The line-up for the PDC Paddy Power World Grand Prix 2002 is now complete following the All Ireland Paddy Power Play-offs at the City West Hotel.
Northern Ireland’s Paul Dillon and Republic of Ireland darts legend Jack McKenna came through their respective play-offs to clinch the remaining two spots in this year’s championship.
An Irish favourite McKenna’s appearance will send the home fans wild when the competition kicks off on October 22, while darts fans from further afield will remember the Irishman as Paul Lim’s opponent in 1991 when the Singapore Slinger hit the second ever 9-dart-finish.
Dillon and McKenna will be joined on stage at the City West by the six John Barras/Holsten qualifiers, who came through a gruelling four-month competition series to win their places in Dublin.
Mark Holden (Manchester), Hugh Allison (Falkirk), Dave Smith (Leeds), Mark Robinson (Derby), Wayne Jones (Wolverhampton) and Richard Buckle (Dover) emerged from thousands of aspiring players to book their places at the Paddy Power World Grand Prix and the chance to compete live on Sky Sports.
All eight qualifiers must now wait for the first round draw on October 10 to see if they will face one of the Top 24 from the PDC World Rankings.
Professionals Phil Taylor, John Part, Alan Warriner, Ronnie Baxter, Denis Ovens, Roland Scholten, Colin Lloyd, Peter Manley, John Lowe, Dennis Smith, Richie Burnett, Dave Askew, Jamie Harvey, Kevin Painter, Steve Beaton, Dennis Priestley, Andy Jenkins, Keith Deller, Rod Harrington, Chris Mason, Les Fitton, Peter Evison, Cliff Lazarenko and Alex Roy all qualified by right and none will relish the prospect of drawing one of the qualifiers - after all it was John Barras/Hoslten qualifier Kevin Painter who saw off Ten Times World Champion Phil "The Power" Taylor in last year’s event.
The competition has the added spice of the double start, double finish format that caught out so many of the big guns in the early stages last year and is bound to throw-up one or two surprise results again this year.
This is the second year the Paddy Power World Grand Prix will be staged in Dublin, however this year all playing sessions are scheduled for the evenings which will guarantee a superb atmosphere as the Irish darts fans - among the most vocal and knowledgeable around - cheer on the best players in the world as they vie for the chance to be crowned 2002 Paddy Power World
Grand Prix Champion.