Ipswich brothers aim up for fame
EXTRAORDINARY hand-eye co-ordination is a talent that must run in the Mathers family.
And what better way to capitalise on such a skill than in the game of darts.
That is what Ipswich brothers Gordon and Jamie have done, with both siblings on target to become the next darts champions.
Recently the bullseye artists went up against the best players in the world at the inaugural Sydney Darts Masters held at Luna Park.
The competition was conducted by the Professional Darts Corporation, as the second event in the new World Series of Darts.
Gordon who is second in the Darts Players Australia rankings, said competing in the tournament was one of the best moments of his life.
Earlier this year, Gordon won the SID Darts Open, the DPA Australian Singles and the Russell Stewart Classic in Goulburn.
The 32-year-old said he had been playing the game since he was a kid and recalled practicing for up to five hours a day during high school.
Gordon said he never had a coach, but was mentored by his father - also named Gordon - who is the president of the Carole Park Darts Club.
The Camira father of two, who works at Advance Rentals, said it was difficult to pursue a career as a professional darts player in Australia.
"You have to travel Australia-wide to attend competitions," he said.
"Thankfully I have a very understanding boss and a supportive wife.
"The real money in professional darts - at least enough to make a living out of it - is in the UK and I am considering the move."
Younger brother Jamie, 29, said the thrill of competing in the Sydney Masters was something he would also never forget.
"I haven't taken part in nearly as many tournaments as Gordon," he said. "But after that experience, it makes me want to compete more often.
"To play in front of a crowd of 1600, not to mention all the television viewers at home, was pretty awesome."
Jamie said it was great to have such a big dart tournament take place in Sydney and predicted it was just the start of massive things for the sport in Australia.
"The sport is definitely becoming more popular," the Goodna father of two said.
"In the UK there are tournaments all the time, and that's what needs to happen in Australia."
At the Sydney Masters, Jamie was bested by world No. 4 Simon Whitlock and Gordon was knocked out by world No. 2 and eventual runner-up Michael van Gerwen, both in the early rounds.
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