Saturday 17 March 2018

Nation Wars

Just thumbing through some of the Players Championship results, which seemed to be very much a tournament of two halves - quarter finalists of van Gerwen, Anderson, Wade and Suljovic you might expect in the top half, but in the bottom half you have Dobey, Clemens, Searle and O'Connor? Interesting one to say the least, with Dobey getting back to form and making the final, Searle hitting back after a mediocre start to the season, while Clemens continues a great start as a tour card holder - it's now about getting into the multitude of European Tour events for him. Quite a few surprising early exits which helped open up that bottom half - Wright out round 2 to Dolan, Darren Webster falling to Joyce at the same stage, Dobey dealing with Chisnall in the third, Jamie Lewis losing to Simon Preston in the opener, not sure which of Alan Norris and Steve West has dropped enough that they draw each other in round 1, but West won that then lost to Stephen Burton in the board final, Price lost round one to Mansell and has gone off on Twitter which is most unlike him, O'Connor eliminated the other Lewis in the third, Cross out round one to Luke Woodhouse, complete carnage.

To the title of the post, it's been somewhat suggested in the past on a different scale and Hearn's not been interested, but the concept of a country vs country battle in the style of the Ryder Cup ought to be potentially interesting. Have teams of ten, go with England, the Netherlands, the rest of the UK and the rest of the world. Just play singles, captain of a team decides the orders, quick six leg matches, TV break after each, it's made for TV. If you go on FRH rankings you'd have these lineups:

England - Cross, Smith, Chisnall, Webster, White, Wade, Norris, Cullen, Bunting, Lewis
Rest of the UK/Ireland - Wright, Anderson, Gurney, Price, Lewis, Henderson, Clayton, Thornton, Webster, Dolan
Netherlands - van Gerwen, van Barneveld, van de Pas, Klaasen, van der Voort, Wattimena, Kist, Dekker, Meulenkamp, de Zwaan
Rest of the world - Suljovic, Whitlock, Huybrechts, Anderson, Reyes, van den Bergh, Cadby, other Huybrechts, Lerchbacher, Ratajski

Tell me that isn't money?

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