UK Darts Issue 9 - December 2013 - Page 21

Expect At Ally Pally! With the strength in depth at an all-time high and the sheer volume of top quality, long haul matches, those factors contribute to the perfect platform for a nine-darter or two. Get ready to raise the roof. The walk-on is now an integral part of a dart player’s identity and popularity. It’s a key tool used to entice supporters onto your side, and in recent years, it has gone as far as to change a player’s career. Think Wayne Mardle, Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort. A packed house at Ally Pally loves nothing more than a good walk on to get the juices flowing before the shout of ‘game on’, and they’re in for a treat once again this year. Photo: Mike Glover/UK Darts Magazine Wonderful Walk-Ons Expect mass renditions of Gangnam style, the Proclaimers and seven nation army, to name but a few. Classic Matches The World Championship bowed out of the Circus Tavern on the ultimate high after the historic Taylor v Barney final of 2007, and Alexandra Palace has subsequently hosted some of the sport’s most memorable fixtures, including Mardle’s toppling of Taylor in 2008 and Adrian Lewis’ Lazarus comeback to defeat James Wade in 2012. Photo: PDC The sets and tie break format allow for the big guns to showcase their top form as the rounds progress, and with the stakes higher than ever, this is the tournament that everyone wants to win.