FALLON SHERROCK became the latest victim of social media abuse after a fan called her a “s***” and “slag” following an online defeat.
The Milton Keynes star, who became the first woman to beat a man in the World Championships, got the stick on Twitter yesterday.
In a direct message the yob messaged Sherrock “Your so s*** you slag” and also “I’d love to stamp on your ugly head”.
Sherrock responded on Twitter:
“All I did was not win a game of darts, this is so wrong.”
Fellow online playing star David Evans leapt to her defence and stated: “I completely feel your pain, Fallon”.
“I get them too and it is so wrong just because they have lost 50p on a bet. Just do what I do and block them and ignore it I know it’s hard to do but I’m doing this it lets them know that they haven’t got to you.”
Sky Sports commentator Stuart Pyke also added:
“Absolutely disgusting. Report is straight away and stay strong Fallon.”
It’s not the first time Sherrock, who also drew with Glen Durrant in the Premier League earlier this year, has been given abuse. World No.1 Michael Van Gerwen is in the same Modus Sports stable as Sherrock and has helped her deal with the pressures of instant fame.
And several of the game’s superstars have reached previously out to her with guidance after nasty trolls subjected her to social media abuse.
World Champion Wayne Warren, and Chris Landman shared the honours over this popular weekend of WDF affiliated darts. Warren claimed the Masters and Landman, the following day’s, Slovak Open. The win sees Warren in eighth place on the WDF rankings and closing in on the top places..
David Evans continued his climb within the BDO/WDF system as he carries the confidence, from his World Championship Qtr Final, into the season.
The ladies crwons were captured by Maria O’Brien and Lorraine Winstanley respectively.
Welsh darting brand Red Dragon have a lot to shout about already. Major champions, innovative models and a solid reputation for service and value. Yesterday they moved to a new level. We pestered Red Dragon’s Simon Hall for his thoughts before the final took place:
With World Titles meaning so much to every player, and those behind them, the chance of three in one year is nothing short of breathtaking
Simon Hall – Red Dragon
With the crowning of Peter Wright, earlier this month, RD put the cherry on a long baked cake. Over the past decade they have developed a model and put together a group of players that rival anything seen previously. It results in World Champions!
Wayne Warren lifting the BDO World Professional Championship gives the Bridgend based company a unique trio of World Champions. With Snakebite already holding the PDC crown and Luke Humphries capturing the World Youth title (PDC) it’s been a bumper few weeks. It may also make all the difference in the annual manufacturer rankings!
The RD model is not overly complex. The select their players carefully, work with them closely and stick with them for the long run.
A Celtic Flavour?
In addition, to Warren, Red Dragon have Gerwyn Price, Johnny Clayton, Jamie Lewis and Barrie Bates all from their home pricipality of Wales. In addition, they boast a clutch of Scotsmen lead by Robert Thornton and backed up by John Henderson and Ross Montgomery. previous players include former world champ Richie Burnett. If you know sport you will understand that the Celtic passions work well in harness with sporting talent.
Like all manufacturers RD have been keen to find and nuture young talent, they were the first sponsor for Adam Smith Neale, backed Richard North and have supported Jamie Lewis through thick and thin. But RD are not in thrall to youth. During the last decade they took considered risks on older, seasoned player who were coming on strong. Mark Hylton, Ian White and indeed, Wayne Warren were all in there forties or older when they were first signed up.
Back Your Decision
Those who make the decisions at RD seem to stick with them and are not afraid to throw the rule book out of the window if it may help a player or kick start a relationship. The Peter Wright story, and ever changing equipment, might have driven some companies over the edge. Instead Red Dragon have invented a totally new model for Peter and his sponsorship.
John Henderson has had ups and down as well as injury, Gerwyn Price has had much publicised disciplinary issues and Luke Humphries has well documented mental health concerns. Yet all are still with RD and have had multiple deals often renewed during tough times as well as good. This approach seems to allow players time and space to flourish at their own pace or to adapt to new circumstances.
Initial signing decisions are a combination of analysis, external reports, observation and consultation. There is no fixed recipe for pursuing, or signing, a player but a number of differing factors can influence a decision. A good network of informative and reliable sources, very good data and carefully honed instincts all play a part.
RD are not the sort who sign a player as soon as he/she does anything of note and then reject them if they don’t hit that high spot again instantly. Instead they take advice and are prepared to move earlier at times and be more long term in their thinking. This has occasionally seen them miss out rather than make an error.
A good example is David Evans. ‘Stretch‘ is a fine player with huge potential. Several of RD sources pointed him out a while ago. Yet, other sources recommended a step by step approach as that thought he needed time to develop and adapt. The last twelve months, and his recent World Championship efforts, suggests that they were correct.
Red Dragon’s collection of a threesome of World Champions means they have reaped the rewards of a program, and a belief, that dates back well over a decade. It would be a wise move to keep an eye on their future signings and those already on their books.
We’re so lucky to have these great players out there fighting to win & carrying the Red Dragon Name
Simon Hall of Red Dragon Darts
More than just luck Simon! In the meantime congratulations are in order! Well done indeed.
Lisa Ashton continued her quest for a fifth Ladies World Title as she whitewashed Australia’s Corrine Hammond to reach Saturday’s final at the o2 Indigo. She was dominant in her performance against former finalist Hammond, who failed to win a leg against the rampant ‘Lancashire Rose’. She was joined by Mikuru Suzuki as the Japanese Star battled past Beau Greaves in the second semi-final. Greaves has been the star of the tournament but after finding herself in uncharted territory, the experienced Suzuki proved a step too far. As the opening two sets went with throw, Suzuki found her scoring game in the latter stages of set three, giving Greaves too much ground to make up as she set up a final showdown with Lisa Ashton in the final.
In the men’s quarter-finals Wayne Warren confirmed his first World Championship semi-final appearance at the age of 58. ‘The Yank’ recorded the victory against free-flowing Dutchman Chris Landman, who was also looking for a first semi-final appearance. But in a topsy-turvy encounter, the additional experience of Warren paid dividends as he became our first semi-finalist.
Mario Vandenbogaerde, a player making his World Championship debut after a 12 year absence from the game, also made the Qtr Finals. It was a quick start for ‘Super Mario’ who looked to be heading for a simple victory. But as the pressure grew, David Evans got his foot in the door, taking the third set to plant the seed of doubt before the players took a break for the interval. Aside from briefly getting on level terms, that would be as close as ‘Stretch’ got the semi-finals, the former Belgian number one continuing his dream run into the semi-final stages. The Belgian will now take on tournament favourite Jim Williams in the final after the Welshman made light work of Paul Hogan. ‘Crocodile Dundee’ had been magnificent in his opening two matches, but that form was nowhere to be seen as Williams recorded a 5-1 victory on the Indigo stage.
Scott Mitchell completed the semi-final line-up as he saw off good friend Scott Waites in the final game of the evening. It was nip and tuck all the way through, with neither player able to build up a significant cushion. With both players averaging in the mid 90’s, Mitchell found that extra gear in the crucial deciding set to secure just a second ever World Championship semi-final appearance.
Results Wayne Warren 5-3 Chris Landman Lisa Ashton 2-0 Corrine Hammond Mario Vandenbogaerde 5-3 David Evans
Jim Williams 5-1 Paul Hogan Mikuru Suzuki 2-1 Beau Greaves Scott Mitchell 5-4 Scott Waites
Former World Champions Scott Mitchell and Scott Waites battled through to the quarter-finals with victories over Michael Unterbuchner and Wesley Harms respectively.
2015 champion Mitchell, was rampant against ‘T-Rex’, who ultimately failed to take his opportunities. Whilst the pairs scoring game was comparable, better doubling on the part of Mitchell tipped the scales in his favour.
‘Scotty Dog’ will now face good friend Scott Waites in the quarters after he produced a sensational comeback to defeat Wesley Harms. The number one seed had stormed into an early lead, but Waites just did enough to keep him at arms length. As we reached the fourth set, ‘Sparky’ went off the boil, leaving to door open for Waites to take the lead. The former World Champ obliged and raced into a lead for the first time, from there on it was plain sailing for Waites as he secured a dream match-up with Mitchell for Friday afternoon.
There was also room for Manchester’s David Evans to continue his fairy-tale debut run to the BDO World Championship quarter-finals as he defeated number three seed Richard Veenstra. ‘Stretch’ was quick out of the blocks, averaging 105 in an incredible opening set. As he raced into a 3-0 lead with a respectable 98 average it looked although we were all set for an early night, but then Veenstra started to kick in.
Two sets on the spin from ‘Flyers’ set doubt inside the head of Evans, but as nerves started to take a hold of both players Evans found his scoring form once again. Finally getting over the line in set six to confirm his name in the quarter-finals.
The afternoon session kicked off with a win for former World Championship quarter-finalist Wayne Warren over Andy Hamilton. It was a rapid start from Warren as he raced into an early lead despite trailing in the averages. In the end it would be a story of missed doubles for ‘The Hammer’, as Warren stayed steady on the outer ring to claim victory.
Chris Landman produced one of the comebacks of the tournament as he returned from the brink to see off Ben Hazel. The turning point came in the fifth set, as Hazel spurned opportunities for the match, leaving the door ajar for Landman. That would be just the chance the Dutchman needed as he piled in the big scores and reached his first World Championship quarter-final.
The women’s quarter-final line-up was also confirmed in the afternoon session as Lorraine Winstanley replicated last years performance. It was far from perfect from the Buxton thrower, but the win sets up a meeting with Lisa Ashton in the quarter-finals.
Wayne Warren 4-1 Andy Hamilton Chris Landman 4-3 Ben Hazel Lorraine Winstanley 2-0 Casey Gallagher
Scott Waites 4-2 Wesley Harms Scott Mitchell 4-0 Michael Unterbuchner David Evans 4-2 Richard Veenstra
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