Apr 21 2014

Phil Taylor wins the German Darts

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Phil Taylor wins the German Darts 

German darts mastersThe third European tour event of 2014 finishes today, with loads of darts to play in Germany.   I’ll see if someone posts up a web stream again, as while the action is being streamed, it’s only on a few bookmakers websites, and livepdc.tv for those outside of the UK (not inside!).  There’s been quite a lot of rumblings about that, with people who have paid for the PDC official web stream server annoyed that they still cannot watch the games, especially as it’s not on TV.  Obviously money talks, and the UK bookies have asked that their sites are the only way people can watch if in the UK.   I’m not happy either with that!

Andrew Gilding is again having a good tournament – he’s a name I think you’ll keep seeing popping up now – he’s got UKSM managing him now (same management team behind Pipe, Painter, Jabba, and Ian White).  He’s a great player, and he’s had two finals already this year.   Stephen Bunting is still in the tournament – is it going to be a long run for him today?  He’s got to beat Dolan to continue, and Brendan has been doing well in tournaments this year.  Game of the 3rd round has to be Chizzy vs The Power – shame many of us will miss out on that one!

Play in the £100,000 PDC European Tour event continues with the eight games from the third round in the afternoon session. The tournament then concludes with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in Monday’s evening session at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin.

Stream:  Try this link to watch from 12 noon today – hopefully it will still be working.  Enjoy!

Monday April 21, Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)

Third Round

Brendan Dolan 3-6 Stephen Bunting
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Ian White
Andrew Gilding 1-6 Michael Smith
Dave Chisnall 3-6 Phil Taylor
Kim Huybrechts 2-6 Adrian Lewis
John Henderson 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Steve Beaton 6-2 Wes Newton
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 David Pallett

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)

Quarter-Finals

Stephen Bunting 6-1 Vincent van der Voort
Michael Smith 0-6 Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis 6-2 John Henderson
Steve Beaton 0-6 Michael van Gerwen

Semi-Finals

Stephen Bunting 3-6 Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis 3-6 Michael van Gerwen

Final

Phil Taylor 6-4 Michael van Gerwen

All games are the best of 11 legs. Sunday’s games to be played in draw bracket order as per above bracket.

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Apr 20 2014

German Darts Masters Day Two

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German Darts Masters Day Two

David Pallett wins in round 2

David Pallett wins in round 2

THE German Darts Masters continues on Sunday with the second round, which is being split across two sessions at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin.  The £100,000 tournament sees the top 16 seeded players enter the fray on Sunday, including World Champion Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis and Simon Whitlock.

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I’ve had someone share another stream with me, so watch the darts unofficially here.  Make sure you’ve got virus checkers running if I was you, to be safe!

German Darts Masters
Sunday April 20 Second Round
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)

Jamie Caven 1-6 Andrew Gilding
Robert Thornton 3-6 Vincent van der Voort
Justin Pipe 4-6 Stephen Bunting
Andy Hamilton 4-6 David Pallett
Mervyn King 5-6 Michael Smith
Wes Newton 6-4 Jarkko Komula
Steve Beaton 6-2 Steve Douglas
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Steve West

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)

Peter Wright 5-6 John Henderson
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Kirk Shepherd
Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Paul Nicholson
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Andy Smith
Phil Taylor 6-0 Magnus Caris
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Jyhan Artut
Ian White 6-5 Ronnie Baxter
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Jani Haavisto

Permanent link to this article: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/german-darts-masters-day-two/

Apr 19 2014

German Darts Masters Day One

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German Darts Masters Day One

Barney at German masters

Barney at German masters (Pic PDC Europe)

THE German Darts Masters kicks off on Saturday with the first round being played across two sessions at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin. The £100,000 tournament, which is being held across three days in Germany, begins as the 32 qualifiers face off in two sessions.

Darts fans can watch live streams online through bookmakers Coral and Bet365, as well as via LIVEPDC.TV outside of the UK & Ireland.  Fans watching through a bookmakers’ website are only required to register their details with the website, and can watch via the links below:  CoralBet365

In addition, all LIVEPDC.TV Subscribers outside of the UK & Ireland can watch full live coverage from the German Darts Masters.

BIT OF A LETDOWN!  UK fans can’t watch live, even with a subscription to livepdc.tv :(    These were streamed on youTube last year, and now nothing for us UK fans (unless you sign up with a bookmakers).  Boooo!

UPDATE:  OK this was pointed out to me.. i’d advise you run popup blockers/ad blockers.. and make sure you’re running virus checkers just in case; live German darts VERY UNOFFICIAL masters stream; use at your own risk.

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German Darts Masters
Schedule of Play

German darts mastersSaturday April 19 First Round
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)

Ronny Huybrechts 5-6 Jarkko Komula
Jamie Lewis 2-6 David Pallett
Peter Hudson 2-6 Andrew Gilding
Raymond van Barneveld 2-6 Ronnie Baxter
Michael Mansell 2-6 Michael Smith (104 ave)
Jerry Hendriks 4-6 Magnus Caris
Jelle Klaasen 3-6 Jyhan Artut
Joe Murnan 2-6 Andy Smith

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)

Kirk Shepherd 6-1 Marcel Hausotter
John Henderson 6-4 Steve Hine
Jani Haavisto 6-1 Andree Welge
Dean Winstanley 5-6 Steve Douglas
Steve West 6-0 Max Hopp
Ross Smith 1-6 Stephen Bunting
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Mark Webster
Alex Roy 2-6 Paul Nicholson

Permanent link to this article: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/german-darts-masters-day-one/

Apr 17 2014

Betway Premier League Week 11

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Betway Premier League Week 11

MvG vs Taylor final

Mighty Mike vs The Power – its on again tonight! (Pic Lustig/PDC)

THE world’s top two darts players, Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor, will renew their rivalry when the Betway Premier League Darts visits Aberdeen’s GE Oil & Gas Arena tonight. Dutch star van Gerwen took the Premier League Darts title from Taylor’s grasp 12 months ago and has since succeeded the Stoke legend as both World Champion and world number one.

He also claimed a stunning 7-0 whitewash win when the pair met on the opening night of this year’s Premier League Darts season in Liverpool in February – Taylor’s heaviest ever defeat in ten years of the event.  However, after overcoming his shaky start Taylor is now unbeaten in his last five games and moved into the Play-Off places for the first time when he defeated Adrian Lewis 7-4 in Sheffield last week.

The 53-year-old insists he is not gunning for revenge when he faces van Gerwen at a sold-out GE Oil & Gas Arena, but claims the reigning champion is worried ahead of facing his great rival in Aberdeen.

The players will be heading to Germany after tonight, as it’s another European tour event, the German Darts Masters.

Betway Premier League Darts Week 11
April 17, GE Gas & Oil Arena, Aberdeen

Gary Anderson (96.38) 7-4 Adrian Lewis (99.44)

Gary: 2 x180,  138 highest out.   Lewis: 3 x180, 86 highest out.

Michael van Gerwen (101.48) 4-7 Phil Taylor (106.3)

MvG: 3 x180, 78 highest out.   Taylor:  3×180, 118 highest out.

Peter Wright (95.72) 4-7 Dave Chisnall (103.5)

Snakebite:  5×180,  91 highest out.  Chizzy:  3×180,  112 highest out.

Robert Thornton (87.67) 1-7 Raymond van Barneveld (99.73)

Thorn: 1 x180,  58 highest out.   Barney: 2×180, 97 highest out.

Michael van Gerwen (95.89) 7-4 Adrian Lewis (95.6)

MvG: 3 x180,  78 highest out.  Lewis: 4×180, 126 highest out.

Latest League Table

After Week Ten

P

W

D

L

Legs +/-

Pts

Michael van Gerwen

10

7

2

1

+22

16

Raymond van Barneveld

11

5

5

1

+12

15

Peter Wright

11

5

3

3

+12

13

Phil Taylor

10

5

1

4

+2

11

Gary Anderson

10

5

0

5

0

10

Adrian Lewis

10

3

4

3

-2

10

-Dave Chisnall

10

2

4

4

-5

8

Robert Thornton

10

1

4

5

-6

6

Wes Newton (E)

9

2

2

5

-15

6

Simon Whitlock (E)

9

1

3

5

-20

5

Permanent link to this article: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/betway-premier-league-week-11/

Apr 17 2014

van Gerwen Out to Cause Double Trouble as Big Three Collide

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van Gerwen Out to Cause Double Trouble as Big Three Collide

Michael van Gerwen

Michael van Gerwen ready for two games tonight (Pic Lustig/ PDC)

Premier League leader Michael van Gerwen is aiming to move further clear at the top of the table when he takes on his two biggest rivals in Aberdeen on Thursday evening.

World number one van Gerwen, who is sponsored by leading trade paint brand Leyland Paints, faces the players ranked second and third on the same night, with the Dutch ace taking on Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis at the GE Oil & Gas Arena.

The defending Premier League Darts champion looks certain to reach the play-offs, when the top four players from the league stage will battle it out for the title at London’s O2 Arena next month, having already amassed 16 points from ten matches.

But van Gerwen, who defeated 16-times world champion Taylor 7-0 on the opening night of this year’s tournament, is determined to keep up his excellent form.

“I don’t want to relax any week,” said the 24-year-old, who claimed a 7-5 success against Robert Thornton in Sheffield last Thursday.

“I want to keep winning and my next opponent is my next target. I was surprised when I saw that I would be playing Phil and Adrian on the same night but it doesn’t bother me.

“There is a lot of talk about who is the best but at the moment I am top of the league, Premier League champion, world champion and the world number one so they need to beat me more than I need to beat them.”

‘Mighty Mike’ will take on Taylor in the evening’s second match before facing double world champion Lewis, who he shared a draw with in their first meeting of the season, in the final match of the night.

“It will be a tough night and you can never underestimate either of them, especially Phil,” added van Gerwen.

“He is the greatest player ever to play darts and if you want to beat him you have to respect that. We will see what happens but I am after all four points because I want to finish in first position again.”

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Apr 16 2014

Review; Powercore Darts from Dart Locker

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Review; Powercore Darts from Dart Locker

The 24g Monza Powercore darts up close

The 24g Monza Powercore darts up close

It’s not often I receive darts from a new player – or at least one I’m not aware of, so it was like my birthday come early as I opened a package from the people at Dart Locker;  a set of Italian made Powercore darts, from a brand new steel-tip range.

The packaging already showed something different, the darts coming ready to throw in a large display box.  Opening it up, it was clear that the Monza darts I had been sent have a massive amount of grip on them.  I could tell these darts would be especially good for players who want some aggressive grip in their hands.

Powercore state the darts feature ‘powergrip’, and the machining on the dart certain gives them a ‘rough’ feel in the hand.  They are 90% tungsten, so a high quality dart, and come with Laron shafts, and thick and sturdy 150 micron flights.  So you’re good to throw the second you open the box.

My measurements show the barrels including points are 76mm long, and with the default set-up out of the box, a dart of 147mm.   Having a chuck, they feel well balanced (with the supplied stems and flights, and also when I changed to some shortish fit flight stems and ‘the shape’ flights).

I think with the high grip, they will suit a player who likes to throw direct – I loop my darts a little, and don’t quite need so much pull against my fingers.

Powercore used over 250 county standard players to test these darts over 6 months, to ensure the grip didn’t wear away too quickly, so you should no issues there.  The monza’s I had even had the tight grooved drip over the front nose of the dart, in case you like to hold the dart right at the front.  Standard ‘black’ points are fitted as you can see in the pictures.

Because the darts come in a display box packaging, you’ll need your own case with them, which won’t matter for many players as I know I always use a favourite case anyway.

The 24g Monza Powercore darts

The 24g Monza Powercore darts

The company sponsor quite a few Spanish and Italian players, so it will be interesting to see if they target any PDC players in the future, to help them get their darts better known in the UK.  They also make soft-tip darts, and produce darts clothing from what I’ve seen, so it will be very interesting to see if this Italian company can impress the UK market.  I like to think new players will make everyone up their game!  Will Powercore become the Ferrari of the darts world?  Time will tell.

powercore specs

powercore specs

You can find the Powercore website here, buy the darts at Dart Locker website here;  and they are on twitter here; @DartLocker

 

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