Many people thought that the popularity of Darts would decline after the retirement of Phil Taylor. The Power has been the driving force in popularity of the sport for more than a decade and left a huge void behind. That has not been the case though and the next generation is taking things to the next level. With youngsters such as Van Den Bergh and Jamie Lewis challenging for the top-ranked tournaments, it looks like the old guard's reign is coming to an end.
In the short history of the PDC World Cup of Darts, every winning team has either featured Raymond Van Barneveld or Phil Taylor in its line-up. Indeed, only England and the Netherlands have ever won the tournament, with four wins going to Phil Taylor/Adrian Lewis, two to Van Barneveld/Michael Van Gerwen and one to Van Barneveld/Co Stompé.
Over the past few weeks, the darts press has been dominated by two primary themes. One has been the all too familiar story of Michael van Gerwen powering his way towards yet another title. The other has been our sad farewell to another legend, Eric Bristow, who dominated the game in a way almost identical to that of MVG back in the 1980s.
Rob Cross produced one of the best stories in the history of the PDC World Championship back in January as Voltage capped off a dream debut season as a professional darts player to lift the trophy at the Alexander Palace after beating the legend of the sport, Phil Taylor, in the final. Without being disrespectful to Cross, before the world championship, he wasn’t a household name. However, he proved that if you put in the hard work in this game, you get your reward.
Many players on the tour will take inspiration from Cross’ achievement last season and will be hoping to follow in his footsteps by winning their maiden world title in January. Here are three players who have the game to rule supreme at the Ally Pally.
Michael van Gerwen started as betting favourite to win this year’s Premier League Darts title and after the tournament’s second most successful player behind Phil Taylor booked his place in the playoffs, he’s looking good value to go all the way.
It’s another massive crunch match on Thursday evening as likable underdog Rob Cross faces man of the moment Michael van Gerwen in the Unibet Premier League. Darts is an intense sport that’s bursting with passion and excitement, and no meeting comes much more crucial than this one, as a divide in fans predicts every outcome as being possible.
Gerwyn Price is one of a rare breed of people who have been successful in two different sports.
It is not uncommon for athletes to switch disciplines but for someone to come from the hard-hitting world of rugby and play professional darts to an elite level is unheard of.
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If Rotterdam proved anything last week, it’s that anyone can still win the 2018 Premier League of Darts.
van Gerwin suffered two shock defeats and with three or four matches to go before the play-offs, it really is anyone’s tournament.
Next up up is Manchester for the corporation, but who are the players most likely to go on and win the competition?
We take a look at the favourites to life the PDC Premier League title....
You know the summer is almost here when it’s time to start thinking about the World Matchplay at the glorious Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
Following Phil Taylor’s retirement, the trophy is now to be named after the Power, who would have been going in to the tournament as the defending champion after beating Peter Wright in the final.
The 2018 Premier League has now reached the final round robin stage of the competition. The remaining eight players will now compete for a top-four play-off sport at the O2 Arena, London on the 19th May.
Whats is in store for the remaining players?
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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
Sad News was brought to all of us during the televised Liverpool stage of the Premier League of Darts. The former five-time World Darts Champion, Eric Bristow MBE has died of a heat attached at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Ask anyone to mention a dart player and it is usually Eric they will mention. He was a dart player that I personally loved to watch. He was a showmanship that helped put darts in the limelight and will be missed by players and dart fans across the world. I had the pleasure of meeting Eric a couple of times and I will miss the man who helped darts more than most.
The crowd at the Liverpool Echo Arena were informed of Eric’s passing during the last match of the night, Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney as they played on in a sober mood.
The crowd showed due respect to one of the greatest dart players we have had the pleasure of watching by chanting Eric’s name in honour.
Eric always sad we need characters in the sport of darts, and he was probably the biggest of them all.
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
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
The UK weather earlier this month brought disruption to the Premier League and the UK Open earlier this month. Round 5 of the Premier League scheduled to be played in Exeter was cancelled, while the UK Open in Minehead, Wales was played behind closed doors. Despite many fans attending the UK Open, none were allowed into the event. In both cases this was put down to travel safety and arena safety reasons. Fans in some cases had travelled from all parts of the UK and Europe to watch their dart stars in action only to be told hours before the start that the events would not go ahead as planned.
If you’ve ever watched a dart game between experienced players or a pro competition on TV, you know how easy talented players make it look to launch a dart and hit any spot on the dartboard at will. And if you’ve picked up darts yourself, you know just how challenging this is.
But don’t get discouraged if your dart-throwing powers aren’t quite where you want them to be! Even pro players were once beginners practicing the very basics of the throw.
The Premier League has become one of the biggest success stories of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). The sixteen-week, weekly event fills venues of 6-10,000 dart fans and is broadcast live to most parts of the World. Those unfortunate not to be able to receive a TV broad cast in their country can view the event via profession live stream via PDC.TV or via BBC America in the United States.
At the beginning of February 2018, two-time former World Champion Adrian Lewis hit the headlines for a bizarre on-stage altercation with Jose Justicia during the pair's UK Open Qualifier match. Security had to intervene as a war of words broke out between the pair and tempers flared. The cause of the skirmish still remains largely unclear but following a thorough investigation by the PDC, Lewis was suspended with immediate effect.
While it may not be formally considered one of dart’s major events, the fans and players alike look forward to the Premier League every year. This year’s league includes four participants from the 2017 league, two returning players from the 2016 event and four Premier League rookies. Here’s a quick look at the current odds (odds may vary from one betting site to another) to win the title.
The 2018 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship is the 41st World Championship organised by the British Darts Organisation, and the 33rd staging at the famous Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey.
Rob Cross put on a dominant display to win his first William Hill World Darts Final. Rob was on top form has he was a run-away winner of the legend of the sport Phil Taylor. It wasn’t to be the fairy tale ending to Phil fantastic career however Phil still average over 102 in the final. Find the betting sites with darts odds.
Rob was missing nothing and Phil’s performance on the night wasn’t strong enough. Phil had a dart for a nine-dart leg but missed double twelve and then lost the leg. Many fans would have loved to see Phil bow out with a seventeenth world title but many also thought the young former electrician may be one step too far.
Rob is a player that will show young players that anything is possible. No other player has had a debut year like him and I am sure it will inspire many others to follow in his footsteps. Rob won a top prize of £400,000 and the Sid Waddell trophy, he also has booked his place in the 2018 Premier League of Darts that starts in February.
Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Daryl Gurney, Raymond van Barneveld, Mensur Suljovic, Rob Cross, Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, and Simon Whitlock
Mensur Suljovic has enjoyed a breakthrough year on the PDC circuit and is now firmly established as a top-10 player.
With a quirky throwing style and laid-back manner, the Austrian has endeared himself to the fans and his victory in the Champions League was as popular as it was unexpected.
Could Suljovic be a contender for the 2018 Premier League?
The Sky Sports Darts have signed a new contract to be PDC Darts to our screens for a futher seven years!
Not sure what you want for Christmas how about asking Santa for Sky Sport Darts!
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas Without the Darts! The Biggest Party in Town!
One of the great things about darts is that there are so many different games, with different variations, that you can play. Round the clock is one of the most versatile of all - most of us have played one version or another of it over the years, but this is a game that you will see being played in relatively serious style in pubs, while it also forms one of the most common warm up and practice routines for professionals.
The online casino business has enjoyed a veritable explosion in popularity over recent years, and the sector has forged steadily growing links with a variety of sports through promotion and endorsements. But the sponsorship deal agreed between Mr Green and the PDC last month took things to a whole new level.
The Sweden-based company that is already a familiar sight through its distinctive TV ad campaigns, gave its name to the Sport Players Championship Finals that took place at Butlins Resort, Minehead at the end of November.
Speed. It is an incredibly engaging and fun sport to watch. Every throw of the arrow counts. Throw in the massive factor of holding nerve and concentration under stress, and it's a perfect TV sport.
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Michael van Gerwen will be the odds-on pre-tournament favourite to win the PDC 2018 William Hill World Darts Title for the third time. The young Dutchman has already won most of the major TV PDC darts tournaments during 2017 including the recent UK Open and the Players Championships.
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.
PDC William Hill World Darts Championships 2018 details will follow at the end of November. Qualifiers, players, draw, schedule, tickets, and useful venue information. The last remaining qualifying places will be decided on Monday 27th November 2017. Ticket information, please see the PDC website.
In the 24 previous PDC World Darts events, there have only been seven winners of the title. Dennis Priestley won the first event in 1994 beating the legendary Phil Taylor 6-1. Then came the dominance of the Power winning the next eight before again being beaten in the 203 final by Canadian, John Part. Phil then won the next three before facing the Raymond van Barneveld in 2007 final.
Barny had moved to the PDC, in his words to play the best players in the World and in particular to play one man, Phil Taylor. The 2007 has gone down in history as one of the best-televised darts matches ever. At six set all the seventh went to a sudden-death leg. Both players had to again bull off. Phil hit the outer-bullseye, Raymond opted for Phil’s dart to be left in the board which allowed him the to use the dart to hit the centre bull. Raymond triumphed in the last leg decider and since then the PDC has now changed the rules for the bulling up procedure.
John Part won again in 2008, Phil took the 2009 and 2010 tiles before Phil’s prodigy, Adrian Lewis storm onto the scene winning back to back World Tiles in 2011 and 2012. Phil Taylor again was not of the scene he won again in 2013 beating the young Michael van Gerwen in the final. Michael went one better in 2014 and won the title for the first time.
Scotland’s Gary Anderson was in the driving set for the next two years winning the 2015 and 2016 titles but it was the young Dutchman. Michael van Gerwen, who asserted himself in 2017 and won the World Title for a second time 2017.
Michael is the current PDC No.1 is again favourite to retain and win his third title at the Ally Pally on 1st January 2018
BDO Lakeside World Darts Championships 2018 players line up has now been confirmed and tickets for this event can be purchased directly from the Lakeside complex. Again, the players draw, schedule of play and other useful tournament information will be made available as and when the draw is made.
Full details to follow and will feature on the home page from December 2017...
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The top 64 stars from the Players Championship Order of Merit will descend on Butlin's Minehead Resort between November 24 and 26 for the Mr Green Players Championship Finals.
One notable absentee will be 16-time world champion Phil Taylor who opted not to play on this year’s Pro Tour Circuit as his winds down his career before retiring after the World Championship.
Michael van Gerwen made it three in a row when he claimed his third Ladbrokes World Series title in Glasgow after beating the local hero Gary Anderson 11-6.
The world number one has remained unbeaten since the season-ending World Series Finals were introduced in 2015, and extended that winning run to 12 games and claimed the £50,000 first prize at the Braehead area.
With less than two months until the PDC World Darts Championship kicks off at Alexandra Palace, there’s plenty of speculation about whether we will see another year of Dutch dominance.
Christmas isn't Christmas without the darts and the World Championship across this period is set to be one of the best, and saddest in history.
It will be Phil Taylor’s last as a professional darts player and will of course be desperate to go out on a high. Naturally, competition is perhaps the hardest it's ever been for him. But who will win out on January 1, 2018?
Darts has had not one but two dominant forces in recent times, with Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor racking up sixteen world titles between 1990 and 2013. He handed the baton – or rather, it was forcibly ripped from his grasp – by Michael van Gerwen, the follicly-challenged Dutchman who has won 43 tournaments in a two-year era of dominance.
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.