Darts commentators broadcast from Aussie toilet after taking hand dryer apart

Some of the best darts players are in Australia for the Queensland Masters – the first three World Series event taking place Down Under this month.

While the PDC took the World Series to Australia before the pandemic, events were generally held in big cities like Melbourne and Brisbane. But the current tournament is being staged at Townsville in north-east Queensland, more than 800 away from state capital Brisbane.

The Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre looks to be an impressive venue from afar and it has attracted strong ticket sales for the two-day event. However, the conditions for commentators are unique, to say the least, as broadcaster Dan Dawson revealed on Twitter. The popular PDC commentator posted pictures of the broadcasting station from what appears to be a toilet before the first-round action got underway.

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The first picture featured what appeared to be inner workings of a hand dryer which had been causing a few broadcasting issues.

“The comms box here in Townsville,” he wrote. “We have had to disassemble the hand drier on the left, because it kept going off if someone sat in the seat next to it.”

After being asked if he was commentating from a toilet, Dawson posted another picture, adding: “Well, technically….”

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From their broadcasting bathroom, Dawson and his co-commentators called some excellent darts and some upsets on the first day of the competition.

Jonny Clayton was the first big name to fall, beaten by New Zealander Haupai Puha There were mixed fortunes for Australia’s World Cup of Darts winning duo of Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta. Whitlock dumped out seed James Wade 6-2 but Heta lost a last-leg decider against Gerwyn Price, who was one dart from hitting his fifth nine-darter of 2022.

An under-par Michael van Gerwen squeezed through 6-5 against Aussie youngster Bailey Marsh. Fallon Sherrock fell at the first hurdle, losing 6-3 to Gordon Mathers.


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