Iso Challenge 3 semi-finalist Jeremy Fagg is gearing up for his clash against Justin Thompson in tonight’s second semi-final.
The Queenslander fell short to the Victorian 5-3 in the pair’s Round 4 match-up on Saturday, with technical issues causing delays in play.
Fagg said that tonight he’s eager to perform at the standard he’s capable off, following his strong 5-1 victory over Tori Kewish last night.
“Against Justin the other night we had a few technical issues during the match, so it was a bit of stop-go, stop-go,” he said.
“So hopefully tonight’s semi is free flowing – I play to the ability and the standard I’ve been training for – and I get the win.”
“There was a lot of pressure on me with Tori being the number-one lady. Tori played really well last night and pushed me to perform at my abilities.”
“It gives me confidence knowing that I can play like I did, I now have to take that into tonight’s game.”
Fagg had a brilliant campaign in the Iso Challenge 2 finals series last week, when he fell agonisingly short to South Australian Peter Machin in the decider.
Asked if he’ll use the grand final defeat as motivation, the number-three ranked Australian said he’s taking it one-leg at a time, with a grand final blockbuster against the winner of Machin and Mal Cuming up for grabs.
“To be honest I don’t really look that far ahead, I concentrate on one-leg at a time and one-throw at a time.”
“Losing to Peter in the final was disappointing, but I had my shot to win, didn’t hit it and he took advantage. I learned from that, it’s up to me to take full advantage of what I can produce and make sure I hit the doubles at the end.”
“It’s been good playing in all three Iso Challenges’ and it’s a great idea from Darts Australia to promote darts. It’s given the community something to watch from home and is a great opportunity for us players to get our names out there and represent the sport,” he added.
Finals Match Schedule:
SF1: Peter Machin v Mal Cuming 5:30pm
SF2: Justin Thompson v Jeremy Fagg 6:10pm
Final: SF1 winner v SF2 winner 6:50pm
Semi final action will get underway from 5:30pm (AEST), culminating with the grand final at 6:50pm.