David Platt interview: West Coast Classic continues GP circuit

The second stop on the 2021 Darts Australia grand prix circuit is the West Coast Classic.

The two-day event will take place over the weekend of 13-14 March at the Vasto Club in Balcatta.

Darts WA president David Platt is thrilled to host the competition following the COVID interrupted 2020 season.

“It’s good to get back on the saddle for all dart players. Basically, this event is classed as the first serious event back on the DWA calendar,” Platt said.

“It’s pretty exciting for the players to put behind them what was an awful year in 2020.”

With travel restrictions still imminent across Australia, Platt admits there may not be the opportunity for interstate players to attend, which is the unfortunate reality of the current climate.

“The travel restrictions are still in place I suppose, so we haven’t been told by Sport and Rec whether interstaters can come out without having to quarantine.”

“So it will be safe to say that unfortunately our event may not cater to interstaters off the Eastern seaboards. Which is really unfortunate for them and us, as they always make our events more interesting and competitive.”

Despite the absence of WDF ranking points, Darts Australia ranking points will certainly be up for grabs.

“The West Coast Classic has always carried WDF world ranking points, but as we’ve been told, they have been cancelled off this event and all events in March.” Platt said.

“So it will just be the DA ranking points that will be awarded. I suppose with the challenges that lay ahead for people traveling from over East, it’s possibly a fair decision to make.”

“They shouldn’t be penalised for not being able to get here. I think it’s a good call, although it’s a bit annoying and saddening.”

Platt highlighted and thanked the support of tournament sponsor Dyenamic Sublimation, the Vasto Club in Balcatta for hosting, and the DWA committee for helping get the event up and running.

“Our main sponsor for this event – which has always been – is Dyenamic Sublimation. They have been a stalwart for us in WA, they have always backed this event and have committed to the next couple of years as well. So a massive shout-out to them.”

“We’re holding the event at the Vasto Club, which is a great dining facility for players, so a big shout-out to the venue in Balcatta.”

“We worked tirelessly hard to bring darts to the fore, I’m obviously the new President of Darts WA, so I want to try and make my input felt in the new innovations and ideas that I want to try and bring along.

“We have a tremendous hard-working committee and I want to thank them for their continued fascination and love for the game.”

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