IT’S been a tough couple of months for Carlow’s Steven Lennon since his appearance at the Summer Series back in August. Following a long couple of months with no competitive darts, he played back to back tournaments at the Autumn Series and then the German Open.
Lennon said the wait has been frustrating. “As there is nowhere to play competitive darts in Ireland as a result of Covid restrictions the only competition you’re getting is the pro events, of which are very few in the calendar at the minute. When you feel like you’re only starting to get back into the swing of things more cancellations happen and it’s back to weeks of no darts. As a player who relies more on competitive darts as my main way of practice it’s hard. It still gives a lot of time to practice but with nothing on darts related in Ireland it doesn’t help matters.”
Things didn’t quite go to plan for Lennon at the tournaments, recognising that he’s not where he wants to be. “Autumn series didn’t go as planned. I was very happy with how I played but unfortunately results didn’t go my way. Even though I had very high averages for the week I just ran into the wrong players at the wrong time. The German Open I was happy to get to the second round, but obviously being drawn against MVG (World number one, Michael Van Gerwen) doesn’t help if you are not firing at your best and that was a game I’d rather wish to forget. But I think under the circumstances of not regular tournaments I’m still happy with how I’m playing but there is still lots of room for improvement. For the five events of players championships its a lot different than the usual two a weekend. If you are having an off day it
doesn’t give you much time to put things right when in normal situations you would have a couple of days off to fix the errors.”
Lennon admitted that the bubble at tournaments can be tough. “Bubble environment is definitely a safer way, with getting tested before you play during the week but obviously if you lose a game you can’t exactly go anywhere but back to your room or remain and watch the darts. In normal situations I prefer to do my own thing and not stay around the darts venue but it might be something I will have to get used to with Covid.”
By Harry Shorthose