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The Check Out (Darts World May 2020 Issue 569) this month featured a heartfelt piece from the magazine’s editorial team, dartsworld.com thought it deserved a wider audience!
The Covid-19 Outbreak cannot be said to have very many positives. Yet, those involved in the game of darts, and its many related groupings, have shown remarkable adaptability and resilience during the Corona crisis. From players forming ad hoc leagues through to the major brands retaining staff and attempting to carry-on regardless (where safe and possible to do so). Much of the darts ecosystem has responded strongly and the sport has been shown in a very positive light.
Early on, there were various social media delights to enjoy, the three bulls game and even the loo roll challenge provided some light relief and a place to come together in a spirit of making the best of hard times.
Many channels offered increased practice content for those with more time on their hands. winmau.com re-boosted their practice zone and those with a web presence such as GoDartsPro.com and even dartsworld.com got very creative with new games and tips for structure and enjoyment.
Several brands concentrated on the community element of darts with remote tournaments, and virtual competitions, of various sorts. The dartsplanet.tv boys offered a combination of darts, banter, giveaways and fun competitions to keep their audience entertained and focused.
As always, many in our wider darts family began to raise funds for deserving causes, particularly the NHS, who needed the help more than ever, Chris Mason led the way raising thousands through memorabilia auctions and competitions.
As time moved on several brands have launched live darts events to satisfy our craving for competitive sporting action with Modus leading the way. Their Icons of Darts events allowed players of such stature Paul Nicholson and Mark Webster to mix it with up and coming stars such as Red Dragon’s David Evans. The Remote Darts League joined the fray and gave the opportunity to more players. Tony O Shea, Daryl Fitton are battling it out with Andy Jenkins and James Richardson and many more.
The PDC, who had shown themselves to be professional and proportionate in their management of the situation, then announced the Unibet Home Tour! Offering every Pro Tour cardholder the chance to compete in a month-long, nightly competition. So far it has proven a great success. Shocks and great moments have abounded, Peter Wright and Gerwyn price were heavily defeated and Lisa Ashton claimed a strong win over Mickey Mansell. But perhaps the best moment of the rapidly assembled league was Luke Woodhouse’s 9-darter from his Bewdley kitchen!
Here at Darts World we rushed to provide more practise tips, and get our Freemium magazine archive operational, to provide entertainment and information whilst people where in relative isolation.
It is possible that even the BDO have managed to salvage something from such bad times. Their remote meeting, on April 19th, has enabled the troubled organisation to assemble a competent looking board and begin to plan on protecting the BICC county darts structure for the future.
We suspect that many other sports will be looking at darts with envious eyes right now. Within a couple of weeks, the professional and amateur branches of the game have re-booted their systems and managed to serve their respective communities very impressively. There is even a scheduled Drive-In Darts Gala!
In addition, the media and commercial ecosystem, that surrounds our sport, have adapted swiftly and efficiently to ensure that they should be able to see out these troubled times and rebound with momentum when we are released from the COVID climate.
Darts has shown itself to be resilient, determined, and remarkably flexible at the same time as being sensible and compassionate.
All at Darts World feel that it’s worth tipping our hat to all those involved, at any level, who have gone above and beyond in unprecedented times.
Thankyou all and well done indeed!
Original article appears in the latest issue of Darts World Magazine (569)
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A while back our resident Coach was somewhat surprised when he asked a player how they had improved their game. Unusually, the player, who has played the biggest stages in darts, responded with a detailed daily/weekly timetable:
Coach: I noticed you have been on a upward curve, in performance terms, for quite a while now. How do you think that improvement has come about?
Pro: I refocused on my ‘behind the scenes’ efforts and structured my practise much more than before. It has worked better than I imagined.
Coach: So how much darts do you play?
Pro: I have been playing league darts for over twenty years. I still play as many different formats and leagues as I can. From 301 double-in, through to a best of 11 league with other tour / talented players.
Coach: Do you do any specific practise or just competitive leagues?
Pro: I tend to concentrate on the quality, of additional practise, rather than quantity. I plan and tailor my practise around the Pro Tour timetable and those events which I am scheduled to play. I play at least three quality sessions per week, every week. Extra, individually planned, sessions are done in the weeks leading up to major events or matches.
Coach: This sounds very focused, what do you mean by “…..quality” and “…..individually planned”?
Pro: Over a typical split my effort two categories, competitive or directed practise. An outline of a normal Pro Tour week might be:
Monday – Day time – Rest Day. Evening – League Darts usually a more social, enjoyment focused format.
Tuesday – Day time – directed practise with practise partners. Evening – League 501 darts.
Wednesday– Singles League ( Best of 11)– At least two matches, highly competitive darts, measured performances with incentives to win!
Thursday – Formal practise over professional formats with other PDC or equally capable players. Several PDC or BDO players have joined in at times along with some very capable local or aspiring players. Everyone benefits if they put in the effort and concentration. Evening – Super League if we are in a quieter period.
Friday – During the Pro Tour its best to relax and or travel on Fridays. I may have some fun practice in the evening. Half-it etc. with friends. Outside of Pro Tour weeks I may attend a local open or league singles.
Saturday/Sunday – Daytime – Open competitions are the best practise available, hugely competitive and of a really high standard these days. Matchplay and adaptability skills are honed with every event. Pro Tour events are the ultimate test of this. Evening – Relax!
Coach: That’s a pretty heavy schedule!
Pro: It was worse when I was working full time! I now treat darts very much like a job. I still try to play some ‘fun darts’ but most of the week is darts focused.
Coach: That’s a pretty impressive structure, do you have an overall plan as well?
Pro: The plan is to improve, and groove, my game during the week. It’s then tested in competition, whether open or PDC. I adjust the structure of the week according to my results/stats or what is coming up next. I do set some general overall goals each year but they are between me and mine!
Coach: You mention changing your practice and prep for major events?
Pro: My routine is reworked for Major event preparation, my practise is related to the formats and timescale of the competition, for example in preparation for the recent World Championships we practised over the full format – the great Eric Bristow was a fan of this method – with a similar style player to my opponent, always at a time to replicate my tournament schedule.
Coach: Anything else we should know?
Pro: I try to get good solid rest periods to recharge and then re focus fully on my game. It is not always easy with the addition of more and more events (not complaining!).
There are always improvements to be made and areas’ to learn in. I look at every game from both points of view, learn from wins as well as defeats, often people dwell on why they lost rather than looking at how they won!
Coach: Thanks for sharing that. I am sure it will give other players some food for thought.
Coach: This player had a very impressive routine. It was packed full of variety and yet targeted at both general improvement and specific events.
It would not suit every player, as it’s very intensive and time consuming, but for a short period or tailored to suit you it could be a great template.
We at dartsworld.com are delighted to welcome Andrew Devonshire. 2020 is going to be an important year, for Darts World, as we look to provide more content, of a varied nature, across all our platforms.
Andrew is a renowned darts writer with a wealth of darts knowledge, and expertise, bringing to our platforms everything the dedicated darts fan wants to see and read. Andrew hails from Bridgend, South Wales, a hot bed of darting tradition.
He has contributed to Darts World Magazine in the past as well as many other publications. He has also assisted the PDPA, in developing their website, together with the fanzone section and newsletter.
Andrew has a wide sporting knowledge and has concentrated on both the BDO and the PDC at various points in the past.
Look out for regular contributions from Andrew, he is passionate about darts, has a lot to say and enjoys nothing more than a good discussion.
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Here at dartsworld.com we are always trying to bring you new, different and considered information. Our latest darting voice is a former UK Open finalist and proud North Easterner!
Its fair comment to say that Colin Osborne has a wide range of darting experience. Darts’ original ‘Wizard’ soared into the elite levels of the PDC in the late 2000s. Over the next half dozen years, Osborne ticked off most of the ambitions of any professional sportsman. Whilst rising to the verge of the PDC top ten, Colin reached major finals, hit perfect legs and claimed numerous titles. He even defeated ‘The Power’ in a streamed tournament final.
No career is all one way though and in 2011/12 some of the Wizardry seemed to fade. A long, and painfully slow, slide down the rankings, combined with some very difficult personal challenges, ultimately resulted in Colin losing his Pro Tour Card and taking a break from the game.
Behind the scenes, the fire burned brightly and ‘Our Wizard’ has begun to turn things around. Going back to basics, in every way, has proven a good grounding for what we hope will be a sustained recovery. Colin has spent nearly three years completely remodelling his game. Almost every aspect is different and now plays to his natural strengths rather than the manufactured methods of many players.
Colin’s results have again begun to be noticed around the edges of the darts world. Open events have fallen to ‘The Wizard’ once more (https://www.dartsworld.com/osborne-claims-skegness-open-the-wizard-overcomes-the-apprentice/). Meanwhile, some much-improved efforts, on the PDC’s Challenge Tour, are beginning to show through.
Colin has kindly agreed to share some of his thoughts and experiences with us at Darts World. Look out for his Wizard’s Wizdom in future editions of our publications and here on dartsworld.com.
Follow Colin at https://www.facebook.com/colinozzyosborneofficial/ or @colozzy180 on Twitter!
Eccentric. Arrogant. Genius. There will never be another Eric Bristow.
The following article appeared in the June 2018 Edition of Darts World magazine (Print):
Darts said goodbye to “The Crafty Cockney” last month after one of the sports greatest players died, aged 60, (it is poignant that he had reached treble twenty years) while attending the Premier League event that evening.
It tells you all you need to know about Bristow that news of his passing spread so widely with the tributes and warm messages flooding in from all parts. The darts on show in Liverpool took an understandably sombre but, nevertheless, celebratory and almost thankful tone. Tears were shed in sadness but also happiness at a life lived, and a career forged, to the fullest.
Eric was all of us, the good and the bad. Born in Hackney, he embodied the idea of “man of the peope”.The ultimate showman, eric not only beat his opponents but did so with cheeky frowns and grins.
Darts was not just a sport but a form of entertainment to the great man, showcasing the brazen side in all of us. He was outspoken, brash and often controversial. However, show me a man claimed to be perfect and I will show you a liar. geniuses are often flawed but often that endears them to us even more. Eric was as to the point with words as he was with his arrows, you can truly say you always knew where you stood with this larger than life character.
In an incredible career, Bristow was darts first superstar, ushering in the first golden age of sponsorship deals, terrestrial tv coverage and all that razzmatazz. Without him, darts may never have reached the dizzy heights that it managed during the 1980s. As a mainstay of our TV sets, he set up the game, both through his own performance and in setting up the PDC, for the high level of professionalism seen today.
“The Crafty Cockney” was five times during the 1980s, he also reached five other finals. In addition, he claimed five World Masters titles as well as every other available major title. The son of a plasterer, Bristow reigned supreme, he topped the ranking for seven years in a row as world No.1. It all started in the world final of 1980, against Bobby George. His win established him as the best in the world. Many will always think of him that way.
More World Titles followed as he collected the title in 1981,1984,1985 and 1986. This was the first period of sustained dominance in the sport which had a massively expanding reach. Even defeats were not run of the mill. The crushing defeat, to Kieth Deller, in the 1983 final, saw the underdog triumph in one of the biggest upsets in darting history to date. Despite confirmation that the Eric was not invincible, he showed grit and character in re-establishing himself as the undisputed champion by winning the title for the next three years.
It genuinely seemed that Eric had the world at his feet. The famous Sid Waddell quote ” When Alexander of Macedonia was 33 years old, he cried salt tears. For there were no more world to conquer”. “Eric Bristow’s only 27!” did not seem exaggerated.
Like many a great emporer however, just as he rose and conquered he subsequently fell from grace. The sudden, and severe, the onset of dartitis effectively ended his time at the peak of his powers and the very top of the sport.
Eric rose once more though, vicariously through his darting prodigy. A fellow by the name of Phil Taylor. Bristow was the 16-time world champion’s mentor/coach in his early days and in his own words “created a monster”.
Taylor, reacting to the news of Eric’s death, said the he “owed everything” to Bristow. This complete praise owes not just to the fact that Eric provided Taylor with the financial and professional means to reach the highest level, but also the psychological/mental strength to believe in his winning ability.
Taylor famously recounted how he would ring Eric to tell him he had reached the Qtr or Semi-final of some event or other. ” Only ring when you have won” would be the shouted reply. The great man’s will to win almost transcended his normal self. Taylor commented that “that mentality is his legacy”.
Bristow was also a major player in the foundation of the PDC as the game split in two in 1993. In 2005 he was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame alongside old friend and rival John Lowe. He finally called time on a storied playing career in 2007.
The stories about Bristow would continue to pile up. Exploits on the exhibition circuit being as legendary as his professional success. The Hackney-born lad’s warm heart was also related by many. From VIPs to members of the general public, reports were of him being a complete gentleman to the last.
The sport of darts owes an awful lot to Eric Bristow. The game will remember him as one of it’s greatest sons. The world, however, will also be a worse place for the loss of such a kind, funny and competitive soul.
Bradley West – For Darts World (Print) June 2018
(DW Staff – Slight abridgement and hindsight editing.)
The latest edition of our classic Darts World print magazine is available now. Regular readers will notice that it is undergoing an evolution in style and content. Along with dartsworld.com and our forthcoming publications, we aim to provide information and entertainment for every dart player and fan. Check out the highlights below;
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Third time lucky for Ian White.
Christopher Kempf on The Premier League Final.
Win A Great Set of Darts with Red Dragon’s Guess Who Competition.
Tribute to Mikko
Steve Brown on Darting USA
Extensive County, Super League and Amateur darts coverage.
Win a Brand New Blade 5 with Winmau’s Player of the Month
Patrick Chaplin’s Last Word – More on Ambidextrous Players, Alan Glazier & More