Last weekend saw the conclusion of the Development Tour events which has seen over 300 young stars compete across the UK & Europe for a chance to win a place on the PDC Pro Tour as well as a spot at the World Darts Championship in December.
Target had 6 pro players & 10 Elite 1 starlets competing over the last couple of weeks and although all of our players competed valiantly, we have picked out a few highlights from the final run of events.
Bradley Brooks started the weekend sat in 5th on the UK tour's Order of Merit with a lot of work to do in order for him to win his place at Alexandra Palace but right from the off he looked like a man on a mission. The 21-year-old won the 2nd event of the weekend beating fellow Team Target man Jarred Cole 5-3, rocketing himself up the rankings into a more comfortable 2nd position. However, day 2 did not go to plan as 'Bam Bam' only managed to pick up a quarter final as well as a last 32 finish which meant a huge run on the final day was required. Bradley managed a semi final finish on the penultimate event and on the final day found himself in a winner-takes-all final against Keegan Kay where Brooks ruthlessly defeated him 5-1 to clinch his spot at the worlds as well as renewing his PDC Tour spot for a further 2 years.
The young Polish sensation has had a tremendous year so far and was looking to make it even better at the European Development Tour. Sebastian managed 3 quarter final finishes as well as winning event 8 which put him in the mix for the grand prize. However, as fantastic as he performed our young star marginally missed out on a place at Ally Pand finished 5th in the final rankings.
19-year-old Killian Heffernan has been a bright spark this year and really came into life in the final set of UK Development Tour events. The Irish wonderkid threw his way to the final of event 9 where he narrowly lost to Keelan Kay in a 5-4 thriller. But what was even more impressive was Killian's consistency across the 6 events where he managed to finish no lower than the final 32 all weekend, something only the likes of Team Target stars Keane Barry & Jarred Cole could achieve.
Bradley Brooks: QF / W / T32 / QF / SF / W
Keane Barry: SF / T32 / QF / T16 / T16 / T16
Jarred Cole: QF / F / T32 / QF / T32 / T16
Killian Heffernan: T32 / T16 / F / T16 / T16 / T32
James Beeton: T16 / T64 / T128 / T64 / T32 / T16
Nathan Care: T32 / T128 / T32 / T64 / T128 / T16
John Brown: T32 / T128 / T64 / T128 / T16 / T32
Nathan Girvan: T64 / T128 / T64 / T32 / T64 / T16
Harry Gregory: T32 / T128 / T32 / T64 / T128 / T16
Jack Vincent: T64 / T64 / T256 / T64 / T64 / T64
Katie Sheldon: T64 / T256 / T128 / T128 / T256 / T256
1. Bradley Brooks
8. Jarred Cole
9. Keane Barry
14. Killian Heffernan
20. Nathan Girvan
31. John Brown
32. James Beeton
36. Lewy Williams
37. Nathan Care
67. Harry Gregory
76. Jack Vincent
92. Katie Sheldon
Sebastian Bialecki: QF / W / WF / T64 / T16 / QF
Tomas Houdek: T16 / T64 / T128 / T128 / SF / T32
Kevin Doets: DNC / T16 / T32 / T64 / T32 / T32
Daan Bastiaansen: T64 / T32 / T128 / T128 / T64 / T64
5. Sebastian Bialecki
8. Kevin Doets
14. Tomas Houdek
88. Daan Bastiaansen
That's a wrap for the 2021 Development Tour - next up for our youth stars, Q-School in early 2022.