Darts ace Gary Anderson ready for opening night of 2013 McCoy's Premier League
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Burnham-based Gary Anderson darts ace starts his bid for McCoy's Premier League glory tonight against four-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld.
The 2011 winner will go toe-to-toe with this year's losing Alexandra Palace finalist in the third game of the £520,000 Professional Darts Corporation competition at Belfast's Odyssey Arena.
Scot Anderson endured a torrid 2012 Premier League, with injury and problems away from the sport hampering his progress.
However, he will be hoping for better fortune this year amongst a field that has expanded from eight players to ten, with two eliminated at the halfway stage.
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Anderson joins world top four Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Simon Whitlock, as well as Dutch duo van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen, and wild cards Wez Newton, Andy Hamilton and Robert Thornton in the weekly UK tour that climaxes in May.
The Flying Scotsman welcomed the inclusion of his World Cup partner and said Thornton will revel in the scrutiny of boisterous English crowds.
Talking to the Scottish Daily Record, Anderson said: "It can be hard going at first, but I'm used to it now and it is something he is going to have to get used to.
"To be fair, I reckon he'll thrive on it and produce some of his best darts. He doesn't fear anyone and he'll go into this looking to show everyone just how good a player he is.
"It's a gruelling schedule, but I'm up for it. It takes some getting used to and it's as much about the travel as the matches.
"When you play on a Thursday, it means travelling again on Wednesday, playing the next day then going to a weekend event. That gets you home Monday and then you are starting again on Wednesday.
"Robert and the likes of Michael van Gerwen in their first year have all this to come. But I'm sure they'll relish it because the adrenalin rush from playing in front of huge crowds in big matches every week makes you appreciate just how good an event this is."