Monday 5 November 2018

Grand Slam field finalised

Odd selection of qualifiers. I picked out my eight to qualify after the draw was made, and got Andrew Gilding and nobody else, sure a couple were swinging for the fences (Gilding over Adrian Lewis being one), but I had Gurney, Cullen, de Zwaan and Darren Webster, none of which would be that unrealistic - the others were Luke Humphries who won at the weekend, as well as Ross Smith and Ryan Joyce who we know have been playing decent stuff.

That said, I don't think you can have too many complaints about who got there. Schindler I hope somehow gets in a group with both Hopp and Unterbuchner, and he's also into the world youth final against Dimitri - which gets Matt Edgar into the worlds by the looks of things, pleased for him as he seems like a nice guy on Twitter. I digress, Searle got through who's made a final this year, Bunting seems fine, Mark Webster's been off form for a while but is a former world champion so why not, Gilding I've already mentioned is hitting form, Murnan and Hine are weird ones, I guess Murnan really loves this qualifier having made it through twice in a row, and that just leaves Keegan Brown - sure a lot of big names missed, but it should create for some interesting draws.

The draw comes tomorrow (allegedly) - everyone should have enough data, BDO lads included, that I can shove everything into the master computer, try to project things, have most of the groups come with everyone within a point of each other and then just generally do my bollocks finding edges in best of nine high variance situations.

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