AN Aughabrack darts thrower will be hoping to be on target next week when he heads for the World Masters at the Lakeside in Frimley Green, Surrey.
Adrian Devine qualified to throw at the hallowed home of world darts following a year on the Northern Ireland Darts Organisation (NIDO) tour. And a strong performance from the 37-year-old could see him matched against household names such as Ted ‘The Count’ Hankey, Darryl Fitton and Scott Waites.
While it will be Adrian’s first appearance at the Lakeside, he is no stranger when it comes to competing against the best in the business.
Recently he stepped up to the oche against five times world champion Raymond van Barnaveld and in the past has beaten former world number one, John ‘John Boy’ Walton.
Securing his place at the World Masters meant Adrian journeying to pubs, clubs and venues right across the North over the last 12 months.
In there were five ranking tournaments as well as a series of county games.
His commitment paid off though when he was told to pack his bags for London’s Lakeside.
Adrian said this week, “I only just missed out two years in a row and when that happens you tend to think it might never happen.
“But it clicked this year and I can’t wait. From you start playing darts, competing at the Lakeside is what you dream of.”
From the age of 14 Adrian Devine had his sights set on the treble 20. But at 24 he decided to put his darts away to focus on his work as a joiner.
It was only six years ago that he dusted them off but what a six years it has been. Adrian previously competed for Devlin’s Bar in Strabane and currently throws for Macon’s Bar in Claudy and is the Eglinton League champion. He also throws for The Casuals who play out of Glendermott Cricket Club and is the North West League individual champion there.
Wednesday sees Adrian step up for his first game at the Lakeside against a yet to be confirmed opponent. He will though have to win a handful of games to make it to the televised stages.
In total 400 players will line out, all competing for 16 spots against the BDO’s top 16 throwers.
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