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Darts tournaments come thick and fast over the summer months, but none loom so heavily on the horizon as the PDC World Matchplay (21st-29th July). The prestigious event, now boasting a massive prize fund of £500,000, is set to return to the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, as Britain (hopefully) continues to bake in the July sunshine.
He is far and away the best darts player on the planet today, and there is already plenty of conversation as to whether he might one day eclipse Phil Taylor to become the best ever. At 29 years old, Michael Van Gerwen could be at the top of the game for another 20 years or more, so it is certainly a possibility. But the question in the here and now is just who can stand between the mighty Dutchman and yet more PDC titles.
Pint in one hand, arrows in the other. It is a scene that you can witness in any one of a thousand or more pubs up and down the country on a Friday night. The fact that darts has its grassroots in the countless pub leagues makes it understandable that there is a strong connection between the sport and downing a few beers. But there are many who are adamant that a drink is more than just too wet the whistle, and that alcohol improves their performance.
The 2018/19 World Darts Championship is set to have an expanded field of 96 players, with record prize money on offer too. The sport’s continued growth has been recognised by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) in recent years. The pinnacle of world darts expanded to a field of 72 professional players back in 2010 and will grow to 96 this year, with a new pool of international qualifiers expected to get their shot at sporting stardom.
Mensur Suljovićwon his first World Series of Darts title in front of a packed crowd, when he put in an amazing performance to beat rising star Dimitri van den Bergh 8-2 in the German Darts Masters last Friday - 25th May.
The death of Eric Bristow, aged only 60, in April sent shockwaves through the world of darts, and the sporting fraternity in general.
In the weeks after his death his heartbroken partner Bex Gadd, 39 has now revealed he left a worrying diary entry hours before his death on April 5 which read: “Thursday waiting for Joe to pick me up. Feel bad. Cold sweats. It feels like my heart is going to explode. Don’t like it. Going to ECHO - the show must go on.”
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The Scottish Boys took the first title of the 2018 British Internationals, England Boys were runners-up and the Welsh Boys were third.
England girls on retained their title. All three matches were 1-1 draws but the England girls had the best leg difference, Scotland and Wales were joint second.
England Ladies won the 2018 British Internationals, Wales second, Scotland third.
England Men won the 2018 British Internationals, Scotland second, Wales third.
You can replay the event via the YouTube Stream links below.
|Friday 6th APRIL 2018||Saturday 7th APRIL 2018||Sunday 8thAPRIL 2018|
|Replay - DAY ONE||Replay - DAY TWO||Replay - DAY THREE|
|18.30||Eng 1 - 3 Scot (Boys)||11.00||Scot 1 - 1 Eng (Girls)||10.00||10.00 Eng 8 - 4 Scot (Men)|
|19.30||Wal 1 - 1 Scot (Girls)||11.45||Scot 2 - 2 Wal (Boys)||13.30||13.30 Wal 4 - 2 Scot (Women)|
|20.15||Wal 1 - 3 Eng (Boys)||12.45||Eng 1 - 1 Wal (Girls)||15.00||15.00 Wal 4 - 8 Eng (Men)|
|21.15||Eng 4 - 2 Wal (Women)||13.45||Scot 2 - 4 Eng (Women)|
|15.15||Scot 9 - 3 Wal (Men)|
More information can be obtained via the Wales Darts Organisation
Have a look at the NEW ‘Gladiator’ Mark McGeeney website, it looks great!
Mark is the current BDO & WDF No.1 ranked player and the two-time back-to-back Dutch Open Champion. He certainly made a name for himself in 2017 and he continues his winning streak during 2018. Mark is also a member of the England international squad and will next play for England in the BDO International in Wales 6-8 April
Being one of the most played pub games in England and around the world, it is no great surprise that there have been many different variations of dartboards available to players, each offering its own unique rules and objectives.
Sad News to report Jim Bowen has passed away. Jim Hosted the famous Darts TV Game Show Bullseye. Fans of the show can still watch repeats of Bullseye on Challenge TV
A documentary, 'You can't beat a bit of Bully' will be broadcast by Challenge TV at 9pm tonight, followed by 3 hours of Bullseye.
Challenge TV will also broadcast back-to-back episodes of Bullseye for 24 hours from 6am on Saturday 17th, in tribute to the great Jim Bowen.
Jim Bowen 1937 - 2018
It has been something of a baptism of fire for Rob Cross since being crowned the 2018 PDC World Champion. The former electrician, who upstaged Phil Taylor in the final of the 2018 World Championship, has since gone into the Unibet Premier League and experienced the gruelling weekly limelight. Cross suffered back-to-back defeats in his opening matches against Michael van Gerwen and Simon Whitlock, with the defeat to the wily Whitlock undoubtedly the most surprising of the two results.
The curtain is about to go down on yet another remarkable season of darts, with Alexandra Palace playing host to the World Darts Championship 2018 this month. 72 of the world’s best players are competing for the prestigious Sid Waddell Trophy, and there have already been plenty of twists and turns in the competition. The event is fast becoming a platform for emerging talent to make a statement for next season, and as sponsorship money continues to filter down into tournament prize pools around the world, the sport of darts is becoming more competitive than ever before.
But who are the young emerging dart starts to look out for?
Phil Taylor bows out at the end of the 2017 season and the World Darts Championship at Ally Pally will be his final even, bringing the curtain down on a colourful and hugely decorated career. There have been many up-and-coming players who have been dubbed 'the next big thing' but very few have been able to come anywhere close to matching the success and longevity of the 'The Power'. One potential successor is Michael Van Gerwen, with the Dutchman dominating the sports over the past couple of years. Will MVG ever be able to match the legacy that is set to be left behind by Taylor?
Peter Wright is doubt for the William Hill PDC World Darts Championships after he was rushed to hospital on Thursday 30th November with suspect gallstones.
Although Peter is now back home his management says he has had to cancel his exhibition work in the run-up to Christmas. The PDC World Championships starts on 14th December and Peters first round match is scheduled to be the last match feature in the first round matches, 21st December. The No 2 Seed is scheduled to play Brazilian, Diogo Porteta.
The 2017 WDF World Cup finals will be streamed via YouTube on Friday 6th and Saturday the 7th October. England, Scotland, and Wales are not represented this year. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have entered teams.
Full details can be obtained from the WDF website.
The 2021 World Cup will be hosted in Esbjerg Sports and Event Park, Denmark. The Danish Darts Union expects 550 darts players from 40 Countries to take part in the event.
A recent poll of 2,000 people saw darts come out on top of the UK Sports Integrity Index, which measures the perceived level of integrity of the top 12 professional sports in the UK.
The World Number One Michael Van Gerwen has announced his return to the circuit following a month off and issued a statement on his website suggesting he has "even more motivation to win" as he aims to continue his remarkable 2017. The Dutchman has recently become a father for the first time and opted to spend August with his young family as opposed to competing in various tournaments around the world.
5/9/2017 ° °
The Premier League will head to Germany for the first time next year as darts continues to expand its horizons throughout Europe.
The PDC stars already travel far and wide, with tournaments in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and the hugely popular Premier League will now make its debut in Germany at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Thursday February 22.
Dutch darts ace Michael van Gerwen is pushing hard to secure a hat-trick of World Matchplay titles this week at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, just weeks after celebrating a World Cup of Darts success.
25/7/2017 ° °
Will Michael van Gerwen make it a hat-trick of World Matchplay titles or will his fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld make it his first Matchplay title? All to play for as the 32 strong team of dart professionals make their way the Winter Gardens, Blackpool for the 24th PDC World Matchplay Darts Event.
The World Matchplay begins on the 22nd of July at the legendary Winter Gardens in Blackpool, with top seed Michael Van Gerwen looking to continue his domination of the sport with a third successive victory at the tournament. Will the Dutchman be able to continue his terrific form at the event and continue his remarkable 2017 when he opens up against Stephen Bunting?
17/7/2017 ° °
The 5 Time World Darts Champion, Raymond van Barneveld, has started a new chapter in his darting career by signing to Target Darts. His new range of darts will be available for all to see at his next televised tournament.
A full range of Target Darts are available at Pure Darts. 4/7/2017
One of the more intriguing events on the PDC tour begins on July 14th, with the very first staging of the US Masters in Las Vegas. A huge prize fund is likely to entice a number of top players to the event with the preceding qualifying rounds allowing some of the top US and Canadian players the chance to take on the big boys.
Darryl Gerney and Max Hopp Make their US Masters Debuts while Phile Taylor plays his last US Masters Event.
12/6/2017 ° °
Earlier this year Phil Taylor announced via the PDC that 2017 would be his last year on the circuit. The curtain is set to come down on a remarkable darts career but will the 16-time world champion go out in a blaze of glory or with a whimper?
7/6/2017 ° °