Inside the WDF
Episode #102: Jamie Lewis, Anna Forsmark

Episode #102: Jamie Lewis, Anna Forsmark

August 16, 2022

In this episode, Andrew is joined by the Antwerp Open champion Jamie Lewis and Swedish international Anna Forsmark.

Jamie (5:08) calls in to discuss being inspired by Andy Fordham in the early years, winning two big WDF Youth titles in 2009, the highlights of his eight-year PDC career, linking up with MB Sports Management, returning to the WDF tour this year and getting his confidence back up.

Anna (28:29) then joins the show to discuss winning three WDF titles this year, representing Sweden over the last 12 years, why finding love inspired her to do more of the tour, wanting to qualify for the WDF World Championships and why she's got Dory on her darts shirt. 

There's also a review of the recent action in New Zealand, a preview of the Swedish Open weekend and listener questions. Enjoy!

Episode #101: Victoria Monaghan

Episode #101: Victoria Monaghan

August 9, 2022

In this episode, Andrew is joined by the recent New Zealand Open champion Victoria Monaghan.

Victoria (10:33) calls into the show to discuss winning the New Zealand Open and qualifying for the 2023 WDF World Championships, her background in darts, grappling with gender identity issues, starting her transition two years ago, facing backlash from the NZ dart community, being a trailblazer and much more.

There's also a review of the action at the Australian Darts Open, a discussion about providing updates from events, a recap of the action in Belgium and Andrew answers listener questions. Enjoy!

Episode #100: Neil Duff, Nicole Regnaud, Shaun McDonald

Episode #100: Neil Duff, Nicole Regnaud, Shaun McDonald

August 2, 2022

Andrew is back for Episode 100 of the podcast, featuring Neil Duff, Nicole Regnaud and Shaun McDonald.

Neil (1:08) calls in ahead of flying out to the Australian Open to discuss his year since winning the World title, feeling like he's been resting on his laurels since Lakeside, the difficulties of adjusting to giving up work, his expectations for the Australian Open and why he's not doing Q-School in 2023.

Nicole (32:36) then makes her first appearance on the show to discuss winning the New Zealand National Singles, coming from a darting family, doing a criminology degree, looking forward to playing against some of the World's best at the Australian Open, chasing a Worlds debut and fainting in front on Adrian Lewis. 

Finally, Shaun (1:02:06) calls in to talk his Lakeside debut, a bumpy run at Q-School, why the WDF needs to scrap best of five games, announcing he'd signed with Mission and to grill Andrew with some questions of his own.

There's also a preview of the Australian Darts Open and Andrew answers a bunch of listener questions. Enjoy!

 

Episode #99: Dave Prins, Brandon Weening

Episode #99: Dave Prins, Brandon Weening

July 12, 2022

In this episode, Andrew is joined by the Isle of Man Open champion Dave Prins and 'The Python' Brandon Weening. 

Dave (1:00) calls in to discuss having trials with Leeds United as a teenager, being a relatively late-starter in darts, making his Lakeside debut in 2010, facing match-fixing allegations in 2012, returning to TV this year at the World Seniors Championship and WDF World Championship, already booking his spot at next year's WDF Worlds and his one last goal in the sport.

Brandon (38:33) then joins the show to discuss his development as a player over the last 9-10 months, emerging from his father's shadow, eyeing up World Series and Ally Pally debuts, looking forward to his delayed World Youth Championship appearance and wanting to make a serious impact in August's Australian Darts Open.

Enjoy!

Episode #98: Alexander Merkx, Wendy Harper

Episode #98: Alexander Merkx, Wendy Harper

July 5, 2022

In this episode, Andrew is joined by two players who've enjoyed good starts to the year - Alexander Merkx and Wendy Harper.

First, Alexander (1:12) calls in to discuss his title wins in Lithuania and Switzerland, not initially planning to play the WDF tour seriously this year, travelling with his best friend, being inspired by Raymond van Barneveld, playing as well as he ever has right now and aiming for a World Championship place.

Then, Wendy (28:00) joins the show to talk about being a little rusty when darts resumed in New Zealand last month, being kept on her toes by Nicole Regnaud, qualifying for the Australian Darts Open, hoping to play her 'hero' Lisa Ashton and why she turned down her spot at Lakeside earlier this year.

Enjoy!

Episode #97: Haupai Puha

Episode #97: Haupai Puha

June 27, 2022

In this episode, Andrew rounds up all the latest WDF action from Australia, New Zealand and Romania and catches up with Haupai Puha.

Haupai (1:03) joins the show to discuss the 10-month shut down in New Zealand, giving a better account of himself at Q School in January, reaching a Challenge Tour final, making his Lakeside debut in April, winning the first WDF events in New Zealand this year, qualifying for the Australian Open, a potential DPNZ clash, his new barrels and much, much more.

Enjoy!

Episode #96: Martyn Turner, Lorraine Hyde

Episode #96: Martyn Turner, Lorraine Hyde

June 20, 2022

Andrew is back with a bumper show, featuring two great guests and a review of all the recent global WDF action.

First off, recent Swiss Open finalist Martyn Turner (1:18) joins the show to discuss his impressive form this year, his time as a PDC Tour Card holder, why he and Darren Johnson are on the 'Last of the Summer Wine Tour', overcoming anxiety and low self-belief and nicknaming himself 'The Crap Peter Wright'.

Lorraine Hyde (43:11) then calls in to discuss her Lakeside debut earlier this year, her daughter's reaction to seeing her mum on TV, wanting to get back to the Worlds as a seed next year and how she was feeling ahead of the Six Nations this past weekend.

Andrew also gives his thoughts on the Six Nations, including the phantom leg between England and Ireland, the Dutch Open seeming lower numbers than usual and the first few qualifiers for the Australian Open. Enjoy!

Episode #95: David Cameron, Halli Egilsson

Episode #95: David Cameron, Halli Egilsson

May 24, 2022

In this episode, Andrew is joined by two men looking ahead to big weekends - David Cameron and Halli Egilsson. 

David (1:37) calls in to discuss his upcoming World Seniors Masters and MSG appearances, why he feels he's got a big run in him, how he got into darts originally, taking a while to feel like he belonged on the Lakeside stage, getting an Uber to the WSDM qualifier while he was over for the WDF Worlds, and targeting an Ally Pally debut this year.

Friend of the show Halli (35:18) then joins to talk about the upcoming Nordic Cup, Iceland's prospects and the players to watch, how he first started playing at work and on a NATO base, the ups and downs of the Icelandic scene, winning the Grindavik Open recently, being disappointed with his performances in WDF events this year, his pride at seeing an Icelander play on the PDC stage, and being up for playing pairs with Andrew at a WDF event.

Andrew also reviews the British Internationals and previews the Nordic Cup. Enjoy!

Episode #94: Nick Kenny

Episode #94: Nick Kenny

May 17, 2022

In this special British Internationals preview episode of the podcast, Andrew is joined by Welsh captain Nick Kenny. 

Nick (1:23) joins to discuss his second year as a PDC Tour Card holder, not being in a good place at times last year, returning to the WDF circuit, his new management team, being reappointed captain of Wales, his experience of the UKDA Magic Weekend, the players to watch in the Welsh team, and his goals for 2022. 

Andrew then runs through the teams for the British Internationals before giving his predictions. He also gives his tips for this weekend's action in Lithuania and Australia.

Enjoy!

Episode #93: James Richardson, Wayne Dobinson

Episode #93: James Richardson, Wayne Dobinson

May 11, 2022

In this episode, Andrew is joined by two quite different guests, the recent Denmark Masters champion James Richardson and Shownights promoter Wayne Dobinson.

James (1:05) discusses his win in Denmark, why he was so emotional after beating Jelle Klaasen, coming close in WDF competitions last year, that match-winning 9-darter against his son Josh in the Online Live League, his Lakeside debut last month and his recent health kick.

Wayne (29:36) calls in to talk about organising the Andy Fordham Memorial Open in October of this year. He explains how the event will work, where the idea came from and some of the benefits in store for those involved. He also touches on how he first got into darts, working exhibitions with the late Fordham, and his experience of working alongside Des Jacklin on the 2020 BDO World Championships.

Enjoy!

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