Har­bour back on the Lake­side stage then he’s tak­ing a rest

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Matt Bozeat DARTS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Dennis Har­bour is head­ing back to the Lake­side for the BDO World Cham­pi­onships.

BDO bosses have con­firmed the 55 year- old from Dogsthorpe has qual­i­fied for the cham­pi­onship that gets un­der­way in Frim­ley Green next Jan­uary in front of the Chan­nel Four cam­eras.

Har­bour is cur­rently ranked 25th in the world, mean­ing he would en­ter at the pre­lim­i­nary round stage.

But he ex­pects to en­ter in the first round.

“The main thing is, I’m def­i­nitely there and I’m re­ally pleased,” said Har­bour.

“But I got seven points from the Bri­tish Open the other week that haven’t been added yet and that should make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence. When they go on, I should go up the rank­ings to 22nd or 23rd and be in the first round proper. That means I’m guar­an­teed £3,700 rather than £2,000.”

Har­bour reached the quar­ter- fi­nal son his re­turn to the Lake­side in Jan­uary with up­set win so verse ed­sDar­rylF it­ton and Martin Phillips af­ter a decade away from the sport’s big­gest stage.

But since then, he’s found it hard.

Har­bour won four ma­jor tour­na­ments in 2015, but­dur­ing the­last 12 months, his best per­for­mance was a run to the fi­nal of the English Na­tional Sin­gles.

“I’ve had a tough sea­son,” ad­mit­ted the grand­fa­ther of two.

“There are a lot of young, hun­gry lads who are com­ing through and have kept me on my­toe­san­dreally pushedme.

“But I’ve coped, enjoyed it and man­aged to squeeze into the world cham­pi­onship.

“I’m pleased for my­self – and my fam­ily and friends.”

Har­bour says he should be well sup­ported at the world cham­pi­onships.

He said: “My son says his work­mates keep ask­ing him: ‘Has your dad qual­i­fied ?’ and now I have I think they are all look­ing for­ward to com­ing along to the Lake­side.

“There should be a coach load or two com­ing along to sup­port me.”

Har­bour has re­vealed that, on his fam­ily’s ad­vice, he will take a break from play­ing on the BDO cir­cuit af­ter the world cham­pi­onship.

He said :“I’ m not pack­ing in darts, no way. The game is in my blood. I will still play County matches and Su­per League, but I’m go­ing to have to take a break from the cir­cuit next sea­son. I need a rest.

“When you go to tour­na­ments, you find your­self eat­ing when you can, and it’s usu­ally junk food, and drink­ing too much as well.

“I ’ ve put on too much weight and my daugh­ter says I’ve got to look af­ter my­self. I’m only 5ft 10ins and I’m weigh­ing 20 stones. It doesn’t suit me. I keep hav­ing to buy big­ger and big­ger shirts and I feel un­com­fort­able.

“I’ve had two fan­tas­tic sea­sons on the cir­cuit. I’ve won four ma­jors and I’m an es­tab­lished Eng­land player. I’ve ex­ceeded all my ex­pec­ta­tions.

“I only ever wanted to play for Eng­land once and I’ve played a dozen times. I’mmore than happy with that.

“I will make the most of the Lake­side, domybe­standthen have a break. I need it.”

Har­bour also re­vealed that be­cause of work­com­mit­ments, he’s un­likely to en­ter the qual­i­fiers for the World Masters.

He said: “I’ve had a lot of time off work for tour­na­ments and I don’t think I’m go­ing to get any­more. I’m go­ing to have to give the Masters a miss.”

Dennis Har­bour cel­e­brates a win on the Lake­side stage early this year.

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