Another Challenge Tour weekend comes to a close. Chapter eight of this years tour gave us another dramatic final. Meanwhile, the weekend itself gave rise to many ‘talking points’.
Stephen Burton another title, his second this years, by defeating Patrick Van Den Boogard in a thrilling final. It was a fitting finale to the second Challenge Tour Weekend of 2019. Four different event winners, several 100+ averages, some superb consistency and signs of recovery from several past champions were visible throughout a fine weekends play.
Event 8 featured strong efforts from Kevin Garcia, Ian Withers and Dave Prins, to name a few, Withers has been progressing steadily for some while and may have cemented some of that progress this weekend. His run to the Qtr-Final here combined both heavy scoring and strong-minded matchplay.
Prins seems to make a habit of saving his better efforts for the final day of these events. It is not the first time he has reached the later stages on Sunday evening. Perhaps, experience counts or could it be a calm consistency?
Boris Koltsov and Callan Rydz both recorded 100+ averages in the early stages. However, it is possible that their efforts over the weekend ensured they ran out of steam earlier than previously, as both seemed to burn out this time.
Barry Lynn, Nick Fullwell, Andy Jenkins and Colin Osborne were among the names who gave hints of returning to their best over the weekend. Despite a dreadful start Osborne began to put together a few wins. Lynn averaged 100+ at times but seemed to run out of steam. ‘Rocky’ Jenkins has been edging back to something like his former self and gaining good results along the way. Multiple Challenge Tour winner Fullwell looks to be loosening up again.
All in all this weekend confirmed that this year’s Challenge Tour will be the site of some great darts and tremendous performances. It may well be worth keeping an eye on ‘The Old Guard’ some seem to be determined to regain their place amongst the higher echelons of the game.