The Stars Come Out at Pine Rivers

Leg 2 of The Harrows DPA pro tour was played over the weekend with events 5 to 8 completed. Stars from across Australia and New Zealand met up at the Pine Rivers Darts Club in Queensland with four different winners taking out the events across the weekend, demonstrating the breadth of talent downunder.
On Friday night the knock out competition saw young Kiwi sensation Ben Robb win his first DPA tour event after overcoming fellow Kiwi (and now WA resident) Koha Kokiri 6-3 in the final. Robb had overcome another Kiwi born / WA resident, Damon Heta 6-3 in the semifinal whilst Kokiri defeated one of the winners from Leg 1 of the Pro Tour at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club, James Bailey, by the same scoreline in the other semifinal. Amongst the losing quarter finalists were another winner this season (Tasmanian Steve Fitzpatrick), former World Championships representatives David Platt and Raymond Smith and local Stewart Smith (who lost 6-3 to Heta.)
Saturday’s day event was won by Queensland veteran Dave Littleboy (who 12 months previous had defeated Devon Peterson in Mackay Qld.) Littleboy defeated the Kiwi player who is in the hottest form, Haupai Puha, in the final deciding leg of the Final to take out the event.
Earlier another veteran, Bill Aitken, rolled back the years as he made it all the way through to the semifinals before losing to Puha. Steve Fitzpatrick improved from his quarter final result from the night before but lost in his semifinal to Littleboy. As in the final both semis came down to a deciding leg.
Damon Heta continued his consistent form by making another quarter final, as did fellow WA player Tim Pusey. The other two losing quarter finalists were both from Queensland, GG Mathers and Shane Tichowitsch (both of whom have been a part of the PDC World Championships previously.) The quality of the competition demonstrated by the fact that all four losing quarter finalists have been a part of televised PDC events.
Another knock out competition was run on Saturday night and this time Damon Heta came out on top, defeating local player, and last year’s Pro Tour winner, Raymond Smith 6-1 in the Final.
Local Bill Aitken made his second semifinal in a day but this time met a man on a mission as Heta only conceded the same amount of legs as he would do in the Final. Another Queenslander, and triple challenge tour winner from just a fortnight ago, Jamie Rundle, made up the top four (that semifinal finishing a little closer than the first.)
The losing quarter finalists were again big names in the world of darts downunder, with former World Series of Darts representatives Rob Modra and Haupai Puha, as well as former PDC World Championship players Shane Tichowitch and James Bailey falling out from the last eight.
The final event (8) of the weekend was played on the Sunday. This time it was another local Queenslander James Bailey who took out the top spot. He faced a fellow former World Championship player in David Platt in the Final, with Bailey edging out his opponent in the last leg of that match to secure the win.
Bailey had defeated Tasmanian Brad Thorp in the semifinal in another close game, 5 legs to 4. Perhaps that deciding leg aided Bailey in the Final as Platt had been a little more comprehensive in his 5-2 semifinal win over fellow WA player Tim Pusey.
Once more the quality of the field was demonstrated by the losing quarter final players with Damon Heta being edged out in the final leg by Bailey (who certainly won this competition the hard way), Mick Lacey losing 5-3 to Thorp, Koha Kokiri being overcome by Pusey in another close match and Platt defeating Rhys Mathewson more comprehensively. Three of the four losing quarter finalists are former PDC World Series of Darts representatives.
After such a successful time at Pine Rivers Darts Club Queensland the Harrows DPA Pro Tour will visit the East Devonport Recreation Centre Tasmania in April (5 to 7.) Prior to that another round of the DPA Challenge Tour will be completed for those without current DPA Tour Cards who are eligible to participate, with events being played throughout Australia.