and the Iron Fist wrote:Tonight's 'action' was what I would describe as 'total garbage'.
They have to rethink this four Irish players thing. Between them they won just 3 legs. Yes, I know they played nos 1-3 in the world but it's not good enough to justify their inclusion.
It's not good viewing, contrary to what Sky think, and it's surely unfair how the players that draw them practically have a bye.
With the first round format they have here it should be really exciting, with a genuine chance of the big guns, including Taylor, being elimintaed. The draw totally took away that opportunity. Okay, that was how the draw came out, nothing they can do about it, but it's equally unfair when two Irish players get to play each other first round, as in previous years.
It's a farcical situation.
Also, too many overrated players without the nerve and mental capability to be a top player dissappointing for the thousandth time. I hope Wes Newton can book this trend and not become one of these players; he seems comfortable and confident on stage these days.
In an ideal world, every tournament, regardless of location, would have an equal and diverse representation from all over the globe and there would be little to no advantage to your geographical location when trying to make it.
Each tournament has to pay attention to a number of things - what it is, its identity and where its held being just a few. Darts is so heavily favoured to English and has been throughout time - in the PDC all the PC events are in England, in the BDO/WDF there are more ranking events for the majors in England and Scotland than anywhere else. Therefore people based or born here have that advantage. Yes the competition is fierce, but do you think many of the players would swap that for trying to build a darting career oversees?
The small consolation from living in certain areas where big tournies are held is that they work in this way - that a seperate qualification criteria is there to recognise the location and it happens in most individual sports. Its there for a reason, Irish fans want to see Irish players for a start and it creates more balance to the onesided tour - plus its taking the game to a worldwide plane - which should be encouraged.