Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Top Aussies To Play at Lakeside in 2014

Regular readers of this blog will know that the NZDC is not sending a team to the World Cup in Canada. Nor did they send a team to the previous World Cup In Ireland. Nor do they offer any support to players who aspire to play in the Winmau Masters even though a player if  he or she win certain events in NZ or get a high enough ranking can be eligible to play and then play in the playoffs for the Lakeside Professional world championships held straight after.
The Aussies do things different. They always go to the World Cup and have supported players to the playoffs for the Lakeside and as a result had many a player play in it. Well they have gone one further and good on them. If you click the link below you will see that the winners of their Grand Prix series in Australia this year gets automatic entry to the Lakeside World Professional dart championships. It is exactly what needs to happen here. If players knew by playing and doing well in the NZDC ranking tournaments there was an automatic entry to the Lakeside it would give real meaning to those tournaments, provide a pathway to higher honours, increase participation and generally increase the profile of darts.
Hopefully the NZDC will take note and try and do the same thing. Or perhaps they can get the Aussies to agree to enlarging their Grand Prix series and have a couple of tournaments here and make the qualifierers who go Australasian representatives rather than just Australian representatives. Mind you if I was an Aussie I would not want that.


1 comment:

  1. Check this link - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/darts/20903601
    ...if you read down towards the bottom of the article you will see a quote from the BDO Executive Director of PR and Communications Robert Holmes: "In 2014 we're starting ranking events for all different regions throughout the world and the winners of those events will come to the Lakeside. We're increasing the traditional 32-man field to 40 and doubling the women's draw to 16."

    Maybe there is an opportunity for NZ representation for men and women without going through the Aussie qualifiers. Hopefully the NZDC will jump at this ?!