Andrew Coburn interview: Easter Classic hits Geelong

Darts Victoria’s Easter Classic returns to Geelong Dart Club this Saturday and Sunday, April 3-4.

Doubles and mixed doubles action gets underway on Saturday, with singles events taking place on Sunday.

With the event abandoned last year due to COVID, Darts Victoria President Andrew Coburn is excited to be back in Geelong.

“Great to have the event back at Geelong Dart Club after it was cancelled last year. Just holding darts events again is a real bonus for everyone,” he said.

“It’s going to be a different tournament to what it’s been the past couple of years. We’re hoping to get some interstate travellers, but with what’s going on in Queensland at the moment it may restrict Queenslanders coming down.”

“It’s our hope interstate travellers will come to the tournament, they do make it a better event overall.”

“Not to say we don’t already have quality players in Victoria – which we do!”

Darts Australia and Darts Victoria ranking points are up for grabs for competitors, following on from DA releasing the Ranking Rules for 2021.

“There are a number of players who chase ranking points Australia wide, so it makes sense to have it in the state the tournament is in.”

“Hopefully things improve and people can travel, but in the meantime, we need to get points out there for the players to get them on the tables,” he said.

Coburn praised the Geelong Dart Club for their on-going support.

“Geelong Dart Club help us out with the event and venue itself, so a big thanks to them.”

The darts community is extremely excited to get back on the boards and Coburn is pleased to see everyone giving back to their clubs after the sport’s lockdown.

“Everyone is looking forward to getting darts back as it was before COVID.”

“The number of players I speak to each week are so happy to be able to go back and play darts, it’s fantastic.”

“The requests we’ve had from local clubs who are looking to get darts going has increased in the last month, so hopefully the trend keeps going nation wide.”

“The more opportunity we get to play and enjoy it, the better it is for everyone – and the sport itself will improve by the people contributing and putting the time in.”

“As long as we’re all going the same way and putting in the same efforts that every state does, we will see the results in the end, and hopefully this tournament will be better for it.”

For more information on the 2021 Easter Classic, stay tuned to Darts Victoria and Darts Australia’s Facebook pages.