So we are down to the quarter finals at the PDC World Championship and it should be a great day of darts at Alexandra Palace in London.
Nathan Aspinall vs Dimitri Van Den Bergh
How Dimitri came through against Adrian Lewis after being 3-1 down in sets showed his resolve. Jackpot must be kicking himself that he has to wait a full year to put that right. Apsinall played superb to overcome Gary Anderson, and I expect he will do the same again. The Asp to win.
Luke Humphries vs Peter Wright
Peter Wright sneaked through in a decider and has done just about enough to win games all the way through. Humphries has looked great all the way through and hammered Huybrechts in last round. He will have the bit between his teeth after Huybrechts comments after their game. But will the Snakebite actually turn up this time? Snakebite to win for me.
Michael Van Gerwen bs Darius Labanauskas
A bit of humility would do MVG good as he has got very over confident at this worlds, without even showing his A game. Could have and should have been beat if opponents had turned up against him. He always seems to find a way but he must not under estimate Labanauskas. MVG to win.
Glen Durrant vs Gerwyn Price
Last up we have the current BDO world champion taking on the back to back Grand Slam champion. Gerwyn played an average game against Whitlock last night, blaming the Aussie of slow playing. Durrant isn’t a fast player either and will play his own game, so will it be another frustrating game for Gerwyn? I expect Durrant to dictate the pace here as we saw him slow down Dobey in his last game. Durrant is lethal on double 16 and I expect him to hit it a lot again today. I’m going with Durrant, I can’t see Gerwyn beating Durrant on form, I just really can’t.
The evergreen Steve Beaton continues on here, I think he is too consistent for Darius. Beaton to win here in the opener.
Kim Huybrechts vs Luke Humphries
Kim has had a resurgence of form here at the worlds, but Luke is playing some stuff. Kim to win in a really tight game.
Dimitri Van Den Bergh vs Adrian Lewis
Adrian Lewis has had to come from behind in his last two games, but looks like he is really getting his game back. I dont think Van den Bergh can keep up his form from last game. Lewis to win again.
Peter Wright vs Jeffrey de Zwaan
Snakebite really had a tough game against Seigo Asada, and De Zwaan himself had an epic against Chisnall. Likely Santa will have visited Snakebite and he will have changed his darts by time this game comes around. But De Zwaans issue all year has been consistency, and Snakebite although frustrating always seems to get a 95+ average which I think will be enough to beat De Zwaan with some 100+ checkouts. Wright to win.
Glen Durrant vs Chris Dobey
A north east derby match here. Dobey played well against the crowd versus Fallon Sherrock and I expect the crowd to back and forth between the two. Durrant has that extra bit of class for me and is better on his doubles in my opinion. Durrant to win.
Gerwyn Price vs Simon Whitlock
I can’t see anything but a Price win here and will be shocked if he loses. Price to win 4-1.
So now that Christmas is over and the toys have been opened and the turkey been ate, the PDC World Championship resumes today. Some great matches on today.
Simon Whitlock vs Mervyn King
This should be a great match between these two, they have played many a time in the BDO and the PDC. King is playing great in this tournament and Whitlock the same. Really I’d love to either of them in the next round as both should have won at least one Lakeside championship. Is this the year for one them? King to win.
Daryl Gurney vs Glen Durrant
Gurney hasn’t really done well in the PDC worlds previously and this is Durrants first attempt. Gurney seemed to have Durrants number during their previous visits, but Glen will have most of the crowd on his side. Looking forward to this one. Daryl to win for me.
Fallon Sherrock vs Chris Dobey
Chris Dobey usually has the crowd on his side, but he will be well under the pressure here against Fallon. Who knows how Dobey will react to it, playing a lady and playing against the crowd, he will have to have a lot of bottle as Sherrock will play her usual game. Fairytale will end sometime but who knows.
Gerwyn Price vs John Henderson
Big Hendo will have the crowd fired up for his match against Price. The crowd will be against Price here, as Hendo is a crowd favourite. Price is playing out of his skin recently and even with the crowd against him, I expect him to have too much for big Hendo. Price to win, most 180s and highest checkout.
Gary Anderson vs Nathan Aspinall
Gary Anderson when 3-1 down Ryan Searle, hit the boost and sped up the game which improved his scoring into his A game. Searle just couldn’t keep up and maybe a bit of naivety on his part he didnt play his own game and tried to keep up with Ando. I dont think this will affect Aspinall, he is one of the best young talents about and did well here last year. The Asp is a fantastic player, but maybe he might be overawed by playing Ando, who looked back to his best against Searle. Anderson to win in a thriller.
MVG vs Stephen Bunting
MVG will want a quick game here, but Bunting is a difficult opponent with him standing far right on the oche, it means MVG will have to adjust his walk back from the board. Small things like that can often put people off, but MVG is too experienced and mentally focused for that to happen here. Bunting will be out to avenge the 4-0 whitewash MVG dished out to best pal Ricky Evans in the last round. But I fear here for Bunting as well. Stephen will need to settle quick and win the first set or it could be over quick. MVG to win.
It is a priviledge this week to bring you all an interview with one of the best players to come out of Northern Ireland – Denise Cassidy. The former winner of WDF Europe Cup, Finalist WDF World Cup, winner of BDO NI Open, Semi Finalist of the World Masters, winner of many NIDO tournaments and recent winner of the Newry City Open…..the list goes on and on…
We know you are very experienced and have played many International games and won the WDF Europe Cup, but how did you start throwing darts?
I started playing in a small local bar that my mum worked in.
Who have been your role models or inspiration – not necessarily in darts?
My Mum .
What was your first competition win that stands out and who was it against?
Can’t remember first win, but best local win was 2007 Northern Ireland Ladies Open beating Trina Gulliver in the Final.
Recently you made the semi final of the PDC Womens Qualifier. What was that day like, is the standard much above what we see in NI?
The PDC Ladies qualifier was a different experience to usual competitions, plenty of ladies in N.Ireland are capable of winning matches there.
We know it’s hard to get time off work and arranging flights and accommodation can be expensive but will you be making the trip over to the UK for any of the BDO tour this season?
Being self self-employed and in a business that has mostly weekend work,its quite difficult to organise trips away. I hope to play some events in 2020 I haven’t competed in before.
You have retained your Gold Cup trophy again this year, what was the final like against Kayleigh Oneill?
The Gold Cup final against Kayleigh was a tough match with a high standard, which I was delighted to retain.
Will you be entering the ladies counties this year?
I missed first county day but got to the second day, and hope, if possible to make the remaining days.
What darts do you use – flights, stems and barrel.
How do you get in the zone in a match, in your experience, do you think some people overthink it?
100% concentration will get you in the zone, and help stop you thinking too much about any game/match.
Who has been your favourite pairs partner?
Toughest person to beat in a darts game?
Grace Crane. Darts in Northern Ireland is in a good place, and has gone from strength to strength in the last few years, currently with 5 professional players,and several more who are definitely capable of breaking through. The profile and standard of men’s, ladies and youths darts in Northern Ireland is rising, and should continue to do so.
Thank you Denise for the quick interview and all the best in the New Year. Hopefully see you down at the Weigh Inn some Monday night for a game of arrows – but you’ll have to give us amateurs an 100 headstart!
The darts continues at the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace in London.
Wednesday December 18
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
3 x First Round, 1 x Second Round
Ron Meulenkamp vs Ben Robb
Ron The Bomb Meulenkamp should win this game on his experience alone. 3-1 to Meulenkamp.
Mickey Mansell vs Seigo Asada
We have previewed this game already – the Clonoe Cyclone if he wins the first set should settle in, but if Asada does, I can see Asada winning this game. His form is much better and he has won a ton of games over on the Asian Tour this year. Mansell will hit the most 180s.
Harry Ward vs Madars Razma
An even game, even though Harry Ward won a Pro Tour early in 2019, he hasnt done much since then. Madars Razma is someone who is dangerous as he can play great or not – who know’s on this one – flip a coin.
Stephen Bunting vs Monk/Justicia
The Bullet Stephen Bunting has been honing his craft in 2019 and steadily his games have been getting better and better. Stephen knows how to win set play and I expect him to beat either of his opponents 3-1.
Evening Session (7pm)
3 x First Round, 1 x Second Round
James Wilson vs Nico Kurz
I do hope former BDO number 1 gets a win here – but he has had some injury problems in 2019 and not had a great year – nothing to suggest he will do any better here – so I will go with Nico to upset the bookies odds. 3-2.
Josh Payne vs Diogo Portela
Josh Payne all day here. Diogo has been on the BDO tour this year and not won anything, so I dont expect him to up to Josh’s level. Josh to win 3-0.
Gabriel Clemens vs Benito van de Pas
Gabriel Clemens to win quite convincingly here 3-0. Benito has slipped down the rankings and I dont expect he will ever get as high as he did.
James Wade vs Edhouse/Koltsov
An enigma James certainly is, but he rarely keeps losing. Wade hasnt done well in the Worlds previously and seems to always peak too early in the year in other competitions but I expect him to win against either Edhouse or Koltsov – whoever comes through that game. 3-0 to James,
Another impressive display by the in form Adrian Butch Devine as he pips the equally impressive Jason Elliot to win the Seamus Kirk Memorial Cup. 48 players turned out for the popular tournament held in Kirks Bar Clady Co Tyrone. Notable entries where PDC players Gavin Carlin Mickey Mansell and 2018 winmer Justin Mcguigan.
As luck would have it Gavin and Mickey collided in the round of 32 with Mickey through on a 4-2 scoreline. As the day progressed down to the last 8 Justin Mcguigan was defeated by Jason Elliot in a super game. Alan Byrne eased past Gerard McGuire 5-0 and Dean Gallagher who had been struggling with dartitis which he now looks to have over come having made the final of a comp in the weigh inn a few weeks ago took little time to defeat Danny McCallion 5-1. Mickey mansell also came unstuck as he fell to a 5-2 defeat to Adrian Devine.
Semi finals paired up Alan Byrne v Adrian Devine and Jason Elliot v Dean Gallagher. After two very close game which could of went either way Adrian and Jason booked their places in the final. The final itself was probably decided in the bull up as no player broke the others throw and Adrian Devine came out on the right side on a 7-6 scoreline.
Kirks Bar would like to thank everyone who attended and took part in this special tournament and look forward to seeing you all next year again.