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

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    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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        Apr 15 2014

        partypoker.com World Grand Prix Tickets

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        partypoker.com World Grand Prix Tickets

        TICKETS for the 2014 partypoker.com World Grand Prix are now on General Sale.

        Dave Chisnall and Phil Taylor with trophies

        Dave Chisnall and Phil Taylor with trophies (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

        The £400,000 tournament, unique for the format which sees players needing to both begin and end each leg with a double, will be held from October 6-12 at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.

        The 32-player event kicks off on Monday October 6 with the first of two nights of round one games, with the second round split across Wednesday and Thursday.

        Friday night sees all four Quarter-Finals held, with the Semi-Finals on Saturday before the partypoker.com World Grand Prix champion is crowned in the Final on Sunday.

        Tickets went on Priority Sale on Thursday April 10 at 10am to fans who had aLIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscription at midnight on Tuesday April 8.

        To be eligible for the Priority Sales period, fans must have a LIVEPDC.TVAnnual Subscription (one payment per year) with the www.LIVEPDC.TVwebsite at the cut-off time advertised above.

        Tickets will went on General Sale on Monday April 14 at 10am.

        Special Offers!
        ** €5 Off! In a early-bird special offer for the 2014 tournament, all tickets purchased before June 1 will receive a €5 discount on the prices below **
        ** Kids Go Free! Accompanied Under-18s are entitled to free tickets for Monday & Tuesday **
        ** Darts, Golf & Hotel Package! The Citywest Hotel are offering a package for €85 per person for accommodation, one round of golf at the Citywest Hotel and a ticket for the World Grand Prix on Monday or Tuesday, based on two people sharing a room. **

        How To Purchase
        Tickets are available through the following methods:
        * Online through SeeTickets at http://pdc.seetickets.com
        * Telephone Sales (Ireland) 0818 776378 (Calls cost 6 cents per minute plus standard network charge)
        * Telephone Sales direct with the Citywest Hotel on 00353 (0)1 401 0505 or by email at [email protected].
        * Telephone Sales (UK) 0844 871 8807 (calls cost 6p per minute from a BT landline plus standard network charge)

        There is no limit for ticket purchases for the 2014 partypoker.com World Grand Prix. However, the SeeTickets system is only able to process six tickets in one transaction, but there is no limit to the number of transactions a customer makes. Should a customer find that bookings are not in adjacent seating, you are asked to contact the PDC and we will look to re-seat the group together.
        Special Offers are detailed above. Season Tickets being purchased online are via the option for Monday October 6. Disabled tickets are as per prices below but with free carer ticket.
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          Apr 13 2014

          Players Championship 6; The Thorn Wins

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          Players Championship 6; The Thorn Wins

          SUNDAY sees the PDC ProTour weekend in Wigan conclude with Players Championship 6.   The Robin Park Tennis Centre hosts 128 players as they compete for the £10,000 first prize and £50,000 in prize money.
          Follow results updates below throughout the event and live scores can also be followed at the PDC Live Scores Website, http://live.dartsdata.com.

          All games are the best of 11 legs. Play commences at 12pm, with the draw to be made at 11am following the close of registration.

          Players Championship 6
          Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan, April 13 2014

          Third Round Losers £500

          Thornton wins in Killarney

          Thornton wins in Wigan today

          Richie Burnett 6-1 Ronny Huybrechts
          Wes Newton 6-1 Matt Clark
          Andy Parsons 6-5 Jamie Lewis
          Robert Thornton 6-1 Wayne Jones
          Terry Jenkins 6-4 Kim Huybrechts
          Phil Taylor 6-0 Paul Nicholson
          Terry Temple 6-5 Dave Chisnall
          Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Simon Whitlock
          Vincent van der Voort 6-3 John Bowles
          Michael Smith 6-4 Justin Pipe
          Andrew Gilding 6-4 Chris Aubrey
          Ian White 6-0 Stuart Kellett
          Dean Winstanley 6-1 Peter Wright
          James Wade 6-1 Christian Kist
          Kyle Anderson 6-4 Mark Walsh
          Kevin Thomas 6-5 Ronnie Baxter

          Fourth Round Losers £1,000

          Richie Burnett 6-2 Wes Newton
          Robert Thornton 6-3 Andy Parsons
          Phil Taylor 6-3 Terry Jenkins
          Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Terry Temple
          Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Michael Smith
          Ian White 6-2 Andrew Gilding
          James Wade 6-1 Dean Winstanley
          Kyle Anderson 6-4 Kevin Thomas

          Quarter-Finals Losers £1,500

          Richie Burnett v Robert Thornton
          Phil Taylor 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld
          Ian White 6-1 Vincent van der Voort
          Kyle Anderson 6-3 James Wade

          Semi-Finals  Losers £2,500

          Robert Thornton 6-4 Phil Taylor
          Ian White 6-1 Kyle Anderson

          Final

          Robert Thornton 6-5 Ian White
          Winner £10,000
          Runner-Up £5,000

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            Apr 12 2014

            Players Championship 5 Latest

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            Players Championship 5 Latest

            THE PDC ProTour returns to action on Saturday with Players Championship 5 at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

            The £50,000 tournament sees 128 players competing for the £10,000 first prize, with the field including this year’s previous Players Championship winners Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson, who has won two of the four events held so far in 2014.

            Follow results updates below throughout the event and at the @PDCResults Twitter page, and live scores can also be followed at the PDC Live Scores Website, http://live.dartsdata.com.

            All games are the best of 11 legs. Play commences at 12pm, with the draw to be made at 11am following the close of registration.

            UPDATE:  BRENDAN DOLAN won his fourth ProTour title in the space of six months, and his second of 2014, after claiming a whitewash victory over Michael Smith to win Players Championship 5 at the Robin Park Tennis Centre on Saturday.  It was another good day for Gary Anderson, who really has turned around his form in 2014.  He was beaten by his protégé Michael Smith in the semi final, which I’m sure will be the source of much banter.

            It was also nice to see James Hubbard reach the semi-finals, after he’s been suffering a little with dartitus, which has been effecting his release.

            Players Championship 5
            Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan, April 12 2014

            Fourth Round Losers £1,000

            Dolan wins another pro tour event

            Dolan wins another pro tour event (Pic Lustig/PDC)

            James Hubbard 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
            Mervyn King 6-0 Josh Payne
            Brendan Dolan 6-1 Kevin Voornhout
            Dean Winstanley 6-2 Keegan Brown
            Gary Anderson 6-5 Kevin McDine
            James Wade 6-5 Ian White
            Michael Smith 6-2 Wayne Jones
            Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Stephen Bunting

            Quarter-Finals   Losers £1,500

            James Hubbard 6-4 Mervyn King
            Brendan Dolan 6-5 Dean Winstanley
            Gary Anderson 6-2 James Wade
            Michael Smith 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld

            Semi-Finals 

            Brendan Dolan 6-1 James Hubbard
            Michael Smith 6-4 Gary Anderson
            Losers £2,500

            Final 

            Brendan Dolan 6-0 Michael Smith
            Winner £10,000
            Runner-Up £5,000

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