Oliver is SA’s first darts player to win Last Man Standing

2017-03-29 06:02
The first ever South African to win a Last Man Standing Darts Tournament, Deon Oliver (left), is congratulated by South Africa’ only professional darts player, Deon Petersen. The two will represent the country at the forthcoming Darts World Cup in Germany.                                                          Photo:SUPPLIED

The first ever South African to win a Last Man Standing Darts Tournament, Deon Oliver (left), is congratulated by South Africa’ only professional darts player, Deon Petersen. The two will represent the country at the forthcoming Darts World Cup in Germany. Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE man with a heart for darts and who played a major role in reviving this sport in the Metro’s Northern Areas, is the first-ever South African to win a Last Man Standing Darts Tournament.

This man is Deon Oliver, who also happens to be the chairman of the Eastern Cape Province Darts Federation.

“It was the first time in six years that this tournament was held in South Africa. The reason was to find a darts partner for South Africa’s only professional darts player, Devon Petersen,” said Vernon Human from the Eastern Cape Province Darts Federation.

Petersen needs a darts partner to represent South Africa at the Betway World Cup of Darts which will be held in Frankfurt, Germany from June 1 to 4 this year.

A total of 170 top darts players in South Africa participated in the Last Man Standing Darts Tournament.

Spectators flocked to the Grand West Casino in Cape Town where it was held.

Approximately 3 000 spectators viewed the action during the course of the tournament.

According to Human, it started with a round robin consisting of 11 players. Oliver only lost 1 leg.

“The competition then came to the knockout stages which were nerve wracking. At one stage Oliver was 1-3 down and it was the first to 4!

“But somewhere he got his strength back and won 4-3. After that, the writing was on the wall and Oliver took the honours,” said Human.

In the grand finale, Oliver won against Shawn Hogan, a current Protea darts player. Hogan is an international darts player.

“The darts fraternity in the province as well as locally, wish to congratulate Oliver for winning the first ever Last Man Standing Darts Tournament in South Africa,” said Human.

Oliver contributed in establishing Ibhayi Darts in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The Eastern Cape Province Darts Federation wish to thank Desmond Steffens for the safe transport to Cape Town and back.

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