Diary of a Darts Player with Andy Relf

THE first PDC Pro Tour weekend of the year is upon us, and luckily with the weather slightly unpredictable at the moment, I’m pretty glad that it is in Crawley.

The event this weekend is a UK Open qualifying tournament, where we attempt to qualify for the televised UK Open event at Bolton in June.

There are 190 entrants this weekend so competition is going to be fierce.

I’m looking forward to getting in amongst the action, as my practice has been going well, and the PDC seems to be the place where I play my best darts.

The environment suits me, and I’m able to give a good account of myself as the qualifying school last month proved.

It will be good to catch up with some of the lads as well, as I haven’t seen some of them since November.

It seems like this week is the start of the darting year with the Premier League kicking into action on Thursday nights on Sky… I hope that a certain Mr Anderson retains his title, but it will be tough as always.

As for Superleague darts, our Brighton Nomads side are top of the East Division, and this was further cemented this week with a great win over the team from the Newmarket, also from Brighton.

My own season is a bit strange, I started well, but my performances aren’t what I would like, I seem to just do enough to beat my opponents.

I’m not putting in high averages of late, but winning my matches.

This week was no different; I played Sussex Assistant Team Manager Geoff Taylor, and won 3-0, but neither of us played anywhere near the standard that we know we can.

Despite scraping wins, I’m still unbeaten in the league, only two players remain unbeaten this season in our division, it would be nice to finish of the season and stay unbeaten.