Szabo Wins New Zealand Championship

July 15 2013

ROB SZABO has won the Clubs New Zealand Darts Association National Championship to be the first qualifier for the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.

Szabo followed up his victory in May's DPNZ Capital Open by winning through the field at the Clubs New Zealand National Championship on Sunday.

The 16-player event saw the 12 Puma Open winners joined by four players from the Puma Open rankings to play off at Upper Hutt in Wellington.

Szabo topped his group in the morning rounds of the event, which saw players split into four four-player pools - with Szabo defeating Neville Herbert, New Zealand World Cup ace Craig Caldwell and John Aitken.

In the second group stage, he defeated Jonathan Silcock, Steve Gooch and Mike Day to top another group and progress to the semi-finals.

There, he overcame Craig Pullen 2-0 in sets before edging out Day 3-2 in the final, with Day having seen off another World Cup representative, Warren Parry, in the last four.

Szabo will now progress to compete in the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace in December, where he will enter at the preliminary round stage.

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Clubs New Zealand Darts Assocation
2013 National Championship
First Group Stage - Final Standings
Pool 1

Mike Day 14 legs
Warren Parry 13 legs
Monty Tuhua 10 legs
Mark McGrath 5 legs

Pool 2
Cody Harris 14 legs
Steve Gooch 12 legs
Keith Sheppard 11 legs
Warren French 5 legs

Pool 3
Rob Szabo 16 legs
Neville Herbert 13 legs
Craig Caldwell 10 legs
John Aitken 3 legs

Pool 4
Craig Pullen 14 legs
Jonathan Silcock 13 legs
Tony Carmichael 12 legs
Peter Hunt 3 legs

Second Group Stage - Final Standings
Pool 1

Rob Szabo 17 legs
Mike Day 16 legs
Jonathan Silcock 13 legs
Steve Gooch 8 legs

Pool 2
Warren Parry 15 legs
Craig Pullen 14 legs
Cody Harris 14 legs
Neville Herbert 11 legs

Rob Szabo 2-0 Craig Pullen
Mike Day 2-0 Warren Parry

Rob Szabo 3-2 Mike Day

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