Price sets sights on Down Under double ahead of NZ Darts Masters

Gerwyn Price (Photosport, PDC)

Gerwyn Price has set his sights on a World Series of Darts double in New Zealand and Australia over the next fortnight.

The world number four is defending his New Zealand Darts Masters title in Hamilton this weekend in the first of two events in the World Series' annual visit Down Under.

He will then be part of the PalmerBet NSW Darts Masters in Wollongong next week, where he is aiming to ain a first World Series title in Australia.

Ahead of Friday's NZ Darts Masters first round at the GLOBOX Arena, Price has revealed his ambition to win back-to-back titles.

"I'm here to win both of the events and I'll be disappointed if I don't do that," said Price, who meets veteran Australian star Simon Whitlock on Friday.

"I'm not down here to lose - I want to back this up and defend the title in New Zealand and hopefully win the one in Australia as well."

Price defeated Jonny Clayton in New Zealand a year ago to win his first World Series of Darts event, and has previous successfully defending the Grand Slam of Darts title and twice retained the International Darts Open title on the European Tour circuit.

"I'm looking forward to defending the trophy and hopefully winning it," added the 38-year-old. "It's nice to come back to New Zealand.

"The travelling is quite tough sometimes and the jetlag is tough to get over this time but it's nice to come to different parts of the world, promoting the sport and meeting different fans."

Price's clash with Whitlock sees him face the most established of the eight Oceanic representatives, but the Welshman is relishing the challenge.

He added: "Those games are not easier, but you know how well you've got to play.

Simon's playing well so I need to be on my game, and sometimes knowing the other player can make it a little easier."

The NZ Darts Masters will be held at Hamilton's GLOBOX Arena on August 4-5. Tickets are available now through Ticketek.

The NZ Darts Masters will be broadcast live on Sky NZ and Fox Sports in Australia, through DAZN in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and on PDCTV in all other global territories.

UK fans can watch live through PDCTV - subscription options include the PDCTV Summer Pass.

Coverage on ITV4 in the UK will be from 1900 BST on Friday and from 1700 BST on Saturday.

Following this weekend's NZ Darts Masters, the sport's stars will cross the Tasman Sea to Australia for the second leg of the World Series' Oceanic double-header.

The PalmerBet NSW Darts Masters will be held at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong on August 11-12. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.

2023 NZ Darts Masters
August 4-5, GLOBOX Arena, Hamilton
NZ Darts Masters 
Draw Bracket

Gerwyn Price (1 - Wales) v Simon Whitlock (Australia)
Danny Noppert (Netherlands) v Ben Robb (New Zealand)
Peter Wright (4 - Scotland) v Jonny Tata (New Zealand)
Rob Cross (England) v Warren Parry (New Zealand)
Michael Smith (2 - England) v Darren Penhall (Australia)
Damon Heta (Australia) v Darren Herewini (New Zealand)
Dimitri Van den Bergh (3 - Belgium) v Haupai Puha (New Zealand)
Nathan Aspinall (England) v Kayden Milne (New Zealand)

Schedule of Play
Friday August 4 (1900 local time)
First Round

Rob Cross v Warren Parry
Damon Heta v Darren Herewini
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Haupai Puha
Peter Wright v Jonny Tata 
Nathan Aspinall v Kayden Milne
Gerwyn Price v Simon Whitlock
Michael Smith v Darren Penhall
Danny Noppert v Ben Robb

Saturday August 5 (1900 local time)