Arron Monk has won through to the final of the PDC Unicorn Under 21 World Championship!
The Team Unicorn star is celebrating his biggest day in darts and the rewards that go with it, because his heroics at the Barnsley Metrodome have earned him a wildcard to the Grand Slam of Darts, a guaranteed tour card on the PDC pro Tour in 2011 and at least £5,000 in prize money.
But Monk will also now contest the final of the PDC Unicorn Under 21 World Championship on the big stage at the Alexandra Palace at the Ladbrokes.com World Championship next month!
Monk will face Dutch ace Michael van Gerwen in that final!
But what an achievement for the 20-year-old….he was the No.3 seed going into the tournament and he didn’t disappoint, losing only seven legs in five matches en route to the final.
“I am so thrilled, I can’t tell you!” said Monk. “It was a nervy day with loads of pressure but I handled it and as a Team Unicorn player to get to the final, when it is sponsored by Unicorn, it means that little bit more to me.”
“And to win a place at the Grand Slam is incredible. It has been a very important day in my darts career,” he added. “I can’t wait for Wolverhampton!”
“But it would mean everything if I can go on to win the World Championship against Michael at the Alexandra Palace,” said the young man from Hampshire.
Monk beat Nick Kenny (4-2), Leon Bailey (4-2), Curtis Bagley (4-1) and Daniel McGivney (4-0)
That set up a semi-final showdown with Lewis Venes, who had earlier upset Team Unicorn’s Joe Cullen….and Monk didn’t disappoint! A 4-2 victory earned him a shot at the big prize.
From two legs apiece, Monk won the next in 13 darts and won the match against the Londoner with a terrific 116 finish.
Last year, he lost out to Steve Maish in the final of the ITV Wildcard qualifier for the Grand Slam, so to get there in 2010 is extra special for Monk. The draw, by the way, is on Monday evening.
But unfortunately, there was heartache for Cullen.
The Unicorn ace was the No.2 seed and was tipped to make it to the final, but he blew it….and sadly, Cullen only has himself to blame.
It was his dream to reach the Grand Slam of Darts and it all looked so good, as Cullen won his first two matches 4-0 and 4-1.
And he was in total control of his 3rd Round match against Lewis Venes. Cullen was 3-1 in front and cruising but he took his eye off the ball. The team Unicorn star missed five darts to win and he lost focus and lost the game, as Venes won three consecutive legs to snatch victory.
Elsewhere, Team Unicorn youngster Sean White couldn’t find that magical touch….he was the No.8 seed, but was whitewashed 4-0 by Graeme Orr in the 1st Round.
At the same stage, Keegan Brown gave Van Gerwen a real run for his money before going down 4-2, while in the Preliminary Round, Petersfield Academy youngster Jack Marriner was unlucky to lose in a deciding leg to Dan Dean.
PDC Unicorn Under 21 World Championship results:
Michael van Gerwen 4-3 Shaun Griffiths
Benito van der Pas 4-2 Michael Smith
Arron Monk 4-0 Daniel McGivney
Lewis Venes 4-3 Chris Aubrey
Losers - £1,250
Michael van Gerwen 4-1 Benito van de Pas
Arron Monk 4-2 Lewis Venes
Losers - £2,500
Final (to be played at the Ladbrokes.com World Championship at the Alexandra Palace):
Michael van Gerwen v Arron Monk (best of 11 legs)
Winner will receive £10,000 and the runner-up £5,000
By STUART PYKE (Twitter @stuartpykesport)
Photo courtesy PDC