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DARTS: Swindon pair miss out at World Youth Championship
SWINDON pair Chris Aubrey and Josh McCarthy suffered disappointment as they were knocked out of the World Youth Championship in Barnsley last night.
The pair were competing for the right to play in the final in May at the Premier League Darts play-offs at the O2 Arena, but were knocked out in the third and second round respectively.
Fifth seed Aubrey beat Finnish qualifier Teemu Harju and Paddy Meaney before losing out 6-2 to Ricky Evans, while McCarthy lost 6-1 to Adam Hunt having beaten Shane Friedlander in round one.
Aubrey had targeted the tournament as one he wanted to make a major impact in, and was left disappointed by his exit despite playing well.
“I’m very disappointed because this was always an important tournament for me, and I’m gutted I couldn’t progress and get into the quarter-finals or the semi-finals or anything like that,” he said.
“It’s one of those things you have to accept and move on, but I played better than I did last week and that was my main aim.
“When your luck’s not in your luck’s not in, and you just need to get on with things.
“I played Paddy Meaney after winning the first game and we always have good games against each other, and we had another good match.
“But when I played Ricky Evans he was a man on a mission and if he had given me another six darts I don’t think I would have beaten him anyway.
“He played really well and deserved to go through in the end because he was the better player on the day.”
Aubrey has the chance to put things right straight away today as he competes in the first events of the new Challenge Tour, and the Swindon player is focussed on revenge.
“I’m really looking forward to getting going in this, and Ricky Evans is there for the weekend so I have a chance to get one back on him,” he said.
“The likes of James Hubbard, Michael Smith and Aaron Monk aren’t there this weekend, but there are some good players so it’s going to be very tough.
“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and not get too disheartened about it all, because I have chance to put it right.”