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IDF WORLD CUP Thus far

While I have a few moments I figure I will do a quick update about the shoot so far.... I have to say firstly that I am once again really enjoying Shanghai.  It is a eteremely noisey city and a cab ride will definitely test your nerves as if there is any traffic laws it may just be "Survival of the Fittest" lol.  You would not believe how people drive here.....

Well the event opened on Wed with a Open Singles 501 and everything here is split bull.  I started the day flying right out of the gates with my same form as Hong Kong....

There was a ton of people in the event which was awesome to see.  The Chinese players are steadily improving their game and are much better then even 2 years ago when I was last here.  The people are all very nice and really enjoy darts here in Shanghai.

So back to the 501 Open event....it was well attended by the top international players and Chinese people alike which made for a lot of rounds....so many I can't remember to be honest but the longest event I have played in a while but it was extremely well ran.  You would finish your match and only have a couple mins if any before your next match.  Well I was cruising along nicely until the semi final where I ran into Ray "the Razor" Carver from USA.  Ray came out flying shooting 12 and 10 dart games to sending me to the 1 game loser bracket.  They had the opening ceremonies planned to start shortly so they suspended play for two hours before I could attempt tp make my recovery.

They practiced for hours to ensure the opening ceremonies went off perfectly and it did.  In usual Chinese fashion there was a lot of speeches and entertainment that followed the marching in of the 22 internalional teams that are here.  So after a 2 hour break it was time to resume play and I was up right away.  During the break I had forgot it was only one game until half way through the game which lit a fire under my butt and I managed to squeak out the first match.  Now with my head back on right I marched all the way back up to meet Mr Ray Carver again in the final.  I was able to take the first set off Ray and we stretch the second set out to the last leg where Ray won the start to decide the match.  Well in true Razor fashion Ray shot another 10 dart game on me to seal his victory and resign myself to a second place finish.  I was very happy with  my play on the day and happily took my result.

Thursday was the Pro 501 Singles which was double on double off split bull.  I found myself not being as comfortable this day....I won my first match over a great shooter from Italy (never met a Italian player before) but I found myself being nervous for some reason!!!  This is not the norm for me but you have to find ways to overcome right?  Well I managed to get to the top 16 before being sent to the losers bracket and still wasn't feeling great.....I won a few more matches before being undone by my friend Robert "the Dragon" Heckman.  I had just missed 40 and was sitting on 20 to win the Match while Rob was sitting on 170... I kept my back to the board and listened..... I hear the noise for a triple on his first dart..."uh oh" I thought...second dart same thing...and I start thinking "tell me this is not about to happen lol" and you guessed it the crowd erupts as Rob nails the center bull for the victory!!!  Was a great shot by a great player not much more you can say.

Well the day finished off with the round robin portion of the team event, I am here playing with Team Canada ( Chris White, Jayson Barlow, Trish Grziesk and myself).  We were in with two powerhouse teams Team USA and Team Austria so it was not going to be a easy day but we managed to get through to todays knockout coming third out 5 teams on our sheet.

Today sees us starting with Pro Cricket Singles followed by the start of the knockout rounds of the Team event.... Here is hoping for a smoother day :) Time to start warming up in my room before taking the adventurous cab ride to the sports venue!!!


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