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     Premier League

    News for Dart PlayersCharis writes "When we thought the Premier League might be a good topic for a SEWA Trivia contest we had no idea that this years Premier League, the 6. Season, would develop into a rather exciting tournament nor did we know who would be the participants.
    Often Premier League more or less was decided already in the middle of the season and in the end it usually was Phil Taylor who did win it – so I was not really gripped when the return matches started. Last year it was a little bit different when Wayne Mardle was ruled out because of his illness from which he still doesn´t seem to be entirely recovered. All his match results and the points won from them were deleted which affected John Part’s Play-off chances, challenge matches were played instead of Mardle matches and in the end it was James Wade who did win the title…

    This year it looked back to normal but it turned out that the participants are very well matched, it is very hard to predict the results.

    It´s only clear till know that Phil Taylor will take part in the Play-offs and that Raymond van Barneveld has no chance to reach them any longer. But all other six players still have a chance …

    How good the players are one can see looking at van Barneveld’s averages – his lowest was around 90, he lost against Baxter with a 96 average and against Whitlock with a 99 average. Averages are not everything but in this years Premier League averages below 90 are rare which shows the high level of all the players.

    So whom have we got in Premier League this year?

    Well, we all know Phil Taylor and it’s difficult to tell you something about him not everybody knows already, perhaps this – he’s still experimenting with new darts which are comparatively difficult to handle and don’t pardon any faults, not even the slightest. Might be that’s the reason why though he is by far the table leader he somehow doesn’t feel as dominant as he usually does.

    Then of course we’ve got Raymond van Barneveld who still doesn’t seem to be able to handle his diabetes. At least that’s what we hear from him. He often looks not really happy with himself, sometimes one gets the impression he doesn’t enjoy himself at all up there on stage. But he always battles through and doesn’t give in till the end. As we know now Barney will not take part in the UK Open Final this year – he can’t as he didn’t play enough of the qualifying tournaments. As he of course knows the rules it’s not chance it’s deliberately. Not taking part in a major tournament means he can’t defend the price money and he’ll slip down the rankings…

    Last years winner James Wade played a rather so-so season but seems to have steadied himself now though one never knows whether he’ll manage to keep up a good performance over the whole match. He’s still a very young player – he celebrated his 27th birthday in March. But it seems he’s getting better – he started with lost matches, then had a few draws and now is sailing in winning waters.

    Even younger is Adrian Lewis who played some really impressive matches during this years World Championship and during Premier League. But he has still to fight very much with his inconsistency. He scores often very high, has got the most 180s but sometimes gets too careless when he’s in front and he’s the lowest checkout rate of all eight players. He has “matured” now that he is a father one always hears. He’s lost his “bad boys” image in this years Premier League - the crowd has passed it on to Mervyn King.

    Mervyn King, who first played Premier League last year and even reached the final, plays a second impressive season – his checkout rate is the highest of all players . He got the “bad boy” image during his long years in the BDO where he was well known because of gamesmanship. Since he joined the PDC in 2007 he’s “well-behaved” but he can’t get rid of it. When he shows his anoyment the crowd reacts even worse. Mervyn King proved to be a very consistent player and sits now on second place of the table. As he tells he’s not afraid of the big crowds but is aware he can’t offer any entertaining qualities.

    Then we have Terry Jenkins who as he admitted does not really like playing Premier League or better he doesn’t like to play it because it means that he’s three days during the week occupied with Premier League – two days for travelling, one day for playing. When he then plays the week-end Pro Tour events as well he’s more or less no time for anything else and no time for practicing either. Though usually a very consistent player this years Premier League season is a very up and down affair for him which shows in the league table. His overall average is the lowest so far.

    Not really new to Premier League is Ronnie Baxter who managed to play himself during the last year back into the top six of the PDC and qualified by this for Premier League. He’s the second oldest player after Taylor and proved by his consistency he really deserved to take part. Looking at the statistic he is in all parts under the top four – who would have thought this when Premier League started? Though I watch him now for years it still is a riddle for me how he manages it with such a kind of throw…Baxter might be is the weakest calculator in this field and sometimes throws rather surprising scores.

    And then of course we’ve got the new face of the Premier League, in fact the new face of the PDC because he did switch only a short time ago – Simon Whitlock. He’s settled very fast in the PDC and surprised a lot of people with reaching this year’s final of the PDC World Championship. He didn’t start good into Premier League but now shows what a strong player he is. I am always impressed with his capability to focus and by the composure he shows. He can score very high and he is sure with his high finishes as well, till now he’s the only one who hit a 170 finish. It looks to me he uses the whole board with all segments which much more ease then all other players. His checkout rate is almost as high as Mervyn Kings but he’s much more popular and he seems to be totally immune against Taylor’s mental strength.

    So this years Premier League is still wide open and to add even more entertainment to the next and last three weeks we’ll start a Premier League Trivia contest Thursday. The questions will not be too difficult – it’s more to have some fun – and we once again can offer you some great prices!!!

    Note: Thanks Charis! Unicorn is once again sponsoring the Trivia! So get in there and see if you can win a set of darts -- and don't forget to stop by Unicorns website to see which set you will want!"

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    Re: Premier League (Score: 1)
    by AmericanBadAss on Friday, April 30 @ 18:30:57 UTC
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    What thread are the questions on, if they are posted? Thanks!

    Re: Premier League (Score: 1)
    by Charis on Saturday, May 01 @ 09:32:27 UTC
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    They are a sticky in the "General Dart Talk".


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