Australasian Championships Update

On the penultimate day of the championships Qld secured the mens team title thanks to a 9-5 win over WA. Vic and SA both secured points from their matches but Qld’s win meant they could only finish behind the champs. The ACT edged out the Indigenous side but NSW won more comprehensively over Tas, so the Indigenous side stayed ahead of Tas on the final table.
In the Oceanic Masters preliminary stage a round robin stage was run with the winner and runner up playing off against each other for a position in the top 32 (16 seeds had already qualified thus there were 16 positions open.) In the board play offs Rhys Mathewson defeated Mark Taafe (2-1), with the same scoreline seeing youngster Steve Fitzpatrick take out WA star Barry Gardner. John Bunyard won his match over Rod Crawford by the same, as did Robbie King over the new young generation that have come up recently in Ryan Lynch. Bill Aitken took one leg but Chris Vasey got through in their match. Craig Prizeman took out another young start in Manny Kato 2-1. The Shire’s Dave Marland won by the same score over Rob Modra, repeating the final result he had over Modra 14 months ago at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club to make the World Series of Darts inaugural Melbourne event. Michael Cassar (over Kerry Allen) and Koha Kokiri (over David Adams) also won 2-1.
Those that swept their matches were Steve Powell (over Jordan Ford), Mark Cleaver (Craig Ross), David Platt (Mal Cuming), Damon Heta (Andrew Eagers), Laurie Loch (Erik Up), Mick Lacey (Mark Smyth) and Tasmanian Brad Thorp (over Jamie Hales.)
At the end of the night the draw was made for the top 32 matches on Tuesday and it resulted in the following matches:
Cody Harris v Rhys Mathewson
Mike Keen v Craig Prizeman
Mike Bonser v John Bunyard
Ray O’Donnell v Steve Powell
Gordon Mathers v Damon Heta
Rob Szabo v Michael Cassar
James Bailey v Dave Marland
Warren French v Mark Cleaver
Ben Robb v Koha Kokiri
Graeme Lowe v Laurie Loch
Lucas Cameron v Steve Fitzpatrick
Loz Ryder v Robbie King
Haupai Puha v David Platt
Johnny Webster v Mick Lacey
Tim Pusey v Chris Vasey
Steve Macarthur v Brad Thorp
with the winner taking to the big stage at the World Championships at the end of the year.
The ladies have their own chance of making the World Championships with the winner taking a position in the World Champ qualifiers for a position at the Ally Pally. There are quite some line ups that were set up from todays play with Chenesse Kauika v Jane Harrington, Leonie Ward v Jo Hadley, Nicole Regnaud v Janine Cassar, Caitlain Avis v Melina Van Den Kieboom, Emma Watkins v Kathleen Martin, Chrissie Sheerin v Karli Padget, Michaela Casson v Tania Clark and Maralyn Waitere v Lavinia Hogg.
In the youth doubles Matt Dorotich and Hayden Scott defeated Andrew Eagers and Jake Howie 4-0 in the final. Earlier Eagers and Howie had won their semi final 3-1 over David Adams and Daniel Tan and Dorotich and Scott had been 3-2 winners over Braidon Charlton and Alex David.