Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Best Tournament Ever.....

What a World Championships we had since it kicked off on the 18th December. A record number of 180's. A record in the amount of games pushed to the sudden death leg. A record in averages and without doubt a record in one of the best finals ever held. Credit to Van Barneveld in defeating Taylor last night and I'm sure Den Haag cane to a stand still at 10.40pm last night when he nailed that double top.

Dont know about you but I thought that although he went into a 3.0 lead that The Power seemed rattled. In his walk on he looked out of character grinning and laughing. The orange shirt that he changed half way through and his constant effort in the last set to lose Barneveld on his concentration. I watched the re match today and this was clearly evident. Taylors daughter was in the front row. Why? There is a players table for family and friends. His averaged dropped from 112 after the 3rd set to 96 after the 4th. Why? What a dip he had for it to drop that dramatically. All out of character for the 13 time champion and all of which may have contributed to his downfall. Taylor also turned around after the 12th set and shook hands with some random punter in the crowd. Why? 3 times in the one year Barneveld has done Taylor in the last leg. Again as I say I dont know about you but I think Barney may have Taylors number and if the rumours of a change of venue are true which it seems they are how ironic is it that Phil Taylor loses his first and last final at the Circus Tavern. First time I've seen him throw away a 3 set lead. First time I've seen him almost hit off the board going for double 16 in set 13. Maybe, and I only say maybe that The Power finally fell victim to his own success and let the pressure get to him. Barneveld was fantastic and dont get me wrong but the only reason he got back in was because of Taylors seemingly complacent attitude from set 4 onwards where he lost 3 sets with the throw to a 3.0 scoreline.
Taylor is still a better player than Barneveld and there is no question about that but it was Barneveld who woke up this morning and you'd forgive him for having a smile on his face.........The reason for that smile would be that he just beat the Greatest player the World will ever see in The Biggest Dart Match in history and to do it in Taylors office would add to the width of the big Dutchmans grin. He re wrote the history books and well done Barney.

I apoligise for my NAP going down. It was my first NAP in 7 that did go down due to Burnetts defeat to Roy and although I'm not one to make excuses there is no way you can legislate a professional dart player and former BDO champion hitting 1 out of 24 attempts at a double. Considering Roy hit 9 out of 20. A professional dart player will always aim for a between 27% to 55% checkout percentage whereas 1 out of 24 comes in at an amazing 4.1%.

Irish man Mick McGowan, Derbyshires Colin Osborne and Lancashires Alan Tabern did very well indeed and will now find themselves in the top 32 as I predicted they would what with the order of merit kicking in yesterday.

Anyway ladies and gents I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy 2007. My website may be closed for serious ADJUSTMENTS in the next 2 weeks so watch this space within the coming weeks for what I think will be interesting developments in the darts world. We're off to Newcastle this Friday as the circuit continues with the UK regional qualifier on the quest to the Reebok that is now hotting up.

PS I'm looking forward to the BDO's attempt this year.
Wonder why King was at the Tavern last week?????????????


clive quinn said...

well said noelie.
Firstly i am delighted barney did the power. I was very worried after the first 3 sets. I just couldnt believe taylor dropped so badly. I believe it was tiredness and i believe also that he knew barney would get better and he wasnt prepared for how much better he got. Barney should have had him in set 12 anyway. 3 at double top - and he was so far off it was unbelievable. I believe that this victory will inspire barney to come back this year and dominate.

Alan Keoghan said...

Yes I certainly belive he will. As regards dominating I might not go along with that.I was a nuetral the other night to be honest. I think the BDO now realise that they lost a class player and hopefully they will realise why they lost him and move on from here. 2 TV tournaments and 2 Pro tour events in one year. Its the old fashioned story that anybody can beat Barneveld but only Barneveld can beat Taylor. Part had that mantle for years but it seems to have swayed to Barney now. I'm not getting carried away. Part beat Taylor 4 times out of 5 between the 2003 World Final and the kick off to 2005 Championships but it fizzled out thereafter so lets see can Barney keep this momentum going.

Anonymous said...

I've seen people also threaten Taylors thrown down the years only for him to come back stronger. Priestley, Harrington, Warriner,Part and Lloyd even Manley all put it up to Taylor thru the years only for them to be destroyed in time with the exception of Part coming out with his head held high. Barney can hold his head high but in time the Power will reign again. Enjoy the year Barney but Taylor will get you eventually.