6 Jun, 2022

The PDC Development Tour was dominated by Team Target and the Elite 1 this weekend, bringing home 3 of the 5 trophies on offer and playing in 4 out of the 5 finals, with at least one player in the semi-final of every single round.

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In the first event of the weekend, we had Sebastian Bialecki reach the round of 16 where he was drawn against fellow member of Elite 1 Jack Vincent. On this occasion, it was Jack who moved into the final 8 where he was unfortunate to meet a red hot Keane Barry who took this round. Team Target put in some great foundations for the rest of the weekend with Jarred Cole and Bradley Brooks both making the round of 32, Kevin Doets in the last 16, Lewy Williams in the last 8 and Keane Barry in the final 4.

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Keane Barry wins!

Following a semi-final in DT11, 'Dynamite' exploded into the second event of the weekend with a point to prove. His path to the final saw him drop just 9 legs in 8 games, with the closest game being a 4-3 win over Elite 1's Nathan Girvan in the round of 16 where Keane had to throw an incredible 99 average to get past the young Scotsman. His quarter-final game was another familiar face in Lewy Williams, where a 101 average was enough to go through to the semi-finals. The ace from Ireland took out 2 of his fellow countryman in the semi-final and then the final to lift his first trophy of the weekend.

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Sebastian Bialecki tops the lot.

DT14 was an incredible event for Team Target, as they ran wild on the day, with 3 of the 4 semi-finalists all being Target representatives and 5 of the 8 quarter finalists.

2 Team Target match ups were on show in the quarter finals and it was Daan Bastiaansen's best finish of the weekend, making the final 8 before a defeat to Keane Barry. Jarred Cole continued his extremely strong showing, making another top 8 finish before bowing out to the eventual winner for the second time in a row in Sebastian Bialecki. Bradley Brooks had his best run of the weekend with a semi-final appearance, where he was also unfortunate to come up against the soon to be champion.

Our Polish superstar was in incredible form in DT14 carving a route to the final at the expense of Team Target's Jarred Cole and Bradley Brooks before facing Keane Barry at the final hurdle. In the all-Target final it was Sebastian who walked away with the victory but Keane didn't go down without a very impressive fight.

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Keane makes it a brace!

The final event of the Development Tour in Hildesheim was yet another victory for Team Target with our man from Duleek picking up his second trophy of the weekend.

Elite 1 proved to be a force to be reckoned with as well, with a great showing in the final tour with Nathan Girvan making the final 64, Killian Heffernan in the last 32 and Daan Bastiaansen and Sebastian Bialecki making the round of 16.

Kevin Doets also finished in the final 32 and the 'Prince of Wales' Lewy Williams making it to the quarter finals for the 4th time that weekend, missing out to fellow Target representatives 3 times.

'Dynamite' was incredible once again, using a defeat in the final from the previous event to spur him on to victory in the final tour, moving through 3 fellow Target reps in Kevin Doets in the round of 32, Sebastian Bialecki at the round of 16 - a rematch of the final in DT14 and then Lewy Williams in the quarter-final. Keane finished his weekend off with a 5-2 victory and then a 5-3 win in the final to secure his brace and give him 1st place in the PDC Development Tour Order of Merit.

What a weekend of darts for Team Target and the Elite 1! In total, we racked up some incredible numbers and finishes, with 8 round of 16 finishes, 8 quarter finals, 4 semi finals and 5 finals. Amazing work all round but a huge congratulations goes to our two winners.

Sebastian Bialecki was the winner of DT14 but made the round of 16 in DT11, DT12 and DT15 - results that move him up to joint 9th in the PDC Development Tour Order of Merit. Sebastian has had an incredible past few weeks, also being called up to represent Poland at the PDC World Cup of Darts on the 16th June.

'Dynamite' Keane Barry lived up to his nickname, blowing the competition out of the water, being in the last 4 on as many occasions and playing in 3 finals. Keane won 2 of those 3 finals, giving him tat coveted 1st position on the Development Tour OoM and giving him a platform to work on for the rest of the year. It very clearly wasn't luck that led to Keane dominating, he's been working extremely hard in recent weeks, changing up his routine with a focus on practice and development. His dedication has led him to early starts and hours in front of the board first thing in the morning and it's really starting to pay off.

Congratulations to all of Team Target and the Elite 1 who took part in the events this weekend, you're all working hard and reaping the rewards, it's fantastic to see.

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