Monday, 2 August 2010

European Championship - Day 3 and Super Sunday

In my humble opinion, the last two days demonstrated clearly why we love this sport so much. The theatre, competitiveness and darting brilliance shown by the players was fantastic, and made for two great days of entertainment.

I won't go into every match in detail - reports can be found on the PDC website - but I will recall a few highlights. Terry Jenkins and Wayne Jones put in brilliant performances - it was great to see Jenkins showing what he's really capable of after a run of poor form, beating Simon Whitlock and Colin Lloyd - himself throwing some superb darts and right back on top form - and also great to see Jones performing so well on TV. His defeat of Raymond van Barneveld in the semis was one of the most enjoyable darts matches I've ever watched, as both players traded tons, ton 40s and terrific finishes like top trumps in the playground.

Barney himself survived a very near major upset against Bernd Roith on Day 3, with the Tubingen caterer showing real talent to come that far. Ronnie Baxter threw some great darts before going out to Colin Lloyd in a scintillating quarter final, and Terry Jenkins pushed Phil Taylor hard before succumbing in the semi finals.

Sadly, the Power comprehensively demolished Wayne Jones in the final. With the quarters, semis and finals in one day it seems Jones, who had played brilliantly all day, just could not maintain the standard; it would have been great to see Jones push Taylor all the way, but his final defeat should take nothing away from a great performance throughout the week.

Phil Taylor took the Championship in fine style and deserves every congratulation; some may be disappointed to see him win yet again, but I think that focusing on the final outcome misses the fact that the rest of the tournament was packed with excitement and drama.

Congratulations and thanks to all the players for a cracking week's darts. I think - and do correct me if I'm wrong - that the next televised darts in the UK is the BDO's Winmau World Masters at the end of October. Should be interesting... :o)

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