Friday, December 18, 2020

CARLOW man Steve Lennon says he is feeling confident ahead of this year’s Darts World Championships at Alexandra Palace (Ally Pally). It’s Lennon’s fourth time at the tournament and says it’s just as special as the he stepped on the famed oche.

Steve Lennon begins his World Championships on Saturday
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“Fourth time at Ally Pally this year and still as excited for it as I was the first time I qualified. I feel I’ve gained a lot of experience since I first qualified so I’m hoping that will make a difference going into this. I feel confident and my game is good at the moment, once I stay composed and focused then getting a run in the Worlds wouldn’t be out of the question,” he said.

Lennon, ranked 47 on the PDC Order of Merit, has received a favourable looking draw and faces the number 126, Daniel Larsson, in the first round, with the South African, Devon Petersen (29), awaiting the winner in Round 2.

“I haven’t played Daniel Larsson before that I can recall but he plays on the pro tour as well so he is no easy game. I’m practicing well and feel good. Obviously under the circumstances with all this Covid and all of the tournaments that have been cancelled I’m glad there is a World Championships this year and that I’m in it as there is certainly a good few high profile players who failed to qualify. I think the fact there was constant darts events on in the lead up to this has helped me,” said Lennon.

Lennon takes on Larsson on Saturday 19 December just after midday and the match will be live on Sky Sports.

By Harry Shorthose

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