The SA Pro Darts Organisation’s
2015 Kimberley Classics
25th to 27th April
Flamingo Casino, Kimberley, Northern Cape
The 2015, Kimberley Classics started on Saturday’ 25th of April at the Constance Hall in Kimberley. Players and spectators from around the country were welcomed by the MC - Mr Tommy Jossie. For the first time since the Kimberley Classics were launched we had over 40 players playing in this event. Players from all over the country flocked to Kimberley to see who will be the new Champion crowned or if Gary Dowman the previous champion will be unbeaten for this event.
Players started off on Saturday with doubles tournament prior to the qualifiers for this event and we saw double pairs in the likes of Graham Filby & Brent Robertson, Nolan “The Nigel Arendse & Clifford ‘Mr. Cool” Stradling, local hero Eddie “The nightmare” Pillay & Clint ‘The Transformer’ Prime, Charlie ‘The Sensation’ Losper & Charl ‘The Bionic man’ Pietersen to just a few. This event saw darts of a high caliber being played amongst the 22 pairs that was eventually entered for this. It turned out that the pairs semi - finals was between Graham & Brent vs Charlie & Charl and the other semi was Nolan and Clifford vs Eddie & Clint. Charlie & Charl lost their plot against their opponents and Nolan and Clifford advanced through to the finals after beating their opponents. The pairs finals will now be between Graham Filby & Brent Robertson and Nolan Arendse & Clifford Stradling on Monday’ 27th Aril’ 2015.
Ladies singles event
The ladies played separately from the men and had an enjoyable time on Sunday 26th of April’ 2015.They were Charmaine Johnson, a lady that has played at this level for many years and a previous Protea player, Zerilda Losper wife of Charles ‘The Sensation’ Losper who only started out recently playing this beautiful game, Charlene Dowman partner of Gary Dowman last year’s Kimberley Champion all from Cape Town, Juanita Koegelenberg, Heila Pain and Lizelle Cornelius all from Kimberley in the Northern Cape.
This ladies event was convened by Mrs. Carol Oliver. It was a battle between these ladies for the crown but at the end of the day only two could get to the finals. The two ladies that eventually advanced to the finals were Charmaine Johnson and Heila Pain who will be playing on stage on Monday at the casino.
The singles was contested by all the men who registered for this event. The seeded players in this event had to play exceptionally well to advance from theround robin stages to the last 16. The last 16 results saw all seeded players through to the quarter finals except for Oscar Jacobus who came up trumps against Corne Robbeson after trailing 5 – 1. He won five consecutive legs to oust Corne Robbeson 6 – 5. Graham Filby easily beat Errol Brown 6 - 1. Errol the surprise of the last 16 beat Clayton Septoe to advance to the last 16. The defending champion Gary Dowman was knocked out by Nolan The Nigel in the last 16 6 - 2. Clint Prime easily beat Dawie Olivier while Charl Pietersen overcame a defiant Victor Smidt 6 – 2. Cliffie Stradling and Charles Losper humiliated Lappies Wentzel and Neville Petersen 6 – 0 respectively. Brent Robertson annihilated Richard Oliver 6 - 0 in a one sided affair.
Will Arendse hold his number one ranking or will Filby or Pietersen spoil his dominance of darts in South Africa. Other contenders to look out for today will be the inform players namely Robertson and Stradling.
Last eight draw & results as it came in from the Flamingo Casino on Monday 27th April’ 2015
Nolan Arendse vs Oscar Jacobus
Results: Nolan Arendse 6 vs Oscar Jacobus 0
Clint Prime vs Charl Pietersen
Results: Clint Prime 2 vs Charl Pietersen 6
Charles Losper vs Cliffie Stradling
Results: Charles Losper 6 vs Cliffie Stradling 2
Brent Robertson vs Graham Filby
Results: Brent Robertson 3 vs Graham Filby 6
Graham Filby took the last leg to clinch a win in 13 darts (135, 55, 140, 131 and 40)
The semi-finals were first to 7 points
Nolan Arendse vs Charl Pietersen
Results: Nolan Arendse 7 Charl Pietersen 3
Graham Filby vs Charles Losper
Results: Graham 7 Charles Losper 3
Finals for the day
After a long battle in the finals of the pairs ‘Mr. Cool’ & ‘The Nigel’ were ousted by ‘The detonator’ & his partner ‘The Rock’. The final score was 5 legs to 4 in favor of Graham Filby and Brent Robertson.
The regional finals were between the local hero Eddie Pillay and his counterpart from Goedemoed in the Free State Corne Robbeson. Ever since the two regions was amalgamated for the purpose of the regional games, it was always a tussle between these two in a final where Corne always came up tops.
Eddie ‘The nightmare’ Pillay vouched that this is his year for the regional title and showed everybody why he said so. It was once again a tough battle between these two but this time Eddie Pillay came out tops for the first time in this regional tussle. This local hero came never be written off and showed exactly why not.
Results: Eddie Pillay 5 vs Corne Robbeson 3
Ladies Singles Finals
Ladies single finals were first to 4 points. Charmaine started off brilliantly by taking the first two legs from Heila leading 2 – 0. Heila than came back with a bang and took two consecutive legs to make it 2 – 2 in the fourth leg. Charmaine fought back and took out the 5th leg to lead by 3 games to 2. Heila showed great character by fighting for what she believed is her trophy and took the 6th leg to make it 3 – 3, where after Charmaine had to play outstanding in this last and final leg to win this title as the Kimberley ladies singles winner.
L to R: Charmaine Johnson & Heila Pain
This singles final will now determine if Nolan will stay South Africa’s no 1 player on the SA Pro Darts Organizations’ order of merit or will Graham Filby dethrone Nolan as the no 1 player and take over that spot on the points system. After battling for 12 legs for the first to 8 legs Graham ‘The Detonator’ Filby played an outstanding match against Nolan ‘The Nigel’ Arendse to take the title of 2015 Kimberley Classics Champion. Graham ousted Nolan in the final by winning it 8 – 4 meaning that Graham Filby is now back at the no 1 spot on the leader board.
This battle will be ongoing with another four more National Classics on the cards. The KZN Classics in Richards Bay in July, Western Cape Classics in Cape Town in August, The SA Masters 26th & 27th of September with the city where it will be held to be announced later after all bids to host it has been received and lastly the Free State Classics in Goedemoed.
Lastly we the SA Pro Darts Organisation would like to take this opportunity to thank the following businesses and individuals who sponsored this tournament and helped making it a success this past weekend.
They are: The Department of Tourism (Northern Cape), Ryamic Mining Supplies (Howard Pillay), Diamond Roadhouse (Eddie & Vanessa Pillay), C-Pac and N.B Mechanicals. We would also like to thank the whole Pillay family for their assistance wherever it was needed and lastly a big thank you to our MC for the weekend that had to endure long hours on his feet Mr. Tommy Jossie. The SA Pro Darts Organisation will never be able to repay you for your efforts in assisting us whenever you were needed.