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Matt Porter Exclusive Interview
Co-host Alex Moss is back with a bonus episode and is joined by special guest Matt Porter, the chief executive of the PDC. In this exclusive interview, Matt talks about the last 12 months, running events during a pandemic and the challenges of keeping the tour going with an ever-growing international field of tour card holders. Matt also gives his thoughts on the new formats used for the Masters and Q-School this year, as well as last week’s UK government update and his hopes that fans will be allowed back for the World Matchplay in Blackpool this summer, and also answers some listener questions too. Enjoy!
Episode 190: Scott Mitchell, Maik Kuivenhoven, Jake Jones, Super Series Preview
Co-hosts Alex Moss and Burton DeWitt are back with a new episode on the eve of the new PDC ProTour season. First, former BDO world champion Scott Mitchell (11:43) calls in as he prepares for his first season as a tour card holder, and discusses Q-School, Co Stompe buying him cheese, and whether the invisible dog walk-on will make a return. Next, Jake Jones (40:41) joins us ahead of his ProTour debut this week, and talks through his career so far, including being England youth number one, taking a break from darts to start a family, his 2020 Q-School nightmare, and winning a tour card last week. Then, Maik Kuivenhoven (1:06:27) calls in as he gets ready for a third season on the PDC tour, and explains his surprise at retaining his tour card as world number 66 after Kyle Anderson handed his tour card in, a breakthrough 2020 campaign, and his hopes for the year ahead. Plus, there’s plenty of debate from our co-hosts Alex and Burton, as they make their picks on who could be the next first-time winners in the PDC, give their thoughts on the BDO trophy-gate over the weekend, as well as delve into all the latest news. Enjoy!
Episode 189: Danny Baggish, Gordon Mathers, Jack Main, Q-School Review
Co-hosts Alex Moss and Burton DeWitt are back with a new episode and are joined by three players who won PDC tour cards at Q-School this week. First, Danny Baggish (14:06) calls in after becoming the first American to secure a tour card at Q-School, and looks back on a dramatic week of results and ahead to what comes next in his career. Then, Gordon Mathers (38:43) joins us after winning his tour card, explains why a cancelled flight back to Australia led to him entering Q-School, and why Simon Whitlock has been a big help while he’s been based in the UK. Plus, Jack Main (1:02:49) calls in after clinching his tour card with a day to spare, via the UK Q-School Order of Merit, and talks through his darts career so far, his switch from football to darts, and his hopes for the next two years. And, there’s lots of Q-School chat between Alex and Burton too, including what’s next for Raymond van Barneveld after he won a tour card at Q-School, the new tour card holders they’re most looking forward to watching, and also their thoughts on the debate around the points/leg difference rules at Q-School. Enjoy!
Episode 188: Kirk Shepherd, Kevin Doets, Danny Lauby Jr, Q-School Bonus Interviews
Co-hosts Alex Moss and Burton DeWitt are back with a new bonus episode during Q-School. America’s Danny Lauby Jr (00:32) calls in after landing in the UK ahead of another Q-School campaign, and chats to Burton about his career so far, taking inspiration from his father’s success, and how significant an American winning a tour card could be. Next, Kirk Shepherd (13:33) joins us to reflect on his career so far, including that incredible run to the PDC World Championship final in 2008 and how it changed his life, as well as his past successes at Q-School as he hopes to win a tour card via that route for a fourth time this week. Plus, Dutch ace Kevin Doets (23:25) also calls in ahead of entering European Q-School in the Final Stage, and looks back on his achievements in the game so far, overcoming dartitis to pursue a career in the PDC, and winning Challenge Tour and Development Tour titles in 2020. Enjoy!
The Q-School Ever-Presents Special with Ashley Holgate and Ian Lever
Alex Moss and Matthew Kiernan are back with a bonus episode as we’re joined by the two ever presents at Q-School – Ashley Holgate and Ian Lever – ahead of the 2021 Q-School starting on Monday next week. First, Ashley Holgate (00:25) chats to Matthew about how darts runs through his family, with his grandad winning the News of the World in 1933, beating John Part on the Challenge Tour, and why he doesn’t want Q-School to become a closed shop. Next, Ian Lever (19:50) joins Alex to talk through his darts career, the nerves on his debut for Lancashire, winning 150 caps for his county, playing in the UK Open at both venues, and what inspires him to keep competing. Enjoy!
Episode 187: Steve Hine, Jamie Durrant, Masters Review, Q-School Preview
Co-hosts Alex Moss and Burton DeWitt are back with a new episode as they look back on a memorable Masters and look ahead to the start of Q-School next week. Former PDC title winner Steve Hine (17:20) calls in ahead of his latest bid to win back his tour card next week, and looks back on his career so far, the ‘Muffin Man’ nickname and walk-on, missing out on a tour card by one leg in 2020, and his hopes for this year. Jamie Durrant (50:36) also joins us ahead of making his Q-School debut next week, and also chats about beating his uncle, Glen Durrant, in an exhibition and why that inspired him to pursue a potential career in darts. Plus, Alex and Burton recap all the action from Milton Keynes last weekend, pick out the big talking points heading into Q-School and take on your listener questions. Enjoy!
Episode 186: Chris Dobey, Graham Fairhurst, Mark Pritchard, Masters Preview
Co-hosts Alex Moss and Burton DeWitt are back with a new episode ahead of the start of a new PDC season. PDC tournament director Graham Fairhurst (9:33) calls in to reflect on getting tournaments back on during the pandemic, the lowdown on Q-School next month and the organisation’s plans for the year. Chris Dobey (32:05) also joins the show ahead of making his Masters debut on Friday, and looks back on the last 12 months, as well as his continued search for a first PDC senior title. Mark Pritchard, the boss of Darting Promotions, (54:50) joins us to discuss last weekend’s new signing announcement, bringing in Michael Smith to his stable, and his hopes for his players in 2021. Plus, Alex and Burton look ahead to 2021, ponder when crowds could return and also predict who walks away with the Masters title on Sunday. Enjoy!
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