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Article: PDC Media Release - Darts Wizard Claims German Darts Trophy

PDC Media Release - Darts Wizard Claims German Darts Trophy

COLIN OSBORNE claimed his first Players Championship title of 2008 with a final-leg win over Carlos Rodriguez in the German Darts Trophy final.

Osborne has twice been a runner-up so far in 2008 in Players Championships, although he did win the Blue Square UK Open North-East Regional Final in January.

He added another £5,000 to his earnings in an impressive day of darts at the Stadthalle in Dinslaken.

He claimed 3-0 wins over Ben Burton and Michael Rosenauer and a 3-1 win over Peter Wright to reach the quarter-finals, where he dropped just one leg in seeing off Robert Thornton.

The Derby man then held off Mark Dudbridge^s fight-back from 2-0 down in the semi-finals to reach the final, where he also went all the way against Spaniard Rodriguez.

Rodriguez came from a leg down to win the first set with a 110 checkout, only for Osborne to take the next two sets in a deciding leg.

Rodriguez won the fourth without reply and came from a leg down to level in the decider, only for Osborne to land a maximum on his way to a 12-darter in sealing the win.

His win takes him up two places to a career-high 12th in the PDC Order of Merit.

Rodriguez secured his place in the European Championship in Frankfurt next weekend and a spot in the World Darts Championship with his first run to a PDC Pro Tour final.

Having reached the last eight of the Scottish Players Championship last Sunday, he defeated John Jenkinson, Karsten Koch, Andy Jenkins and Steve Maish to reach the quarter-finals.

He then defeated Peter Manley and Kevin Painter 3-0 to reach the final, dropping just two legs in the process.

Osborne^s final-leg win over Dudbridge meant the Bristolian finished one game short of claiming a qualification place in the European Championship by just one game.

He enjoyed last-gasp wins over Mensur Suljovic and Alan Tabern and also overcame Colin Lloyd in reaching the last four, but fell two sets down to Osborne and then missed three darts for victory in the deciding leg after drawing level.

Painter^s display sees him move closer to the PDC^s top 16, and was his first semi-final appearance since June.

Tabern and Mark Walsh joined Manley and Thornton as losing quarter-finalists, while Tomas Seyler represented Germany in the last 16.

While Dudbridge missed out on a Players Championship qualification spot for the European Championship, he will be joined in Sunday^s knockout qualifier by Michael van Gerwen.

The Dutch youngster was denied one of the four places for players from the Continental Europe Order of Merit on a count-back after being tied with Jan van der Rassel, who joins Rodriguez, Mensur Suljovic and Jelle Klaasen in Frankfurt next weekend.

European Championship Qualification

PDC Top 16 (After Sky Poker World Grand Prix

Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade, John Part, Terry Jenkins, Colin Lloyd, Andy Hamilton, Wayne Mardle, Adrian Lewis, Alan Tabern, Dennis Priestley, Roland Scholten, Mervyn King, Colin Osborne, Ronnie Baxter, Peter Manley.

Players Championship Order of Merit Qualifiers (after German Darts Trophy)

Denis Ovens, Robert Thornton, Mark Walsh, Chris Mason, Kevin Painter, Vincent van der Voort, Alex Roy, Wayne Jones.

Continental Europe Order of Merit Qualifiers (after German Darts Trophy)

Carlos Rodriguez, Mensur Suljovic, Jelle Klaasen, Jan van der Rassel.

Leading Two Non-Qualified Players from GDC Order of Merit

Andree Welge, Hannes Schnier.

Plus two qualifiers from Sunday^s European Championship Qualifier German Darts Trophy Results

Preliminary Round

Sladan Nedic Bye (Wayne Atwood)

Miloslav Navratil Bye (Holger Kauf)

Karsten Koch 3-2 Chris Mason

Carlos Rodriguez 3-0 John Jenkinson

Michael Wolf 3-0 Rolf Kaiser

Peter Manley 3-0 Stephan Wusch

Kevin Munch 3-0 Sebastian Rehmann

Johann Honner 3-0 Thomas Gerock

Ronnie Baxter 3-0 Mike Herold

Jamie Caven 3-0 Mirko Stute

Guido Kammerer 3-1 Alexander Glatthorn

Colin Monk 3-0 Bernhard Kraus

Tomas Seyler 3-0 Jacko Barry

Kevin Painter 3-0 Kai Hohenberger

Peter Aleman 3-2 Heiko Gallinat

Thorsten Wefers 3-1 Sven Breitfeld

Lionel Sams Bye (Ian Jopling)

Andrew Davies 3-0 Erwin Extercatte

Denis Ovens 3-0 Mario Hermann

Hannes Schnier Bye (Fabian Mergens)

Olaf Fiss 3-0 John Lokken

Chris Kotal 3-0 Ralf Schmelz

Andree Welge 3-1 Robert Watson-Lang

Vincent van der Voort 3-0 Detlef Bietz

Jan van der Rassel 3-0 Carlo Sessini

Robert Thornton 3-1 Stephan Schneider

Mario Masurka 3-0 Rolf Sagenschneider

Peter Wright 3-0 Rene Hogrebe

Colin Osborne Bye (Andreas Muller)

Ben Burton 3-2 Jorg Fassbender

Michael Rosenauer 3-0 Tobias Roth

Matheus Ziolkowski Bye (Johannes Koch)

Steve Cusick 3-1 Karsten Kornath

Mervyn King 3-0 Manuel Muller

Olaf Tupuschis 3-1 Andy Wilden

Co Stompe 3-0 Rolf Kahran

Leroy Kwadijk 3-1 Bernd Roith

Rainer Haass 3-2 Jon Archer

Mark Dudbridge 3-0 Huseyin Zengin

Maik Langendorf 3-2 Colin Rice

Mensur Suljovic 3-0 Andy Krokel

First Round

Terry Jenkins 3-0 Sladan Nedic

Steve Maish 3-0 Miloslav Navratil

Carlos Rodriguez 3-0 Karsten Koch

Andy Jenkins 3-0 Michael Wolf

Peter Manley 3-0 Kevin Munch

Steve Beaton 3-1 Johann Honner

Jamie Caven 3-2 Ronnie Baxter

Wes Newton 3-0 Guido Kammerer

Adrian Lewis 3-1 Colin Monk

Tomas Seyler Bye (Tony Eccles

Kevin Painter 3-0 Peter Aleman

Adrian Gray 3-2 Thorsten Wefers

Andy Hamilton 3-0 Lionel Sams

Matt Clark 3-0 Andrew Davies

Denis Ovens 3-2 Hannes Schnier

Mark Walsh 3-1 Olaf Fiss

Wayne Mardle 3-0 Chris Kotal

Jelle Klaasen 3-1 Andree Welge

Vincent van der Voort 3-1 Jan van der Rassel

Robert Thornton 3-0 Barrie Bates

Mario Masurka Bye (Roland Scholten)

Peter Wright 3-1 Mick McGowan

Colin Osborne 3-0 Ben Burton

Michael Rosenauer 3-2 Alex Roy

Alan Tabern 3-0 Matheus Ziolkowski

Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Steve Cusick

Mervyn King 3-0 Olaf Tupuschis

Co Stompe Bye (Wayne Jones)

Colin Lloyd 3-0 Leroy Kwadijk

Rainer Haass 3-2 Kevin McDine

Mark Dudbridge 3-2 Maik Langendorf

Mensur Suljovic 3-0 Andy Smith

Losers £75

Second Round

Steve Maish 3-2 Terry Jenkins

Carlos Rodriguez 3-1 Andy Jenkins

Peter Manley 3-1 Steve Beaton

Wes Newton 3-1 Jamie Caven

Tomas Seyler 3-2 Adrian Lewis

Kevin Painter 3-2 Adrian Gray

Andy Hamilton 3-0 Matt Clark

Mark Walsh 3-1 Denis Ovens

Jelle Klaasen 3-2 Wayne Mardle

Robert Thornton 3-0 Vincent van der Voort

Peter Wright 3-0 Mario Masurka

Colin Osborne 3-0 Michael Rosenauer

Alan Tabern 3-0 Michael van Gerwen

Mervyn King 3-2 Co Stompe

Colin Lloyd 3-1 Rainer Haass

Mark Dudbridge 3-2 Mensur Suljovic

Losers £150

Third Round

Carlos Rodriguez 3-1 Steve Maish

Peter Manley 3-1 Wes Newton

Kevin Painter 3-1 Tomas Seyler

Mark Walsh 3-2 Andy Hamilton

Robert Thornton 3-1 Jelle Klaasen

Colin Osborne 3-1 Peter Wright

Alan Tabern 3-2 Mervyn King

Mark Dudbridge 3-0 Colin Lloyd

Losers £300


Carlos Rodriguez 3-0 Peter Manley (2-1, 2-0, 2-0)

Kevin Painter 3-2 Mark Walsh (1-2, 0-2, 2-1, 2-1, 2-0)

Colin Osborne 3-0 Robert Thornton (2-0, 2-0, 2-1)

Mark Dudbridge 3-2 Alan Tabern (2-1, 2-0, 0-2, 1-2, 2-1)

Losers £600


Carlos Rodriguez 3-0 Kevin Painter (2-0, 2-1, 2-0)

Colin Osborne 3-2 Mark Dudbridge (2-0, 2-0, 1-2, 1-2, 2-1)

Losers £1,250


Colin Osborne 3-2 Carlos Rodriguez (1-2, 2-1, 2-1, 0-2, 2-1)

Winner £5,000

Runner-Up £2,500

News Updates

Preliminary Round

Jamie Caven wins opening game on stage with whitewash of Mirko Stute.

Colin Monk, Jan van der Rassel and Chris Kotal also record 3-0 wins.

Carlos Rodriguez - a quarter-finalist in the Scottish Players Championship last Sunday - defeats John Jenkinson 3-0.

Tomas Seyler defeats Jacko Barry 3-0 in second stage game.

Qualifier Guido Kammerer moves into last 64 with 3-1 win over Alexander Glatthorn.

Steve Cusick sets up clash with Michael van Gerwen after 3-1 win over Karsten Kornath.

Andrew Davies^ win over former World Championship qualifier Erwin Extercatte means he will meet Matt Clark in last 64.

German star Andree Welge defeats Robert Watson-Lang 3-1.

Germany^s Michael Rosenauer sets up meeting with last Saturday^s Scottish Players Championship winner Alex Roy.

Robert Thornton defeats Stephan Schneider to set up round one contest with Barrie Bates.

Austrian star Mensur Suljovic - the GDC number one - defeats Andy Krockel 3-0 and now meets Andy Smith in round one.

Karsten Koch knocks out Chris Mason with a deciding set victory.

First Round

Terry Jenkins defeats Sladan Nedic in straight sets.

Steve Maish earns board one final against Jenkins with 3-0 win over Czech number one Miloslav Navratil.

Alan Tabern sees off Matheus Ziolkowski 3-0.

Wayne Mardle races past Chris Kotal 3-0 in his opening contest.

Andy Hamilton defeats Lionel Sams 3-0, and Matt Clark overcomes Andrew Davies in straight sets.

Adrian Lewis^ 3-1 win over Colin Monk sets up last 32 clash with Tomas Seyler.

Steve Beaton and Wes Newton progress with 3-0 wins over Johann Honner and Guido Kammerer respectively.

Michael van Gerwen earns meeting with Tabern thanks to 3-1 win over Steve Cusick.

Colin Lloyd defeats Holland^s Leroy Kwadijk in straight sets, and Robert Thornton wins by the same scoreline against Barrie Bates.

Jamie Caven defeats Ronnie Baxter in five sets and now meets Wes Newton in last 32.

Carlos Rodriguez takes 3-0 win over Karsten Koch and now meets Andy Jenkins in round two, after the Portsmouth man^s 3-0 win over Michael Wolf.

Adrian Gray is taken to five sets by Thorsten Wefers, and now meets Kevin Painter, who defeated Peter Aleman 3-0.

Qualifier Reiner Haass knocks out Kevin McDine 3-2 and now meets Colin Lloyd on stage at the Stadthalle in the second round.

Denis Ovens and Mark Walsh set up last 32 meeting with wins over Hannes Schnier and Olaf Fi


Mensur Suljovic defeats Andy Smith 3-0, ending the Englishman^s hopes of a late run putting him into the eight European Championship qualification places from the Players Championship Order of Merit.

Mark Dudbridge edges past Maik Langendorf in five sets and now meets Suljovic.

Second Round

Tomas Seyler follows up win over Jacko Barry with 3-2 defeat of Adrian Lewis.

Alan Tabern sees off Michael van Gerwen in straight sets.

Wes Newton moves into last 16 with 3-1 defeat of Jamie Caven.

Andy Hamilton reaches round three with 3-0 defeat of Matt Clark.

Mervyn King comes from two sets down to defeat Co Stompe 3-2.

Steve Maish edges a five-set thriller on stage against Terry Jenkins, coming from two sets down to claim victory in the deciding leg, after Jenkins missed one dart for victory in set four.

Peter Wright reaches last 16 with 3-0 win over Mario Masurka.

Jelle Klaasen overcomes Wayne Mardle in five sets to reach third round.

Colin Lloyd defeats Reiner Haass 3-1 to move into last 16.

Peter Manley sees off Steve Beaton 3-1, while Kevin Painter defeats Adrian Gray in a deciding set.

Robert Thornton takes straight sets win over Vincent van der Voort.

Mark Dudbridge edged an exciting final-leg battle with Mensur Suljovic. The Austrian came from 2-1 down to level with a 167 checkout, and led in the deciding set, only for Dudbridge to level and then punish a missed bullseye and two darts at double 12 to claim the win on double top at the final time of asking.

Third Round

Peter Manley is first name into quarter-finals with 3-1 win over Wes Newton.

Carlos Rodriguez seals place in European Championship with 3-1 win over Steve Maish, putting him into a second successive quarter-final.

Robert Thornton claims a second successive Dutch victim by defeating Jelle Klaasen 3-1 - but the former Lakeside Champion will remain in the four Contintental Europe Order of Merit places for the European Championship.

Kevin Painter progresses to quarter-finals with 3-1 defeat of Tomas Seyler - ending the German^s feint hopes of claiming a European Championship qualifying place through the Contintental Europe Order of Merit.

Colin Osborne booked his quarter-final place against Thornton with a 3-1 win over Peter Wright.

Alan Tabern moves into last eight with five-set win over Championship League Darts runner-up Mervyn King.

Mark Walsh edges out Andy Hamilton in five sets to set up quarter-final with Painter.

Mark Dudbridge defeats Colin Lloyd 3-0 to move into last eight - the Bristolian needs to reach the final to jump above Wayne Jones in the Players Championship Order of Merit and qualify for the European Championship.


Carlos Rodriguez wins through to his first PDC Pro Tour semi-final with a superb 3-0 win over Peter Manley, dropping just one leg and taking out 135 to win the match.

Colin Osborne also powered through to the semi-finals, losing only one leg in a 3-0 defeat of Robert Thornton.

Kevin Painter came from two sets down to defeat Mark Walsh and move into his first semi-final since June. Walsh won four of the opening five legs to put himself in command, but Painter edged the next two to level the game. He then took out 157 in the fifth set^s opener, and a two-dart 96 finish sealed the win.

Mark Dudbridge held off Alan Tabern^s fightback to claim victory in a final-leg quarter-final battle. Dudbridge took a two-set lead before Tabern, buoyed by an 11-darter to win set three, pulled level. The duo traded double top finishes to send the match into a sudden-death leg, but Dudbridge triumphed on tops.


Carlos Rodriguez defeated Kevin Painter in straight sets to reach his maiden professional final. The Spaniard won the opening leg despite a maximum from Painter, and hit two 180s of his own in the second to take the set. He edged the second set in a deciding third leg on double 11, and finishes of double 16 and double four earned him a spot in the final.

Colin Osborne dramatically claimed victory in the second semi-final, defeating Mark Dudbridge in a sudden-death final leg of their contest. Osborne sailed into a two-set lead and led in the third thanks to a 111 finish, but missed one dart for the game in the next two legs as Dudbridge took the set. Double eight put the Bristol man in front in the next, before Osborne levelled with a 156 finish for a 12-darter and Dudbridge then won leg three with a 119 finish. Osborne set up a 36 finish with a key 165 score in the fifth set^s opener, before Dudbridge landed double ten to square matters and send the match into a decider. Three ton-plus scores edged Osborne clear, but misses at double top and double ten gave Dudbridge a reprieve, only for two misses at double top and one at double ten to give the Derby man one more chance, which he took with his third dart at double ten.

The result now means Dudbridge misses out on a Players Championship Order of Merit place for the European Championship - and he will have to take part in Sunday^s qualifier in an attempt to win one of the final two places.

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