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PDC Asian Tour 2019

Following the tremendous success and showing of the Asian contingent in the PDC World Championships of 2018-19, the PDC Asian Tour schedule for the 2019 editions are out. Taking place in 6 different countries and 12 stages the PDC Asian Tour Schedule is as follows –

With Stages 11 and 12 yet to be confirmed we see South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Taipei and Hong Kong each playing host to the players.

CADA’18 and Malaysian Open 2018 Overview and Results

The Cosmo All Darts Asian Championships were held for the first time on the eve of the Malaysian Open. With 9 participating countries the tournament showed a lot of promise throughout. With perennial juggernauts like the Philippines and Japan taking looking to take honors home – capable hosts Malaysia, did have something to say about it as we would see later on in the tournament..

With teams from Brunei, India, Indonesia, Iran, Singapore and Thailand – a first for a few of them to be part of a tournament of such stature.

Here were the team rosters –

Team Brunei

Members – Pg. Mohammad Bin Pg. Matersad, Awang Serebah HJ Abas, Mohd. Hairul Azman B Haji Bujang, Sapli Bin Sapar, Ak. Mohd. Hamidi Bin Pg. Masshor

Team India

Members – Nitin Kumar, Amit Gilitwala, Ankit Goenka, Rohan Buch, Vikash Kothari

Team Indonesia

Members – Anderson Tjoeng, Benny Tandean, Ahmad El Zachadrie Ramli, Suwendi, Tirte Supatjo

Team Iran

Members – Ali Reza Izadi, Mohammad Mahdi Dehghan, Dariush Khorshidi, Shahin Hoseini, Ali Basati

Team Japan

Members – Daisuke Akamatsu, Eikichi Nakanishi, Kazuki Hagane, Takuya Goto

Team Malaysia

Members – Clairines Joseph, Norhisame Bin Wahab, Mark Jumin, Muhammad Haikal Bin Rusli, Colin Anthony Thambu Xavier

Team Philippines

Members – Lourence Illagan, Noel Malicdem, Christian Perez, Alexis Antienza Toylo, Prussian

Team Singapore

Members – Ho Ah Tee, Ching Chee Poh, James Quek Nian Tze, Bernard Choong Toh Siang

Team Thailand

Members – Attapol Eupakaree, Thanawat Gaweenuntavong, Worawut Khantong, Chaiyan Paiaree, Thaweesak Phahinkrong

CADA’18 Groups

With Philippines and Malaysia placing 1st and 2nd in Group A while Japan and Singapore placing 1st and 2nd in Group B – Philippines took on Singapore in the first Semifinals. With the stars from the Philippines dominating, they booked their finals berth in no time. In the 2nd Semifinal, hosts Malaysia upset Japan to book their place in the finals against strong favorites – Philippines. In the finals, the Philippines took an early lead following the dominance of Lourence Illagan which proved too much for Malaysia to fight back from.

With CADA starting off on the right foot and all participating teams getting their best darts in, this looks to be a prominent tournament in the years to come for the Asian region. With more countries slated to participate in the inaugural edition next year, it seems like the Cosmo Darts affiliation with the All Darts Asia Ventures is one to stay.

Malaysian Open 2018 – Results

The Malaysian Open is the largest WDF Ranked tournament in the Asian region and consistently gets 800+ competitors each year. The MO’18 was no different, with numbers close to a 1000 players featuring Asia’s best players, the tournament held over 3 days had Men’s singles, Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Team Event. With the Women’s Doubles being held for the first time and seeing a record number of Women entries this time around – this gave the female participants an additional incentive that wasn’t available before. With the rise in standard as witnessed year in and out, there were some enthralling matches throughout the tournament.

With MO’17 Men’s Singles champion Donjem the only player not available to defend his title due to an unfortunate injury, and with a huge influx of Filipino participants in view, there were some mouth watering contests on the cards throughout.

The Team Event saw defending champions Robson Sportscraft and other top teams like DOT, Shanghai Darts, STA&A Mercury GO, JK Distinction, FOCO Izing and Denso. With all teams playing relatively to expectations, Team Robson faced DOT 1 in a scintillating match of high standards with both of Philippines most recognized champions in Christian Perez and Lourence Illagan butting heads. With Christian winning a grueling opening singles match following up with Paolo Nebrida and DJ Tongcopanon upsetting Lourence Illagan and Alexis Toylo in the Doubles event, Team Robson were looking at their 2nd consecutive trip to the finals. Alexis Toylo pulled a game back for DOT against Paolo Nebrida but another strong pairing of Noel Malicdem and Christian Perez facing up against Micheal Viola and Prussian extended the lead for Team Robson and thus paved their way into the finals. The next semifinals saw team JK Distinction go up against Team Denso Rock Heaven. This was a one-sided affair with Team JK Distinction winning fairly comfortably to reach the finals in a match that did showcase some wonderful darts.

In the finals heavy favorites Team Robson Sportscraft lead by Christian Perez from the front dominated and another crucial win from Paolo in the 2nd Single rubber saw them defend their Team Event championship.

The Team Event 2nd chance event saw Team Black Hawks beat AX Darters in the finals.

The inaugural Women’s Doubles Event brought many entrants from the Ladies side and saw some dynamic pairings performing well in tandem during the course of the event. The winners however of the 1st Women’s Doubles event at the MO’18 were the Filipino duo of Lovely Mae and Hinolaes, beating the Malay-Thai duo of Naruephak and Rohana in the finals.

The Women’s Singles seeing an increase in participation this year saw many top players from the Asian circuit – Angelyn Y Detablan, Mary Grace Fausal, Akin Darlyn Batiaq, Bernadette Philippa and the defending champion – Iran’s Mozhghan Rhamani.

The champion bowed out in the Round of 32 to India’s Janani Gopal in a huge upset. However, the quarterfinals onward was a Filipino and Malaysian affair with Thailand’s Naruephak Khaosoi being the odd one out. In the semifinals, it was a Malaysia Vs Filipino affair with Malaysian players Nursazleena Muliyono and Melania Maidi booking their spot in the finals.

With Melania considered the favorite in the finals Nursazleena Muliyono pulled of the upset win to become the Malaysian Open 2018 Women’s Singles Champion.

The Men’s Singles Event would be crowning a new champion as defending champion Donjem was not able to make it to the event. The MO’18 edition as usual displays Asia’s best talent under one roof and this year was no exception. With perennial favorites like former winner and current PDC Asian Tour leader Lourence Illagan, MO’17 Runner Up Christian Perez, 2017 BDO Qualifier winner PG. Mohamed from Brunei, and Malaysia’s very own Mark Jumin in the mix, a day filled with tungsten tussle looked to be in store for all.

The Top-16 saw a mixture of most nations with expected heavy hitters from the Philippines and Malaysia present. With wily veteran PG. Mohamed being in the mix, it was the first time however that Iran’s Alireza Izadi and India’s Vikash Kothari made it through to this stage of the competition. Again, proof in the extent that the Malaysian Open has reached and the upgrade in darting standard from lesser known nations around the world.

Everything though was short lived as the prime Filipino contingent dominated and we saw an all Filipino Top-8. With amazing bouts going on at each board, the eventual finalists were Christian Perez and fellow Robson Sportscraft team-mate Paolo Nebrida. With Christian in great form throughout the tournament, he made sure that there wouldn’t be a repeat of last years final and went on the claim the title of Malaysian Open 2018 Men’s Singles Champion.

Darts first real superstar passes away at the age of 60

Eric Bristow, nicknamed the “Crafty Cockney”, a 5-time world champion who dominated the the sport in the 1980’s has died, aged 60 after suffering a heart attack at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

A legend of British Sport, Bristow shot to fame after he beat Bobby George in the final of the British Darts Organisation World Championships at the age of 23, beating John Lowe the following year to retain his title.

His success coincided with increased television coverage of the sport ensuring his talent of becoming a household name. However, in 1986 a 6-0 thrashing of Dave Whitcombe proved to be his last world title due to the onset of a psychological condition known as Dartitis. He went on to reach the finals three more times in his illustrious career before helping to lead the breakaway of the game’s leading players to form the World Darts Council in 1993, an organisation that later became the PDC.

Bristow also played a key role in mentoring 16-time world champion Phil Taylor and moved into broadcasting with Sky Sports after retiring from the sport in 2000.

Selangor Open 2018 Results

The Selangor Open 2018 concluded on the 4th of February 2018. The WDF Ranked Tournament saw many of Asia’s best players sparring and producing an amazing standard throughout the tournament. The top four in Men’s Singles was a Filipino affair with the championship going to Melvin Kent Pelona beating Runner Up Michael Viola. Both beat heavy hitters Lourence Ilagan and Prussian Arceno in the semis to set up an epic match for the championship.

The Women’s Singles Championship went to Lovely Mae Orbeta defeating Filipino counterpart Janjan Hino Jalis in the finals. Both went through to the finals defeating former champions Bernadette from Malaysia and Angelyn Detablan from the Phillipines.

The Men’s Team Event saw most of Asia’s best players fighting for the prize and did not disappoint. With high standards being showcased the trophy was eventually taken home by DOT Team One after beating Team Flukers All Darts in the finals. Joint 3rd went to Team Shanghai Darts @ Forest and Kumpaderas Phillipines.

The inaugural Women’s Team Event also took place. Seeing a substantial increase in the recent past in both participation and standard of darts thrown by the women, this category saw many soft-tip darters entering the fray. The inaugural Women’s Team Event championship was won by Team Tropang Luzviminda and the Runner Up was awarded to Team Zombie Darters.

With an overall participation close to that of the Malaysian Open, this is definitely a tournament being sought after by all of Asia’s best.

2018 PDC Asia Tour

The growth of steel-tip darts in the region in recent years has included World Series of Darts events in China and Japan and inclusion for players from across the region in the World Championship and World Cup of Darts.

The PDC Asian Tour will feature six weekends of two events in 2018, beginning in Seoul on March 10-11, with a season-ending World Championship Qualifier to find four players for the sport’s biggest event.

Further PDC Asian Tour events will be held in Macao, Kobe, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei and China mainland throughout the year, giving greater opportunities for Asian players in the steel-tip format.

Each weekend will feature one event per day, with $10,000 in prize money on offer including $3,600 to the winner, while the format will see best of seven leg matches played throughout each event in a step towards the PDC’s professional circuit.

“It’s fantastic to see the ongoing growth of professional darts worldwide continuing with the introduction of the PDC Asian Tour,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

“The potential for darts across Asia is huge, and this new tour will provide vital experience for players in addition to the exposure they are currently receiving to PDC events.”

The new PDC Asian Tour has been backed by Singapore’s Paul Lim, who starred recently in the World Championship and has been the region’s most successful player.

“It is huge,” said Lim. “This tour is going to be the biggest news for Asian darts.

“I think right now, with what is going on in the world of darts, it has fed over to Asia and is creating a little bit of a frenzy.

“Steel-tip darts is catching on now in Asian darts. It has always been more popular with electronic darts, but I think it’s going to be exciting for steel-tip to be over in Asia.

“It will create that next level, which is what the PDC is about. It’s the biggest thing that ever happened in Asia.”

For entry information, international players please visit www.pdc-asia.tv and local Korean players please visit www.darts.or.kr. (Open from Feb 1)

PDC Asian Tour
Tour 1 & 2: March 10-11, Seoul
Tour 3 & 4: April 28-29, Macao
Tour 5 & 6: June 23-24, Kobe
Tour 7 & 8: August 18-19, Kuala Lumpur
Tour 9 & 10: September 22-23, Taipei
Tour 11 & 12: Dates & Venue TBC

Malaysian Open 2018

With over 800 players taking part in the 2017 edition, Asia’s biggest darts tournament will kick off from the 5th to 7th of October at the Federal Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
With the steady increase of Indian participation and with some great performances over the years from Amit Gilitwala, Nitin Kumar and most lately Ankit Goenka – the Men’s team will be looking to up their game at the biggest stage.

The Ladies Doubles is a welcome addition to the itinerary where Indian players like Ankita Upadhyay, Kriti Chugh and Vedika Sureka would be looking at making their mark.