Sep 04 2014

Jamie Caven hopes to benefit from busy break at PDC European Darts GP

Refusing to let the grass grow beneath his feet has left Jamie Caven confident he is in a strong position when the PDC heads to Germany with the European Darts Grand Prix this weekend.

While mostly just the world’s top eight have been kept busy by three World Series events, Jabba – currently 20th in the Order of Merit – has kept busy with a string of exhibitions and charity events.

This week he returned from Ireland where he had spent four days playing alongside fans, raising money to boost local causes and nurturing the next generation of talent at an academy event.

With competitive action resuming with the latest European Tour event in Sindelfingen this weekend, UK Sports Management’s Caven believes he in good darting shape.

“I’m ticking over,” he said. “If I’d had a big break then maybe in the last few weeks or so I would’ve had to have practiced relentlessly to get back.

“I’m not taking for granted my form or just assuming it will be perfect, I’m still having to work a bit without giving too much and having to question myself.

“It’s made it easier to continue and by being busy for the whole month it’s been helpful. If I’d had a break I would probably have lost a bit of sharpness and it would’ve been more of a doubt if I was ready. Because I’ve been so busy I know I’m ready.”

With Players Championship rounds 13 and 14 at Crawley sandwiched between a pair of European Tour events, Unicorn Darts user Caven said a busy September was the ideal motivation for success at next month’s World Grand Prix in Dublin.

“Personally, I do like these bigger stages and when the calendar came out we saw that there were three big tournaments leading up to the major, the Bet Victor World Matchplay,” said CP Cases Scotland and Mr Tax-backed Caven.

“To have two more so soon it means it’s perfect for the World Grand Prix as you’re going straight into another competition.

“The way the game’s going, it’s encouraging for players to know that there are more big events and that helps you mature more by getting more exposure.

“I’ve had decent money in a couple of them as well so it’s good to know that I’m winning well on a decent stage with a big crowd. It’s good for me personally knowing that I’m taking my game to the next level, it’s really positive.

“The crowds in Germany are very appreciative and there’s no animosity. Nobody gets picked on that I know of. People like Paul Nicholson get stick over here on the big stage, but in Germany they will probably boo in jest as a bit of fun and then it will stop.”