Chairman's thoughts on the BDO Lakeside 2018 Draw
Well that was a draw and a half; there are some very interesting matches for the fans/viewers. Starting with the men's draw, our number 1 seed and reigning champion Glen Durrant starts his campaign with a match against the winner of a preliminary round game between Pengiran Mohamed v Gary Robson. Pengiran is making his debut on the Lakeside stage and will also be making history as the first player from Brunei to compete here. But, he faces very tough opposition as Gary is a very experienced player who is a regular on the Lakeside stage. Pengiran is an unknown quantity so who knows what the outcome will be.
Ross Montgomery (seeded 5) v Scott Waites (2 x previous winner in 2013 and 2016). Ross has been in outstanding form this season and has earned his seeded place. He currently holds two titles, The British Open and the Wolverhampton Open. Ross was also runner up in the Antwerp, Belfry and the Dutch Opens (the biggest and hardest of all of them), whereas Scotty Too Hotty has had a quiet year on the circuit as he has become the proud daddy who dotes on his little girl, but just last month he won the Jersey Open so appears to be coming into form at the right time. Both of these players are very experienced on the Lakeside stage and I certainly wouldn't like to predict who will win this battle.
Scott Mitchell (Scotty Dog) World Professional Champion in 2015 v Darius Labanauskas (Lithuania) again another tough call to make but it should be an enthralling one to watch as Darius is no easy opponent to come up against in any round.
Probably the most talked about draw will be Mark McGeeney (Seeded 2) v Martin Adams (3 x World Professional Champion 2007/2010/2011) and appearing at the lakeside for the 25th time. What a match this will be as although Mark is the inform player Martin has so much experience under his belt especially on the Lakeside stage where he loves nothing better than to go all the way with his matches, he doesn't do easy.
To the Ladies matches Deta Hedman (Seeded 1) v Rachna David (Norway) although Deta is the most successful Ladies player, the Lakeside stage just seems to be her jinx and although Rachna came through the qualifiers she is a very experienced player who cannot be discounted. Aileen de Graaf (Seeded 2 v Paula Jacklin (England) again another game that could go either way as Paula is coming into form at the right time. Lorraine Winstanley (Seeded 3) v Tricia Wright (England), two very experienced players doing battle with Lorraine the current Winmau World Master and the holder of six other currant titles. Lorraine is the favourite to win this year's title but then Tricia is the local girl who I am sure will have the crowds support on the day. Lisa Ashton (Seeded 4 and the reigning World Professional Champion, she also held the title in 2014/2015) v Rhian Griffiths the young and talented player from Wales who will play her heart out to try and beat Lisa. Corrine Hammond (Australia, last year's runner up and seeded 5) v Fallon Sherrock (England runner up in 2015) who is an extremely gifted young player and this is certainly a game nobody would like to predict the outcome of. Anastasia Dobromyslova (Seeded 6, 2 x World Professional Champion 2012/2013 v Anca Zijlstra (Netherlands) although Ana has the experience in this match Anca is certainly the inform player this year who has taken some really good scalps to earn her points to get here and I for one wouldn't discount her ability. Trina Gulliver MBE (Seeded 7, 10 x World Professional Champion) v Vicky Pruim (Sweden) on paper Trina would be the favourite but Vicky is a very experienced player who has been around a long time so again who knows what the outcome will be. Sharon Prins (Netherlands seeded 8) v Maria O'Brien (England) Sharon known as the ‘Racing Angel’ is the most experienced player of the two having reached two semi-finals at Lakeside but Maria is playing some outstanding darts.
This year's Youth World Championship sees the reigning Champion Justin van Tergouw (Netherlands) taking on Killian Heffernan from the Republic of Ireland Justin is the most well-known of the two but after watching Killian playing at the World Cup in Japan I would say we are in for treat as they both have outstanding talent and are certainly ones to watch out for in the future.