German Super League Set To Launch.

The 2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany will be televised live on Sport1, DAZN and through PDCTV in May and June as 16 players compete for a place in the William Hill World Darts Championship.

(PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) NICO KURZ WILL BE A THREAT IN THE LATEST EVENT FROM PDC EUROPE.

The annual event for German-based players sees the champion secure a coveted spot at Alexandra Palace, with emerging prospect Nico Kurz having won last year’s event by defeating Martin Schindler in the final.

The 2020 event will see 16 players split into two groups of eight for the group stage, before the top four from each progress to the knockout stage.

Top-ranked German Gabriel Clemens will headline Group A, while Kurz lines up in Group B for the round-robin phase of the event.

PDC Europe Super League Germany will be broadcast live on Sport1 & DAZN across nine sessions, with coverage also to be available in PDCTV outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany
Group A
Gabriel Clemens, Kai Gotthardt, Jens Kniest, Kevin Münch, Sascha Stein, Christian Bunse, Steffen Siepmann, Michael Unterbuchner

Group B
Maik Langendorf, Rene Eidams, Karsten Koch, Nico Kurz, Thomas Köhnlein, Dragutin Horvat, Daniel Klose, Manfred Bilderl

Session Schedule
Saturday May 16 (1400-2300 CET): Group A
Sunday May 17 (1500-2300 CET): Group A
Saturday May 23 (1400-2300 CET): Group B
Sunday May 24 (1500-2300 CET): Group B
Saturday May 30 (1400-2300 CET): Group A
Sunday May 31 (1500-2300 CET): Group A
Saturday June 6 (1400-2300 CET): Group B
Sunday June 7 (1500-2300 CET): Group B
Sunday June 14 (1500-2300 CET): Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals & Final

Format
Group Matches: Best of 11 legs
Quarter-Finals: Best of 15 legs
Semi-Finals: Best of 17 legs
Final: Best of 19 legs

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.
PIC: PDC

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)

German Darts Masters – A Shocking First Day.

Van Gerwen and Anderson stunned on German Darts Masters Day One

Shindler Triumphs!
Pic: Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe

Martin Schindler and Nico Kurz stunned Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson on a thrilling opening night of the 2019 German Darts Masters, which also saw Gabriel Clemens beat Raymond van Barneveld in Cologne on Friday.

The second World Series of Darts event of the year got underway with eight top PDC stars taking on eight German representatives, as 22-year-old fans’ favourite Schindler produced an incredible comeback from 5-1 down.

With 12-time World Series event winner Van Gerwen seemingly cruising through the quarter-finals, the world number one missed three match darts across two legs, allowing Schindler to make a perfectly-timed sprint to the finish line to raise the roof at the Lanxess Arena.

“It’s an amazing feeling, I just can’t even put it into words,” said two-time World Cup of Darts quarter-finalist Schindler.

“I was shaking so much, I don’t know how I won that game but I did it and right now I’m just so, so happy.

“This may be the biggest win of my career, I’m not even sure at the moment but when it sinks in I think it will be my biggest win.”

Schindler will play Mensur Suljovic in Saturday’s final session after the reigning champion got his bid for back-to-back titles off to an ideal start as he secured a dominant 6-2 win over the experienced Maik Langendorf.

Earlier in the night, another 22-year-old German Kurz produced one of the biggest shocks ever seen on the World Series with a sensational 6-4 win over two-time World Champion Anderson.

Kurz, who was making just his second televised appearance having missed darts to beat Jamie Lewis at the 2018 event, raised the roof with a 170 finish to take a 3-2 lead.

Anderson Congratulates Kurz. Pic; Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe

Six-time World Series event winner Anderson produced skin-saving checkouts of 138 and 79 to stay in the contest and trail 5-4, before Kurz coolly pinned double eight to seal a memorable victory.

“This is the biggest win of my career, I think I’ve never been so happy in my life,” said Kurz, who became the first German winner on the World Series.

“Gary has always been a role model for me, he is one of the best players of all time. I still can’t believe what I achieved today.

“I tried to focus on my game and not to pay attention to Gary or the amazing crowd, and I think it went pretty well!”

Kurz’s next assignment will see him face Peter Wright after the reigning Melbourne Darts Masters champion fought off a spirited fightback from Robert Marijanovic to claim a 6-4 win.

Schindler and Kurz will be joined in the last eight by German number three Clemens, who dumped out four-time World Series event finalist Van Barneveld with a comprehensive 6-3 success.

The rising German star, who has reached three ranking finals in the last 14 months, flew out of the traps into a commanding 3-0 lead, before Van Barneveld rallied to cut the deficit to one leg.

However, Clemens’ dominance resumed as he took three of the last four legs to wrap up a comfortable victory and set up a meeting with Rob Cross who didn’t miss a dart at double in his clinical 6-4 success over German number one Max Hopp.

Last year’s World Series of Darts Finals winner James Wade produced a clinical display to defeat Kevin Munch 6-2, and he will take on Daryl Gurney who also picked up a 6-2 win over TV debutant Christian Bunse.

The German Darts Masters concludes with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on Day Two.

2019 German Darts Masters
Schedule of PlayFriday July 12
First Round
James Wade 6-2 Kevin Munch
Nico Kurz 6-4 Gary Anderson
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Christian Bunse
Peter Wright 6-4 Robert Marijanovic
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Maik Langendorf
Martin Schindler 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross 6-4 Max Hopp

Saturday July 13 (2000 start local time)
Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright v Nico Kurz
Daryl Gurney v James Wade
Martin Schindler v Mensur Suljovic
Rob Cross v Gabriel Clemens
 
Semi-Finals
Wright/Kurz v Gurney/Wade
Schindler/Suljovic v Cross/Clemens

Final
v
All games best of 15 legs

ENDS

Written by Josh Phillips

Danish Darts Open – Day 1.

MICHAEL SMITH, Nathan Aspinall and Chris Dobey were among the players to make it through to the second day of the Danish Darts Open as the European Tour event got underway in Copenhagen on Friday.

Smith Edged out Stve Beaton – 6-4 to overcome injury and move into round two. Pic:Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe

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

World Championship runner-up Smith began the hunt for a fifth European Tour title of his career by averaging 100.02 in an impressive 6-4 defeat of Steve Beaton.

World number six Smith, who was competing as an unseeded player for the first time in almost five years, fired in four 180s and hit 50% of his doubles to prevail over 2019 European Tour ever-present Beaton.

“Tonight I showed again that I’m a fighter. I’ve been struggling with a foot injury but I always get up there and play no matter what,” said Smith, who will meet Jermaine Wattimena in round two.

“I just want to keep playing darts, keep fighting and show people what I’m about.

“Getting Steve was a tough draw, and even my family said to me that I might be coming home early, so I’m really pleased with the result and how I played.”

Nathan Aspinall progressed strongly. Pic: Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe

UK Open Champion Nathan Aspinall moved through to face Simon Whitlock following a confident 6-3 win over Mick Todd, finishing six doubles from eight attempts, landing a 160 finish and averaging over 100.

Chris Dobey came through a nervy affair with Steve West 6-3 to edge closer to a World Matchplay debut in July, and the Geordie will now meet Ricky Evans.

Reigning Danish Darts Open Champion Mensur Suljovic will face Gabriel Clemens after the German continued his progression with a 6-3 victory over Mervyn King.

William O’Connor continued the form which took him to the World Cup of Darts final last weekend by landing six 180s in a 6-3 defeat of Luke Woodhouse.

The Irishman will now be looking ahead to a match-up with Peter Wright – having lost out 4-2 in their Singles tie during the World Cup final on Sunday.

O’Connor’s World Cup partner Lennon was unable to recapture that form, falling to a 6-0 whitewash at the hands of Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson, who will now face James Wade.

Australian number two Kyle Anderson secured a 6-2 win over Belgium’s Mike De Decker to set up a second round tie with Adrian Lewis.

Number one seed Ian White will come up against German youngster Martin Schindler, who stormed past Kim Viljanen 6-0 to secure his first European Tour win of the year.

Kevin Burness picked up just his third ranking victory of the year with a roller-coaster 6-5 triumph over Dutch Darts Masters Quarter-Finalist Glen Durrant, with the Irish Matchplay winner now set to face Joe Cullen.

Gerwyn Price will play Ryan Harrington, who fended off a spirited comeback from Danish Qualifier Niels-Jorgen Hansen to win 6-4 and advance to the second round of a European Tour for the first time in over three years.

Home star Per Laursen thrilled the local crowd. Pic:Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe

Danish number one Per Laursen fared better on home soil, delighting the passionate Copenhagen crowd with a 6-4 success over Reece Robinson, and he will now meet Jonny Clayton.

Former World Champion Rob Cross will face Kirk Shepherd in his first assignment of the weekend, after Shepherd saw off Vincent van der Voort 6-4 to taste success on the European Tour for the first time in almost a year.

Krzysztof Ratajski will face Dave Chisnall after beating Krzysztof Kcuik 6-3 in an all-Polish affair, while Portugal’s Jose de Sousa was impressive in his 6-3 success over Scott Taylor, and he will now take on Darren Webster.

New Zealander Cody Harris enjoyed a 6-1 European Tour debut win over Teuvo Haverinen to set up a clash with Stephen Bunting, while Ryan Joyce will meet Daryl Gurney after overcoming Spain’s Jose Justicia 6-2.

Saturday’s second day of the Danish Darts Open will be broadcast on video.pdc.tv, and through a series of bookmakers’ websites listed below.

2019 Danish Darts OpenFriday June 14
First Round
Afternoon Session
William O’Connor 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Mick Todd
Kyle Anderson 6-2 Mike De Decker
Per Laursen 6-4 Reece Robinson
Cody Harris 6-1 Teuvo Haverinen
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Scott Taylor
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Jose Justicia 
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Krzysztof Kciuk 

Evening Session
Martin Schindler 6-0 Kim Viljanen
Kevin Burness 6-5 Glen Durrant
Ryan Harrington 6-4 Niels-Jorgen Hansen
Chris Dobey 6-3 Steve West
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Mervyn King
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Michael Smith 6-4 Steve Beaton
Dennis Nilsson 6-0 Steve Lennon

Saturday June 15
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Stephen Bunting v Cody Harris
Darren Webster v Jose de Sousa
Jonny Clayton v Per Laursen
Dave Chisnall v Krzysztof Ratajski
Simon Whitlock v Nathan Aspinall
Joe Cullen v Kevin Burness
Daryl Gurney v Ryan Joyce
Ricky Evans v Chris Dobey

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)
Gerwyn Price v Ryan Harrington
Rob Cross v Kirk Shepherd
Peter Wright v William O’Connor
James Wade v Dennis Nilsson
Adrian Lewis v Kyle Anderson
Mensur Suljovic v Gabriel Clemens
Ian White v Martin Schindler
Jermaine Wattimena v Michael Smith

ENDS

Written by Josh Phillips

Netherlands survive scare in World Cup of Darts – Day 3 evening report

Credit Lawrence Lustig – PDC

The Netherlands survived a monumental scare against the USA as they set up a quarter final tie with host nation Germany tomorrow afternoon. Read on to find out how they made it through and who will join them in the quarter finals of the World Cup of Darts.

Austria opened the evening’s action with a routine victory over Canada. John part failed to reach the dizzy heights of his glory days in the PDC as Mensur Suljovic produced a whitewash on the three time champion of the world.

Rowby-John Rodriguez would wrap up the victory, in a slow paced encounter. RJR was out of the blocks quickly, racing into a 2-0, but he quickly became bemused by the on stage antics of John Norman Jnr.

Improved clinicality would see Norman take two of the next three legs, but after loosing his cool late in the sixth leg, Rodriguez would wrap up the victory on tops.

England resumed their defence of the World Cup of Darts against South Africa, and there was nothing the team of Devon Peterson and Deon Oliver could do to stop them.

Adrian Lewis stepped up to oche after a dismal first showing yesterday afternoon. He re-collected himself for a singles match with fans favourite Devon Peterson. Two maximums and some much improved finishing later, England were already on their way to the quarter final’s.

Dave Chisnall was second to take the stage, adding a four more legs and concluding the 8-0 rout for England. The scoreline would not tell the whole story, Deon Oliver conducted him self magnificently against the former Grand Prix runner-up. But the relentless scoring of Chizzy was too much for the South African as England ran away big winners in round two.

The crowd went wild as host nation Germany progressed to round three, setting up mouthwatering meeting with the Netherlands. Both Max Hopp and Martin Schindler smoothly sailed through their respective singles matches, meaning there was no need for a doubles clash.

World Cup of Darts debutant Schindler was up first against Alexandre Sattin. He kicked off the contest with on double 16, before holding his nerve on the madhouse to increase the advantage. He was milimetres away from a outstanding 160 checkout, but he would eventually mop up on double 10 to seal an impressive whitewash win.

Hopp would follow suit, a mouthwatering 161 getting the ball rolling. There would little Diogo Portela could do as Hopp cruised into a 3-0 lead sporting a 120 average.

With the finish line in sight, the young German would stumble, Portela recording Brazil’s first leg of the match. But Hopp would soon be back on the straight and narrow as the world number 38 closed out an excellent display by the pair.

The Netherlands rounded off the evening’s entertainment with a triumph over the USA, surviving a monumental scare.

Big Daddy Darin Young pushed Michael van Gerwen for the first four legs of their encounter. But the World number one would shift into second gear, taking the next two legs and recording a 4-2 victory.

Raymond van Barneveld could only stand and watch and former Matchplay champion larry Butler levelled the game with three beautiful checkouts. A 120, 109 and 95 on the bull, gave the USA a glimmer of hope against the tournament favourites.

Barney redeemed himself in the doubles decider as himself and self appointed captain van Gerwen strolled through the USA challenge. There was little resistance from Young and Butler as the Netherlands continued their quest for World Cup glory

Austria 2-0 Canada

Germany 2-0 Brazil

England 2-0 South Africa

Netherlands 2-1 USA

Hosts shock sixth seeds at the World Cup of Darts 2017 – Day two report

Credit Lawrence Lustig – PDC

It was a day for the favourites in Frankfurt as all the top seeds progressed after Singapore shook the darting world yesterday evening. Josh Green gives his account on proceedings of day two at the World Cup of Darts.

The hosts made it through to the round of 16 in front of a raucous Frankfurt crowd at the World Cup of Darts. The match was in the balance for almost half an hour, as it came down to a nail-biting final leg.

Daryl Gurney had given Northern Ireland the advantage earlier in the match with a 124 checkout on the back of two maximums from partner Brendan Dolan and Germany’s Max Hopp.

The German pair with a combined age of just 40 years of age responded with a 123 from Hopp, before Martin Schindler held his nerve to keep their dreams alive.

Despite a worrying foot injury for Michael van Gerwen it was a smooth showing for the Dutch in their World Cup of Darts opener.

The tournament favourites averaged 109 in their 5-1 demolition of the Czech Republic, with van Gerwen looking as silky as ever. They will definitely be a force to be reckoned with as they continue their international campaign.

Second seeds England joined their arch rivals in round two, making light work of Gibraltar. Dave Chisnall pulled on the red and white for the first time, and carried the pair to a simple victory.

Adrian Lewis, seemingly rattled by the antics of Dyson Parody, scattered his darts all over the board, leaving Chizzy to sweep up. Despite improving in the latter stages, it was clear the Stoke native was not on top form and will need to improve in the next round.

Alternatively, Chisnall looked at home on the Frankfurt stage. Confident doubling and the usually heavy scoring all coming together for the world number five. With Michael van Gerwen suffering from a foot injury and Scotland already on their way home it could be yet another World Cup of Darts title for England.

In the first match of the evening the experienced pairing of Larry Butler and Darin Young destroyed the relatively youthful Italian pair.

Despite a wobbly start with some inconsistent scoring in the early stages, the USA would pick up their game to proceed with a deserved 5-1 victory.

Butler, who has represented his home country on five occasions, put the win beyond Italy with a sensational 121 checkout on the bull.

The well oiled team of John Norman Jnr and former World Champion John Part shoved the Hungarian’s aside in their pursuit of World Cup glory in Frankfurt.

While the exuberant Norman produced the steady scoring, Part was there to pick up the pieces. Canada had taken a commanding 3-0 lead before Hungary got their first leg on the board.

Following one more Darth Maple checkout, an excellent 83 from Zoltan Mester. The 5-2 victory would be rounded off by the ever green Part, his double 8, taking them into round two.

The fusion of youth an experience proved too much for team China as the Austrian’s performed a demolition job on their opponents.

The result of the contest was never in doubt as Mensur Suljovic showed with some excellent finishing. The fresh faced Rowby-John Rodriguez should also not be underestimated.

His power scoring has been a key factor in previous years, and with top seeds Scotland falling yesterday evening, there could be an opening to be exploited for some of the lesser fancied nations.

South Africa put their name in the hat for round two as ‘Dancing’ Devon Peterson took control to carry a sloppy Deon Oliver through a slow paced encounter.

The formentioned Oliver had split double three with a chance to close out the contest, only for Daniel Larsson to swoop on 110.

Seasoned campaigner Magnus Caris nerly took the match to a deciding leg, narrowly missing a 160 checkout. Peterson would then swoop in and take out a huge 81 on double 12.

World Cup of Darts debutants Brazil moved into round two after a dramatic 5-4 win over fellow first-timmers Switzerland.

Diogo Portela, winner of Sky Darts gameshow One Hundred and Eighty, was the marquee name on the Frankfurt stage, although it was Alexandre Sattin who would hit the crucial double.

There were tears at the final whistle as Sattin landed double top on a 72 combination as Brazil progressed to the round of 16.

USA 5-1 Italy

Canada 5-2 Hungary

Austria 5-0 China

South Africa 5-3 Sweden

Brazil 5-4 Switzerland

Germany 5-4 Northern Ireland

England 5-2 Gibraltar

Netherlands 5-1 Czech Republic