PDC Qualifying Schools 2018: Day One Report!

Corey Cadby 2018 Q-School

Corey Cadby, Eddie Dootson and Jeffrey de Zwaan were the three players to secure PDC Tour Cards on a dramatic opening day of Qualifying School action in Wigan and Hildesheim on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading “PDC Qualifying Schools 2018: Day One Report!”

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van Duijvenbode joins Barney’s darting stable

Raymond & Dirk
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Dirk van Duijvenbode has become the latest Dutch talent to join Raymond van Barneveld’s darting stable, following in the footsteps of his compatriots Jeffrey de Zwaan and Mike Zuydwijk.

Van Duijvenbode confirmed on social media  that he was to depart ‘The Sportsman Management company’ and join ‘Team Bengi’, where van Barneveld, De Zwaan and Zuydwijk all ply their trade.

Van Duijvenbode becomes the latest acquisition for Bengi, as van Barneveld expands his growing net of Dutch prodigies. Dirk enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2015. Although the 23-year-old was unable to secure a tour card at Q-School twelve months ago, he thrived on the youth tour, and reached two Players Championship quarter-finals.

Dirk posted a nine-darter on the development tour, and his consistency on the Pro Tour, like De Zwaan, saw him qualify for the European Championships in October, which marked his TV debut. He lost 6-2 to Justin Pipe, but this was valuable experience for the Dutchman, which saw him secure qualification for the World Championships at Ally Pally.

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Barney breezes through to World Championship second-round!

Barney GSOD semi-final
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Five-Time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld kicked off his World Championship campaign with an emphatic 3-0 victory over his compatriot and close friend Dirk van Duijvenbode at the Alexandra Palace on Sunday evening.

Ironically, it was van Barneveld who encouraged van Duijvenbode to take up darts professionally, and Raymond was key to the youngster gaining sponsorship from Unicorn. However, the master prevailed against the apprentice on this occasion.

Barney edged through in a tight opening set. There was a significant disparity in the averages, but this wasn’t reflected in the scoreline. Raymond was averaging 13 points higher than his opponent, but Van Duijvenbode took out 100, and then 110 to force a fifth and deciding leg, but van Barneveld held comfortably to clinch the set.

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World-Grand Prix Champ Thornton suffers first-round defeat in Hasselt!

Thornton loses in Hasselt
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

World Grand-Prix Champion Robert Thornton was sent packing at the first-round stage of the European Championships in Hasselt, as he was beaten 6-4 by fellow Scot John Henderson.

The Thorn, who secured his second PDC major in Dublin just three weeks ago, struggled for consistency throughout and Henderson took full advantage to progress through to the Last 16.

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Nearly Two 9 darters and a 125.25 average! Dutch Darting Dominance in Development Tour!

Dirk van Duijvenbode
van Duijvenbode, pictured, after his 9-darter earlier today. (Photo: PDC)

Dirk van Duijvenbode came extremely close to re-writing darting history earlier, as he almost hit TWO 9-darters in a Development Tour event in Coventry today! In the last leg of his first round match against Tommy Wilson, van Duijvenbode missed D12 for the magical 9, but remained unperturbed, hitting the 9-darter in his next match against Kurt Parry! Only Michael van Gerwen has matched this sort of feat; in his 2013 World Championship semi-final against James Wade; van Gerwen hit 17 perfect darts; missing D12 for two 9-darters in succession.

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