Harrows Pro Tour Seaford Hotel Round Up

This weekend in Melbourne at the Seaford Hotel the DPA Harrows Australian Pro Tour continued with Team Misfit players stealing the headlines.
The opening event saw Team Misfits take down to leading Team Rebel players, with Damon Heta eliminating Rhys Matthewson and Robbie King beating Mick Lacey. Another misfit in Ray O’Donnell took out James Bailey, representing Team DPA DPNZ Kiwi, as he set up another Misfit v Rebel clash after Steve Fitzpatrick defeated GG Mathers in an all Team Rebel affair. In the all misfit first semi-final Robbie King upset Heta, winning the last deciding leg. The other semi-final saw O’Donnell defeat Fitzpatrick by the same scoreline. O’Donnell then did a job on King in the final with a 6-1 win over his stable mate.
Tim Pusey set up a Misfits v Rebel clash as he defeated Michael Cassar in the quarter final stage as Mick Lacey won an all Team Rebel quarter final against Rob Modra. O’Donnell kept up his good form with a 6-5 win over James Bailey and GG Mathers won 6-0 against Paul Cotton to make the fourth member of the semi final representatives for this event. Both semis were clear cut affairs with Mathers winning 6-0 and Pusey winning 6-2 over Lacey. The final saw Pusey win the event in a final deciding leg, 6-5 the final score.
The third event of the weekend saw a second successive Misfits v Rebel final as GG Mathers made his second final of the weekend and Damon Heta charged his way through the field to make it to the final dance. Heta had made it past team mate and fellow West Aussie Tim Pusey in the quarter final to set up a clash with rising star Brandon Weening, who had seen off Mike Bonser in his quarter. In the bottom half of the draw Mathers just got past team mate Steve Fitzpatrick 6-5 and Misfit original Raymond Smith defeated old foe James Bailey in his quarter final. Mathers won his semi over Smith 6-4 whilst Heta defeated Weening 6-2. The final was a close affair but in the end Heta won 6-4.
The final event was held on the Sunday and Damon Heta made it past Pusey in the quarters once more. He would face Brody Klinge, star of the challenge tour and other darting events around Australia recently. Klinge had overcome Brendon McCausland 5-2 in his quarter. Four huge names in Australian darts made up the bottom of the draw, with GG Mathers and Raymond Smith getting past Mick Lacey and Rob Modra (both of Team Rebel) respectively. In the first semi Damon Heta overcame Klinge 5-4 in a close affair whilst Mathers qualified for his third final of the weekend with victory over Smith.
The repeated final from the previous event went the same way as Heta won in comprehensive style 6-1. It meant that Team Misfits had won all four events and Team Rebel players were the only others to make up finals across the weekend. It also moved Damon Heta within touching distance of the PDC World Championship stage at the end of the year.
This year’s tour concludes at Canberra next month, although this result and Canberran results also go toward the following years pro-tour table.
The Challenge tour across NSW this weekend saw the conclusion of two more second tier events, in Young and Mollymook NSW, with eight more tour cards secured.
On Saturday Manny Kato produced an undefeated display and picked up both event wins. He defeated Matt Craig 5-1 in the opening event and Jamie Watson 5-0 in the second final of the day. Kato took out David Boyle in the semi finals of the third event before defeating Matt Craig once again, this time 5-0 in his third final of the weekend. In the last Final of the competition Kato defeated Russell Northey 5-2, having seen off Bruce Bailey in the semi finals. Thus Kato clean swept the weekend at Mollymook. That final win moved Kato past Shane Wolter into top spot with both picking up tour cards alongside David Boyle and Russell Northey. Despite solid weekends neither David Watson nor Matt Craig were able to move into the top four and thus just missed out on a tour card through the challenge tour process.
Winners in Young over the weekend were Greg L’Estrange, Mick Lean, Josh Townsend and Adam Faulkner. All but Lean finished in the top four for tour cards with Rod Crawford picking up the fourth card, Daniel Sim only 12 points behind, and Lean four points back from him. With only an event in Victoria to go Townsend and L’Estrange actually hold the overall lead in the challenge tour events.