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|| Darts in Dublin 2013/ 2|
Charis writes " Players Championship 2|
didn't really feel refreshed when I woke up on Sunday morning - probably an
effect of the Dublin maritime climate. The sky looked grey and the wind was
stronger. The breakfast room seemed to be even farer away then the day before
and it was quite full. Not only the Players Championships took place there - a
conference was going on as well.
I decided to cancel my morning walk and
did the updates on my site till it was time for the tournament.
Seyler once again was a "lucky guy" as this time he was drawn against Michael
van Gerwen. Tomas didn't manage to get into his stride and Mighty Mike only
had a real opponent in the very last leg of the one-sided match.
idea in what form van Gerwen will turn up in the World Grand Prix. He somehow
managed to smuggle himself into the semi-finals of the day but seemed not
really to be focused and most of the time occupied to cough and to pull up his
I just in time arrived at Bernd Roith's match against the to
me unknown Chris Skeates. Bernd played a good match and got a clear win but
afterwards said that though it was a so called "non-name" player he really had
to give all.
As such a lot was going on I first couldn't decide which
match to watch but in the end settled at Mark Webster against Michael
Barnard. To be sure none of the players played his best. Barnard once was a
promising youth player but never really established himself with the seniors.
Both players threw a few 140s - most other scores were less than 100 points.
Then it was already time for Jyhan Artut against Reece Robinson. The
young player with the nice nickname "Sugar" can be dangerous but is still not
very consistent and often has problems to finish a leg. So Artut not really had
a problem to prevail.
When the match was over at a board nearby the
match between Justin Pipe and John Henderson started. It was an odd match.
First it looked like a clear win for Henderson who played a solid match while
Pipe plodded along somehow and had a lot of problems hitting Double 16 or
Double 8. But suddenly Pipe seemed to wake up, played three great legs and
progressed into the next round.
The next match I watched was my
"highlight" of the day - Peter Wright against Arron Monk. Wright - in powerful
orange while his wife shimmered lilac - showed an outstanding performance. He
whitewashed a chanceless Monk and threw seven 180s in six
Mervyn King ended
not only Bernd Roith's hopes (in a very close match which was won with the
very last dart by King) but those of Mark Dudbridge as well. His "highlight"
in the match was a 170 finish. No other players stood as far beside the oche
- once he hit his double 16 almost from the zoning of the neighbouring board.
I returned to Jyhan Artut's board to watch him play Adrian Gray.
Both players had a run on the day but it soon showed that Artut's run would
end against Gray. While Artut in many legs only had a single score over 100
Gray in most of the legs had two and sometimes more.
I had a look at the
Michael van Gerwen v Michael King quarterfinal before I took a short break
but I returned in time for the semi-finals.
As I already mentioned Peter
Wright managed a still coughing Michael van Gerwen. I hope he'll recover for
the World Grand Prix but lucky for him he's a day's break.
the people still in the venue moved to board 10 to follow the final between
Raymond van Barneveld and Peter Wright. By now most people had snapped a
chair - not only my feet and legs were tired. Barneveld's wife was under the
spectators as well and talked socially with some of the crowd. So I as well
now know that all three children are good dart players as well. The final
took place in a rather relaxed atmosphere. Especially Raymond van Barneveld
seemed to take it easily which showed in a really convincing performance.
Peter Wright couldn't keep up the form of the matches before and van
Barneveld won his first Pro Tour tournament of the year.
final I felt almost as exhausted as if I had played a tournament and I was
glad when I arrived in my room. I didn't have enough energy left to look
again for "standing stones".
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