Staffordshire’s Jim Moston Wins First Ever JDC Junior European Darts Championship
Staffordshire’s Jim Moston won the first ever staging of the JDC Junior European Darts Championship event at Pontins, Brean Sands in September.
The competition included representation of the best junior players from across Europe with countries such as the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and
Moston made an outstanding start to the tournament winning his first 3 encounters without dropping a single leg with victories over Joshua Barson, Tyler Radlett and Dan Perry saw him cruise into the semi finals. In the Semi Finals he beat Wessel Nijman of the Netherlands 4-2 during a very close tie between the two players, the victory set Moston up for a final clash against the current World Darts Federation junior boys number 1 ranked player and Dutch wonderkid Justin Van Tergouw, who saw of Milton Keynes Billy Holmes in his semi final match and averaged 102 on his route to the final.
In what became a brilliant and simply breath taking final; Moston and Van Tergouw took to the centre stage in front of a captivating audience. Moston raced into a 2-0 followed closely by a 3-1 lead. Van Tergouw bounced back in style winning 3 consecutive legs including a superb 147 checkout to break the throw and lead the final 4-3. Van Tergouw now had the throw to take the title but missed his opportunity as his dart fell short of the target on the double 7, subseqeuntly Jim broke back the throw to level the final at 4 legs apiece forcing a sudden death 9th and final leg. In the decisive leg Jim hit the maximum score of 180 which proved crucial as it resulted in him eventually hitting tops to take the title.
The tournament saw Jim Moston continue his great run of form this year having already booked his place in the last 16 of the JDC UK tour championship finals in December. Fellow Staffordshire youth player Ross Gilder also had an impressive weekend performance reaching the last 8 of the European championships and the last 4 of the Modus UK tour event and is currently 3rd in the JDC order of merit.
It’s been a terrific weekend,” said JDC Chairman Steve Brown. “We’ve all been so impressed by the talent and professionalism of all these young players.
“It’s a joy to be watching youngsters develop and play some incredible matches within the JDC structure. We have seen some of the best talent on the continent and made some great memories too over three days of mind-blowing darts.”.