Darts Coach Launches Cue Sports Network.

Steve Feeney has teamed up with snooker legend Terry Griffiths, and some of the sport’s most famous names, to launch a new cue sports coaching network. Especially interesting is that parts have been especially tailored to the current locked down times.

There are many crossovers between sports such as snooker, pool and darts. Fans there are regularly enjoy more than one, players often tend to have at least dabbled in another one and the businesses also share many common elements.

Steve is one of the few who works in both at the same time. His coaching, programs and insights have been used to benefit player such as Merv King within darts and even Ronnie O Sullivan in snooker.

Steve has teamed up with snooker legend Terry Griffiths, and some of the sports most famous names, to launch a new cue sports coaching network. Especially interesting is that parts have been especially tailored to the current locked down times.

We ‘Indoor Accuracy’ sports should stick together, so we wish Steve, and all involved, the very best:

Player Members Club Launch
Today marks a huge turning point in our sport.  Every day, passionate Cue Sports players can finally access coaching previously reserved for only the very best in the World, at a price that would not even cover half a personal lesson. We look forward to helping our Members on their journey to becoming better players – starting today.

SightRight’s Cue Sports Coaching principles have delivered multiple World Snooker Champions and major event winners! Now everyone can benefit from our SightRight 10 Steps Coaching programme to accelerate their game to a level never thought possible.

The SightRight Theory Course we are launching today is a new and exciting format for all Cue Sports Coaching, presented by SightRight Inventor & Internationally acclaimed “Best Technical Cue Sports Coach In The World” – Stephen Feeney.

The SightRight Theory Course is specifically tailored for ‘home learning’ during the COVID-19 Lockdown. Our course has been constructed in such a way to develop & educate Cue Sports players at home, creating the foundations for their future game at a time when table access is limited. This education and learning experience will enhance every players capability for when they can return to the table.

Stephen is joined by three of the best players in the game – Stephen Hendry, Mark Williams & Shaun Murphy – and our elite team of specialist Cue Sports Coaches, including Terry Griffiths (1979 World Champion), Alex Lely (Mosconi Cup European Team Captain), Lee Walker & Wayne Griffiths.
Our specialist team of ‘Professionals’ have all experienced SightRight at the top level, each of them with their own story to tell about their successes with SightRight.

When Clubs re-open, our online SightRight Practical Coaching Sessions will become available to everyone in our Player Members Club at no extra cost. 
 
We all operate under the same passion of helping players to improve.
All subscribers to our Player Members Club can engage with our whole team, with exclusive content reserved only for our Player Members.

On behalf of us all at the SightRight Global Cue Sports Network, we would like to wish everyone the very best in these trying times and we very much look forward to seeing you on your journey to improving your game.

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Belgian Championship – Schedule and Details.

Former European Tour event winners Justin Pipe and Mervyn King will clash on the opening day of the 2020 Belgian Darts Championship on Friday:

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

The 2020 European Tour will begin with the series’ first visit to Belgium, as Expo Hasselt hosts the £140,000 tournament from February 28-March 1.

Friday’s first round in the tournament – streamed to PDCTV Subscribers worldwide as well as through bookmakers’ websites – will feature five Belgian players amongst 32 competitors in action.

Two-time World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh will headline the Belgian challenge, taking on Dutch debutant Derk Telnekes in round one ahead of a possible clash with 2019 Czech Darts Open winner Jamie Hughes in the last 32.

Former European Tour winner Kim Huybrechts will be up against one Ryan Harrington, who was one of the two PDPA Associate Member Qualifiers on Thursday night, while three other places for Belgian players were won in the Host Nation Qualifier.

Former World Champion Beaton takes on latest Tour card holder Leung.

Pipe and King meet in a clash of two former winners on the European Tour circuit, while Steve Beaton – another former champion – takes on Hong Kong’s Kai Fan Leung.

Recent Players Championship winner Ryan Searle meets debutant Darren Penhall, while Australian ace Damon Heta, last year’s Brisbane Darts Masters, makes his first European Tour appearance against Michael Barnard.

Reigning World Youth Champion Luke Humphries, former BDO Champion Stephen Bunting and 2019 World Cup runner-up Steve Lennon are also in action in Friday’s first round, while Andy Hamilton makes his European Tour return after winning back his PDC Tour Card last month.

The 16 seeded stars, including World Champion Peter Wright and world number one Michael van Gerwen, enter the action in Saturday’s second round, with the tournament then concluding with the final stages on Sunday.

Tickets for the Belgian Darts Championship are available through PDC Europe and at Expo Hasselt.

The Belgian Darts Championship can be watched through PDCTV at video.pdc.tv as well as through a series of bookmakers’ websites worldwide.

2020 Belgian Darts Championship

Draw Bracket

  • Michael van Gerwen (1) v Mike De Decker/Ron Meulenkamp
  • Michel Smith (16) v Luke Humphries/Ronny Huybrechts
  • Glen Durrant (8) v Justin Pipe/Mervyn King
  • Joe Cullen (9) v Martijn Kleermaker/Stephen Bunting
  • Peter Wright (4) v Andy Boulton/Andy Hamilton
  • Jermaine Wattimena (13) v Danny Noppert/Geert De Vos
  • Krzysztof Ratajski (5) v Callan Rydz/Gabriel Clemens
  • Rob Cross (12) v Michael Barnard/Damon Heta
  • Ian White (2) v Dirk van Duijvenbode/Luke Woodhouse
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan (15) v Ryan Harrington/Kim Huybrechts
  • James Wade (7) v Rowby-John Rodriguez/Steve Lennon
  • Nathan Aspinall (10) v Kai Fan Leung/Steve Beaton
  • Gerwyn Price (3) v Wesley Plaisier/Benjamin Pratnemer
  • Jamie Hughes (14) v Dimitri Van den Bergh/Derk Telnekes
  • Mensur Suljovic (6) v Darren Penhall/Ryan Searle
  • Jonny Clayton (11) v Steve West/Jeffrey van Egdom

Schedule of Play

Friday February 28

First Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)

  • Darren Penhall v Ryan Searle
  • Andy Boulton v Andy Hamilton
  • Kai Fan Leung v Steve Beaton
  • Luke Humphries v Ronny Huybrechts
  • Michael Barnard v Damon Heta
  • Wesley Plaisier v Benjamin Pratnemer
  • Martijn Kleermaker v Stephen Bunting
  • Justin Pipe v Mervyn King

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 GMT)

  • Dirk van Duijvenbode v Luke Woodhouse
  • Mike De Decker v Ron Meulenkamp
  • Callan Rydz v Gabriel Clemens
  • Danny Noppert v Geert De Vos
  • Ryan Harrington v Kim Huybrechts
  • Rowby-John Rodriguez v Steve Lennon
  • Steve West v Jeffrey van Egdom
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Derk Telnekes

Saturday February 29

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)

  • Michael Smith v Humphries/Huybrechts
  • Joe Cullen v Kleermaker/Bunting
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Rydz/Clemens
  • Glen Durrant v Pipe/King
  • Rob Cross v Barnard/Heta
  • Ian White v Van Duijvenbode/Woodhouse
  • Jermaine Wattimena v Noppert/De Vos
  • James Wade v Rodriguez/Lennon

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 GMT)

  • Nathan Aspinall v Leung/Beaton
  • Gerwyn Price v Plaisier/Pratnemer
  • Peter Wright v Boulton/Hamilton
  • Michael van Gerwen v De Decker/Meulenkamp
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan v Harrington/Huybrechts
  • Jamie Hughes v Van den Bergh/Telnekes
  • Mensur Suljovic v Penhall/Searle
  • Jonny Clayton v West/Van Egdom

Sunday March 1

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)

  • Third Round
  • Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 GMT)
  • Quarter-Finals
  • Semi-Finals
  • Final

Format

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

Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order.

ENDS

This Week – Darts World’s Regular Slice of Darting History.

A look back at darting landmarks which took place between the 26th January & February the 2nd……

The King? Still ranked at 21 by the PDC 23 years after first significant title.

23 Years Ago:

Mervyn King secured his first top class event with victory, lifting the crown at the Dutch Open. King, still ranked 21 in the world, took another seven years before claiming his first ‘Major’ title (2004 World Masters). King is yet to claim a PDC major although the International Darts League (King won in 2005) was a joint event. This years Dutch Open takes place this coming weekend with new BDO World Champion Wayne Warren looking to claim more silverware.

10 Years Ago:

The Asset. Paul Nicholson’s career highlight came a decade ago!

Paul Nicholson claimed the Players Championship Finals: In what was probably ‘The Asset’s finest hour he defeated Merv King 13-11 in the final. His defeat of Phil Taylor in the semi final was a huge moment. Winning a dramtic last leg seemed to mark the emergence of Paul as a true threat to the biggest names. Sadly, it also lead to the much hyped “……he better bring his A-Game, cause I’m gonna put him to bed….” narrative of which there was only going to be one winner.

5 Years Ago:

The Silencer – Will Jeff Smith cement his place at Darts’ top table?

Jeff Smith (who returned to the PDC Pro Tour this month via Q School) took the Las Vegas Open, defeating Darin Young in the title match. ‘The Silencer’ had threatened to break through previously but this win marked a transition for Jeff. Within twelve months the likeable Canadian would reach the last four of the BDO world Championships. he went one better the next year, losing out to Scott Mitchell in the final, and cemented a place at Darts’ top table. Jeff’s World Cup (Singles) Title in 2017 was probably the high-point of his, late starting but, eventful career so far.

This Year:

New World Champ Snakebite will take a bow at ‘The Masters’ this weekend. PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG

The darts calendar gets fuller every year, this year the Iceland International Games even featured a January darts event. The Dutch Open is up coming and together with the Romanian and Las Vegas Opens may provide future year’s landmarks. Will the PDC’s annual curtain raiser ‘The Masters’ provide ‘tales of darting do’ in future years, the 2020 will feature the first event played by Peter Wright as World Champion!

Darts World Reader Ticks Matchplay Off His List!

Matty Hughes is a young darts fan, studying journalism, who is trying to get to as many of the most famous events as he can manage. Here are his thoughts on a recent trip to the PDC World Matchplay:

PIC; LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND I GERWYN PRICE V STEPHEN BUNTING STEVE BUNTING IN ACTION.
This Game proved the highlight for Matty and his friends.

As a big darts fan, I’ve always wanted to go to the World Matchplay Darts in Blackpool. I’ve been to the Premier League many times and managed The World Grand Prix in Ireland once. So this new year I asked my friends if they wanted to go to the World Matchplay? Luckily they said, “yes let’s go”.

Once I saw the draw, and that Gary Anderson was playing on the opening night, I was really made up because I am a big Gary Anderson fan, Rob Cross and Nathan Aspinall were playing as well, so it was a no brainer.

On the day of the event we travelled from Llandudno Junction in North Wales, we got the train to Chester and then we had a 10 minute wait, then we had to change in Liverpool and then we had 20 minute wait there, we arrived in Blackpool at 3:00 pm and then we walked from the train station into the town and we went for a pint on the pier, well you would, wouldn’t you? before going to the hotel to check-in.

After dropping our bags off it was back into town for the traditional fish and chips tea. By that time, it was doors opening at the Winter Gardens. When we arrived you could taste the atmosphere building, there were a lot of fans from all over the place. When we went in, we went to the bar to buy beer so we didn’t have to go during the games because of the huge number of people who would do that during the matches.

John Mcdonald came on stage to get the fans ready for the action, first up was in form Nathan Aspinall he was facing experienced Mervyn King. King, who had been showing a return to form, showed his quality to beat Aspinall.

Next up was Price vs Bunting, it was a very close game, and both players gave the fans a brilliant game to watch, Bunting won the game on sudden death leg. Not bad for our second match!

The guys also saw battle-hardened legend Mervyn King. (Photo: Lawrence Lustig)

Next up was the defending champion Gary Anderson. Anderson was coming into this tournament on back of winning the World Cup of Darts with Peter Wright. However, Anderson didn’t take part in the Premier League due to his back problems. Anderson was far from his best against Danny Noppert. Noppert did not take advantage Anderson was safely through into round two.

The final game of the night was Rob Cross vs Chris Dobey, once the draw was made this game looked a potential a banana skin game for Cross. But the former World Champion was switched on and showed he was deadly serious about this tournament. Dobey was disappointing, if it was Dobey on his true form, it could have been a difficult night for Rob Cross.

My overall thoughts on my experience at the Matchplay, the whole evening was brilliant, all the games were fantastic, a lot of drama, good performances from King and Bunting. There was no trouble or anything like it. All the fans we met were fantastic and simply enjoying their time at the darts.

I would definitely like to go to the Matchplay again, but there are others to tick off my list first.

If you have a tale to tell or feel you could contribute please drop us a line at:

articles@dartsworld.com

REPORT – Wright victorious in Leverkusen – European Open Darts 2017

Credit – PDC Europe

Peter Wright was victorious in Leverkusen as he overcame former doubles partner Mervyn King in a sensational final. In a weekend that featured a shock exit for Michael van Gerwen and another excellent run from Michael Smith, Peter Wright came out on top. Read on to find out who else made their name in Germany.

Quarter-Final’s

Peter Wright confirmed his semi-final spot with a win over fellow Premier League participant Dave Chisnall. The pair exchanged blows early on with the first two legs going with the throw. It was after a second missed 161 attempt that Snakebite would kick into gear.

A succession of excellent finishes putting him in the clear as Chizzy faded into the distance. Both players will be travelling the China for next weeks Shanghai Darts Masters, but it was Chisnall who was sent packing in Germany.

World number three Wright would face Mensur Suljovic at the semi-final stage. The Austrian had earlier dumped out the weekends surprise package John Henderson. The Scot had rampaged through both Kim Huybrechts and Alan Norris, but despite an outrageous 156 check-out, it was not enough for ‘Hendo’ to reach a first European Tour semi-final of the year.

Following last week’s sensational final in Vienna, Michael Smith was looking to go one step further and win his second European Tour event of the season. His spotless record against Gerwyn Price speaks for itself, but the St Helen’s dartist needed a big performance on stage to beat the Welshman.

Some exceptional scoring saw him take the early advantage before Price found the form that has led him into the Premier League fold. A Shanghai on the 20’s levelled proceedings at three a piece, before Smith engaged the after-burners. Some ruthless finishing coupled with an upturn in scoring saw him take three of the next four legs and confirm a semi-final encounter with Mervyn King.

The King would hit his second tonne plus average of the day in beating a darting giant-killer in the name of Rob Cross. Cross had produced some outstanding displays considering it is just his first year on the PDC circuit. His 6-2 of Michael van Gerwen earlier in the afternoon had sent shockwaves across the darting world, but there was nothing he could do as the veteran King pulled out his A-game to reach the semi-finals.

Semi-Final’s

Peter Wright continued his track towards his ninth tournament win of 2017. Overturning a 3-1 deficit against Mensur Suljovic to seal a special 6-3 victory. The big Austrian was out of the blocks quickly, capitalizing on Wright’s missed doubles to sail into an early lead.

But the World number three gritted his teeth and took out 116 to level the match. It was easy going from then on, with Suljovic producing little resistance. He would eventually seal the deal with a clean two dart finish on 81, rounding off a extraordinary comeback with 12-darter!

Mervyn King, who was yet to make it past the third round in Europe this year, joined former doubles partner Wright in the Leverkusen final. Although he could not reach the sensational tonne plus averages of the previous three rounds, 96.58 was enough to see him through.

King always seemed to be one step ahead of the St Helen’s youngster, with Smith not seeing himself gaining an advantage throughout the contest.

The world number 20 will form a formidable opponent for any player at the World Matchplay in a couple of weeks time, especially with the ruthless doubling he has performed this weekend.

The Final

The former darting compatriots traded 177’s and breaks to open the barn-storming final. A third break of throw would come in the form of a 13-darter from the UK Open champion, and a two leg cushion would be opened up for the first time in the contest curtesy of another solid leg from Wright.

Snakebite would snatch the proceeding two legs to give himself daylight and make it almost impossible for King to mount a comeback. The royal one rattled in two more maximums to chalk a second leg. But after a long weekend, it would prove to be one step too far for King, as Wright applied to finishing touches on 101 to become 2017 HappyBet European Darts Open champion.

Results

Quarter-Final’s

Mensur Suljovic 6-2 John Henderson.

Peter Wright 6-1 Dave Chisnall

Michael Smith 6-4 Gerwyn Price

Mervyn King 6-2 Rob Cross

Semi-Final’s

Peter Wright 6-3 Mensur Suljovic

Mervyn King 6-4 Michael Smith

The Final

Peter Wright 6-2 Mervyn King