Friday Night Darts with the DPA
On Friday night across Australia five venues lit up as the second weekend of the Winmau Pro Tour 2022 took place. Across the world it was telecast on PDC TV by the crew at Darts Stream Live.
In Queensland the two semi finals had very familiar faces as Robbie King defeated Chris Krabbe 6-4 and Ray Smith progressed past his Misfit team mate James Bailey by the same scoreline. The Final saw King take an early lead of 2-0 as he sought to put behind him the memories of the last Pro Tour final the two had played in.
However Smith demonstrated all his prowess as he rattled off six legs straight, including a 13 dart last leg, to secure the Queensland final 6-2.
In Victoria Barry Leddington upset Brody Klinge 6-4 whilst Brandon Weening saw off Mal Cuming by the same scoreline to set up a Final between Leddington and Weening.
Both players held throw on their initial visits before Weening won five legs straight to take the match 6-1. This included legs four, five and six, with check outs of 108, 96 and 100 and on two occasions double doubles were on display by the young Victorian star of the oche.
South Australia saw Rob Modra fall to the ever consistent Danny Porter 3-6 whilst in the other semi final Adam Leek came from 5-4 in legs down against Team Platinum’s Karl Schaefer to win the match 6-5.
The Final was even early before Porter took a 5-1 lead. There were some tense moments as Leek then won the next two legs before on throw Porter was able to etch out another leg and take the Final 6-3 to be crowned the first winner of the weekend at the NDDA.
NSW had some strong names back in the field at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club. Pat Molloy marked up some great wins on the way to the semi finals (against previous winners and finalists on the tour in Mitchell Clegg and David Cairns) and then progressed past Team Danger’s Andrew Eagers 6-2.
In the other semi final the ever consistent Dave Hanel got past previous winner Mark Taafe 6-1 to return to the Final stage. In the Final it was Molloy who held throw first and but then fell behind 2-1 before breaking the Hanel throw to move the match back into parity.
It was to be Molloy’s last joy in the match as Hanel fired off four straight legs, included a 12 dart seventh leg, to win the Final 6-2.
Western Australia wrapped up events into the wee hours of the morning of the east coast. Joe Comito (who had seen off Tim Pusey and the slayer of the returning David Platt, Blake Hatchett) rolled back the years as he progressed pass Koha Kokiri 6-1 in the first semi final.
In the second match the talent of Bailey Marsh shone through as he defeated Howard Jones 6-3 to make another Final. The Final went all the way, Comito jumping to an early 3-0 lead before his young opponent, Bailey Marsh, moved to a 4-3 lead of his own. Comito held the sixth leg before each player held throw to move the match to five sets all. Comito had the throw in the last leg but gave it up to his opponent and when he was left requiring 32 Bailey Marsh threw his seventeenth dart of the match to take that and the Final out.
Overall another great chance to watch Aussie darts with the PDC. Join in Saturday and Sunday on PDC TV, or check out darts stream live for more information about live telecasts of these events.