Dart players vie for top spot

2017-03-14 06:02
Devon Petersen

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The biggest dart competition to hit African soil will see close to 200 players battle it out in Cape Town this weekend as they vie for a spot in the Dart World Cup happening in June.

Organiser and professional dart player Devon Petersen from Mitchell’s Plain says it took about six months to turn the event from a dream into a reality.

“The prestige of the event is that it is the biggest in Africa and the event is also the first of its kind in Africa. It is also the first time in Africa that anyone has the opportunity to qualify to play in the world cup,” says Petersen.

The last-man-standing competition will take place at Grandwest from Friday to Sunday and is expected to attract thousands of spectators.

“We sold more than 1000 tickets and it was launched only a month ago,” he says.

Weekend passes are presold for R100 for the three days of competition. Tickets at the door will cost R50 per day.

A total of 180 players will vie for R80 000 worth in prizes and a shot at the world title at the competition later this year.

The event will feature players from all over the country.

“Because the competition is being held in Cape Town, most of the players are from Cape Town but every province is represented at the competition,” he says.

His aim is to put darts on the map and give a platform to individual sports in South Africa.

“For a long time darts has been in the shadows and this is a platform for the many talented players to showcase their talent. With all the drugs and gangsterism in Mitchell’s Plain we also want to do something to give children an outlet. I want to promote the sport and change the way people see darts in the country,” he says.

He says the challenges the sport faces includes the low support from locals for darts. His aim is to change that and grow it to be on par with countries such as the United Kingdom and United States.

“The three biggest sporting codes in South Africa are rugby, soccer and cricket and those are all team sports. There is no real support for individual sports and I hope this competition will set a platform for the less recognised sports and individual sports,” says Petersen.

“There is a future for this event but we need the support to show organisers that we can make this sport big in South Africa.”

This weekend’s event is currently the only way for South African players to qualify for the world cup and Petersen hopes to grow the event annually.

Cape Town celebrities Aden Thomas and Irshaad Ally will also battle it out on the main stage in an exhibition match.

The competition is supported by Sun International’s SunExhibits (Grandwest Casino), Heart 104.9FM, Distell, Unicorn Dart Manufacturer and Pixo Prints.

Doors open at 17:00 on Friday, 11:00 on Saturday and noon on Sunday at Grandwest.V Tickets are available at the door or via www.Quicket.co.za.

The biggest dart competition to hit African soil will see close to 200 players battle it out in Cape Town this weekend as they vie for a spot in the Dart World Cup happening in June.

Organiser and professional dart player Devon Petersen from Mitchell’s Plain says it took about six months to turn the event from a dream into a reality.

“The prestige of the event is that it is the biggest in Africa and the event is also the first of its kind in Africa. It is also the first time in Africa that anyone has the opportunity to qualify to play in the world cup,” says Petersen.

The last-man-standing competition will take place at Grandwest from Friday to Sunday and is expected to attract thousands of spectators.

“We sold more than 1000 tickets and it was launched only a month ago,” he says.

Weekend passes are presold for R100 for the three days of competition. Tickets at the door will cost R50 per day.

A total of 180 players will vie for R80 000 worth in prizes and a shot at the world title at the competition later this year.

“Because the competition is being held in Cape Town, most of the players are from Cape Town but every province is represented at the competition,” he says.

His aim is to put darts on the map and give a platform to individual sports in South Africa.

“For a long time darts has been in the shadows and this is a platform for the many talented players to showcase their talent. With all the drugs and gangsterism in Mitchell’s Plain we also want to do something to give children an outlet. I want to promote the sport and change the way people see darts in the country,” he says.

He says the challenges the sport faces includes the low support from locals for darts. His aim is to change that and grow it to be on par with countries such as the United Kingdom and United States.

“The three biggest sporting codes in South Africa are rugby, soccer and cricket and those are all team sports. There is no real support for individual sports and I hope this competition will set a platform for the less recognised sports and individual sports,” says Petersen.

“There is a future for this event but we need the support to show organisers that we can make this sport big in South Africa.”

This weekend’s event is currently the only way for South African players to qualify for the world cup and Petersen hopes to grow the event annually.

Cape Town celebrities Aden Thomas and Irshaad Ally will also battle it out on the main stage in an exhibition match.

The competition is supported by Sun International’s SunExhibits (Grandwest Casino), Heart 104.9FM, Distell, Unicorn Dart Manufacturer and Pixo Prints.

Doors open at 17:00 on Friday, 11:00 on Saturday and noon on Sunday at Grandwest.V Tickets are available at the door or via www.Quicket.co.za.

The biggest dart competition to hit African soil will see close to 200 players battle it out in Cape Town this weekend as they vie for a spot in the Dart World Cup happening in June.

Organiser and professional dart player Devon Petersen from Mitchell’s Plain says it took about six months to turn the event from a dream into a reality.

“The prestige of the event is that it is the biggest in Africa and the event is also the first of its kind in Africa. It is also the first time in Africa that anyone has the opportunity to qualify to play in the world cup,” says Petersen.

The last-man-standing competition will take place at Grandwest from Friday to Sunday and is expected to attract thousands of spectators.

“We sold more than 1000 tickets and it was launched only a month ago,” he says.

Weekend passes are presold for R100 for the three days of competition. Tickets at the door will cost R50 per day.

A total of 180 players will vie for R80 000 worth in prizes and a shot at the world title at the competition later this year.

The event will feature players from all over the country.

“Because the competition is being held in Cape Town, most of the players are from Cape Town but every province is represented at the competition,” he says.

His aim is to put darts on the map and give a platform to individual sports in South Africa.

“For a long time darts has been in the shadows and this is a platform for the many talented players to showcase their talent. With all the drugs and gangsterism in Mitchell’s Plain we also want to do something to give children an outlet. I want to promote the sport and change the way people see darts in the country,” he says.

He says the challenges the sport faces includes the low support from locals for darts. His aim is to change that and grow it to be on par with countries such as the United Kingdom and United States.

“The three biggest sporting codes in South Africa are rugby, soccer and cricket and those are all team sports. There is no real support for individual sports and I hope this competition will set a platform for the less recognised sports and individual sports,” says Petersen.

“There is a future for this event but we need the support to show organisers that we can make this sport big in South Africa.”

This weekend’s event is currently the only way for South African players to qualify for the world cup and Petersen hopes to grow the event annually.

Cape Town celebrities Aden Thomas and Irshaad Ally will also battle it out on the main stage in an exhibition match.

The competition is supported by Sun International’s SunExhibits (Grandwest Casino), Heart 104.9FM, Distell, Unicorn Dart Manufacturer and Pixo Prints.

Doors open at 17:00 on Friday, 11:00 on Saturday and noon on Sunday at Grandwest.V Tickets are available at the door or via www.Quicket.co.za.

The biggest dart competition to hit African soil will see close to 200 players battle it out in Cape Town this weekend as they vie for a spot in the Dart World Cup happening in June.

Organiser and professional dart player Devon Petersen from Mitchell’s Plain says it took about six months to turn the event from a dream into a reality.

“The prestige of the event is that it is the biggest in Africa and the event is also the first of its kind in Africa. It is also the first time in Africa that anyone has the opportunity to qualify to play in the world cup,” says Petersen.

The last-man-standing competition will take place at Grandwest from Friday to Sunday and is expected to attract thousands of spectators.

“We sold more than 1000 tickets and it was launched only a month ago,” he says.

Weekend passes are presold for R100 for the three days of competition. Tickets at the door will cost R50 per day.

A total of 180 players will vie for R80 000 worth in prizes and a shot at the world title at the competition later this year.

The event will feature players from all over the country.

“Because the competition is being held in Cape Town, most of the players are from Cape Town but every province is represented at the competition,” he says.

His aim is to put darts on the map and give a platform to individual sports in South Africa.

“For a long time darts has been in the shadows and this is a platform for the many talented players to showcase their talent. With all the drugs and gangsterism in Mitchell’s Plain we also want to do something to give children an outlet. I want to promote the sport and change the way people see darts in the country,” he says.

He says the challenges the sport faces includes the low support from locals for darts. His aim is to change that and grow it to be on par with countries such as the United Kingdom and United States.

“The three biggest sporting codes in South Africa are rugby, soccer and cricket and those are all team sports. There is no real support for individual sports and I hope this competition will set a platform for the less recognised sports and individual sports,” says Petersen.

“There is a future for this event but we need the support to show organisers that we can make this sport big in South Africa.”

This weekend’s event is currently the only way for South African players to qualify for the world cup and Petersen hopes to grow the event annually.

Cape Town celebrities Aden Thomas and Irshaad Ally will also battle it out on the main stage in an exhibition match.

The competition is supported by Sun International’s SunExhibits (Grandwest Casino), Heart 104.9FM, Distell, Unicorn Dart Manufacturer and Pixo Prints.

Doors open at 17:00 on Friday, 11:00 on Saturday and noon on Sunday at Grandwest.V Tickets are available at the door or via www.Quicket.co.za.

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