Template - Date: Moston is Junior European Champion
The Junior Darts Corporations inaugural European Darts Championship this weekend was a sensational spectacle of Junior talent from around Europe. Representation from 6 european nations arrived at Pontins Brean Sands over the 3 days and provided some exceptional performances.
Jim Moston of Stoke on Trent was crowned the first ever JDC European Darts Champion in scintillating style. His semifinal 4 – 2 win over 16yr old Dutch entrant Wessel Nijman was a great performance, however Nijman past winner of the 2014 Czech open, 2016 Denmark
Masters and 2016 Dutch Youth team Champion couldn’t keep Moston from cruising
into the final.
Next up Moston’s opponent in the Final would be the young Dutch sensation Justin Van Tergouw. The 16 yr old from Utrecht in the Netherlands struggled in the first 2 legs of his own semi final and was 2 down in a matter of minutes against Billy Holmes. JVT composed himself and got back to 2-2, and then stepped up the pace for a 4-2 victory to book his place in the final.
The Final was tense from the start, Moston won the Bull and threw first. After a couple of nervous legs Moston went 2-0 ahead. With Moston’s confidence growing JVT needed to fight back and he did to make it just 3-2 to Moston. Then the final ignited in leg 6 with hundred plus score’s for fun and a maximum to boot which saw JVT level at 3-3. JVT then led 4-3 with an outstanding 147 shot out which literally raised the roof.
Not phased at all by the 2015 Winmau World Master & 2015 Finder Darts Master, Moston hit back to 4-4 for a final leg shoot out. The tension in the room was electric and Moston held his nerve throwing first to seal a 5-4 victory. The final contained 27x 100+ shots , 4x 140’s and 1x 180. Moston averaged 27.48 and JVT 28.05 in the final.
Modus Junior UK Championship Tour Event 4
If that wasn’t enough, the finals of the Modus Junior UK championship were also held alongside the European Championships.
The winner of this event was Maikel Verberk another young Dutch talent from Herpen in the Netherlands. The 2015 Hal Open and Dutch Open winner cruised his final victory with a 5-1 win over Jarred Cole. Maikel with a 27.12 average and 3 maximums delighted the crowd with exceptional skill, finishing 1 leg of 246 in 6 darts.
Maikel now becomes one of the JDC’S ALL-STARS and claims a spot in the PDC’S PATHWAY TO THE PALACE last 16 knock out with the final of that event played out at the Alexandra Palace London during the William Hill World Darts Championship.
Chairman of the JDC Steve Brown said – “Its been a terrific weekend. So impressed by the talent and professionalism of all these young players. Its a joy to be watching youngsters develop and play some incredible matches within the JDC structure. We have seen some of the best talent on the continent and made some great memories too over 3 days of mind blowing darts”.
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