Belfast Telegraph

Gurney arrows in on Ulster first

 

By Frank Brownlow

Daryl Gurney aims to get Northern Ireland's World Cup play-off bid off to a flying start tonight when he takes on Simon Whitlock in the final of the World Grand Prix in Dublin's Citywest Hotel.

Gurney - one of Michael O'Neill's side's biggest fans who will be cheering them on against Norway tomorrow night - beat Scotland's John Henderson 4-1 in last night's semi-final and if the Londonderry arrow ace wins tonight it will be the greatest ever darting achievement by an Ulsterman.

The 31-year-old - nicknamed Super Chin - would be the first man from Northern Ireland to lift one of the sport's majors and the £100,000 prize money that goes with it.

Fermanagh's Brendan Dolan reached the World Grand Prix final in 2011 - losing to Phil Taylor - a tournament in which he became the 'History Maker' thanks to his nine-dart finish in the unique 'double in' event.

Henderson had knocked out Dutch superstars Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld on the way to his maiden TV semi-final, but he was no match for Gurney.

Australian Whitlock, meanwhile, held off a brilliant fightback from Mensur Suljovic to claim his place in the final with a thrilling 4-3 victory.

The Australian will be appearing in his first televised ranking final since the 2013 European Championship.

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