DPNZ Winmau Pro Tour 7 seen a massive 96 players take the oche at Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club in the Tron Hamilton. It was all on the line this weekend for NZ Dart Masters positions and the Youth World Championship position.
There were 195 matches played in section play with the highest 3 dart average 60.47. The highest event average in section play was Haupai Puha on 88.50.
In section play there was just one player who achieved 10 dart leg, Craig Caldwell in leg 4 of his match against Alan Skayman.
The highest checkout went to Anthony Benitez in his match against Tony Lee with a 140 and Jaymie Hilton-Jones in his match against Hipirini Tewhakaara with a 140 also.
The highest match average went to Dean Reyland in his match against Monte Tehua with 94.37.
59 players qualified for the main knockout round.
There were 58 matches played in the knockout round with the highest 3 dart average 84.77 by Ben Robb.
Ben Robb achieved an 11-dart leg in knockout play, in his match against Tahuna Irwin and in the same match Ben had the highest match average of 95.22.
The highest checkout went to Tahuna Irwin with a 160 peg in his match against Joseph Parata.
The final was a great match between the Goat Warren Parry and youth player Kayden Milne who has only made a Pro Tour final twice before. Kayden made it third time lucky taking out the match 7 legs to 3 and taking his maiden Pro Tour win, with an average of 81.23.
Kayden’s road to victory seen him take out some big names.
Milne 7 vs Parry 3
Milne 6 vs Robb 4
Milne 5 vs Hira 3
Milne 4 vs Roberts, Jamie 3
Milne 4 vs Tuhua 2
Pro Tour 8 seen 76 players take the oche for day two.
There were 154 matches played in section play with the highest 3 dart average 61.56. The highest event average in section play went to Haupai Puha with 89.61.
There were two players who achieved 12 dart legs, Hipirini Tewhakaara in leg 2 of his match against Harrison Donegan and Josh Roberts in leg 4 of his match with Steven Tantau.
The highest match average went to Haupai Puha in his match against Erik Pu with a 98.56.
Highest check out in section play was from Haupai Puha in the match against Erik Pu with a 156 and Tai Clay in his match against Sam Ripia also pegged a 156.
Knockout round consisted of 47 qualifiers with 46 matches played. The event 3 dart average was 74.01.
The highest event average went to Haupai Puha on 88.80.
Three players achieved the fewest dart leg with 12, Mai Jonathan in leg 3 against Jevon Hammond, Haupai Puha in leg 5 against Bailey Day and Craig Caldwell in leg 6 against John Hurring.
Haupai Puha had the highest match average in 5 legs against Bailey Day with a whopping 102.12.
Warren Parry had the highest checkout in his match against Craig Caldwell with a 170 peg.
The final was between Ben Robb and Haupai Puha with Ben taking the match after with a 7 to 5 win. Ben ended the match with an 85.27 average and Haupai Puha 88.80 average.
Ben’s road to victory was:
Robb 7 vs Puha 5
Robb 6 vs Milne 3
Robb 5 vs Ngataki 0
Robb 4 vs Hilton-Jones 3
Robb 4 vs Roberts, Josh 3
After the weekends results we now see Ben Robb and Haupai Puha take the number 1 and 2 spots and they will compete at the NZ Dart Masters at Globox Arena in Hamilton in August.
Kayden Milne will represent New Zealand for the second year at the World Youth Championship in Milton Keynes in August taking out the rankings 76 points clear of the nearest competitors.
The race is now on for the 2024 World Cup Team with both Ben Robb and Kayden Milne tied on 32 points.
DPNZ would just like to thank Winmau, Sporting Good Specialists, Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club, PDC, Dart Connect, for all your support and help. Thanks to Sportz Design for our new 2023 merchandise and all the players who always attend and support the Pro Tour. Thanks to Kevin Berlyn from DPA for your tireless effort in maintaining the Dart Players New Zealand website.