CHALLENGE TOUR UPDATE

The NSW and Qld events ran over the 18th and 19th of May. At the Mount Pritchard Club Scott Johnson returned to success with a win over Mark Lennard in the final of the first competition (5 legs to 4) before Kerry Allen took out the evening’s event with a 5-2 win over Luke Wilson. Sunday saw the two winners from the previous day face off in the first final with Allen taking the win over Johnson by five legs to two. In the fourth event the two most consistent players of the weekend took on each other again and it was Allen who took the win over Johnson again, this time 5-3.
At the Mollymook Beach Bowling club Many Kato defeated Mat Goozeff 5-0 in the first final of the weekend before Russell Northey finished the Saturday night by whitewashing Dave Boyle in the final of the second event. The next day, as at Mount Pritchard, the two winners from the Saturday played out the final of the third event with Northey taking it out in a final leg decider, 5-4, over Kato. Kato was not done for the weekend though and defeated Danny Watson 5-4 in the final event of the weekend.
At the Young Services Club it was no surprise to see both Josh Townsend, fresh off success at the pro tour level in Dubbo, take on Greg L’Estrange. Townsend got the best of his opponent and won 4-3 in the final. The two players were back at it again in the Final later that evening with Townsend winning a final leg decider for the second time in the day (this time winning 5-4.) On the Sunday morning Adam Faulkner broke the dominance of the same two players in the final by defeating Josh Townsend 4-2 in the semi final only to fall to L’Estrange in the final (4-2, including a 12 dart leg from L’Estrange.) Replicating the day before the Final was a copy of earlier in the day in terms of the result, although the scoreline read L’Estrange 4 Faulkner 1 this time. (Townsend lost to L’Estrange in the semifinal this time around.)
Meanwhile in Queensland at the Pine River Darts Club players bucked the trend of the same players making the finals all weekend. In the first event Michael Ruthenberg won his maiden event of the tour with a 5-3 win over Tony Davy. In the second event of the Saturday Jimmy Raroa took out a final leg decider to defeat Jackson Davies 5-4. The next day Mark Dutton beat Andrew Brown 5-2 to be crowned the third separate winner of the weekend (in fact there were twelve different semi finalists in the first three events.) On Sunday afternoon Andrew Brown was the first player to make a second final on the weekend but he was unable to change his runners up position, this time losing 5-1 to Dave Evans in the final (and thus crown four different winners over the four events on the weekend.)
Last weekend the Tasmanian challenge tour got underway with John Riley winning the first event by defeating Braydon Abbott in the final 5-3. That night Riley made the final once more but lost to Nathan Seabourne 5-2. Seabourne would add to this success on Day 2 with wins over Matt Woodberry (5-0) and Riley once more (6-4) to come away from the weekend leading the competition with Riley one place behind him. Weekend 2 of this event is May 25th and 26th at the East Devonport Recreation Centre.
In Victoria their tour continued at the MDDA centre it was Tyler Fitch doubling up on the Sunday with wins in each final, both over Brandon Weening (5-2 and 5-3.) The previous day Weening had made another final but in that he had met Brody Klinge who continued his good form across this tournament by winning another final, this time 5-1. That night Klinge made the final once more but came up one leg short of a perfect day with a 5-4 loss to Aaron Bradley.