Michael van Gerwen continues the defence of his World Grand Prix title against an in-form Devon Petersen on Thursday and ahead of their last 16 clash, the Dutchman had playful words of warning for Wayne Mardle, who has been coaching the South African over recent months.Continue reading “Van Gerwen jokes with Mardle ahead of Petersen clash”
Fresh from his Walk-On World Cup success in March, Wayne Mardle added another title to his growing collection by defeating two-time world champion Dennis Priestley to scoop the inaugural PDC World Cup of Shirts title.Continue reading “Mardle crowned World Cup of Shirts champion”
In the latest instalment of my darting classics series, I delve into the archives to reflect on a thrilling PDC World Championship quarter-final clash between Phil Taylor and Wayne Mardle at Alexandra Palace in December 2007.Continue reading “DARTING CLASSICS: Mardle topples Taylor at Ally Pally”
Wayne Mardle has called for the PDC to implement new measures to promote darts coaching at the top echelons of the sport, before predicting that coaching is ready to ‘boom’ at professional level.Continue reading “Mardle: PDC has to allow new coaching measures”
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.Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast – The Bounce Out Episode Five!”
Raymond van Barneveld showed off his dance moves as he recreated Wayne Mardle’s iconic ‘Hawaii Five-0’ entrance in a hilarious social media video on Friday.Continue reading “WATCH: Barney recreates brilliant Mardle Walk-On”
Wayne Mardle claimed the inaugural PDC Walk-On World Cup title on Thursday evening with victory over five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld.Continue reading “Mardle crowned PDC Walk-On World Cup champion”
Wayne Mardle and Raymond van Barneveld will clash in the inaugural PDC Walk-On World Cup final, after seeing off Devon Petersen and Peter Wright respectively in the semi-finals.Continue reading “Van Barneveld and Mardle to contest Walk-On World Cup final”
Wayne Mardle produced a sensational fightback to defeat world number one Michael van Gerwen and secure a place in the semi-finals of the inaugural PDC Walk-On World Cup, as Raymond van Barneveld edged out Daryl Gurney to reach the last four.Continue reading “Walk-On World Cup: Mardle stuns MvG, Barney reaches semi-finals”
Phil Taylor was dumped out of the Walk-On World Cup by Wayne Mardle on Sunday evening, as the Dutch duo of Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen safely progressed to the last 16.Continue reading “Mardle topples Taylor at the Walk-On World Cup”
On the latest episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, we were joined by Sky Sports expert Wayne Mardle to review the World Matchplay, discuss the key talking points from nine days of drama in Blackpool and assess how this will impact the rest of the darting season.Continue reading “Wayne Mardle’s World Matchplay Review!”
In our tenth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by co-hosts Jon Dean and Neil Conner as we reflect on Michael van Gerwen’s triumph at the William Hill World Darts Championship. Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast Episode Ten!”
James Wade has been accused of ‘thuggish’ and ‘bullying’ behaviour after aggressively celebrating in the face of Seigo Asada during a feisty second-round clash at the World Darts Championship on Wednesday evening. Continue reading “Wade slammed for ‘thuggish’ and ‘bullying’ behaviour!”
In our fifth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by co-hosts Jon Dean and Neil Conner to discuss all the latest news from the world of darts. After a brief hiatus, the team return to discuss the recent World Matchplay, where Gary Anderson defeated Mensur Suljovic in a gripping finale to secure the coveted triple-crown. Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast Episode Five!”
In our third episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by co-hosts Jon Dean and Neil Conner to discuss all the latest news from the world of darts. The team discuss the last few weeks of Premier League action and look ahead to Finals Night which takes place at the O2 Arena later this week.
The boys give their predictions for this week’s play-off action and take a look at the latest tournament odds. Josh is also joined for an interview by former Premier League star and Sky Sports pundit Wayne Mardle. Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Podcast- Episode Three!”
Raymond van Barneveld and Karel Sedláček won the inaugural Prague Darts Masters on a star-studded night of action at the Kralovka Hall on Friday night, in the biggest ever darts exhibition held in Eastern Europe. Continue reading “Barney & Sedláček win Prague Darts Masters!”
Justin Pipe has been accused of ‘despicable’ gamesmanship after being embroiled in a coughing controversy during his World Championship tie against New Zealand qualifier Bernie Smith. Continue reading “Pipe blasted over ‘despicable’ coughing incident!”
Michael van Gerwen continued his World Championship preparations with a stunning whitewash win over Phil Taylor in the final of a star-studded exhibition event in Bristol on Saturday evening. Continue reading “Van Gerwen whitewashes Taylor with 120 average in Bristol exhibition!”
Mensur Suljovic produced arguably the most remarkable 9-darter in history at the Bulls Super League Eastern Europe on Sunday afternoon. Suljovic, who has established himself in the PDC’s top 20, hit the perfect leg in his typically unconventional style.
The Austrian kicked off the leg with successive 170’s (T20, T20, Bull), before completing the 9-darter with a magnificent 161 checkout. The 9-darter included an unprecedented three bullseyes, which led Sky Sports expert Wayne Mardle to label it as ‘without doubt the best 9-darter ever hit in competition play’. He certainly has a case!
This is the second 9-dart leg recorded in the history of the Bulls Super League. It was hit twelve months ago by Suljovic’s younger compatriot Rowby-John Rodriguez, but ironically, Mensur was playing Rowby’s younger brother Roxy-James when he completed the feat.
The Bull’s Super League is open to 16 players within Eastern Europe and it’s played within a round-robin format. The winner of the tournament is assured of a place in the preliminary round of the William Hill World Darts Championships, although given Suljovic’s healthy ranking, his place at Ally Pally is already assured.
Today I had the opportunity to conduct a Q/A interview with Paul Michael, Managing Director at Darts GB. Paul, who turns 60 this year, has been involved in darts within some capacity for 47 years! His enthusiasm and extensive knowledge for the game is admirable and made for a fascinating interview.
Paul is heavily involved on the exhibition circuit; arranging exhibitions with a number of top darting professionals, from both past and present. Paul has worked very closely with the likes of Eric Bristow, John Lowe and Bob Anderson in Tenerife, where they frequently holiday together. Paul has also worked with Bobby George, Cliff Lazarenko, Mike Gregory, Adrian Lewis, Colin Lloyd, Rod Harrington, and Wayne Mardle amongst others.
After Netherlands suffered semi-final defeat to Scotland in the 2015 World Cup of Darts, Wayne Mardle launched a scathing attack on Raymond van Barneveld’s performance and character.
Van Barneveld was way below-par as he lost 4-1 to Gary Anderson, before struggling considerably in the doubles decider. Van Barneveld averaged 82 against the World Champion and failed to rectify this as he paired up with van Gerwen in the pairs.
The 2015 Premier League culminates tomorrow evening, as Michael van Gerwen, Dave Chisnall, Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld fight it out to be Premier League Champion at the O2 Arena. Ahead of tomorrow’s curtain-raiser, I have given my take on the current crop and devised a number of special awards, reviewing some of the most important and memorable moments of this year’s competition! Do you agree? Let me know, by commenting below. NB: Stay tuned for Part 2, which will be posted tomorrow!
Best Match: VAN GERWEN 6-6 CHISNALL (Week 15)
It is rather fitting that arguably the best encounter of the league phase was the final match of the final week. Dave Chisnall and Michael van Gerwen were both vying for top spot and served up an extremely special contest. There were a few contenders in this category; Raymond van Barneveld’s win over Phil Taylor in Glasgow was a phenomenal contest, Chisnall and Kim Huybrechts were also involved in a thrilling battle in week 4, however this just edges it.