The PDC Euro Tour 3 UK Qualifier was on today (ET4 on later!) and there were a good number of Irish lads on the boards.
Gavin Carlin and Nathan Rafferty were unfortunate to be on Glen Durrant’s board and even though Durrant won through he had a scare against Gavin who was 4-1 and 5-4 up in a race to 6 – Gavin should have put Durrant away to bed, but the resilient Durrant peeled off 3 legs in row to draw even 4-4 and then pull out the last two legs to win through 6-5. Durrant beat Rafferty 6-2 and then Kirk Shepherd 6-1 to qualify.
Kevin Burness went down 6-2 against Scott Taylor the same lad who put him out of the recent UK Open – maybe that was playing on his mind.
Steve Lennon was beaten 6-4 by eventual qualifier Nathan Derry in an average game. Both averaging 87 odds.
Mickey Mansell fresh from controversy regarding the DRA won his first game easily 6-1 but went down 6-4 to Ted Evetts in the last game on the board – he was always chasing in this game, Ted played well.
Limerick’s William O’Connor had a tense game against Aaron Monk. It went 5-5 and then the jelly legs must have been out as O’Connor couldn’t hit his double – I think he missed 9 darts at a double to allow Monk to fall over the line with double 10 and the qualification to ET3.
In the last game of the afternoon Brendan Dolan beat Peter Rock Hudson 6-2 with a 102.4 average. Dolan played great in this game and the winning leg was a 13 dart leg (100,100,136,125 and 40) finishing on tops to qualify.
So Brendan Dolan is the only Irish player through to the Euro Tour 3.
Congratulations Brendan Dolan.