Monk lands the treble


Arron Monk won his third PDC Unicorn event of 2012 with a 4-2 victory over Liam Showell in the final of today’s tournament at the Rivermead Centre in Reading.

The former World Under-21 Champion continued his strong start to the year, following up his double of wins in Derby last month by taking the £500 prize in Event Six.

Having failed to win past the Last 16 in either of Saturday’s events, Monk bounced back strongly in Event Six, defeating Ryan Maher and Jake Jones before whitewashing Rhys Hayden and Keegan Brown to reach the semi-finals.

After defeating Adam Hunt 4-1 to reach the final, he took a 4-2 victory over Showell to claim the first prize.

Basildon’s Showell, 19, overcame both of Saturday’s winners, Michael Smith and James Hubbard, on his way to the semi-finals, where he was a 4-3 winner against Hull teenager Jake Patchett.

Hunt – who won the inaugural Youth Tour event in 2011 – won through to the other semi-final, defeating full PDC Tour Card holders Shaun Griffiths and Jamie Lewis before losing out to Monk.

Lewis, Brown, Hubbard and Swindon’s Chris Aubrey all reached the quarter-finals, with Harry Miles – one of the Rileys Qualifiers for the Speedy Services UK Open next month – reaching the Last 16 before losing 4-3 to Brown.

The second of seven PDC Unicorn Youth Tour weekends to be held this year saw over 120 players competing at the Rivermead Centre.

The next PDC Unicorn Youth Tour events will be held in Germany at the Ramada Hotel in Bruehl, Cologne on Saturday June 2 and Sunday June 3, with three further tournaments to be held over the weekend.

Entry costs £30 per event via the PDC Online Entry System accessed through


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