The Team-Taylor competition was founded by Phil "The Power "Taylor in his search for the next powerhouse in darts. It was originally limited to the UK and surrounding areas but due to international demand it was expanded world-wide. South Africa joined forces with Team-Taylor via SAPDO and proceeded to play the competition in accordance to rules laid down by Team-Taylor.
The competition was played across South Africa and finalists competed in the top 32 in Cape Town. The winner would receive entry into Taylor's competition in the UK and winners of the competition would receive mentorship from Taylor in person. Finalists would compete on the big stage at the Ally Pally where the professional world championships takes place yearly.
The tournament took place at Groote Schuur Recreational Centre. The games were of the highest quality with all the best players competing in South Africa. The finals was a competitive affair between Clifford Stradling and Earl "The Progmeister"Pentolfe. The match went down to the last leg of the match with Clifford edging out Earl at the final hurdle, winning 9-8 in legs. Both players played brilliant darts throughout the day and were deserved finalists.
Clifford had a fantastic year of darts at SAPDO. He moved from the Division 2 into the Premier League winning each Division as he progressed. He will start 2013 in the Premier League and sure to be a top contender. Clifford has topped off his 2012 year by winning the Team-Taylor in dramatic fashion and represented SAPDO in the UK. Well done Clifford and best of luck for 2013.
Earl is one of the top players in the Premier League and is always competitive. He narrowly missed out against Clifford and had chances to win the match. We can expect Earl to give his best for 2013 and wish him well.
Clifford participated in the Team-Taylor finals in the UK on the 9th December 2012. He lost lost in the group stage of the tournament winning one of his 3 matches. He did take down the block winner 2-1 but it was not enough to progress. We will get more detail from Clifford when we sit down with him. The experience could only have been incredible.