to hold throw. After nine darts of the next leg Mathewson was on 127 and with a 95 visit left himself 32. He secured it with the last dart in hand on his next visit. 4-4 and both players had to hold their nerve.
Thompson showed all his experience by opening the next leg with a 140 and then backed it up with another. Eventually he took the leg out (it did take another 16 darts and along the way Mathewson missed the bull to steal the leg.) A 60 opening from his opponent gave Thompson a chance to take the match in this leg and he took it by scoring 140. His next visit was not as comprehensive but a 136 left him on 170 as Mathewson sat on 101. 134 from Thompson left the pressure on Mathewson but he showed great character in converting it to move the match into an elimination leg.
Thompson started with an 83 and Mathewson opened with 140. Thompson then hit two maximums in a row to leave 58 and he hit it in style with the first two darts of his next visit.
Justin Thompson therefore secured the last place in the Darts ANZ World Series of Darts Brisbane event.

Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier 4 Updates

Board 1
Steve Fitzpatrick BYE
Rhys Mathewson 5-2 Ash Britt
Jeremy Fagg BYE
Lucas Gray v Nathan Simpson

Board 2
Mal Cuming 3-5 Raymond Odonnell
Kevin Luland v Craig Edwards
Mick McCreedie BYE
Evan Lane v Mark Smyth

Board 3
James Macdonald BYE
Chippy Miller v John Bunyard
Anton Soc BYE
Jerry Weyman v Paul Hill

Board 4
Jen Lange BYE
Leanne Shooter v Matt Clarke
Stephen Schmitt BYE
Alex Evans v John Riley

Board 5
Cody Harris BYE
Sean Haskenscheid 2-5 Mick Lacey
Lucas Cameron BYE
Mike Bonser v Pat Dargan

Board 6
Steve Macarthur BYE
Mat Leahy 5-4 Colin Edwards
Shane Harris BYE
Darren Wolter Gumley v Jess Smiley

Board 7
Clayton Collins BYE
Koha Kokiri 5-1 Jake Howie
Justin Thompson BYE
James Bailey BYE

Board 8
Darrell Logue BYE
Mark Taafe 0-5 Jack Sinclair
Jack Davies BYE
Loz Ryzer BYE

WORLD SERIES OF DARTS QUALIFIERS

The DPA's World Series of Darts Qualifiers continue Wednesday at the Warilla Bowls and recreation Club, Warilla NSW
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

GARDNER WINS BRISBANE QUALIFIER

Barry Gardner qualified for the Darts ANZ World Series of Darts event in Brisbane after defeating Koha Kokiri in the third qualifying final at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club by six legs to three.
In the board finals Barry Gardner defeated Rhys Mathewson 5-3, Colin Edwards defeated Steve MacArthur 5-2, Lucas Cameron defeated Paul Cotton 5-3, Koha Kokiri 5-1 over Mike Bonser, Mat Leahy 5-3 over Steve Fitsimmons, Cody Harris 5-2 over Kerry Allen, David Platt 5-0 over Andrew Eagers, and Mark Smyth over James Bailey.
That left some top class head to head clashes in the quarter finals as Barry Gardner defeated Edwards 5-1, Mark Smyth took out Cameron 5-2, Koha Kokiri eliminated Leahy 5-1, and Cody Harris whitewashed Platt.
In an all Kiwi semi-final Koha Kokiri took a 4-1 lead but Cody Harris drew level after eight legs. In the final leg Kokiri broke the throw of Harris and took out the match 5-4. The other match was much more comprehensive with Barry Gardner winning 5-1 over Smyth.
The final saw Gardner score a maximum with his second visit to the oche and tops with his first dart on sixth visit gave him the first leg. In the second leg Kokiri took an early lead but was unable to check out 104 or 78 and Gardner took two darts to take out 85 to take a break in the match. The third leg saw three century plus visits from Gardner in a row and he comfortably took a 3-0 lead.
The fourth leg saw Gardner take a lead and although he was unable to take out 157 his opponent could not convert 138 and with 2 darts on his next visit Gardner checked out 32. The fifth leg saw nerves kick in for both players and both players had multiple chances to take the leg until Gardner checked out twenty and put himself one leg from victory.
Kokiri had nothing to lose and opening the next leg he threw more consistently and took the leg. In leg 7 both players opened with 140 but a pair of 100s later in the leg put Kokiri ahead and he checked out 30 to move to a 5-2 score line. He also held his next throw easily and momentum seemed to be in his favour as Gardner opened leg 9 with a 58. However critically Kokiri only matched that score and then Gardner through a 140. It put Gardner well enough ahead that he could set up 40 for the win and with his first dart at that target he was the victor.
Thus Barry Gardner, champion of the Perth Premier League of Darts from 2018, qualified for an even grander stage at the Darts ANZ World Series of Darts Brisbane leg. For Kokiri it was his second loss in a final on the same day.

Broken Hill’s Ray O’Donnell has qualified for the Darts ANZ World Series of Darts

Broken Hill’s Ray O’Donnell has qualified for the Darts ANZ World Series of Darts event in Melbourne after defeating Koha Kokiri in the third qualifying final for the event.
The board winners had been Marshall Allen (5-3 over Sean Hafkensheid), Mark Smyth (5-0 over Daniel Sim), Ray O’Donnell (5-3 over Barb Smyth), Mick Lacey (5-1 over Jerry Weymann), Cody Harris (5-2 over Rhys Mathewson), Kerry Allen (5-3 over Dave Platt), Koha Kokiri (5-3 over James Bailey), and Loz Ryder (5-3 over John Bunyard.)
In the quarters Smyth lost to O’Donnell (2-5), Lacey was whitewashed by Harris, Kerry Allen lost to Kokiri (2-5), and Marshall Allen lost to Loz Ryder (5-1). The first semi-final was a top class affair as O’Donnell defeated Cody Harris in the ninth and final leg whilst Koha Kokiri defeated Loz Ryder 5-2.
In the final the match started well for Kokiri as he took the first leg, although it did take three visit to the oche to get the checkout required. Under some scoring pressure from his opponent O’Donnell was able to hold throw with a bull finish to tie the match up after two legs. In the next leg Kokiri was unable to check out 100 but O’Donnell let him back to the oche after not converting 115. It was an opportunity Kokiri took as he went to a 2-1 lead, on throw.
O’Donnell took a clear lead in the next leg and comfortably held throw. The fifth leg started well for Kokiri as he opened with a maximum. Despite some low scoring after that he managed to get a check out first and he put away 56 to take another lead in the match. O’Donnell then opened with 100 which was bettered by his opponent with a 121 start. Further in a 140 put O’Donnell back in the leg as 140 was not converted by Kohiri. Chasing 76 O’Donnell left twenty, Kokiri could still not put the score away and with his first dart on the next visit O’Donnell had tied the match up once more.
Leg seven saw Kokiri needing 105 but only scoring 73 as O’Donnell then tried to shoot down 147. He left 50 which he must have thought he would never have another shot at but Kokiri failed on his next visit and with his following two darts O’Donnell took the first break of the match to lead 4-3.
A 45 opening in the next leg from O’Donnell gave his opponent a chance to hit back and he did so with a 140. Kokiri had an outside chance of a 156 finish but could not get it and chasing 60 O’Donnell took the next leg 5-3. Throwing first in the next leg it was do or die for Kokiri and he opened with a century. It seemed to be going wrong when O’Donnell then stepped up and secured a 180 and then a 140, following it up with a 100. Despite this Kokiri was able to stay close and when O’Donnell failed to convert 81 on two visits his opponent pounced to take the leg.
Having won a leg he had no right to Kokiri managed to break the throw of his opponent in the next leg to take the match to a deciding leg. Both players seemed nervous in the leg but it was O’Donnell who first check out chance with 101 on offer. He only scored 57 so Kokiri stepped up requiring 66. He missed a match double to only get 48. Requiring 44 O’Donnell needed all three darts but managed to get what was required of him with Kokiri standing behind him ready to pounce on any error.
Having played in the Prodarts Series in January this year O’Donnell now faces an even greater challenge on the Darts ANZ World Series of Darts main stage in Melbourne.

Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier 3 Updates

Board 1
Theo Greyling v Ray Odonnell
Clayton Collins v Rhys Mathewson
Jack Sinclair v Barry Gardner
Mick Lacey BYE

Board 2
Brendon McCausland v Kevin Luland
Jake Howie v Steve Macarthur
Colin Edwards v Alex Evens
Jessica Smiley BYE

Board 3
Lucas Cameron v Mal Cuming
Stefan Cubrilovic v Loz Ryder
Darren Lane v James Mcdonald
Paul Cotton BYE

Board 4
James Bailey v Jen Lange
Barb Smyth v Craig Edwards
Craig Prizeman v Marshall Allen
Mark Smyth BYE

Board 5
Koha Kokiri v Jack Devries
Dave Marland v James Doherty
Mike Bonser v Pat Dargan
Leanne Shooter BYE

Board 6
Jerry Weyman v Steve Fitzpatrick
Sapphire Allen v Chippy Miller
Mat Leahy v John Riley
Darren Wolter Gumley BYE

Board 7
Kerry Allen v Matt Clarke
Sean Hafkensheid v Jeremy Fagg
Anton Soc v Stephen Schmitt
Cody Harris BYE

Board 8
Mick Mccreedie v Evan Lane
David Platt v Lucas Grey
Daniel v Nathan Simpson
Sonny Turner v Andrew Eagers

Day 3 World Series of Darts Qualifers

Day 3 of the World Series of Darts Qualifiers continues at the home of Australian Darts , Warilla Bowls and recreation Club
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A Real Bonanza for Mike and Mathers

2017 PDC World Championships Australian representative GG Mathers of Team Rebel will be returning to the World Series of Darts stage in 2018, but this time in his home state’s debut event of the series after he overcame David Platt in the second qualifier for the Brisbane event.
Earlier in the day the board finals were taken out by Barry Gardner (5-3 over Shane Wolter), Mal Cuming (5-3 over Mick Lavey), Brendon McClausland (5-3 over Mat Leahy), GG Mathers (over Steve Fitzpatrick), James Bailey (5-2 over James Doherty), 8 Marland (5-3 over Cody Harris), David Platt (5-0 over Craig Prizeman) and Jack Devries (5-4 over Jeremy Fagg.)
The quarter final affairs were very different affairs with Bailey defeating Marland in the ninth and final leg whilst GG Mathers defeated McClausland 5-0. Cuming defeated Gardner 5-3 to make his second semi final of the day and David Platt securing his match 5-2 over Jack Devries.
It was the two losing finalists from Sunday’s qualifiers that made it to the final after Mathers defeated Cuming 5-1 in the semi final and Platt eliminated James Bailey, 5-3 being that final score.
In the final the first leg saw Platt have a dart at breaking his opponent but he missed the early chance and sitting on 10 watched as Mathers secured the leg with his last dart in hand. Platt then took an early lead on his own throw but Mathers was able to hit a 140 to move to 66 although he was not able to convert on his next visit and this time Platt was able to hold the leg with two darts collecting the required 100.
A 140 opening from GG in the next leg saw him open up his own early lead. Within 12 darts he had shots at doubles for the leg and although he did not make them on his first visit Mathers was well enough ahead to come back again and secure the leg with his first dart of the next visit. GG edged slightly ahead after two visits each on the next leg but was not able to hold it as both players sat on 181. With a 133 Platt moved into favouritism for the leg and he took on his next visit to the oche. The match was level after four legs.
Good scoring from both players in the next leg soon sat them on check outs. GG missed out on 129 and Platt also missed with his chance of 147. The 24 Mathers had left was cleaned up on his next visit to take a lead once more. In leg 6 Platt took a comfortable lead and a 180 left him on 20. Despite his opponent gaining 180 as well it looked as though Platt would take the leg but he missed out on the next visit and Mathers took full advantage at his next time on the oche to move to a two leg lead for the first time in the match, 4 legs to 2.
With GG on 70 Platt chased a 130 check out to break straight back but left tops only to watch Mathers take out the required 70 to go 5-2 up in the match. A 140 start on his throw gave Platt some confidence and another similar visit later in the leg moved him to a 120 Shanghai target. Platt had two mote unsuccessful visits before finally winning the leg. It was 5-3 to Mathers as he had the throw for the match. Some early heavy scoring in the leg gave Mathers the upper hand and despite missing out on a 167 check out he was able to come up on the next visit and throw his third dart for the match. He was unable to convert but with Platt unable to score the 126 required Mathers took out the final with his next dart.
For Platt it was his second loss in the final of the Brisbane Qualifiers in two days whilst Mathers made amends for his loss in the first qualifying final for the Melbourne Darts ANZ World Series of Darts event.

A Real Bonanza for Mike
Mike Bonser was a popular winner of the second qualification tournament for Darts ANZ World Series of Darts Melbourne event as he overcame Mal Cuming 6-3 in the final.
Earlier in the day David Platt had lost to Bonser in the board final and fellow Perth Premier League player Barry Gardner had lost to Cuming at the same time. Other winners of board finals included James Bailey (over Lucas Cameron), Loz Ryder (over Ray O’Donnell), Stephen Schmitt (over John Riley), Dave Marland (over Mick Lacey), Paul Cotton (over Jack Sinclair) and Stefan Cubrolvic (over Craig Prizeman.)
The last eight saw Bonser defeat James Bailey 5-2 and Cuming beat Dave Marland 5-4. There opponents in the semis were Paul Cotton (who won 5-4 over Stehan Cubrolvic) and Stephen Schmitt (5-4 over Loz Ryder.) The semis both finished 5-2 (Bonser over Schmitt and Cuming over Cotton.)
In the final it was Bonser who opened first but Cuming broke straight away. He was unable to hold throw in the next leg despite having multiple darts to close the leg and the match was back on throw after two legs. The next leg saw Bonser hold throw although it took him three visits to check it out. He then had one dart at tops for the next leg but did not hit the target and Cumins pounced on his next visit to the Oche to tie the match up once more.
Bonser held throw in the fifth leg hitting double 8 with his 16th dart. It then took Cuming 14 darts to move the match back into parity. Leg seven was critical as both player had multiple chances at the leg but in the end Bonser held his nerve, and his throw to move out to a lead he would never sacrifice. Despite a maximum in the next leg from Cuming, Bonser’s consistent high scoring in the leg put him in good stead after Cuming failed to convert 94. Bonser took out the required 50 with his last dart in hand to lead 5-3 and move to within a leg of the match. In leg 9 Bonser did not give Cuming a shot at a check out and with a double ten was able to secure the match 6-3 and qualification for Melbourne.
Having been such a big part of the game of darts in NSW, Bonser’s win was popular amongst the local NSW players.

Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier 2 Latest

The Draw for the Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier 2 has been completed

Board 1
Kevin Luland v Bye
Shane Wolter v Bye
Mark Smyth v Mike Bonser
Lucas Cameron v Barry Gardner

Board 2
Jack Sinclair v Paul Cotton
Nathan Simpson v Mal Cuming
John Bunyard v Colin Edwards
Mick Lacey v Stefan Cubrilovic

Board 3
Sean Hafkenscheid v Stephan Schmitt
Loz Ryder v Brendan McClaussland
Lucas Gray v John Riley
Mat Leahy v Mark Taafe

Board 4
Terrance Insley v GG Mathers
Sonny Turner v Greg Major
Pat Dargan v Steve Fitzpatrick
Darren Wolter Gumley v Jen Lange

Board 5
Matt Clarke v James Bailey
Koha Kokiri v Ray O'Donnell
Leanne Shooter v Alex Evans
Theo Greyling v James Doherty

Board 6
Anton Soc v Cody Harris
Evan Lane v Jerry Weyman
James McDonald v Dave Marland
Jake Howie v Paul Hill

Board 7
Jess Smiley v Clayton Collins
Craig Prizeman v Mick McCreadie
Dave Platt v Jamie Roger
Chippy Miller v Rhys Mathewson

Board 8
Ash Britt v Daniel Sim
Jack Devries v Andrew Eagers
Steve MacArthur v Bye
Jeremy Fagg v Bye

DAY 2 WORLD SERIES OF DARTS QUALIFIERS

Day 2 of the World Series of Darts continues today at Warilla Bowls and recreation club
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WORLD SERIES OF DARTS BRISBANE QUALIFER

Heta Doubles up his success on Day One of Qualifiers
The first qualifier for the Darts ANZ World Series of Darts event in Brisbane went to Damon Heta as he repeated his success in the first qualifier for Melbourne. This final saw Heta defeat David Platt 6-3.
The earlier board finals were won by Raymond O’Donnell (5-4 over Zinzan Culshaw), Loz Ryder (5-4 over Lucas Cameron), Chippy Miller (5-2 over Ash Britt), James Bailey (5-2 over Rhys Mathewson), Anton Soc (5-4 over fellow West Australian Barry Gardner), John Bunyard (5-3 over Andrew Eagers), David Platt (5-1 over GG Mathers), and Damon Heta (5-3 over Kevin Luland.)
In the quarter finals Platt defeated Bunyard 5-3, with Miller replicating that scoreline over Ryder. O’Donnell defeated Bailey in the last leg of nine. The most comprehensive result was Heta’s 5-1 win over Soc. The semi finals saw Platt win 5-3 over ODonnell and Heta came from 2-3 behind to win the last three legs on the trot and take the match 5-3.
The final saw David Platt open with a maximum against the throw and he consolidated his good stat by hitting double 20 for the first leg. Damon Heta then matched Platt’s early effort by scoring a maximum in his first visit to the oche on his opponents throw. Platt had a chance to win the leg but left 32 and Heta punishe him by securing double 18 for the leg.
Heta then opened with 180 and two visits later Platt matched him. This leg Heta was not going to give Platt a chance as he checked out 128 for a 2-1 leg lead. In the 4th leg Heta hit another 180 to move to 58 and on his next visit he had secured a break against his opponent (3-1.) He then opened with a 134 and 100 before Platt hit another maximum. Platt tried to check out 131 but could only score 119 to leave 12. Heta took full advantage again by securing the required 28 for a 4-1 lead.
Platt then opened with another maximum and high scoring saw the match move quickly through this leg. With a 133 Platt left 58 and watched as a 100 left his opponent on 76. With his next two darts Platt secured his second leg. (4-2)
In leg 7 Heta had another 180 opening and with a 138 later in the leg moved to 128. Platt then secured a 140 to leave 167. Heta chased 128 but only got 41 to leave 87. Platt then moved from 167 to 137 before Heta scored 47 to leave tops. Platt then scored 97 to leave tops himself but Heta got it first with the initial dart of his next visit and moved to within a leg of the match at 5-2.
Platt then opened with a 100 and was the first to get a chance to check the leg out but only scored 60 to leave 100. His opponent then missed two chances for the match as Platt on his next visit missed his chance and left double 20 for the leg. Heta then missed all three at tops as Platt secured a 5-3 scoreline with his first dart of his next visit.
Both players had lower starts in the next leg but a 140 and 180 seemed to put Platt in a better place until 145 left Heta on 36. Platt could not get a 131 check out and left himself on 93 as Heta left 18. Platt missed a double 16 for the leg on his next visit and instead left that 32 as Heta stepped up and took out the double 18 with his next dart to take out the match 6-3.
The final was another classy affair as Platt hit 6 maximums to Heta’s 4, although Heta made an average of 101.09 compared to his opponent’s 98.59 excellent average. The most important statistic was Heta’s 6 legs to Platt’s 3 which secured him another appearance on the PDC stage, this time in Brisbane’s Darts ANZ World Series of Darts debut event.

WORLD SERIES OF DARTS MELB QUALIFER 1

Heta turns up the heat to qualify for the Darts ANZ World Darts Series Melbourne Event.
In the first Darts ANZ World Darts Series Qualifier final for Melbourne it was Western Australia’s Damon Heta who defeated Queensland’s GG Mathers 6-4. There were 67 entries at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club.
In the board finals Jack Devries defeated Steve Macarthur 5-1, Colin Edwards beat Jeremy Fagg 5-2, Damon Heta outlasted Raymond O’Donnell 5-4, Stephen Schmitt overcame Pat Dargan 5-0, Mal Cuming took out Ash Britt 5-3, GG Mathers secured a comprehensive 5-1 result over Mick Lacey, Lucas Cameron edged out Kalani Hillman 5-4 and Koha Kokiri whitewashed local Brian McCann 5-0.
In the quarter finals there were two white washes as Heta and Kokiri won 5-0 over Schmitt and Cameron respectively. The other two quarters finished 5-3 with wins for Colin Edwards (over Jack Devries) and GG Mathers (over Mal Cuming.) The semis were very different affairs as Heta won 5-0 over Edwards and Mathers overcoming Kokiri in the final leg to win 5-4.
In the final Mathers started with the opening throw and scored 60 whilst Heta opened with 140. With Heta on Shanghai (120) GG checked out 62 to collect the first leg on throw. Heta then opened his throw with a maximum (180) and quickly moved to 64. Mathers was on 170 but failed to collect the big target but Heta could only move from 54 to 10. Mathers then secured the double 18 on his first attempt to take a 2-0 lead with a break. The following leg saw Mathers move to 220 with a maximum of 180. Chasing 81 for the win Heta then hit the bull to get the break back. He then opened with another maximum and a follow up 134 left the West Australian in prime position for the leg. With Mathers sitting on 101 Heta hit the 72 required thanks to a double 12 with his last dart in hand to tie the match up after four legs.
GG started the fifth leg with a 140 to steady the ship and good scoring left him on 72. However Heta piled the pressure on by collecting 131 to move to 36. 32 left GG on tops but a double 18 with his second dart moved Damon ahead on legs for the first time in the match, with the scoreline reading 3-2.
The next leg saw Heta start with 140 and after two visits to the oche both players were equal. 100 from Damon moved him to 161 as GG moved to 138 with a 123. However he was not to revisit the oche that leg as Heta checked out the 161 to move to 4-2. A 140 start on throw saw Mathers quickly move through the next leg and 140 left him on 54. He had to again watch as Heta chased a big check out but he missed the double 12 to give Mathers the chance to win the leg and GG took full advantage by taking out 54 and moving to within one leg of parity.
Throwing his worst start of the match to that point, a 60, Heta gave GG the chance to take an early lead and he did so with a 134 start. With GG sitting on 104 Heta hit a maximum to put pressure on his opponent (moving to 104) but with a bull finish Mathers checked out 127. The match was again equal on legs, this time 4-4. GG then opened with two visits of 60 in the ninth leg on throw but Heta could not take full advantage. A 180 seemed to get Mathers back in the groove as he moved to 201. With Damon on 184 an 89 from Mathers left him on 52. A 144 left the WA player on tops as Mathers missed with his two darts for the leg. With his last dart in hand Heta hit double 10 for the break and a 5-4 lead.
Heta then opened the next leg with 104 but Mathers upped it with a 180 visit. Later in the leg Heta moved to 161 with 100 as 140 from his opponent saw GG move to 85. Chasing 161 Heta missed his first shot at treble 20 but still managed to score 137. He then stood back to watch Mathers miss tops for the leg with his last dart. Heta then scored the required 24 on his next visit to take the leg and the match, 6 legs to 4. Heta averaged 99.69 for the match whilst Mathers averaged 98.11 in a match of the very highest quality.
It had been a match of shifted momentum but it was Heta who held his nerve at the last to make the stage at the Hisense Arena Melbourne.

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