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happyhibee
01 Jan 13 11:06
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Well happy 2013 to one and all on the darts forum and hopefully the hangovers aren't too bad by the time 8pm comes around. One game to go which is the culmination of a very entertaining 2 weeks on this forum and hopefully we can sign off on a winning note Happy

Michael Van Gerwen v Phil Taylor:

SF - Van Gerwen bt James Wade 6-4
Ave: 97.87
180's: 14
HC: 144
CO%: 38%

Taylor bt Raymond Van Barneveld 6-4
Ave: 98.98
180's: 4
HC: 141
CO%: 41%

The final is probably the one we all wanted to see between the old master and the young apprentice. It all went off in the semi's what with 9 darters, almost another 9 darter and then Taylor almost coming to fisticuffs with Barney on stage. I love watching Van Gerwen play as hes so entertaining and in full flow he is like nothing I've seen in 20 years watching darts. The way he came back from 2 or 3 iffy legs to almost hit back to back 9 darters was incredible and I'm sure I wasnt the only one screaming go on at the tv when it was on! Its obviously his first final and it remains to be seen whether the nerves will get to him but I just think he loves playing darts and hopefully treats it as just another match. Taylor on the other hand has obviously been over the course a few times given its his 19th final. He's won 19 from 19 semi finals but he has proved vulnerable in the past in finals losing 3 of them. He's played well in his QF and SF but has showed some fragility on doubles especially when it got tight v Barney. He's also talking very negatively claiming illness and thinking about retiring etc and I dont think thats what you need going into this match. The bet I fancy for this final is just a straight up back of Van Gerwen to win the title. I think his heavy scoring will be too much for Taylor and even though he may miss some doubles I think overall he will be too strong and will win his first of probably many world titles. The Evs is all gone unfortunately but at a shade of odds on I still think he represents value.

Recommendation: 3pts win Michael Van Gerwen @ 10/11 (General)

Summary: I've had a thoroughly enjoyable fortnight with putting these up and sharing in some great laughs along the way will all the old faces and some new ones on the darts forum. Its easily the best forum on here I think and all I can say is best of luck to all tonight and may the best man win. Oh and Roll on the BDO Happy
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Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:05 PM GMT
"Its Wolfie!!!!"
Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:06 PM GMT
He got better as the pressure intensified alun. Michael wilted unfortunately
Report The Bhoys January 1, 2013 11:06 PM GMT
ow ow owooooooooooooo
Report diktat January 1, 2013 11:06 PM GMT
what price would MVG be in the BDO outright.  1/2?
Report Biscuit1979 January 1, 2013 11:06 PM GMT
how much does the BDO winner take home?
Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
1/5 Laugh
Report STEPTOES YARD January 1, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
id have him shorter
Report alun2005 January 1, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
Phil's average may not have been as high as the 2009 win vs RVB and the 2010 win against SW, but in terms of sheer determination, heart and bottle, against a rival who was hitting everything I think it might be better.
Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
100k Biscuit
Report Footiefan111 January 1, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
90000
Report The Bhoys January 1, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
bisco 4 free premier league tickets
Report STEPTOES YARD January 1, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
leg of lamb and 3 night summer stay at the lakeside biscuit
Report alun2005 January 1, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
plus a nice selection of Shazza's fairy cakes
Report Footiefan111 January 1, 2013 11:08 PM GMT
anyone want to enter for the bdo tournament Laugh
Report Biscuit1979 January 1, 2013 11:08 PM GMT
Hope to see plenty more of this standard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXEL3p1nGE0
Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:08 PM GMT
Shazza no more by all accounts Alun
Report TheMadness January 1, 2013 11:08 PM GMT
40 mins ago...

chris mason ‏@Chris180Mason
7-4 MVG looking the most likely result from here
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Report diktat January 1, 2013 11:09 PM GMT

Jan 1, 2013 -- 5:07PM, alun2005 wrote:

Phil's average may not have been as high as the 2009 win vs RVB and the 2010 win against SW, but in terms of sheer determination, heart and bottle, against a rival who was hitting everything I think it might be better.


i think Phil needed someone like MVG to bring his A game to the table and the fact that people were writing him off spurred him on even more

Report STEPTOES YARD January 1, 2013 11:09 PM GMT
agree alun, his best win for me.

way he kept hanging in there at 4-2 down was superb

perhaps it was experience, he just knew his spell would come if he kept at it
Report mactheknife January 1, 2013 11:10 PM GMT
Have some of you gone in too heavy on the dutch lad?
Report wisewords January 1, 2013 11:10 PM GMT
Watched it all. MVG lost his confidence midway through that. What happened to the heavy scoring on the treble 20? It just disappeared and was replaced with consistent 59's
Report diktat January 1, 2013 11:10 PM GMT
MVG reminds me of as Murray or Nalbandian in tennis.  first GS and you dont play your best.
Report wisewords January 1, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
I personally didn't bet on this, because I couldn't pick a winner.
Report mactheknife January 1, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
Dont think he was a bad bet at all, just no quite ready maybe?
Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
He's been in 3 major finals and lost 2, probably should have lost all 3 and I think its just experience which will come for him
Report alun2005 January 1, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
O'Dwyer's thread about Phil back at the top.
Report diktat January 1, 2013 11:12 PM GMT
the 59 was his favourite.  he switched too many times
Report TheMadness January 1, 2013 11:12 PM GMT
Nearly went 5 - 2 up. Taylor cranked it up after that though
Report wisewords January 1, 2013 11:12 PM GMT
Also, why did he start going for the bull on his 3rd dart, after scoring 120 with his first two?
Report wisewords January 1, 2013 11:12 PM GMT
He wasn't doing that in his other games.
Report STEPTOES YARD January 1, 2013 11:12 PM GMT
mvg did nothing wrong for me, ok standard dropped off a little in last couple of sets but that was down to
how well phil played. As said earlier think phil may well have beaten lewis,wade,barney etc 7-0,7-1 tonight on that form.
Report alun2005 January 1, 2013 11:12 PM GMT
I still can't figure out why MVG's switching was so regular, compared to in other games
Report wisewords January 1, 2013 11:12 PM GMT
And yeah, if MVG had got the 5-2, he'd won.
Report wisewords January 1, 2013 11:13 PM GMT

Jan 1, 2013 -- 5:12PM, alun2005 wrote:


I still can't figure out why MVG's switching was so regular, compared to in other games


Left with exactly the same feeling.

Report diktat January 1, 2013 11:13 PM GMT
he had a swagger against Lewis and and Wade but its hard to be cocky and arrogant against Taylor, he may have been in awe of Taylor.  4-2, 2 legs all was the crucial leg
Report jamesdean January 1, 2013 11:13 PM GMT
MVG reminds me of Arsenal, extremely fancy until gets to the final 3rd but doesn't seem to finish as much as he should.

His finishing was good tonight at the start but once that gone he folded like a pack of old playing cards. Remember Wade took 4 sets off him averaging under 90 and Lewis had 2 darts at double tops to send him home in the semis. Taylor was never going to let him away with any mistakes. Don't believe the hype
Report mactheknife January 1, 2013 11:13 PM GMT
Plenty of interest in this match , no danger.
Report the silverback January 1, 2013 11:13 PM GMT
I was quite surprised he didn't romp home from 2-2. Looked only one winner at that stage.
Report wisewords January 1, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
Do you think MVG has been practicing doubling al of yesterday because everyone has been saying how bad he was at them? And neglected to practice a few trebles?
Report wisewords January 1, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
Because his doubling was excellent tonight in comparison..
Report comefrombehind January 1, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
no apology from taylor for rvb i notice he was ashamed of himself this morning
Report STEPTOES YARD January 1, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
phils avg was 103 and he looked to be getting better as game went on

nothing mvg or anyone else could have done imo.
Report mactheknife January 1, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
First time ive bet onthe darts ever, will be back in future as its been ok mixing with most of you guys.
Report diktat January 1, 2013 11:15 PM GMT

Jan 1, 2013 -- 5:14PM, wisewords wrote:

Do you think MVG has been practicing doubling al of yesterday because everyone has been saying how bad he was at them? And neglected to practice a few trebles?


thats what i said midway through the game.  it seemed as if he lost confidence in the treble 20

Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:15 PM GMT
Its a good bunch in here mac Grin
Report The Bhoys January 1, 2013 11:15 PM GMT
was a great game but to be fair i think taylor putting pressure on had more to do with it than mvg bottling it.
Report wisewords January 1, 2013 11:16 PM GMT
It wasn't a classic bottle by any means. You could also put it down to Taylor being able to maintain a consistent standard over 10+ sets?
Report wisewords January 1, 2013 11:16 PM GMT
If MVG replecated his standard from the opening set, for all 10, he won easy.
Report the silverback January 1, 2013 11:17 PM GMT
Thought mvg showed enormous bottle myself. Just couldn't quite keep it together.
Report alun2005 January 1, 2013 11:17 PM GMT
Phil was certainly steamrollering the lad towards the end. Turning the screw remorselessly.
Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:18 PM GMT
First world final how many win them on their first attempt? Fine margins he had 2 seperate darts to go 5-2 up but after those missed Phil sensed blood and never took his foot off the throat
Report diktat January 1, 2013 11:18 PM GMT
MVG won 9 legs in a row against Wade.  he was unstoppable.  Against Taylor he couldnt put 2-3 legs together
Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
Yeah but Taylor was averaging 103+. wade was averaging 88
Report alun2005 January 1, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
I see the other Nostradamus of betting, the tedious Morse has had another catastrophic result.
Report the silverback January 1, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
I think he nailed six 12-darters (or less than 12) in the last 4 sets.
Report The Bhoys January 1, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
im not sure anyone in the game cud have withstood that barrage from phil. was absoloutly lethal
Report StillLearning January 1, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
biscuit just been pi55ing myself watching that
Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
phil did? Had at least 3 11 darts as well i think
Report wisewords January 1, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
MVG's scoring went to pot once it went 4-4. Was disappointing to watch. Phil really took confidence from it and pushed on, piling on the pressure
Report diktat January 1, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
its like tennis at the highest level.  1 or 2 darts or 1 or 2 points here and there make a massive difference.  Taylor would have gone at 5-2
Report the silverback January 1, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
including the 11s HH.
Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
Dunno if he would have gone at 5-2 but certainly a different game
Report mactheknife January 1, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
There was one guy at the start of the thread though who took some understanding?
saying the darts thread had been infiltrated by footy the forum scum?
Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:21 PM GMT
Sounds about right silver. Must have averaged 105ish over those last 4 or 5 sets I think too
Report diktat January 1, 2013 11:21 PM GMT
those who backed MVG like me had no excuse for losing money though (even though I did) as he traded below 1.3 so should have laid off the whole stake and enjoyed the match.
Report alun2005 January 1, 2013 11:21 PM GMT
MVG's sensational checkouts would have destroyed most players, but not Phil.

He is STILL hungrier and focussed than any number of the PDC wannabes.
Report Tintoyou January 1, 2013 11:21 PM GMT
God I'm punishing myself by watching this, some masochistic pleasure with watching Taylor be a total **** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iPpcYVvQDU
Report BarryManilow January 1, 2013 11:24 PM GMT
My favourite moment in Darts of all time courtesy of the BDO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRDzUQVhCkc
Report diktat January 1, 2013 11:24 PM GMT
the big players play well at the big events.  the form at the other smaller events seem to mean nothing when looking at form.  just look at Lewis
Report TheMadness January 1, 2013 11:24 PM GMT
Anyone know how many 180s and 170+'s Taylor hit? He was off the charts in the last 3 or 4 sets
Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:25 PM GMT
He only had 3 maxes I think in the final six sets but he hit countless 134's, 177's etc that just killed Van Gerwen
Report the silverback January 1, 2013 11:25 PM GMT
Only 5 180s all match. His 170+s late on were incessant.
Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:26 PM GMT
The best shot he hit was the 174 from 225 to leave 51 for a break at 4-4 I think?
Report TheMadness January 1, 2013 11:27 PM GMT
Ninth Set
0-1 - Taylor is just off-target with a dart at double top for a 129 finish, allowing van Gerwen to hit tops for a 13-darter.
1-1 - Van Gerwen kicks off with a 177 but Taylor wins the leg in just 11-darts.
1-2 - The Dutchman missed a dart at double top only for Taylor to do the same and van Gerwen returns to hit the same bed.
2-2 - Taylor records his second 11-dart finish of the set which features scores of 177 and 171.
Report the silverback January 1, 2013 11:27 PM GMT
180-170 in 2nd leg was ok!
Report diktat January 1, 2013 11:29 PM GMT
there were 3 sets where it was 2 legs apiece and MVG was throwing first - he lost them all and in 1 at least he had a double for the set.  that is losing your bottle
Report The Bhoys January 1, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
my da just told me there he was listening to talk sport and json cundy was asked wat r u guna say to phil taylor when he comes on? he says nothing i dont like him as a person just as a dart player
Report rogerthatletmetrywithanotherfilm January 1, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
i just lost half m bank on this, what a mug i am, i was going to lay it off at 4-2 but he had  two darts to take it to 5-2, and was going to lay it off then but it was all too late by then. :( gut wrenching :(
taylor tonight was immense, he was shocking against barney. i just felt so sure that van gerwen would win, but didnt suspect taylor wud be hitting a 103 average in an 11set match. thats just insane.
Report alun2005 January 1, 2013 11:33 PM GMT
Oh well lads, another superb renewal has come to an end. Well done all.
Report p_r_e_m_i_e_r__f_a_n_t_a_s_y January 1, 2013 11:34 PM GMT
was it Vee Cee doing money back if Taylor won??

think it was only max 50 quid though
Report diktat January 1, 2013 11:35 PM GMT

Jan 1, 2013 -- 5:32PM, rogerthatletmetrywithanotherfilm wrote:

i just lost half m bank on this, what a mug i am, i was going to lay it off at 4-2 but he had  two darts to take it to 5-2, and was going to lay it off then but it was all too late by then. :( gut wrenching :(taylor tonight was immense, he was shocking against barney. i just felt so sure that van gerwen would win, but didnt suspect taylor wud be hitting a 103 average in an 11set match. thats just insane.


i was exactly the same.  was looking to lay at that point.  was 4-2 and 2-1 and he had D19 for 5-2.  would have laid off then but he was still throwing first in the next leg so let it run and again missed D16 for 5-2

Report wisewords January 1, 2013 11:39 PM GMT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7C_SdeAotg hahahhaaaaa
Report STEPTOES YARD January 1, 2013 11:40 PM GMT
A superb tournie for the forum. Special thanks to HH, great effort with the write ups every day.

Hopefully decent crowd about for Saturday
Report The Bhoys January 1, 2013 11:42 PM GMT
Laugh just addicts i think steptoe
Report TheMadness January 1, 2013 11:42 PM GMT
So... Taylor, Lewis, Wade, MVG, Barney, Anderson, Whitlock and Thornton for the PL? Good lineup imo
Report happyhibee January 1, 2013 11:43 PM GMT
Yep had a blast as always on here with a load of genuinely knowledgable guys and some funny chaps too. We even have Glenn Moody too Laugh
Report mactheknife January 1, 2013 11:44 PM GMT
Elo
its over,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht8JDbWUM1E
Report mactheknife January 1, 2013 11:48 PM GMT
last train to london elo.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4-bDDMn0rE
Report TheMadness January 2, 2013 12:08 AM GMT
11 170+
5 180s

Big
Report ZEALOT January 2, 2013 12:15 AM GMT
rogerthatletmetrywithanotherfilm 01 Jan 13 23:32 Joined: 12 Jul 12 | Topic/replies: 610 | Blogger: rogerthatletmetrywithanotherfilm's blog


i just lost half m bank on this, what a mug i am, i was going to lay it off at 4-2 but he had  two darts to take it to 5-2, and was going to lay it off then but it was all too late by then.

^^^^  gamblers have no chance on here -

none whatsoever .
Report rogerthatletmetrywithanotherfilm January 2, 2013 1:03 AM GMT
diktat

IM 100% the same
I just thought i'd let it run, he was fluctuating between 1.28 and 1.35, i figured with the hold he would go sub 1.2 and would happily go green all round and enjoy the run in. But he missed both doubles, i do believe he would of won the match had he got either. But i would of greened out anyway. I missed that then i could of layed off at 1.8 but he was still a set up, and was reluctant too. Those two doubles cost me, i had 4600 on him :( well over half my bank, it was initially meant as a trade as he started so well i didnt lay off initially and then like i say waited for that moment but he missed the doubles and then found i couldnt find the right time to lay off. taylor was immense tonight though, especially towards the end. steal cant believe those two doubles, he had similar darts to go 3-1 up as well and missed a double then too.

like you said three times he threw first in deciding legs, and he seemed to just lose it. kept missing treble 20, 19 then 18. almost seemed defeatist, didnt understand it :(

cant believe i blew over half my bank, taylors average was extraordinary, and silver medalist mafe a good point that van gerwen didnt dispatch lewis or wade especially the latter with the ease one of that scroing average shoud. he was unreal on the doubles at the start

im not sure if it was the pressure, or the mentality defeatist or just darts. im livid with myself.

i only placed the bet after the 170 went in for taylor, as i was going to put 3k on the overs checkout but no money was about IR :(

GUTTED :(
Report PHILthePOWER January 2, 2013 1:21 AM GMT
You can never doubt the man. Saved his best for last. Who expected him to be that good? 2-0 and 4-2 down let never buckled.

I was hoping he would retire because he met his biggest challenge tonight and passed. This dispelled the myth that Taylor would not have won all those World titles if the standard was always like it is today.

As the great Sid once said "we will never see his like again"
Report DONEMYLOT January 2, 2013 9:57 AM GMT
Christ, that was good.

You just can't beat the man for turning it on when it matters. Saying that, thought Van got carried away in himself with the flash and brilliant checkouts, needs to leave them behind and carry on his game. Some strange decisions going down to 19s after leaving plenty of room on t20, but hey ho, he gave as good as he had, had arrers for 5-2 and 5-3 and that was that.

Superb entertainment and superb champion for sport
Report DartsnBooze January 2, 2013 10:37 AM GMT
A cracking read through with plenty of banter far out weighing the "free money/told you so" drivel posts.

The real darts starts on Saturday Love
Report diktat January 2, 2013 12:26 PM GMT

Jan 1, 2013 -- 7:03PM, rogerthatletmetrywithanotherfilm wrote:


diktatIM 100% the sameI just thought i'd let it run, he was fluctuating between 1.28 and 1.35, i figured with the hold he would go sub 1.2 and would happily go green all round and enjoy the run in. But he missed both doubles, i do believe he would of won the match had he got either. But i would of greened out anyway. I missed that then i could of layed off at 1.8 but he was still a set up, and was reluctant too. Those two doubles cost me, i had 4600 on him :( well over half my bank, it was initially meant as a trade as he started so well i didnt lay off initially and then like i say waited for that moment but he missed the doubles and then found i couldnt find the right time to lay off. taylor was immense tonight though, especially towards the end. steal cant believe those two doubles, he had similar darts to go 3-1 up as well and missed a double then too.like you said three times he threw first in deciding legs, and he seemed to just lose it. kept missing treble 20, 19 then 18. almost seemed defeatist, didnt understand it :(cant believe i blew over half my bank, taylors average was extraordinary, and silver medalist mafe a good point that van gerwen didnt dispatch lewis or wade especially the latter with the ease one of that scroing average shoud. he was unreal on the doubles at the startim not sure if it was the pressure, or the mentality defeatist or just darts. im livid with myself.i only placed the bet after the 170 went in for taylor, as i was going to put 3k on the overs checkout but no money was about IR :( GUTTED :(


i feel for you.  its our own fault because there was plenty of time to go green as he traded below 1.5 for along time.  I was waiting for sub1.2 like you. I had £700 on but just as I thought MVG was taking a grip of the match he threw some wayward opening darts in the legs where he was throwing first for the set and let Taylor off the hook.  The 2 missed doubles were the key because at 5-2 it was definitely over.  Once MVG was behind his head was gone and Taylor was relentless. 

the treble 20 wasnt his friend yesterday like it was in the Q/F and S/F, he was inexplicably switching after the first dart.

Report TRD.Racing January 2, 2013 1:42 PM GMT
To place half your bank on one investment is total madness.
Report the silverback January 2, 2013 3:43 PM GMT
It wasn't inexplicable at all. I think the main reason MVG has improved so much is because his first dart has been so good over the last few months. If you remember, before he hit his stride earlier this year he was probably the most prolific player in the game in terms of going for cover.

Last night his first dart was going a little lower than he likes far more often than in previous rounds - regardless of whether in the treble or not. Hence more cover shooting, and sometimes bull-shooting which is a trait of the Dutch players - there is some mathematical sense behind it.
Report rogerthatletmetrywithanotherfilm January 2, 2013 4:41 PM GMT
thanks diktat, and i know it was stupid, id had two hours sleep from new years eve and couldnt wait to get involved in this final, i laid 4k at 2.14 as just felt MVG was ready to get off to a flyer, and it was reactionary to phills 170 CO as i wanted to get a big bet on that and just enjoy it. I should of layed off, but its a lesson learnt. Putting so much at stake was ridic, and it was either to trade, or let run, part of me felt MVG wud fly.

That said i hadnt seen his QF and SF performances, but saw Phill against Barney and towards the end he was so poor. I think the cold and tiredness was a massive factor, also towards the end Phill was ridiculous. Greed got the better of me and placing such a large bet was ridiculous.

Im interested as MVG had beaten him in a prior final, averaging 108 apparently. How come players dont get near that in these tournaments the format seems to be the same length, is it just such a big occassion do you think?

Also part of me didnt believe MVG wanted it, especially with those key doubles. I know barry hearn is involved i also think that these occassions can be open to perhaps a bit of story showmanship. The result could never be pre agreed surely. Am i being ridiculous and paranoid. I just saw his doubles and some of the legs, when going for the 19s and 18s when he had a full treble 20 bed, just didnt make sense. Especially as he kept missing the cover, i dont see why he would continue with it. Probably being over cynical. I find it hard to trust alot of sports, especially with Hearn involved, i dont trust darts or snooker entirely. Do people think theres much fixing in those sports?

Just wished id been more bold gone for the checkout and enjoyed the final, in truth i didnt even get to enjoy it too stressed and nervous about my bet!
Report TheVis January 2, 2013 6:14 PM GMT
You are just being paranoid. If you had traded out then any of these nonsense fix thoughts wouldn't even be entering your head.
Report deadbrain59 January 4, 2013 1:23 PM GMT
he was invited in to the bdo,with just onestipulation,he must play left handed,PHIL THE POWER TAYLOR.CoolCoolCoolCoolCoolCoolCoolCoolCoolGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinHappyHappyHappyHappyHappyHappy
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