Although only 25 entries participated in this our second Grand Prix event, in South Australia, it was all pure quality, with Australia’s No.01 player Peter Machin in attendance and some of South Australia’s forgotten champions also on show, this was always going to be a great day of darts.
Some of these past players have not picked up their darts for a couple of years and to watch them it was hard to imagine that as it looked as if they had never put the darts down, players such as Craig Atze, Laurie Lock and Mark Smyth just to name a few.
And of course also in attendance were James Bailey and Jeremy Fagg from Qld, Kody Dodds Watson, Andy Pinder, Zain Skelton, Mark Robinson and Danny Porter.
WORLD number one Michael van Gerwen won a sixth European Tour title of 2016 as he claimed victory in the HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix in Germany.
Last week’s winner in Meulheim faced Peter Wright in the final who had made the last two for the 6th time on the European Tour.
The final began with van Gerwen in ruthless mood. After an opening leg hold, the 27-year-old broke throw after Wright had just landed the first maximum of the final.
REIGNING HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix Champion Kim Huybrechts made the perfect start to the defence of his title as he beat Martin Schindler 6-0.
It was a professional performance from the Belgian who only needed an average of 92 to whitewash his opponent.
Huybrechts, who was a finalist in Riesa and a semi-finalist last week in Muelheim sets up a last 16 clash with Alan Norris who also claimed a 6-0 victory earlier in the day.
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD returned to Euro Tour action with a hard fought 6-3 victory over Scott Dale, as the HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix kicked off in Germany.
After qualifying for the event the previous evening, the five-time Champion of the World averaged almost 100 and needed a couple of moments of class to overcome his opponent.
With the scores locked at 2-2 van Barneveld took out 160 with Dale waiting to break.