November 27, 2022, 15:38

Grand Slam of Darts: Josh Rock set to feature in Wolverhampton and the World Championship

Grand Slam of Darts: Josh Rock set to feature in Wolverhampton and the World Championship

Josh Rock, a Pro Tour winner in his first year of holding a PDC Tour card, is taking darts into the 21st century; he is the form player, topping the charts in terms of averages and doubles success heading into the Grand Slam of Darts live on Sky Sports from November 12-20

Josh Rock is the name on everyone’s lips ahead of this year’s Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton with the Antrim ace ready to take the world by storm in what is expected to be a rip-roaring climax to his season.

Rock, 21, insists he can emulate Rob Cross and become world champion on his Alexandra Palace debut.

‘Rocky’ called it “a dream come true” when he scooped a PDC Tour card at the start of the year before making waves on the Development Tour – winning five titles.

He claimed his first senior PDC title in Barnsley to move up to 10th on the Players Championship Order of Merit, with just two events remaining next month.

Rock’s stunning achievements in 2022

  • January: Rock secures his PDC Tour Card
  • He goes on to win five Development Tour titles
  • August: Rock averages 121.88 in 6-1 demolition of Brendan Dolan at PC22
  • October: Rock wins first senior PDC ranking title in Barnsley
  • October: Rock makes televised debut at European Championship in Dortmund
  • November: The 21-year-old will feature at the Grand Slam of Darts
  • December: Rock will make his World Championship bow at Ally Pally
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The Northern Irishman feels he is more than capable of replicating Cross’ Alexandra Palace heroics in 2018 and can create another sensational story in the sport’s showpiece event.

“I know I can win it,” said a confident Rock. “If you win one of these [Pro Tour] titles – there were 128 players in this room, and I was number one. That tells you everything.

“I know I can go on that stage and become world champion. It won’t be easy. There are 95 players in front of me, but I’ll give it a right go.”

It was a match in which Rock announced himself to the darting world, but Wayne Mardle says people should not compare him to ‘Voltage’.


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