GLOBAL darts has the look of a sport beginning to inch its way back to normailty. Step by step there appears to be a rekindling of activity, this is pronounced in those more isolated nations, such as Australia, where Covid has been been widely excluded.
Six different players tasted victory as the 2021 DPA Satellite Tour began across three States on February 6-7.
This year will see the action on the DartPlayers Australia circuit split into seven State Bubbles, with each featuring five double-header weekends.
The top eight players from each State's Order of Merit after the ten events will then progress to compete in the 64-player World Championship Qualifier, which is planned for July in Warilla.
The opening weekend also saw action in Warilla, which is hosting the action in the New South Wales Bubble - where Dave Marland and Mitchell Clegg took victory.
Marland defeated Liam McLennan 5-1 in Saturday's final, but lost out in Sunday's decider as Clegg - the youngest qualifier for the PDC World Championship 15 years ago - denied him a weekend double.
Raymond O'Donnell and Brendon McCausland shared wins in the Queensland Bubble at Pine Rivers Darts Club, with Jeremy Fagg reaching one final and a semi-final during the weekend.
The Victoria Bubble at the Italian Australian Club in Morwell saw Stuart Coburn and Brandon Weening share the spoils.
The next weekend of the DPA Satellite Tour is planned for March 6-7. For further details, please visit the DartPlayers Australia website.
For full DPA Satellite Tour results and stats, visit DartConnect.
2021 DPA Winmau Satellite Tour
Jeremy Fagg 4-1 Ethan Kibbey
Raymond O'Donnell 4-2 Bill Aitken
Raymond O'Donnell 5-4 Jeremy Fagg
Brendon McCausland 4-1 Steve MacArthur
Matt Mullen 4-1 Jeremy Fagg
Brendon McCausland 5-0 Matt Mullen
New South Wales Bubble
Liam McLennan 4-2 Mark Wortley
Dave Marland 4-3 Peter Wilmott
Dave Marland 5-1 Liam McLennan
Mitchell Clegg 4-0 Andrew Eagers
Dave Marland 4-2 Liam McLennan
Mitchell Clegg 5-2 Dave Marland
Sam Ballinger 4-3 Brandon Weening
Stuart Coburn 4-2 Lucas Cameron
Stuart Coburn 5-1 Sam Ballinger
Brandon Weening 4-3 Steve Duke
Aaron Simpson 4-3 Mal Cuming
Brandon Weening 5-1 Aaron Simpson