LAST time ‘senior darts’ was on our screens eight of the most celebrated names in darts competed, messers Bristow and George entertained the crowd while Keith Deller, Dave Whitcombe and a fella in unusual shirts played at a higher level and looked determined to capture the title.
Bob Anderson was 60 years old back in 2008 and can lay claim to being the reigning world senior darts champion for 13 years. The Limestone Cowboy was undefeated in the group stage and was able to produce whatever was required to win.
“It will be great to mix it again with the old boys (and girls), practise has already begun in earnest. Unicorn will have to send me more boards at this rate” Bob said.
The Clevedon man averaged between 80 and 90 for most of the 2008 event, stepping it up whenever needed. During the final he increased this to well over 100 and the 10-4 victory, over Deller, saw him post 92 overall.
Bob is “absolutely delighted” to be returning to defend the TV version of the senior crown. Although Deller captured the title in the non televised 2009 hosting.
Most players were averaging 70-80 and there was, on occasion, an emphasis toward entertainment. There will be none of that this time with many invitees still playing to a standard that would compete on today’s professional tour.
Now aged 73 Bob is returning to ‘defend his title’, he still throws a mean dart and has lost none of his competitive spirit.
Whilst preparing for battle, Bob also plans to stay in shape: “I will split my time between the dartboard in ‘the shed’ and the Clevedon Golf Club” he added.
With places also being offered to all former champions at the World Masters we could soon witness a finger-pointing renaissance. Don't be surprised if there’s some fight left in this cowboy.
Bob Anderson is a three-time winner of the World Masters and the 1988 World Championship.
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