Even at the tender age of 24, Jeffrey De Zwaan has enjoyed notable success during the fledgling stages of his career, but he believes that he can become world champion within the next couple of years.Continue reading “De Zwaan issues bullish World Championship target”
Jeffrey de Zwaan delivered the performance of the World Darts Championship so far to dump out 10th seed Dave Chisnall in a seven-set thriller, before declaring that he can follow in the footsteps of five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld.Continue reading “De Zwaan: I could be the next Raymond van Barneveld!”
Steve Beaton defeated Raymond van Barneveld in a battle of the legends in Leverkusen, while Glen Durrant enjoyed a winning start on his European Tour debut on Friday night as the European Darts Open kicked off in style.Continue reading “2019 European Darts Open – Day One Report!”
The entries for the opening two European Tour events of the year have been confirmed ahead of the two UK Qualifiers and two West & South Europe Tour Card Holder Qualifiers at the Barnsley Metrodome on Friday February 22. Continue reading “European Tour 1 & 2 Qualifier Entries!”
Nine new names will replace the injured Gary Anderson in the opening nine nights of the 2019 Unibet Premier League. Continue reading “NEWS: Nine ‘contenders’ replace injured Anderson in 2019 Premier League!”
Lisa Ashton produced a valiant performance on her PDC World Championship debut, despite losing 3-1 to Jan Dekker on a groundbreaking opening night at the Alexandra Palace. Continue reading “Ashton shines on a night of history despite Ally Pally exit!”
Darts’ biggest-ever event kicks off on Thursday night, as the 2018/19 PDC World Championship gets underway at the Alexandra Palace. With a record £2.5 million prize fund on offer, along with an expanded 96-player field, it’s set to be the best World Championship yet. Continue reading “PDC World Championship Preview!”
Ricky Evans and Vincent van der Voort fired in ton-topping averages on the opening day of the European Darts Trophy in Gottingen, as Steve Beaton edged out Kim Huybrechts in a dramatic last-leg decider on Friday evening.
Ricky Evans produced the performance of the opening-round at the Lokhalle to dismantle Andrew Gilding 6-1 and set up a meeting with Darren Webster on Saturday evening. ‘Rapid’ averaged 104.73, registered four maximums and converted 60% of his attempts at double to cap off a wonderful display against ‘Goldfinger’.
Vincent van der Voort also produced a vintage display to keep his slender hopes of European Championship qualification alive. The Dutchman averaged 103.96 and posted five maximums to defeat Simon Stevenson 6-3, kicking off the contest with legs of 13, 13 and 11 darts, which he’ll need to replicate in round-two against Michael van Gerwen.
Toni Alcinas defied EIGHT maximums from Danny Noppert to close out a gripping deciding-leg win in the last match of Friday’s marathon double-session. ‘Noppie’ produced a blistering display of scoring but it wasn’t enough to defeat the spirited Spaniard, who averaged 97.51 and converted 41% of his darts at double to prevail.
Steve Beaton fended off an inspired fightback from Kim Huybrechts in a battle of the former European Tour winners. Beaton stormed into a 5-1 lead but the Belgian fought back to force a decider- only to miss one dart at the bull for victory, and ‘The Bronzed Adonis’ held his nerve to complete a clinical 78 kill and triumph with a 93.91 average.
Krzysztof Ratajski also survived one match dart in his first-round tussle against Steve West. ‘The Polish Eagle’ averaged 93.94 and hit 35% of his double attempts, but West missed one dart at D12 in the decider to snatch victory, which enabled Ratajski to convert D8 and set up a second-round meeting with home favourite Max Hopp.
Jeffrey de Zwaan will lock horns with world champion Rob Cross in an intriguing second-round tussle after seeing off host-nation qualifier Stefan Siepmann in his opener. De Zwaan wasn’t at his brilliant best but his combination finishing proved decisive, as he converted finishes of 73, 76, 88 and 120 to stave off any threat of an upset.
Martin Schindler delighted the home crowd with a hard-fought 6-3 win over Luke Woodhouse. ‘The Wall’ spurned ten darts at a double during the contest, but averaged 91.44 and registered four maximums to seal his place in the last 32, where he’ll take on the veteran Mervyn King.
Jelle Klaasen celebrated the birth of his second child this week, and he had more reasons to be cheerful after seeing off Maik Langendorf 6-4. Both players were below-par but Klaasen resisted a late fightback from the host-nation qualifier to prevail with an 88.51 average, two maximums and a 35% checkout conversion rate.
John Henderson came through a last-leg shootout against Mark Wilson to secure his spot in round-two, where he’ll take on Dutch Darts Champion Ian White. ‘The Highlander’ averaged 94.48 to Wilson’s 85.79, but the Scot was forced to conjure up a 14-dart leg in the decider to seal his progression.
2017 Development Tour winner Luke Humphries continued his bid to qualify for this month’s European Championship with a 6-4 win over Keegan Brown in the tournament’s curtain-raiser. Humphries averaged ten points more than the former World-Youth champion; prevailing with a 96.56 average, two 180’s and a 50% conversion rate.
Ryan Joyce maintained his 100% success rate in the first-round of European Tour events in 2018 with a comprehensive 6-1 win over Jermaine Wattimena. ‘Relentless’ wasn’t anywhere his best, but still breezed to victory against the off-colour Dutchman with an 88.37 average and a 46% checkout success rate.
Mickey Mansell set up a second-round clash with former Lakeside champion Stephen Bunting, after recording an emphatic 6-2 win over George Killington. Killington opened up an early 2-1 lead, but then was afforded just one more dart at a double, with Mansell reeling off five consecutive legs to triumph with an 87.76 average.
However, Mansell’s compatriot Brendan Dolan fell to a first-round defeat against host-nation qualifier Gabriel Clemens. The German averaged 92.30, crashed in three maximums and took out a fine 118 finish en route to victory over the former World Grand Prix finalist.
Matthew Edgar secured his first European Tour victory for three years with an impressive 6-3 win over Dutchman Jeffrey de Graaf. ‘Prime Time’ averaged 89.62, fired in four maximums and boasted a 50% checkout conversion rate to set up a second-round showdown against Joe Cullen.
Marko Kantele will play Premier League finalist Michael Smith for a place in the last 16, after seeing off qualifier Robert Marijanovic in round-one. The Finland World Cup veteran fired in five maximums in a powerful display of scoring; before rounding-off a 6-3 win with an 88.16 average and a 43% checkout success rate.
Richard North kept his hopes of European Championship qualification alive with a scrappy 6-3 win over host-nation qualifier Christian Bunse. The German outscored North for large periods, but missed 13 darts at double, as North limped to victory with a 79.04 average.
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
2018 European Darts Trophy (ET13)
Schedule of Play
Friday October 12
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Luke Humphries 6-4 Keegan Brown
Matthew Edgar 6-3 Jeffrey de Graaf
Mickey Mansell 6-2 George Killington
John Henderson 6-5 Mark Wilson
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Marko Kantele 6-3 Robert Marijanovic
Ryan Joyce 6-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Steve West
Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Richard North 6-3 Christian Bunse
Ricky Evans 6-1 Andrew Gilding
Martin Schindler 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Simon Stevenson
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Maik Langendorf
Steve Beaton 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3 Steffen Siepmann
Toni Alcinas 6-5 Danny Noppert
Saturday October 13
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Joe Cullen v Matthew Edgar
Michael Smith v Marko Kantele
Dave Chisnall v Ryan Joyce
Stephen Bunting v Mickey Mansell
Daryl Gurney v Luke Humphries
Simon Whitlock v Richard North
Ian White v John Henderson
Jonny Clayton v Gabriel Clemens
Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Mervyn King v Martin Schindler
Gerwyn Price v Steve Beaton
Darren Webster v Ricky Evans
Michael van Gerwen v Vincent van der Voort
Peter Wright v Jelle Klaasen
James Wade v Toni Alcinas
Max Hopp v Krzysztof Ratajski
Rob Cross v Jeffrey de Zwaan
The 2018 BetVictor World Matchplay gets underway at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool in just under a fortnight’s time. Josh’s Dartistry picks out four of the most intriguing first-round ties and runs the rule over the respective tussles…. Continue reading “World Matchplay 2018: The Four Standout Ties!”
Michael van Gerwen has returned to the top of the Players Championship Order of Merit after clinching his third Players Championship title of the season in Milton Keynes over the weekend. Continue reading “Players Championship Order of Merit Update!”
Gary Anderson leads the way on the Players Championship Order of Merit after completing a magnificent double in Barnsley over the weekend. ‘The Flying Scotsman’, who clinched the UK Open title just over a week ago, defeated Peter Wright and Jeffrey de Zwaan in the respective finals to take his tally of titles in 2018 to four. Continue reading “Players Championship Order of Merit Update!”
World number one Michael van Gerwen will be the top seed heading into next month’s Coral UK Open Finals in Minehead, after winning two of the six qualification events at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan over the past fortnight. Continue reading “Final UK Open Order of Merit!”
Gary Anderson defied his injury woes to secure his place in next month’s UK Open with victory in qualifier four on Friday, defeating Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-2 in the final at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan. Continue reading “UK Open Qualifier Four Report!”
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!”
There will be a record field of over 600 players competing in the 2018 PDC Qualifying Schools, as players battle it out for coveted PDC Tour Cards in Wigan and Hildesheim from January 18th-21st. Continue reading “2018 PDC Qualifying Schools: Entries confirmed!”
Berry van Peer remarkably overcame his dartitis demons to secure a place in the last 16 of the Grand Slam of Darts, as Peter Wright survived one match dart to sneak through on a dramatic night of action at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, which saw seven out of the eight matches go to deciding legs. Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts: Day Three Report!”
James Wilson, Robbie Green, Joe Murnan, Alan Norris, Jeffrey De Zwaan, Darren Webster, Steve Lennon and Stephen Bunting were the eight players to book their spot at this weekend’s Grand Slam of Darts after coming through an established field at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Monday afternoon. Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts 2017: Qualifiers Confirmed!”
Jonny Clayton clinched his first PDC title with a spectacular 6-1 victory over former BDO number one James Wilson in the final Players Championship event of the year at the Barnsley Metrodome on Wednesday evening. Continue reading “Players Championship 22 Report!”
With the brief hiatus in the darting calendar, Josh’s Dartistry has made his 10 darting predictions for 2016. Have a read and see if you agree!
1. Phil Taylor to end his major drought with Matchplay glory.
Phil Taylor’s last major TV title came 14 months ago, at the 2014 Grand Slam of Darts. This is Taylor’s longest drought since winning his first World title 21 years ago, and this period without silverware would have been simply unfathomable just a few years ago.
However, Taylor has fallen to fourth in the world following Adrian Lewis’ run to the World Championship final, and ‘The Power’ faces a defining year in 2016, which may ultimately determine whether he still has the tools to compete consistently at the very highest-level.
However, the statistics illustrate that Taylor is still performing at an extremely high-level. He averaged 108 in departing the UK Open quarter-finals to Peter Wright, 103 in losing to James Wade at the World Matchplay semi-finals and 106 in losing to Adrian Lewis in the European Championship quarter-finals.
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.
Today, I had the opportunity to catch up with 19-year-old Dutch star Jeffrey De Zwaan, who will be making his PDC World Championship debut at the Alexandra Palace this year.
The Dutchman, mentored by Five-Time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld, earned his tour-card at Q-School this January and has since broken into the world’s top 64 on the PDC Order of Merit.
He competed in his maiden PDC TV tournament two months ago, and he is determined to make a big impression when he faces World Number 8 Michael Smith in his first-round clash at the World Championships next Monday.
Jeffrey De Zwaan came agonisingly close to hitting a perfect 9-darter on the opening day of the European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen, as he beat Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 to set up a last 32 clash against Mervyn King.
The ‘Black Cobra’, who is mentored by Raymond van Barneveld, hit SEVEN 180’s in just 9 legs en route to an impressive victory. The 19-year-old’s scoring was relentless; reflected by his first 9 dart average of 120 and Rodriguez, a quarter-finalist in Innsbruck last month, was unable to cope with Jeffrey’s incredible scoring power.
Below is the video of Jeffrey’s incredible 9-dart attempt…
Raymond van Barneveld was amongst tonight’s qualifiers for tomorrow’s European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelifingen.
Van Barneveld defeated Ron Meulenkamp 6-4, before coming from 5-3 down against Joey Ten Berge to secure his place in the final European Tour event of 2015.
The 5-time World Champion will face Johnny Haines in the first-round tomorrow afternoon and will be desperate for an excellent run on German soil.
|Current PDC Ranking:||13th|
|Major Ranking Titles:||27|
|Highest Televised Average:||113.04|
|Biggest Achievement:||5 Time World Champion|
It was incredible to do my first ever Q/A feature with my darting hero; the player that inspired me to fall in love with Darts. Continue reading “5-Time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld speaks EXCLUSIVELY to Josh’s Dartistry”