The UK Open lived up to it reputation as the FA Cup of Darts again on the first two days of the 2016 edition. Riley’s qualifiers gave it their all and many Pro’s were given a tough time. Even MVG was subdued, and The Power struggled, in the early the early rounds. The Giant Killing Starts Robert Thornton, the 2012 champion, became the biggest casualty of … Continue reading Coral UK Open 2016 – Days 1 & 2
Premier League darts has been a huge success. The opportunity to see ten of the best players, across a single raucous night, in huge venues has proven an important driver in PDC darts being the showcase for the professional game. Crowds, in the tens of thousands, flock to buy tickets for the biggest professional exhibition/competition. There is a healthy debate each year regarding who should … Continue reading Darts, The Ultimate Premier League.
The PDC’s annual darts festival is only a few days away, yet I cannot find the clarity of mind to select those who will win, go close or cause a shock or two on the way. The reason for this is the anyone but MVG factor. It must be recognised that this is completely unfair on Micheal, he is a good guy who has conquered … Continue reading Anyone but MVG.
We left the “Class of 2010” at the end of the 2011/12 season after two full seasons in the PDC. Six newcomers had taken to the professional game like lads to lager, but would they be able to withstand the pressures sure to come? Living up to expectations, earning their livings, coping with being known to all the other players and then defending their rankings … Continue reading Pro Darts – Class of 2010 Return to Earth with a Bang!
I wrote the article below as a reflection of what had happened since I had become involved with professional darts in 2010. The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) were about to introduce a tour card system and Qualifying School in a similar style to golf. The 2010 intake would be the last that could simply pay entrance fees and compete, alongside the elite, in an effort … Continue reading Darts – Rise of The Class of 2010.