12-04-2012

Over 100 darts fanatics travelled to Leeds today to try their luck in qualifying for the Speedy Services UK Open. Three of the players battled their way through and will now take to the main stage at the Reebok Arena on 7 June 2012.

The triplet beat off stiff competition from fellow amateurs who had travelled the length and breadth of the north of England to take part in the qualifying rounds for the PDC event, which is known as the FA Cup of darts. Speedy is holding six qualifying events in total, with four winners from each event travelling to Bolton for the prestigious tournament which is shown over four days, live on Sky Sports. As part of their journey to Bolton, the first obstacle was to score enough points with 15 darts to qualify for a one off leg of 701 against another high scoring amateur.

Steve Service, a sports coach from Blackley in Manchester, Mick Hayward, a warehouse supervisor from Skipton, and Danny Dutson a bar worker from Morley all go through to Bolton after qualifying in today’s event. Speedy, the UK’s leading provider of equipment rental and support services, has already staged events in Brighton, Dartford and Inverness. Alongside today’s event in Leeds, the qualifying roadshow will next travel to Stoke (13th) and Cardiff (19th).

A Speedy employee-only special qualification event will then take place in Haydock on May 4. Speedy has enlisted the help of 2008 world champion Mark Webster to offer expert advice for the qualifying rounds.

Speaking of the Leeds round, he said: “The standard so far in the tournament has been excellent. However, you can really tell that the nerves got to some people today. It looks easy when you’re watching, but when you’re the one up there trying to hit the big scores with a crowd watching you, it’s another story! The qualifiers are an excellent way to get to the really good players and I look forward to meeting them in Bolton.”

Speedy’s group marketing director Steve McIntyre said: “Last year’s qualifiers were really impressive in terms of quality, but we have already seen a higher standard in the four qualifiers so far. Today’s standard was exceptional and I wish Steve, Mick, and Danny the best of luck in Bolton.”

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