Template - Date: Dutch Darts Masters

The World Champion marked his return to action follow a month’s break by claiming his fourth European Tour title of 2017 and a £25,000 top prize in front of over 5,000 delighted Dutch fans at the MECC.

Having begun his challenge with a second round win over Jeffrey de Zwaan on Saturday evening, Van Gerwen averaged 107.60 in a dominant 6-1 defeat of Kyle Anderson in Sunday afternoon’s third round. He then edged out Daryl Gurney 6-5 in the quarter-finals, with the game’s opening ten legs all going with throw before the Dutchman produced the decisive break in the 11th leg by finishing 76 for a 12-darter with the Northern Irish ace waiting on 40.

Van Gerwen came from two legs down to win 6-2 against Michael Smith in the semi-finals, with the former World Youth Champion opening with legs of 11 and 14 darts but paying for missed doubles in leg three as the home favourite swept to victory. He then finished 80 and a 13-darter to lead 2-0 in the final against Beaton, who replied by taking out 52 for a 14-darter in leg three only to see the Dutchman pull clear.

A 70 finish restored Van Gerwen’s cushion, a 12-darter broke and double one moved him 5-1 up before he landed a third 180 of the final and took out 77 to seal the title. He added: “You know when you play Steve you have to do the right things at the right moments, make sure you are on him straight away and keep him under pressure and that’s exactly what I did – but he’s been on the tour for so long and is fantastic.”

Beaton had won through the UK Qualifier just to secure a spot in Maastricht but showed some superb form as he searched for his second ranking title of the year and a first European Tour victory since 2013. Wins over German youngsters Nico Blum and Martin Schindler sandwiched a defeat of third seed Mensur Suljovic as Beaton moved into the quarter-finals, where he was a 6-2 victor against John Henderson with a 103 average.

He also averaged over 101 as he ended Peter Wright’s bid for a fifth European Tour title of the year with a 6-4 semi-final triumph, storming into leads of 2-0 and 4-1 before holding off the world number three’s fightback. However, Beaton was unable to get the better of Van Gerwen as the Dutchman denied the 53-year-old a second European Tour victory.

Wright had begun his challenge in Maastricht with a borrowed set of darts after his luggage failed to arrive in the Netherlands, but overcame Rob Cross and Krzysztof Ratajski on Sunday to reach the last four. Smith, May’s Gibraltar Darts Trophy winner, saw off Joe Cullen in the third round and then edged out Robert Owen 6-5 in the quarter-finals, taking out a 14-darter with the Welshman waiting on 32.

Owen’s run in Maastricht had seen him reach his first European Tour quarter-final – and only his second last eight finish on the PDC circuit – as he overcame Simon Whitlock 6-4 in the third round, sealing that win with a 136 checkout. Polish star Ratajski, an ever-present on the European Tour so far this year, also won through to his first quarter-final by producing an outstanding display against Christian Kist in the third round, averaging almost 105.

Northern Ireland’s Gurney and Scottish ace Henderson, both former European Tour finalists, completed the quarter-final line-up in the first of three £135,000 events being held during September.

Next weekend sees the HappyBet German Darts Grand Prix take place in Mannheim, Germany, with 48 players competing from September 8-10 for £135,000 in prize money. For ticket information, visit www.pdc-europe.tv

Sunday September 3rd

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)

Third Round
107.60 Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Kyle Anderson 100.96
84.40 Nathan Aspinall 2-6 Daryl Gurney 88.50
93.23 Michael Smith 6-2 Joe Cullen 89.62
86.13 Simon Whitlock 4-6 Robert Owen 91.19
92.84 Peter Wright 6-3 Rob Cross 94.48
91.88 Christian Kist 1-6 Krzysztof Ratajski 104.58
95.23 John Henderson 2-6 Mike De Decker 89.26
99.10 Steve Beaton 6-4 Martin Schindler 92.80

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)

104.13 Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Daryl Gurney 94.47
89.76 Michael Smith 6-5 Robert Owen 90.64
91.42 Peter Wright 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski 90.02
94.43 John Henderson 2-6 Steve Beaton 102.62

100.42 Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Michael Smith 104.12
95.27 Peter Wright 4-6 Steve Beaton 101.26

99.59 Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Steve Beaton 98.54

Other Results/Averages

Friday September 1st

First Round
84.82 Jamie Bain 0-6 Robert Owen 85.89
84.18 Ryan Searle 5-6 Steve West 87.96
88.27 Darren Webster 5-6 Jim Walker 90.49
90.69 Chris Quantock 4-6 Martin Schindler 88.34
88.59 Justin van Tergouw 5-6 Christian Kist 89.64
95.66 Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Ulf Ceder 86.96
87.85 Richard North 3-6 Mike De Decker 96.00
91.31 Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Max Hopp 100.01
91.41 Steve Lennon 0-6 Krzysztof Ratajski 102.48
81.65 Harry Robinson 2-6 Jamie Lewis 95.58
88.69 Ronny Huybrechts 4-6 John Henderson 90.51
89.78 James Wilson 3-6 Rowby-John Rodriguez 94.40
99.94 Justin Pipe 4-6 Kyle Anderson 108.96
92.03 John Michael 4-6 Jeffrey de Zwaan 91.63
80.32 Nico Blum 4-6 Steve Beaton 85.60
89.20 Jimmy Hendriks 6-5 Rene Berndt 100.69

Saturday September 2nd

Second Round
88.33 Cristo Reyes 5-6 Robert Owen 92.38
92.60 Alan Norris 5-6 Mike De Decker 87.66
105.58 Rob Cross 6-1 Jamie Lewis 93.60
90.07 Jelle Klaasen 3-6 Krzysztof Ratajski 97.11
96.73 Gerwyn Price 5-6 Martin Schindler 92.85
100.80 Ian White 3-6 John Henderson 104.30
96.43 Joe Cullen 6-5 Jimmy Hendriks 86.44
103.01 Mervyn King 3-6 Kyle Anderson 100.71
88.28 Benito van de Pas 1-6 Nathan Aspinall 102.24
102.80 Daryl Gurney 2-6 Steve West 95.78
101.75 Simon Whitlock 6-4 Kirk Shepherd 98.40
99.66 Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Jeffrey de Zwaan 88.01
87.13 Peter Wright 6-5 Jim Walker  83.54
90.96 Kim Huybrechts 4-6 Christian Kist 94.39
87.15 Michael Smith 6-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez 79.42
89.78 Mensur Suljovic 3-6 Steve Beaton 86.78

Sunday September 3rd

Third Round
107.60 Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Kyle Anderson 100.96
84.40 Nathan Aspinall 2-6 Daryl Gurney 88.50
93.23 Michael Smith 6-2 Joe Cullen 89.62
86.13 Simon Whitlock 4-6 Robert Owen 91.19
92.84 Peter Wright 6-3 Rob Cross 94.48
91.88 Christian Kist 1-6 Krzysztof Ratajski 104.58
95.23 John Henderson 2-6 Mike De Decker 89.26
99.10 Steve Beaton 6-4 Martin Schindler 92.80

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: PDPA Health and Fitness with Sean Porter

It is our intention to look at every aspect of our members wellbeing, further to other projects we will have on offer for our members, we have also looked at all aspects of health in our sport.

We all have a heavy workload at events with travelling, practice, long days, staying in hotels and the nutrition on offer.

Due to this we are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Sean Porter ‘Health & Fitness’ to give us all some advice and guidance directly related to the lifestyle of a professional dart player.

Sean will provide all of our members with nutrition & exercise guidance on a regular & frequent basis. These will be here on the website and will be sent directly to each member.

Sean truly believe’s that maintaining a standard of health & fitness is the key factor for anyone wishing to achieve all that is possible in their profession.

Good quality nutrition, food choices & exercise habits will all be available on the PDPA website on a regular basis so take advantage of this opportunity which could help you

As an extra benefit & added service, any member looking to gain further support will be welcome to contact Sean for one-to-one coaching & individual guidance. Monthly tips will be available on the PDPA website, Social Media & will also be sent to all members.

Sean is committed and very much looking forward to beginning this journey with you. Look out for more information on this service on the PDPA website very soon.


‘Coming Soon, message from Sean’

I am delighted to announce that i will now be working as a partner with the PDPA to provide all of its members with Nutritional and Exercise guidance on a regular and frequent basis.

Have a go, you never know where it can take.