Challenge Tour Weekend 2 Victoria

In the Harrows DPA Challenge Tour Victorian division weekend two Brody Klinge won three out of four events in Ballarat over the weekend whilst young starlet Jackson Viccars took out the other event at the Central Highlands Darts Club.
The first event on the Saturday saw the field of 29 whittled down to four quarter finals where wins were secured by Kjell Ove Almeland (4-3 over Steve Fox), Dean Gibbs (4-0 over Jackson Viccars), Curt Horvatek (4-1 over Trevor Pumprey) and Brody Klinge (4-0 over Brandon Weening.)
Veteran Gibbs won through in his semi final against Ove Almeland (who had made such great progress in the first weekend of events in February.) The other semifinal saw Klinge outlast Horvatek. The final itself saw Klinge outshine Gibbs, winning 5-2 for his first event victory of the weekend (and his third overall this year on the challenge tour.)
The players then lined up for the knock out event that evening where Viccars, Horvatek and Klinge all lined up in the quarter finals once more. Viccars and Klinge actually went head to head and it was Klinge who came out on top comprehensively (5-1). Horvatek was dominated by Jon Hein (who whitewashed his opponent 5-0.) Kayleigh Johnson defeated Aaron Bradley in a close match by five legs to four whilst in the final Quarter Final Glenn Beall took out Hayden Psaltis with a 5-3 victory.
Hein and Klinge then set up a Final clash with good wins over Johnson and Beall respectively. For the second time in the day Klinge made short shift of his opponent in the Final, replicating the scoreline from his earlier win, five legs to two.
Gibbs, Hein, Ove Almeland and Beall made their second quarters of the weekend in Sunday’s first event but Klinge and Viccars one upped them all by making their third appearance at this stage in three events. Gavin Cuthbert and Ash Britt made up the final positions. Beall defeated Britt 4-1 whilst Ove Almeland lost 2-4 to young Viccars. Klinge then kept his undefeated run over the weekend alive by putting out Cuthbert 4-2 and Hein whitewashed Gibbs in their quarter final match.
The semi finals both finished 4-1 as Viccars defeated Beall and in a bit of a surprise, given his form from the day before, Klinge lost to Hein. Thus the final was set but again it was a one sided affair with the very talented Viccars winning the match 5-1. The Challenge Tour is certainly doing the job of showcasing talent around the country, whether they are 60 or 16!
In the final event of the weekend 31 players entered the knock out draw. Brandon Weening made his second quarter of the weekend but fell at this stage once again, losing the deciding leg of nine against Viccars. Also losing in this manner was Cody Midolo, who lost to Curt Horvatek. Dean Gibbs also failed to progress past this stage after he was defeated by Gavin Cuthbert 5-3. Brody Klinge continued his strong progress by taking out Joel Potter 5-1.
Viccars and Klinge set up their second head to head clash in the elimination stages of the weekend by defeating Horvatek (5-0) and Cuthbert (5-2) respectively. In the final it was Klinge who edged ahead and held on, winning 5-3.
Overall it was a very successful weekend at the Central Darts Club in Ballarat and shone a light on two names in particular, Brody Klinge (who backed up his two wins from events 1-4 with another three this weekend) and youngster Jackson Viccars, who not only won one event but made another final and played at the quarter final stage of all four events. The next round of the Harrows DPA Challenge Tour in Victoria will be held on April 27/28 at the Italian Australian Club in Morwell.