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  • Writer's pictureJo Clements

Back to winning ways

Darts isn't just ability, the main part is mental strength and confidence. I know I am able as I have proved that over the years. However over the last 12-18mths my mental strength has wained and as such, my consistency and confidence have taken a battering.

All I could do was continue to battle through and I'm glad to say I am slowly getting back to the player I can be.

How better to beat my demons and throw myself in to hell than signing up for the first PDC women's series of 2023. Facing all the top lady players means there is no margin for error nor any time to take your foot off the gas.

Event one ended quite abruptly when I fell in the 2nd game against Fallon Sherrock. Neither Fallon nor myself played how we could and despite having the higher average I just couldn't hit the doubles so I was dumped out.

Event two ended when I was put out of a tough battle by Australia's Corrine Hammond. With £50 in my PDC pot I moved on to day two.

Day two was a better day overall, I still had extremely tough draws but managed to find form, consistency and finishes which then helped my confidence. I managed to get my revenge against Corrine.

My next game, in the last 32 was against Dutch ace and female World Master Aileen de Graaf. Again I found so good form with some great finishes against the pressure.

In the last 16 I faced the Welsh International darts ace Rhian O'Sullivan, despite playing well I just could not keep up with her massive scoring and pinpoint finishing. Event 3 ended with another £200 in my PDC pot.

Event 4 started well with a steady win over Tammy McKenzie. Despite a blazing first leg of 140,140,100 my scoring and finishing eluded me. I slumped out in the last 64 against Dutch Open, Spanish qualifier Fajardo Aluso with a final £50 in my PDC pot.

After a hectic weekend at the PDC Womens series there was no rest for the wicked. The following Friday (3rd March 23) saw me participating in the annual Longridge Panel darts final for a 5th time. After dropping only 1 leg in 3 games on finals night and none on qualifying night I became victorious and Longridge Ladies Champion for the 4th time.

After only 5 hours sleep I set off to Wigan for "The War of the Roses" County fixture. Second game on against a good friend Michelle Binns my game was a mixed bag. Some fantastic scores but some frustrating stray darts made the game somewhat of a battle, not just on the stage but mentally for myself.

At 2.1 up I was sat on 216. I went on to hit a nice 135. I stepped up and smashed out 81 in 2 darts. I left the stage on a high hitting a nice 216 in 5 darts, but more so I had helped Lancashire to a 2.0 lead.

Hopefully the Twinkles of form continue to grow when I go to my next comp in the Isle of Man.

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