Tickets are on sale for The VIP Experience, where some of the best darts players on the planet will be on show at an exclusive non-televised professional event in Tonbridge on Saturday 20 October.
The stars, including five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld and world number three James Wade, will be showing their skills at The River Centre for a special VIP night.
‘Barney’ and ‘The Machine’ will be joined by Terry ‘The Bull’ Jenkins, Tony ‘Silverback’ O’Shea and Vincent van der Voort as well as former World Champion Dennis ‘The Menace’ Priestley.
Another former World Champion, Andy ‘The Viking’ Fordham will be appearing as a VIP host alongside Sky Sports’ Rod Harrington.
Fans will enjoy the special experience of a top quality darts event VIP style, with a waitress service, buffet, meet and greet with the players and an exclusive after party, which will follow the main event.
Two local amateur players will get their chance to take on the stars of world darts on the night. Details of how to qualify will be released in due course.
Tickets for this unique sporting spectacle are available by calling 08450 180 180 or online via www.dartshop.tv
Tickets are on sale for The Untouchables event in Eastbourne, where six of the world’s best professional darts players will be on show at the Winter Garden.
The superstars, including five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld and seven-time major winner James Wade, will go head to head on Friday 19 October.
Fans favourite Terry ‘The Bull’ Jenkins and the world’s fastest player Vincent van der Voort will be joined by former World Champion Dennis Priestley and ‘Silverback’ Tony O’Shea.
As well as playing against each other, the darting elite will also pit their skills against two local qualifiers, who will be gunning for glory.
Former World Champion Andy Fordham will also be in attendance as a VIP host.
Tickets are expected to sell out very quickly in what promises to be a high-quality, entertaining evening.
There was more success for MODUS’ youth stars over the weekend, with James Hubbard and Arron Monk both winning PDC Unicorn Youth Tour titles in Barnsley.
2011 Under-21 World Champion Monk took victory in Saturday’s second event, beating Samuel Head 4-2 in the final.
Hubbard, who is the reigning World Youth Champion, won the twelfth event of the year when he whitewashed Sam Hill in Sunday’s final.
Hubbard, who heads to Blackpool next week to compete in the Betfair World Matchplay, defeated Josh Payne, Joshua Carter and Chris Aubrey, before victories over Matthew Dennant, Monk and Hill saw him claim his second Youth Tour triumph of 2012.
Monk remains top of the Youth Order of Merit after another successful weekend, in which he added £800 to his prize money for the year.
The Hampshire star has collected £3,025 so far, having won a third of the events that have taken place this year, with Hubbard £700 behind him in second place.
The weekend’s success means that MODUS’ youngsters have taken 8 wins out of 12 events in 2012, with four victories for Monk, two for Hubbard and one apiece for Aubrey and Adam Smith-Neale.
The next PDC Unicorn Youth Tour events will be held at the Moorways Centre in Derby on August 4 & 5, when three £3,000 tournaments will be held.
By Chris Murphy
Arron Monk continued his fabulous run of form on the PDC Unicorn Youth Tour by claiming his fourth victory of 2012, when he triumphed at Barnsley Metrodome on Saturday.
The Hamsphire ace lost out to World Youth Champion James Hubbard in the quarter-finals of the weekend’s first event. But he stormed back to win the second.
Monk, who is sitting pretty at the top of the Youth Order of Merit, beat Samuel Head 4-2 in the final to clinch the £500 first prize.
He kicked off the event with wins over Jack Twedell and Martin Heneghan, before taking 4-1 triumphs against Martin Walker and Sam Hill.
He then whitewashed Matthew Dicken to reach the last four, where he defeated Lewis Veynes 4-2 before claiming the title with victory over Head.
By Chris Murphy
Doors Open 6pm – Event Starts 7:30pm
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The draw for the the Betfair World Matchplay took place on Sunday evening, with Speedy Services UK Open winner Robert Thornton handed a first round clash against World Champion Adrian Lewis.
James Hubbard’s reward for qualifying for the £400,000 tournament is a round one tie against world number five Wes Newton, while James Wade, who won the title in 2007 faces ‘The Prince of Wales’ Richie Burnett, whose compatriot Mark Webster takes on Colin Lloyd.
McCoy’s Premier League runner-up Simon Whitlock will face Michael van Gerwen in a repeat of their 2012 Ladbrokes World Championship quarter-final, which ‘The Wizard’ won.
Raymond van Barneveld, who heads to The Winter Gardens fresh from victory in the European Darts Open, takes on Michael Smith, while World Cup finalist Paul Nicholson is pitted against Andy Smith.
Vincent van der Voort, who returned to the top 16 at the weekend, meets Ian White in round one, with Mervyn King facing the task of toppling number one seed Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.
The Betfair World Matchplay will be played from July 21-29 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, when 32 players will compete for the £100,000 title.
By Chris Murphy
Betfair World Matchplay
First Round Draw & Tournament Bracket*
Adrian Lewis (2) v Robert Thornton
Paul Nicholson (15) v Andy Smith
Raymond van Barneveld (7) v Michael Smith
Terry Jenkins (10) v Kim Huybrechts
Simon Whitlock (6) v Michael van Gerwen
Kevin Painter (11) v Steve Beaton
James Wade (3) v Richie Burnett
Mark Walsh (14) v Colin Osborne
Phil Taylor (1) v Mervyn King
Vincent van der Voort (16) v Ian White
Andy Hamilton (8) v Brendan Dolan
Mark Webster (9) v Colin Lloyd
Wes Newton (5) v James Hubbard
Justin Pipe (12) v Joe Cullen
Gary Anderson (4) v Dean Winstanley
Dave Chisnall (13) v Ronnie Baxter
* Bold text denotes MODUS associated players
The schedule of play is likely to be confirmed on Tuesday July 10.
Raymond van Barneveld took victory in the PDC’s third European Tour Event, beating Dave Chisnall 6-4 in the final to seal the £15,000 title on the day that James Hubbard secured qualification for the Betfair World Matchplay.
‘Barney’ saw off Chisnall on Sunday evening in Germany, after victories against James Wade and Richie Burnett had booked his place in the final.
“Maybe this is the sign of a new Raymond,” said the Dutchman who also beat Ian White, Brendan Dolan and Gino Vos en route to victory.
“I had some tough games but I kept fighting and never gave in and this is where it has got me.”
Hubbard earned an army of Germans fans by putting together a brilliant run to the quarter-finals of the European Darts Open in Dusseldorf, to seal qualification for the World Matchplay in his first year as a professional.
The 19-year-old sensation followed up victories over Andy Hamilton and Steve Brown with a 6-3 triumph over Mark Walsh, sealing a spot at the Blackpool tournament.
“I’m over the moon to achieve something that I would have laughed at this time last year, ” said Hubbard, whose brilliant run in Dusseldorf was ended by a quarter-final defeat to Richie Burnett.
“I’m looking forward to playing in a venue that I’ve never been to but heard so many brilliant things about.”
Mervyn King continued his return to form with a run to the semi-finals.
‘The King’ reached the last four with a resounding 6-2 defeat of Colin Osborne, in which he posted an average of over 105, before losing out to Chisnall, who had edged past Simon Whitlock in the quarter-finals.
King’s World Matchplay place was also confirmed during the course of the tournament, with Robert Thornton, Paul Nicholson and Vincent van der Voort also qualifying for the prestigious tournament.
By Chris Murphy
The 32 players competing in the Betfair World Matchplay later this month have been confirmed following the third round of the European Darts Open.
PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion James Hubbard sealed his spot with victory in Dusseldorf on Sunday afternoon, after Robert Thornton and Mervyn King had guaranteed their places in the Blackpool tournament with good runs in Germany.
Michael van Gerwen had already qualifed through the Pro-Tour order of merit before reaching the last 16 of the PDC’s third European Tour event.
The top 16 Pro-Tour qualifiers are joined by the top 16 in the PDC order of merit, which includes MODUS stars James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld, Mark Webster, Paul Nicholson and Vincent van der Voort.
Qualification is confirmed for all of the players listed below, however seeding positions may change in accordance with the prize money won in the European Darts Open on Sunday evening.
The top 16 from the PDC Order of Merit who will qualify are as follows (in current seeding order) *
1 Phil Taylor
2 Adrian Lewis
3 James Wade
4 Gary Anderson
5 Wes Newton
6 Simon Whitlock
7 Raymond van Barneveld
8 Andy Hamilton
9 Mark Webster
10 Terry Jenkins
11 Kevin Painter
12 Justin Pipe
13 Dave Chisnall
14 Mark Walsh
15 Paul Nicholson
16 Vincent van der Voort
The 16 ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers (in current order) are *
Michael van Gerwen
By Chris Murphy
* Bold text indicates MODUS associated players
James Hubbard completed the remarkable feat of qualifying for the Betfair World Matchplay in his first year as a professional, when the 19-year-old defeated Mark Walsh in the third round of the European Darts Open.
James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld, Simon Whitlock and Mervyn King also claimed victories on Sunday afternoon, to join Hubbard in the quarter-finals of the PDC’s third European Tour Event.
Hubbard, who won the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship in May, continued a fantastic debut year by booking his place in the Blackpool tournament with a 6-3 triumph over Walsh.
The youngster was overcome with emotion as he received a standing ovation from the 1,800 strong Dusseldorf crowd, after finishing the match in style by taking out 110 for a 12 darter.
Hubbard faces Richie Burnett on Sunday evening after the Welshman defeated Michael van Gerwen, as the last eight participants battle it out for the £15,000 title.
Wade eased past Andy Smith to book his place in quarter-finals, claiming a 6-2 triumph over ‘The Pieman’.
“Andy’s a very difficult player to beat so I’m happy to have won that.,” said The Machine, who sealed the win with a 120 checkout.
“I’ve been practising hard for the last couple of weeks and I’m trying hard to take that up onto stage.”
Wade will take on van Barneveld on Sunday evening after the Dutchman beat compatriot Gino Vos 6-2, posting an impressive 103.68 average.
“It’s special for me to play Gino,” said Barney, whose victory included a brilliant 156 checkout. ”
“I practiced with him last year and he is a very talented player. He’s done very well in this event and was awesome in the first three or four legs, but I stayed calm and to average nearly 104 is fantastic for me.
“I’m looking forward to playing James as we always have cracking matches.”
Whitlock enjoyed a 6-3 victory over Speedy Services UK Open winner Robert Thornton, whose run in Germany has guaranteed his place in Blackpool later this month.
“Robert’s a fantastic player and that was a great game,” said ‘The Wizard’ who faces Dave Chisnall in the last eight.
“I’ve been blown away by the support of the crowd here and it’s brilliant to be in the quarter-finals now.”
King was the first man through to the quarter-finals, after running out a 6-5 winner against Steve Beaton.
“I had two nine-darters in practice today but it didn’t quite happen on stage,” said King, who will play Colin Osborne on Sunday evening for place in the last four.
“I’ve a little bit to work on and I want to improve in the next game.”
The quarters, semis and final will all take place on Sunday evening.
By Chris Murphy
PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion James Hubbard moved a step closer to sealing a place at Blackpool’s Betfair World Matchplay by winning a dramatic last-leg decider against Steve Brown in Dusseldorf, while James Wade and Simon Whitlock produced impressive performances in round two of the European Darts Open.
There were also victories for Robert Thornton, Raymond van Barneveld, Mervyn King and Michael van Gerwen, who will all return to the Maritim Hotel on Sunday, when the final 16 players will battle it out for the £15,000 title.
Hubbard held his nerve to win 6-5 for the second consecutive day, as he broke Brown’s throw in the deciding leg to seal victory.
The 19-year-old now occupies a provisional qualifying place for the World Matchplay, ahead of what is likely to be a crucial third round match against Mark Walsh on Sunday afternoon.
Wade produced checkouts of 151 and 107 in a 6-3 triumph over Jelle Klaasen. ‘The Machine’ faces Andy Smith in the last 16.
Whitlock stormed past Ronny Huybrechts, winning five consecutive legs to take a 6-1 victory, which included a brilliant 160 finish.
He said: “The crowds have been amazing for me and I’ve been so impressed because I’ve never had support like this anywhere else in the world. Tomorrow’s a big day for me and I can’t wait. My form’s improving game on game.”
‘The Wizard’ will take on Thornton on Sunday afternoon, after the Speedy services UK Open winner defeated Vincent van der Voort 6-4, despite the Dutchman hitting five 180s.
Thornton said: “I’m feeling confident and hopefully my darts will continue to get better and better as the weekend goes on.”
van Barneveld defeated Brendan Dolan 6-2 to book his place in the third round.
“The result looks so solid but I was 4-0 up and blew what could have been a fantastic leg when I missed all those doubles,” said the Dutchman, who hit four maximums in his victory.
“I had to work hard from there to win the match. But I’m feeling comfortable and I’m looking forward to playing Gino Vos on Sunday.”
King won a last leg decider against Ronnie Baxter, to set up a last 16 clash against Steve Beaton.
van Gerwen saw off the challenge of Brian Woods, claiming a 6-4 victory to reach the last 16.
“It was difficult but winning was the most important thing,” said ‘Mighty Mike’, who will play Richie Burnett on Sunday afternoon.
“It doesn’t matter how you win as long as you win, so I’m very happy. I missed too many doubles but I’m through.”
There was also positive news for Paul Nicholson, when other results meant that ‘The Asset’ would keep his place inside the world’s top 16, guaranteeing him a place in Blackpool.
By Chris Murphy