DPA kicked off the new year with the first event of 2020, although the third weekend of events of the season, at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club on the last Friday of January. 90 players lined up at the oche pm the Friday night.
In a straight knockout format the round of sixteen matches saw Team Rebel’s GG Mathers, recently returned home from competing in England, defeat China Jouannet 6-3. Team mate Mick Lacey defeated Adam Bainbridge 6-4 as Kyle Anderson won 6-2 over another Team Rebel player in Rhys Mathewson. The other Team Rebel player to make this stage, Lucas Cameron, defeated Team Misfit’s Tim Pusey 6-2. Youngster Brody Klinge edged out recent BDO World Championship player Justin Thompson 6-5 whilst NSW’s Liam McLennan defeated another young Victorian star in Brandon Weening by the same score. Recent PDC Youth championship contestant Jamie Rundle progressed with a 6-2 win over Corey Naumann whilst local Clayton Collins defeated Dean Dixon 6-4 in the final round of sixteen match.
Brody Klinge had a clear win over Lucas Cameron in the last eight by six legs to one whilst Mathers also progressed, only dropping one extra leg against McLennan. Anderson then defeated good friend Rundle, whilst Collins upset Lacey in a deciding leg to also enter the semi-finals line up.
Collins was in his first DPA semi-final but lost it in another final leg decider, losing 5-6 to Mathers. Anderson and Klinge went 3-3 in their match before Anderson held throw in 13 darts. He then broke Klinge in 14 darts and held throw to win the match 6-3.
The final saw both players open by holding throw and Mathers replicated this success on his next throw. In the fourth leg visits of 134, 95, 105 and 119 set Mathers up for a break and with Anderson only able to move from 200 to 65 Mathers took full advantage and took the break in 14 darts. Both players then held throw in 15 and 13 darts respectively before another 13 dart leg, this time from Mathers, gave him a 5-2 lead. Anderson then held his throw before Mathers won the match by holding his throw in 17 darts.
Mathers therefore secured the first DPA event of 2020 with the 6-3 win in the final.
The second event of the weekend saw 95 players compete in a table and then knockout format with the round of 16 matches concluding with victories for Liam McLennan (upsetting GG Mathers), Ray O’Donnell (over Matt Mullen), Haupai Puha (knocking out the other finalist from the last event, KyleAnderson), Jamie Rundle (in a deciding leg against Mick Lacey), Robbie King (eliminating Brody Klinge), Brendon McCausland (over Justin Thompson and checking out 142 on his final visit), James Bailey (in another deciding leg match, this one against Bill Aitken), and Dean Dixon who was the last entrant into the top eight when he defeated Kenny Kennedy.
The quarter finals saw youngsters Rundle, McLennan and King win through with James the more experienced Bailey joining them. Rundle upset Puha 5-3, McLennan defeated O’Donnell 5-2, Bailey secured a 5-1 win over McCausland and King won through by whitewashing Dixon. The semi-finals were comprehensive affairs with Rundle defeating McLennan 5-2 and Robbie King going one leg better by defeating James Bailey 5-1.
The final was tight early with the match 2-2 after four legs. A 140 start from Robbie King in the fifth leg gave him a good lead on throw but a 123 visit left Rundle on 121. Neither King nor Rundle checked out on their next two visits before King finally held his throw. On throw Rundle hit a maximum on his second visit and late in the leg a ton visit left him needing 64. Four darts later and the match was all square once more. Visits of 100 and 125 put King well ahead on throw in the seventh leg but a 130 left Rundle close on 152. With Rundle then standing behind him requiring 32 King checked out a ton to move one leg away from winning the match.
Rundle hit a 140 on his second visit on throw in the next leg but a 140 visit from King further into the leg set him up to attempt a 105 finish which he checked out on his next visit to win the match 5-3 and take event 10 of the DPA tour.
Sunday’s event was a set play format and it was Kyle Anderson, soon to be returning to the UK circuit, who won the event, defeating Team Rebel’s Mal Cuming in the final.
The elimination event saw final 16 wins for Anderson (over Brody Klinge), Cuming (Brendon McCausland), Haupai Puha (Lucas Cameron), Tim Pusey (Rhys Mathewson), Robbie King (Justin Thompson), and Steve Fitzpatrick (James Bailey), who all won two sets to nil. Liam McLennan (over Mick Lacey) and Ben Robb (Brandon Weening) also qualified for the final eight by winning their matches two sets to one.
McLennan improved on his result from the round of 16 with a 2-0 win over Team Misfit’s Tim Pusey in the quarters whilst Anderson continued his run of not losing a set by defeating Team Rebel’s Steve Fitzpatrick 2-0. Cuming progressed to the semi-final stage with a 2-1 win over Kiwi star Puha with Haupai’s compatriot Ben Robb doing better, defeating King 2-1.
The semi-finals saw Anderson break Robb on the Kiwi’s opening throw with a 13 dart leg (including visits of 177 and 180) and hold his own throw twice to gain the first set. In the next leg 25 darts (including a 164 check out) was all it took for Anderson to go 2-0 up and he then broke Robb for a second time to win the match two sets to nil.
The other semi-final saw a tight opening set go Cuming’s way after both he and McLennan held throw twice before the Team Rebel man broke the McLennan throw in the last leg of the set. Cuming then held throw twice for a second successive set but McLennan had to watch as Cuming checked out a 160 to break his opponent’s throw in the fourth leg and secure the set and win the match two sets to nil.
In the final Cuming and Anderson both held their throw at the first attempt before Anderson collected a score of 100 and two successive 180s and then secured 41 and complete the leg in 12 darts to take a break of throw. He then held his own throw to take the first set. In the second set it was Cuming who demonstrated his class early as he broke Anderson at the first attempt with a 12 dart leg of his own (140, 100, 140 and 121) before holding throw. Anderson then held throw although Cuming had a shot at the set but missed the bull with his opponent not giving him an opportunity to return to the oche. Cuming then had multiple darts on his own throw to take the leg but was unable to convert them and Anderson took the chance to tie the set up at 2-2. Anderson then had visits of 100, 180, 140 and 81 to gain another 12 dart leg, securing the set and the match by doing so. Anderson went the whole days without even dropping a set.
All up it was another successful weekend of quality darts at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club with three winners across three events, and an array of big names making the final sixteen in every event.