Home Tour: The Asp Strikes To Claim Group.

Nathan Aspinall won Group Ten of the Unibet Home Tour, as the home-staged tournament continued on Sunday night.

The Bomber, JDC founder Steve Brown is enjoying a resurgence as a player.

Despite suffering an ankle ligament strain while running in the days prior to his Home Tour appearance, Aspinall swept aside his opponents with three wins from three.

The Premier League star began the night with a 5-2 win against Steve Brown, before going on to defeat Ryan Joyce by the same scoreline.

After Brown scored a 5-3 win over Joyce in the penultimate game of the evening, Aspinall knew he needed just two legs against Simon Stevenson in the last game of the night to clinch the group.

Aspinall wasted no time in sealing the group win, as he took the opening two legs, before going on to claim a 5-1 triumph to make it a hat-trick of wins on the night.

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Monday night with Group 11, which will see former World Championship runner-up Simon Whitlock in action, along with Kirk Shepherd, Alan Tabern and Mike van Duivenbode.

Unibet Home Tour 
Group Ten – Sunday April 26
Nathan Aspinall 5-2 Steve Brown
Ryan Joyce 5-2 Simon Stevenson
Steve Brown 5-1 Simon Stevenson
Nathan Aspinall 5-2 Ryan Joyce
Steve Brown 5-3 Ryan Joyce
Nathan Aspinall 5-1 Simon Stevenson

Group 11 – Monday April 27 (1930 BST)
Simon Whitlock v Mike van Duivenbode
Kirk Shepherd v Alan Tabern
Mike van Duivenbode v Alan Tabern
Simon Whitlock v Kirk Shepherd
Kirk Shepherd v Mike van Duivenbode
Alan Tabern v Simon Whitlock

PDC Home Tour

All Home Tour action will be broadcast live on PDCTV for FREE to ALL registered PDCTV users, regardless of whether you have a paid or free membership.

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.

As well as being shown through a series of bookmakers’ websites, the Unibet Home Tour will also be broadcast live by a number of the PDC’s international broadcast partners.

Fans in the UK & Ireland can watch the first three nights through the Sky Sports App.

Brown Gambles Tour Card Place. JDC Commitments Re Route ‘Bomber’.

Steve ‘Bomber’ Brown has opted to miss the finals days knockout at Q School 2020. The Bristol man also heads the JDC (Junior Darts Corporation) and had previously arranged business abroad.

Busy Bomber! Steve Brown has a lot on his plate.
Pic: Tip Top Pics

Bomber surprised many with a superb first two days and has amassed ten points on toward the overall table. A minimum of the twelve player will advance from this section and bomber is currently ranked number five. He appears to be in with a strong chance of regaining his place on the Pro Tour.

However, Steve is a risk of being pipped to the post on two counts. Firstly, there is a large group of players who move past him, and with points gained on the last day, with Steve unable to respond. Secondly, should players manage to tie with Steve they could move past him on leg won or leg difference due to his absence on the final day.

Trying to operate several business enterprises, as well as family commitments, may prove a challenge to Steve should he succeed in gaining a card. However darts is one of the few sports where a top level career and another profession seem, just about, manageable!

‘Bomber’ Brown Launches Counter Attack!

Bristol’s Steve ‘Bomber’ Brown launched a surprise raid on the PDC Pro Tour. It’s almost a decade since Steve reached the later stages of TV majors but he has not been idle in the interval. Despite a decent record, Steve seemed to be destined to be better known for his Junior Darts Corporation (JDC) initiative, or even his Bar501 buisnesses, than his exploits on the dart board. However yesterday he put himself in prime position to claim a 2020 Tour Card!

Steve Brown is on the verge of an unexpected return to the top table!
PIC: Tip Top Pics
Jason Lowe – Defeated Steve Brown to claim a Tour Card.
Pic: PDC

Steve eased through the early rounds, at Wigan’s Robin Park, before claiming the scalp of the much fancied Jeff Smith (Can). He then managed to take advantage of below par performances from Daniel Lauby and Martin Atkins before bumping into former Pro Tour semi finalist Jason Lowe in the Tour card match. Lowe eased to a 5-1, win averaging over 95, and reclaimed his place at darts top table.

However, Steve is moving nicely through the draw on day 2 and has reached the last 32 stage where he will play Chris Quantock. He looks farvorite to claim a card, either directly or, through the points table after two very good days.

It would certainly be an example to the thousands of youngsters who play under the JDC system in order to improve their darting skills and enjoy the game!

North American Round-Up with Steve Brown. November Preview.

The WDF World Cup is over, and many of the American contingents are home. Sadly, they did not come home with any medals. There were some superb performances by all involved, but when it came to the crunch, things just wouldn’t fall into place for us.

A disappointing event for Captain America?

Most disappointing for me was the team events, and of course, it is these events that carry the most points. The men’s quartet of Joe Chaney, Jim Widmayer, Jerry Van Loan, and Kevin Luke started very brightly, going unbeaten in their round-robin group. Sure, there were a couple of minor scares along the way, but there was never any serious danger of failure. In the knockout bracket, we faced Slovenia at Top 32, and ended up advancing to the Top 16 with a comfortable win. There we faced a very talented Hong Kong side (featuring our own Paul Lim!), and in a close encounter, we were edged out by the better team.

The women’s team were even more impressive in their preliminary group. Cali West, Robin Curry, Marlise Kiel and Stacey Pace also went undefeated against their five opponents, and this included wins against the Netherlands, Finland, and Ireland. After a day like that, I had high hopes, but their first match on Friday saw them exit the event thanks largely to some very poor finishing.

In the pairs, Stacey and Marlise reached the Last 32 where they were edged out by the French in a seven-leg thriller. Jim and Kevin slipped to an agonising defeat one round short of a medal. One leg short, actually, as they too lost a seven-legger, this time against Daniel Day and Scott Mitchell.

Scotty Dog aka Scott Mitchell.
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

In the Women’s singles, Cali West made it to the Top 16 where she went down to Chris Savvery. Guess what, it was another one that went to the seventh leg tiebreaker. Stacey Pace finished one round back.

The best men’s display came from Joe Chaney. “Chanesaw” beat the highly fancied Michael
Unterbuchner before Nick Kenny ended his run in the last 16. Jim Widmayer lost to Chris Landman at top 32.

Hopefully, the World Masters will go better for us, and of course, that is only a few days away. There will be a total of eighteen Americans in action, which is quite possibly our largest contingent ever.


Words: Steve Brown

Pics: PDC & Winmau

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JDC Enjoying Busy Spell

JDC Tour To Expand In 2018

The Junior Darts Corporation seems to be enjoying an especially busy 2019. The organisation encourages & supports players aged 8-18 to play darts. Their academy based system offers structured development programs, gradings and competitions as well as a junior tour of events.

After linking up with godartspro.com, to improve their software, earlier in the year the team extended the JDC Tour to 10 events. Next came streaming and commentary feature for boards at the events. It seems that this was just the start in a bust year.

Today, the JDC confirmed that 4 new academies will be affiliated. These are in Lampeter Wales, Tewksbury & Plymouth in England as well as Tao Matarau in New Zealand.

Word reaches our ears that there are plenty more developments in the JDC armoury and that some are on the verge of roll out. The more young people playing darts in good environments with genuine and trained guidance the better!

For more info on the JDC or to join check out the JDC section via our home page.

Coming Soon: A more extensive feature on the development of the JDC will appear across the DartsWorld family in the coming weeks.