Harrows DPA Pro Tour ALH Macquarie Inn Dubbo Weekend

Event 13 saw quarter finals of the calibre of Ryan Lynch v Dave Marland, where the youngster outlasted the former Melbourne Darts Masters competitor 5-4, Steve Fitzpatrick v Damon Heta where Heta’s strong run of results came to a bump in the road, losing 2-5 to the Tasmanian, Robbie King v Haupai Puha, where the all conquering Kiwi was taken down by a resurgent former World Youth Championship player in King five legs to two and James Bailey v Mick Lacey, both of whom have been very consistent of recent times but Bailey demonstrating his class with another match finishing 5-2.
In the semi final stage Bailey hit the best average across the four players as he took out King five legs to three. Bailey had gone out to an early 2-0 lead and was never headed as each player then went leg for leg before a 13 dart leg handed the match to Bailey. The other semi saw both Australian representatives for the World Youth Championship from last year go head to head. Both players won their opening games before Ryan Lynch took two legs in a row. Steve Fitzpatrick was unable to put two legs in row of his own and thus Lynch took out the match 5-3.
The Final was over before it began as Bailey smashed out four legs in a row, averaging over 100 in the third leg alone. Lynch finally took out a leg in the fifth leg (despite Bailey averaging over 120 for the leg) and he also secured the seventh leg but missed his chances in the eighth and Bailey secured a 6-2 win.
Afterward Bailey was delighted, “I always want to play consistently and am absolutely ecstatic to have taken out another final.” For Lynch it was a day of contrasting fortunes, “It was a funny day as I know I can play better but I did take my chances to make the final and am happy to have made that stage.”
Day two started with a knock out event as event 14. Damon Heta put behind his defeat in the quarters of the previous day to beat veteran Bill Aitken in a deciding leg whilst Ben Robb also moved through that stage, by the same scoreline over Team Rebel’s Steve Fitzpatrick. In the other quarters Robbie King took out the winner from the previous day, James Bailey, by six legs to two, and Raymond O’Donnell defeated Haupai Puha.
The semi finals both finished 6-3 with Robb overcoming Heta and King taking O’Donnell down.
The final saw Robb open his throw with a 180 only to lose the leg. King then held his throw, holding a 100% check out conversion after the two legs. A second maximum from Robb in leg three was enough to give him a big enough lead but even then King had one dart at a 3-0 lead. He missed and with his next dart Robb had halved his opponent’s lead.
The next leg was very close but Robb missed double 16 for an equaliser and two darts later King had checked out to take a 3-1 lead. Robb then secured the next two legs, with a double eight putting the match back into parity at three legs each.
Robb then had to hold his throw to take the lead for the first time in the match and a third 180 looked to have helped his cause until King responded with the same later in the leg. Robb still had two shots at tops for the leg but missed them and a double four was enough for King to regain the lead. King then held his throw in the next leg with a double five after Robb had two shots at double ten for an immediate break back.
With a 5-3 lead King was just a leg away but with Robb throwing first he could stay in the match by holding throw. Another 180 visit moved him to 139 and within five darts Robb had put the pressure on King throwing for the match in the next leg. In that leg King hit a 123 but Robb responded with a 140. King had first shot at a check out score, needing 135, but only managed 55 to leave 80. Robb then chased 141 but could only move to 58. King then left tops after his next visit but Robb then missed his own chance to check out. The next dart after that from King turned out to be the winning dart, as he secured the match and the event, with a 6-4 win in the final.
King was delighted to have finally secured a tournament win, his first since 2014. “It was great to have the monkey off my back and win a final. It is really pleasing to have this winning feeling once again at this level and I am looking forward to using this to help my game in the future.”