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CODY HARRIS will star in the 2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship having secured qualification via the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour.

Sunday saw the final two events of the year take place at the East of England Arena in Peterborough, after which the final Challenge Tour Order of Merit was confirmed.

Harris finished third on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit behind Michael Barnard, who had already sealed his World Championship return via the ProTour Order of Merit, and Ted Evetts, whose qualification was already assured via the Development Tour.

New Zealander Harris made his Alexandra Palace debut last December and, thanks to a strong year on the Challenge Tour including one tournament win, has ensured his return at this year's event


Dartplayers Australia are please to announce the following players have received Harrows sponsorship for 2019
Congratulations to all those players receiving sponsorship and thanks to Harrows Dart Products for their continued support of Australia's Premier League of Darts, Dartplayers Australia and all its players

Jamie Rundle
Mackenzie Jago

Jen Lange
Jackie Milligan

Lucas Cameron
Ray Odonnell
Robbie King
GG Mathers
Steve Fitzpatrick

Honorary DPA Sponsorship
Shane Tichowitsch


JAMES BAILEY has secured a William Hill World Darts Championship debut after winning the 2018 DPA Oceanic Masters.

The 49-year-old from Brisbane has enjoyed a memorable 2018 which will culminate in his appearance in the sport's biggest tournament at Alexandra Palace in December.

Bailey began the year by competing at the PDC Qualifying School and he also played in the opening PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend before returning Down Under.

He has also won two DPA Harrows Pro Tour events during 2018 and reached two other finals before making his World Series of Darts debut in the Melbourne Darts Masters, where he took on Gary Anderson.

Bailey won through the 32-player field to claim the top domestic title at Tuesday's Oceanic Masters to conclude the season-ending week of DPA tournaments at the Warilla Bowls Club.

Bailey defeated Dave Marland and Mark Cleaver without dropping a set before then seeing off Damon Heta 3-1 in the quarter-finals.

He repeated that scoreline in the semi-finals against John Bunyard, before enjoying a 3-2 win over Tim Pusey in the final.

Pusey, who competed in the World Series events in Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane earlier this year, saw off Chris Vasey, Brad Thorp, Mick Lacey and Steve Fitzpatrick to reach the final.

2016 champion David Platt lost out in the second round to Mick Lacey, while New Zealanders Cody Harris, Rob Szabo, Warren French and Koha Kokiri all lost out in round one.

Heta, who will compete in the bwin World Series of Darts Finals this weekend in Vienna, overcame Gordon Mathers and Michael Cassar before losing to Bailey.

2018 DPA Oceanic Masters
John Bunyard 3-1 Rhys Mathewson
James Bailey 3-1 Damon Heta
Steve Fitzpatrick 3-2 Ben Robb
Tim Pusey 3-1 Mick Lacey

James Bailey 3-1 John Bunyard
Tim Pusey 3-2 Steve Fitzpatrick

James Bailey 3-2 Tim Pusey

Cadby withdraws from Grand Slam of Darts!

Corey Cadby has withdrawn from the 2018 bwin Grand Slam of Darts, which opens up a potential qualification route for Polish star Krzysztof Ratajski.

Cadby had sealed his qualification to the Grand Slam by virtue of reaching the final of March’s UK Open Finals, where he was beaten by Gary Anderson.

The former World Youth champion featured in last year’s Grand Slam in Wolverhampton but exited the tournament in the group-stage. He suffered defeat against Alan Norris and Peter Wright, but victory over BDO world champion Glen Durrant came too late for ‘The King’.

Cadby’s last appearance in a PDC event came back in August, where he competed on home soil in the Brisbane Darts Masters. He defeated his compatriot Simon Whitlock to reach the quarter-finals, before losing out to eventual winner Rob Cross in the last eight.

Nevertheless, he’s been unable to compete in any PDC ranking events since March after experiencing visa problems in his homeland, therefore he’s been restricted to competing on the DPA circuit, where he’s already scooped seven titles this year.

Earlier this month, Cadby withdrew from the World Series of Darts Finals after breaking his left arm as a passenger in a car accident. However, he has since returned to competitive action and won a local event in Australia last week; registering two ton-plus averages en route, therefore the reason behind his absence has yet to be confirmed.

The Australian’s withdrawal means that former World Masters winner Krzysztof Ratajski moves into the provisional qualification places, after winning back-to-back Players Championship events at the start of October.

Players have a final chance to secure automatic qualification in this weekend’s bwin World Series of Darts Finals in Vienna. However, if both finalists from that event are already qualified for the Grand Slam, then Ratajski would be in line to make his Grand Slam debut.

There is also a last-chance qualifier for PDC Tour Card holders on November 5th, which gives eight players the opportunity to seal their spots at the unique cross-code event, which will be held at Aldersley Leisure Village this year


The 2018 OCEANIC Masters commences today at the Warilla Bowls and recreation club, Warilla NSW
The top 32 players from New Zealand and Australia will compete for a position in the 2019 PDC World Darts Championship, Alexandra Palace London England
The Men's draw is as follows, Ladies to follow shortly

Cody Harris v Rhys Mathewson
Mike Keen v Craig Prizeman
Mike Bonser v John Bunyard
Ray O’Donnell v Steve Powell
Gordon Mathers v Damon Heta
Rob Szabo v Michael Cassar
James Bailey v Dave Marland
Warren French v Mark Cleaver
Ben Robb v Koha Kokiri
Graeme Lowe v Laurie Loch
Lucas Cameron v Steve Fitzpatrick
Loz Ryder v Robbie King
Haupai Puha v David Platt
Johnny Webster v Mick Lacey
Tim Pusey v Chris Vasey
Steve Macarthur v Brad Thorp

Australasian Championships Update

On the penultimate day of the championships Qld secured the mens team title thanks to a 9-5 win over WA. Vic and SA both secured points from their matches but Qld’s win meant they could only finish behind the champs. The ACT edged out the Indigenous side but NSW won more comprehensively over Tas, so the Indigenous side stayed ahead of Tas on the final table.
In the Oceanic Masters preliminary stage a round robin stage was run with the winner and runner up playing off against each other for a position in the top 32 (16 seeds had already qualified thus there were 16 positions open.) In the board play offs Rhys Mathewson defeated Mark Taafe (2-1), with the same scoreline seeing youngster Steve Fitzpatrick take out WA star Barry Gardner. John Bunyard won his match over Rod Crawford by the same, as did Robbie King over the new young generation that have come up recently in Ryan Lynch. Bill Aitken took one leg but Chris Vasey got through in their match. Craig Prizeman took out another young start in Manny Kato 2-1. The Shire’s Dave Marland won by the same score over Rob Modra, repeating the final result he had over Modra 14 months ago at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club to make the World Series of Darts inaugural Melbourne event. Michael Cassar (over Kerry Allen) and Koha Kokiri (over David Adams) also won 2-1.
Those that swept their matches were Steve Powell (over Jordan Ford), Mark Cleaver (Craig Ross), David Platt (Mal Cuming), Damon Heta (Andrew Eagers), Laurie Loch (Erik Up), Mick Lacey (Mark Smyth) and Tasmanian Brad Thorp (over Jamie Hales.)
At the end of the night the draw was made for the top 32 matches on Tuesday and it resulted in the following matches:
Cody Harris v Rhys Mathewson
Mike Keen v Craig Prizeman
Mike Bonser v John Bunyard
Ray O’Donnell v Steve Powell
Gordon Mathers v Damon Heta
Rob Szabo v Michael Cassar
James Bailey v Dave Marland
Warren French v Mark Cleaver
Ben Robb v Koha Kokiri
Graeme Lowe v Laurie Loch
Lucas Cameron v Steve Fitzpatrick
Loz Ryder v Robbie King
Haupai Puha v David Platt
Johnny Webster v Mick Lacey
Tim Pusey v Chris Vasey
Steve Macarthur v Brad Thorp
with the winner taking to the big stage at the World Championships at the end of the year.
The ladies have their own chance of making the World Championships with the winner taking a position in the World Champ qualifiers for a position at the Ally Pally. There are quite some line ups that were set up from todays play with Chenesse Kauika v Jane Harrington, Leonie Ward v Jo Hadley, Nicole Regnaud v Janine Cassar, Caitlain Avis v Melina Van Den Kieboom, Emma Watkins v Kathleen Martin, Chrissie Sheerin v Karli Padget, Michaela Casson v Tania Clark and Maralyn Waitere v Lavinia Hogg.
In the youth doubles Matt Dorotich and Hayden Scott defeated Andrew Eagers and Jake Howie 4-0 in the final. Earlier Eagers and Howie had won their semi final 3-1 over David Adams and Daniel Tan and Dorotich and Scott had been 3-2 winners over Braidon Charlton and Alex David.

Wonderful Wade's European Triumph

JAMES WADE claimed his first televised title for almost four years by defeating Simon Whitlock 11-8 in the Unibet European Championship final in Dortmund.

Wade survived missed match darts in both his quarter-final win over Gerwyn Price and a dramatic semi-final against German favourite Max Hopp.

The left-hander then ended Whitlock's bid to win a second European Championship title as he scooped the £100,000 top prize - just 13 days after becoming a father for the first time to son Arthur.

"That was for my son, Arthur," said Wade. "I'm actually emotional about this - it's an amazing feeling and I'm going to enjoy this win.

"It's not often that I am lost for words but I am after this. I've shown that I'm dangerous and everyone needs to watch out.

"Today I went into every game battling. I’ve been a lucky boy but perhaps that makes up for some of the misfortune I’ve had in recent years, and it’s a step in the right direction."

Whitlock also battled his way to the final in dramatic fashion, taking out 110 in the deciding leg of his last four clash with Joe Cullen after coming back from 10-7 down.

The Australian, who began the final day of action at the Westfalenhalle with a 10-7 quarter-final defeat of Steve West, opened the final strongly with six perfect darts and led 3-1 early on.

Wade hit back to lead 5-4, but there was little to separate the pair as they remained locked following 16 legs.

Wade, though, landed back-to-back 13-dart finishes to pull away to 10-8 before pinning double ten to seal glory.

The day had also seen Cullen and Hopp reach their first televised semi-finals, only to suffer narrow defeats in their bids for glory.

Cullen paid for one missed match dart in his tie with Whitlock, while Hopp - who was cheered on by over 5,000 German fans in Dortmund - saw three chances to win his semi-final with Wade go begging.

World Champion Rob Cross lost out 10-8 in the quarter-finals, while Hopp won the last six legs without reply to defeat Darren Webster 10-5 in the last eight.

Price agonisingly missed three match darts in the deciding leg of his quarter-final with Wade, while West - who knocked out reigning champion Michael van Gerwen in round two - saw his hopes ended by Whitlock.

Wade's £100,000 triumph sees the left-hander move up to sixth on the PDC Order of Merit, and also seals his spot in the bwin Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton next month.

The autumn's televised action continues next weekend with the bwin World Series of Darts Finals from November 2-4 at the Multiversum in Schwechat, Vienna.

Unibet European Championship
Sunday October 28
Afternoon Session
Simon Whitlock 10-7 Steve West
Joe Cullen 10-8 Rob Cross
Max Hopp 10-5 Darren Webster
James Wade 10-9 Gerwyn Price
Best of 19 legs

Evening Session
Simon Whitlock 11-10 Joe Cullen
James Wade 11-10 Max Hopp
Best of 21 legs

James Wade 11-8 Simon Whitlock
Best of 21 legs