Gabriel Clemens – Pushing For German Supremacy.

German darts supremo Gabriel Clemens is fast becoming the name from the sport’s growth in Germany over the past decade.

Gabriel Clemens is having a bumper 2019, how far will he go?
Pic : PDC

Our Darts World reporter LOCK UP TIPSTER added this summary of his superb year to Darts World ( Print Edition) in August 2019

Alongside previously better-known names like Max Hopp and Martin Schindler, the World No56 (at the time of writing) has had plenty to offer since starting to make more frequent appearances on the PDC Tour.

Clemens won his Tour-Card at the first attempt in January 2018, at the Euro Q School Event, and did not waste much time in showing us his true ability. Clemens reached his first Pro Tour final within five months of gaining his card and only lost out, in a deciding leg, to Gary Anderson.

An impressive 2018 also saw the German thrower make his World Series of Darts debut, before reaching the last 16 of the Players Championship Finals and making his debut at the Alexandra Palace for the World Championships.

If in 2018 it was pleasing enough to try to progress, as a player, then 2019 is proving a whole new level. Clemens hit the ground running in February with another Pro Tour final, losing out 4-8 to an in form Gerwyn Price. Gabriel then made it a trio of final defeats in Pro tour events, going down 4-8 again in April, this time Johnny Clayton was the victor.

A strong victory over RVB set ‘The Giant’ on his way in the World Series.

Neither the experience gained from the tour nor the rapid growth in German darts have done Gabriel any harm. He was again been invited to the German edition of the World Series enjoying an excellent run defeating both RVB, and Rob Cross, whilst averaging almost 100. Clemens reached the final by taking out Mensur 8-3 in the semi, here his checkout percentages made all the difference in a lower scoring game.

Again, however, the final was to prove the final hurdle. Peter Wright edged ‘The Giant’ as Clemens is known, 8-6. It may well have been that Gabriel ran out of steam. The Euro events involve playing more than one high-pressure game on the same day. This is a distinct disadvantage for the less experienced player. despite the disappointment, the TV stage experience can be nothing but beneficial in the longer run

The combined result, of 2019’s successes, has been to catapult Clemens to within reach of countryman Martin Schindler in the PDC rankings. Should he overhaul ‘The Wall’ it is highly likely that he will represent his nation in next years World Cup of Darts.

Next for ‘The Giant’ will be to maintain his form on the Pro Tour and consolidate a position within the top 64. This will ensure another appearance at The Players Championship ( Pro Tour) Finals and ensure he is kept busy before returning to Ally Pally in December. These combined efforts should see him surpass Schindler who is currently outside the top 64.

It is not impossible ( at the time of writing) for Clems to continue his remarkable year by qualifying for the World Grand Prix and the European Championships as well as those listed above. However, they are not yet nailed on and will require qualifications and decent runs in multiple events. Nothing should be counted out during Clemens’ excellent year.

Conrgatulations & Good Luck for the rest of 2019, Gabriel!

Story: LOCKUPTIPSTER (August 2019)

Edits: DW Editorial Team (Oct 2019)

Wright Regains German Darts Masters.

Peter Wright won the German Darts Masters for a second time in three years in Cologne on Saturday.

Wright, who won the 2017 title in Dusseldorf, defeated rising German star Gabriel Clemens 8-6 in the final in front of 8,000 fans at the Lanxess Arena to claim a third World Series of Darts crown.

The Scottish World Cup winner last lifted an individual TV title at the Melbourne Darts Masters in August 2018, but a series of clinical displays saw him overcome Nico Kurz, James Wade and Clemens in a marathon final session.

“It feels great to win this title again, I thought I was in the form to win it but you never know because there are so many good players who can beat you,” said Wright, who also beat Germany’s Robert Marijanovic in Friday’s last 16.

“There were a few moments where I was lucky but I think I was skilful enough and mentally strong enough to win it. I’m coming back to my best but I’m not there yet.

“I’ve played Gabriel a couple of times and he’s an amazing player, hats off to him. German darts has gone through an incredible rise and it’s only going to keep growing, this tournament showed that.”

Starring in his first televised final, Clemens got off to a perfect start by taking a 2-0 lead, and after Wright hit a 116 to get his first leg on the board, the German fired in a roof-raising 134 checkout using two double tops to regain his two-leg advantage.

Undeterred, Wright broke straight back and after the next two legs went with throw, Clemens missed two darts to go 5-3 up, allowing Wright to hit tops to level and then produce an 11-dart leg to hit the front for the first time at 5-4.

With time running out for Clemens to claw himself back into the contest, the German missed a dart at double 16 to make it 6-6, and Wright made no mistake on the same target to go within a leg of the title.

A determined Clemens refused to give in as he made it 7-6, but it was to be Wright’s night as the former UK Open champion showed composure to find the match-winning double four and clinch the £20,000 top prize.

Despite defeat at the final hurdle, the tournament will go down as a landmark moment for three-time ProTour runner-up Clemens who reached his first televised final in front of an adoring German crowd.

The German number three followed up his opening round win over Raymond van Barneveld with victories over former World Champion Rob Cross and reigning German Darts Masters champion Mensur Suljovic in just his fifth TV event.

The 2019 World Series of Darts continues with the Brisbane Darts Masters from August 9-10, the first of a triple-header Down Under.

2019 German Darts Masters
Schedule of Play
Saturday July 13
Peter Wright 8-6 Nico Kurz
James Wade 8-0 Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic 8-2 Martin Schindler
Gabriel Clemens 8-5 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 8-4 James Wade
Gabriel Clemens 8-3 Mensur Suljovic

Peter Wright 8-6 Gabriel Clemens