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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.

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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.