Schindler edges Superleague in thriller

By Editorial Staff 23/04/2021

MARTIN Schindler reigned triumphant as PDC Europe brought to a close six fantastic days of action, including two group stages and the knockout stage on Wednesday and Thursday at the 2021 HYLO PDC Europe Super League. The 24-year-old also claimed his World Championship berth early and will compete for the third time in his career.

En route to the title “The Wall” survived two totemic battle the final day. His semi-final against Max Hopp, with whom Schindler has represented Germany at the World Cup of Darts, went to the deciding leg . The man from Strausberg retained his nerve and defeated the Maximiser 10-9.

Florian Hempel was the next challenge for Schindler as Hempel is one of seven current German Tour Card holders and had defeated Dragutin Horvat 10-7 who had, in turn,  had knocked out the two-time defending Super League champion, Nico Kurz, in the quarter-finals.

Early in the final neither player could find their earlier scoring power their scoring like they often had during the tournament, but by the conclusion, they served up a real nail-biter. At 6 leg a piece Schindler won three legs in a row and should have gone further ahead. But the former Super League finalist missed five double attempts to allow Hempel to level.

The Dessau native also missed darts in the decider and Schindler was finally on hand clean up 25, win the match, and secure the title.

“I just can’t put it into words and at some points, I didn’t expect to win the match. But in the end nobody cares anymore and I am over the moon,” said the champion shortly after his victory.

“It’s a big relief to know that I will definitely be in the upcoming World Cup. This will give me a bit more peace in the upcoming tournaments to get good results,”  Schindler stated.

The PDC Europe Super League, which has been compared to a German Slam, came to a close after six days that produced some fantastic darts, including a Hempel 9-darter and a run of consecutive wins for Schindler, as well as some shock results.

An increased field of 24 players this year with some qualifiers seemingly less experienced, still some of the established players got into trouble.

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