Porirua darts star on fire

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By COLIN WIL­LIAMS

Porirua Club darts rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rob Sz­abo en­joyed his ap­pear­ance at the re­cent World Cup of Darts in Frank­furt.

The 49-year-old, from Up­per Hutt, ranked No 1 in the coun­try, is in the best form of his ca­reer.

‘‘About five years ago I re­alised I could play OK and thought I could take it to another level,’’ he said.

‘‘And at that time we were get­ting more and more op­tions with the game.’’

With War­ren Parry, he took New Zealand to a best ever top-16 fin­ish in Frank­furt.

The un­seeded pair beat an 11thranked Canada, led by the three­time world cham­pion John Part.

‘‘We were al­ways go­ing to be the un­der­dogs so it was sat­is­fy­ing.’’

The New Zealan­ders were edged out by North­ern Ire­land in a con­test that went to the ninth leg and so missed out on the quar­ter-fi­nals.

It was Sz­abo’s sec­ond World Cup in an in­ter­na­tional ca­reer that be­gan when he played in Ja­pan at the world cham­pi­onships five years ago.

Darts comes at a fi­nan­cial cost for the top play­ers. Sz­abo, a builder with LT McGui­ness, said he would not be able to com­pete with­out the sup­port of the darts com­mu­nity and spon­sors.

He will play in the Auck­land Mas­ters in Au­gust.

Photo: PETER McDON­ALD

Porirua darts star Rob Sz­abo is back in New Zealand af­ter ap­pear­ing at the World Cup.

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