New Zealand’s top darts players will be in Timaru on Saturday for the second Old Bank Super Classic event.
Invitation players include Wellington’s Craig Caldwell, Palmerston North’s Peter Hunt, Mark McGrath and Craig Dunn, Invercargill’s Warren Parry and Steve Padget, Timaru’s Neville Herbert and Christchurch’s Haupai Puha.
Herbert said the event was being held to give the South Island the opportunity to see some top-level darts, with the aim being to replicate the English darts events seen on television, with walk-on girls, dancers and television screens.
“We’re aiming to promote darts in the South Island, to really get it going again. With TV coverage from England and around the world, it’s getting bigger in New Zealand. Some of these guys have played the world’s best.”
Men’s qualifiers for the event are Johnny Webster and Richard Te Raki, of Invercargill, Tony Carmichael and Danny Ryan, of Dunedin, and Jason Ladbrooke and John Hurring, of Christchurch.
Women competing are Timaru’s Missi Jones, Invercargill’s Desi Mercer and defending champion Jane Harrington, of Christchurch.
Oamaru youth players Jamie Grennell and Kaden Milne will compete, along with the defending title holder, Invercargill’s Jack Shepherd.