2019 Sunshine State Classic
The 2019 Sunshine State Classic welcomed players from Victoria, South Australia and across Queensland. Queensland Sponsored players James McDonald from Townsville and Nancy Myers from Moranbah were also in attendance having received the trip as part of Queensland Sponsorship program for North Queensland Players. We also welcomed Wendy Harper from New Zealand back to the event.
The doubles saw some strong combinations in both the men’s and ladies’ event. Men’s semi saw Jeremy Fagg and James MacDonald defeating Matt Mullen and Jamie Rundle and James Bailey and Brendan McCuasiland defeating Mick Lacey and Gordon Glen Mathers
The final went all the way with Jeremy Fagg and James Macdonald taking the win 7-6.
The lady’s semi-finals saw Tori Kewish and Barb Smyth defeating Vanessa James and Leonie Fitzgerald and Wendy Harper and Nancy Myers defeating Lorraine Burn and Pam Burr.
The final saw Wendy Harper and Nancy Myers defeating Tori Kewish and Barb Smyth in a close final.
Singles – 44 men and 26 ladies were in attendance. One top of the 8 seeds in the men, there were a number of top players who normally compete in the DPA circuit in attendance. Congratulations to Queensland Junior Team member Ky Smith who top his board and narrowly losing in the knockout round.
The semi-finals saw some great matches with Gordon Glen defeating Mal Cuming 6-1 and Jeremy Fagg coming from behind to defeat Justin Thompson 6-5.
The grand final was an excellent Match with each player trading game for game. Victory to Gordon Glen Mathers in the deciding leg over Jeremy Fagg 8-6 with both players have averages of 32.112 and 30.416 with 6 180 during the game.
The lady’s singles was a tight fought event with the top 5 ranked Australian Players in attendance. The semi-finals saw Tori Kewish defeat Lorraine Burn 5 -4 with both players throwing over a 21 average, and the second semi saw Wendy Harper NZ defeat Barb Smyth 5-0. The final was a tight match that could have gone either way, Wendy finally taking the match 6-4 with a 19.54 average and Tori with a 18.332 average.
Special thanks to Target and Formula sports for their continued sponsorship of Darts Australia and Darts Queensland and to Inala Darts for their continued sponsorship in assisting in raising the prize money each year.