The BDO’s top ranked men and women will descend upon EventCity in Manchester this Thursday for the second running of the World Darts Trophy. The tournament, with a prize fund of £50,000, will run over four days and have full coverage on British Eurosport from Thursday evening right through to the finals on Sunday night.
The Men – Top 32
Last years men’s champion, James Wilson, moved across to the PDC earlier this year, so this is another BDO event that will definitely see a new name on the trophy. Among the favourites to lift the trophy are World Champion ‘Scotty Dog’ Scott Mitchell, England Captain and the recent Dutch Open Winner, Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams and crowd favourite Tony ‘Silverback’ O’Shea.
The tournament will also see the return to our screens of the much admired Ted ‘The Count’ Hankey. The Count took a break from darts in 2012 for a couple of years. He returned in 2014 and the World Darts Trophy will be the first time many fans will have had the opportunity to see Ted after his return.
Also present will be the Japanese qualifier, Hiroaki Shimizu. He won the crowd over at the Lakeside earlier this year with his Mr Miyagi impression. Hiroaki will play Jamie ‘Yozza’ Hughes in the first round on Friday.
When asked how he was feeling about his opponent, Jamie said, ” I don’t know much about Hiroaki, apart from watching a few You Tube videos of him, which were from a couple of years back, so I don’t think I can take much from them as a form guide, more looking at his style and speed of throw, so I’m not going in blind.”
We also asked Jamie if he was hoping to improve on his showings in the recent Dutch and Scottish Opens – “I’m looking forward to it, as I wasn’t there last year and I will also be playing on my birthday. I’m hoping to bounce back from my last 2 tournaments which were disappointing and I’m up for it.”
We were also able to catch up with Scott Mitchell to see how he was feeling about his chances of progressing against David Cameron. They played each other in this tournament at the same stage in Blackpool last year – Scott progressed easily 6-0. “I have a tough first round against David Cameron. He’s far more experienced now, than when we played in Blackpool a year ago. I’m feeling in good form and a win last weekend with England at Six Nations doesn’t dent your confidence going into it!”
“I’m feeling in good form and a win last weekend with England at Six Nations doesn’t dent your confidence going into it!”
Scott Mitchell – ahead of the BDO World Darts Trophy 2015
The full draw and TV schedule can be found at the bottom of this article.
The Ladies – Top 16
Also during the course of the four days, the ladies will be showing their skills on the stage. Among the favourites are (inevitably at the moment) Deta Hedman, reigning World Champion Lisa Ashton and her opponent in that final, Fallon Sherrock. We were able to catch up briefly with Fallon to see how she was feeling ahead of EventCity – “I’m feeling good – excited in fact.” (laughs) “Just gonna go and enjoy myself and hope they go well!” (smiles)
As happened at the recent Lakeside World Championships, the ladies will be given equal billing alongside the men in the Eurosport TV. First up for the ladies will be Rachel Brooks v Irina Armstrong on Thursday evening.
Media Coverage – TV and Web
Now, it’s only my opinion, but I think the newly created website for BDO Events – the commercial partner of the British Darts Organisation (BDO) – is rather good. It’s modern, slick, informative and has decent news articles to read. I think it’s a step in the right direction for a new modern feeling BDO.
They’ve taken quite an in-depth look at each of the players for both the men’s and ladies tournaments – well worth a visit.
British Eurosport’s TV coverage starts at half-six in the evening on Thursday, for the whole of that session. Each session is then covered for the other three days, starting at 17:30 Friday, 18:00 Saturday and 15:30 on Sunday.
First Round Draw and Order of Play
Rachel Brooks v Irina Armstrong
Tony O’Shea v Stefaan Deprez
Rick Hofstra v Geert de Vos
Fallon Sherrock v Paula Jacklin
Gary Robson v Darius Labanauskas
Remco van Eijden v Mark McGeeney
Lorraine Winstanley v Rhian Griffiths
Madars Razma v Wayne Warren
Wesley Harms v Peter Sajwani
Deta Hedman v Trina Gulliver MBE
Scott Waites v Ted Hankey
Martin Adams v Jim Widmayer
Zoe Jones v Anneke Kuijten
Jamie Hughes v Hiroaki Shimizu
Jeffrey de Graaf v Eddy Sims
Aileen de Graaf v Ann-Louise Peters
Pip Blackwell v Paul Jennings
Glen Durrant v Karel Sedlacek
Lisa Ashton v Maud Jansson
Martin Phillips v Willem Mandigers
Darryl Fitton v Ritchie Edhouse
Anastasia Dobromyslova v Casey Gallagher
Scott Mitchell v David Cameron
Ross Montgomery v Jeff Smith
Thanks for reading, Simon.