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Clegg youngest dart player to ever qualify for a World Championship event

(Story sent in by DartPlayersAustralia.com)

‘Wonder Kid’ – Mitchell Clegg made DPA and PDC history yesterday by winning the 2006 Oceanic Masters at the Central Coast Leagues Club in Gosford. The current Australian Junior Champion – Mitchell, who turns 16 in November becomes the youngest dart player to qualify for a World Championship event in the history of the Sport. However, he has a level of maturity far beyond his tender age as indicated by his darting prowess, growing list of darting achievements, Tournament victories and his display of professionalism over this past weekend of darts.
He was far from tender at the oche!

Mitchell’s journey started on Saturday morning with the round robin section of the event. He came second on his sheet with a 29 ave, losing only one game to his older brother – David. Sunday’s random sheet draw saw him pitted against DPA ranked #11 – Jerry Weyman in the Round of 32. In this best of 5 match Mitchell won 3-0. The round of 16 saw him again face his brother David, and he exacted his revenge winning the best of 7 leg match. The quarter finals saw him step up against DPA #4 and DPA Team Member – Peter Corcoran. Mitchell won this match . The semi finals were on stage and Mitchell faced Australian legend and DPA #5 – Russell Stewart who had been showing equally great form through the earlier rounds. Their match was a great display of darts with both players throwing 12 dart legs against the other. In the best of 11 match, Mitchell won 6-4 with an average of 30.54 (Russell Steward 28.88)

Mitchell’s opponent in the Final was New Zealander – John Sinclair. John’s weekend events commenced on Friday night when he represented the NZ Chartered Clubs Association against the Dartplayers Australia Team. On Saturday he took out the ‘Australian Grand Prix Knockout’ which saw the top 16 qualifiers in the Oceanic Masters use this event as a preparaton for Sunday’s main event. John defeated New Zealand’s Purfleet entrant – Warren French in a high quality final. In the early rounds of the Oceanic Masters, John defeated Dave Harrington (NZ), DPA #9 Dave Fitzpatrick and in the quarter final he dispatched fellow Kiwi Dave Jones. His on stage semi-final saw him playing DPA #3 Brian Roach, who had reached the stage by defeating DPA #2 Barry Jouannet in the Round of 32, Glenn Power (QLD) in the Round of 16 and Wayne Mercer (NZ) at the quarter final stage. John was in great form defeating Brian 6-1, so the stage was set for the Final that would either see John follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Warren Parry or Mitchell creating Dart history by being the youngest ever entrant in a Darts World Champoinship event.

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