Danish Darts Open starts today – five PDCNB-players will be in it

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Danish Darts Open starts today and as host nation, the PDC Nordic & Baltic will be represented by five players.

Troughout the entire season, the PDC Nordic & Baltic have one spot at every Europe Tour-event. This time, however, we have five spots, as we are the host nation.

But none of the five will be in action in the first match. The first match will be between Luke Woodhouse and World Cup-finalist William O’Connor.

After this we will also see Nathan Aspinall and Kyle Anderson in action. They will play against Mick Todd and Mike De Decker respectively.

But then we will have the first player from the PDC Nordic & Baltic region, as the Danish favorite Per ‘Peachie’ Laursen will go up against Reece Robinson.

“I hope it will be even better tomorrow (Friday). That I would love. That would be great,” Per Laursen said after the qualification-tournament, in which he averaged a little over 80.

“I don’t know Reece Robinson, but I hope he is good, so I have to step up.”

Afterwards we have another player from the PDCNB region, as Teuvo Haverinen will take the stage against Cody Harris. The first ever Europe Tour-event for the both of them.

The afternoon will be shut down with an all-Polish match, as Krzysztof Kciuk will go up against Krzysztof Ratajski.

The evening session starts with Kim Viljanen, who will take on young Martin Schindler.

“Not the worst draw, but Martin is a good player and is able to play on a high level. He has been playing really well the last couple of years and is a steady player. But if I can perform on my own level I think I can challenge him,” Kim Viljanen told pdc-nordic.tv

“I think my form is quite good at the moment. It’s only a week ago I played at the World Cup of Darts where we were playing quite okay, but unfortunately still lost to Australia.”

Glen Durrant will then go up against Kevin Burness, before Danish Niels-Jørgen Hansen will take on Ryan Harrington in his first ever match on a PDC-stage.

“It’s huge. This is what I have been playing for in the last two or three years. That is why I went for Q-School and now play on the Challenge Tour,” Niels-Jørgen Hansen said just after he had qualified.

“I hope to win, but I expect, that I at least makes a good performance.”

The afternoon also offers names as Steve West, who will face Chris Dobey, Mervyn King, Vincent van der Voort and Michael Smith. Michael Smith will go up against Steve Beaton.

In the last match of the evening, we will see the last PDCNB-player, as Dennis Nilsson will take on Steve Lennon.

“It will be a tough first match. I have to be focused from my first darts and I will try with all I have to win. Steve played in the final at the World Cup and played really well. But I know I am in a good shape, so I have a good chance,” Dennis Nilsson told pdc-nordic.tv.

“My confidence is good and I look forward to the match.”

The program starts at one o’clock, and the matches can be streamed at PDC.tv. You can get an overview of the program below:

First Round
Afternoon Session (13.00)    
Luke Woodhouse v William O’Connor
Mick Todd v Nathan Aspinall
Mike De Decker v Kyle Anderson
Per Laursen v Reece Robinson
Cody Harris v Teuvo Haverinen
Jose De Sousa v Scott Taylor
Jose Justicia v Ryan Joyce
Krzysztof Kciuk v Krzysztof Ratajski

Evening Session (19.15)
Kim Viljanen v Martin Schindler
Glen Durrant v Kevin Burness
Niels-Jørgen Hansen v Ryan Harrington
Steve West v Chris Dobey
Gabriel Clemens v Mervyn King
Kirk Shepherd v Vincent van der Voort
Steve Beaton v Michael Smith
Dennis Nilsson v Steve Lennon

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Danish World Cup duo will try to qualify for the Danish Darts Open

The two danish participants from last year, Brian Løkken and Per Laursen. Photo: Michael Frydendahl/PDC Nordic & Baltic

Danish Darts Open starts Friday. At Thursday the host nation qualifier will be held.

As host nation, the PDC Nordic & Baltic has been handed five entries in the Danish Darts Open. It is already known, that Dennis Nilsson, Teuvo Haverinnen and Kim Viljanen will take three of the spots.

Tomorrow the danish qualifier for the Danish Darts Open will be held. The registration for the qualifier ended on Monday, and therefore we can take a look at the field.

The two World Cup players, Per Laursen and Niels Heinsøe, will try to qualify. Per Laursen did qualify trough this event last year, but lost against Steve West in the first round.

The other qualifier from last year, Brian Løkken, will also try to qualify tomorrow. Løkken lost against Cristo Reyes in the first round last year.

Other than Niels Heinsøe, the last two danish Challenge Tour participants, Ivan Springborg and Niels-Jørgen Hansen, will also try to qualify.

Former World Cup participants Daniel Jensen and Henrik Primdal have also registrered for the qualification.

Other names to be mentioned are Nicolai Olsen, Søren Hedegaard, Ulrich Meyn and Vladimir Andersen.

See the full registration list below:

 

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Scotland wins the World Cup of Darts

Photo: Stefan Strassenberg/PDC Europe

Scotland won the World Cup of Darts tonight. Peter Wright threw the decisive dart.

Scotland is the new World Champions in pairs. Tonight they beat Ireland in the final by 3-1. This also means, that the only third nation has won the World Cup of Darts. Before tonight, the tournament had only been won by England and the Netherlands.

Two nations which Ireland did beat throughout this tournament.

The final started with Gary Anderson against Steve Lennon. Steve Lennon, who played some fantastic dart in the double against the Netherlands in the semi-final, won the match by 4-2.

The second match stood between William O’Connor and Peter Wright. Snakebite did equalize as he beat William O’Connor by 4-2.

In the double match Scotland won by impressive 4-0, and then Peter Wright could secure the title as he won 4-1 against Steve Lennon in the third single match and secured Scotland a 3-1 win.

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Hampus Norrström and Icelandic debutant with best PDCNB-results at Development Tour

The Development Tour continued this weekend. PDC Nordic & Baltic was represented by five players.

Throughout this weekend the Development Tour has been played. As always there has been played four tournaments, with Ted Evetts stealing the spotlight. The Englishman won both Development Tour 10 and 12.

Development Tour 9 was won by Geert Nentjes, and Development Tour 11 was won by Luke Humphries.

The PDC Nordic & Baltic regions were also being represented by Anton Resell, Hampus Norrström, Viktor Tingström, Oskar Wågberg and the Icelandic debutant Atli Bjarnason.

The first two tournaments at Saturday did not bring the best results for the young players. Only Anton Resell managed to win a match.

Sunday was much more successful for the nordic players. At Development Tour 11, Atli Bjarnason and Hampus Norrström started in the round of 128 and managed to get to the round of 64 before losing. This means both of them secured themself £50 for the Development Tour Order of Merit.

In Development Tour 12 Hampus Norrström managed to win a match again, unfortunately the draw had set him in the round of 256, and as he lost in the round of 128, there was no prizemoney for the young Swede.

 

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World Cup of Darts ends today

The World Cup of Darts will find the winner today, as the tournament ends.

It is time for last day at the World Cup of Darts, and therefore we have to find a winner.

The day will start at one o’clock with the quarter-finals. In the first match New Zealand will go up against Japan. New Zealand had to go all the way to the double yesterday, when they won against South Africa. Japan managed to beat Singapore without the double.

In the second quarter-final we will see Scotland against Belgium. Scotland have played some really great dart throughout the first two rounds, beating Denmark and Sweden.

Yesterday’s biggest surprise was the Irish victory against England. Especially William O’Connor played with an amazing average at 115,10, when he beat Rob Cross by 4-1.

The Republic of Ireland will go up against Austria today.

The last match in the quarter-finals will be Canada against the Netherlands.

You can get an overview of the possible semi-finals and the full program of the day below:


Sunday June 9
Afternoon Session (1300)
Quarter-Finals

New Zealand v Japan

Scotland v Belgium

Republic of Ireland v Austria

Canada v Netherlands

Evening Session (1900)
Semi-Finals

Scotland/Belgium v New Zealand/Japan
Republic of Ireland/Austria v Canada/Netherlands

Final
v

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Second round of the World Cup of Darts

Photo: Stefan Strassenberg/PDC Europe

The second round of the World Cup starts today. Sweden is still in the field.

Today the second round starts. Yesterday we found the eight last nations for this second round. Unlike the first day, there were no surprises yesterday.

This also means, that the favorites from Australia won against Finland by 5-4.

Today as the second round starts, a new format will also start. Because, as always, the matches will consists of two singles today. If the two singles is being won by same nation, then match is over. But if one nation each wins on of the singles, then the match will continue into a double to decide the match.

This also means, that the matches will be longer and therefore today’s program is being split into two sessions.

In the first session we find Sweden. They will go up against Scotland, who played some incredible dart against Denmark in the first round.

Both the singles and the double will be played best of seven legs.

The first session starts one o’clock today. You can get an overview below:


Saturday June 8
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1300)

South Africa v New Zealand

Singapore v Japan

Scotland v Sweden

Belgium v Germany

Evening Session (1900)
Australia v Canada

Austria v USA

England v Republic of Ireland

Netherlands v Poland

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World Cup of Darts continues – Finland in action

The first round of the World Cup of Darts continues today with Finland in the field.

The World Cup of Darts started yesterday, and there were already som big surprises. Seeded countries as Northern Ireland and Wales had to wave goodbye, as they lost against South Africa and Singapore respectively.

The first day of the World Cup also saw the debutants Darius Labanauskas and Mindaugas Barauskas going up against New Zealand. Unfortunately they lost by 5-1.

The Swedes ended up with the same numbers. Fortunately it was Sweden who got the five legs and Brazil who only got the one.

The victory for the Swedes mean, that they will go up against Scotland in the second round, as Scotland demolished Denmarks by 5-0 yesterday. Gary Anderson and Peter Wright impressed with an 101,55 average.

Nations as Japan, Belgium and Germany also advantaged from yesterday’s first round.

Today the first round continues, as we will have to find the next eight nations for the second round. Today we will see big nations, such as Ireland, England and Austria in action.

Australia will also be a part of the field today, as they go up against the last team from the PDC Nordic & Baltic region, Finland.

The bookies have Australia as the favourites in this match, but as we saw yesterday, none of the nations can feel secure.

After the match between Australia and Finland, the Netherlands will take on the stage, as they will start the title defence against Spain. Unlike the previous years, the Netherlands will not have Raymond van Barnveld on the team. The five-time World Champion has been replaced by Jermaine Wattimena, who will try to win another Dutch World Cup alongside world number one Michael van Gerwen.

The program starts at seven o’clock, and as always you can make yourself an overview below:

First round
Friday June 7 (1900)

China v USA
Italy v Canada
Poland v Czech Republic
Republic of Ireland v Greece
England v Philippines
Austria v Russia
Australia v Finland
Netherlands v Spain

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The World Cup starts today – three PDCNB-nations will compete

The World Cup of Darts starts today with Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark in action.

It’s time to find the World Cup Champions of darts. Not as one player, just as in Ally Pally, but as a nation. The World Cup of Darts starts today, and throughout the next four days, 32 pairs will compete for the glory of becoming World Cup Champions.

Today 16 teams will compete in the first round, and the other 16 will be in action tomorrow. Today three of the four nations from the PDC Nordic & Baltic region will compete.

This means we will see Lithuania go up against New Zealand. Sweden will take on Brazil, and Denmark will go up against mighty Scotland.

Besides these matches, we will also see nations like Northern Ireland, Belgium, Wales and Germany today.

Get an overview of the full match list below:

First Round
Thursday June 6 (1900)

Gibraltar v Japan
Northern Ireland v South Africa
New Zealand v Lithuania
Belgium v Hong Kong
Brazil v Sweden
Wales v Singapore
Hungary v Germany
Scotland v Denmark

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Magnus Caris on him ending his career: I will not throw another dart

Magnus Caris will make an end to his career after the World Cup of Darts. He will not throw another dart after the tournament in Hamburg.

Earlier this year Magnus Caris announced, that he would retire from being a dart player. The 50 year old Swede decided to participate at one last World Cup of Darts before laying down the darts.

We took had a talk with him and took a tour down memory lane.

His brother was the biggest talent

Magnus Caris started playing darts at the age of 10. His parents had a dartboard in the basement, and therefore Magnus Caris and his two brothers started practicing. A lot.

“My older brother was the guy with the talent, but I was the one who practiced the most. I practiced like four hous a day. Straight home from school and down in the basement and practice.”

But what motivates a 10-year old to practice that much? For Magnus Caris it was quite simple. He experienced that he became better with practice, and when he got better, it became more fun to play.

At the age of 16 Magnus Caris got picked for the Swedish national team, and after that he knew he could do something with his career in the darts.

In december 1987, at the age of 19, Magnus Caris participated at his first BDO World Masters. Before this he had competed in tournaments like Swedish Open, Finnish Open and so on.

“It was great fun. I had a lot of nerves of course. But I travelled with some guys who had played there before, so they could tell me how to do it in a proper way.”

The tournament saw Magnus Caris losing in the round of 32. Already two years later he was back at the World Masters, where he got a even better result, reaching the quarter-final.

Then in 1990 he qualified for his first World Championship in the BDO. As in the World Masters in 1989, he reached the quarter-final before losing agains Eric Bristow. This was the first time ever, that the Swede met legend.

“He was one of the best at that time, with Bob Anderson. And of course, it was an honor to play against him. I had a lot of respect for him and maybe that was why I lost.”

Best period in the career

In 1992 Magnus Caris once again found himself competing in the World Masters, in which he had a great run beating Eric Bristow, John Lowe and Martin Adams, before losing in the semi-final.

“After beating Eric and John I thought this could be the tournament, that I would end up winning. But the players are so good, so it doesn’t matter who you’re opponent are, you have to perform your very best.”

“But I will say, that this tournament was the highlight of my career because of the victories against Bristow, Lowe and Adams.”

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Two years later in 1994 Magnus Caris once again found himself in a big semi-final. This time it was at the World Championship and it was against Bobby George. Despite being up by 4-2 in sets, and even with a match dart at double 18, Magnus Caris lost the match by 5-4.

“I missed double 18 for a 141 checkout, and missed double 18 for the match, and then he flipped the game over and won. I can’t tell why, but maybe I stopped thinking. Maybe a bit nervous or something. I don’t know. It is hard to tell.”

“After beating Martin Adams in the quarter-final, I thought that I could have won it. Because I played against John Part, who won the World Championship that year, in the Swedish Open like two months after and I beat him easily by 3-0. And you never know what happens in the final at the Embassy.”

“If I could change on of my loses in my career into a victory, the match against Bobby George would be the one.”

The family came first

After competing at the World Championship once again in 1995, Magnus Caris choose to pull the plug on his darting career, as he bacame a dad in December 1994.

“I decided to be a dad, and then I would start playing again five or six years later.”

And so he did. In 1999 he once again tried to qualify for the World Championship, but without any success. He did though qualify for the World Masters, even though the tournament did not bring any success either.

In 2001 he participated at the WDF World Cup, and then there was another gap until 2007, in which he did not play much dart.

“It was not because of another child, but I just choose to stop travelling that much and took care of the family instead.”

A change in his personal life though did get him back on the big dart scene once again.

“I met a new girl in my life, and she said: “Magnus, you are to good for Sweden, you need to go out and travel and play against the best players in the world.” So she said that she would sponsor me for the first year, and then I would be up and running by myself.”

And then Magnus Caris began playing darts at the highest level again, resulting in participation at the World Masters in both 2008 and 2009, with 2009 as the most successfull tournament of the two.

The switch to the PDC

In 2009 Magnus Caris made the switch from the BDO to the PDC.

“I decided to change because all the good players play for the PDC and the prize-money were bigger. And you always want to play against the best players and if you can win some money, it’s a bonus.”

The first tournament Magnus Caris participated in was the PDC World Championship 2010. He met Francisco Riuz in the preliminary round and won 4-0. Afterwards he met Colin Lloyd in the first round and lost by 3-1. But it was still a good experience for the Swede.

“I don’t know how to explain, but there is such a big difference. It is so professional in the PDC, and you have this large stage compared to the one at the Embassy. And the crowd was also much bigger than at the Embassy.”

Almost a year later Magnus Caris participated at the first ever World Cup of Darts, which unlike now, was being held in December.

“It was an honor to be picked for the Swedish team.”

Afterwards he went to Ally Pally once again. But just as the first time, he lost in the first round. But this did not demotivate him and therefore he went for Q-school in the start of 2011.

UK Open and Grand Slam

Already at the second day of the Q-school, Magnus Caris managed to secure himself a Tour Card for the next two years.

He then qualified for the UK Open for the first time, and even though he lost already in the round of 96, it was a good experience for Magnus Caris.

“It’s a great venue and you have all these small stages and two big stages that you play on. And it was a fantastic feeling being one of them who played and the crowd was fantastic.”

Later that year he also qualified for Grand Slam of Darts, in which he did not advantage from the group stage.

At the end of the year he had qualified for yet another World Championship, and this is probably the most dramatic match at the Ally Pally for the Swede. It was against Steve Beaton in the first round, in which he got up by 2-0. But then the crowd went against him, and it ruined everything for Magnus Caris, who lost the match by 3-2.

“I got the crowd against me because I wasn’t British, and I was close to beat him. They started booing when I was throwing and it effected my mind and I couldn’t get a grip of the game again.”

Benidorm champion

In 2012 Magnus Caris took a quick trip back to the WDF Tour, as he went to Benidorm Open and ended up winning the tournament.

“That was just for fun. We took a holiday-week and we decided to do it when Benidorm was played. And I had the opportunity to win it. It was great, it was a payed vacation,” Magnus Caris says with a laugh.

Then we skip a little forward in Magnus Caris’ career, till the 5th of July 2015. On this specific day Magnus Caris joined the 9 dart club, as he made the perfect leg against Jason Mariott in the Players Championship.

“That was one of the biggest thing I did achieve in my career.”

In 2016 Magnus Caris once again participated at the UK Open, and at the end of the year he participated in his last PDC World Championship, in which he lost against Adrian Lewis in the first round.

“It was a tough match. I like Adrian, he is a great guy and a fantastic dart player, and I thought, that if I could play my best, maybe I could do some damage, but I wasn’t near my best.”

It all ends in a week

And now we reach present day. The World Cup of Darts is only three days away, and when the tournament is done, then Magnus Caris’ career is officialy over.

“I started thinking about the retirement at the end of last year. 40 years is enough I think, and I would like to spend some quality time with my missus and start playing golf again. And a lot of fishing.”

Photo: PDC/Lawrence Lustig

The retirement also makes a good opportunity to reflect on the career, and therefore the next part of the article will be the exact conversation between this writer and Magnus Caris:

If we take a look on your entire career, who is the best opponent you have met?

“Phil Taylor. He is one of a kind, almost unbeatable.”

Is there something from your career that you regret?

“I don’t regret anything to be honest. It has been an honor to be a part of the dart family. I don’t have any enemies as I know. It’s a big family and we always say hello to each other and wishes each other all the best.”

In 2012 when the SDC started, and then later PDC Nordic & Baltic, what did you feel about this “local” Tour suddenly? Was it great you could participate in tournaments close to your home?

“Yeah absolutely. It’s fantastic how they did it for the Nordic and Baltic. And to have they’re own little tour, and on each weekend we qualify for the European Tour.”

“So it’s fantastic when you go to Denmark and play five tournaments in one weekend instead of travelling to qualify in Germany or Holland on Thursday, and if you qualify you play on Friday. It saves you a lot of money and a lot of time. So PDC Nordic & Baltic are doing a very good job.”

If you have to choose one of the Swedes now, who do you think has the best chance to go in your footsteps?

“At this time I think it is Daniel Larsson. He is doing a great job, but it is hard to tell, because he has become a father for a daughter and a son recently, so I don’t know how much time he can spend on the darts. But he is absolutely the best Swedish player at the moment.”

And then your World Cup-partner, Dennis Nilsson, is number two?

“He is number two. Or three, because I have to believe in myself.”

I asked you about the best opponent you have met, but I we say the best Scandinavian or Baltic player you have met?

“For now I think it is Darius Labanauskas. And a couple of years ago it was Kim Viljanen.”

If we take a look at your participations at the World Cup of Darts, which player do you feel was the best partner you’ve had?

“I played with Daniel two times, and I think we had the best time around it. But we didn’t play our best darts. But the time and the travelling around the World Cup of Darts, I think it was best with Daniel.”

And then now when you stop. Will you still play darts at amateur-level?

“No I’m gonna stop playing. Im not gonna throw a single dart. So it’s going to be over.”

How about the darting world, will you also stop in this? I mean like, could you imagine visiting the PDC Nordic & Baltic tour if it was in Sweden?

“Not as a player, but maybe as an audience.”

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Rollercoaster weekend for Darius Labanauskas

Darius Labanauskas reached the final at yesterday’s Players Championship, but lost in first round today.

Players Championship 15 and Players Championship 16 were being held this weekend. Especially Players Championship 15 was good, if you look at it with PDCNB-glasses.

Darius Labanauskas reached the final, in which he unfortunately lost 8-1 against Glen Durrant. Before the final, the Lithuanian beat Gabriel Clemens, Bradley Brooks, Cristo Reyes, Steve Beaton, Ryan Meikle and Ron Meulenkamp.

Throughout the entire tournament, Darius Labanauskas played with an average of 91,15.

Marko Kantele reached the second round, as he won 6-4 against Jonathan Worsley. In the second round he met Max Hopp and lost 6-4.

Madars Razma lost already in the first round, as he lost 6-4 against Ian White who averaged 101,3.

Today it was a bit different for Darius Labanauskas, as he lost already in the first round against Ross Smith by 6-3.

Marko Kantele also lost 6-3 in the first round, as he met Ricky Evans.

Madars Ramza though reached the second round. In the first round he won 6-3 against Joe Cullen. Unfortunately his average fell to much in the second round as he lost 6-2 against Harry Ward.

Harry Ward did not stop winning after that and therefore he won Players Championship 16.

The results of the weekend sees Darius Labanauskas as number 25 on the Players Championship Order of Merit. The top 64 qualify for the Players Championship Finals in November.

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