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