Midnight alarm call for Damon Heta's Unibet Home Tour challenge

Damon Heta (PDC)

Damon Heta will brave a midnight alarm-call to compete in the Unibet Home Tour on Sunday from Australia, as the home-broadcast event reaches new shores.

Reigning Brisbane Darts Masters champion Heta returned home to Perth in March alongside fellow Australian Kyle Anderson, having made his World Championship debut and won a PDC Tour Card during a successful opening stint in the UK.

Heta plans to return to the UK full-time once worldwide restrictions ease, but has returned to his former profession of roofing in the short-term.

However, he will be back in competitive darting action on Sunday night alongside John Henderson, Gary Blades and Krzysztof Kciuk in Group 17 of the Unibet Home Tour.

That means a midnight alarm call ahead of starting play at 0230 local time (1930 BST) - matching Hong Kong's Kai Fan Leung in aiming for a successful 5am finish on his Australian Monday morning.

"I've never played during the night before so it's going to be different for me but I'm looking forward to it," said Heta. "I'm preparing right and I can't wait.

"Because I'm working, I've been trying to work on the weekdays and then play some darts at the weekend. I've played a bit online to try and keep some game focus going.

"It's hard to keep that focus, the game mentality. I've got to keep that aggression because it's a different feeling."

Heta will be hoping to avoid causing too much of a disturbance in his local area, but is aware that his three Maltese shih-tzu dogs could be an added distraction.

"We've got my wife and the mother-in-law and sister-in-law here so I'll probably wake them up, and I'm worried about the dogs barking too," he added.

"I've got three little yappers and as soon as they hear someone else different - like the voices I'll have on my iPad during the darts - it's war!"

Heta's status as a Tour Card Holder earned him a spot in March's UK Open, and he also made his European Tour debut in the Belgian Darts Championship.

"To get my Tour Card at the first time was amazing," he said. "Everything I set out to do has happened, and it's helped me because the back-up plan was the Challenge Tour which would have meant a lot of trips back and forth.

"I'm trying now to sort my visa and then once things get back going again I'll head back to the UK."

Heta had been staying in the UK with his childhood friend Anderson, who has recently returned to his family following a month in isolation after testing positive for Coronavirus.

The pair, along with Heta's wife, had travelled back from the UK together before Anderson then flew to Queensland to be with his family.

"I'm happy for him to be back with his family again now," he added. "It's great news that Kyle's got the all-clear.

"We'd flown back together to Perth and I'm glad that it wasn't as serious as it could have been."

The Unibet Home Tour can be watched live and free through PDCTV for registered users (new users can sign up for FREE here), as well as through bookmakers' websites and international broadcasters.

PDC Home Tour

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.

Unibet Home Tour
Group 17 - Sunday May 3 (1930 BST)
John Henderson v Krzysztof Kciuk
Damon Heta v Gary Blades
Krzysztof Kciuk v Gary Blades
John Henderson v Damon Heta
Damon Heta v Krzysztof Kciuk
Gary Blades v John Henderson

PDC Home Tour

Fans in the UK & Ireland can watch through the Sky Sports App.

As well as being shown through a series of bookmakers’ websites, the Unibet Home Tour will also be broadcast live by a number of the PDC's international broadcast partners listed below.

Unibet Home Tour - International Broadcast Partners
Fox Australia - Australia
DAZN - Austria, Germany, Switzerland USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Spain
Pragosport - Hungary, Czech Rep/Slovakia
Viaplay - Scandinavia
Sky - New Zealand
Channel 2 Sport - Iceland
Supersport - South Africa, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Republic of), Code d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia (including Somaliland), South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Socotra, St. Helena and Ascension, Seychelles, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe