World Series of Darts - Oceanic qualifiers profiled

Ben Robb in action (Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)

The 2022 World Series of Darts roadshow concludes with a blockbuster treble-header Down Under in August, featuring events in Townsville, Wollongong and Hamilton.

The action begins with the PalmerBet Queensland Darts Masters on August 12-13, before the New South Wales Darts Masters takes place from August 19-26.

This year’s tour then concludes at the Globox Arena in Hamilton, which plays host to the TAB New Zealand Darts Masters from August 26-27.

World number one Gerwyn Price and three-time World Champion Michael van Gerwen headline the eight-player PDC line-up, which includes World Series of Darts Finals champion Jonny Clayton.

Dimitri Van den Bergh, twice a winner on the World Series circuit in 2022, also features alongside US Darts Masters winner Michael Smith, Masters champion Joe Cullen, ten-time TV title winner James Wade and Women’s World Matchplay champion Fallon Sherrock.

Australia’s World Cup of Darts winners Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock will compete as regional representatives in August’s treble-header, with Tour Card Holder Gordon Mathers also set to star.

The remaining five spots in each event are comprised of DPA and DPNZ qualifiers, and we’ve provided the lowdown on the local hopefuls eyeing their moment in the spotlight over the coming weeks…

Bailey Marsh (Australia)
Date of Birth:
June 18 2002
Home Town: Rockingham, WA
Nickname: The Ghost
Occupation: Mechanic

The DPA Satellite Tour's Western Australian number one in 2022, TV debutant Marsh will also compete in this year’s PDC World Youth Championship.

Koha Kokiri (New Zealand)
Date of Birth: June 7 1976
Home Town: Rockingham, WA
Nickname: Kiwi
Darts Used: 23g Loxley
Occupation: Protective coatings

Kokiri, born in New Zealand but based in Rockingham, was beaten by Steve Beaton on his World Championship debut in 2015/16, and he’s also featured in four previous World Series events.

Dave Marland (Australia)
Date of Birth: July 27 1966
Home Town: Sutherland, NSW
Nickname: Big Fish
Darts Used: 23g Unicorn
Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Marland, a Melbourne Darts Masters qualifier in 2017, finished second on the DPA Satellite Tour’s New South Wales rankings in 2022, before sealing qualification for Townsville and Wollongong.

Joe Comito (Australia)
Date of Birth: March 20 1981
Home Town: Harvey, WA
Nickname: The Waterboy
Occupation: Plasterer

TV debutant Comito finished fifth on the DPA Satellite Tour’s Western Australia rankings in 2022 before sealing a spot in his first World Series of Darts event.

Haupai Puha (New Zealand)
Date of Birth: February 12 1985
Home Town: Christchurch, NZ
Nickname: Hopes
Darts Used: 26g Shot
Occupation: Roofer

Puha led New Zealand to the World Cup of Darts quarter-finals in 2019, and the five-time World Series of Darts qualifier also made his Alexandra Palace debut at the 2020/21 World Championship.

View of the Globox Arena in Hamilton


Raymond O'Donnell (Australia)
Date of Birth: June 22 1978
Home Town: Broken Hill, NSW
Nickname: Bubba
Darts Used: 23g Mission
Occupation: Site Officer

Former DPA ProTour Event winner O’Donnell suffered a narrow defeat to five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld in his only previous World Series appearance at the 2018 Melbourne Darts Masters.

Mal Cuming (Australia)
Date of Birth: January 23 1976
Home Town: Melbourne, Victoria
Nickname: The Bull
Darts Used: 23g Loxley
Occupation: Boiler Maker

A former DPA ProTour event winner with a decade of experience on the circuit, Cuming will make his long-awaited World Series bow in Wollongong before also competing in Hamilton later this month.

Bernie Smith (New Zealand)
Date of Birth: January 31 1964
Home Town: Christchurch, NZ
Nickname: Bernie
Darts Used: 14g Shot
Occupation: Plasterer

Experienced Kiwi Smith is making his first big stage appearance since the 2017/2018 World Championship, having previously qualified for the Auckland Darts Masters in 2016.

Kayden Milne (New Zealand)
Date of Birth: May 23 2000
Home Town: Christchurch, NZ
Nickname: Half Stubby
Darts Used: 23g Shot
Occupation: Roofing Labourer

Emerging talent Milne will make his televised debut in Hamilton, with the 22-year-old defeating his compatriot Haupai Puha to qualify for his first World Series tournament.

Ben Robb (New Zealand)
Date of Birth: October 24 1988
Home Town: Auckland, NZ
Nickname: Big Rig
Darts Used: 25g One80
Occupation: Plumber

The current DPNZ number one, Robb has won three of the four domestic events held so far in 2022 and competed twice at the World Championship, making his World Cup of Darts debut in June.

Warren Parry (New Zealand)
Date of Birth: January 9 1964 
Home Town: Invercargill, NZ
Nickname: Wazza
Darts Used: 23g Shot
Occupation: Truck Driver

A veteran of the NZ circuit, Parry has played in eight World Series events, four World Cups and four World Championships, famously defeating Michael van Gerwen at the Sydney Darts Masters back in 2014.

PalmerBet Queensland Darts Masters Qualifiers (August 12-13, Townsville)
Bailey Marsh - DPA Qualifier
Koha Kokiri - DPA Qualifier
Dave Marland - DPA Qualifier
Joe Comito - DPA Qualifier
Haupai Puha - DPNZ Qualifier

PalmerBet New South Wales Darts Masters Qualifiers (August 19-20, Wollongong)
Dave Marland - DPA Qualifier
Koha Kokiri - DPA Qualifier
Raymond O'Donnell - DPA Qualifier
Mal Cuming - DPA Qualifier
Haupai Puha - DPNZ Qualifier

TAB New Zealand Darts Masters Qualifiers (August 26-27, Hamilton)
Bernie Smith - DPNZ Qualifier
Kayden Milne - DPNZ Qualifier
Mal Cuming - DPA Qualifier
Ben Robb - DPNZ Qualifier
Warren Parry - DPNZ Qualifier