Listening to a new video with new World Champion (BDO) Wayne Warren, I was reminded of the above quote. Sadly God does not pay out prize money!
It is a lovely chat with Wayne who is very authentic and obviously not an example of the modern, slick and media trained sportsman. Instead you actually see the real person!
From talking about his “god given” or natural talent, although he confesses to have sped up slightly over time, to first realising he might be a bit good when invited to join a winning team, at the age of seventeen, when no young players were allowed in the pubs! Then winning the individuals title in such company confirmed his thoughts.
One delightful section reveals the importance of the carrying of the Welsh darts ‘torch’ Wayne clearly values his connection to the trailblazing greats such as Alan Evans and Leighton Rees and hopes that other young Welsh players will see him in the same light.
Wayne cites the infuence of the legendary Martin Phillips as part of the reason for his late career success. Time spent with Martin over many years and seeing his career example seems to have taken off for the fifty-seven-year-old Warren. He speaks about the lull in his career after playing Merv King in the 2005 lakeside, and how he faded for a while, before reaching the semi final in 2019.
On this years event Wayne offers some superb insights for those who might follow his path. He is aware that he has become a fraction slower on finishing and match winning darts and that this may be simply the result of time and patience.
Wayne’s restraint when talking about the controversy surrounding the event, especially the massively reduced prize fund, is admirable and even more so when its clear how unhappy he is with the situation. His reasons for this become apparent when he is asked how important it is that the alternative/grassroots structure of the BDO/WDF continues:
Its Vital…without it I think it could be the end of darts as an an amateur Game
Hopefully Warrens plans to recoup some of the financial reward by having a very busy year with his World Championship Trophy will pay dividends and he will both have the chance to defend the trophy and perhaps, give the PDC a try next year when things are a little more stable.
The closing section of the interview shows us an extremely well regarded, and down-to-earth, sportsman who has risen to the very top of his game. Darts World wishes Wayne all the success, and rewards, in the coming years.
Peter Machin was crowned BDO World Trophy champion for 2017, after a spectacular performance against Martin Phillips in the final.
In the match of the afternoon, Wesley Harms produced a sensational comeback, stringing together seven consecutive legs to sent BDO World number one Glen Durrant packing. The Middlesbrough man had taken the early advantage, four legs to the good and seemingly sailing into the semi-finals.
But suddenly the former electrician sparked into action, a 12 darter setting him on the road to recovery. Durrant’s scoring was unrelenting, but it was class that Harms was able to match. Four 180’s and some eye-catching finishing later, the Dutchman found himself on level terms.
With the pendulum swinging his way, Harms would initiate another attack on the Durrant throw. Still peppering the treble twenty bed, Harms would turn the game on it’s head, an 81 finish in the final leg, dumping a distraught Durrant out of the World Trophy, ending his chances of becoming a quadruple major winner in 2017.
Nick Kenny diverted himself into a first major semi-final by slicing through the challenge of Ross Montgomery. The young Welshman had whitewashed Jeff Smith on Sunday afternoon, and the Boss would also prove to be easy pickings for the in form Kenny.
In truth the only separating factor was the undesirable finishing of Montgomery. Quite often the former World Trophy runner-up would find himself with breathing room in a leg, but could not put the final nail in the coffin by hitting that crucial double.
An all Welsh clash was confirmed for the semi-final as Martin Phillips survived a enormous scare against giant killing wildcard Conan Whitehead. The Red Dragons’ skipper stumbled out of the blocks and Whitehead cruised into an early lead, hammering in the big scores for good measure.
The BDO veteran would then shift into top gear, crashing in a 14 dart leg to take the lead for the first time. Whitehead regained his mojo, exchanging blows to level the game at five a piece. With the game in the balance, Phillips would land an instantaneous 11 dart leg to move 6-5. Following one last hurrah from Whitehead, Phillips would book his semi-final spot, landing double 16.
Peter Machin set up a final four faceoff against Wesley Harms following his victory over Martin Adams. The Aussie has made himself at home in Barry, and will now bid to become a two time finalist. The highlight of his outstanding performance against Wolfie was a scintillating 170 check-out; the highest of the tournament. He will be hard pressed to find anybody who can match that feat in the remaining three matches. Machin controlled the contest throughout, always one step ahead of his combatant and will compete for a place in the final.
Martin Phillips strolled into the final with a excellent victory over Welsh counterpart Nick Kenny. The senior of the two home country boys landed his first ton plus finishes to give himself an early advantage. He broke the Kenny throw in the seventh leg, giving Phillips clear daylight, and easing the pressure slightly as he saw the trophy getting ever closer.
Kenny immediately broke back before holding his throw to go within one. But two 180’s and a 12 dart leg later, Phillips resumed control of the clash. The Welsh skipper who is entering his final season on the international circuit, confirmed he will represent Wales in the final as his last dart nestled in double 16 for a brilliant win.
Peter Machin reached the 2017 World Trophy final, producing a second sensational comeback of the day. It was not all plain sailing for the Australian though, Harms had manufactured what seemed like an unassailable lead, 4-0 in just a flash.
The man commonly referred to as the machine then managed to get a grip on the clash. He steadily crept up on Harms, who had overturned a four leg deficit himself against Glen Durrant, taking three of the next four legs. Machin would then take out 122 on the bull, halting the momentum that Harms had built up during the afternoons’ action. He would then apply the finishing touches to another superb victory as he prepared to play Martin Phillips in the final.
The Women’s Final
In the women’s bracket it has been a tournament of surprises. Lisa Ashton was dismissed in round one; as was former world finalist Fallon Sherrock. Aileen De Graaf in search of her second major title defeated Dutch counterpart Anca Zijlstra to reach the final.
Her opponent, Anastasia Dobromyslova defeated the much travelled Deta Hedman to reach this stage. Despite defeating one of the darting greats in the first semi-final it was De Graaf who took the earlier initiative. A 96 checkout in leg one settling her into a natural rhythm.
Double trouble set in during the latter stages of the fifth leg, but despite her opponent having numerous chances to cut the deficit it was De Graaf who went within one of glory on the Barry stage.
Despite missing a further six darts at the double, the door was left slightly ajar as she took out double four at the second attempt to give herself a glimpse of hope. With De Graaf’s concentration slipping, Anastasia would crack in a 118, further reducing the deficit.
The Russian would race into an early lead in the eighth leg of the match, but twelve missed darts at double gave De Graaf the opportunity to put the game to bed, hitting double 11 for a World BDO World Trophy title.
The Men’s Final
Peter Machin avenged his loss in last years World Trophy final by beating Welsh ‘fans favourite’ Martin Phillips in a spectacular final. We were made to wait until the tournament came to it’s exciting climax; a power failure caused an hour and half delay, but the action was electric from the first dart.
Phillips got us underway, taking the first leg but Machin would swiftly cancel his quick-fire first leg out by taking out 90. A feat which Machin would repeat, this time spiking the bull to level the match. Having conceded the next four legs to a resurging Phillips, Machin would find his feet once again. A 149 checkout putting him back in contention.
The pair would then exchange blows in two tight legs before Machin was unable to capitalize on a heavy scoring leg. His six missed darts at double allowing Phillips to come in and steal the leg.
The next key moment would come in leg 16, Machin added to his previous 149 and 150 checkout by firing in a 141 to effectively make the game best of three. The pressure was mounting, but having been in the same position 12 months ago, Machin took the advantage. Double four putting him within one leg of victory.
With the title riding on the 18th leg, sloppy scoring from Phillips would give Machin the chance to tie up the trophy. Three missed darts later, the Welshman’s first dart would stray into the single one, gifting the Australian an opportunity he couldn’t refuse. Machin would duly oblige, hitting double two to seal the deal.
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