May 28, 2019

AUSTRALIA’S Gordon Mathers and New Zealand’s Wendy Harper claimed top spot at this weekend’s Sunshine State Classic in Brisbane.

Mathers’ registered his first BDO ranking points of the year by beating fellow Australian Jeremy Fagg, who has hit a good run of form recently, featuring in his second final in a month. The match, which went the full 13 legs, saw Mathers edge out his opponent taking the final leg in 14 darts against the throw. Mather’s maintained a 32.11 (96.33) average against Fagg’s 31.20 (93.60) in a top-quality battle for first place.

Justin Thompson, back from his recent tournament appearances in Denmark and Wales, reached the semi-final alongside 2019 Lakeside debutant Mal Cuming.

The ladies event saw New Zealand’s Wendy Harper rise to victory amongst a tough field of Australian talent. Harper’s victory sees her move into the top 50 of the BDO rolling table, leap-frogging fellow New Zealand player Judy Fenton in the process.

Harper’s win came at the expense of Tori Kewish, whose progress at the Denmark Open, coupled with the weekends results see her currently sat in World Number 14 position.

Australian’s Barb Smyth and Lorraine Burn were both knocked out at the semi-final stages.