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DARTS: He's Jack the mad
JACK Tweddell is looking to make his mark on the PDC Youth Tour this weekend after admitting he has not been happy with his performance so far this year.
The teenager has put in some good displays on the tour during the first nine months of 2012, but only has £50 of prize money to show for his efforts, while brother Chris Aubrey is fifth in the overall standings having won over £1,000 so far.
But Tweddell is looking to up his game when the duo compete in Wigan today and tomorrow in the latest three youth tour rounds, and is hoping to get a kind draw.
“I have only managed to win £50 so far this year, and to be honest I probably should have won a bit more,” he said.
“All of my mates who are in the top 30 at the moment keep asking me why I haven’t won much money so far this year, and I am not sure why either.
“They say I should probably have at least a few hundred pounds, but you need to earn it all by winning matches and I haven’t done it.
“You can’t blame it all on the draws because you have to beat what is in front of you, but I have had some tough ones and maybe that is a part of it.
“But when I do end up getting a slightly easier draw I go and blow it.
“I am looking forward to playing at Wigan because I always enjoy playing darts, and hopefully I will earn some more money.”
Tweddell has had the misfortune of running into runaway Youth Tour Order of Merit leader Aaron Monk no less than four times already this year, and believes he is capable of beating him despite losing all four of their previous meetings.
“I think I have ended up playing Aaron four times so far this season, which is probably more than you want to be playing him.
“They pretty much have all been first round games as well I think, which is even more frustrating because it is the hardest start you can get really.
“When I have played Aaron I have quite often gone into the lead, but then I have let it slip. He has a lot more experience than me, and maybe that has been a part of it all.
“I get myself in front and then he just pulls it back in, and he says to me that if I could just hit a treble when I have got down to a big finish then I could beat him easily.
“He is a great player, and maybe I should have beaten him by now, and maybe this weekend I can do it.”
But Tweddell has the ideal practice partner in the form of Aubrey, who will also be competing this weekend, and the youngster believes the work the pair put in at home will pay off in the end.
“I have lost to Aaron Monk a few times now, but I get to play Chris every day and he is just as good as Aaron,” he said.
“I am not saying I beat Chris every time in practice or anything like that, but I do win my fair share, and the shows I am capable.
“Practicing with Chris is great because it really pushes me on, and I am sure it is making me a better player.”