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Neville Herbert will be nicknamed Mad Dog for the two-night tournament.

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Neville Herbert will be nicknamed Mad Dog for the two-night tournament.

Timaru darts player Neville Herbert is hoping a clash against Phil “The Power” Taylor a few years ago puts him in good stead on February 17-18.

A number of New Zealand’s best darts players will converge on Timaru for two nights of action as the Old Bank Super Classic comes to town.

The festival-like event is new for Timaru and there’s hope it’ll be around for years to come.

Walk-on girls Nicole Richardt, left, and Chantelle Litten with competitor and organiser Neville Herbert for The Old Bank ...

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Walk-on girls Nicole Richardt, left, and Chantelle Litten with competitor and organiser Neville Herbert for The Old Bank Super Classic darts tournament in February.

Herbert, who is competing in the two-night event, said the encounter against Taylor in 2012 was a surreal moment.

“It was awesome. I faced him in Australia. He beat me, but it was so cool facing him.”

He said he would rely on that experience, and what he had gained over the last few years, for the Super Classic. “Being at home and being the local face will be nice.”

Sixteen entrants have been confirmed for the men’s grade, with the top eight qualifying for post-section play.

New Zealand rep Cody Harris leads the field and will be joined by established operators such as Craig Caldwell, Peter Hunt, Craig Dunn, Mark McGrath, Mike Day, Steve Padget and Herbert.

There is also a women’s grade with Tina Osborne, Judy Fenton, Peggy Wikaira and Jane Harrington joined by four qualifiers and four junior qualifiers.

Herbert was optimistic the event would draw a decent crowd, and organisers wanted to ensure it was an entertaining evening for spectators. “It’s all about a bit of fun. People can dress up, bring signs and watch some darts. We want people to get in behind it and enjoy it so it’s back next year.”

Herbert will be known as the ‘Mad Dog’, and said his theme song is like to be ‘who let the dogs out’.

“It’s all a bit of fun. We will even have four ladies helping walk the contestants out.”

Tickets can be purchased from the Old Bank. Corporate tables for 10 people over two nights cost $1200.

 

 – Stuff

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