Australasian Championships teams event

NZ North Island got back to winning ways with a 13-1 victory over Tasmania whilst Queensland defeated the ACT by exactly the same scoreline. New South Wales got the win (9-5) over the Indigenous team whilst New Zealand South lost out to Victoria in a critical clash on the table with those teams so close to each other. South Australia capped off the round by defeating Western Australia before repeating the dose against the ACT in the next round. NSW and the NZ North Island team played out the third 7-7 draw of the tournament. Queensland’s Raymond Smith and Robbie King defeated Corey Cadby and Rhys Mathewson of Victoria in the opening match of their teams clash and Queensland went on to win 10-4. There were also comfortable wins for New Zealand South Island (over the Indigenous side) and Western Australia (over Tasmania.)
After six rounds Queensland leads the way with 69 points as Victoria is the leader in the chasing pack on 54 points, although this is the same tally as Western Australia and the New Zealand North Island.
In the womens event both New Zealand teams won their first event of the day but only the North Island were able to take out both rounds for the day, as the South Island lost to South Australia in the last match up of the day. In other matches Victoria defeated NSW before losing to Queensland. Tasmania then lost to NSW, having already lost to NZ North Island in the previous round. South Australia secured the other match on the day with an 8-3 win over Queensland, the team from the North’s only loss in the tournament to this point.
After six rounds South Australia lead the way but very close behind are both New Zealand North Island and Queensland. Four points behind it are Victoria, who are very much still in the competition.
The youth competition is also well under way with South Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania coming away with wins in the boys competition Round 2. In the girls competition South Australia, New Zealand and NSW Sky won their clashes. Round 1 had seen Western Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania win in the boys, and NSW Sky, South Australia and New Zealand. Thus after two legs for the girls three teams had secured two victories and three teams none at all.
In other events Kelsi Ray Te Moananui defeated Heather Rankin 2-0 to win the Youth Girls Championship after both had won 2-1 in their semi finals (over Karlie Padget and Fiona Gottwald respectively.) In the mens youth event Jamie Rundle confirmed his class by defeating John Nottage 2-1 in the final. The losing semi finalists in this event were Hayden Scott and Colby Dodge.
In a first for Australia Friday night saw the inaugural $5000 winner take all event played on home soil. The quality of the tournament saw big name players go out early and eventually the top 16 was settled. In that round Robbie King (6-4 over Laurie Loch), Ben Robb (6-2 over Jack DeRevries), Cody Harris (6-3 over Damon Heta), Tim Pusey (6-3 over Mal Cuming), Graeme Ryder (over Steven MacArthur), Justin Thompson (over Tahuna Irwin) Haupai Puha (over Ray O’Donell) – all 6-4 results. The final clash saw Corey Cadby defeat Rob Modra 6-3.
The quarter final clashes were huge as Robbie King upset Ben Robb 6-4. The other games were more one sided as both Cody Harris and Graeme Ryder won 6-2 (over Tim Pusey and Justin Thompson respectively) and Corey Cadby defeated the Kiwi in the greatest form of his life, Haupai Puha, 6-1, finishing with a 101.6 average. The semi finals saw King and Cadby come through (6-3 over Harris and 6-2 over Ryder respectively.
In the final Cadby won the first leg, despite two 119 visits from King. A 134 start and double 5 finish then moved Cadby a break in front. King then threw a 96 check out to break straight back and held his throw in the next leg with a 71 finish. Cadby then opened with a 140 and held the advantage throughout the 5th leg to move 3-2 clear. The next leg was critical as King busted twice chasing 25 and Cadby took just two darts to check out the same. He then hit a maximum to leave just 4 in the next leg and he quickly took out the double on his next visit. Ar 5-2 up King was able to check out 78 and then had his chance in the next leg. However he could not convert 73, nor 7, as Cadby finally secured the leg and the match, 6-3, also collecting the total prize pool for this event, the $5000.
In the mens doubles late Thursday night Ben Robb and Haupai Puha (NZ South Island) won the event after defeating Steve Fitzpatrick and Brad Thorp 4-1 in the final. Those teams had defeated James Bailey and Steve MacArthur, and Lucas Cameron and Steve Powell respectively in the semi finals. The boys youth competition went to Western Australia after Matt Dorotich and Alec McEvoy defeated Casey Mathews and David Adams of New Zealand. The ladies saw the doubles go to New Zealand North Island, represented by Marilyn Waitere and Chenesse Kauika and the girls youth to South Australia’s Caitlain Avis and Fiona Gottwald (over New Zealand.) South Australia (Rebekah Promnitz and Deb Leonard) had also been the runners up in the women’s final.