World Grand Prix – Field Confirmed. Six Debutants in 2019 Event.

The field has been confirmed for the 2019 BoyleSports World Grand Prix, with six players to make their Dublin debuts in October.

Last Years Final was an MVG victory over Snakebite.
Pic: L Lustig / PDC

The double-start tournament will return to the Citywest Convention Centre from October 6-12, with tickets still available through ticketmaster.ie.

Following Sunday’s Players Championship 26, the field has now been confirmed with the top eight players on the PDC Order of Merit seeded for the event.

The next eight players on the PDC Order of Merit and the top 16 players on the ProTour Order of Merit complete the 32-player field.

UK Open Champion Nathan Aspinall will make his World Grand Prix debut, alongside Krzysztof Ratajski, Glen Durrant, Jamie Hughes, Chris Dobey and Dimitri Van den Bergh.

Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen is the number one seed, while former winners Daryl Gurney and James Wade are also among the eight seeded players.

World Matchplay winner Rob Cross is seeded second, with former finalist Gary Anderson the fourth seed, World Championship finalist Michael Smith seeded fifth, Grand Slam of Darts champion Gerwyn Price seeded sixth and 2018 runner-up Peter Wright seeded seventh.

Aspinall is joined amongst the PDC Order of Merit qualifiers by 2019 European Tour event winners Ian White, Mensur Suljovic, Dave Chisnall and Joe Cullen, as well as 2010 World Grand Prix finalist Adrian Lewis.

2012 Dublin runner-up Mervyn King and World Youth Champion Van den Bergh held on to claim the final two ProTour Order of Merit qualifying spots.

Reigning Lakeside Champion Durrant joins two former winners of that event, Steve Beaton and Stephen Bunting, Germany’s Max Hopp and Dutch quartet Jermaine Wattimena, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Danny Noppert and Vincent van der Voort as qualifiers.

Making his debut in the WGP – Jermaine always showcases fast-flowing entertainment for the fans. (Photo: Lawrence Lustig)

Scotland’s John Henderson will be returning to the venue where he enjoyed a memorable run to the 2017 semi-finals, including a win over Van Gerwen during that career-best televised finish.

With a record £450,000 in prize money to play for, the action will be broadcast live on Sky Sports for UK viewers, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s global broadcast partners worldwide.

The draw for the 2019 BoyleSports World Grand Prix will take place on Friday September 27 at 0930 BST and will be shown on Facebook Live through the OfficialPDC Facebook Page.

2019 BoyleSports World Grand Prix

PDC Order of Merit Qualifiers (Seeding in brackets)

(1) Michael van Gerwen

(2) Rob Cross

(3) Daryl Gurney

(4) Gary Anderson

(5) Michael Smith

(6) Gerwyn Price

(7) Peter Wright

(8) James Wade

Mensur Suljovic

Ian White

Dave Chisnall

Simon Whitlock

Nathan Aspinall

Jonny Clayton

Adrian Lewis

Joe Cullen

ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers

Krzysztof Ratajski

Glen Durrant

Jermaine Wattimena

Jamie Hughes

Jeffrey de Zwaan

Ricky Evans

Steve Beaton

Keegan Brown

Chris Dobey

Stephen Bunting

Danny Noppert

Max Hopp

John Henderson

Vincent van der Voort

Mervyn King

Dimitri Van den Bergh

ENDS

Written by Josh Phillips

International Darts Open – Day 1.

Kyle Anderson, John Henderson and Dimitri van den Bergh were among the players to make it through to the second day of the International Darts Open as the European Tour event got underway in Reisa, Germany on Friday. 

Dimi Van Den Bergh
PIC: Tobias Wenzel / PDC Europe

Day One of the 12th European Tour event of 2019 saw 32 players in action at the Sachsenarena all looking to secure places in Saturday’s second round where the 16 seeded players will enter the £140,000 event.

Anderson faced a tough opening fixture, matching up against Arron Monk, but the Australian averaged 99.63 on his way to a 6-5 victory.

Monk missed a dart at tops in the deciding leg which allowed Anderson to take out 25 and secure his place in Saturday’s second round.

“I’m glad the match could live up to the expectation, but I’m just very happy to secure the win and find some form again.” said Anderson, who will face reigning champion Gerwyn Price in the next round.

“I’m getting that confidence back and I know that when I’m confident, I play well, so I’m looking forward to the game against Gerwyn tomorrow.”

The evening closed with a fantastic debut performance from Davy van Baelen who averaged 103.66 in a whitewash demolition job of Ole Luckow, with the Belgian only missing one dart at a double in the entire match. He will face European Darts Matchplay champion Joe Cullen in Saturday’s second round.

Davy van Baelen averaged 103.66 in a sensational debut effort.
Tobias Wenzel / PDC Europe

Henderson, who hit a nine-dart finish during the midweek Players Championship Event 24, set up a second round clash with World Matchplay champion Rob Cross after a 6-4 victory over Brett Claydon.

Van den Bergh was one of the standout players on the opening day, averaging almost 99 as he beat Adam Hunt 6-3, while Justin Pipe beat Host Nation Qualifier Christian Jentschke by the same scoreline.

The evening session kicked off with an incredible comeback from Richard North who fought from 5-2 down to claim a 6-5 victory over Boris Koltsov, with Joe Murnan also progressing after winning a deciding leg against Jelle Klaasen.

Ireland’s World Cup star William O’Connor also progressed into round two after winning 6-4 in a hard fought contest with Benito van de Pas, while Danny Noppert punished Mickey Mansell’s missed match darts to claim a 6-5 victory.

Elsewhere, Harry Ward won his first ever European Tour match, opening the afternoon session with a 6-4 victory over Reece Robinson, with Michael Rosenauer defeating Mike de Decker by the same margin.

Ritchie Edhouse and Luke Woodhouse both put in dominant displays on their way to 6-2 and 6-1 victories over Davyd Venken and Manfred Bilderl respectively.

There was more last leg drama in the match between Andy Boulton and Steffan Siepmann with the German just pipping Boulton to a place in round two.

Finally, Steve West and James Richardson both secured spots in Saturday’s second round of action both posting 6-3 victories over Daniel Larssen and Mike Poge respectively.

2019 International Darts Open

Friday September 13

First Round

Afternoon Session  

Harry Ward 6-4 Reece Robinson

William O’Connor 6-4 Benito van de Pas

Justin Pipe 6-3 Christian Jentschke

Kyle Anderson 6-5 Arron Monk

John Henderson 6-4 Brett Claydon

James Richardson 6-3 Mike Poge

Danny Noppert 6-5 Mickey Mansell

Michael Rosenauer 6-4 Mike De Decker

Evening Session

Richard North 6-5 Boris Koltsov

Steve West 6-3 Daniel Larsson

Ritchie Edhouse 6-2 Davyd Venken

Luke Woodhouse 6-1 Manfred Bilderl

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Adam Hunt

Steffen Siepmann 6-5 Andy Boulton

Joe Murnan 6-5 Jelle Klaasen

Davy Van Baelen 6-0 Ole Luckow

Saturday September 14

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Nathan Aspinall v Justin Pipe

Krzysztof Ratajski v Michael Rosenauer

Glen Durrant v James Richardson

Rob Cross v John Henderson

Adrian Lewis v William O’Connor

Daryl Gurney v Danny Noppert

Steve Beaton v Luke Woodhouse

Gerwyn Price v Kyle Anderson

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Ricky Evans v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Jamie Hughes v Steve West

Jonny Clayton v Steffan Siepmann

Jeffrey de Zwaan v Joe Murnan

Joe Cullen v Davy van Baelen

Ian White v Richard North

Mensur Suljovic v Harry Ward

Peter Wright v Ritchie Edhouse

Format

All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs.

ENDS

Henderson’s Appetite Increased by Contender Experience.

German Darts Masters stats.
Henderson is looking for a first ranking title in 2019. PIC: His runner up spot in the 2018 German Darts Masters.

JOHN HENDERSON is targeting a regular premier league place after his sensational debut in Aberdeen which saw him draw 6-6 with four-time champion Michael van Gerwen.

The fifth contender to replace the injured Gary Anderson, Henderson received a spine-tingling reception from an adoring Aberdeen crowd before battling back from 5-2 down to tie with the world number one. World number 21 Henderson, the highest ranked contenders the time of selection reflected on a special night which he believes could change the course of his
career.


“I’ve never experienced anything like it and I don’t think I ever will again in my darting career, it will live with me forever,” said an emotional Henderson. “When I first got told I was going to be playing in Aberdeen the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and it was truly an honour to take Gary’s place. “I loved the bagpipes during the walk-on but it was hard for me to hear them because the crowd were so loud; they were absolutely fantastic for me and I want to thank every one of them.

I’ve played in great atmospheres at Ally Pally and the Winter Gardens but that was just phenomenal, and to draw with the best player in the world in your hometown just left me speechless. “I felt a little bit nervous because I was so desperate to play well for the fans, even if I got beat 7-0 I just wanted to play well and thankfully I think I made everyone’s night.”


Since making the switch to the PDC in 2011, Henderson has made regular appearances in televised events, including a memorable run to the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix in 2017. The 45-year-old Scott is now aiming to land a first PDC ranking title in 2019, but Henderson has set high ambitions for the rest of his career.

My goal now is to qualify for the Premier League by right, this has given me the appetite for more,” Henderson added. “I know I’m getting on a bit and there are some great young lads coming through, but you never know. “I’ll take a lot from this and hopefully kick on for the rest of the season and win my first ranking title, and once I get over that line I could go on to win many.


The contenders’ idea has proved to be genius from the PDC. Every one of us has proved that we can contend with the top players. “The fear factor of Michael and Gary is slowly disappearing but they’re still the boys to beat – we’ve got to catch up with them and I feel we are.”

This article originally appeared, in similar form, in the April Edition of Darts World Magazine.