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Rodriguez and Roelofs to contest the JDC World final at Alexandra Palace

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Rusty-Jake Rodriguez and Owen Roelofs will contest the Junior Darts Corporation’s World Junior Darts Championship final at Alexandra Palace in a few weeks time during the William Hill World Darts Championship after coming through the group stages and the knockout stages up until the final over at the Junior Darts Corporation headquarters over in Bristol.

Rodriguez overcame the man-of-the-moment within the JDC in Jarred Cole as he topped the Modus UK Tour order of merit and reached all five finals in which he competed in. Rodriguez was always in command of that Semi-Final as he opened up a 2-0 lead over the Hertfordshire ace. Cole showed great resilience to stick with the Austrian. He twice pulled the game back (2-1 and 3-2). But the moments of brilliance that Cole produced to pull the scoreline back were matched or bettered by the talented Austrian. Rodriguez fired in a 15-dart leg to move 3-1 ahead and within two legs of Alexandra Palace only for Cole to come straight back with a 13-darter to pull things back to 3-2. With the finishing line in sight, Rodriguez won two legs on the spin and despite Cole firing in a couple of maximums in those final legs the Austrian showed superb resolve to book his place in the Grand Final.

The other Semi-Finals was contested by the two young Dutch-stars in Owen Roelofs and Daan Bastiaansen and, It didn’t disappoint… the pair were neck-and-neck from start to finish in what was a thrilling exchange from the two young hopefuls. Every leg went with the throw as the pair looked for a missed key opportunity to break, but both players showed ultra-composure under pressure as the match went to a ninth and deciding leg. Bastiaansen looked like his luck was in as Roelofs failed to find his range on the treble 20, however a maximum from Roelofs swung the momentum back into his direction as he confidently booked his place in the Grand Final at Alexandra Palace.
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