Parry looks forward to challenge
Invercargill darts player Warren Parry will take on some of the world's best in Sydney next month.
The Bluff RSA club member claimed the New Zealand Charter Clubs title in Upper Hutt this month to qualify for the Sydney Darts Masters, the second event in the World Series of Darts.
Parry has won the national title so many times he can't recall the total - but it's well into double figures despite the fact many younger players have joined the ranks.
But the opportunity to take on the best British throwers in a glamorous television event is a new and exciting opportunity.
"It's the top eight Englishmen who are coming over, I don't know who I'll get to play yet." Parry said he will modify his training in the buildup to the Sydney event.
"I'll probably put a bit more time and effort into hitting doubles."
The opening event of the professional darts corporation's world series was held outdoors and at night in Dubai, and won by Michael Van Gerwen.
For the Sydney event, the 16-player tournament will see the PDC's top eight stars joined by the top three players from the DPA rankings, a trio of home qualifiers from a three-day qualifying event, Australian World Cup ace Paul Nicholson and Parry, as the New Zealand qualifier.
While the Sydney Masters is a new event, Parry has previously competed across the Tasman.
Nerves shouldn't be too much of a factor, he said.
"The nerves are getting a bit better now. I know what I have to do and it's not to get too overwhelmed when you meet [the stars]."
The PDC does a good job of promoting darts to the world and the sport's popularity was rising as a result, Parry said.
The Sydney event will be preceded from August 25 to 27 by a three-day qualifying series, from which three players will win through to play in the main Sydney Darts Masters tournament.
The eight first round games will be played at Sydney's iconic Luna Park on August 29, with the quarterfinals on August 30 and the semifinals and final being held on August 31.
The whole of the Sydney Darts Masters will be screened live on Fox Sports in Australia.
- The Southland Times