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Price is right for Gerwyn

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.

That is why his rise to the upper echelons of the tungsten game is remarkable and it would appear as though there is much more to come from the Welshman.
The 33-year-old is an interesting character and one that can be divisive at times, and it is clear that he does not see eye-to-eye with all of his fellow professionals, but there is no question that he deserves to be considered as one of the top stars round.

Having earned his tour card in 2014, the former Neath hooker moved quickly up the world rankings to the point where he qualified for the 2018 Premier League.

Things did not go quite to plan and he was eliminated on Judgement Night in Liverpool having failed to win any of his nine matches and with just two points to his name.

However it will be good experience and he need only look at Michael Smith for encouragement.

Michael Smith‘Bully Boy’ made no impression during his first foray into the PDC roadshow, but now back in the competition, is in line to make the play-offs having won eight matches.

Price has shown that he can handle the pressure of top-class darts, with a march to the semi-finals of the 2017 UK Open only to lose to Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, while he has already reached the last eight in both the Masters and UK Open this year.

Consistency in the Premier League was the main problem, with glimpses of his talent but an inability to string too many solid legs together.
Statistics can sometimes paint a false picture but an average of 89.67 and a checkout percentage of 32.99 was never going to be enough to keep pace with the sport’s best.

The 16-week event is unforgiving in that respect and he will surely emerge a better player for the experience.

There are plenty of tournaments coming up, with the World Matchplay and World Grand Prix plus the regular ‘floor’ events to look forward to, and it would be no surprise to see ‘The Iceman’ feature in the business end of those events.

 

 

World Matchplay, Winter Gardens, Blackpool

He will need a bit of luck, not unlike the time he wrote his name in the history of roulette while playing in Las Vegas.

Having reached the semi-finals, he then scooped $10,000 on a casino roulette machine to make it a worthwhile trip to the Nevada desert.

But it is darting glory that the Markham resident craves and if he can maintain his focus on the oche and cut out the peripheral shenanigans, then he has a chance of carving out a lengthy career in the game.

Overzealous celebrations are all well and good but it might be better to temper the fist-pumps and roars to the crowd until he has a few titles under his belt.

 

 

 

 

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