Paul Nicholson's August review: Five things we learned Down Under


Aug 30 2022

Paul Nicholson reflects on five things we learned from the PDC's visit Down Under in August.

Mathers crowned inaugural winner of Kyle Anderson Memorial Trophy

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Aug 27 2022

Gordon Mathers admitted he was ‘lost for words’ after being crowned as the inaugural winner of the Kyle Anderson Memorial Trophy.

Price powers past Clayton to claim NZ Darts Masters glory

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Aug 27 2022

Gerwyn Price reeled off six consecutive legs to defeat his fellow countryman Jonny Clayton and claim the TAB New Zealand Darts Masters title in Hamilton on Saturday.

Milne sinks Sherrock to mark dream big stage debut in Hamilton

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Aug 26 2022

Kayden Milne enjoyed a dream big stage debut at the TAB New Zealand Darts Masters, recovering from 5-3 down to dump out Fallon Sherrock.

Price brimming with confidence as he eyes NZ Darts Masters glory

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Aug 25 2022

Gerwyn Price insists his ‘confidence is back’ as he bids to round off his debut Down Under with victory in this weekend’s TAB New Zealand Darts Masters in Hamilton.

Van Gerwen meets Bernie Smith in TAB NZ Darts Masters opener

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Aug 24 2022

The draw for the TAB New Zealand Darts Masters is now available ahead of the World Series of Darts event in Hamilton.

Sherrock looking to finish with a flourish in Hamilton

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Aug 24 2022

Fallon Sherrock believes she is capable of creating more history-making moments, as she aims to finish August’s World Series of Darts tour with a flourish in Hamilton this weekend.

Smith out to win TV titles "in bunches" to fulfil darting potential

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Aug 23 2022

Michael Smith believes that he can start winning big titles "in bunches" as he prepares to round off August's World Series of Darts tour in Hamilton.

'Emotional' Robb set to revel in World Series return

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Aug 22 2022

Ben Robb is dreaming of creating another memorable moment at the World Series of Darts, as he prepares to feature on home soil in Hamilton this weekend.

Clayton hails 'experience of a lifetime' after Wollongong win

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Aug 22 2022

Jonny Clayton is hoping his success at the PalmerBet New South Wales Darts Masters will provide the catalyst for a prolific second half of the darting season.

Michael van Gerwen secured his 17th World Series of Darts title in style by defeating world number one Gerwyn Price 8-5 in Townsville to win the 2022 PalmerBet Queensland Darts Masters.

The world number three fought back from 4-1 down in the final as Price looked to avenge his defeat to the Dutchman at the World Matchplay in Blackpool last month.

Price had looked in control of the final with Van Gerwen struggling with his finishing early on, missing ten consecutive shots at a double before finding his touch to clinch three legs in a row, including a 140 finish in leg seven, to level at 4-4.

Welshman Price again moved a leg in front at 5-4 before van Gerwen hit checkouts of 112 and 77 on the way to move 7-5 in front.

He finished the match in style, hitting 140, 180 and 123 before taking out a 58 finish for an 11-dart leg. 

This is Van Gerwen’s 60th TV title and third World Series of Darts win in Australia.

The 33-year-old’s win marks a remarkable return from surgery on his wrist which kept him out of the World Cup of Darts.

Asked if this meant he was on the way back, Van Gerwen said: “You said that wrong, I am not on the way back, I am back and they know I am the boss.

“I am a winner, not a loser. Of course, when I lose I am sick, but I am a winner and I love to win trophies.

“I am glad I am back to winning ways.”

Price had earlier shown his class to end the hopes of Queenslander Gordon Mathers in the semi-final.

The Welsh star hit two ton-plus finishes (131 and 125) as he stretched out to a comfortable 6-0 lead.

Mathers did manage to scrape a leg to make it 6-1 before Price hit six perfect darts and then finished on 94 to end the Aussie’s hopes with a 7-1 win.

Price also put paid to Simon Whitlock’s chances in the quarter-final.

Whitlock had taken a 3-2 lead, raising the hopes of the Townsville crowd of an all-Australian semi-final, but Price went through the gears to win four legs in a row, one with a 167 finish – the best of the tournament - and take the match 6-3.

Van Gerwen and Joe Cullen met in the other semi, with MVG edging the Englishman in a classy encounter 7-5.

Cullen fought back from 3-1 down to lead 4-3 before the Dutchman raised his game to move into a 6-4 lead. Cullen clawed a leg back at 6-5 but Van Gerwen's superior finishing - landing 100% of his double attempts - was enough to see him over the line. 

Cullen had previously seen off top seed Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 in the quarter-finals, with the Belgian looking to join Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson in becoming just the third player in World Series of Darts history to win three tournaments in a calendar year. 

Meanwhile, the hopes of New Zealander Haupai Puha were ended in the in the last eight with a 6-1 defeat to Van Gerwen.

Queenslander Mathers had never won a match in a televised tournament before this event, but continued his run with a sparkling quarter-final performance against US Masters champion Michael Smith.

The 40-year-old raced into a 3-0 lead against Smith and had the former World Championship finalist struggling to find a way back in. 

Despite some nervy doubles as he approached the finish line, Mathers kept his cool to make the last four with a 6-4 victory.

The World Series of Darts continues with the second event in Australia on August 19-20 with the 2022 PalmerBet New South Wales Darts Masters in Wollongong.