European Championship - round 1 review

Published on 28 October 2023 at 13:00

After the final event of the European Tour in Hildesham just a fortnight ago, the 32 best performing players on the circuit made the short trip to Dortmund for the European Championship. Ross Smith reigned supreme last year, but won't be defending his title this time round after an early defeat.



Danny Noppert kicked off the tournament in style in what was a comfortable victory against Andrew Gilding. 'Goldfinger' has been renowned for his consistent performances all season, however didn't manage to win a single set against the Dutchman in the only whitewashing of round 1.

Noppert wasn't the only Dutchman on form in round one, as Gian van Veen demolished Damon Heta. GVV averaged an impressive 107.34, showing that he is capable of performing on the big stage at just 21 years of age.


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Only two matches went the distance in round one, as Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen both held in their nerve in their respective deciding legs. MVG sneaked through against a relentless Madars Razma, who averaged 104.92 in the match, while 'Snakebite' defeated national hero, Gabriel Clemens.


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Of the three competing Germans, Ricardo Pietreczko was the only player still in the tournament. Pietreczko, who won the last event of the European Tour last week in Hildesham, beat last year's winner Ross Smith 6-3.



Round one results:

Danny Noppert 6 - 0 Andrew Gilding

Nathan Aspinall 6 - 3 Ryan Searle

Dave Chisnall 2 - 6 Chris Dobey

Rob Cross 6 - 2 Dimitri Van den Bergh

Gerwyn Price 6 - 1 Keane Barry

Peter Wright 6 - 5 Gabriel Clemens

Michael Smith 6 - 1 Raymond van Barneveld

Martin Schindler 1 - 6 Stephen Bunting

Damon Heta 1 - 6 Gian van Veen

Krzysztof Ratajski 6 - 3 Joe Cullen

Josh Rock 2 - 6 Daryl Gurney

Jonny Clayton 4 - 6 Jose De Sousa

Dirk van Duijvenbode 3 - 6 James Wade

Luke Humphries 6 - 1 Brendan Dolan

Michael van Gerwen 6 - 5 Madars Razma

Ricardo Pietreczko 6 - 3 Ross Smith


A special mention has to go to Jose De Sousa, who hasn't been in the best of form over the past few years, but managed to overcome Jonny Clayton, a special performance from 'The Special One'.

With Michael Van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price, Luke Humphries etc still in the tournament, their promises to be some terrific tungsten on show in the coming days, but who will prevail victorious in Deutschland? Please lets us know any thought you may have on the 2023 PDC European Championship in the comments below...


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