When big Phil came to town

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By JOSEPH ROMANOS

Darts legend Phil ‘‘ The Power’’ Tay­lor wowed the crowds at Te Rau­paraha Arena on Thurs­day evening.

The ro­tund English­man, a 16-time world cham­pion, turned up with dou­ble world cham­pion, Adrian ‘‘Jack­pot’’ Lewis, and other big names. They were tour­ing New Zealand as part of the Dart­sKing Aus­trala­sia se­ries.

Tay­lor, 53, didn’t dis­ap­point. He out­classed Up­per Hutt builder Rob Sz­abo 14-1, show­ing the colour and pre­ci­sion that has made him such a favourite at the home of darts, Alexan­dra Palace, oth­er­wise known as ‘‘Ally Pally’’.

Welling­to­ni­ans were lucky to see Tay­lor, who rushed home after his Thurs­day ap­pear­ance to be with his gravely ill mother. The Fri­day evening ses­sion was all the poorer for his ab­sence.

The crowd loved the darts, dress­ing up, cheer­ing wildly and im­bib­ing freely. Tay­lor’s ap­pear­ance marked a spe­cial night for Porirua sport, one not soon for­got­ten.

Pho­tos: CAMERON BUR­NELL

De­voted fans: Darts lovers flocked to Te Rau­paraha Arena to see Phil Tay­lor and other stars in ac­tion.

Master in ac­tion: Phil Tay­lor shows the style that has won him 16 world ti­tles.

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