HE’S the best darts player the world has seen and now Phil “The Power” Taylor is coming to Townsville.
Taylor, who has dominated darts for the past 30 years by winning a record 16 world titles and 16 world matchplay crowns, will be the main attraction in the inaugural Pro Darts Showdown Series coming to Queensland in January.
The three other venues are Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Mackay.
The Townsville leg is on January 24-25 at the Townsville Stadium at the Murray Sports Complex. The tickets across the two nights go on sale on Monday.
The 57-year-old Taylor, who recently won the Melbourne Masters at a packed-out Hisense Arena, is one of eight of the best darts players in the world who will take on the top talent in Australia in the first domestic series of its kind to be held outside the major metropolitan areas.
Event promoter the Townsville Bulletin, in association with Dart Players Australia, has also secured Australian No. 1 and former world championship runner-up Simon “The Wizard” Whitlock, Australian No. 2 and newly crowned Auckland Masters champion Kyle “The Original” Anderson with former world championship runner-up, Britain’s Andy “The Hammer” Hamilton, also taking part.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said it was great to attract new events to the city.
“What we have is the first chance to see the international champions up close,” she said.
“It’s one of those sports that is open to just about any age group.
“This takes darts out of the pub and into the international arena.”
Darts is a major spectator event, with thousands filling venues around the world to see Taylor and his colleagues. Many dress in costumes.
As well as darts’ own “battle for the Ashes” in the regions, there will be an international flavour to the Pro Darts Showdown, with South African No. 1 Devon Petersen and America’s best player John Kuczynski also headed for the Sunshine State.
Scotland’s Jamie Harvey, a former world championship semi-finalist, will also take part, with Aussie darts legend Russell Stewart set to show all the talents which won him seven Australian Grand Masters and five Australian Masters crowns.
Those eight players will take on eight of the best players from Australia as the Pro Darts Showdown moves around Queensland.
The showdown begins in Brisbane at the RNA Convention Centre on January 10-11 and heads to Gold Coast Events Centre at the Gold Coast Turf Club on January 17-18.
The Townsville event, a week after the Gold Coast, will be followed by the finale at Mackay Entertainment Centre on January 27-28.
Taylor said he was looking forward to the Queensland events. “I love it over here in Australia, the crowds are brilliant and I love every minute of it,” he said.
“I’ve not got many tournaments left in me, so I want to win as many as I can before I call it a day. I’m so proud to see the sport growing in this part of the world.
“I can’t wait.”
Qualifiers for the main event are to be held at the Deception Bay Bowls Club Queensland from the 22nd - 24th Sept 2017 which is open to all players
Entry to the International Pro Darts Showdown Qualifiers are being taken online
Tickets go on sale with Ticketek on Monday from 10am, with further details at www.prodartsshowdownseries.com.au
Story courtesy Townsville Bulletin