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Catford darts player targets pro career after Ally Pally success
11:36am Friday 4th January 2013 in Alexandra Palace
A DARTS player from Catford is aiming to turn professional after winning a national tournament.
Paul ‘Moo Moo’ Amos triumphed in the Redtooth Darts pub competition after beating Steve Rice 4-0 in the final during the Ladbrokes PDC world championships at Alexandra Palace.
Amos, 37, beat-off competition from hundreds of players from more than 270 pubs across the UK to win the Redtooth Darts competition and receive an all-expenses-paid trip to February’s World Cup of darts in Hamburg.
He will now go on this month’s PDC qualifying school in Wigan with the aim of winning a place on the PDC ProTour.
Amos, who plays darts at the Bellingham Ex-Serviceman’s and Social Club on Allerford Road, is excited by the challenge ahead.
He said: “It was an amazing experience to play on the Ally Pally stage and to do well too was great.
“I want to play in the world championships in the future and I will do my best to now get through qualifying school.
“It won’t be for a lack of trying or a will to win.
“This is what I want to do and hopefully I can continue to play well and get through to the professional stage.
“We had backstage passes at the world championships and practiced alongside the professional players, including Mark Walsh.
“I really enjoyed the opportunity, it was a great day.”
Sky Sports’ John Macdonald attended the final alongside legendary darts referee Russ Bray and Amos began the match with a 180 with his first three darts.
The Catford ace’s Moo Moo nickname comes from his school days when friends called him after Amos Brearly, a fictional character in the ITV hit Emmerdale.
His army of family, friends and supporters provided a chorus of ‘Mooooos’ to add to an exciting atmosphere at the Ally Pally final.
Amos added: “It’s not the best nickname but it’s not the worst and it seems to have stuck.
“It provides a quirky atmosphere and catchphrase for friends to sing.
“I had great support with people getting tickets to come and watch me play, which was good to see.”
Redtooth Darts remains open for pubs to enter the competition throughout the year.
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