Wednesday November 26 2008
THERE was great joy for Tralee's Sean Marshall in Abbeyleix, Co Laois last Saturday as he won the second round of the Irish Darts Players Championship, a feat that puts in the number one position in the Player Championships at the moment on 22 points.
With over 270 players taking part in the competition Marshall had to come through eight gruelling matches to claim victory in Saturday's competition beating John Elder from Antrim six legs to one in the semi-final. Marshall then faced Kildare's Martin Murphy in the final and eventually come on victorious on a score line of 6-4. Speaking to The Kerryman, Marshall admitted that it was a tough victory for him.
"The first four legs went against the throw and I was lucky to break his throw in the ninth leg and win the tenth one. Overall I was delighted with how I played last weekend particularly hitting 10 180's in the tournament. I hope to keeps things going now heading into the next round in Tramore in January and it's a great feeling to be ranked No 1 in the championship at the moment," he said.
Kilflynn's Shane Nolan was knocked out in the second round of the competition but only after putting up a great fight against Dubliner Shane O'Connor, a player who will compete in the PDC World Championships next month. Castleisland duo Mike O'Sullivan and James Broderick were two other players to play well over the weekend as well as Milltown's Dale McCarthy and Killarney man Matt Lacey who lost to Elder in the final of his board. There are six rounds to this championship and the next round will take place in Tramore, Co. Waterford on January 11th next.
Meanwhile in other darts news it has been confirmed that top PDC professionals Terry 'The Bull' Jenkins, who won the Johnny McEvoy Gold Dart Classic at the Killarney Darts Festival three weeks ago and former two time world champion Denis 'The Menace' Priestley will play an exhibition match at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee in aid of the Carers Association on Sunday December 7 at 8.30pm. Standard tickets for the event are € 25; VIP reception at 7.30pm with tickets priced at € 50.