City man confident of reclaiming SI Masters title

Invercargill darts player Warren Parry said he planned to reclaim the title of the South Island Masters champion in Invercargill on Saturday.

At the South Island Masters, some of the country's best darts players will compete, but Parry, who has already won the competition 15 times, said he was feeling extremely confident.

Parry, ranked first in New Zealand for the Professional Darts Corporation, took out the South Island Masters in 2013 after beating long-time friend Stephen Padget in the finals.

"[Parry is] the best player that New Zealand has ever had. He's won 15 times so it's pretty daunting sometimes. I've played him in the final quite a few times so I'm getting pretty used to it," Padget said.

Parry, a three-time world championships qualifier, recently secured a place in the New Zealand finals for the Sydney Masters qualifiers, in which the country's top eight will compete for one spot in the Sydney Masters.

He said although he felt confident playing against New Zealand players, he found those playing in the Sydney Masters to be intimidating after coming up against some of the best in the world in previous years.

"Playing there is different to playing in New Zealand . . . they're all good, very good; they're all professionals, that's their job," he said.

The South Island Masters will be held on Saturday at the Southland Darts Association in Mary St and is open to everyone.

Entries close at 10.30am.

Sharon Reece is a journalism student at SIT

The Southland Times