This event is shaping up to be quite awesome and I predict will be a must play in event for New Zealand’s top players in future years. It has been very well organised and I know it is going to be very enjoyable for all the spectators. It is to be held in the Bay Hall which seats about 400. Corporate tables for $1200 that seat ten and go for the two nights are being sold fast. Each table for the $1200 is going to receive more than that worth in food, beer and wine in which is terrific value. If you want one you need to contact Neville Herbert at 027 2027323 or 036883040. Any extra money made above costs and prize money is going into the next event when held in 2018. All participating players will receive prize money whether you make the final or are knocked out in the first round. I have had a whisper what the prize money is and it is pretty good. I wish I was playing.The people behind the event are doing this to support the players and promote darts in the South Island and for no other reason.
Invited players are Craig Caldwell, Peter Hunt, Mark McGrath, Cody Harris, Neville Herbert, Craig Dunn and Mike Day in the men. In the ladies it is Tina Osborne, Jane Harrington, Peggy Wikaira and Judy Fenton.
The invited players will play a number of qualifiers.Some qualifying events have been held with one at Kapi Mana on January 28th still to go. Qualified so far are David Lamb, Tony Carmichael, Simon Tippett, Shannon Brown, Tahi Parata and Haupai Puha. In the ladies Mikaela Makiha, Mata Atkins and Missy Jones. In the Junior event Jack Shepherd, Kayden Milne and Dom Grinton.
I will be there as a supporter and chalker and really looking forward to being part of a great atmosphere and seeing some of NZ’s best.