New Zealand trio confirmed for 2018 Auckland Darts Masters

Cody Harris will be looking for a breakthrough tournament win in Auckland.
Cody Harris will be looking for a breakthrough tournament win in Auckland. Photo credit: Photoport

The first local players have been named to compete against the world's best at the upcoming Auckland Darts Masters in August.

Cody Harris, Warren Parry and Haupai Puha have been selected for the event at the Trusts Arena in Henderson from August 3-5.

The trio will compete against some of the best players to step foot on the oche, including two-time world champion duo Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson.

Others include Peter Wright, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Michael Smith and Raymond van Barneveld.

Harris can't wait to compete in New Zealand, after spending the past seven months in the UK, working on his game.

"I'm back home for a while now and I can't wait to play in Auckland again," he told the Professional Darts Cooperation.

"I had to leave my family behind and I've missed them a lot, but if you want to be the best in the sport, it's the place to be.

"A lot of people think that their countries are sitting on their shoulders, but I picture the people in New Zealand behind me, giving me a shove and pushing me along. Their backing has been fantastic."

Australian Cody Cadby, runner-up in 2017, returns for another shot at the Auckland title.
Australian Cody Cadby, runner-up in 2017, returns for another shot at the Auckland title. Photo credit: Photosport

During his time overseas, the 32-year-old won a Challenge Tour event in May and recently represented his country for a third time at the World Cup of Darts in Germany.

"Throwing myself into the deep end with the big boys has helped me to play more consistent and they're pushing me to play well.

"I've always known that I was good enough, but winning games against the big boys has confirmed that I am good enough to be there and I'm loving every moment of it."

World Cup of Darts teammate Parry has qualified to compete in Auckland for the third time, while Puha will be appearing on the TV stage for the first time.

The Kiwis will be joined by Australian qualifier Tim Pusey, who has come from the Dart Players Australia World Series Order of Merit, following the completion of their qualifying events.

This will be Pusey's first televised event, joining fellow countryman Corey Cadby, who lost the 2017 final.

A further three players will complete the field for the event, with qualifiers being held in Invercargill on July 9-10, open to both New Zealand and Australian residents.

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