|GARY DOWMAN came out victorious in Monday's Kimberly Classic Final after defeating Graham Filby in a dramatic Final leg at the Flamingo Casino in Kimberly.
Gary started his run to his first ever Major National Tournament victory with a 6-5 win over Corne Robbeson in the last 16. He then edged passed Victor Smidt 6-4 in the Quarter Final before beating former SA Master Champion Charl Pietersen 7-6 in the Semi-Final.
Charl was looking comfortable for the victory leading 6-3, but Gary staged a remarkable comeback winning the next 4 legs to book his place in his first ever Final.
The final was a see-saw contest against three times National Competition Champion Graham Filby. Both players took their aways until leg 11 when Graham capitalised on missed double opportunities and took the lead 6-5, however Gary broke back in the 14th leg to square off the tie 7-7. The deciding leg saw Graham missed double 18 for victory, but Gary took his chance at double 20 to clinch Victory.
Graham booked his place in the final, with a comfortable 6-1 win over Hugo Dysel in the last 16, and then saw off Warrick Scheffer 6-3 in the Quater Final, before beating current South African Masters Champion Devon Petersen 7-3 in the Semi-Final.
2014 KIMBERLEY CLASSIC LAST 16
Charles Losper 6-2 Donny February
Charl Pietersen 6-2 Francois du Preez
Gary Dowman 6-5 Corne Robbeson
Victor Smidt 6-3 Earl Pentolfe
Nolan Arendse 6-0 Eddie Pillay
Graham Filby 6-1 Hugo Deysel
Warrick Scheffer 6-3 Shawn Hogan
Devon Petersen 6-1 Clayton Septoe
Charl Pietersen 6-4 Charles Losper
Gary Dowman 6-4 Victor Smidt
Graham Filby 6-1 Nolan Arendse
Devon Petersen 6-3 Warrick Scheffer
Gary Dowman 7-6 Charl Pietersen
Graham Filby 7-3 Devon Petersen
Gary Dowman 8-7 Graham Filby
South African Pro Darts Organisation (SAPDO) would like to thank the various small businesses including Provincial Department of Sports, Arts and Culture in Kimberley assisted the Regional Representative Eddie Pillay to make it a foremost success.