2019 PDC European Qualifying School – Day One Report!

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Niels Zonneveld secured his PDC Tour Card after defeating Christian Goedl 5-1 on the opening day of PDC European Qualifying School in Hildesheim on Thursday afternoon.

The 20-year-old Dutchman- who won his first Development Tour title in April last year- performed superbly throughout the afternoon to claim his Tour Card and seal a coveted place on the PDC Pro Tour in 2019. Continue reading “2019 PDC European Qualifying School – Day One Report!”

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Stompe: Alcohol should be banned in Darts. It’s just doping!

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Former World Championship semi-finalist Co Stompe has controversially called for an alcohol ban to be implemented in darts after insisting that drinking before games is a form of doping. Stompe, who now works as an analyst for major Dutch broadcaster RTL7 Darts, made these comments in a recent interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Whilst the sport of darts has been transformed with the help of Barry Hearn and Matchroom Sport, world champion Gary Anderson stated last week. “I am just a pub player. We always claim it is a working class game. We are normal boys you meet down at your pub and fortunately for us, we are involved in a great sport and it takes us all over the planet.”

Nevertheless, Stompe adopts a different theory on alcohol within darts.”It’s just doping; we cannot deny that. You become calmer and you keep your nerves under control when you have a drink. I myself drank. But when I once drank no alcohol as a test, I was shaking like a leaf. You’re usually still in a certain intoxication. I struggled to keep my concentration and focus. “

“If you look at honesty, you have to eliminate alcohol. I would like to see them try a tournament without alcohol for the top 16 players. For each game purchase a breathalyzer and during the break they cannot leave the stage. I would like to see what the level is. The first time I expect a big difference. But that of course will never happen. It will remain an eternal debate. “ Continue reading “Stompe: Alcohol should be banned in Darts. It’s just doping!”

MvG, Barney and Huybrechts to sponsor Dutch & Belgian youngsters!

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Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld and Kim Huybrechts will be sponsoring a series of young Dutch and Belgian players aiming to earn their spots in the Junior European Championships, in a special qualifying event held in June.

The 2016 Junior Darts Corporation season will feature the £6,000 Junior European Championship, which is being held from September 16-18 at Pontins, Brean Sands. Four places for this competition will be on offer at the special qualifying event at the Evenementenhal in Venray, on Saturday 11th June.

There will be two spots open for Dutch players and two spots available for Belgian players, in addition to a £5,000 prize fund. Two promising Dutch talents, Justin van Tergouw and Maikel Verberk, have both accepted invitations to compete in the Junior European Championships.

Van Tergouw won the World-Youth Masters last year, whilst he also tasted success on home soil, winning the Finder Darts Masters in December. Van Tergouw, who turns 16 today, also tasted victory at last weekend’s German Open, securing victory with a magnificent 147 finish.

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