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Posted by Stuart Pyke at 17:00 on 3rd November 2008 in UniBlog

Four days of fabulous darts, more darting perfection from ‘The Power’ and the tournament that finally saw the boy become a man.

That sums up the first ever European Championship in Frankfurt and next year the tournament seems likely to be played in Austria, as the PDC continues to spread the darting gospel.

It was always going to be a gamble but it paid off handsomely, as the Germans embraced the event and the best darts players in the world responded with some fantastic action….and when you consider four players lost with an average over 100 - that tells its own story.

But it is difficult to find new superlatives to describe Phil Taylor, who has yet again taken the sport of darts to new and dizzy heights.

His tournament average of 108.21 is another world record and yet another mark in the darting history books. Robert Thornton pushed him all the way in the semi-finals but an all too familiar ‘Power’ surge guaranteed Taylor another ‘Major’ final and ultimately, another ‘Major’ title.

Quite simply, he looks unbeatable at the moment and he looks unstoppable in his quest to claim a 14th World Title at the Alexandra Palace.

Unicorn star Adrian Lewis deserves special praise for his efforts in Frankfurt and it seems the boy has now finally become a man in the world of darts.

Lewis has responded in the right way after his enforced two month suspension, when he was banned over the now infamous incident with Kevin Painter at a tournament in Holland earlier in the year.

His demolition of Raymond van Barneveld in the quarter-finals is without doubt, the best performance of his career…..he averaged 108.62 and the sight of Barney shrugging his shoulders, as if to say there is nothing I can do about this, was an abiding memory of the tournament.

But Lewis then followed that up with a display of character and maturity in the semi-finals. There was so much riding on that clash with Peter Manley with the winner clinching the last place at the Grand Slam of Darts.

Lewis held it all together and a cheque for £25,000 will be some consolation but perhaps more importantly, his efforts in reaching the final have catapulted the Stoke youngster back up to No.6 in the world and it could be crucial in the race for those six automatic spots in the 2009 Premier League.

Manley too showed he still has what it takes…..he went into the tournament in danger of dropping out of the world’s top 16 for the first time in almost 15 years…..he ended it back up to No.12 in the world.

The final word must go to Taylor…..awesome sums him up and expect him to rewrite the record books again over the coming couple of months

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Posted by Kim Wehrs at 15:12 on 13th November 2008

Sorry to say, but it would be a desaster if the tournament is not in Frankfurt/Germany next year again. The location and the crowd is more than great! The European Darts Championship has to stay in Frankfurt for the next 2 or 3 years!


Posted by Boyce at 00:25 on 24th November 2008

Hi Stu

Well what can I say about the GSOD event, it was great from the last 16 stage.
Terry Jenkins is the "Jimmy White" of darts never winning a final (yet) however I think if he can get over the fact that he''s done well in reaching a final, he might one day win a major title.
Anderson,Whitlock,Webster & Fitton much join the PDC after the other codes world championship, I think it is only a matter of time, before they do, King & Thornton''s game has improved since there switch, & Vinny VV, Gerwin, Klassen & Tony E are also mixing it well with the big boys.
Once another Martin "I''m scared of Taylor" Adams have cried off, from playing the PDC lads, he is the only one who is scared to face them.
Fair play to the other BDO lads & Anna for giving it their best shot, in this event, I think not having Martin Adams in this event makes it a much better Grand Slam.
I think this year''s PDC World Championship will be the best ever, it does look like a 14th title for the power, however I''m sure the King, Barney, Thornton, Lewis, Wade will do well, I can''t see T Jenkins or Part getting past the 1st or 2nd round.
If it is a repeat of the 20007 final, I see Phil beating Barney 7-3.

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