Darts duo aiming for the top

Darren Weaver and Tom Sykes will compete for a place in the Professional Darts Corporation this week.  (p603b502)
Darren Weaver and Tom Sykes will compete for a place in the Professional Darts Corporation this week. (p603b502)
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Promising darts duo Darren Weaver and Tom Sykes will be hoping they’re on target as they seek a place among the sport’s elite.

The pair are among 400 hopefuls from across the county competing in the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Q-School in Wigan this week.

If successful, the duo would be throwing arrows against the likes of Phil Taylor and Michael Van Gerwen on the professional PDC tour circuit.

Mr Sykes, 22, of Airedale, said: “It would be awesome to get a spot on the PDC – that’s the dream.

“I started playing darts five years ago when I started playing with my dad and turning professional is all I’ve ever wanted since.”

The duo, of United Sports Promotions, are competing in the event this week.

They will know if they’ve won a PDC spot when the event finishes on Saturday.

Mr Weaver, 35, who has been playing the sport for 17 years, said: “Getting on the PDC is the be all and end all in darts.

“It’s where the money is and you play against all the stars of the sport you see on TV.

“I’m semi-professional at the minute but have to work full-time as well but the PDC is the dream.”

The four-day event at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, in Wigan, is open to any player over the age of 16 and offers 16 automatic two-year tour cards.

Mr Weaver and Mr Sykes are competing in a number of games this week and are awarded points depending on each result. A number of tour cards are also given to the highest ranked players at the end of the competition.