KIND TAYLOR AT THE PALACE
By John Lowe, Dec 20 2014 11:03AM
Andy Hamilton and Dave Richardson's match, the nights opener was one of uncertainty, first Hamilton takes a 1-0 set lead, then Richardson who had not been playing badly went up a gear or two and produced top darts including 6 maximums to take the next 2 sets both 3-1 in legs, then the magic disappeared and he looked confused and to put it mildly fell apart not winning another leg, game over.
Vilanen v Stein was one of those qualifier matches when you think to yourself, how did he (Vilanen) ever come to be in this tournament, we have players in the Victoria Inn, my local who could have beaten him, his average was 67 and he managed just 3 scores of 100 plus in a 4-1 defeat, the social media boards were fuming with comments all rightly so, I hear people saying nerves on the big occasion got to him, I prefer to question how he managed to qualify.
I was enthused by the third match, Peter Wright v Gerwen Price, I had tipped Wright to win but Gerwens palls in South Wales had contacted me during the day to say he was on top form and would cause a big upset, well, it didn't happen but I must say Gerwen is a work in progress, the score line of 3-0 did not do him any favours, he should have won one set and possibly two, Wright showed great respect for Price and that was what won him the match.
Phil Taylor was on a mission, probably to catch his Limo back to the Potteries before midnight, Jylon Artut did not stand a chance and worse he knew it, first two sets 3-0 to the Power, I couldn't help thinking Phil felt a little sorry for Artut, something he does not do, he let Artut have a lot of darts at the doubles eventually getting a leg on the score board, I remember the old pub league saying, never dry rub your opponent, that was double start just one leg, I am sure Phil remembered those times for a few seconds, Phil wrapped the match up 3-0 and Artut will be able to say he was not whitewashed, don't expect Phil to be so generous in the next round.
The last match was Stuart Kellet v Sascha Stein the Prelim winner over Vilanen ( that's the guy who somehow managed to claim a place in the biggest event in world darts) Kellet was favourite to win the match but to be fair he had no idea of Steins form from watching his first match, before he knew it he was a set down losing 3 legs to 0, he was lucky to win the second set Stein missing tops to take it, the third set was similar but it was Stein who held on this time, the 4th set was another 5 leg set but Stein was the better player and although he missed 3 mtach darts to let Kellet level at 2-2 he took out 79 on the bull to cause upset number 3 after two days.
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John Lowe. three times champion of the world in three seperate decades, the 70's, the 80's and the 90's, the first player in the history of the sport to achieve the perfect game of 501 on Television, in 1984, winning £102,000, winner of over 1000 titles world wide, simply: The Legend of Darts.
About John Lowe
Mr Maximums: Cliff Thorburn the first player to do a 147 Snooker clearance on TV and myself the first person to do the 9 dart 501 on TV
John appeared on ITV's Amazing Greys in 2014 he had to hit as many targets as possible in 30 seconds, all the targets where different heights and lengths, if the competitor beat John he would win £10,000, John won by a margin of 9.
One of John's favourite charity's is The Variety Club of Great Britain who raise many thousands of pounds by organising golf days around the country, the aim is to buy Mini Coaches for Children, in the picture John is at St Piere Chepstow and the Coach in view is about to be present to a School in Birmingham.
John talks to Matthew Rankin Unicorns Player Liaison Manager about his current darts set up and how important it is to have balanced darts, click the button above to see the whole interview
Royal Palm is John's favourite resort in Tenerife situated in Los Cristianos, it has everything you could ask for to make your stay enjoyable, immaculate in every way, all English TV and Satelite channels, quite, secure, close to excellent restaurants and friendly Bars, for a full tour of Royal Palm click the photograph above. Make sure you inform the Manager Neil I sent you, it makes a difference.
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John talks to Tungsten Tales and explains his practise routine before a match and why he does it his way.
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The next generation of players begins now.
Beware of imitations, this is the John Lowe
World Champion Darts in Tungsten Titanium
also available in Tungsten, note the 21 grm
model has 7 grove rings.
A quick fire 30 seconds of John Lowe
John talks about his sporting heros
John talks to Unicorn about his amazing career
The moment in history that changed the sport and
the life of John Lowe forever: 13/10/1984
The Dart designed by John Lowe developed and produced by Unicorn to win over 1000 titles world wide - copied and used by others to win countless major titles - this is where the Evolution started.
John was Unicorns first World champion
The Throw of a World Champion
John is credited by many professionals in the sport including
Phil Taylor to have the perfect throwing action, this video shows John's action from 1978 through 2008, the only thing that changes is the speed of throw and John decides that when knowing who his opponent will be, for full detail record on your mobile and slow down to see all movements.