Today we will be having a chat with ‘Kong’ Robbie Green reflecting on a fantastic year for the Liverpudlian as he is he set to make his PDC World Championship debut at Alexandra Palace in just a few weeks.
On the back of that he has competed and qualified for World Matchplay earlier this year in which he was narrowly beaten by Phil Taylor and he also qualified for the World Grand Prix in which he lost out to Dave Chisnall in a close encounter.
Green has had a very consistent season on the Pro Tour also reaching two semi-finals in the early stages of the year and one quarter-final.
Last weekend Green had a terrific run at the Players Championship finals in Minehead in which he went on to reach the quarter finals and added £11,500 to his ranking prize money after wins against Devon Petersen (6-3), Jeffrey de Graaf (6-1) and Terry Jenkins (10-7) in the last 16. He faced Dave Chisnall in the quarter-finals losing out 10-5 in the end to the St Helens man.
Thanks for joining us Robbie, you have had a spectacular year in 2016 qualifying for the World Darts Championship for the first time, are you looking forward to it ?
” Yeah really I’m looking forward to getting on stage and getting started,i went a couple of years ago to watch Stephen Bunting play Barney and its a fantastic venue and the crowd noisy and I cant wait”
You have competed in major tournament already this year which including you pushing Phil Taylor all the way at the matchplay in July and reaching the quarter finals in minehead, just how are you enjoying the stage tournaments at the moment ?
” Its where you need to be to carry you up the rankings,but its no good going there and being a whipping boy,i need to start showing what i can do an making my mark”
You have recently started wearing glasses in your matches is there any particular reason behind the change ?
” Yeah my eyesight has got worse, I’ve had them for over a year but only wear them whem my eyes are sore but I’ve noticed the board getting blurry and with the glasses on it sharpens my sight up a lot,I’ve probably been kiddin myself but maybe its the way forward if it helps”
You recently joined Darts manufacturers Winmau it seems the NEW darts are really working well for you ?
” Yeah i worked closely with lee at Winmau to get them right, they are brilliant to work with as they want them as right as you want them, no rushing you, get them exactly how you want them,i couldn’t be happier with them”
You have been drawn against Raymond van Barneveld at Alexandra Palace in the World Championship, a player you defeated on several occasions are you confident on progressing ?
” I seem to be the only one in my house happy with the draw (laughs) Barney is one of the greats in the sport and i’m looking forward to going head to head with him on the biggest stage of all,if you cant get excited about that well you might aswell play bowls,if i play well he is in trouble if i dont i am in trouble,its not life or death its a game of darts,i will try my best as he will but only one of us will be in the second round and its down to me to make that second round spot mine”
Since joining the PDC you had a slow start, we know you had some surgery with some injury problems, is all that behind you now ?
” Yeah i hope so,still get little niggles when ive over done it but i know how to rub the muscle down now to loosen it to stop it ripping again, so it’s just a case of stopping when i feel it an gettin it loosened up”
You have had a really consistent year this year what do you think the secret is behind your success ?
“The year before, i know i was injured but it hurt playing so poor,this year i started fresh putting the year before behind me an used it as motivation to kick on this last year,its been a long year but its not over yet”
What has been your most memorable moment this year so far ?
” When i switched my walk on music for the European Tour to (you’ll never walk alone) the German fans went crazy for it and it was a very special momemt going on stage to it”
How often do you practise leading up to tournaments ?
” Depends on how i feel…i try n do at least two hours a day but its not always possible, i need a new knee but they wont do it yet so when the knee is bad i have to balance practice and rest”
Have you set any targets/goals ahead of the World Championship ?
” No…just be the best i can be and give 100% everytime i play”
Thank you for your time Robbie, and we wish you all the best at Alexandra Palace in a few weeks.
” Thank you…hope you all have a happy christmas and enjoy the darts”