Tony David

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Tony David
Personal information
Nickname The Deadly Boomerang
Born (1967-09-11) 11 September 1967 (age 47)
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Home town Townsville, Queensland
Darts information
Playing darts since 1993
Darts 23g Formula Sports Tony David
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Down Under by Men At Work
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1996, 2000-
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Winner 2002
World Masters Semi Final: 2004
World Darts Trophy Winner 2002
Int. Darts League Runner Up: 2004
Zuiderduin Masters Winner 2002
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Doeland Grand Masters
Australian Masters
Australian Grand Masters
Pacific Masters
French Open
Coronation Open
Queensland Zone 7 Open
Coolbellup Open
Central Coast Classic
New Zealand Open
1996, 2000, 2001
2002, 2008

Tony David (born 11 September 1967 in Townsville, Queensland)[1] is a darts player and is the only Australian player to have been a senior singles world champion, having won the 2002 Embassy World Championship. He plays under the nickname The Deadly Boomerang.


David started playing darts at the age of 25 and progressed into the Queensland State team in 1995. Four years later, he made the Australian WDF World Cup team for the first time.

He made his first trip to the Lakeside Country Club in 2001 to play in the Embassy World Championship, losing to Andy Fordham 0-3 in the first round.

The following year, in 2002, he qualified for his second attempt at the World Championship. Despite being a 66/1 outsider before the tournament began, he went all the way to the final, beating Ritchie Davies, Marko Pusa, Bob Taylor before winning a tight semi-final against Martin Adams 5-4. He was the slight favourite for the title going into the final due to his results, and went on to beat Mervyn King 6-4 in the final. He became the first Australian player to win a World Professional Darts Championship.

Later in 2002, he won the World Darts Trophy in the Netherlands, one of the British Darts Organisation's other Grand Slam titles. He also reached the semi-finals of the WDT in 2003 and 2004 losing both times to Raymond van Barneveld.

The defence of his world title in 2003 started creditably, but ended with a heavy loss 0-5 at the quarter-final stages to Davies. After that defeat, David has failed to win another match at the Lakeside event. He went out in the first round in 2004 to Darryl Fitton and in 2005 to Tony Eccles. He failed to qualify for the 2006 or 2007 events. He returned to Lakeside in 2008 but lost in the first round to Gary Robson.

In February 2005, David was one of the four BDO players who competed at the prestigious 2005 Masters of Darts, against four PDC players. Of the four matches that David played at the event, he won 2 and lost 2. He defeated Wayne Mardle 4-2 in sets in his opening match, lost 0-4 in sets to reigning PDC World Champion Phil Taylor in his second match, lost 3-4 in sets to reigning UK Open champion Roland Scholten in his third match, and then won his fourth match against the reigning World Grand Prix champion, Colin Lloyd, by 4-3 in sets. Despite his two victories, David failed to progress to the semi finals, with Andy Fordham and Raymond van Barneveld progressing to the semi finals from the BDO group, as David was eliminated. Phil Taylor eventually won the tournament.

Health problems[edit]

David has haemophilia, which requires regular medication. On top of this, his throwing action is slightly limited by the condition, as he cannot bring his arm back as far as most players due to the blood circulation.

On 21 February 2009, David was rushed to hospital to undergo an emergency liver transplant. However, the transplant was a successful one and David is progressing well.

Whilst an 'emergency' generally relates to unforeseen circumstances, David was on the Liver Transplant Waiting List due to complications from Hepatitis C and B which he contracted many years ago in the 80s (as many haemophiliacs did prior to better blood screening practices in Australia), and was fortunate to have a matching donor liver become available - requiring his attendance at hospital ASAP as is required for such a procedure.

On 7 December, David was rushed into hospital for an operation on his spleen. The operation was deemed to be a success. David's close friend Allan Summers said on that he is "improving day by day from his latest operation, however, it would be some time before he would be allowed back home to continue his ongoing treatment".

Personal life[edit]

David married his long-time partner, Natalie Carter, on 20 November 2010 in Perth, Western Australia.

World Championship Results[edit]


Career finals[edit]

BDO major finals: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

World Championship (1–0)
World Darts Trophy (1–0)
Zuiderduin Masters (1–0)
International Darts League (0–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[note 1]
Winner 1. 2002 World Darts Championship England Mervyn King 6–4 (s)
Winner 2. 2002 World Darts Trophy England Tony O'Shea 6–0 (s)
Winner 3. 2002 Zuiderduin Masters England Mervyn King 6–4 (s)
Runner-up 1. 2004 International Darts League Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 5–13 (l)
  1. ^ (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.


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