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DARTS: Smiffy heads to Dublin with two targets in sight
DENNIS Smith is hoping the luck of the Irish will help him take giant strides towards his two major goals for the season when he competes in Dublin this weekend.
The Swindon player is in the Emerald Isle to play in the qualifiers for the Dutch Darts Masters this evening before competing in Players Championship events on both Saturday and Sunday.
Smith has been in good form in recent weeks which has taken him to the verge of earning his place at December’s World Championship, but has also put himself firmly in the mix to finish in the ProTour Order of Merit top 32 which would be good enough for a place at the Players Championship Finals in Minehead.
The 44-year-old is taking nothing for granted, but knows a good display this weekend will take him a step closer to both his major targets.
“It’s always a good one going to play in Ireland, certainly better than when we have to play in Barnsley or Crawley, and hopefully I can have a good weekend,” he said.
“I’m in a good run of form but I can’t think about that because I need to try and pick up money from every tournament to make sure people are chasing me and not catching me.
“My two goals for the season were to get in the top 32 and to earn a place at the World Championship, but I’ve been in the mix before and thought about it too much and then the wheels have fallen off.
“I can’t think of the future too much, and I haven’t done that all year and it seems to be working for me because I’ve stayed away from the all the politics of it all and kept myself to myself a bit.
“To get in the Players Championship Finals would be brilliant because it shows all the hard work I’ve done and how consistent I’ve been, but there’s still seven or eight events to go.
“Getting into the next European Tour event would be a nice little banker for me because it puts you on prize money straight away, but I’m not getting ahead of myself.”
Smith is also hoping the rest of the PDC field are starting to worry about drawing him due to good run of form he currently finds himself on.
“The nice thing about playing well at the moment is that there will be probably be a few players there who will draw me and know I’m going to be on form, and hopefully there will be more pressure on them.
“If my darts go it will be fine, and hopefully the other players are starting to think about me.
“I have to play my own game and do my own thing, and chill out a bit and concentrate on performing.”
As well as Smith, Swindon players Johnny Haines, Mark Cox and Chris Aubrey will all be competing at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin this weekend.
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