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Pressure, drama and beer guts

JACK CALLENDER
Last updated 05:00 29/12/2013
Peter 'Snakebite' Wright
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KING OF COLOUR: Peter 'Snakebite' Wright

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Bored of choice with what to watch on the telly?

Then discover a sport that displays beauty, poise and precision. The sport of darts.

The first darts match I saw was between Phil "The Power" Taylor and Robert "The Thorn" Thornton at the Players Championship recently. I was instantly hooked.

The Ladbrokes World Championship should be compulsory viewing. Even though it lacks in physical prowess with the darts players' physiques resembling someone after an all-you-can-eat buffet combined with a beer gut, this tournament makes up for these things with pressure and drama. And boy, there has been drama.

Sixteen-time world champion Taylor scraped through against Porirua builder Rob Szabo before succumbing to defeat against Matt Smith. Taylor going down in round two could be the upset of the tournament.

Watching darts is very similar to watching the Sevens: it is constantly a party zone with club-like music, scantily clad chicks and costumes ranging from the weird to the wonderful. But there are a few things that make darts in general unique.

Every player has a walk-on song. Taylor's theme is "I've got the Power" by Snap and Thornton walks on to "500 miles" by the Proclaimers, while Raymond van Barneveld walks on to "Eye of the Tiger".

The craziest character in the darts world is Peter "Snakebite" Wright, so named because of his favourite drink. Wright doesn't just dazzle through his brilliant throws, he dazzles away from the dartboard with outlandish dancing to his theme tune "Don't stop the Party" by Pitbull. Every match his hair changes - in the first round it was multicoloured along with his outfit, in the second round it was white with a green goatee. What colour will his hair be next? He forever intrigues. 

The action is now heating up in the second round. Don't miss the spectacle that is the flight of the tungsten.


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