By John Lowe, Nov 21 2016 09:15AM
I would like to take time to diversify from my own sport to congratulate a fellow Great Britain on becoming World Number One, Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Tour Final at the 02 Arena in London yesterday, his 6-3. 6-4 two set win over Djokovic meant he would finish 2016 the World's top ranked player, Djokovic was magnanimous in defeat, congratulating Andy on his win and his World status "Andy is the World number one tennis player" I am a keen fan of many sports, Tennis included, I have watched and supported Andy Murray for many years, noticed his change of attitude, his increased concentration and his patience when things are not going so well, he has played second fiddle to Djokovic for a long time, but not any more, well done Andy Murray, Scotland and Great Britain are proud to have you represent them.
By John Lowe, Nov 21 2016 08:44AM
Michael Van Gerwen beat James Wade 16-8 to win the Singha Grand Slam of Darts in Wolves last night, MVG reached the final after beating Peter Wright 16-10 in the semi-final, in that match he averaged 111.17 and hit an amazing 17 Maximums, Wright played well avegaging 102 and hitting 7 Maximums, a performance that would be good by anyones standards, except his opponent.
Wade beat Gary Anderson 16-14 in his semi-final, it was as the score suggests a tight match, level at 7-7, Anderson taking the lead only for Wade to take 3 legs in a row, Anderson pulled back to make it 14.13 but Wade finished on 69 and then 68 to make the final.
The final belonged to MVG who was in total control and was never realy troubled, just like the whole of 2016 that also belongs to MVG, he has won 24 tournaments so far and still the Cash Convertors Event to come, Michael made it quite clear though, it is the World Championship he want's to win, saying "It's a long time since I won that one" on this form it will not be long before he add's it to the ever growing list.
Photograph: Michael Van Gerwen with the Grand Slam Trophy.
By John Lowe, Nov 20 2016 09:02AM
Gary Anderson and Raymond Barneveld produced a classic match in the quater finals of the Grand Slam at Wolves Civic Hall Last night, Anderson won the match 16-13 but the lead changed hands 6 times, at 13 legs each the match was anyones, then Anderson threw a 12 dart leg to go in front, followed with an 11 dart leg to move within 1 of the 16 needed for a great victory, Barney fought back with scores of 180 and 177, but could not close out the leg on centre Bull, Anderson finished on tops for yet another 11 darter.
Anderson avergaed 103, had 81 scores of 100 plus and 13 maximums, he will now play James Wade in the semi-final today.
Wade earlier beat Chris Dobey 16-5, Dobey had quite a few chances, missed doubles costing him dearly, Wade said he thought his experience was the deciding factor, and he may well be right, I feel sure we will see quite a lot of Chris Dobey in the future.
Michael Van Gerwen who plays Peter Wright in the second semi-final today is 1/7 on to win that match, Wright a generous 9/2, while Anderson is 1/3 against Wade 9/4.
Photograph: Anderson wins a classic match against Barney.
By John Lowe, Nov 19 2016 08:28AM
Peter Wright put an end to Phil Taylors hopes of landing his 7th Grand Slam title at Wolves last night, with what can only be described as a class display of dart throwing, the final score was a convincing 16-10, Wright missed double 12 for a 9 dart finish, but pulled away to 7-4 lead, Taylor won the next 2 legs to be only 1 leg adrift, but Wright pulled away again with 2 great finishes of 141 and 121, taking a 13-8 lead, Taylor came back and was still in touch at 14-10, but Wright was never in trouble and never looked concerned throughout, he landed his 10 th maximum and took out double 8 for a 14 dart leg and a 16-10 victory, both players averaged over 100, Wright hitting 74 scores of 100 plus, Taylor played good, Wright played Superb.
Michael Van Gerwen beat Brendan dolan 16-3 in what can only be desribed a walk over, Dolan had no answer for MVG's fire power, after taking the opening 5 legs without reply and going on to a 13-1 lead, there was no way back for Dolan, and it was obvious the quicker he left the stage the better. Van Gerwen will now face Wright in the first semi-final, a match which could well be the match of the 2016 Slam.
Photograph: Wright ends Taylors Slam.
By John Lowe, Nov 18 2016 08:36AM
Team Unicorn players made their mark at the Grand slam in wolves last night, Gary Anderson did however make hard work of his 10-9 win against Dutch new comer Danny Noppert, after coming from 5-3 and 6-4 down with a run of 5 succesive winning legs, he should have been home and dry, but Noppert hung in and made it 9-9. Anderson fired in a maximum and finished on 100 to claim a tight victory.
Benito Van de Pas and James Wade promised to be a close match, both players in good form, Wade made a nonsense of form though winning 10-2, Benito's finishing did not help his cause with only 2 doubles out of 10.
Barney beat BDO number 1 player Glen Durrant 10-7, it was a close match for the first 10 legs, but Barney pulled 3 legs clear to 8-5 and held his advantage from then on.
Jamie Hughes managed to take Chris Dobey to a deciding leg shoot out after being 9-5 down, with the match at 9-8 Dobey was in charge, but dramatically missed 6 darts to claim victory, in the deciding leg Hughes hit 3 x 140's in a row, but with what would have been a great win, he missed 5 darts at the doubles and had to watch Dobey take out double 12 for the biggest win in his career.
Photograph: Team Unicorn players triumphant at the Slam.
By John Lowe, Nov 17 2016 09:01AM
Michael Van Gerwen showed why he is the favourite to retain his Grand slam title at Wolves last night, playing Robert Thornton who is never easy to beat, he opened with an 11 dart leg, Thornton leveled the match at 2-2 before MVG reeled off 4 legs in a row to go 6-2 in front, he hit the highest finish possible 170 to make the match 9-4, and a few moments later sealed victory at 10-5, a 103 average, 6 x maximums and a 40% finishing average, MVG means business.
Phil Taylor beat Jeff Smith, the Lakeside losing finalist 10-5 in a match he was not expected to lose.
Gerwyn Price lost out to Brendan Dolan in the deciding leg of their match 10-9.
Peter Wright played quality darts to beat Darryl fitton 10-3 and his finishing average of 59% was immpresive, can he break his losing 7 finals in Major events on TV ? on this form he certainly can but first he must reach the final.
Photograph: Michael Van Gerwen means business.
By John Lowe, Nov 16 2016 08:33AM
The final 16 places are now complete for the knockout stage of the Grand Slam at Wolves, in group B Gerwyn Price qualified with 4 points and a better leg winning total of +4, that left Robert Thornton and Dimitri Van den Bergh level on 4 points each and the same legs average, this produced the first 9 dart shoot out, Thorton came out the winner with a score of 345 to Bergh's 340, meaning Thornton would go through to the last 16 on a difference of just 5 points, probably the closest winning margin in any dart match in a major event.
Thornton will now go on to play reigning champion Michael Van Gerwen in the knockout stage, local Wolves player Jamie Hughs topped group G when James Wade lost 5-3 to Dave Chisnall, meaning Wade came second on leg difference,Chisnall was already eliminated.
Barney won group F with 3 wins out of 3, Danny Noppert second, Wright topped group C with Canada's Jeff Smith second, Whitlock eliminated.
Now the matches go to the best of 19 legs with no return for the loser.
Gerwyn Price v Brendan Dolan
Phil Taylor v Jeff Smith
Michael Van Gerwen v Robert Thornton
Peter Wright v Daryl Fitton
Jamie Hughs v Chris Dobey
Benito Van de Pas v James Wade
Gary anderson v Danny Noppart
Raymond Van Barnaveldt v Glen Durrant
Photograph: Robert Thornton wins the 9 dart shoot out.
By John Lowe, Nov 14 2016 08:57AM
The Singa Grand Slam of darts started on Saturday at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, the only event on the calendar where PDC and BDO players compete against each other, the format is a round robin, with 4 players in 8 groups, the top 2 players from each group after all matches are played will go through to the knockout stage, setting the pace after 2 matches played are Peter Wright who is continuing his good form of late with some high scoring and finishing, Wright defeated Simon Whitlock 5-0 with a 107.36 average, the second time Whitlock has been whitewashed in a few days after losing 10-0 to MVG, only Adrian Lewis topped Wright's average with 108-68, but somehow he managed to lose the match 5-3 to Chris Dobey, and with it he is eliminated from the tournament.
Phil Taylor is through to the next stage along with Gary Anderson, James Wade, and Benito Van de Pas, Michael Van Gerwen needs to win just 1 leg against Max Hopp on monday night to make sure he also goes through.
Photograph: Peter Wright lives up to his name "Snake Bite"
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.