Queensland’s Jeremy Fagg described his lead-up to this week’s Iso Challenge as eventful, but feels excited to compete at a high level against the best men’s grand prix players in the country.
“It’s been a bit interrupted [his preparation], I have just got myself a job on the south side of Brisbane – and have been doing some house hunting to get things organised,” he told DA Media.
“I’m still practising, but sometimes life takes precedents over darts.”
The tournament offers a unique concept whereby players get the chance to compete virtually with a board and camera set-up from their homes.
Asked about his home configuration, Fagg said the opportunity to challenge against high quality opposition from his own place is an exciting proposition.
“My house has a combined kitchen, dining and living area, so my board is set up on a stand in a spare space between the kitchen and dining area.”
“To play the six top-ranked men in Australia while you’re at home is good practise – and you can’t blame the venue when it’s your own place.”
“It keeps me entertained, everyone wants to play the hard games – you’re taught a lesson if you make mistakes, but that’s how you learn and improve for next time.”
Fagg will open his campaign on Wednesday against runner up from the first Iso Challenge – Peter Machin.
Fagg said he realises the importance of making the most of every opportunity this week to improve from last month’s sixth placed result.
“In the first Iso Challenge I didn’t play all that bad, I averaged 27 for the tournament but against the top six I need to be better.”
“I had some opportunities that I didn’t take, so heading into tomorrow night I definitely want to make amends on those results. You never play to lose, I want to be number one and it’s up to me to perform and reach that position.”
“The event is a good initiative from Darts Australia, they’ve given us an opportunity to play against the best six, but it also gives people at home something to watch and look forward to.”
“I have family and friends who watch the livestream, and I’m sure the other players have their supporters as well, which is really exciting.”
The tournament will be streamed live from 10-15 June thanks to Darts Australia’s broadcast partner My Sport Live on the DA Facebook page and MSL livestream channel.
The full round-by-round match schedule is available via the link below.
Stay tuned to the DA website and social media channels for the latest news updates surrounding the event in the coming days.
Image from L-R: Mal Cuming & Jeremy Fagg