WORLD SERIES OF DARTS Qualifiers Melb and Brisbane 1

Robbie King has qualified for his debut in the World Series of Darts with a 6-1 victory over Raymond O’Donnell in the Final of Melbourne Qualifier One at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club on the south coast of NSW.
The quarter finals had seen three of the matches going to deciding legs with David Platt, Raymond O’Donnell, and Robbie King overcoming Koha Kokiri, Tim Pusey and Willy Kimura respectively. The final quarter final was almost as close as Mick Lacey defeated Ryan Lynch 5-3.
The first semi final saw Ray O’Donnell take the opening four games, including a 12 darter in the second leg. David Platt then broke the O’Donnell throw before holding his own to move back within two legs of parity. It was all too late though as O’Donnell held his throw to win the match 5-2. The other semi final saw King win his opening leg in 13 darts. He and Mick Lacey then exchanged legs before King broke Lacey’s throw with another 13 dart leg. Each player then held throw until the end of the match, and thus King walked away with a 5-3 victory.
The final was a one way affair as King won five legs straight, including two 14 dart legs, at the beginning of the match until O’Donnell held his throw in the sixth leg. Normal service resumed in the next leg as King took it out to win the final and qualify for his first ever World Series of Darts event, having come so close to qualification in the past.
King was delighted after qualifying, “I am super stoked to have qualified. I have been trying to qualify for a number of years now so to make it is amazing. I am looking forward to having a crack at the big boys. Having had a year off I have come back really excited this year and this is an amazing feeling. I have enjoyed some success this season and I am ready for the challenge of the big stage.”
Brisbane Qualification 1
The afternoon saw qualifying for the Brisbane Darts Masters begin. In the final Haupai Puha defeated David Platt 6-4 to complete a trifecta of qualifications across the three oceanic World Series of Darts event.
The quarter finals had seen Puha take out Tasmanian Brad Thorp 5-3. Raymond O’Donnell defeated Youth World Championship bound Tremaine Gallagher by the same score. In an all WA shoot out Koha Kokiri was defeated by David Platt 5-1, whilst fellow World Youth Championship entrant was more successful as Jamie Rundle defeated Melbourne World Series of Darts qualifier from earlier in the day, Robbie King, 5-3.
The semi finals saw Kiwi World Cup star Puha whitewash O’Donnell 5-0, securing 11 and 13 dart legs, a 114 check out in leg two and an average of 107.4. The other semi final saw David Platt and Jamie Rundle win their opening legs (in 12 and 15 darts respectively.) Rundle then failed to take his chances in the next two legs as Platt moved to a 4-1 lead. Rundle then picked up a leg on throw before Platt closed out the game in the seventh leg.
The final saw Platt take an early 2-0 lead before Puha won successive games to tie the match back up. Platt then converted his own throw before taking out 58 to break his opponent, Puha having been unsuccessful at converting 84. Platt missed a double 11 to take a 5-2 lead in the final and instead watched as at his next visit Puha moved back to within a leg of his opponent. Puha then held throw before a 13 dart leg saw him take the lead for the first time in the match. He then checked out a 97 to win the match and complete qualification for the Brisbane Darts Masters.
Puha was reflective post match, after a huge six weeks in his dart career. “It has not sunk in yet. I came over here to do the business and I have done it. It has been a long month in darts for me so to qualify for my third event is exciting. Hopefully this inspires other young Kiwi darts players to reach for their goals