Anderson masters darts’ art 

HE’S one of Australia’s leading players. On the weekend, Kyle Anderson showed exactly why.

The highly ranked player claimed the Dartsplayers Matchplay title, along with a majority share in the $5000 on offer, at the Black Sheep on Sunday, not 24 hours after combining with Gordon Mathers to win the doubles crown.

Anderson, entered the tournament favourite. It wasn’t entirely unexpected, then, that he walked away with a double.

The star attraction claimed Sunday’s singles with a 6-3 win over Bill Aitken. He eased passed John Bunyard, Craig Prizeman and Phil Hazel in the preliminary rounds.

Along with Mathers, himself an established player, Anderson accounted for the pair of Mick Anderson and Doug Whittington, the team of Mick Bosner and Jackson Wilson Young, and the dynamic duo Bill Aitken and Rod Crawford en route to the pairs’ final.

In the decider, the victors produced a clean sweep 6-0 win over Jerry Weyman and Kevin Luland.

All things considered, the Matchplay tournament was a success, Goulburn Darts Association vice president Dave Miller said.

“It was a brilliant weekend,” he said.

“The pub did extremely well out of it. All of the players were extremely happy with the venue and what we had to offer.”

Miller, who played in Saturday’s doubles, was especially appreciative of the efforts of tournament organisers Steve Makings and Shane Harris.

The championships weren’t just about top line players. Some 32 dartsmen fronted up on Friday for randomly drawn doubles.

Aitken and a rogue Victorian who only went by the name Doc took night one honours. In all, some 100 players had a throw from the nine foot line.

Sixty-six signed on for Saturday’s doubles while 64 fronted up for the top tier competition on Sunday.

Both the Black Sheep and Goulburn Darts Association are poised to hold another leg of the tournament in 2014. In the meantime, Australia’s finest players continue on their nationwide circuit, with a place in the national team for this year’s World Championship in England the ultimate prize.

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