Home Tour: Chizzy Through In Style.

Dave Chisnall reached the semi-finals of the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs, winning Group Four on Friday evening.

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A keenly contested Group Four saw the opening three matches all go to deciding legs, as Chisnall lost out to Heta, allowing Dutch youngster Geert Nentjes to storm to the top of the table with back-to-back wins.

World number 11 Chisnall clawed his way back into contention with a convincing 6-2 defeat of Darren Webster to set up a straight shoot-out to win the group in the final game of the night between Chisnall and Nentjes.

Missed doubles from Nentjes proved costly, as Chisnall took full advantage to end the night on top of the group, sealing his place in next Wednesday’s first semi-final night.

The Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs continue on Saturday night with Group Five, which will feature World Matchplay champion Rob Cross, 2020 Players Championship event winner Ryan Searle, Home Tour nine-dart hitter Luke Woodhouse and Sweden’s Daniel Larsson.

Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs
Group Four – Friday May 29
Damon Heta 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Geert Nentjes 6-5 Darren Webster
Geert Nentjes 6-5 Damon Heta
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Darren Webster
Darren Webster 6-2 Damon Heta
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Geert Nentjes


Pics: Taylor Lanning

Unibet Home Tour 17: Heta Claims Top Spot.

Damon Heta won Group 17 of the Unibet Home Tour on Sunday night, topping the group on leg-difference ahead of John Henderson and Krzysztof Kciuk.

John Henderson was the group’s highest ranked player, and the popular Scot just about got off to a winning start as he defeated Poland’s Krzysztof Kciuk 5-4 in the night’s opening game.

Despite playing through the night in Australia, Heta showed he was wide awake with a 5-0 whitewash of Gary Blades, before overcoming Henderson 5-3 in what proved to be a pivotal match.

Though Kciuk made it back-to-back victories with a 5-3 win over Heta in the penultimate game of the evening, it wasn’t enough to stop Brisbane Darts Master Heta from ending the night on top.

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Mondau night with Group 18, which will see PDC ranking event winner and former Premier League stars Stephen Bunting and Kim Huybrechts in action.

Unibet Home Tour 
Group 17 – Sunday May 3
John Henderson 5-4 Krzysztof Kciuk
Damon Heta 5-0 Gary Blades
Krzysztof Kciuk 5-3 Gary Blades
Damon Heta 5-3 John Henderson
Krzysztof Kciuk 5-3 Damon Heta
John Henderson 5-1 Gary Blades


World Series Expanded in Australia – Summer Threesome Details!

Wollongong and Townsville will host PDC events for the first time in 2020 as top-class darts returns to Australia in August.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG : SIMON WHITLOCK IN ACTION

The World Series of Darts will return Down Under for a treble-header in August, with the NZ Darts Masters in Hamilton sandwiched between visits to two exciting new destinations in Australia.

The New South Wales Darts Masters will be held at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong on August 14-15 before the Queensland Darts Masters is held at the Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre on August 28-29.

The World Series of Darts’ international tour will begin in June with tournaments in New York and Copenhagen, featuring the likes of World Champion Peter Wright, world number one Michael van Gerwen and global sensation Fallon Sherrock amongst eight PDC representatives.

Damon Heta – Showed what local players can do by winning the Brisbane Masters.

Eight regional representatives will compete in each tournament – with last year having seen Australian ace Damon Heta take victory in the Brisbane Darts Masters.

Perth’s Heta has since gone on to win a PDC Tour Card, securing a place on the professional circuit alongside fellow Australians Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson.

“We’ve travelled around Australia in recent years with the World Series of Darts and it’s exciting for us to be visiting Wollongong and Townsville for the first time in 2020 to take these fantastic events to new audiences,” said PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter.

“Both are strong sporting areas and this is a great opportunity to see the world’s top darts players live in high-profile international tournaments.

“After Damon Heta’s amazing achievement winning in Brisbane last year, all eyes will be on the local stars from Australia and New Zealand to see who can grasp their opportunity to claim glory alongside the biggest names in darts.”

Fans wishing to attend the events have the chance to sign up for the FREE Priority Registration Window to receive the first opportunity to purchase tickets on Monday March 9. To sign up, please visit https://pdc.tell-us-what-you-think.com/s3/PDC-2020-World-Series-Register-Interest.

Tickets for the New South Wales Darts Masters and Queensland Darts Masters will then go on general sale on Wednesday March 11. Further information can be seen at www.pdc.tv/tickets.

2020 New South Wales Darts Masters

WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong

Friday August 14 (1900 start)

First Round x8
Table Ticket $77.77

Tiered Ticket $61.27

Saturday August 15 (1400 start)

Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Final
Table Ticket $87.96

Tiered Ticket $72.67

2020 Queensland Darts Masters

Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre

Friday August 28 (1900 start)

First Round x8
Table Ticket $76.50

Tiered Ticket $61.20

Saturday August 29 (1900 start)

Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Final
Table Ticket $86.70

Tiered Ticket $71.40

ENDS

Melbourne Masters Warms Up. Round-Up and Early Details.

ANDERSON AND VAN GERWEN SET FOR MELBOURNE CLASH. RVB CRUISES THROUGH OPENER.

The Crowd enjoying day 1 of the 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters at Melbourne Arena, Victoria Australia, 16 August, 2019.
Pic: PDC/David Callow


Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson will face off in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters after the pair comfortably came through their first-round matches at Melbourne Arena. 

The opening night of action also saw Brisbane Darts Masters champion Damon Heta produce another superb performance to beat James Wade for the second time in a week.

Meanwhile, Raymond van Barneveld produced the performance of the day with a 106 average and 75% on his doubles as he brushed aside Haupai Puha. 

Gary Anderson during day 1 of the 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters at Melbourne Arena, Victoria Australia, 16 August, 2019.
Pic: PDC/David Callow

Anderson booked his place in the last eight with a 6-0 whitewash win over James Bailey with the Scot averaging 96.97 on his way to the win.

The 48-year-old, who had to take time away from the sport earlier in the year with a back injury, is looking for his first individual title of 2019 and believes the form is starting to come back.

“It’s getting there. I had six months off and in the past I could just get right back into it.

“It has not turned out that way and it has been a hell of a difference.

“It’s going to be hard work I think, I need to get back into it. I know what I need to do.”

The win sets up a mouth-watering clash with world number one Van Gerwen after the World Champion overcame Tim Pusey 6-2.

The Dutchman has now gone seven PDC events without winning a title but will be hoping to end that run on Saturday night in front of an expected 3000-strong crowd. 

Premier League champion Van Gerwen, who hit four maximum scores in the match, dominated the game for the majority and is relishing the prospect of another encounter with his old rival Anderson.

“Gary and I always have great games and I can’t afford to make any mistakes against him.

“I have not played my best but I just have to keep giving myself chances and doing the right things at the right moments.

“I am happy to get the win today but now I have to focus on playing Gary.”

Defending Melbourne Darts Masters champion Peter Wright will continue his quest to retain his title after knocking out Corey Cadby in a 6-4 win.

Both players struggled to find form but it was Wright who took his chances early in the encounter.

Home-favourite Cadby battled back in to the match and missed a dart at tops to level at 5-5 and send it to a deciding leg before Wright pinned the same target to progress in to the last eight.

“Tonight was diabolical, I’m sorry and I don’t know what happened up there tonight but sometimes it just doesn’t go,” said a frustrated Wright.

“I have to play Barney tomorrow and if I play anything like that then I won’t be the champion anymore.”

The Scot will resume his title defence against Van Barneveld, who began his final competitive tournament in Australia in style as he defeated Puha 6-1 with an average of 106.13 – the highest of the night.

“I felt really relaxed up there. I took a few days off after Brisbane to get my mind in the right place and it seemed to have worked.

“I have been doing it on the practice board and I always feel confident there but it’s nice to finally do it out on the stage.”

The Dutch legend missed just two darts at doubles throughout the night and threw three 180s in his victory.

New Aussie sensation Heta picked up where he left off in Brisbane in emphatic style as he defeated James Wade 6-1 in their first round tie.

Damon Heta – Repeats His Brisbane Masters Performance in defeating James Wade.
Pic:PDC/David Callow

The pair met the week before where the eventual champion Heta edged out Wade in a last leg decider, however, this victory was far more comprehensive.

The 2019 Brisbane Darts Master averaged almost 100 as he put his English opponent to the sword to book his place in the quarter-finals.

“Things just feel so good right now, I’m just in the moment and absolutely loving it,” said Heta after his win.

The 32-year-old ace will take on Rob Cross in the quarter-finals after the former World Champion beat Robbie King 6-2.

Home hero Simon Whitlock opened the evening’s play with a comprehensive 6-3 win over Mick Lacey.

A 97 average and three maximums were more than enough for the former World Championship finalist to book himself a spot in the last eight.

The Australian will face Daryl Gurney in the quarter-finals after he beat Kyle Anderson 6-3.

Gurney flew out of the blocks taking a 3-0 lead, averaging almost 120 before a fightback saw Anderson miss a dart to level at 4-4.

The former Grand Prix champion eventually made it over the line and was happy with the victory.

“I was pleased with the way I started so I was happy with that but it was my own fault that I let Kyle back in.

“I’m been working really hard at home and whilst I’ve been away so beating quality players shows the hard work is paying off.”

The 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters will conclude on Saturday as the remaining eight players battle it out for the title. 

The final night of action will be broadcast live on Fox Sports across Australia and worldwide through the PDC’s international broadcast partners, as well as through PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands).

UK TV coverage on ITV4 will be from 7pm BST.

2019 Melbourne Darts Masters
Draw Bracket
(1) Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
(4) Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
(2) Rob Cross v Robbie King
James Wade v Damon Heta
(3) Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey

Schedule of Play
Friday, August 16

Simon Whitlock 6-3 Mick Lacey
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson 6-0 James Bailey
Peter Wright 6-4 Corey Cadby
Damon Heta 6-1 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Tim Pusey
Rob Cross 6-2 Robbie King
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 17
Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
Rob Cross v Damon Heta
Daryl Gurney v Simon Whitlock

Semi-Finals
Final
All best of 15 legs

ENDS

Melbourne Darts Masters – Draw

Peter Wright will begin the defence of his title against Corey Cadby after the draw was made for the 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters.

Snakebite will take on King Cadby on opening night.
Pic: PDC

The PDC World Series of Darts’ third visit to Melbourne will see 16 players in action from August 16-17 at the Melbourne Arena, with the clash between Wright and Cadby headlining Friday’s opening night.

The pair have met twice before on the World Series stage, claiming a win each, while Wright got the better of the young Australian in their latest meeting at the 2017 Grand Slam of Darts.

Both players will be looking to put disappointing displays in Brisbane behind them, after Wright was knocked out in the first round by Kyle Anderson and Cadby also fell at the first hurdle against Gary Anderson.

New sensation Damon Heta will face James Wade in a replay of last weekend’s first round encounter which Heta won 6-5 to kick-start an incredible run to the Brisbane title.

World number one Michael van Gerwen begins his quest for a first PDC title since May against Tim Pusey, while Gary Anderson will take on James Bailey.

Legendary Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld, competing in his penultimate World Series of Darts event, will be hoping for a second victory in as many weeks against New Zealander Haupai Puha.

Brisbane runner-up Rob Cross will take on TV debutant Robbie King, third seed Daryl Gurney meets Kyle Anderson and Simon Whitlock plays Mick Lacey in an all-Australian clash.

Friday’s first round at the will be followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on Saturday.

For tickets, visit www.ticketek.com.au.

The Melbourne Darts Masters will be broadcast live on Fox Sports across Australia and worldwide through the PDC’s international broadcast partners, as well as through PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands).

Coverage in the UK will be on ITV4 from 1900 BST on each night.

Written by Josh Phillips

2019 Melbourne Darts Masters 
Draw Bracket
(1) Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
(4) Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
(2) Rob Cross v Robbie King
James Wade v Damon Heta
(3) Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey

Schedule of Play
Friday, August 16

Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
James Wade v Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Rob Cross v Robbie King
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 17
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final
All best of 15 legs

ENDS

Heta Interrupts Voltage to Claim Brisbane Title.

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The 2019 Brisbane Darts Masters in association with Pirate Life came to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday night with Damon Heta defying the odds to claim a first PDC title, beating Rob Cross in the last leg decider at the BCEC.

Heta, who was celebrating his 32nd birthday, became the first Australian to make a final of a World Series event since Kyle Anderson and Corey Cadby contested the 2017 Auckland Darts Masters and the first to do so in his home country.

Cross, who had beaten world number one Michael van Gerwen in the previous year’s final, improved his unbeaten record in Brisbane until clashing with the unfancied Heta in the decider.

The final began with Cross opening up a 3-1 lead including an 11-dart break of throw in the fourth for a two-leg advantage.

Heta then punished Cross for missing six darts at a double to break straight back before taking out his second 164 finish of the tournament to draw level.

The pair then traded throw until what seemed a crucial break came in the tenth leg with Cross taking out 90 on double 18 to go 6-4 ahead and within two legs of the title.

Heta, who tops the DPA’s Order of Merit, wasn’t done there though as he immediately broke back and held throw to level, to put the pressure back on Cross.

The former World Champion stood up to the test initially though as he held to go one leg closer to retaining his title but once again the Australian fought back to take it to a decider, despite facing a match-dart from Cross.

The final leg saw Heta throw a brilliant 170 set-up shot before eventually pinning double 16 to claim what seemed an unlikely title and delight the crowd in Brisbane.

“It’s unexplainable. I have just grown throughout this whole tournament. I have worked hard for this and it’s paid off in the end and I am just super stoked,” said Heta after the final.

“I have got to pinch myself just to make sure it’s happening, I am lost for words. I know what I can do and how good I can be and today I showed the world.

“To do that in front of an Australian crowd was amazing and hopefully I’ll be able to come over to the UK soon and when I do people better watch out.”

The work began for Heta as he took on Gary Anderson, who had demolished fellow Australian Corey Cadby the night before.

Heta didn’t let reputation stand in his way though as he punished the Scot for missing a staggering 24 darts at doubles throughout the match to seal a 8-6 win and move in to the last four.

Another Australian waited in the semi’s after Simon Whitlock whitewashed Kyle Anderson in the opening match of the night to confirm his place in the last four.

Whitlock began the game by racing in to a 3-0 lead and looked most likely to make his first televised final since the 2018 European Championship. However, Heta fought back to secure the win and move in to the final with Rob Cross.

Earlier in the day Cross began his charge for a second consecutive title in Brisbane with an 8-4 win over Raymond van Barneveld in the quarter-final, averaging 95.

Cross’ semi-final opponent was Daryl Gurney, the man he beat at the same stage of the World Matchplay just two weeks before and the outcome was the same, with Cross running out an 8-3 winner on this occasion. 

The semi-final clash saw Cross average 105 and hit 50% of his attempt at doubles, including a 170 finish to progress to the final against Heta.

Gurney had earlier defeated world number one Michael van Gerwen 8-5 to set up the semi-final encounter with Cross.

Despite the loss, Cross yet again showed his class and backed up his victory at the World Matchplay with a run to the final in Australia.

“I’ve played well this week and been feeling good since Blackpool but fair play to Damon he deserved it tonight.

“I had my chances but that means nothing if you don’t take them so I just have to say well done to Damon and prepare myself for Melbourne.”

The day belonged to Damon Heta though as the man from Perth secured his first televised PDC title in style and raised the profile of Australian darts in the process.



The fourth World Series event of 2019 and the second of the tour Down Under will see some of the world’s best players head to the Melbourne arena for the third staging of the Melbourne Darts Masters on August 16-17.

Limited tickets for the Melbourne Darts Masters are available at Ticketek.com.au.

The event will be broadcast live on Fox Sports across Australia and worldwide through the PDC’s international broadcast partners, as well as through PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands).

UK TV coverage on ITV4 will be from 7pm BST.

2019 Brisbane Darts Masters, in association with Pirate LifeFriday August 9First Round
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Koha Kokiri
Damon Heta 6-5 James Wade
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Brendon McCausland
Rob Cross 6-5 James Bailey
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Ben Robb
Gary Anderson 6-1 Corey Cadby
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Peter Wright

Saturday August 10 (1900 local time)Quarter-Finals
Simon Whitlock 8-0 Kyle Anderson 
Damon Heta 8-6 Gary Anderson
Rob Cross 8-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Daryl Gurney 8-5 Michael van Gerwen

Semi-Finals
Damon Heta 8-6 Simon Whitlock
Rob Cross 8-3 Daryl Gurney

Final
Damon Heta 8-7 Rob Cross

ENDS

World Series of Darts Update.

This years World Series will be getting underway shortly. Raymond Van Barneveld will be joined by home nation qualifiers in the August events.

Pic: Craig Caldwell ©Russell Pritchard / PDC Darts

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD and James Wade will compete in the PDC World Series of Darts events in Brisbane, Melbourne and Hamilton in August after being confirmed alongside four further qualifiers from Australia and New Zealand.

Five-time World Champion Van Barneveld, a former World Series finalist in both Australia and New Zealand, will be part of the Oceanic treble-header as he continues his final year before retirement by competing in August’s events.

The Dutch legend, 52, will be joined by reigning European Champion Wade – the 2018 World Series of Darts Finals winner and a former Perth Darts Masters finalist – as the final two of eight PDC representatives for the tournaments.

Grand Slam of Darts Raymond van Barneveld. Pic: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd/PDC Darts

Wade, 36, was recently a Premier League semi-finalist after finishing in the fourth position in the final league table following a strong season in the event and has now spent more than a decade at the sport’s top level.

The duo joins the previously-announced Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright and Simon Whitlock as the eight PDC representatives for the three World Series events, where they will take on eight Oceanic representatives in each first round.

Former Auckland Darts Masters winner Kyle Anderson and 2016 World Youth Champion Corey Cadby will also compete in all three events, while top Kiwi Cody Harris is set to take part in the NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB.

In addition, Australian duo Damon Heta and James Bailey have now secured places in the Brisbane Darts Masters and Melbourne Darts Masters as the top two players in the DartPlayers Australia standings.

Perth’s Heta is enjoying a superb year on the DPA ProTour and has previously competed in four World Series of Darts events – reaching the quarter-finals in Melbourne last year – and the 2018 World Series of Darts Finals.

Brisbane’s Bailey, meanwhile, sits second in the DPA standings at present, having competed in the 2018 Melbourne Darts Masters and at the 2019 PDC World Championship.

Christchurch’s Haupai Puha, who reached the World Cup quarter-finals for New Zealand alongside Harris last weekend, and Wellington’s two-time World Cup representative Craig Caldwell will compete in the NZ Darts Masters as the top two players from the DPNZ rankings.

A further three places in the Brisbane Darts Masters and Melbourne Darts Masters will be on offer in DPA Qualifiers, which will be held from July 4-7 in Warilla, alongside one spot in the NZ Darts Masters. For details, please visit dartplayersaustralia.com.

The DPNZ Qualifiers, which will offer two places in the NZ Darts Masters and one apiece in the Brisbane and Melbourne events, will be held on June 29-30 at the Hornby Working Men’s Club in Christchurch. For details, please visit dartplayers.co.nz.

Tickets for the Brisbane Darts Masters and Melbourne Darts Masters are available now throughticketek.com.au/DartsMasters.

Tickets for the NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB, are available throughticketek.co.nz/Darts.

2019 Brisbane Darts Masters

August 9-10, BCEC, Brisbane

PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld

Oceanic Representatives: Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby, Damon Heta (DPA Number One), James Bailey (DPA Number Two), DPA Qualifiers x3 (July 4-6, Warilla), DPNZ Qualifier (June 29, Christchurch)

Tickets: ticketek.com.au/DartsMasters

2019 Melbourne Darts Masters

August 16-17, The Melbourne Arena

PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld

Oceanic Representatives: Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby, Damon Heta (DPA Number One), James Bailey (DPA Number Two), DPA Qualifiers x3 (July 4-6, Warilla), DPNZ Qualifier (June 30, Christchurch)

Tickets: ticketek.com.au/DartsMasters

2019 NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB

August 23-24, Claudelands Arena, Hamilton

PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld

Oceanic Representatives: Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby, Cody Harris, Haupai Puha (DPNZ Number One), Craig Caldwell (DPNZ Number Two), DPNZ Qualifiers x2 (June 29-30, Christchurch), DPA Qualifier (July 7, Warilla)

Tickets: ticketek.co.nz/Darts