DarrellSuper6 Round-up Week 29

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve entertained the Gillette Soccer Saturday Super6 here on Get Thet, Go!.

Rest assured, we’ve been banging on our entries, Micky D from his sick-bed in New Cross Hospital and the rest of us last-minute rushes.  Oh, to be organised!?!?!

Baggie Bird, the West Bromwich Albion F.C. mascot

Baggie Bird, the West Bromwich Albion F.C. mascot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whatever we do, however, nothing seems to be able to stop Ken running away with the league this year.  And what a turn-around in fortunes.

Apart from a couple of Manager of the Month awards, Ken’s only other achievement in the 2011-12 season was to pick up the wooden spoon.

Not only is the old fella running away with the DarrellSuper6 League, he’s also in the top 1% of the Gillette Soccer Saturday Super 6 League, just 47 points off top spot.

That’s not an insurmountable challenge for Ken, with so many weeks left this season by any stretch of the imagination.

Once again, Ken finished with top honours for week 29, getting two scores bang on the money.

Micky D clawed a precious few points back to give him a fighting chance of avoiding Ken’s fate last season of the wooden spoon.

Pat was the only other player to get a score right, like Ken and Micky D also predicting the Baggies would win 2-1 at home to Sunderland.

It’s only fitting, I suppose, that Ken, Micky D and Pat should get that one right, as they are the trio of Boing-Boingers in our league.

For Jase, Les and Jord, it was slim pickings this week, with no correct scores and only two correct results a-piece.

This poor performance sees Jase and Les fall further behind Ken’s pole position, plus allowing Pat to gain a little ground on their joint second place.

For Jord, it sees the gap between he and Micky D shrink to within just a couple of points at the foot of the table.

As well as the Super Six Week 30 fixtures next week, we have the next round of our cup, being the first Saturday in the month.

That’s also getting too close to call as we reach the penultimate round of the phase 2 round robin.  The fixtures for the last four will be announced before kick-off next week.

Here we are, then; the round up of week 29 results in the 2012-13 the Super 6 competition.

Darrell Super 6 Results - Week 29

Darrell Super 6 Results – Week 29

Fixtures for next week and a run-down of current form on our Super 6 entry form (Darrell Super 6 only, not the real one).

That’s about it from Get Thet, Go!, other than to say that there’s a new feature on our ‘next week’s predictions on the entry form page.

Beneath each team on the fixture sheet, there’s a link to an overview of their current form on the SKY Sports’ site.  Think I’ll be taking a peep at that – can’t have the wife finishing higher than me in the league, can I?

See you next week, folks. for more from the Super 6.

Watch out for our round-up of week 3 of the PDC Premier League and this week’s matchplay in the US on the European Tour, both coming shortly.

 

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2013 Joburg Open result: overnight deficit too Sterne test for Schwartzel

2013 Joburg Open result: overnight deficit too Sterne test for Schwartzel

Having led – or at least shared the lead – for the majority of the event, it’s no surprise to see Richard Sterne walk away the 2013 Joburg Open title.

joburg open leaderboard final

joburg open leaderboard final

Having slipped from the OWGR rankings following almost two years of convalescence and training after being diagnosed with arthritis in his mid-twenties, Sterne was a man on a mission this week in is home nation of South Africa.

Perhaps the real surprise of the final day’s play at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Gold Club East Course was the tail-off of joint overnight leader Trevor Fisher Junior.

Whilst Sterne was on his way to an accomplished and record -27 for this event, dropping only one shot along the way, similarly equalling a record set by Tiger Woods in pro-competition, Fisher Jnr’s day was conversely woeful.

Schwartzel proved ultimate threat to Sterne

Indeed, it was the well-fancied Charl Schwartzel who would be the greatest threat to Richard Sterne in the end.

But even the previous Joburg Open double-winner’s final 68 was no match for the new double-winner of this event’s day four 66, seeing Sterne run out champion by an amazing 7 shots.

Last week, Sterne showed the rest of the European Tour that he’s back and means business in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

He led there at the cut, too, but was eventually overcome by Stephen Gallacher. He obviously learned a valuable lesson and took the inspiration into the last day in Johannesburg.

South African golf prominent on European Tour

It’s perhaps fitting that Schwartzel should come runner-up behind his fellow countryman in this seventh staging of the Joburg Open.

South African golfers have now won 12 of the last 52 European Tour events, Schwartzel prominent amongst those title winners.

In the post-tournament interviews, Sterne revealed how Schwartzel had been an inspiration to the now-31-year old in his battle for fitness against the arthritis that saw him drop outside the world’s top 1,000 golfers.

Sterne wanted a piece of that very action and, after being so close last week, was not going to let the opportunity slip this.

Sterne will have sights on Majors qualification

An even bigger springboard for Sterne, who now tops this year’s Race to Dubai – an event that should be interesting with so many European golfers focusing on the PGA Tour this year – is to claw his way into the OWGR top fifty.

All things being equal, he’ll be in the top sixty tomorrow when all of the results from the Joburg Open and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California have been slung into the mixer.

To gain automatic qualification for this year’s Golf Majors, a top fifty OWGR spot guarantees an invitation. You wouldn’t bet against that development, given Sterne’s current form.

Next week, we stay in South Africa for the Africa Open. With Schwartzel off over to the US to play the Northern Trust Open, could Sterne make it a hat trick of top two finishes in successive weeks?  He’s kept his place in my team, that’s for sure.

10-tee-20-vision team - 130207 - joburg open - final

D 10-tee-20-vision team – 130207 – joburg open – final

And talking of which,  just a final word about our 10-Tee-20-Vision Fantasy Race to Dubai team.

Okay, ask me who picked the 1-2-3 for this here event in Joburg?  That’s right – read the team-sheet to the left and weep!

Did I have a bet on it?

No.

Am I pig-sick?

Yes.

Will I make the same mistake for next week’s PGA European Tour event?

Er, probably…

…so I guess it should be me doing the crying into the ‘why-oh-why?’ hanky this weekend.

So take heed, and don’t be a dingbat like me.

Here’s the list of invitations for next week’s Africa Open if you’re thinking of entering a team.

In the meantime, I’m going to give 10-Tee-20-Vision an overhaul and see if we can’t do better than finish inside the top 6,000 teams next week as we did this.

Tip of the week: fill half your team with South African golfers; definitely Richard Sterne, but not Ernie Els or Charl Schwartzel as they’ll be in America.

Good luck.  And if your want to drop a link to your Fantasy team in the comments, I’ll give it a tweet and we’ll have a bit of banter about it next weekend.

Have a great week, everyone. And remember, before betting on a European Tour golf or PDC darts event, Get Thet, Go!

Thet Watson. x

Joburg Open day 3: Sterne and Fisher Jnr open up 5-shot lead

On the eve of the final day of the 2013 Joburg Open, very little has changed after the first round of golf post-cut since yesterday.

English: South Africa (orthographic projection)

European Tour visits South Africa for the 2013 Joburg Open

Richard Sterne & Trevor Fisher Jnr have pulled a couple more shots clear and remain T1 after 54 holes of golf at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington in South Africa.

The two South Africans will take a five-shot lead over four other golfers currently T3 into the final day’s play in a few hours time.

Five out of the top six placed golfers after day three still represent South Africa, as was the case at the halfway point in this year’s Joburg Open, yesterday.

The only difference is that Jaco Van Zyl has exchanged places with Keith Horne; Van Zyl carded -5 for the day to join the three other golfers five off the pace on -14, whereas Horne shot a forgettable +1.

English: Felipe Aguilar during his participati...

Felipe Aguilar, Wikipedia, CC3.0 Sharealike

Aguilar only non-South African with shot at Joburg Open title

Chile’s Felipe Aguilar is still the only non-South African to be cutting it up with the home-grown golfers.  He remains the only genuine threat to prising the Joburg Open title out of South African hands.

It would be a brave fella indeed to back against either Sterne or Fisher Jnr failing to cross the line as champion, given their 5-shot advantage.

But Charl Schwartzel, amongst those T3 five shots back, will want to do whatever he can to win the Joburg Open for the third time in four years.  Branden Grace robbed him of a straight hat-trick last year; he’ll want to put that right, tomorrow.

I say ‘tomorrow’.  The final day tees off in less than five hours from now, with the lower half of the draw in this Race to Dubai event teeing off on the back nine at 6:30 local time (GMT +2).

The top half tee off same time on the front nine.  Oddly, unlike day three, the pairings for the final day will actually play in trios.

Van Zyl (-14/T3) joins leaders Sterne and Fisher Jnr (-19/T1) to tee off at 8:20am, making the final pairing an all-South African affair.

The other three T3 golfers, Schwartzel, Coetzee and Aguilar, set out ten minutes earlier.  For my money, Charl will be in the clubhouse praying for Sterne or Fisher Jnr to drop a shot at the last.

Can’t see it though; what about you?

  • Can anyone mount a challenge from five shots – or further – back?  
  • Or is it Richard Sterne vs Trevor Fisher Jnr all the way?

McCoys darts Premier League round up, round one, Belfast

With the 2013 PDC World Darts Championship final still fresh in everyone’s minds, Taylor versus Van Gerwen was perhaps a fitting fixture for the first round of this year’s Premier League.

The two finalists of the inaugural Sid Waddell Trophy, as the PDC Worlds will now be known, served up a treat for the 8,000 fans who’d headed to Belfast’s Odyssey Arena to see the new-look Premier League bull off.

MVG showed everyone just why he’s the darter the PDC players have least looked forward to being drawn against this last six months, too.

The young Dutch superstar, still only 23 and strongly fancied to take over from The Power as long-term world number 1, twice held a two-leg advantage (3-1 & 6-4) over the 16-time champion of the world.

Van Gerwen misses 5 darts for victory over Taylor

Indeed, had it not been for sloppy finishing in the 11th leg, Van Gerwen would have powered to both points on his Premier League debut.  But 5 missed darts at the doubles let Taylor back in against the throw.

It was perhaps fitting that Taylor closed out the match with a 104 finish in the twelfth leg to share the points from the 6-all thriller, both darters having gone close to nine-darters over the course of the top-of-the-bill match.

As you’d expect, Mighty Mike was gutted to have thrown away victory and get a little revenge for the Worlds final last month.  Conversely, Taylor was happy to have secured the point having seen five match darts from his opponent fail to hit the mark.

In the other games, comebacks were also prevalent features of proceedings.  Like MVG, Flying Scot Gary Anderson twice held a two-leg advantage over Raymond Van Barneveld, winning the first two legs without response an the fourth.

But Anderson could only chalk up one more leg as RVB won six out of the next seven to run out 7-4 winner.

Another Premier League debutante  Robert Thornton, continued his fine run of form on the PDC circuit.

The Thorn raced into a 5-1 lead over The Hammer, who eventually put up a fight of his own.  But The Torn was strong enough to regain the momentum and close out victory 7-5.

English: James Wade the darts player

James Wade, The Machine
(Wikipedia, CC2.0 Sharealike)

James Wade too strong for Warrior Wes

James Wade, a former winner of this event, faced the third of the Premier League’s new boys, Wes Newton.

Wes has forced his way into the top 6 of the world with a steady run over the last two years, which has seen the Fleetwood darter dominant on the floor events.

But James Wade’s Premier League experience and, if you believe it, the bespoke training he put in in anticipation of the first round of this year’s premier darts competition, saw him notch up a 7-4 victory.

The game between Simon Whitlock and Adrian Lewis was very much a case of ‘as you were, gentlemen.”

Whitlock reminded us of his ability to check out stunning three-figure, three-dart combos.  The Australian took out 121 and 108 on his way to a 7-3 over the former PDC World Champ.

Lewis was once again found to be struggling with his form, much as he was last weekend in Hamburg when he and Phil Taylor retained the Darts World Cup.

To me, Lewis’ mind seems to be on other things, with darts very much a second best in his order of priorities.

This was typified when he hit a 180 to set himself up with a 60 finish, then bust the score on the next dart finding the treble 20 instead of the single.

Memories of Jocky v Eric as McCoys Premier League heads to Scotland

And it will certainly be no easier for Lewis, or any of the other Stokies, Wes or Wade.

The Premier League heads up to Aberdeen next Thursday where English darters always face a hostile reception.  Thank Eric Bristow and the late, great Jocky Wilson for setting that precedent in the drinking, smoking days of the News of the World darts championship.

Scots Anderson and Thornton, Dutch stars RVB and MVG and Aussie, Whitlock will all be looking to capitalise on the partisan AECC crowd in round two of fourteen of this year’s McCoy’s Darts Premier League.

Join us next week for a round-up of all of the Valentine’s Day action where there’ll be no love lost in The Highlands between the Scots crowd and English darters.

Joburg Open – 4-under/T55 makes the cut for weekend golf action

The Joburg Open is at the halfway point and, as has been the case in the majority of years since its inception in 2007, is dominated by South African golfers.

Charl Schwartzel at KLM Open in 2010

Charl Schwartzel circa 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indeed, five of the top six are from the home nation, with only Chilean golfer Felipe Aguilar keeping pace with the South Africans, sitting T4 with Charl Schwartzel and Keith Horne.

Charl Schwartzel was amongst many bookies’ favourites for this, the seventh, Joburg Open at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.  And probably for good reason.

The South African is vying for his hat-trick at the event, winning previously in 2010 and 2011.  His compatriot Branden Grace picked up the title last year, robbing Schwartzel of a prestigious straight three-in-a-row.

joburg open leaderboard halfway

joburg open leaderboard halfway (European Tour Leaderboard)

However, he’s got some work to do over the weekend if he’s to make that dream a reality.

Sitting between himself, Horne and Aguilar and the leaders is George Coetzee, two shots ahead in solo third place  on -12.

But the gap to leaders Trevor Fisher Jnr and Richard Sterne is a further three shots.

They sit pretty atop the Joburg Leaderboard on -15 at the halfway stage.

Tommy Fleetwood best chance of UK Golf victory in Joburg Open

Tommy Fleetwood is UK Golf’s best chance of picking up the title on this Sunshine Tour event, sitting T7 with three other golfers a further shot behind Schwartzel and Co. on -9.

Considering most of our 10-Tee-20-Vision‘s points in the Fantasy Race to Dubai have come from British, predominantly English, golfers this season, there’s little evidence much of the €1,300,000 purse will be heading back to Europe Sunday afternoon.

The impetus felt by the injection of the European Tour at the Joburg Open, one of four South African golf events it sponsors, has certainly helped raise interest in the competition.

Even then, many of Europe’s biggest golfing names aren’t making the trip to South Africa, rather travelling west across the Atlantic this week.

This year’s Joburg Open coincides with the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, a huge draw every year, Stateside.

Pros and celebrities take on the stunning Californian golf course, as well as Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Golf Courses due to large number of entrants.

Old Lefty, Phil Mickleson, looks in decent form to defend his 2012 title there after winning his 41st PGA Tour event in Phoenix last week.

The tee-times for tomorrow morning’s golf here in Johannesburg have been announced and the pairings are on the European Tour website.

Robert Jan Derksen kicks off day three of the Joburg Open at 6:54am on the East Course.  The top ten overnight will pair off at 11:44am, 11:53am, 12:02pm, 12:10pm and finally the overnight leaders, Fisher Jnr and Sterne, at 12:20.  All local times, which are GMT+2.

10-Tee-20-Vision Fantasy Race to Dubai @ Joburg

It’s doubtful whether my old Fantasy Race to Dubai team is going to win the weekly prize for biggest total prize pot this week, given that six out of our ten haven’t made the cut.

I’ll not name names (you can see for yourself), but the four golfers we do have remaining for the weekend’s golf action means we shouldn’t embarrass ourselves too much.

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10-Tee-20-Vision team – 130207 – Joburg Open

Don’t ask me how, but you’ll see the very last selection on the team sheet this week was Richard Sterne, who sits T1, as mentioned. Then we’ve got Charl Schwartzel and Felipe Aguilar who share T4.  Not bad, huh?

Making up our cut survivors is Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli, who sits just outside the top ten. At seven shots off the pace, he’s T11 with eight other golfers on -8.

That might sound like a fair way off the pace, seven shots behind the leaders.  When you consider that Fisher Jnr and Sterne have amassed -15 after the first two days’ golf, a win for Gagli is by no means out of the question.

I’m certain there’ll be many more team managers wishing they’d as many golfers left in the Fantasy Race To Dubai as we have.

Conversely, I’m sure there are a good few more rubbing their hands at the prospect of a South African whitewash if they’ve used their noggins and picked a team of indigenous golfers…now why didn’t I think of that?


Have your say:

Can Schwartzel claw back the two shots needed over the weekend to win his third Joburg Open?

And have you entered a team in this year’s Fantasy Race to Dubai?  If so, how are you doing and are you in a mini-league?

England win the World Cup of Darts – shock fecking horror.

Okay, so darts may be England’s last bastion in sports. A game that we dominate and have done ever since its inception.

That’s not saying there’ve not been challengers for the world crown from other countries along the way. There have been and then some.

But one glance at past winners of the World Championship tells you everything you need to know about the global kingpins of darts.

And so it proved again at yesterday’s World Cup of Darts marathon day in Hamburg, with the semi-finals being played in the afternoon and the final last night.

England retain darts’ world crown – just

betfair world darts finalists ronny and kim huybrechts, phil taylor and adrian lewis

Ronny & Kim Huybrechts, Belgium (runners-up) alongside Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis, England, PDC/Betfair World Cup of Darts Champions

For its dominance over the years, England could so easily have gone out at either the quarter-final stage or the semi stage in Germany this weekend.

James Wade, renowned for his accuracy on double ten, must have put a curse on the red bit when he represented England in the first ever World Cup of Darts two years ago.

Although he and Taylor memorably failed that year, The Power and Lewis righted that wrong last year and again this. But let’s hope there’s a good launderette in Stoke.

In the last 16 match against South Africa on Saturday and then the semi-final against Wales yesterday afternoon, darters had shots to put England on the next Boeing back across The Channel.

Charl Pietersen needed 80 for South Africa with their quarter-final against the Taylor/Lewis combo going into the deciding doubles match. Poised at 4-4, the young South African’s first dart was clean as a whistle into the treble 20.

But the pressure of such a famous scalp saw his double 10 effort and subsequent double 5 an inch inside both targets.

And with quite literally the first sighting of ‘Jackpot’ of the weekend – at least the darter who won the 2011 and 2012 PDC World Championships – England stepped up to the oche at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle to clean up with Tops.

Another England scare against Japan in the quarters

Saturday night saw England face Japan. Muramatsu, whom we’ve seen at the last two PDC World Championships at the Ally-Pally, played like the darter Phil Taylor has prophesied he will become.

Behind Muramatsu and World Cup of Darts team-mate, Katsumi, The Power expects to see a wave of Asian darters flood the PDC. On this performance, that day looks ever closer.

The way the seeds fell on Saturday, Taylor knew anything was possible over such a short format. And, boy, how very nearly did the unthinkable happen?

Taylor did a job on Muramatsu to put England 1-0 up. But Lewis struggled with his form again against Katsumi.

This second singles match went all the way.  Katsumi set himself up for a shot at 140, missing out only on that good old double 10, which would have sown the match up as early as the sixth leg.

Phil Taylor: The Power (autobiography)

Phil Taylor: The Power (autobiography)
Amazon.co.uk

You can tempt fate once too often. In the seventh leg, double 10 was again the obstacle facing English opponents. Katsumi made no mistake on this occasion and sent the match into the doubles play-off.

Japan stormed into a 2-0 lead in the pairs play-off, following the first real blip of Taylor’s week in the first leg. The Power soon made up for the error – and how!?

Taylor had single-handedly pulled the match back to 2-1.  But, in the fourth leg, Muramatsu was left 56 by Katsumi with Taylor, in between, facing a 160 checkout.

The way Muramatsu was playing, the 56 would have gone, for sure. At 3-1 down, it would have been a very different story for England.

But this is why Taylor is 16-time world champion.

  •  Treble 20!
  •  Treble 20!
    • Bang!
  • Tops!

2-2 instead of 1-3 and the English boys never looked back, sealing a place in the semis against last year’s opponents at the same stage, Wales, with a 4-2 victory.

Wales make the last day for 3rd successive year

You have to feel for Wales. In the inaugural event in 2011, they lost to Holland in the final. Last year, they met England here in the semi-final who saw them off on their way to the title.

As Phil Taylor had carried Adrian Lewis for most of the tournament, Mark Webster was the man to beat in this semi-final rather than Richie Burnett.

No, that’s perhaps a little harsh on Richie. Webster was outstanding, so much so that it perhaps overshadowed the Prince of Wales’ performance.

Indeed, if the chance that fell to Burnett in the sixth leg to send England packing had dropped to Webster, there may be dragons on the trophy today instead of lions.

Wales were 3-2 up with England sat on double 4 after Taylor had missed double 16 and 8 respectively to tie the match at 3-3.

Burnett needed the same 140 to take Wales through to the final that Japan’s Katsumi had been tasked with in the previous round against Lewis.

England sphincters clenched as both of Burnett’s first two darts found the treble 20, leaving that same old double ten that Pietersen and Katsumi had missed in the previous rounds.

And once again, the third dart in the combo landed an inch inside the wire, leaving Jackpot to tidy up double 4 and send the match into a tiebreaker.

In that 7th and final leg, Lewis began to at last shoulder some of the pressure and stepped up to the oche to close the match out 4-3 and seal what looked at one stage a very unlikely England darts victory.

England breezed the World Cup of Darts final

The final against Belgium’s Huybrechts brothers did, however, go pretty much to the form-book.

Taylor, imperious all week, won both of his singles games. Lewis fell to Kim Huybrechts who, behind Taylor, was the star of the weekend’s proceedings.

Kim Huybrechts at the 2013 World Cup of Darts

Kim Huybrechts at the 2013 World Cup of Darts

But Jackpot beat Kim’s older brother, Ronny who, on his first televised performance at this Betfair World cup of Darts, did his brother, country and recently-deceased father proud every step of the way.

Should the match have been tied 2-2 at the end of the singles, there was the proviso for a pairs play-off. But it wasn’t necessary.

Two singles victories for Taylor and one for Lewis wrapped up the final at 3-1 to retain England’s world darting crown. And, it has to be said, with a lot less drama than the three rounds that had gone before.

Okay, it was perhaps predictable. But there were moments that suggest England, like every other sport they’ve created, will not have it all their own way for that much longer.

Join me for more darts on Wednesday as we preview the new-look Premier League, which kicks off in Belfast on Thursday evening.

Have a great week. I hope you enjoyed this World Cup of Darts review.

For blow-by-blow details of the last 16 through to the final, you can catch the scores and stats on the PDC website:

Both photos, Courtesy of PDC.tv, World Cup of Darts