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2007 PUMA Pacific Masters

*From Darts federation of Australia*

Australia’s premier dart players found the standard of competition extremely high at the Puma Pacific Masters Darts Championships at the Royal Hobart Showgrounds in Hobart today. Hundreds of spectators watched and many local players enjoyed great darting contests throughout the day. The 30th running of this event saw over 240 players competing for world and Australian ranking points and the $5000.00 prize money on offer.

Ian Brown from Mackay in Queensland became the 2007 Pacific Masters Champion with a 6 – 2 victory over Russell Stewart from Canberra. Brown (above on the left) is a great darting story. This is his second year representing Queensland at this level and to come and win the 2006 Australian Singles at his first attempt last year was tremendous, but to back up in 2007 to win the Pacific is fantastic. He has always had great ability even as a junior. He represented Queensland Juniors on three occasions at Australian Junior Championships and won the Australian Junior Singles title in 1988 when competing in those Championships. He represented Australia at the World Youth Masters in England back in 1989 finishing fifth. He gave the sport away for a while to play rugby but he is now back playing this great sport and what an impression he has made. His performance today was outstanding. He accounted for Stewart fairly comfortably winning the first four legs in 24, 12, 21 and 17 darts. It looked like a white wash was on the cards, but Russell Stewart is a real fighter. He dug deep to win the next two legs to bring the score back to 4 – 2 Brown. Brown again picked up his scoring power again in leg seven and won leg eight in 15 darts with a 76 finish to win his first Pacific Master title.

Finals Averages: Ian Brown 26.627 – Russell Stewart 25.535

The first semi final saw two international champions clash. Russell Stewart from Canberra played a powerful match against Steve Duke from Geelong. Duke was away first and knocked a 180 in in the first leg which he won in 16 darts. Stewart was still finding his range and missed double twenty to give Duke a chance at steeling the leg. Duke did that with a great 117 finish. Leg three and Stewart was now hitting the big scores. He easily took this leg against the darts. Leg four and with a magnificent 152 finish the match was tied up at 2 – 2. Stewart kept the relentless pressure on Duke to win the next two legs in 17 and 15 darts. Duke was not far away in each of these legs. Duke won the seventh leg to bring the score back to 3 – 4. Stewart won leg eight after Duke missed a chance at taking the leg to find a place in the final.
Averages
Russell Stewart 27.420 – Steve Duke 26.529

The second semi final had Ian Brown up against Perth player Tony David. Brown opened up with a 12-dart leg against the darts to set the early pace. David came back to win leg two in 16 darts to tie up the semi final. Brown kept the pressure on to win leg three with his own 16-darter. David was not going to go away easily winning leg four in 14 darts, which included a 180 to leave a 40 finish and another break. Brown then went ballistic. In leg five he hit two 180’s and set up an 81 finish for another 12-darter. Leg six was the crunch leg. Again Brown hit two 180’s to put the pressure on David. David wired a 140 peg to leave 10, but Brown was able to hit double eight to win the first leg with the darts. David held in the next leg with a 17-darter to bring the score to 4 – 3 Brown. Eighth leg and Brown needed this leg to move into the final. It looked like another break was coming with David hitting the big scores. David missed a 40 finish with his sixth walk giving Brown the chance to take the match. Brown finished off from 40 to clinch the match. A great exciting contest with plenty of skill shown by both players.

Averages
Ian Brown 29.82 – Tony David 29.344

Over 120 of Australia’s top ranked men’s players contested this event.

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