Welcome to my monthly JDC chat, In this month’s episode I am joined by 2016 JDC European Darts Championship Winner Jim Moston and 2015 UK Tour winner Joshua Richardson who is of course also the BDO World youth champion of 2016 and winner of multiple JDC events over the past two years, but before we hear from the pair lets just go through a few of the upcoming JDC events.
In four weeks time in Derby, the JDC UK tour event number two will get underway at the Cueball club with the winner of each event earning automatic qualification for the JDC world finals as well as becoming a JDC Allstar and a cool £150 along with a £100 prize for the runner-up and £25 for the two losing semi-finalist’s. For all information on the event just take a look at the poster (below) or simply visit http://www.juniordarts.com
We are all looking forward to the big one in October, which is of course the 2017 JDC European Darts Championship. There is a massive £6000 prize fund which is spread over four events over the weekend of 27th-29th. The event’s will be held at the Searles resort in Hunstanton. With the main event being of course the JDC European Darts Championship followed by the JDC European Girl’s Championship, Next Generation doubles event ( which features one JDC youth member & one Adult masters member) and lastly the JDC Adults masters. It is sure to be a spectacular event as it was last year which seen Jim Moston pick up the title after a great win against the much fancied Dutchman Justin van Tergouw.
For more information on this event please see the event poster (below) or visit www.juniordarts.com
So, as I mentioned earlier I am joined by Jim Moston and Joshua Richardson. Moston was crowned the 2016 JDC European Darts champion and is making great strides on the PDC Development Tour. Joshua Richardson of course won the 2015 UK Tour defeating Dan Perry in the final and of course he got to pick his trophy up on the Ally-Pally stage during the 2016 William Hill world darts championship.
Thanks to both of you for joining me guys, firstly I must ask you both what do you make of the progression of the JDC since it’s inception ?
Jim : ” Personally, I believe that the JDC has been a great success in itself, and to a lot of youth players that it’s produced. It gives players aged below 18 a chance to prove themselves and a chance to earn money as well as pick up valuable experience that they can carry forward in their career. Since I heard about the JDC early last year, it has continued to grow and exceed the UK. “
Joshua : ” Since I started playing it’s couple of years ago I think now, it has come a very long way since then. Steve “The Bomber” Brown does a fantastic job on running these comps for prize money throughout the year leading up to the grand finals at the end of the year which they play for mega bucks. They are now advertising the JDC in Australia which is great then hopefully JDC will be known all over the world. “
Joshua, obviously you had a lot of success within the JDC, what was your most memorable moment ?
” My most successful and most memorable moment within the JDC has obviously got to be qualifying for the grand finals in December 2015 and winning it. Dan Perry who I played in the final is a phenomenal player and is going to go far in the sport. “
Jim, it must of given you a huge boost after winning the JDC European championship at the back end of last year, especially as your opponent was being talked about so much ?
” Winning the European Championships was a huge boost for me considering I had not had much opportunity or experience playing youth darts prior the event. That weekend, I came up against some of the best youth players in the world. Justin van Tergouw is arguably the most successful (under 18) player, so hearing about him before the event made it even more worth winning. Since then, Justin has continued to be very successful by focussing on a lot more youth events across the BDO and Europe. I am disappointed not to have had a go at them myself (being too old to do them next year), but I wish Justin, and all of the other youth players the best of luck in the future. “
Obviously the pair of you are regulars on the PDC development tour, what are your targets/ambitions for 2017 and has going through the JDC system improved you as a player ?
Jim : ” The PDC Development Tour is my main focus for 2017, as I believe I am capable of pushing high in the Order of Merit. I played a couple of Development Tour weekends towards the end of last year, where I had a good run to the semi finals as well as qualifying for the Last 64 U18 World Championships. I have set a goal to win a Development Tour event before the end of the year, as it is well within my ability. The JDC has been a huge part in making me a better player, by providing me with valuable experience such as playing in front of large crowds and knowing where I stand against other youth players. Thanks to the JDC I have also played at the Alexandra Palace, I have played Michael van Gerwen and also picked up some money along the way. “
Joshua : ” My target for 2017 would be qualifying for the PDC development tour Last 64 (PDC World Youth Championships) near the end of the year. I qualified a couple of years ago but last year I didn’t which is making me hungrier for it this year, also I haven’t had a good run in the Challenge Tour yet so this year I’m hoping a good year in both tours.
Winning the JDC in the December and playing in the final of the World Youth Championships almost exactly a month after in 2016 gave me a bit of confidence for that, so I guess it has improved me as a player. “
Joshua, as you are too old now to compete in any more JDC tour events, please sum up your experience in the JDC ?
” Yes I’m too old for the JDC now and I’m gutted because I loved being a part of it. I loved the experience playing in it as a youth player. Each and every comp was run spot on & Steve Brown & the people that help him, done a great job. But now I’m too old I guess the only way forward is doing the men’s comps etc & competing against players my age & older. “
Jim, are you looking forward to competing in more JDC events in 2017 ?
” With me turning 18 before the end of the year, I am disappointed to be unable to play most JDC events in 2017, such as the Modus UK Tour & the JDC World Championships. However, I am very much looking forward to defending my European Title in October. “
I’d like to thank Jim and Joshua for their time for this month’s episode. Lastly, I would like to express my delight on the back of JDC all-star John Brown’s news as he signed a deal with Target darts at the back end of last week, John has a very bright future in the sport and I for one am very excited to watch his future unfold.
That’s all for this month’s episode ladies and gents I hope you all enjoy reading.