In our fifth episode of ‘The Bounce Out’, Josh Gorton, Jon Dean and Neil Conner are joined by friend of the show Jordan Harrison to discuss the latest darting news amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
Josh brings us an extended interview with Sky Sports’ Wayne Mardle, fresh from his victory in the PDC Walk-On World Cup, whilst ‘Hawaii 501’ also provides some fascinating insight on his coaching work and how darts can implement the use of coaching more effectively at the top level.
We also provide an update on our own Fantasy World Championship, which is down to the semi-final stage. The tournament is purely determined by social media polls and Raymond van Barneveld, Eric Bristow, Glen Durrant and Wayne Mardle are the four players left vying for glory.
The panel then discuss the latest news to emerge from the world of darts, with yet more events postponed and rescheduled due to the ongoing global crisis. However, we’ve got some positive news regarding world number one Michael van Gerwen.
Fantasy World Championship Update (10:50-30:30): We’re down to the semi-final stage of our own Fantasy World Championship, which we devised last weekend. It features 32 players – past and present – and results are determined solely by Twitter polls.
Raymond van Barneveld and Eric Bristow will collide in a battle of the five-time world champions in the first semi-final, whilst the surprise packages of the event lock horns in the second semi-final, with Wayne Mardle and Glen Durrant canvassing considerable support across social media.
The boys reflect on the tournament thus far and reveal who they would have chosen as their semi-finalists and eventual winner, based purely on darting ability. Neil also provides us with virtual odds ahead of the last four, installing Van Barneveld as the new tournament favourite.
PDC Walk-On World Cup (30:31-34:00) The PDC’s inaugural Walk-On World Cup provided some terrific social media entertainment, with Mardle sealing his maiden major title with victory over Barney- with both men recreating their opponents’ walk-on following last week’s final.
Wayne Mardle Exclusive (34:10-54:10) – Wayne reflects on the impact of the Coronavirus crisis, with his commentary and exhibition commitments curtailed over the coming weeks. ‘Hawaii 501’ also calls for ranking events to be prioritised over non-ranked events if some have to be sacrificed.
The Sky Sports expert also opens up about his coaching philosophy. Wayne has worked extensively with a number of high-profile stars on the technical side of the game, and he provides an interesting suggestion for the PDC to consider in order to develop coaching within the sport.
News Update (56:40-1:14:00): There’s plenty to discuss, including the postponement of World Series events in Copenhagen and New York, plus an announcement from the PDPA and PDC surrounding a financial support scheme for PDC Tour Card holders struggling as a result of the pandemic.
We also pass on our best wishes to Kyle Anderson who tested positive for Coronavirus last week, before ending on a more positive note – reflecting on the launch of the PDC’s ‘Darts at Home’ initiative, plus news of Michael van Gerwen and his wife Daphne welcoming their second child into the world.
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