TheBoss pre­dicts ‘open’ Lake­side

East Kilbride News - - SPORTS -

Ross ‘The Boss’ Mont­gomery reck­ons the BDO Darts World Cham­pi­onships is wide open this year.

The Green­hills thrower was in ac­tion yes­ter­day as the News went to press, play­ing his first round match against Eng­land’s Scott Baker, and be­fore his clash he reck­oned it is too close to call who will take the 2019 crown.

Glen Dur­rant has won the last two ti­tles at Lake­side and is biding to be­come the first player since Eric Bris­tow to win three on the trot.

But the Boss, mak­ing his 12th ap­pear­ance at Frim­ley Green this year, be­lieves there are plenty of pre­tenders to the throne.

Mont­gomery said: “You’ve al­ways got to look at Glen – he’s hun­gry for that third ti­tle to put him­self in the record books.

“But there’s plenty of play­ers play­ing re­ally well right now.

“Richard Veen­stra from Hol­land is play­ing some fan­tas­tic darts. There’s Scott Mitchell and Scott Waites and Mark McGeeney is knock­ing at the door.

“Mark is ranked num­ber one in the BDO at the mo­ment and he’s win­ning a lot of matches, beat­ing the top play­ers.

“Lake­side is all on the day. You can get an out­sider com­ing from nowhere.

“It’s hap­pened be­fore and who is to say it won’t hap­pen again. I think it’s pretty open this year.”

Asked about his own hopes, The Boss – who reached the quar­ter-fi­nals in 2015 – added: “I al­ways feel I’m ca­pa­ble of go­ing far, but if it’s not work­ing on the day it’s not work­ing, there’s not much you can do.

“I’ve been play­ing a long time now and I never go in overly con­fi­dent. I’ve learned my les­son on that.

“If I pre­pare my­self prop­erly and it hap­pens, it hap­pens, but if it doesn’t work out then so be it.”

The Cham­pi­onships run un­til Sun­day, Jan­uary 13 and matches are be­ing shown live on Eu­rosport and Free­view chan­nel Quest. The win­ner will take home a cheque for £100,000. Fes­tive fun

Dr Lisa Cameron. cen­tre, joined EK Sports Club for their Christ­mas Lunch

Tough call Ross The Boss

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