Anderson Relishing Clash With 'Best Mate' Heta

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Anderson Relishing Clash With 'Best Mate' Heta

KYLE ANDERSON is looking forward to facing close friend Damon Heta in the first round of the 2018 Melbourne Darts Masters.

Anderson will face fellow-Australian Heta in the second event of the World Series of Darts treble-header Down Under, with both players desperate to claim the bragging rights.

The pair will renew rivalries on the oche on Friday at The Hisense Arena, and Anderson can't wait to get reacquainted with his old school pal.

"Damon was my best mate, we were inseparable," said Australian number two Anderson.

"We went to school together, we did our homework together, whenever you saw me as a kid you saw Damon next to me.

"There were nights when we stayed up late playing video games until about 4am, then woke up at 7am and started all over again!

"We had a chat earlier and I said to Damon there's a good chance we could draw each other and I'm looking forward to it because we haven't played each other for years."

Former Auckland Darts Master Anderson is a regular fixture on the World Series events Down Under, while Heta will be making his third televised appearance after starring in Sydney in 2014 and Auckland in 2016.

Anderson knows exactly what kind of game in store and expects their clash of styles to make for an exciting encounter.

"He's a very good player, but he's a slow player - I like my rhythm and he likes slow play," Anderson added.

"We've been battling since we were juniors when I was top and he was second.

"I haven't seen since I flew out to England and that's four years ago now so it will be great to enjoy the big stage with him

"We're two little fellas from Maddington, Southern Perth, we're here on TV and we're going to enjoy it."

Tickets for the Melbourne Darts Masters are available from ticketek.com.au.

The Melbourne Darts Masters will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia and through the PDC's international broadcast partners, as well as through PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers.

UK coverage through ITV4 will be from 7pm on each night.

2018 Melbourne Darts MastersDraw Bracket

(1) Michael van Gerwen v Raymond Smith

Simon Whitlock v Corey Cadby

(4) Peter Wright v Mike Bonser

Raymond van Barneveld v Raymond O'Donnell

(2) Rob Cross v Haupai Puha

Michael Smith v Tim Pusey

(3) Gary Anderson v James Bailey

Kyle Anderson v Damon Heta

Schedule of PlayFriday August 10 (7pm)First Round

Raymond van Barneveld v Ray O’Donnell

Michael Smith v Tim Pusey

Rob Cross v Haupai Puha

Gary Anderson v James Bailey

Peter Wright v Mike Bonser

Michael van Gerwen v Raymond Smith

Simon Whitlock v Corey Cadby

Kyle Anderson v Damon Heta

Best of 11 legs

Saturday August 11 (7pm)

Quarter-Finals

Best of 19 legs

Sunday August 12 (7pm)

Semi-Finals

Best of 19 legs

Final

Best of 21 legs