Any moment from now, NDFP (National Darts Federation of the Philippines) will officially announce the Philippines' representative to the World Darts Championship in Alexandra Palace, London, England. The qualifying event will be finally concluded today as scheduled. Several darters from around the nation bear witness of the qualifying event as it was staged together with the free-registration Darterong Pinoy tournament. Yesterday, the top ten qualifiers went of round robin format to determine the top 4 who will go through a step ladder for the finale of the event. Adding new blood in the top ten is the 2-time National Youth singles Champion, Jaypee Detablan (UDT), who showed class in his form beating veteran darters with a lone loss to Jojo Barellano. Sadly, he won't be allowed to advance to the next phase of the competion owing to a violation of playing agreement. Playing agreement number 1 states :
"1.. I understand that it is mandatory to furnish a readable copy of my valid passport with over 6 month expiration from December 18, 2009 upon reaching the Top 10 of the elimination round in anticipation of the limited visa processing time. I am fully aware that my failure to comply with this vital requirement negates any right from my side to participate and further continue the said competition;"
This unfortunate fate shouldn't bother the youngster since I am sure that we'll see more of him in the next years to come.
Oh, by the way, the Winmau World Masters semi-finalist Lourence "The Gunner" Ilagan did not see action in the Qualifying event. The reason was not publicly disclosed but I speculate that this has something to do with him participating in BDO sanctioned event. Same goes to Roland "Arvy" Briones who won two WDF-sanctioned events this year (2009 French and Korean Open respectively).
Newsfeed: Ian Perez (runner-up of the Shanghai International Darts Open) of Team Robson defeated a fellow Robson player, Celso "Boie" Parfan to advance to the Championship match against Rizal "Jojo" Barellano. Jojo Barellano was our first Wildcard to the World Darts Championship last 2008. It will be Jojo's second appearance at the Ally Pally should he win his match against Ian Perez.