GARY ANDERSON admits that he’s too “chilled” and doesn’t get angry enough on the oche anymore.
The Flying Scotsman narrowly missed out on the Home Tour online title, losing to Nathan Aspinall in the final group on Friday night.It was agonisingly close for Ando, losing just one game out of 12 for the entire tournament but it was a costly defeat to The Asp.
But the two-times World Champion, 49, revealed that he’s far more laid-back these days. He said:
“I’m getting more older and chilled now, I don’t get angry. It used to work. You played tournaments with folks shouting in the background ‘hope you get beat’ and stuff like this. The only way to punish them was to beat the boy you were playing. That kind of gave me the fire.
“Then when folk start supporting you, it kills that fire off.
It’s weird. If I do get a bit of a pee on, I do seem to play well.”
Ando had originally pulled out of the tournament because of poor WiFi signal. But after The Sun newspaper story revealed his patchy internet plight in mid-April, a local firm came to his rescue. It almost delivered a fairytale finish with victory.However, Aspinall won the crucial fourth game clash in the final group 6-5 and it proved to be the pivotal moment of the tournament. He continued:
“Nathan goes on these silly four/five leg demolition jobs. Once he starts scoring like that, he’s tough to beat.
“I bet he’s jumping about like a jack rabbit ready to throw,
that’s what he’s like! He’s a fantastic player, absolutely fantastic” .
“I had a good hour before we played, felt like they were going well. “Nathan’s scoring over the past few weeks has been fantastic. He makes a wee mistake on the doubles but he’s that far ahead on the scores, it makes it quite easy for him.
“If he hits his scores and doubles like he usually does, he takes some stopping.“ “I was just starting to get into it again. But this has been good, I’ve learnt some technology, it’s been a learning curve, I’ve enjoyed it.”
Anderson also confirmed the folklore tale that his first first ever three visits to a dartboard ended in 180, 140, 180 scores. He added: “Yes that’s true. It came very very easy.
If you speak to any of the boys in Scotland, the counting, that’s what let me down.
“I knew if I got to the final I wouldn’t have to mark, that helped me quite bit.”