Scott Robinson and Kathy Potter of Sunraysia Premier League Darts are over the moon to host Australian star darts player Kyle Anderson in an exhibition in January. Photo: PAUL MENSCH

By MITCH RODD

ONE of the biggest stars of Australian darts will land in Mildura next year.

Kyle ‘The Original’ Anderson, rated inside the top 40 Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) darts players in the world, will be the special guest of Sunraysia Premier League (SPL) Darts at an exhibition event in January.

The 32-year-old from Perth has been a star on the Australian circuit, and became the first Indigenous Australian to win the Auckland Masters in 2017. He is now a permanent member of the UK Darts circuit.

It was a chance meeting with Anderson by SPL Darts committee member, Kathy Potter, at the most recent Melbourne Masters event that brought about the bullseye.

“My cousin plays in the DPA and I was lucky enough to meet Kyle there,” she said.

“He mentioned he was interested in getting out and about to meet people around the country. I asked if he would be interested in coming to Mildura and he said he would.

“Kyle, being Aboriginal, is a real role model and as an Indigenous woman myself, I’m very proud that we can have him here, and it can show that it is possible for us to make it somewhere.”

SPL Darts president, Scott Robinson, said having Kyle come to Mildura is a massive coup for the organisation.

“It’s a great opportunity for our players to meet Kyle and to learn from one of the best in the world,” he said.

“To have a player of that calibre, and especially someone who is currently playing so well and is known by a lot of our younger players, it’s massive. He is a very popular player amongst others and with supporters.”

Currently SPL Darts have 40 competitors per season, ranging in age from 14 up to 68.

“Darts has come a long way in our community over the last few years, a lot of our players are younger and we have more of them coming through,” Kathy said.

“We really have to thank the Mildura Club for all its support of the association. We wouldn’t be able to compete if it wasn’t for them allowing us to use their facilities,” Scott added.

The Kyle Anderson darts exhibition will take place on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the Mildura Club, on the corner of Ninth Street and Deakin Avenue. Doors open at 6.30pm, with the event to start at 7.30pm.

Raffles and door prizes will be awarded on the night, while a number of players will win the chance to play against Kyle.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Mildura Club between 4pm and 7pm on weekdays. For further information, or to reserve tickets, contact Scott on 0457 579 799, Kathy on 0437 045 510 or join the Sunraysia Premier League Darts Facebook group.