Diary of a (slightly annoyed) Darts Player!

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POLITICS... I’m not a fan! But we are lucky enough to live in a place that gives everyone the right to do what they want, just so long as they don’t break any rules, writes Andy Relf.

You are probably thinking I’ve lost the plot here somewhat, but don’t worry, I haven’t.

Actually I’m still the same person that I’ve always been... I don’t think that I’ve changed much over the years, and I’m happy that I’ve got a great wide circle of friends.

What has this got to do with darts? I started out back in the early 1990’s playing in the local leagues with my friends, and my nature led me to wanting to try to see just how far I can take it – I think they call it ambition!

I arrived at the point where I chose to have a go at playing in the PDC, against the best players in the world.

Now, I am at the very bottom of a very steep ladder in that circle of players, but I love playing against the better players and gauging my own ability.

Therefore I was pretty damn annoyed this week when I hear that, because I dared to play for my old Heathfield League team again, and subsequently hit a 180, suddenly people are airing displeasure at me being allowed to play!

Er... check the rules guys, whoever you are, I don’t think there is anything stopping me! If people consider me a professional, then let me tell you, my costs far outweigh my winnings on the Pro-Tour, and I have a full-time job, but I do it because I love it, and want to compete at that level.

At the same time, however, I haven’t ditched my old mates since I became a “Professional”, and I never will.

But they needn’t worry, I will not play for the rest of the season, and someone else can win the trophy.

By the way, I lost my singles match last week... I was one of the two that lost when our team won 10-2... some pro, eh!

You might have gathered that I’m a bit annoyed over this. Anyone can play in the PDC, but not many choose to.

It doesn’t automatically make you a better player, so I don’t feel I should be told where I can or can’t play!

That’s the rant over with. Elsewhere; our Kings Head side won this week, 5-4 yet again, but this time in our favour.

In the Superleague, however, our team suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of the Eastbourne DGH.

It was an absolutely awful performance by us, losing 6-3. I lost my match having gone on first against Barry Locke, I scored really well again, but I am still a mile away from my doubles, which ultimately cost me the game.

Our skipper, Mark Davis, won man of the match, but with a very low average… I think we’ll be back with a vengeance next week; we were embarrassed by our performances.