By John Lowe, May 13 2015 07:04AM
Luc Marreel one of Belgium's pioneering and finest dart players passed away at the weekend, he was 66. Luc played in the British Darts Organisation World Championship 5 times and the Winmau world Masters 3 times, he was the National Champion of Belgium and he won the Dutch Cup, Luc was a great competitor and a great guy to have around, he smoked those slim roll up cigarettes and when he wasn't playing his beloved darts he was a train driver. I played Luc on numerous occasions in competitive play but the one time that stands out was when I visited his home town Gullegem in Belgium to play an exhibition, over 600 people turned out many of them to support Luc, that was the night I met his family and we instantly became friends, Luc introduced me to Belgium Chocolate and very strong Beer, both exceptional, it was Luc's sister Christa who informed me of Luc's passing yesterday, I know I speak for everyone who knew Luc when I say good by dear friend it was a pleasure knowing you. R.I.P.
By John Lowe, May 9 2015 08:00AM
Thinking about the end of season presentation, can you afford a World Champion, what would he do apart from presenting the awards? then look no further, my format for a presentation night that still allows time for a knees up at the end if required is as follows: Ten exhibition/challenge matches against the players selected from your league, men and ladies if it is a mixed league, presentation of awards followed by thirty minutes of question and answers on the microphone many of which will result in me relating stories from my many years involved in the sport and some interesting stories about the players I have played with and against, it's the full package and it's affordable, no thousands of pounds some of the players are asking, a price within your budget, value for money, contact me at email@example.com leave your requirements, a selected time of year and your location, I will send you a reply within hours and I am sure you will be delighted with the cost.
By John Lowe, May 9 2015 07:30AM
The last Premier League fixture before the play off's has been revised, Phil Taylor will play James Wade first match of the night, this will be the last match of the 2015 season for both players and I am sure it will be a little sad for Taylor who has played in every play off for the last 10 years, Wade will also be disapointed he is not taking part in the play off's, on paper this should be a good if not great game but would not be surprised if the outcome was a draw.
The full format:
Betway Premier League
Night 15, Thursday May 14
The Brighton Centre
** Revised Order of Play **
Phil Taylor v James Wade
Raymond van Barneveld v Stephen Bunting
Adrian Lewis v Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
Tickets: 0844 847 1515 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
By John Lowe, May 8 2015 07:03AM
Raymond Van Barnaveldt carried on his remarkable form to come from the bottom of the Premier League table a few weeks ago to reach the top 4 and secure his place in the play off's at the O2 Arena in london in 2 weeks time, his match against James Wade in Newcastle last night finished 6-6 and the 1 point gained was enough to give Barney the chance to defend his title and who know's on his present form he could well be the winner for the second year in a row.
Phil Taylor fighting to stay in with a chance of making the play off's for a record 10 times in a row could not find his form of old to beat Gary Anderson, there was only one break of throw and that was enough to seal a 7-5 victory for the Scott..
Adrian Lews needed to win against Michael Van Gerwen and he did everything asked of him averaging 108 and crossing the line 7-5 winner, but he needed Barney to lose if he was to get one more chance next week and it wasn't to be.
Dave Chisnall averaged 104 against Stephen Bunting and came out an easy 7-1 winner, Bunting has blow hot and cold in the Premier League unfortunately for him it's the later that hasbeen more predominant.
The final fixture in this seasons Premier League before the play off's will be at The Brighton Centre next Thursday, Chisnall and MVG will go head to head to decide who will top the table, it should be the match of the championship, Barney will play Bunting and Anderson will take on Lewis, we will then know the final pairings in the play off's.
Photograph: Phil Taylor will play his final match in the 2015 Premier League next week, the end of a remarkable run.
By John Lowe, May 7 2015 01:25PM
When Bob Anderson and myself was asked if we would travel to Ervine in Scotland to take part in a fund raising night for the Ayrshire Hospice it took all of one minute to say yes, and what a night we enjoyed, the stage set up complete with big screen provided by Wullie Burns and managed by his very professional crew made viewing easy, Wullie was the host presenter and caller and he did so in his own way, all the players had their own walk on music, I must say not of their choice and a walk on girl who raised a few eyebrows and rightly so, the darts was of a good quality and the bar was in overtime, all in all everything was well planed and well accepted, the outcome £1,987-50 was raised and presented to the Hospice, I have to say a big well done to the guys, you should be very proud of yourself and your commitment to helping such a worthy cause, I salute you all and look forward to meeting in the future.
Photograph: A thank you letter from Amanda at the Ayrshire Hospice. Double click to enlarge.
By John Lowe, May 7 2015 07:03AM
Phil Taylor is fighting for survival in the Premier League tonight in Newcastle, if he loses to Gary Anderson he will be out of the play off's for the first time since the tournament began in 2005, I expect Taylor to be at his best and that means not missing doubles the reason he finds himself in the position he is in, Anderson hasn't been on top form for a while and he will need to play like the world champion he is if he is to put Taylor out at this stage.
Lewis must also win tonight against table topper Michael Van Gerwen, he has beaten MVG a few times and knows what he has to do but I don't expect MVG to be doing any favours to someone who could come back and haunt him if he makes the play off's.
Chisnal v Bunting is just a exhibition game, Chisnal is through Bunting is out.
Wade and Barnaveldt is a little more important especially for Barney, a win would put him through, Wade cannot qualify but that will not stop him playing his best.
The stage is set, Barney wins and goes through, Taylor wins and lives to fight one more time for quaification, could there be another twist in this the best Premier League season of them all.
So we have some good matches to look forward to. SKY Sports 7pm.
Photograph: Taylor must win tonight in Newcastle.
By John Lowe, May 4 2015 07:34AM
World Youth Champion and Unicorn Professional Keegan Brown made a big impact on the PDC Full tour on Sunday in coventry winning his first Tour Event, Keegan defeated Adrian Lewis 6-3 in a very high quality final averaging 111.72, it was not an easy run to the final for Brown who had to beat Jamie Lewis, Ricky Evans, Scotlands in form John Henderson and World no 5 Peter Wright on the way, the improvement in Keegans game is there for all to see and the £10,000 winners purse will no doubt make it a little easier for him to compete in future events.
Peter Wright won Saturdays championship defeating James Wade in the final 6-5, Wright also hit his first 9 dart game on the way.
Fridays championship was won by Michael Van Gerwen who beat James Wade in the final 6-5 making it a successful weekend for Wade reaching two finals but alas losing out in both by one leg.
Photograph: Lewis congratulates Keegan Brown on his first PDC Tour event win.
By John Lowe, May 1 2015 07:09AM
Raymond Van Barnaveldt did exactly what he had to do in last nights Premier League in Birmingham, it was his week to play 2 matches, first against Gary Anderson which he won 7-5, it wasn't the best of wins both players missing doubles but a ugly win is still a win, there was a incident at the end of the match when Anderson accused Barney of stamping on the floor when he passed him while retrieving his darts, Barney was clearly upset and rightly so, no player should begin his throw until the opponent his past his eyeline, if he choses to throw before this then he must take the blame for any movement or sound, if the truth be know Gary was upset because he miss counted the previous throw hitting fat 5 when he needed 6 to leave himself double 20. Barney's second match was against Lewis who also had 2 matches on the night, his first he lost to Chisnall who beat him 7-4, the head to head between Lewis and Barney had touches of brilliance from Lewis twice taking out 132 but his finishing was dismal at 25% average and Barney came out a easy winner ay 7-2, the 2 wins means he is now in 4th place with 16 points 3 ahead of Taylor, Lewis fighting for survival.
Wade and Bunting played a 6-6 draw which neither of them could afford and they are now both out of the play off's.
MVG turned on the style against Taylor winning 7-4 with an average of 112, Taylor now finds himself in a position where he must win his remaining games to give himself a place in the play off's something he has never had to do in the Premier League.
Photograph: Barney complete the double in Birmingham.
9 Dart Game
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
30 year anniversary 9 dart interview
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.
John Explains his darts set up
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.
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.
John's Tips from the Top
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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.
30 seconds of John Lowe
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.
John Lowe's Sporting Heros
A quick fire 30 seconds of John Lowe
John's in depth career interview
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
6 perfect bulls
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 Lowe - The Throw 1978-2008
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.