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DARTS: Aubrey vows to focus on his own game
SWINDON star Chris Aubrey is determined to focus on his own game despite being one of the favourites to make the PDC World Youth Championship final this evening.
The best young players in the country meet in Barnsley this evening to decide which two make it through to the final in May, with Aubrey seeded fifth behind the likes of Aaron Monk, Michael Smith and James Hubbard.
Aubrey was pleased with the way he performed during the UK Open qualifiers last weekend, and if he can take the same form to Yorkshire tonight he knows he is in with a chance.
“I was pretty pleased with the way I played last weekend apart from on the Saturday when I lost to Steve Maish, so hopefully if I can take that sort of form into the weekend I will be alright,” he said.
“I’m seeded five which is a good reward for all the hard work I put in throughout the year, but they are all very good players so even though I will avoid people like Aaron Monk early on, the matches will all be tough.
“I’m just trying to carry on from how I’m going and I would much rather other players are worrying about me rather than me worrying about other people. I will put 110 per cent effort in and we will see how that goes.”
Josh McCarthy, winner of the Advertiser’s Young Sportsman of the Year award is also involved, and will be hoping to make an impression having sneaked into the draw.
On Saturday and Sunday the pair along with brother Jack Tweddell, will be competing in the opening events of the new Challenge Tour for players under the age of 25.
Aubrey wants his performance tonight to set the tone for his weekend, as well as for the rest of the season.
“I keep saying to myself that it will happen eventually, and if it happens tonight and I make it to the final it will set me off for the rest of the year,” he said.
“I need to start turning in the results I was getting two years ago, and if I do then I will be in for a good year.
“If I get knocked out in the semi-finals or the quarter-finals but still put in a good account of myself I’ll be pleased because it will mean I am doing pretty well.”