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Austrian youngster Rodriguez – the third of four darting brothers from Vienna – came from two legs down as he picked up the title.

The pair had won through the early rounds of the tournament in Bristol two weeks ago, and played out an entertaining contest at Alexandra Palace to contest the title. After falling behind early on, Rodriguez levelled before finishing 80 in two darts for a 3-2 advantage.

Five missed doubles from the Austrian allowed Roelofs to level in leg three, and the next two were shared as the tie went to a decider, which Rodriguez won by landing double ten. The Junior Darts Corporation’s 2017 campaign had seen the six-event Modus UK Tour followed by the European Open before the Junior World Championship rounded off the year’s action.

Rodriguez, 16, made his European Tour debut at the 2017 Austrian Darts Open and also won a PDC Unicorn Development Tour event, and is the younger brother of former Roxy-James and former World Youth Championship finalist Rowby-John – with their youngest sibling, Regi-Jorg, expected to follow the trio onto the circuit in future.

For more information about the JDC, visit www.juniordarts.com or follow @JDCDarts on Twitter.

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The Rileys Qualifiers give any amateur player the chance to win a spot alongside the biggest names in the sport at the UK Open Televised Finals, which are held across three days at the Butlins Minehead Resort.

Next year’s knockouts will be held from January 20 through to February 18, with 28 individual events being held which include four where two players will qualify.

The knockouts will be held in Rileys Sports Bars across the country, with Chester, Chorlton, Coventry, Greenock, Liverpool, London Victoria, Norwich, Nottingham, South Benfleet, Twickenham and Wolverhampton all staging two events.

Entry costs £7 per player per event, with the entry fee including a free drink. Entry can be made via www.rileys.co.uk/tournaments, or in person at the Rileys Sports Bars, with entries for each event closing at 5pm on the day before that specific knockout.

Players are permitted to enter more than one tournament. Players must be aged 16 or above to enter, and entry is not open to players who compete in the 2018 PDC Qualifying Schools. Full tourmament rules can be seen at www.rileys.co.uk/tournaments.

Basingstoke’s Paul Hogan was the leading performer from the Rileys Amateur Qualifiers at the 2017 UK Open, defeating Keegan Brown, Jamie Lewis, Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis during his run to the last 16.

2018 Coral UK Open Rileys Amateur Qualifiers

Saturday January 20
Greenock Q1

Sunday January 21
London Victoria Q1 (Two players qualify)

Saturday January 27
Chorlton Q1
Norwich Q1
Nottingham Q1
Twickenham Q1
Wolverhampton Q1 (Two players qualify)

Sunday January 28
Leicester
Liverpool Q1
South Benfleet Q1

Saturday February 3
Chester Q1
Harlow
Sheffield
Worcester

Sunday February 4
Chester Q2
Coventry Q1
Greenock Q2
Solihull

Saturday February 10
Chorlton Q2
Twickenham Q2

Saturday February 17
Aberdeen
Coventry Q2
Liverpool Q2
Norwich Q2
Nottingham Q2

Sunday February 18
London Victoria Q2 (Two players qualify)
South Benfleet Q2
Wolverhampton Q2 (Two players qualify)

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The continued expansion of the PDC circuit this year had seen prize money increased in 2017 for Players Championship and European Tour events, as well as rises for many televised events.

Next year’s progression will see PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members enter ProTour and European Tour events for free.

“This is another significant step towards darts becoming a major global professional sport,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

“I’m sure that this news will be welcomed by both our Tour Card Holders and the Associate Members who will benefit from the removal of entry fees, which previously cost around £4,000 per year for players.

“This move has been fully supported by the PDPA and gives additional value to players who hold the 128 coveted PDC Tour Cards, guaranteeing them entry to all of the 22 Players Championship events to be held next year.

“All Tour Card Holders and players who compete at the 2018 PDC Qualifying Schools in the UK and Europe will also be eligible to enter for free into the six UK Open Qualifiers and for all 13 European Tour events.

“With Qualifying School expanding to two locations, this has already increased the opportunities for players to secure their PDC Tour Card – the ‘golden ticket’ to becoming a superstar in darts!”

Players will still register to enter tournaments in advance ahead of an entry deadline, and withdrawals may still incur a DRA referral. PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour and PDC Unicorn Development Tour events will continue to have entry fees, as will European Tour Qualifying Events for players who are not a PDPA Member.

Entries for the 2018 PDC Qualifying School are now available – click here for further details.

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JDC Junior Bradley Brookes beat Jarred Cole in a nail biting European Championship Final 6-5 to lift the trophy and the title of European Junior Champion. As Kelly, Cole and Kay win the PDPA Scholarships for 2018

Brookes also qualifies for the 2018 PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship last 64 as well as the top prize of £1,500 in the £3,000 event from Action Indoor Sports Arena in Bristol on Saturday.

Saturday’s JDC European Open saw 57 players from eight countries competing, with Blackburn’s Brooks eventually taking the title. Brooks overcame James Beeton – the winner of the year’s opening JDC Modus UK Tour event – in the last 16, then whitewashed Jake Neale in the quarter-finals.

He overcame JDC UK Tour Event Four winner Alfie Jacques 6-4 in the semi-finals and then claimed the title in a tight final against Jarred Cole – the winner of three JDC events this year to top the JDC rankings – 6-5.

Cole took the first leg to lead, but brooks hit 2 maximums to level at 1-1. The encounter was a close affair with never more than 1 leg between them, before Brooks took the final leg.

www.juniordarts.com

Last 16
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-0 Erik Meyers
Wessel Nijman 6-2 William Byrne
Jarred Cole 6-1 Jack Seymour
Jakob Kelly ENG 6-4 Owen Roelofs
Keelan Kay 6-2 Levy Frauenfelder
Alfie Jacques 6-2 Paul Gray
Bradley Brooks 6-4 James Beeton
Jake Neale 6-3 Henry Coates

Quarter-Finals
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-3 Wessel Nijman
Jarred Cole 6-1 Jakob Kelly
Alfie Jacques 6-3 Keelan Kay
Bradley Brooks 6-0 Jake Neale

Semi-Finals
Jarred Cole 6-3 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Bradley Brooks 6-4 Alfie Jacques

Final
Bradley Brooks 6-5 Jarred Cole

PDPA/JDC Scholarships

Jakob Kelly, Jarred Cole and Keelan Kay have secured PDPA Scholarships for 2018 following the JDC’s season. The Scholarships give all 3 players the chance to play on the PDC Unicorn Development Tour in all events for the 2018 season.

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Austrian Rodriguez and Roelofs will contest the Junior Darts Corporation’s World Junior Darts Championship final at Alexandra Palace in a few weeks time during the William Hill World Darts Championship after coming through the group stages and the knockout stages up until the final over at the Junior Darts Corporation headquarters over in Bristol.

Rodriguez overcame the man-of-the-moment within the JDC in Jarred Cole as he topped the Modus UK Tour order of merit and reached all five finals in which he competed in. Rodriguez was always in command of that Semi-Final as he opened up a 2-0 lead over the Hertfordshire ace. Cole showed great resilience to stick with the Austrian. He twice pulled the game back (2-1 and 3-2).

 

But the moments of brilliance that Cole produced to pull the scoreline back were matched or bettered by the talented Austrian. Rodriguez fired in a 15-dart leg to move 3-1 ahead and within two legs of Alexandra Palace only for Cole to come straight back with a 13-darter to pull things back to 3-2. With the finishing line in sight, Rodriguez won two legs on the spin and despite Cole firing in a couple of maximums in those final legs the Austrian showed superb resolve to book his place in the Grand Final.

The other Semi-Finals was contested by the two young Dutch-stars in Owen Roelofs and Daan Bastiaansen and, It didn’t disappoint… the pair were neck-and-neck from start to finish in what was a thrilling exchange from the two young hopefuls. Every leg went with the throw as the pair looked for a missed key opportunity to break, but both players showed ultra-composure under pressure as the match went to a ninth and deciding leg.

Bastiaansen looked like his luck was in as Roelofs failed to find his range on the treble 20, however a maximum from Roelofs swung the momentum back into his direction as he confidently booked his place in the Grand Final at Alexandra Palace.

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A long-standing broadcast partner of the PDC, ITV4 have secured a new three-year deal to cover The Masters, UK Open, European Championship, World Series of Darts Finals and Players Championship Finals.

The Masters was introduced to the PDC circuit in 2013 and sees the world’s top 16 players competing across one weekend, with Michael van Gerwen having won the title for the past three years.

The UK Open features the unique format of seeing 128 players competing across eight stages at the Butlins Minehead Resort, with 96 professional players joined by 32 amateur qualifiers in the exciting and unpredictable event, which was won by Peter Wright this March.

The 32-player European Championship and 64-player Players Championship Finals feature qualifiers from the respective European Tour and Players Championship series’ of events.

The World Series of Darts Finals, meanwhile, was introduced in 2015 as a season-ending championship which follows the series of international tournaments which are also broadcast on ITV4.

“ITV have been huge supporters of the PDC in recent years and it’s fantastic news that they have extended their backing of these five tournaments through to 2020,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

“Through these five events, they are showcasing the diversity of top-level darts from the very elite in The Masters to the ‘FA Cup of Darts’ at the UK Open, where amateur players get to compete against the top names, while the World Series of Darts Finals is a breeding ground for the international stars of the future.

“We’re hugely excited about the growth of the PDC and professional darts worldwide, and we’re delighted that ITV will continue to play a key role in that.”

Darts fans in the UK have also been able to watch the international World Series of Darts events from Dubai, Shanghai, Las Vegas, Auckland, Melbourne, Perth and Dusseldorf through ITV4 this year, giving greater free-to-air coverage than ever for the sport.

The Players Championship Finals in Minehead from November 24-26 concludes ITV4’s 2017 darts coverage, with the 2018 broadcasts to commence from January 26-28 with The Masters in Milton Keynes.

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The Dutchman has won the European Championship, World Series of Darts Finals and Grand Slam of Darts titles over the past month, and extended his unbeaten streak to 28 matches as he scooped the £100,000 title.

Van Gerwen had seen off Jan Dekker in their all-Dutch quarter-final earlier on Sunday and then pulled clear from two-all to win 11-3 against Justin Pipe in the semi-finals. He was equally dominant in the final against Welshman Clayton, who never recovered from seeing Van Gerwen race into a five-leg lead.

Van Gerwen set the tone with two 180s in a 12-darter to open the game, and also finished 100 in leg five to move 5-0 up, with Clayton claiming two of the next three to reduce the arrears. Van Gerwen, though, finished an 11-darter as he moved 8-2 up and added a 13-darter to edge towards victory before double five sealed glory for a fourth time in five years.

“It’s been a phenomenal weekend,” said Van Gerwen. “It was a great tournament, I think I played really well and I had to perform against new players round by round, so I had to keep my focus.

“Jonny did great to reach the final. It’s a big step for him because he wasn’t in the top 32, so it’s a massive step for his career. Fair play to him, he did really well but I’m glad I won the final.

“After not being here in the UK Open I’m really glad to be back here with this trophy. I’ve won the last four TV tournaments so this is great for my confidence going into the World Championship – but I’ll enjoy this title first.”

Clayton had won through to his first TV final, with his career-high £40,000 in prize money moving the 43-year-old into the world’s top 32 for the first time and putting himself in line for a Grand Slam of Darts place in 2018.

Clayton showed his class by coming from 7-4 down to defeat Steve Beaton 10-8 in the quarter-finals before also fighting back from a 6-3 deficit to see off top seed Rob Cross 11-8 in the semis.

“You take one game at a time, and to get this far in front of this amazing crowd was awesome,” said the Pontyberem ace. “I’ve had a brilliant weekend and the support I’ve had has been amazing.

“When you play against Michael on form like that it’s really difficult, but I enjoyed the final. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved this weekend.”

Pipe’s run to the semi-finals was his best finish in a televised ranking event for four years – since he previously reached the semi-finals of the same event for a second time in 2013 – as he defeated Daryl Gurney 10-9 in the last eight.

Cross was also a semi-finalist as he continued his impressive debut year on the PDC circuit with a fine 10-6 win over leading left-hander James Wade in their quarter-final.

Mr Green Sport Players Championship Finals

Sunday November 26
Afternoon Session (12.45pm)

Quarter-Finals
Rob Cross 10-6 James Wade
Jonny Clayton 10-8 Steve Beaton
Daryl Gurney 9-10 Justin Pipe
Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Jan Dekker
Best of 19 legs

Evening Session (7pm)
Semi-Finals
Rob Cross 8-11 Jonny Clayton
Justin Pipe 3-11 Michael van Gewen
Best of 21 legs

PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final
Josh Payne 3-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Best of 11 legs

Mr Green Sport Players Championship Final
Jonny Clayton 2-11 Michael van Gewen
Best of 21 legs

Prize Money:

Winner £100,000
Runner-Up £40,000
Semi-Finalists £23,000
Quarter-Finalists £12,500
Last 16 losers £8,000
Last 32 losers (L24) £5,000
Last 64 losers £2,500
Total £460,000

Year

Champion

Score

Runner-Up

2009 Phil Taylor    16-9 Robert Thornton
2010 Paul Nicholson    13-11 Mervyn King
2011 Feb Phil Taylor    13-12 Gary Anderson
2011 Dec Kevin Painter    13-9 Mark Webster
2012 Phil Taylor    13-6 Kim Huybrechts
2013 Michael van Gerwen    11-7 P}hil Taylor
2014 Gary Anderson    11-6 Adrian Lewis
2015 Michael van Gerwen    11-6 Adrian Lewis
2016 Michael van Gerwen    11-3 Dave Chisnall
2017 Michael van Gerwen    11-2 Jonny Clayton
2018

 

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The pair had won through to the decider earlier in November when the last 64 faced off in the early rounds in Wigan, where Payne ended Corey Cadby’s reign as the champion.

It was Belgian youngster Van den Bergh, though, who scooped the £10,000 title with a fine display in Minehead, averaging 101.23 and hitting six doubles from ten attempts. He took a two-leg lead courtesy of double top and double 16 before Payne landed a 180 and an 84 finish to hit back.

Van den Bergh hit tops in successive legs as he moved 4-1 up, and countered a 108 checkout from Payne with an outstanding 146 checkout to lead 5-2. Payne hit double 16 to stay in the game, but Van den Bergh scored 177 and 150 to leave 36 in the next before a third-dart double 18 sealed the title.

“It’s unbelievable to win this title,” said Van den Bergh. “It feels like a dream and it’s absolutely amazing.

“Winning this says something about what may happen for me in the future. It’s a step forward and there’s a whole lot more to come for me.

“It’s very important for me. Playing this tournament has prepared me well for the World Championship and whoever I play there will need to be ready.”

PRIZE FUND:

Winner £10,000 + place in 2017/18 William Hill World Championship + place in 2018 GSoD
Runner-Up £5,000 + place in 2018 GSoD
Semi-Finalists £2,500
Quarter-Finalists £1,500
Third Round Losers £1,000
Second Round Losers £500
First Round Losers £250
Total £50,000

HISTORY:

YEAR            RUNNER-UP                                          SCORE                             CHAMPION

2011 Michael van Gerwen (87.06)
(Netherlands)
   4–6 Arron Monk (84.25)
(England)
2012 Michael van Gerwen (92.29)
(Netherlands)
   3–6 James Hubbard (95.18)
(England)
2013 Ricky Evans (79.26)
(England)
   1–6 Michael Smith (89.13)
(England)
2014 Rowby-John Rodriguez (79.80)
(Austria)
   4–6 Keegan Brown (85.67)
(England)
2015 Nathan Aspinall (88.48)
(England)
   5–6 Max Hopp (86.97)
(Germany)
2016 Berry van Peer (86.92)
(Netherlands)
   2–6 Corey Cadby (98.35)
(Australia)

INCENTIVES:

PDC Rule 6.9 The following incentives are on offer to players competing in the Development Tour and World Youth Championship:

 

*The finalists of the 2017 World Youth Championship receive a one-year invitation to the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts subject to the entry criteria as stated in rule 3.1.

*The winner of the 2017 World Youth Championship receives an invitation to the 2017/18 World Championship.

NOTE: in the event of the players who achieve the above otherwise qualifying for the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts or 2017/18 World Championship, or rejecting their invitations, no further places shall be offered.

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Michael van Gerwen retained the bwin Grand Slam of Darts title and extended his winning streak in Wolverhampton to three years with a brilliant 16-12 success against Peter Wright in Sunday’s final.

The Dutchman had been in dominant form in Sunday afternoon’s high-profile semi-final with Taylor as he ended the six-time Grand Slam champion’s hopes of a farewell triumph at the Wolves Civic with a 16-8 success. He then denied Wright a third TV title of the year as he scooped a £112,500 winner’s cheque by continuing his Grand Slam dominance by outlasting Wright in the final.

The colourful Scot, who claimed his first TV title at March’s UK Open amongst 11 tournament wins so far in 2017, shared the opening 20 legs with Van Gerwen but was powerless to stop the Dutchman pulling away for glory. Wright took out an early 120 and hit back after Van Gerwen edged 3-2 and 4-3 up by regaining the edge as the pair traded legs, with the World Champion hitting two 12-darters, a 13-darter and six perfect darts in response.

Wright took out finishes of 156 and 149 as he led 10-9, but Van Gerwen crucially checked out 146 and 100 in a run of four successive legs to finally assert his dominance. Number two seed Wright hit back on tops and double one to claim two of the next three, but tops moved Van Gerwen 15-12 up before he sealed the title with double 16.

Van Gerwen is now unbeaten since October’s World Grand Prix, having since retained the European Championship, World Series of Darts Finals and now the Grand Slam of Darts in an imperious month.

Afternoon Session (31)

Semi-Finals
Peter Wright 16-15 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 16-8 Phil Taylor

Evening Session (31)

The Final
Michael van Gerwen 16-12 Peter Wright

HISTORY

Date Champion
2007 Phil Taylor
2008 Phil Taylor
2009 Phil Taylor
2010 Scott Waites
2011 Phil Taylor
2012 Raymond van Barneveld
2013 Phil Taylor
2014 Phil Taylor
2015 Michael van Gerwen
2016 Michael van Gerwen
2017 Michael van Gerwen
2018

PRIZE FUND

Winner £110,000
Runner-Up £55,000
Semi-Finalists £28,500
Quarter-Finalists £16,000
Second Round Losers £10,000
Third in Group £5,000
Fourth in Group £3,000
Group Winner Bonus £2,500
TOTAL £450,000

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The JDC big weekend is on the first weekend in December with £7,000 in prize money and the coveted titles of European Junior Champion & World Junior Champion.

THE WDS ASSOCIATES JUNIOR WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
& THE JDC EUROPEAN DARTS OPEN 2017

Saturday December 2nd 2017 & Sunday December 3rd 2017
Venue – Action Indoor Sports Arena Bristol BS14 0XA

REGISTRATION & START TIME

Saturday 2nd December European Darts Open 2017
Registration 10am – 11am. Start time12pm. Anyone not registered at the desk in the venue by 11am will be disqualified.
Sunday 3rd December WDS Associates Junior World Darts Championship 2017
Registration 9am – 10am. Start time 11am. Anyone not registered at the desk in the venue by 10am will be disqualified. This is an hour earlier than the European event.

European Open

Format for the European open is – Best of 11 legs straight KO all the way through. Approximate finish time 4pm. The final will take place on stage the same evening at 6pm. Entries still available via www.juniordarts.com

This event is open to anyone aged between 10 and 18 that comes from a European Country.

World Championship

Format for the World Championship is – Round Robin 8 groups 5 players in each group. Best of 5 legs each match ( all legs to be played) Top 2 players from each group qualify to the last 16 players. All games in the last rounds of 16, 8 & Semi final’s will be best of 9 legs. Approximate finish time 5pm!

NB – THE ACTUAL FINAL WILL BE PLAYED ON STAGE DURING THE WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 AT ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON SATURDAY DECEMBER 16TH. *PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE ABLE TO PLAY ON THIS DAY IN LONDON*

Dress code – players are expected to wear collared darts shirt, trousers and shoes.! No trainers, no jeans and no football colours. NB – There will be a welcome party where competitors can relax and practice from 7pm-9pm on Friday 1st of December at the venue upstairs within the head quarters of the JDC.

This will be an opportunity for media teams to take pictures , social media updates etc. Also 9am – 10am on Sunday 3rd ITV will be interviewing and filming for ITV’s THE DARTS SHOW prior to the event.

These events are brought to you by the Junior Darts Corporation. Should you need anymore information please email – [email protected] Should you have any transport issues contact PDPA Shuttle service on +44(0)7889 279 124

Should you need accommodation, find the nearest to the venue using post code BS14 OXA

PRIZE FUND FOR EUROPEAN – £3000!
PRIZE FUND FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP £4000!

Prize money will be paid into the bank account details you provide. Forms will be available on the day for a parent/guardian to fill out. NO CASH WILL BE PAID OUT AT THE VENUE

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Freddie spent 35 years officiating at the sport’s top level, initially with the National Darts Organisation of Great Britain and then the BDO, and was involved with the PDC from its formation through to his retirement.

Freddie – who called the first ever televised nine-dart finish by John Lowe in 1984 – was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame upon his retirement in 2006. Freddie, 81, is survived by wife Pat, who previously worked as the PDC’s statistician.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Freddie made an invaluable contribution to both the sport of darts and the PDC and was a popular and respected figure in the sport.

“He remained a keen follower of the sport after his retirement and has been a welcome visitor to PDC events ever since with his wife Pat. We send out condolences to Pat and Freddie’s wider family at this time.”

FREDDIE WILLIAMS GETS INDUCTED TO THE HALL OF FAME

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The world number one has been unbeaten since the season-ending World Series Finals were introduced in 2015, and extended that winning run to 12 games at the Braehead Arena as he scooped the £50,000 first prize.

Both Van Gerwen and Anderson won two events apiece on the global World Series tour this year, and backed up that form by winning through to the final over the weekend. Van Gerwen, the champion in Shanghai and Las Vegas in July, followed up Saturday’s opening victory over Max Hopp by seeing off Rob Cross 10-4 in Sunday afternoon’s quarter-finals.

That tie was a repeat of last weekend’s European Championship final, and Van Gerwen was again victorious as he averaged 108.83 in a dominant performance. He then recovered from 2-0 and 3-1 down in the semi-finals against Daryl Gurney before taking an 11-8 victory, aided by two 11-darters and a 158 checkout.

Van Gerwen opened the final with a 103 checkout as he capitalised on three misses from Anderson, who levelled in 12 darts only to see the Dutchman pull clear to 4-1 as he followed up successive 12-darters of his own with an 82 finish. Anderson claimed three of the next four to reduce the gap to 6-4, following a 171 score with a 94 finish to break throw in one leg, only to see the World Champion claim four in a row to move to the brink of victory at 10-4.

Anderson hit back with tops and double four to pull back two legs, but when he was unable to take out 132 his rival stepped in to clinically take out 87 to retain the title once again.

“I’m really glad that I won this trophy again,” said Van Gerwen. “Gary always makes you work hard and you know what you’re going to get from him.

Van Gerwen’s triumph followed up his fourth successive European Championship title last weekend and comes ahead of his bid to win another event for a third straight year when he defends the Grand Slam of Darts from November 11-19.

“I have that extra gear when I have to and you always have to believe in yourself. I always want to perform and you always need to be hungry, otherwise you can’t win.”

Anderson – a World Series winner in Dubai and Perth this year – followed up Saturday’s victory over Chris Dobey by defeating Gerwyn Price 10-8 and James Wade 11-5 on his way to the final. Having lost out to great rival Van Gerwen, Anderson admitted: “Michael’s good, isn’t he! I love playing Michael, I’ve been battered tonight but I’m looking forward to next time.

“I’m struggling to keep up with him – I used to be able to play at his pace! “This was a good weekend for me – it’s always nice to get to a final in Scotland and it’s a shame I couldn’t win in front of my own fans.”

October’s World Grand Prix champion Gurney followed up last weekend’s semi-final in the European Championship by defeating Peter Wright at the last eight stage for a second successive Sunday, winning 10-7 in their quarter-final. Wade overcame Belgian youngster Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-6 as he won through to the semi-finals to follow up his three last four appearances on the global circuit this year.

The dates and venues for the 2018 World Series of Darts are still being finalised, however the PDC confirmed on Sunday evening that Brisbane would join the circuit next year for the first time alongside returns to Auckland, Shanghai and Las Vegas.

Sunday November 5th

Afternoon Session (12.45pm)
Quarter Finals (19)

95.77 Gary Anderson 10-8 Gerwyn Price 90.57
91.69 James Wade 10-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh 96.57
108.83 Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Rob Cross 96.84
96.35 Daryl Gurney 10-7 Peter Wright 97.42 

Evening Session (7pm)
Semi Finals

94.88 Gary Anderson 11-5 James Wade 88.66
95.48 Michael van Gerwen 11-8 Daryl Gurney 91.71

Final
100.68 Gary Anderson 6-11 Michael van Gerwen 103.30

Prize Fund
Winner: £50,000
Runner-Up: £25,000
Semi-Finalists: £16,500
Quarter-Finalists: £12,500
Second Round Losers: £7,500
First Round Losers: £4,000
Total: £250,000

Format
First Round: Best of 11 legs
Second Round: Best of 11 legs
Quarter-Finals: Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals: Best of 21 legs
Final: Best of 21 legs

2017 Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals

Full Results

Friday November 3rd (7pm)
89.98 Simon Stevenson 6-3 Jan Dekker 83.83
93.17 Justin Pipe 6-5 Dave Chisnall 95.23
85.84 Max Hopp 6-2 Adrian Lewis 87.73
97.44 Michael Smith 1-6 Dimitri Van Den Bergh 100.11
87.54 Corey Cadby 6-3 Jelle Klaasen 87.02
77.44 Mark Webster 3-6 Simon Whitlock 78.22
90.63 Chris Dobey 6-3 Mensur Suljovic 94.14
88.16 Jonny Clayton 1-6 Rob Cross 97.93

Saturday November 4th (7pm)
93.61 James Wade 6-5 Simon Stevenson 83.20
90.73 Raymond van Barneveld 4-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh 100.20
93.86 Gerwyn Price 6-5 Corey Cadby 94.59
103.57 Gary Anderson (1) 6-1 Chris Dobey 92.81
91.58 Peter Wright (3) 6-1 Justin Pipe 87.33
102.98 Michael van Gerwen (2) 6-1 Max Hopp 86.73
103.64 Daryl Gurney (6) 6-3 Simon Whitlock 97.70
97.81 Kyle Anderson (7) 5-6 Rob Cross 98.70

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LUKE HUMPHRIES secured victory on the 2017 PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit with his fifth tournament win of the year on Sunday, as Rowby-John Rodriguez also claimed a £2,000 title in Wigan.

Humphries, a 22-year-old from Newbury, will make his William Hill World Darts Championship debut in December before progressing to compete on the PDC ProTour in 2018 following his brilliant success on this year’s Development Tour.

Having won a quarter of the year’s 20 Development Tour events, Humphries claimed £13,400 in prize money during the season, which included £3,000 on Sunday’s final day of action in Wigan.

Humphries was firstly the Event 19 runner-up to Austrian thrower Rodrigue, before going all the way to win Event 20, where he saw off Jake Jones in the final.

For the full updated final table CLICK HERE

PDC Unicorn Development Tour 17

Saturday 4th November 2017
Robin Park Sports Centre, Wigan

FULL RESULTS: CLICK HERE

Quarter Finals

Mike De Decker 5-Steve Lennon
Adam Hunt 5-Rhys Hayden
Kurt Parry 5-Rhys Griffin
Justin van Tergouw 5-Geert Nentjes

Semi Finals

Mike De Decker 5-Adam Hunt
Kurt Parry 5-Justin van Tergouw

Final

Mike De Decker 5-Kurt Parry

PDC Unicorn Development Tour 18

Saturday 4th November 2017
Robin Park Sports Centre, Wigan

FULL RESULTS: CLICK HERE

Quarter Finals

Kurt Parry 5-Mike De Decker
Ted Evetts 5-Josh Payne
Reece Colley 5-Harry Ward
Rowby-John Rodriguez 5-Rhys Hayden

Last Four

Ted Evetts 5-Kurt Parry
Rowby-John Rodriguez 5-Reece Colley

Final

Ted Evetts 5-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez 

PDC Unicorn Development Tour 19

Sunday 5th November 2017
Robin Park Sports Centre, Wigan

FULL RESULTS CLICK HERE

Quarter Finals

Dawson Murschell 5-Martin Schindler
Luke Humphries 5-Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Scott Dale 5-Brian Raman
Rowby-John Rodriguez 5-Steve Lennon

Last Four

Luke Humphries 5-Dawson Murschell
Rowby-John Rodriguez 5-Scott Dale

Final

Rowby-John Rodriguez 5-Luke Humphries

PDC Unicorn Development Tour 20

Sunday 4th November 2017
Robin Park Sports Centre, Wigan

FULL RESULTS CLICK HERE

Quarter Finals

Mike De Decker 5-Kevin De Vries
Jake Jones 5-Mike van Duivenbode
Luke Humphries 5-Adam Hunt
Ted Evetts 5-Wessel Nijman

Last Four

Mike De Decker 4-5 Jake Jones
Luke Humphries 5-2 Ted Evetts

Final

Jake Jones 3-5 Luke Humphries 

Template - Date: UNIBET European Championship

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN withstood a nine-dart finish from Kyle Anderson and the challenge of Rob Cross to claim his fourth successive Unibet European Championship title in Hasselt on Sunday night.

Dutch star Van Gerwen’s dominance of the European Championship continued as he scooped the £100,000 first prize and retained the title once again, although he was pushed all the way on a thrilling final day. Having seen off Simon Whitlock 10-5 in the quarter-finals, Van Gerwen found himself staring defeat in the face during a see-saw semi-final with another Australian, Kyle Anderson.

Anderson led 2-0 and 3-2 before Van Gerwen took four legs in a row to move ahead, but then the Auckland Darts Masters winner achieved perfection in leg 11, hitting two 180s before finishing 141. Van Gerwen hit back to lead 8-5, but Anderson then took four legs to put himself back ahead before the game went to a deciding 21st leg, where the Australian missed two match darts before the World Champion finished 76 to snatch victory.

Van Gerwen then took on shooting star Cross in the final, and was pushed all the way before finally reclaiming the title with an 11-7 triumph – matching Phil Taylor’s achievement of four successive wins in the event from 2008-2011.

The final’s opening five legs went with throw to leave Cross 3-2 up, despite a 104 finish from Van Gerwen, before the world number one fired in a ten-darter in leg six and a 12-darter to break and move 4-3 up. Cross hit back with a 12-darter, bizarrely scoring 39, 180 and 180 before finishing 102 with an improvised single one, treble 17 and bullseye combination to square the game at four-all.

After Van Gerwen claimed the ninth leg, Cross also landed an 11-darter to level once more, but Van Gerwen took four of the next five to pull clear at 9-6. Van Gerwen then landed a seventh 180 and a 130 bullseye finish in a 12-darter to move a leg away from the win, and though Cross replied on tops it was the Dutchman who sealed a stunning victory on double 16.

“I think it was a great final,” said Van Gerwen, who averaged 108.91 in an imperious display in the final. “Rob kept putting me under pressure and I had to play well.

“I didn’t realise my average in the final was so high but I’m really happy with that. “I didn’t play my best game in the semi-final but I’m really glad I won this title – it feels good for me and it means a lot to me. I always want to perform and I want to keep playing well.”

Cross had won through to his first TV final by continuing his brilliant debut year on the circuit as he saw off Michael Smith 10-4 in the quarter-finals and then raced past Daryl Gurney 11-3 in the semi-finals.

The former electrician from Sussex, who has won four ranking titles and reached two European Tour finals this year, picked up £40,000 as runner-up and also qualifies for next month’s bwin Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton.

Cross averaged 102.39 in defeat in the final, and admitted: “I had one flat session and that’s what cost me, those five legs after the second break, but I’ve had a fantastic week.

“Michael is phenomenal and he’s a player for me to look up to with what he’s doing in the game and his dominance. What I’ve done in ten months is amazing but I want to keep progressing and enjoying it too.”

World Grand Prix champion Gurney had been bidding to claim his second televised title as he produced a fine performance in a 10-5 quarter-final win over Peter Wright, but was unable to repeat the feat against Cross.

Anderson had reached his first televised ranking semi-final with a 10-7 win over Mensur Suljovic in the last eight, and alongside £20,000 prize money he also claimed a £25,000 bonus for his nine-dart finish at the Ethias Arena.

“I loved every minute of it,” reflected Anderson, of a semi-final in which he landed 11 maximums.  “The nine-darter was great but I wanted to get to the final and to win this tournament.

“I had my opportunity but the double ten and double five were on the wrong side of the wire and full credit to Michael.”

Unibet European Championship

Sunday October 29th

Quarter Finals (19)
100.80
Michael van Gerwen 5-10 Simon Whitlock 90.51
97.57 Kyle Anderson 10-7 Mensur Suljovic 96.31
101.83 Peter Wright 5-10 Daryl Gurney 95.56
100.85 Rob Cross 10-4 Michael Smith 92.22

Semi Finals (21)
95.39 Michael van Gerwen 11-10 Kyle Anderson 95.56 (9 Darter Kyle Anderson)
92.63 Daryl Gurney 3-11 Rob Cross 98.02

Final (21)
108.91 Michael van Gerwen 11-7 Rob Cross 102.39

Full Schedule/Results 

Thursday October 26th (8pm local time, 7pm UK time)
First Round
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Ronny Huybrechts
Alan Norris 6-4 Mervyn King
Ian White 6-5 Darren Webster
John Henderson 1-6 Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock (8) 6-3 James Richardson
Mensur Suljovic (4) 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Michael van Gerwen (1) 6-2 Jan Dekker
Jelle Klaasen (5) 6-0 Christian Kist

Friday October 27th
Afternoon Session (1.45pm local time, 12.45pm UK time)

First Round
Jonny Clayton 6-1 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Cristo Reyes
Benito van de Pas 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Steve Beaton
Michael Smith 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
Rob Cross (6) 6-0 Martin Schindler
Joe Cullen (7) 5-6 Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright (2) 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski

Evening Session (8pm local time, 7pm UK time)
Second Round
Jelle Klaasen 6-10 Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock 10-0 Alan Norris
Michael van Gerwen 10-1 Ian White
Mensur Suljovic 10-4 Gerwyn Price

Saturday October 28th (8pm local time, 7pm UK time)
Second Round
Michael Smith 10-9 Benito van de Pas
Rob Cross 10-7 Dave Chisnall
Stephen Bunting 6-10 Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright 10-8 Jonny Clayton

Template - Date: JDC Expansion in 2018

The JDC’s growth had seen their UK Tour, for players aged from ten-18, become a six-event season in 2017, to be followed by the WDS Associates Junior World Championship which will feature the final on stage at Alexandra Palace in December.

Next year’s circuit will begin on February 17 in Dorchester and then move on to Worcester on March 24, Derby on April 28, Benfleet on June 2, Chorlton on July 14, Exeter on September 15, Solihull on October 27 and Wolverhampton on November 10.

The Grand Finals will then take place in Bristol on December 1-2 as the qualifiers play down to the final, which will again take place at Alexandra Palace.

“We are really pleased to be able to grow the Modus UK Junior Tour next year as this is a great opportunity for juniors in other areas of the country to get to an event and show off their talent,” said JDC Chairman Steve Brown.

“Next year we will be in Exeter, Chorlton and Solihull for the first time. The extra events provide more chances to qualify for the finals, become a JDC Allstar and to climb the JDC Tour Order Of Merit system.

“It’s a great opportunity for young players.”

The 2017 season still has events remaining in Wolverhampton and Coventry ahead of the season-ending finals. For more information about the JDC, please visit www.juniordarts.com.

2018 JDC Modus UK Tour
Event One – February 17, George Albert Hotel, Dorchester
Event Two – March 24, Rileys Worcester
Event Three – April 28, Cueball Club, Derby
Event Four – June 2, Rileys Benfleet
Event Five – July 14, Rileys Chorlton
Event Six – September 15, Dart Locker, Exeter
Event Seven – October 27, Rileys Solihull
Event Eight – November 10, Rileys Wolverhampton
Grand Finals – December 1-2, JDC Headquarters, Bristol

Template - Date: World Series ‘German Masters’

The world number three and UK Open champion has lost out twice previously in finals on the World Series circuit to Taylor, including in Melbourne in August, but took the £20,000 title with a gritty display.

Wright had survived match darts against Dragutin Horvat and Mensur Suljovic in his opening two matches, before overcoming Raymond van Barneveld 11-9 in the semi-finals. He made a superb start to the final, taking out 116 for a 12-darter in the opening leg and double 12 for a 13-darter to lead 2-0.

Taylor hit back in leg three, but Wright pushed into a 5-1 lead with three successive legs only to see his advantage halved as the 57-year-old took back-to-back legs. Wright, though, claimed a break back with a 66 finish before hitting a third 180 of the game in a 12-darter as an 81 checkout saw him restore a four-leg lead at 7-3.

A 61 finish moved Wright five legs clear and he landed a 180 and tops to move 9-3 up, with the pair trading 14-darters as the Scot moved to the brink of a victory which he sealed with another 12-dart leg on double ten.

Taylor had been aiming to win his ninth World Series title as he overcame Daryl Gurney 10-7 in the quarter-finals and then proved too strong for James Wade with an 11-7 semi-final triumph, despite finishes of 104 and 158 from the left-hander.

Wade had benefitted from the withdrawal of World Champion Michael van Gerwen on Saturday morning, due to an ankle injury, with a walkover into the semi-finals.

Van Barneveld, meanwhile, progressed to the last four by defying three bullseye finishes from Gary Anderson with a 10-8 as he avenged August’s defeat to the Scot in the Perth Darts Masters final.

The German Darts Masters concluded the year’s seven international World Series of Darts events, ahead of next month’s season-ending Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals in Glasgow.

The Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals will be held from November 3-5 at the Braehead Arena. For tickets, call 0844 499 1700 or visit www.braehead-arena.co.uk.

Saturday October 21th
Quarter-Finals (19)
(93.52) Gary Anderson 8-10 Raymond van Barneveld (97.48)
(94.62) Peter Wright 10-9 Mensur Suljovic (94.04)
(100.40) Phil Taylor 10-7 Daryl Gurney (97.00)
(Michael van Gerwen-Withdrawn) v James Wade

Evening Session
Semi-Finals (21)
94.13 Raymond van Barneveld 9-11 Peter Wright 94.94
93.10 James Wade 7-11 Phil Taylor 95.28

Final (21)
Peter Wright 11-4 Phil Taylor

Friday Results: 

Friday October 20th
90.57 Gary Anderson (1) 6-3 Max Hopp 81.82
90.11 Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Stefan Stoyke 84.52
92.25 Peter Wright (4) 6-5 Dragutin Horvat 90.81
96.19 Kyle Anderson 5-6 Mensur Suljovic 96.97
96.80 Michael van Gerwen (2) 6-2 Martin Schindler
101.90 James Wade 6-2 Kevin Munch 88.23
92.45 Phil Taylor (3) 6-2 Robert Marijanovic 86.36
91.09 Daryl Gurney 6-0 Maik Langendorf 77.23

Template - Date: European Darts Trophy

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN defeated Rob Cross in the final of HappyBet European Darts Trophy on Sunday in Gottingen to claim an incredible 20th career European Tour title.

The world number one triumphed 6-4 in the decider to win his sixth European Tour title of 2017, as he secured his position as the number one seed for the Unibet European Championship, which takes place later this month.

Having dropped just two legs in three matches on Sunday to reach the final, Van Gerwen found himself behind against Cross before firing in a sublime 160 checkout in leg two. Cross edged back ahead but consecutive finishes of 68 and 100 saw the World Champion take the lead for the first time.

Players Championship Order of Merit winner Cross landed double nine to cancel out Van Gerwen’s break but the Dutchman responded with his only maximum of the final, before landing tops to move 4-3 in front. Van Gerwen then added a third hundred-plus checkout, this time finishing 150 to move to brink of victory, but Cross produced a 180 and pinned double 16 to keep his hopes alive.

Reigning European Champion Van Gerwen would not be denied the £25,000 winner’s cheque, however, has he finished the job on double five. “I’m very happy to have won this tournament and I felt great all weekend,” said Van Gerwen, who bounced back from a first round exit at the World Grand Prix.

“I decided to take a holiday after losing in Dublin and it paid off. I feel refreshed and ready for the big part of the season – that started with winning this tournament. “Rob has had a great season but I always feel confident against whoever I play and they know it is a different game against me.

I pulled out some big shots at the right times and that is why I won the final.” After defeating Zoran Lerchbacher on Saturday, Van Gerwen continued a dominant run to the decider 24 hours later.

The Dutch ace saw off Stephen Bunting 6-1 before whitewashing Joe Cullen to reach the semi-finals. There, he averaged 110.39 in a 6-1 success over World Grand Prix finalist Simon Whitlock, with the aid of a 124 checkout on the bullseye. Cross, who has won four ProTour titles in 2017, continued his excellent debut season with a run to his second European Tour final.

After averaging over 105 in a 6-2 victory over Keegan Brown, he then defeated 2017 Gibraltar Darts Trophy winner Michael Smith 6-3 in the quarter-finals. Cross then completed his 6-1 triumph against Kim Huybrechts with a 115 finish, as the Hastings star moved into the decider.

Huybrechts had produced his best performance of the day in a 6-4 quarter-final defeat of Dave Chisnall, where Belgium’s number one landed six 180s – after earlier defying an average of 110.59 from Peter Wright to win their last 16 match 6-3.

Whitlock followed up his run to the final of the World Grand Prix with another impressive showing, defeating Jan Dekker and Andy Boulton on Sunday to reach his third European Tour semi-final of the year.

Boulton’s exceptional run came to end at the hands of the Australian but only after the Stoke thrower had added Vincent van der Voort to his list of conquests – following victories against Kevin Painter and World Grand Prix Champion Daryl Gurney in reaching the final day.

Cullen had beaten Alan Norris to reach the last eight, where he suffered a crushing defeat to Van Gerwen. Smith and Chisnall both enjoyed 6-3 victories in the last 16 against Jonny Clayton and Jelle Klaasen respectively, but neither managed to progress any further.

The HappyBet European Darts Trophy was the twelfth and final European Tour event of the year, with Van Gerwen winning six of the 12 tournaments. World number two Wright won five titles, with Smith being the only other player to taste success in 2017.

Van Gerwen added: “Peter Wright was doing really well at the start of the year but when the real Michael turned up I was the best.”

HappyBet European Darts Trophy

Sunday October 15th

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)
Third Round
94.73 Michael Smith 6-3 Jonny Clayton 89.82
105.40 Rob Cross 6-2 Keegan Brown 83.29
100.31 Dave Chisnall 6-3 Jelle Klaasen 83.39
110.59 Peter Wright 3-6 Kim Huybrechts 98.71
99.57 Simon Whitlock 6-2 Jan Dekker 89.25
88.42 Andy Boulton 6-4 Vincent van der Voort 91.64
86.78 Joe Cullen 6-2 Alan Norris 84.51
101.42 Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Stephen Bunting 95.40

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
Quarter-Finals
79.02 Michael Smith 3-6 Rob Cross 93.15
97.81 Dave Chisnall 4-6 Kim Huybrechts 99.82
94.34 Simon Whitlock 6-4 Andy Boulton 87.95
88.39 Joe Cullen 0-6 Michael van Gerwen 103.66

Semi-Finals
98.80 Rob Cross 6-1 Kim Huybrechts 83.42
98.15 Simon Whitlock 1-6 Michael van Gerwen 110.39

Final
93.23 Rob Cross 4-6 Michael van Gerwen 96.70

RESULTS:

Friday October 13th
First Round
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)
84.69 Mick Todd 3-6 Jermaine Wattimena 85.01
88.57 Ricky Evans 3-6 Zoran Lerchbacher 100.27
87.95 Jonathan Worsley 2-6 Keegan Brown 98.66
89.08 Madars Razma 4-6 James Wilson 89.83
77.44 Jonny Clayton 6-1 Manfred Bilderl 72.00
83.46 Yordi Meeuwisse 2-6 Jamie Caven 91.15
85.18 Chris Quantock 1-6 Steve West 88.84
102.53 Martin Schindler 6-3 John Bowles 91.18

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
98.88 Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Robert Thornton 90.76
89.67 Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Nico Blum 90.34
93.47 James Richardson 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh 93.51
84.56 Jeffrey de Zwaan 5-6 Rene Eidams 83.21
92.18 Nathan Aspinall 6-1 James Wade 83.19
85.27 Chris Dobey 6-4 Robert Allenstein 86.83
91.62 Kevin Painter 5-6 Andy Boulton 88.47
99.10 Jan Dekker 6-0 Christian Kist 66.93

Saturday October 14th
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)
88.83 Benito van de Pas 0-6 Keegan Brown 99.10
97.24 Alan Norris 6-4 James Richardson 99.02
90.28 Gerwyn Price 2-6 Jonny Clayton 91.77
96.43 Michael Smith 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena 84.20
90.69 Dave Chisnall 6-4 James Wilson 88.80
91.62 Joe Cullen 6-2 Steve West 77.33
99.46 Ian White 5-6 Vincent van der Voort 96.11
99.87 Stephen Bunting 6-4 Rene Eidams 96.13

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
95.16 Kim Huybrechts 6-3 Nathan Aspinall 93.75
94.11 Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Chris Dobey 79.26
99.74 Rob Cross 6-5 Jamie Caven 89.20
90.19 Peter Wright 6-4 Martin Schindler 88.29
94.31 Simon Whitlock 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski 95.41
91.47 Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Zoran Lerchbacher 85.33
91.28 Mervyn King 1-6 Jan Dekker 98.34
95.27 Daryl Gurney 3-6 Andy Boulton 103.25

Prize Fund:

Winner: £25,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Finalists: £6,000
Quarter-Finalists: £4,000
Last 16 losers: £3,000
Last 32 losers: £2,000
Last 48 losers: £1,000
Total: £135,000

Template - Date: World Championship PDPA Qualifier

The PDPA World Championship qualifier is now available to enter. It is for any PDPA member who has not played in any other World Championship Qualifier. (Recognised tables do not apply, just one off events)

The annual event will see 2 players qualify for the William Hill World Championship, the winner will qualify for the first round and the runner-up will go into the preliminary rounds. The venue is ArenaMK in Milton Keynes on Monday 27th November.

If you are a Challenge Tour only player you are not eligible to enter, you have to be a PDPA member. The entry deadline is 2pm on the 21st November 2017, if you enter but qualify via another route your entry fee will be refunded. No entries will be taken after this time.

The Entry Fee is £100:
To enter go to the PDPA payments area, pick the event (8th one down) and follow the instructions. You will receive a receipt via PayPal and confirmation from the PDPA of your entry.

Once your entry is confirmed you will then be added to the entry list. You do not need a PayPal account you can enter as a guest and pay with a credit card.

When you have entered please email the PDPA with the name of the player who you have entered via [email protected] with the receipt number or name of person who has paid the entry, as not every entry is made by the player.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Registration on the day:

  • 08.30 – Doors open
  • 09.00am – 11.00am Registration
    (If you do not register before 11.00am you will not be in the draw for this event.
  • 11.00 – Registration closes and the draw is done
  • 12.00 – Event starts
  • 17.00 – Event concluded (Approximately)

Format:

Best of 9 legs throughout

Marking:

This event is run on a loser marks basis, please be aware you may be required to mark the first game you board.

Prizes:

  • The Winner of the PDPA World Championship qualifier will qualify for the first round of the William Hill World Championship.
  • The Runner-Up will qualify for the Preliminary Round of the William Hill World Championship.
  • The losing Semi-Finalists will each receive £1,000
  • The losing Quarter-Finalists will each receive £250

NOTE: Money won at this qualifier does not count towards the PDC OoM. Total prize money for this qualifier £3,000

Guests:

Players are allowed 2 guests at this event, and must provide these to security on arrival. All usual DRA & PDC Rules apply

Template - Date: World Series Qualifier

The World Series of Darts Qualifier which is for PDC Tour Card Holders only, takes place on Monday evening from Barnsley, 86 players will be competing for the right to play in Glasgow live on ITV4. 

8 players will qualify for the World Series Finals from Glasgow on 3rd – 5th November 2017 from the Braehead Arena, Glasgow live on ITV4.

If you qualify for these finals please go to the event brief information. For the event brief for the World Series Finals CLICK HERE 

World Series Qualifier, Friday 9th October

Barnsley Metrodome

Last 128

Benito van de PasBYE|
Antonio AlcinasBYE|
Richie BurnettBYE|
Ryan Meikle5|0Wes Newton
Rob CrossBYE|
Andy Boulton5|1Mickey Mansell
Ted EvettsBYE|
Robert Owen5|3Keegan Brown
Kim HuybrechtsBYE|
John MichaelBYE|
Dimitri Van den BerghBYE|
Andy Hamilton5|4Dirk van Duijvenbode
Brendan DolanBYE|
John Bowles5|2Brian Woods
Darren JohnsonBYE|
Ritchie Edhouse5|4Jimmy Hendriks
Alan NorrisBYE|
James RichardsonBYE|
Vincent KamphuisBYE|
Chris Dobey5|3Ron Meulenkamp
Vincent van der VoortBYE|
Rowby-John Rodriguez5|3Kevin Painter
Jeffrey de ZwaanBYE|
Josh Payne5|1Mick McGowan
Ian WhiteBYE|
Martin SchindlerBYE|
John Norman JnrBYE|
Robbie Green5|1Lee Bryant
Justin PipeBYE|
Richie Corner5|3Sven Groen
Ryan SearleBYE|
Mike De Decker 5|2Jamie Bain
Joe CullenBYE|
Ronny HuybrechtsBYE|
Matthew DennantBYE|
Ricky Evans5|3Jim Brown
John HendersonBYE|
Kirk Shepherd5|2Devon Petersen
William O’ConnorBYE|
Jonny Clayton5|0John Part
Stephen BuntingBYE|
Jamie CavenBYE|
Richard NorthBYE|
Terry Temple5|1Joe Murnan
Mark WebsterBYE|
Scott Taylor5|1Jonathan Worsley
Ross TwellBYE|
Steve West5|2Ryan Palmer
Steve BeatonBYE|
Paul NicholsonBYE|
Jan DekkerBYE|
James Wilson5|3Andrew Gilding
Cristo ReyesBYE|
Jermaine WattimenaBYE|
Christian KistBYE|
Steve Hine5|1Stephen Burton
Robert ThorntonBYE|
Simon StevensonBYE|
Yordi MeeuwisseBYE|
Jeffrey de Graaf5|1Steve Lennon
Darren WebsterBYE|
Chris QuantockBYE|
Andy JenkinsBYE|
Jamie Lewis5|0Berry van Peer

Last 64

Benito van de Pas5|1Antonio Alcinas
Ryan Meikle5|3Richie Burnett
Rob Cross5|2Andy Boulton
Robert Owen5|1Ted Evetts
Kim Huybrechts5|3John Michael
Dimitri Van den Bergh5|3Andy Hamilton
Brendan Dolan5|1John Bowles
Darren Johnson5|4Ritchie Edhouse
Alan Norris5|1James Richardson
Chris Dobey5|4Vincent Kamphuis
Vincent van der Voort5|3Rowby-John Rodriguez
Jeffrey de Zwaan5|1Josh Payne
Ian White5|4Martin Schindler
John Norman Jnr5|1Robbie Green
Justin Pipe5|3Richie Corner
Mike De Decker 5|2Ryan Searle
Joe Cullen5|4Ronny Huybrechts
Ricky Evans5|2Matthew Dennant
John Henderson5|2Kirk Shepherd
Jonny Clayton5|4William O’Connor
Stephen Bunting5|2Jamie Caven
Richard North5|0Terry Temple
Mark Webster5|1Scott Taylor
Ross Twell5|4Steve West
Paul Nicholson5|1Steve Beaton
Jan Dekker5|3James Wilson
Jermaine Wattimena5|1Cristo Reyes
Steve Hine5|4Christian Kist
Simon Stevenson5|3Robert Thornton
Yordi Meeuwisse5|4Jeffrey de Graaf
Chris Quantock5|3Darren Webster
Andy Jenkins5|3Jamie Lewis

Last 32

Ryan Meikle5|2Benito van de Pas
Rob Cross5|3Robert Owen
Dimitri Van den Bergh5|1Kim Huybrechts
Brendan Dolan5|4Darren Johnson
Chris Dobey5|4Alan Norris
Jeffrey de Zwaan5|3Vincent van der Voort
Ian White5|4John Norman Jnr
Justin Pipe5|4Mike De Decker
Ricky Evans5|2Joe Cullen
Jonny Clayton5|4John Henderson
Stephen Bunting5|3Richard North
Mark Webster5|2Ross Twell
Jan Dekker5|2Paul Nicholson
Steve Hine5|1Jermaine Wattimena
Simon Stevenson5|2Yordi Meeuwisse
Andy Jenkins5|3Chris Quantock

Last 16

Ryan Meikle1|5Rob Cross
Dimitri Van den Bergh5|3Brendan Dolan
Chris Dobey5|4Jeffrey de Zwaan
Ian White3|5Justin Pipe
Ricky Evans2|5Jonny Clayton
Stephen Bunting3|5Mark Webster
Jan Dekker5|3Steve Hine
Simon Stevenson5|4Andy Jenkins

Qualifiers

Jonny Clayton
Chris Dobey
Mark Webster
Simon Stevenson
Jan Dekker

Rob Cross
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Justin Pipe

Template - Date: UNIBET World Grand Prix

DARYL GURNEY claimed his first televised title with glory at the Unibet World Grand Prix as he produced a fine comeback to defeat Simon Whitlock 5-4 in a deciding set in Saturday’s final at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

The Northern Irish ace has broken into the world’s elite in the last 12 months, and wrote his name into the history books as he claimed the £100,000 top prize in the double-start tournament. Whitlock had come from 3-2 down to lead 4-3, but Gurney claimed the final two sets as he emotionally took the title.

The Australian edged the opening two sets before Gurney hit back with three in a row to move 3-2 up, landing five ton-plus checkouts as he hit the front. The Northern Irish ace – appearing in his first televised ranking final – crucially missed one dart at a double to win each of the next two sets as Whitlock regained the edge at 4-3.

Gurney claimed set eight 3-1 and led in the final set before the pair traded 112 checkouts, but the Northern Irish ace would not be denied as he landed double ten to claim the title before breaking down in tears as he celebrated the win.

Saturday 7th October

The Unibet World Grand Prix – The Final

88.50 Daryl Gurney 5-4 Simon Whitlock 83.53

SET ONE – 2-3 Gurney capitalised on a miss at tops from Whitlock to take out 72 for the opening leg and doubled his lead on double 16 before the Australian fired his challenge with a 180 in leg three. Double 16 got Whitlock off the mark, before he capitalised on four missed set darts from Gurney to force a decider, where the Northern Irish ace missed a further five darts for the set before his rival posted double one to lead.

SET TWO – 2-3 Whitlock opened set two with scores of 146, 140 and 140 but failed to kill off the leg as Gurney stepped in with a superb 156 checkout to move ahead. The Australian responded with two 180s and double six, with the pair trading the next two before Whitlock claimed the decider with the aid of another maximum and double nine to move two sets up.

SET THREE – 3-1 Gurney began set three with another ton-plus finish as he took out 110, with Whitlock levelling on double eight before missing tops for a 120 checkout as the Northern Irishman stepped back in on double 16. Gurney then sealed the set by taking out 126 on the bull to pull back to 2-1 in the contest.

SET FOUR – 3-1 Gurney squared the match by taking the fourth set 3-1, punishing misses from Whitlock in the opening two legs before responding to the Australian’s 70 finish by taking out 95 for the set.

SET FIVE – 3-2 Whitlock opened the fifth set with a 90 finish, only to see Gurney take out 110 and 104 – taking his tally of ton-plus checkouts to five for the game – to move 2-1 up. Whitlock landed a 180 and double 16 to take the set to a decider, but missed three darts – at double top and ten – to win the set as Gurney returned on double 16 to move 3-2 up by claiming his third successive set.

SET SIX – 2-3 Whitlock took the opening two legs of set six, but missed double 18 for the set in the third as Gurney took out 100 to respond and double ten to level, only to miss a set dart at double eight to allow his rival in to take out 98 to level the game.

SET SEVEN 2-3 The seventh set also went to a decider, with Gurney taking out 77 to lead and double ten to move 2-1 up only to miss the bull for the set as Whitlock landed double ten to level matters. The decisive fifth leg saw Whitlock power in his tenth 180 of the game to edge away before double eight put the Australian back ahead at 4-3 and a set away from glory.

SET EIGHT – 3-1 Gurney’s battling continued as he finished 68 to lead in set eight, and after Whitlock levelled he landed a third-dart double 16 to move 2-1 up the Derry man took out 96 for the set to send the match into a ninth set.

SET NINE – 3-1 Seven missed starting doubles from Whitlock were punished as Gurney took the opening leg on double eight, and the pair traded 112 finishes to leave the Northern Irish ace 2-1 up before double ten finally sealed the title.

 

The Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay Final 

Jason Cullen 4-6 William O’Connor

WILLIAM O’CONNOR defeated Jason Cullen 6-4 to win the 2017 Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay final on Saturday, securing his William Hill World Darts Championship debut in the process.

The Cappamore carpenter claimed Ireland’s top domestic honour for the first time – having lost in the 2009 decider to Aodhagan O’Neill – with a strong showing as he saw off Wexford’s Cullen.

Full Results Unibet World Grand Prix

Sunday October 1st (7pm)

First Round x8
81.72 Alan Norris 2-1 Justin Pipe 81.43
91.62 Joe Cullen 2-1 Darren Webster 87.16
89.59 Steve Beaton 2-0 Rob Cross 85.59
78.93 Robert Thornton 2-1 Kim Huybrechts 85.82
90.21 Raymond van Barneveld 2-0 Kyle Anderson 86.60
87.49 Adrian Lewis 1-2 Daryl Gurney 90.09
87.64 Michael van Gerwen 1-2 John Henderson 76.08
101.10 Dave Chisnall 2-0 Jelle Klaasen 84.05

Monday October 2nd (7pm)

First Round x8
83.59 Benito van de Pas 2-1 Cristo Reyes 84.47
85.36 Mervyn King 2-0 Ronny Huybrechts 81.83
85.08 Steve West 2-0 James Wade 85.67
89.31 Simon Whitlock 2-1 Christian Kist 81.65
85.89 Mensur Suljovic 2-1 Ian White 85.34
80.70 Michael Smith 1-2 Gerwyn Price 86.36
78.41 Mark Webster 0-2 Richard North 75.21
95.76 Peter Wright 2-1 Stephen Bunting 83.58

Tuesday October 3rd (7pm)

Second Round x4
90.98 Dave Chisnall 2-3 Robert Thornton 91.02
89.13 Daryl Gurney 3-1 Joe Cullen 85.39
87.10 John Henderson 3-1 Alan Norris 82.78
84.95 Raymond van Barneveld 3-0 Steve Beaton 78.79

Wednesday October 4th (7pm)

Second Round x4
91.14 Gerwyn Price 0-3 Benito van de Pas 95.13
87.83 Mensur Suljovic 3-0 Steve West 84.66
83.77 Richard North 0-3 Simon Whitlock 86.10
94.00 Peter Wright 3-1 Mervyn King 85.66

Thursday October 5th (7pm)

Quarter-Finals
86.98 Simon Whitlock 3-0 Benito van de Pas 76.88
81.83 John Henderson 3-1 Raymond van Barneveld 83.33
90.89 Mensur Suljovic 3-1 Peter Wright 91.74
82.10 Robert Thornton 2-3 Daryl Gurney 86.47

Friday October 6th (7pm)

Semi-Finals
86.03 Simon Whitlock 4-3 Mensur Suljovic 92.92
83.42 Daryl Gurney 4-1 John Henderson 83.88