Saturday, September 19, 2009

Richard Te Whero Wins Mens Auckland Open

Richard Te Whero of the Cosmos Darts Association has won the Auckland Men's Open earlier this evening at the West City Darts Association and $1,000 worth of prize money defeating Mike Day 4 to 1. Richard's winning legs were 22,21, 18 and 18 darts. Mike's winning leg was 23 darts. Richard defeated Jamie Smith, Whitu Taylor, Steve Gooch and John Sinclair on the way to the final. Mike defeated Tukina Weko, Lou Tai, Wilson Henry and Lucas Edwards on the way to the final. Richard usually plays with glasses but had left them at home. It was rather remarkable that he could still see the board clearly enough to be so accurate in his throwing.
There were 70 entries and 36 qualifiers. Mike Day scored the most 180's with 7. Thirty seven were scored in total. Brian Steed had the highest finish of 123.
The most astounding effort of the day goes to Bailey Mathews of the Cosmos Club. Bailey is aged only 10 years. He managed to qualify and then win his opening match against Damian Robson to make the last 16 where he was defeated by Lucas Edwards. By making the last 16 Bailey would have received a NZ Dart Council ranking point and will be the youngest player to ever do so. His older brother Casey, aged 15 years, had to settle with winning the consolation round.
Paul Williams, West City Darts Association President, stated " We have had 114 entries total in the men's and ladies events. This is a record for the event and we intend to apply to the NZ Dart Council to be World ranked which would make the tournament bigger again next year."