Posted on May 15th, 2013
Phil Taylor is bidding to win a seventh McCoy’s Premier League Darts title at The O2 tomorrow night – but will face fierce competition for the £150,000 first prize from Dutch pair Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld and 2009 champion James Wade at the London venue.
The evening of darts will also feature the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final, which will be held after the two Premier League semi-finals.
The World Youth Championship Final will feature Kettering’s Ricky Evans taking on St Helens youngster Michael Smith over the best of 11 legs, with the winner claiming a £10,000 first prize.
For the first time, Taylor enters the Play-Offs as the second favourite with bookmakers Coral, the official betting partner of the event who make the reigning champion 7/4 to lift the title behind 11/10 favourite Michael van Gerwen.
The Dutch youngster has enjoyed an exceptional debut Premier League season, topping the league table with 11 victories from 16 matches, and plays 2009 champion James Wade in their semi-final.
“It was great for me to finish at the top of the table and it’s a very proud moment for me, but I want to go on and win the title now,” said van Gerwen. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on May 13th, 2013
SMITH, HALL & VAN DE PAS SHARE PDC UNICORN CHALLENGE TOUR WINS
ROSS SMITH won his second PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour title of 2013 during the year’s third triple-header weekend, which also saw Graham Hall and Benito van de Pas claim their first victories on the circuit.
Bolton-based Smith added to his Event Six triumph in Wigan last month by taking the £500 first prize for a second time in as many events as he won the year’s seventh tournament.
Smith claimed wins over Martin Walker, Mark Sidgwick and Dan Butler before seeing off German youngster Max Hopp 4-1 to reach the last eight.
He then dropped only one leg in wins over Gaz Cousins and Adam Hunt and saw off Dutch youngster van de Pas 4-2 in the final to become the year’s first multiple Challenge Tour winner. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted on April 21st, 2013
Adam Hunt, Jamie Lewis and Ross Smith shared the spoils on the second weekend of the 2013 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour in Wigan.
Chester-le-Street’s Hunt, who claimed the inaugural Youth Tour title back in 2011 and is managed by former Premier League champion Gary Anderson, added another honour on a successful day of darts at the Robin Park Tennis Centre.
In the weekend’s opening event, he swept through the field to claim the £500 first prize before then completing the day’s double-header by reaching the semi-finals.
His victims en route to the Event Four title included former Youth Tour winner Ryan Harrington and Manchester’s Shaun Griffiths, before he defeated PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship finalist Ricky Evans 4-2 in the final.
Evans’ route to the final included defeats of three players with experience in the Speedy Services UK Open, as he saw off Lewis, Smith and Stuart Bousfield before taking a 4-2 win over Dutchman Ryan De Vreede in the semis.
Hunt’s bid to add a second Challenge Tour win on the day was ended in the semi-finals of Event Five as he went down 4-3 to Welsh youngster Jamie Lewis. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on March 24th, 2013
Rowby John Rodriguez, Josh Payne and Kurt Parry shared the spoils with victories in the opening three PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour events staged at the Barnsley Metrodome.
The inaugural Challenge Tour weekend (open to players aged from 14-25) saw over 180 players in action across the three £3,000 events.
Austrian teenager Rodriguez, who had also competed on Friday in the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship, was close to claiming a superb double on Saturday after winning the opening event and securing the runner-up spot in the second event.
Rodriguez, who turns 19 on Tuesday, overcame Daniel Thorpe, Shaun Littler and Harry Leenders to progress to the last 32 stage of event one.
The Austrian then defeated Sam Hewson 4-2 before whitewashing Josh Jones to book his place in the last eight of the competition.
Rodriguez then saw off the highly rated Jamie Lewis 4-2 before overcoming Cheshire’s Stuart Bousfield to reach the final, where he claimed the £500 first prize with a 4-1 victory over Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on March 23rd, 2013
Emerging stars Michael Smith Ricky Evans will contest the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final in May after the pair won through the £40,000 tournament’s early rounds in Barnsley last night.
The tournament featured players who competed on last year’s PDC Unicorn Youth Tour and a series of International Qualifiers, also saw both Smith and Kurt Parry hit 9 dart legs.
Smith went on to win five matches and secure his place in May’s final, which will be played during the McCoy’s Premier League Darts Play-Offs at The O2 in London.
The 22-year-old from St Helens dropped just one leg as he defeated Brandon Walsh, George Killington, Samuel Head and Dean Finn to reach the semi-finals with the 9 darter coming in the opening leg of his last 16 game with Head.
Smith then defeated County Durham’s Adam Hunt 6-3 to win through to the final with another fine performance – which comes only a week after he had reached the final of a Speedy Services UK Open Qualifier on the senior circuit.
“I’ve been practising so well for the last few months and, since Christmas, I’ve put in an amazing amount of work so it’s great to see it paying off,” said Smith. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on March 13th, 2013
The field for the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship has been confirmed following the conclusion of the International Qualifiers for the £40,000 tournament.
The Last 64 of the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship will be held on Friday March 22 at the Barnsley Metrodome, with the 64 players competing down to the final.
The final itself will then be held on Thursday May 16 as part of the McCoy’s Premier League Darts Play-Offs at The O2 in London, and shown live on Sky Sports.
Austria’s Rowby John Rodriguez completed the field of 12 International Qualifiers, alongside European-based Dean Finn, Oisin Daly, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Max Hopp, Kai Gottgardt, Teemu Harju and Sergio Garcia. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on March 5th, 2013
As previously reported, following the success of the PDC Unicorn Youth Tour in 2011 and 2012, the PDC have expanded the concept which will be known as the Challenge Tour in 2013, allowing players aged from 14-25 to compete.
Players can play from the day they turned 14, while players aged 25 or younger on January 1 2013 can enter all tournaments during 2013.
Entry for the first six PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour events is now open online at http://pdclive.servasport.com/login.html. If you have forgotten your login details please contact the PDC to retrieve them.
New players must first register their details at the Servasport website using this link http://pdclive.servasport.com/register.html. You will retain the same Username and Password details for entries throughout the year so please note these down!
Each Challenge Tour weekend will feature three tournaments; each worth £3,000 in prize money. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on January 14th, 2013
PDC Darts News – Unicorn Challenge Tour, Sponsors, Prize Money & More
Although much of the darts world has been focused on the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship, over on the other side of the tungsten curtain the PDC back office have been finalising arrangements for 2013 and beyond, with details of increased prize monies, new sponsors and a revised youth/challenge tour all released in the past few days.
We’ve already featured the new look Premier League Darts and its fixtures in these pages but the most recent announcement is an increase in prize money for the event, the £150k being offered to the eventual winner remains unchanged from last year, however all places below will see a £5k increase and the new 9th & 10th places will get a £20k & £15k payout respectively.
This follows on from the news that next years PDC World Champion will pick up a cool quarter of a million, and the European Tour will see a 25% boost in prize money as each event will now carry a £100k pot.
These increases represent the increasing popularity of the sport, with record viewing figures achieved over the Labrokes World Darts Championship and many events selling out within days of tickets being released.
“Darts within the PDC is booming at the moment and it’s important that this growth is reflected in our prize money,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on November 4th, 2012
Monk Completes Crawley Youth Tour Double
Arron Monk ended the PDC Unicorn Youth Tour season by completing a double of wins on the final weekend at the K2 Centre in Crawley on Sunday night.
The former World Youth Champion had ensured that he will top the 2012 Order of Merit with victory in Saturday’s £3,000 event against Chris Aubrey, but defeated Matthew Dennant in the final 24 hours later to add gloss to the success with his sixth win of the year.
Monk overcame Jack Morris and Aden Kirk before whitewashing his rival at the top of the Order of Merit, Michael Smith, to reach the quarter-finals, where he also failed to drop a leg against Brighton’s Joe Davis.
Monk then edged out Dutch youngster Wouter Vaes 4-3 to reach the final, where he defeated Dennant 4-0, sealing the victory with a 112 checkout. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on November 4th, 2012
Youth Tour Win For Monk Secures Grand Slam Spot
Arron Monk won a place in the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts with a 4-1 victory over Chris Aubrey in Saturday’s PDC Unicorn Youth Tour event in Crawley, ensuring he will top this year’s Order of Merit. (Is he in your GSoD Fantsay Squad? – DartsMad Ed.)
Monk had gone into this weekend’s final two events just £50 clear of Michael Smith in the Youth Tour Order of Merit, but knew that a win in Saturday’s event would give him an unassailable lead.
Smith lost 4-0 in the second round of the event to Adam Hunt, who went on to reach the semi-finals before losing out in a deciding leg to Monk, who hit a 12-darter to win through to the final. Read the rest of this entry »
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