Ross Twell Interview
Today I am Interviewing young Darts sensation Ross Twell from Lincolnshire
Ross earned his PDC tour card in 2014 in great style beating some great players and has had some great wins since earning his tour card I will be asking him how he has coped with earning his PDC tour card and playing against the best players in the world of Darts
TS: Thanks for joining me Ross, so tell me how has it been since earning your 2 year tour card?
RT: “Thanks for the opportunity Tom . It’s been a roller coaster ride since earning my tour card. the buzz of actually getting my tour card which was a huge shock and starting to play the people I was looking up to. Then going through spells not winning games and trying to bounce back from these. But all in all has been a life changing experience”
TS: How has your year been so far and what are your targets for the rest of this year?
RT: “I’ve had a difficult start to the year only picking up a little amount of money. Lost in two board finals to qualify for two European tours and that has to be one aim for me this year to qualify for one of these events. Also I am aiming to qualify for the world youth championships and maybe a TV tournament. I will have to have a lot of luck and hard work to retain my tour card for next year , but still believe I can do this. I think the youth tour is a good opportunity to help my career this will still be difficult as there are some great players coming through the pdc development tours at the moment”
TS: Who is the best opponent you have faced in the PDC?
RT: “I’ve been unlucky enough to play Michael van gerwen twice pushing him close in one. But the one for me was Phil Taylor it was just unbelievable playing the greatest player to ever lived in a competitive match”
TS: I see Protégé Events are sponsoring you how is that for you?
RT: “Yeh they have taken me on board for the youth tour. It’s great to know someone is willing to back you and put faith in you. Gives me that extra drive to practice as I don’t like letting people down. Great to work with such a good team . Chris clegg has been very helpful with everything and his passion for the game rubs off very well on others . Also have been fortunate enough to have support with some local sponsors on the pro tour in the mallards hotels , east bridge electrical ltd and the Electra club ”
TS: you have beat a lot of very good players in the PDC what is your finest victory?
RT: ” The win that meant the most to me was beating mervyn king in the players championship 2 last year and that’s when I started to believe In myself. But my best performance was against kirk shepherd in the European qualifier this year finishing and scoring just all came together”
TS: I feel you have inspired many young players who want to play darts and make it in the PDC at a young age what is your advice to them?
RT: “My advice would be never give up. There will be times where a lot of people will doubt you and try and pull you down saying you don’t belong. Ignore them and prove them wrong. It’s all a learning curve and don’t rush into things, I have especially treated these two years as an apprenticeship for the next few years of my life”
TS: where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
RT: “Hopefully a regular on the pdc circuit and appeared In a TV tournament . There are some great youth players coming through all around the world and I can see it being a great time for darts in the next ten years and I hope to be a part of it”
TS: Who is your biggest inspiration in darts?
RT: “A big inspiration had been my dad before he had his accident I heard he was a great player himself and he was the person who got me hooked on the game. But also a gentlemen who passed away and goes by the name of Ian McFarlane he is known across the country for his efforts with what he did with county and youth darts . He always kept me on the straight and narrow gave me a pep talk when I needed it telling me to focus and giving me support whenever I needed it ”
TS: what’s the best advice you have been given?
RT: “It was never advice but a good learning curve for me was when I was 14 and started playing local leagues I got asked to chalk a singles league they were running. Was the best thing I ever did chalked 12 – 15 games a night and I learnt how people went for finished as I could score well but always struggled to work out my finish and chalking for that singles league really bought my game on”
TS: what inspired you to play darts?
RT: “When I was younger I always had a soft peg dart board which me and my brother used to play on and I think it was the sibling rivalry that kicked me on not wanting to lose to my older brother. But also my dad talking about the good times he had with the game and the stories he shared when travelling around ”
TS: Last question are there any other young players to look out for in the PDC?
RT: “There’s a lot at the moment but I believe these players will make an impact in the next couple of years Sam Hewson and Sam Hamilton already established players in their own right but also dimitri van den bergh finished top of the youth tour order of merit last year and taken a lot of scalps on the pro tour this year”
TS: Thanks for your time for this interview Ross and I wish you all the best in the future.
RT: “Thank you tom you to”