GG Mathers heads to Ally Pally

The DPA Harrows Darts Pro Tour climaxed this weekend in Perth, Western Australia with events 15 and 16 (the final two of the year) held at the Vasto Club Balcatta.
As a taster to these events the final World Series Darts Qualifier was played out on the Friday night with a familiar face winning as David Platt returned from injury to take out the knockout event. With around 200 participants through the 8 qualifiers it is Corey Cadby who qualifies for the World Series events in Auckland, Melbourne and Perth.
Event 15 on the Saturday saw one potential winner of the Pro Tour go by the way whilst another came through to put the nerves into the leader prior to the weekend, GG Mathers. Mathers was defeated by the man who at the time was holding down second in the tour, Rhys Mathewson, in the last 16 of the day. However, it was Mathewson who fell out of contention when beaten by David Platt in the next round (the gap had been so great between the two the Tasmanian really needed to win the tournament to put the heat on.) Thus it left only Corey Cadby (who had been third) with a chance of catching Mathers and he defeated WA’s own Adam Rowe 6-2 in his quarter final.
Cadby wanted to win this event to heap the pressure on Mathers and defeated the ever consistent Aaron Petty in the last 8. Also progressing to the semi-finals, along with Platt and Cadby, were Alan Aird and Barry Gardner. Cadby comprehensively beat his old foe from last season 6-1 with Gardner, only doing the WA events this season but proving he still has it, defeating Alan Aird 6-3.
The final was all Cadby and his 6-0 victory put the current PDC World Youth Champion in with a shot (albeit long) of taking out the season should Mathers falter again in event 16. Thus the season would be determined on the Sunday, going to the last event of the season, as it had in 2016, between Platt and Cadby.
In the round of 32 Cadby was drawn against Grant Dobson, and easily progressed. In the meantime Mathers (who had topped his board) was drawn against friend, team mate and great player Lucas Cameron (who had finished fourth on a star studded board.) Cameron gave no quarter and defeated Mathers, meaning that the steal looked to be on for Cadby. He was throwing well but his section of the draw had names like Mathewson and Justin Thompson, Robbie King (all of Top Shot Promotions) and Cameron (from his own Team Rebel stable) to not be taken lightly.
As it was he did not have to worry about any of these threats as he lost to former DA Australian representative Brad Austen in the round of 16 and Cadby’s late title surge was over, Mathers would be crowned the champion of the DPA Harrows Darts Pro Tour 2017.
The quality of the day, and of darts in Australia, was demonstrated by the names in the final 8; Austen, Loz Ryder, Tic Bridge, Koha Kokiri, Kim Lewis, King, Mathewson, and Gardner. Austen, Ryder, Kokiri and Mathewson all progressed but both semi finals were one way affairs, with Mathewson winning 6-1 over Austen, and Kokiri taking out his match with an even bigger margin, 6-0, over Ryder.
The final saw Mathewson miss his chances early in the match and once Kokiri got a 3-1 advantage he made sure there was little way for his Top Shot Darts Promotion opponent to come back. In the end it finished 6-2 as Kokiri took out the final event of the Pro Tour for 2017.
There is still a lot of darts remaining this year, with the PDC World Series of Darts coming up in August (and qualifiers before then), as well as the DPA / DPNZ Australasian championships in Dubbo this October / November (including the Test Match v NZ and Oceanic Masters.)
As winner of the DPA Harrows Darts Pro Tour 2017 Gordon Glenn Mathers has won his way into the World Championship of Darts draw at the Alexandra Palace London in December. The 36 year old was the first man to take on MVG in full competition in Australia when he faced him in Round One of the inaugural Sydney Darts Masters at the Big Top Luna Park. He has been playing in the DPA Australian team since 2012/13 and has represented his beloved Queensland for much of his darting career. Away from the board he is a leader in the Team Rebel stable and is well respected amongst his peers. Mathers will be looking to emulate, or even better, the success of last year’s DPA Harrows Darts Pro Tour champion, Corey Cadby, at the World Championships.