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Harrows DPA Pro Tour Update

The Harrows DPA Pro tour hit the border country this weekend as Barooga Sporties hosted the tour for the very first time. After keen interest from locals and the media over the previous week the events finally kicked off on Friday night and delivered on the promise of world class darts.
Weekend Event One
Surprise packet Peter Sutton made it all the way through to the quarter finals where he met Pro Tour leader Damon Heta. Heta had to fight hard as he lost the opening leg on his own throw before breaking back immediately. There were then two more breaks before Heta hit double 16 with his opponent sitting on 156 to hold throw for the first time in the match. Sutton then held throw with a 14 dart leg before Heta upped the ante with a 12 dart leg. The 8th leg was critical as Sutton moved from 177 to 40 before Heta hit double 10 to grab the leg. Heta was in for a shock as on throw in the next leg both players failed to take darts for the leg before Sutton broke the Heta throw and move within a leg of his opponent. He was unable to hold his throw in what would be the last leg of the match though, the final score 6-4 to Heta.
In the last events at Dubbo Ben Robb and Steve Fitzpatrick had gone head to head on several occasions and it was to continue in this event. It was Robb who took the early leads, 2-0 and then 4-2, and with wins in the 8th and 9th leg he was able to move through to the semi finals of the competition. The match between Queenslanders James Bailey and Robbie King was a classic, and a tight affair at that. After five legs the players had held throw throughout but in the sixth leg King was able to break Baileys’ throw before collecting a 12 dart leg where he averaged 125.3 to lead 5-2 and be just one leg away from the semi finals. However Bailey is not someone to ever think himself defeated and in the next three legs he averaged 100.2 and hit 15 dart legs each time to move the match back into parity. He still had a lot to do though as King had the darts in the deciding leg. King started strongly but followed up with two poorer visits and then watched as Bailey hit a maximum (only The Bull’s second and the fourth of the match in total.) A 140 left King needing tops which he had a shot at after Bailey was unable to convert 62. King failed to make his target and left himself requiring 20 but he did not have another throw at it as Bailey secured the match on his next visit with last dart in hand.
The final quarter final saw two players from Team Kiwi DPA / DPNZ face off as Koha Kokiri put the cleaners through Haupai Puha six legs to one with Puha unable to secure a leg after holding his throw in the very first one. Leg five was completed by Kokiri in 11 darts, with visits of 100, 180, 145 and a 76 conversion in two darts.
The semi finals saw three players from Team Kiwi and one from Team Misfits. James Bailey and Koha Kokiri had an inter team play off with Bailey seeing his opening throw broken and his opponent holding his throw to move to an early two leg lead. In a theme reminiscent of the previous round Bailey then went unbeaten for the rest of the match, turning a 0-2 deficit into a 6-2 victory. He started the run with a 121 check out and hit the highlight reel with a 12 dart leg to take the lead for the first time in the match (100, 125, 180 and a 96 check out.)
In the other semi final Robb took out the table topping Heta by the same scoreline. Heta actually broke the Robb throw in leg one but his Kiwi opponent returned the favour in leg two before moving ahead with a ten dart leg (visits of 180 and 177 leaving Robb on a nine darter which he was unable to convert, instead leaving himself 24 which he took with his next dart.) Robb then broke once more in leg four and held his own in five to lead 4-1. Heta then did what he had to by holding throw but a 15 dart leg from Robb moved him just one away from the win and with Heta unable to take his chance in the next leg Robb took the break and the match, with 6-2 being the final scoreline.
The final saw Robb break the Bailey throw immediately and he held his own throw to take an early lead. After 13 and 14 dart legs the third leg went to 16 darts but it was Robb who once again threw the last one, thus getting half way to his target after just three legs. He was aware of his opponent, and Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ team mate’s reputation though, and knew the job was not done yet. Robb held his throw to go 4-0 up before Bailey had a leg finally go his way to move the scoreline to 4-1. Just in case there were thoughts of bigger things from his opponent Robb then threw an eleven dart leg with visits of 100, 177 and 180 before hitting the required 44 in two darts. Bailey then did hold throw once more and in the next leg threw at tops to get a break back (his first darts at a break all match.) He managed only 35 and Robb went back to the oche to chase tops for the match at his next visit. With last dart in hand Big Rig collected the required double to win the match and event 19.
Robb was ecstatic to take the win, “Against such a quality field you can’t put in a poor performance at any time. It really challenges my game to play such quality players throughout this tournament and I am pleased that my game continues to stand up to the pressure.”
Weekend Event Two
Saturday saw two knockout competitions played. Damon Heta made the quarter finals once more in event 20 with a 6-4 win over team mate from Team Misfits, Brendan McCausland. In the quarters he matched up against Mick Lacey, of Team Rebel, and took early leads at 2-0 and then 3-2 before a 12 dart leg put him two clear once more. Both players then held throw before a long ninth leg saw Heta miss chances to take the match but he eventually hit double ten for the match.
Steve Fitzpatrick (another member of the Team Rebel family) and Ben Robb (of Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ) went head to head once more and the Tasmanian got his revenge on his young Kiwi opponent in full. He broke his opponent in the first leg and soon moved to a four nil lead. Robb held in the fifth leg before Fitzpatrick held his own throw and then broke his opponent with his 14th dart in the seventh and final leg to win 6-1. Robbie King was just as comprehensive in his quarter final match with 2018 World Youth Championship player Ryan Lynch. Lynch held throw in the opening leg but it was the only success he would enjoy in the match as King hit six in succession (including a 12 darter in leg three) to get a semi final position he had missed out on the previous night.
The final quarter final saw another inter Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ match with Puha and Kokiri going head to head. Kokiri held the opening leg and broke Puha in the next leg for an early 2-0 lead. He then repeated that performance over the next two legs to lead 4-0 before Puha finally held his throw in leg five. With Kokiri holding throw in the sixth leg it looked a matter of course for him to take the match. A 15 dart leg from Puha had him hold throw before he hit another one to take his opponents throw. He backed it up by holding throw in leg nine and moved just one leg from parity and a final leg decider. Before that he had to break his opponent’s throw once more but requiring 80 to do so he had to stand back and watch his opponent visit the oche where Kokiri hit 20 and double 20 to secure the leg and a 6-4 victory.
The semi final match ups saw both games finish in a deciding leg. In a Team Misfits v Team Rebel clash Damon Heta took an early break off Steve Fitzpatrick with a 102 check out. He then held throw in 13 darts before his Team Rebel opponent held throw. Heta then moved two legs clear once more before a leg where both players secured ton plus averages (Fitzpatrick 107.4 and Heta 115.3) saw Fitzy hold throw in 14 darts. Legs six to nine were held by the respective players before Heta stood on the oche in the tenth game just needing to hold throw for the match. He counted the cost after being unable to put away 32 as Fitzpatrick stepped up and scored double ten for the break, the leg, and drew the match back to parity once more. Fitzy had the throw for the final leg and with a 161 attempt unsuccessful he left himself 31 to win. He busted his first attempt but with Heta only scoring 99 when trying to convert 167 Fitzpatrick had another chance only to bust once more. Heta was not so charitable on his next visit and secured the required 68 in two darts to take the match 6-5. For Heta it was a huge break whilst for his young opponent it was a bitter pill to swallow.
The second semi final was a Team Misfits v Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ affair. King broke Kokiri and then held throw in the opening two games before the next three legs went on throw. Kokiri broke King in the sixth leg before a 15 dart leg from King gave him back the break straight away. Kokiri responded with a 15 dart leg of his own and this time he held throw to lead 5-4. Another 15 dart leg from King saw him hold throw and put the match into a deciding leg. With a couple of ton visits early on in the leg Kokiri held the leg comfortably and secured the 32 required to progress through to the final.
The final saw two WA residents face off with Heta holding throw in 15 darts to take the opening leg. His opponent would hold throw before Heta did the same to lead 2-1 on throw. In the fourth game Heta chased the first break but busted chasing 80 and Kokiri stepped up to throw 47 for the leg. Heta then held throw before taking the break he thought he had two legs previous. He did not have it for long through as Kokiri took 15 darts to take the break back at the first attempt. However with Kokiri failing to check out 124 in the next leg Heta took the lead once more and then held his throw with 14 darts (an average for that leg of 107.4) in the ninth and final leg of the match. The 6-3 scoreline giving Heta another win on this year’s tour. “Obviously I am pleased to have taken out another title. It is great to lead the way but you want to be winning events, not just be consistently in semis and finals, so I am pleased to have secured another event victory today.”
Weekend Event Three
That afternoon Damon Heta made it three semi final victories from three starts at Sporties Barooga. He took on Mick Lacey for the second time in the quarter final stage that day and both players won their opening two throws before Heta hit four legs in a row to win the match 6-2. If Steve Fitzpatrick had got revenge earlier in the day then Ben Robb showed him how it was really down with a 6-0 white washing of the young star. The other two quarter finals were almost as comprehensive with James Bailey winning 6-1 over Robbie King (King winning only the fourth leg when he held throw) and Haupai Puha conquering a resurgent Lucas Cameron by the same scoreline (Cameron holding throw in the third leg.)
The semi finals were contrasting affairs. In the first one Heta continued the run of 6-1 results with a comprehensive win over Ben Robb. Having opened the match with a 12 darter on throw, Heta broke Robb in 15 darts before holding throw. A 14 dart leg broke Robb again and then 15 darts later Heta was 5-0 up. It took a 15 dart leg of his own for Robb to finally hold throw but the same amount of darts gave Heta the match after seven legs.
Semi final two was a shoot out between the players ranked second and third on the Pro Tour table. Puha broke his Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ colleague straight away before holding throw. Bailey then held throw in 14 darts before Puha took back his two leg lead. A poor leg from both players saw Bailey just hold his throw before Puha held throw once more. Leg seven went Bailey’s way before Puha upped the tempo with a 14 dart leg to move two legs clear at 5-3. Bailey did what he had to by holding throw in the next leg and was looking to throw for the match if he could break his opponent in the next leg. However a second visit to the oche of 140 by Puha put the Kiwi ahead in the leg and he held onto his throw by securing the 32 required for the match.
The final was an even tighter affair with Puha taking the first leg on throw in 15 darts. He then broke his opponent but a 68 check out in 15 darts saw Heta take the throw back at the first attempt. Heta then held his own throw to bring the match back to even terms. Puha then held throw in 15 darts before his opponent did the same but with one less dart. Remarkably both players then repeated these feats to move the match to four legs each. After ten legs the scoreline was five all and thus it came down to a decider with Puha having the throw. Puha opened with 100 before Heta hit a maximum. Puha’s class was demonstrated in his response, hitting a maximum of his own. Heta scored 60 as Puha secured another ton. Heta then moved to 161 as his opponent failed to convert 121. Heta could only move to 96 and may have contemplated his match being over but chasing 38 Puha scored just six. Heta then only scored 56 of his own to leave tops but he never had a shot at it as Puha collected 32 with a dart left in his hand. The deciding leg, match and event 21 were Puha’s, “This was my second last competition before heading off to Germany to represent New Zealand with Cody Harris at the PDC World Cup. I could not be happier with this win and the momentum it gives me going into such a prestigious tournament.”
Weekend Event Four
The final day saw a round robin format followed by eliminations from the final 32 onwards. The quarter finals saw some regular names appear alongside players who have enjoyed success previously this season. In the first semi final GG Mathers returned to the quarter final stage as he took on a man who had previously won three from three at this stage over the weekend. Things were not to change for Heta as he took out the match 5-2. An early break gave Heta the momentum and he soon led 2-0. Mathers then held throw with a 14 dart leg before Heta held throw in 13. A 15 dart leg from the Team Rebel man moved Mathers back to within a leg of his Team Misfits opponent but 15 darts later from Heta and he had moved away once more. A 14 dart hold of throw and then 15 dart break gave Heta the match by five legs to two. From the second leg until the end each player had won each leg with an average over 100.
Quarter Final two saw Steve Fitzpatrick unable to serve more revenge in his hit outs with Robb as he instead faced Robb’s team mate Haupai Puha. Puha was chasing second spot on the Pro Tour table but it was the former PDC World Youth Championship player who took out the match, by five legs to one. Things had started well for the Kiwi as Puha broke the throw of his Tasmanian opponent at the first attempt but that was to be his last joy in the match. Consistent, rather than spectacular, scoring from Fitzpatrick saw him win five legs on the trot, including breaks of throw on three occasions. James Bailey was the player that Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ team mate Puha was chasing for second spot and early on in his quarter final Puha might have thought things would go his way, for whilst he was up a break after one leg Bailey was down three legs to nil to the ever consistent Mick Lacey. Leg four saw the Bull finally secure a leg and he was right back in the match when he secured a 15 dart break of throw in leg five. Bailey then held throw to move the match back to parity before a 13 dart break of throw moved him in front for the first time in the match. His opponent was not done yet, however, as a 14 dart leg saw Lacey break Bailey and move the match back to all square. Lacey now had the throw for the match and opened with a ton. Bailey responded with a 131 before two poor visits from Lacey gave his opponent the momentum in the leg. Despite being unable to collect 36 in one visit Bailey was far enough ahead to visit the oche once again and this time he made no mistake to collect the ninth and final leg, and the match 5-4.
The final quarter final saw Raymond O’Donnell lose a leg on throw in the opening of his match against Koha Kokiri. O’Donnell struck straight back though before being broken for a second successive time. Yet again O’Donnell responded straight away with another break and this time he held throw, which Kokiri did for the first time as well in the following leg. Both players then repeated this feat to push the match into a deciding leg. It was O’Donnell who threw first but it was Kokiri who moved well ahead in the leg. In six darts Kokiri was unable to put 91 away and in the meantime O’Donnell scored a 140 to move to requiring 18 which he did on his next visit to secure his position in the semi finals of the final event of the weekend.
In the semi finals O’Donnell faced Bailey in yet another Team Misfits verse Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ showdown. Bailey held throw in his first two legs and in between broke his opponent to lead 3-0. He then broke O’Donnell a second time before the man from Broken Hill was able to secure a break of his own in the fifth leg with a 15 darter. It was too little too late though as Bailey broke once more in the sixth leg (with 14 darts) to take out the match 5-1.
Bailey (at number two in the Pro Tour table) would face Heta (number one) in the final after Heta saw off a huge challenge from Team Rebel’s Steve Fitzpatrick in the other semi final. It had been all good news for Fitzpatrick early as he held throw and then broke the Heta throw on the first attempt. In such a short format it was critical he maximise this break by holding throw but he was unable to do so in the next leg. He seemed to regain the momentum, though, as he broke Heta once more in the fourth leg. However 15 darts from Heta later and he was back within a leg of his opponent. The next leg saw the Tasmanian secure another break, this time in 14 darts, and the number one was on the back foot. A poorer leg saw Fitzpatrick bust when chasing match darts and having already missed the bull for the leg Heta came back to the oche and put away 25 to break back once more. Finally Heta held throw in leg eight, not giving his opponent a chance at a check out. Thus it was down to the final leg, where Fitzpatrick would visit the oche first. The Team Rebel man had to put any thoughts of their last leg decider the previous day out of his mind, but a maximum on his second visit gave Heta the opportunity to take the lead in the leg and would have put fear through his opponents body, especially with the Tasmanian knowing he had already missed one match dart. Heta was in no mood to give his opponent a second chance and secured a 14 dart leg to take the match five legs to four.
The final was appropriately the match the locals deserved as the current number one player took on number two (and as a side note Team Misfits took on Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ one last time this weekend.) Damon Heta took an early lead by holding his throw and then breaking the Bailey throw. Despite three consecutive tons from Heta in the next leg Bailey had a shot at the leg with Shanghai. He failed to collect it but cleaned it up on his next visit to get the break back on the first attempt. Five visits under 100 handed Heta back the darts in the following leg and despite not converting 160 he did hit the 60 required at his next visit to take the lead out to two legs once more. A 78 check out in the next leg (with Bailey on 167) gave Heta his first three leg lead of the match at 4-1.
A 140 start from Bailey in the next leg was upped by Heta with a maximum at his first visit. Follow up visits of 97, 100 and 140 from Bailey left him requiring just 24 whilst 134 left Heta on 42. Bailey hit the required target with his next dart to double his legs won tally and move the match that little bit closer. He then opened with a maximum against the Heta throw and a follow up 100 put him well ahead in the leg. A 139 left Heta on 167 though as Bailey could only secure a 96 to leave 126. Heta sensationally converted the 167 finish to take the seventh leg and put a halt to Bailey’s mini revival, moving the West Australian to within a leg of victory.
A 137 left Heta needing 160 in the next leg but Bailey chased the same score first. Bailey left 60 after a ton visit with Heta then replicating that visit. Bailey secured the leg in two darts to move the match into a ninth leg. He now had to break the Heta throw to remain in the match and took an early lead in the leg, punishing a 58 visit from Heta with a 125 score. Heta then hit a 140 to regain tilt but Bailey still hung in there with another ton. A 136 left Heta requiring another 167 as Bailey hit 140 to leave 136. Heta left 68 after his next visit as Bailey left himself 54 after his own visit. With last dart in hand Heta was able to hold his throw and take out the match by six legs to three.
“James is a great opponent and we are having a great tussle this year. To win again this weekend is fantastic as I continue to chase the number one position at season’s end. Thanks to the Team Misfits crew for their support, as ever, and congratulations to Barooga Sporties for hosting such a great weekend.” The Harrows DPA Pro Tour was a great success at Barooga with a quality field entertaining the locals throughout the weekend.
In other news out of the weekend a couple of places for PDC competitions were secured with Tremaine Gallagher and James Rundle securing places in this year’s PDC World Youth Championships and Emma Watkins securing a place in the female playoffs for positions in this year’s PDC World Championships. Congratulations to all of them and best of luck as they head overseas towards the end of the year for these competitions.

Harrows Pro Tour

The Harrows Pro Tour finalises this weekend in barooga. NSW
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DAY 2 HARROWS PRO TOUR BAROOGA SPORTS CLUB

The Harrows Pro Tour continues at the Barooga sports club Saturday 1st June 2019
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Harrows Pro Tour

The Harrows Pro Tour continues this Friday and all weekend at the Cobram Sporties Club, NSW
$16,000.00 prize money up for grabs over the 4 day event
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CHALLENGE TOUR UPDATE

The NSW and Qld events ran over the 18th and 19th of May. At the Mount Pritchard Club Scott Johnson returned to success with a win over Mark Lennard in the final of the first competition (5 legs to 4) before Kerry Allen took out the evening’s event with a 5-2 win over Luke Wilson. Sunday saw the two winners from the previous day face off in the first final with Allen taking the win over Johnson by five legs to two. In the fourth event the two most consistent players of the weekend took on each other again and it was Allen who took the win over Johnson again, this time 5-3.
At the Mollymook Beach Bowling club Many Kato defeated Mat Goozeff 5-0 in the first final of the weekend before Russell Northey finished the Saturday night by whitewashing Dave Boyle in the final of the second event. The next day, as at Mount Pritchard, the two winners from the Saturday played out the final of the third event with Northey taking it out in a final leg decider, 5-4, over Kato. Kato was not done for the weekend though and defeated Danny Watson 5-4 in the final event of the weekend.
At the Young Services Club it was no surprise to see both Josh Townsend, fresh off success at the pro tour level in Dubbo, take on Greg L’Estrange. Townsend got the best of his opponent and won 4-3 in the final. The two players were back at it again in the Final later that evening with Townsend winning a final leg decider for the second time in the day (this time winning 5-4.) On the Sunday morning Adam Faulkner broke the dominance of the same two players in the final by defeating Josh Townsend 4-2 in the semi final only to fall to L’Estrange in the final (4-2, including a 12 dart leg from L’Estrange.) Replicating the day before the Final was a copy of earlier in the day in terms of the result, although the scoreline read L’Estrange 4 Faulkner 1 this time. (Townsend lost to L’Estrange in the semifinal this time around.)
Meanwhile in Queensland at the Pine River Darts Club players bucked the trend of the same players making the finals all weekend. In the first event Michael Ruthenberg won his maiden event of the tour with a 5-3 win over Tony Davy. In the second event of the Saturday Jimmy Raroa took out a final leg decider to defeat Jackson Davies 5-4. The next day Mark Dutton beat Andrew Brown 5-2 to be crowned the third separate winner of the weekend (in fact there were twelve different semi finalists in the first three events.) On Sunday afternoon Andrew Brown was the first player to make a second final on the weekend but he was unable to change his runners up position, this time losing 5-1 to Dave Evans in the final (and thus crown four different winners over the four events on the weekend.)
Last weekend the Tasmanian challenge tour got underway with John Riley winning the first event by defeating Braydon Abbott in the final 5-3. That night Riley made the final once more but lost to Nathan Seabourne 5-2. Seabourne would add to this success on Day 2 with wins over Matt Woodberry (5-0) and Riley once more (6-4) to come away from the weekend leading the competition with Riley one place behind him. Weekend 2 of this event is May 25th and 26th at the East Devonport Recreation Centre.
In Victoria their tour continued at the MDDA centre it was Tyler Fitch doubling up on the Sunday with wins in each final, both over Brandon Weening (5-2 and 5-3.) The previous day Weening had made another final but in that he had met Brody Klinge who continued his good form across this tournament by winning another final, this time 5-1. That night Klinge made the final once more but came up one leg short of a perfect day with a 5-4 loss to Aaron Bradley.

WORLD CUP OF DARTS

NETHERLANDS will begin the defence of their BetVictor World Cup of Darts title against Spain in Hamburg next month, with the draw for this year's event now made.

The Dutch won a fourth title in last year's event, with World Champion Michael van Gerwen set to be partnered in 2019 by debutant Jermaine Wattimena.

They will take on Spain - the 2010 semi-finalists - in the first round at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg on Friday June 7.

England will be represented by Rob Cross and Michael Smith and they will take on the Philippines, while Scotland's Gary Anderson and Peter Wright drew Denmark and will be in action on the opening night on Thursday June 6.

Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton will compete as third seeds Wales, and they will meet Singapore, who will be captained by legendary Paul Lim.

Fifth seeds Australia, represented by Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson, will face Finland, while Northern Ireland will play South Africa.

Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh reached the semi-finals for Belgium in 2018, and they will team up again as they take on Hong Kong in the opening round, while Mensur Suljovic will star for number eight seeds Austria, who will play Russia.

Host Nation Germany see Max Hopp and Martin Schindler continue the partnership which has seen them reach the quarter-finals for the past two years, and they will begin their campaign against Hungary on Thursday June 6.

The Republic of Ireland will be represented by Steve Lennon and recent Players Championship event winner William O'Connor, and they will meet Greece.

USA stalwart Darin Young will be partnered by Chuck Puleo, and they will meet China, while Canada are set to take on Italy.

Krzysztof Ratajski will head up a Polish side against the Czech Republic, Diogo Portela's Brazil will meet Sweden, Gibraltar will come up against Japan and Lithuania will play New Zealand.

The BetVictor World Cup of Darts will be held from June 6-9 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Broadcast live on Sky Sports, the tournament will see 32 countries represented by two players each in the unique event which features both doubles and singles matches.

Tickets are available now through PDC Europe at www.pdc-europe.tv.

2019 BetVictor World Cup of Darts

Draw Bracket

(1) England v Philippines

Republic of Ireland v Greece

(8) Austria v Russia

China v USA

(5) Australia v Finland

Italy v Canada

(4) Netherlands v Spain

Poland v Czech Republic

(2) Scotland v Denmark

Brazil v Sweden

(7) Belgium v Hong Kong

Hungary v Germany

(6) Northern Ireland v South Africa

New Zealand v Lithuania

(3) Wales v Singapore

Gibraltar v Japan

First Round Schedule of Play

Thursday June 6 (1900 local time)

Gibraltar v Japan

Northern Ireland v South Africa

New Zealand v Lithuania

Belgium v Hong Kong

Brazil v Sweden

Wales v Singapore

Hungary v Germany

Scotland v Denmark

Friday June 7 (1900 local time)

China v USA

Italy v Canada

Poland v Czech Republic

Republic of Ireland v Greece

England v Philippines

Austria v Russia

Australia v Finland

Netherlands v Spain

Nations & Competing Players

(Seed 1) England - Rob Cross & Michael Smith

(Seed 2) Scotland - Gary Anderson & Peter Wright

(Seed 3) Wales - Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton

(Seed 4) Netherlands - Michael van Gerwen & Jermaine Wattimena

(Seed 5) Australia - Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson

(Seed 6) Northern Ireland - Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan

(Seed 7) Belgium - Kim Huybrechts & Dimitri Van den Bergh

(Seed 8) Austria - Mensur Suljovic & Zoran Lerchbacher

Brazil - Diogo Portela & Artur Valle

Canada - Dawson Murschell & Jim Long

China - Xiaochen Zong & Qingyu Zhan

Czech Republic - Pavel Jirkal & Karel Sedlacek

Denmark - Per Laursen & Niels Heinsøe

Finland - Marko Kantele & Kim Viljanen

Germany - Max Hopp & Martin Schindler

Gibraltar - Dyson Parody & Antony Lopez

Greece - John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis

Hong Kong - Royden Lam & Kai Fan Leung

Hungary - Pal Szekely & Janos Vegso

Italy - Andrea Micheletti & Stefano Tomassetti

Japan - Seigo Asada & Haruki Muramatsu

Lithuania - Darius Labanauskas & Mindaugas Barauskas

New Zealand - Cody Harris & Haupai Puha

Philippines - Lourence Ilagan & Noel Malicdem

Poland - Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik

Republic of Ireland - Steve Lennon & William O'Connor

Russia - Boris Koltsov & Aleksey Kadochnikov

Singapore - Paul Lim & Harith Lim

South Africa - Devon Petersen & Vernon Bouwers

Spain - Cristo Reyes & Toni Alcinas

Sweden - Dennis Nilsson & Magnus Caris

United States of America - Darin Young & Chuck Puleo

Event Schedule

Thursday June 6 (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

First Round x8

Gibraltar v Japan

Northern Ireland v South Africa

New Zealand v Lithuania

Belgium v Hong Kong

Brazil v Sweden

Wales v Singapore

Hungary v Germany

Scotland v Denmark

Friday June 7 (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

First Round x8

China v USA

Italy v Canada

Poland v Czech Republic

Republic of Ireland v Greece

England v Philippines

Austria v Russia

Australia v Finland

Netherlands v Spain

Saturday June 8

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1800 BST)

Second Round x4

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

Second Round x4

Sunday June 9

Afternoon Session (1200 local time, 1800 BST)

Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

Semi-Finals

Final

Day Four of the Harrows DPA Pro Tour

Day Four of the Harrows DPA Pro Tour Dubbo events saw the competition move back to a round robin format at the ALH Macquarie Inn. The final eight had a couple of surprise entrants but the first should not have come as a shock to those who have followed the challenge tour. Josh Townsend has been making his mark in that tournament not too far away from Dubbo in Young and he defeated Michael Cassar and James Bailey to make the top eight. In that quarter final he played Ryan Lynch, who had played so well through the week. Townsend got through in another deciding leg after being down four legs to two.
Dale Burton-Pye caused a huge upset by knocking out Damon Heta in the round of 16 (having already seen off Greg Major) by five legs to three. In the quarter finals he met Haupai Puha but unlike Townsend this was one step too far as the Kiwi won 5-1.
In the other quarter finals Koha Kokiri and Steve Fitzpatrick repeated the final of the night before with a similar result. Fitzpatrick won the first game but then Kokiri, of team Kiwi (DPA and DPNZ), rattled off four straight games and the gap was too great for his opponent to close and Kokiri went through to the semi finals, winning five legs to three. In the other semi final Mick Lacey, who had enjoyed so much success in Tasmania, defeated Brendon McCausland 5-2, both players having left their most success in Dubbo to the final event of the week.
The first semi final saw Puha take a strong early lead over Townsend of 3-0. He broke Townsend in the second leg and in the third, with Townsend needing 48, he hit Shanghai to hold throw. Townsend held his throw in the fourth leg, and Puha did the same in the fifth to move a leg away from the match. In what would be the final leg Puha missed the bull for a 164 check out but Townsend was unable to convert 68 and Puha put the 25 away for a 5-1 win.
The second semi final saw Lacey go to an early two leg lead before Kokiri did what he had in his previous match, and win four games in succession. He broke Lacey in the fourth and sixth leg to go 4-2 up only to have Lacey break him for the second time in the match (after doing so previously in leg one) in the seventh leg. However, with Lacey needing 32, Kokiri was able to put 48 away to make his second final in succession.
The Final was a tight affair although early it looked like Puha could run away with it. The first leg saw Kokiri miss has chance to hold throw and Puha pounced on his next visit to take an early lead. He consolidated this in the second leg thanks to a 16 dart leg and two successive visits scoring 130 or over. A tight leg three saw Kokiri hold throw before he took the break back from his team Kiwi (DPA and DPNZ) colleague. 15 darts from Kokiri was enough in leg five to take the lead for the first time (he converted 83 with his opponent needing just 41 so the pressure was ever present.) Puha then demonstrated his class with a 12 dart leg where he averaged 125.3 across the leg, including a 140 finish.
At 3-3 something had to give and it was Kokiri as Puha followed up leg six with another confident throwing display and broke his opponent once more. He then held throw in 15 darts to take a two leg lead. Kokiri held his nerve in the next leg to reduce the deficit to one leg but it left him needing to break Puha in the next leg to take the match to a decider. Both players opened with 81 visits but a 140 turn on the oche for Puha gave him the impetus in the leg and he checked out the required 40 to win the match and event 18 of the Harrows DPA Pro Tour.

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Day Three of the Harrows DPA Pro Tour event at the ALH Macquarie Inn Dubbo held two further straight knockout events.
Event 17 saw Steve Fitzpatrick do a job on Ben Robb jumping ahead 5-1 before taking the match 6-2 whilst Damon Heta won his match 6-0 for the second game in a row (having won his first match 6-1.) The other quarter finals were also one sided affairs with James Bailey and Koha Kohiri beating Dave Marland (6-2 – with a 138 final check out) and Dave LIttleboy (6-1) respectively.
In the first semi final the match was level after two legs. A check out of 111 with his opponent on 87 saw Heta return to the lead after three legs. Fitzpatrick then hit a 14 dart leg to take the match back to parity after four. Heta then took three games in a row, including breaking Fitzpatricks’s throw in the second of those games. Heta then had a shot at the match but missed and his opponent secured the leg with his next but one dart. In the next leg Heta missed match darts and saw the Team Rebel man win against the throw. Fitzpatrick then threw a 146 to go to a deciding leg against his Team Misfits opponent. He then broke the throw of Heta with 17 darts to take the match 6-5.
In the other semi final Koha Kokiri won the first leg before breaking the James Bailey throw to go two up. Bailey then broke the Kokiri throw to get back into the match and then, despite his opponent having a shot at the leg, held throw. Both players then held throw to move the match to 3-3. Kokiri then held throw and broke his Team KIWI DPA DPNZ team mate’s throw to lead 5-3. Bailey then missed three check out darts in the next leg and watched as Kokiri took full advantage to win 6-3.
The Final of event 17 saw Team Kiwi DPA/DPNZ’s Koha Kohiri take on Team Rebel’s Steve Fitzpatrick.
Kokiri won the throw for the first leg and it was he who had first shot at the leg, leaving 32. With his opponent failing to convert 141 he was able to take the leg with his next dart. A 137 in the next leg saw Kohiri leave himself 50 and Fitzpatrick had to chase an unlikely 152 for the leg. He failed to do so and Kohiri had a 2-0 lead after two more darts.
After five visits in the next leg each player had scored 100 or over (and the sixth was a 97 from Fitzpatrick to leave 170). Both players then missed leg darts with Fitzpatrick scoring 25 in two darts to break his opponent. A 139 start was followed up by a maximum and then a 140 from the Tasmanian (Kohiri had also had three ton plus visits.) In 11 darts Fitzpatrick had tied the match back up after four legs.
Kohiri was unable to hit a 170 finish in the next leg but was far enough ahead to get it on the next visit anyway. Fitzpatrick was unable to convert 70 on his own throw and watched as Kohiri put away tops to take a 4-2 lead. Kokiri attemped to check out 136 on the next leg with his opponent standing behind him on 110. Both players failed to check those totals out and it was left to Kohiri to convert on his next visit and move within a leg of the match.
A 140 start from Fitzpatrick was matched by Kohiri on his second visit to the oche in leg eight. A 115 then left Fitzpatrick requiring 89 as Kohiri moved from 176 to 76. Fitzpatrick missed the bull for the leg and Kohiri was good enough to take full advantage and win the match by six legs to two.
Kohiri was delighted to win “It was a good statement of intent and my first win of this season so I am obviously happy. It is great to have a team around me like Team Kiwi for support and this win was important to me.”
Event 16 on the DPA calendar saw Steve Fitzpatrick comprehensively defeat Ben Robb 6-1. Robb had some tough matches all morning whilst Fitzpatrick had felt he should already have beaten Robb in on one of their other titanic struggle of the previous days. Damon Heta started strongly in his match and went to a 4-0 lead before Paul Cotton took a leg. In the end Heta won the match 6-2. Robbie King was one leg away at five legs to three before Lynch held throw to put King’s throw under some pressure. King was able to hold his nerve though and took the match 6-4. Haupai Puha went 3-0 up and had his chances in the fourth leg but Raymond O’Donnell took his chance to get back in the match. In the seventh leg O’Donnell held throw to move back to within one leg of his opponent. He was then able to finish off the stronger of the two players and won 6-5.
In the semi finals Damon Heta took an early break to lead 2-0 against Steve Fitzpatrick before the Tasmanian broke back and levelled the match at 2-2. Heta then won two legs in a row to take back a two leg lead before Fitzpatrick broke his opponent in the seventh leg and then held throw to move the match back to 4-4. The next two legs went on throw to move the match to a single deciding leg which was won by Fitzpatrick as he broke the throw of Heta to lock up a 6-5 win.
Raymond O’Donnell won the first leg of his match before Robbie King took three games in succession to gain the upper hand in the match. O’Donnell held the next leg to move back within one of parity. King then moved to another two leg lead and ended up winning the match by six legs to three.
The final was a battle of a previous world youth championship player verse a 2018 Australian representative in the same competition. Robbie King of Team Misfits won the bull to throw first but a poor first visit and a 140 from Steve Fitzpatrick gave the Team Rebel player the early momentum. A maximum on his third visit moved King closer but it was Fitzpatrick who set up a first opportunity for the leg by leaving 125, which he completed with his 12th dart to take an early break. On throw Fitzpatrick threw 90 and then 100. King was unable to get a treble in three successive visits and a 60 from Fitzpatrick left him requiring 134 (and at least six darts to get it.) A 134 from King put his opponent under pressure but in the end Fitzpatrick took the leg with a double 18.

Leg three saw Fitzpatrick get his first maximum on his initial visit to the oche but his following visits were inconsistent. A 140 moved King to 100 whilst Fitzpatrick could not convert 108. King missed double ten for his first leg and with two darts the Tasmanian had a three nil lead in the match. King hit a maximum on his second visit against the darts in leg four but could only follow up with a 42. A ton visit from Fitzpatrick left him needing 147 as 125 from King left him requiring just 71. Neither player could convert on their next visit and King eventually took the leg with a double eight. He then threw first in leg five but a 180 from Fitzpatrick gave him a good lead in the leg. King stood needing 89 when his opponent missed tops for the leg. King then missed five darts to hold throw and Fitzpatrick finally took his chance to lead 4-1.

Leg six was critical to King but Fitzpatrick got to a check out first, requiring Nelson (111). He missed and King then converted 115 to get back into the match. Having had three breaks in a row it was vital that King held throw for him to get back into the match effectively. He left Shanghai as his opponent moved to 137. Neither player converted their high check outs with King finally hitting double 8 for the leg.
Leading by only one leg Fitzpatrick looked to regain the impetus by holding throw. King pounced on a poor visit from his opponent to move ahead in the leg but his 140 was matched by Fitzpatrick on his next visit. King missed tops for the leg as he chased 154 but was able to return to the oche and secure it with his next dart.

With the match at parity after eight legs King hit two visits of 137 to leave 136. Both players chased the same check out but neither could convert and it was left to King to hit double two and lead the match for the first time. King had won four games in succession and to stay in the match Fitzpatrick had to hold throw. He moved his way through the leg to leave 170 but was unable to convert it. His opponent failed to convert the second biggest check out possible and Fitzpatrick converted the 74 required to move the match to a final deciding leg.

Neither player could hit a treble with their opening six darts of the final leg but King scored 100 on his third visit and followed it up with the same. With Fitzpatrick well behind King chased 105 for the match and missed a double for the match. Fitzpatrick required 142 but also missed a match dart. King then hit the double 16 with his next dart to take his second final in successive days.

King was ecstatic with the win once again “With the quality of the field to win two tournaments in successive days is a real buzz. I am aiming for consistency but my win yesterday has given me real confidence that I can win tight finals.” For Fitzpatrick there was obvious disappointment but also pride in his result. “I have beaten players of the calibre of Ben Robb and Damon Heta to make the Final today and Robbie and I had a cracking match so it is hard to be too disappointed but obviously at this stage of my development in the game I am here to win finals.”

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Harrows DPA Pro Tour ALH Macquarie Inn Dubbo Weekend

Event 13 saw quarter finals of the calibre of Ryan Lynch v Dave Marland, where the youngster outlasted the former Melbourne Darts Masters competitor 5-4, Steve Fitzpatrick v Damon Heta where Heta’s strong run of results came to a bump in the road, losing 2-5 to the Tasmanian, Robbie King v Haupai Puha, where the all conquering Kiwi was taken down by a resurgent former World Youth Championship player in King five legs to two and James Bailey v Mick Lacey, both of whom have been very consistent of recent times but Bailey demonstrating his class with another match finishing 5-2.
In the semi final stage Bailey hit the best average across the four players as he took out King five legs to three. Bailey had gone out to an early 2-0 lead and was never headed as each player then went leg for leg before a 13 dart leg handed the match to Bailey. The other semi saw both Australian representatives for the World Youth Championship from last year go head to head. Both players won their opening games before Ryan Lynch took two legs in a row. Steve Fitzpatrick was unable to put two legs in row of his own and thus Lynch took out the match 5-3.
The Final was over before it began as Bailey smashed out four legs in a row, averaging over 100 in the third leg alone. Lynch finally took out a leg in the fifth leg (despite Bailey averaging over 120 for the leg) and he also secured the seventh leg but missed his chances in the eighth and Bailey secured a 6-2 win.
Afterward Bailey was delighted, “I always want to play consistently and am absolutely ecstatic to have taken out another final.” For Lynch it was a day of contrasting fortunes, “It was a funny day as I know I can play better but I did take my chances to make the final and am happy to have made that stage.”
Day two started with a knock out event as event 14. Damon Heta put behind his defeat in the quarters of the previous day to beat veteran Bill Aitken in a deciding leg whilst Ben Robb also moved through that stage, by the same scoreline over Team Rebel’s Steve Fitzpatrick. In the other quarters Robbie King took out the winner from the previous day, James Bailey, by six legs to two, and Raymond O’Donnell defeated Haupai Puha.
The semi finals both finished 6-3 with Robb overcoming Heta and King taking O’Donnell down.
The final saw Robb open his throw with a 180 only to lose the leg. King then held his throw, holding a 100% check out conversion after the two legs. A second maximum from Robb in leg three was enough to give him a big enough lead but even then King had one dart at a 3-0 lead. He missed and with his next dart Robb had halved his opponent’s lead.
The next leg was very close but Robb missed double 16 for an equaliser and two darts later King had checked out to take a 3-1 lead. Robb then secured the next two legs, with a double eight putting the match back into parity at three legs each.
Robb then had to hold his throw to take the lead for the first time in the match and a third 180 looked to have helped his cause until King responded with the same later in the leg. Robb still had two shots at tops for the leg but missed them and a double four was enough for King to regain the lead. King then held his throw in the next leg with a double five after Robb had two shots at double ten for an immediate break back.
With a 5-3 lead King was just a leg away but with Robb throwing first he could stay in the match by holding throw. Another 180 visit moved him to 139 and within five darts Robb had put the pressure on King throwing for the match in the next leg. In that leg King hit a 123 but Robb responded with a 140. King had first shot at a check out score, needing 135, but only managed 55 to leave 80. Robb then chased 141 but could only move to 58. King then left tops after his next visit but Robb then missed his own chance to check out. The next dart after that from King turned out to be the winning dart, as he secured the match and the event, with a 6-4 win in the final.
King was delighted to have finally secured a tournament win, his first since 2014. “It was great to have the monkey off my back and win a final. It is really pleasing to have this winning feeling once again at this level and I am looking forward to using this to help my game in the future.”

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