CAPPAMORE man, William O’Connor’s talents as a darts player have never been in doubt but he has never got a fair shot at it.
Now with the help of a fellow East Limerick man, Mike O’Dwyer, of Mike O’Dwyer Motors on the Dock Road, he aims to make it big in 2012.
William says it costs around €15,000 a year to take part in the 25 tournaments in the PDC Pro Tour.
“I didn’t have the money to go to them all last year. I was only going when I could go so I wasn’t doing it properly. Last year I lost out on qualifying for the World Championships by one win and I missed a lot of tournaments.
“So if I was able to go to one that I missed I would have made the World Championships. Then I would have been able to sponsor myself for the year,” said William.
But now thanks to Mike O’Dwyer’s sponsorship William says he will be able to “give it a proper go from now on”.
“There have been six tournaments this year and I have already qualified for the UK Open in June. This year I’m going to do damage,” said William, who will wear the Caherconlish’s man logo when he hopefully appears on all the big tournaments on Sky Sports.
He is currently ranked 54th in the world and is working hard to climb up the rankings.
“I’m doing a minimum of four hours training every day. It’s down to Mike I am able to compete and I want to qualify for all the major tournaments.” said William.
He is in great form and was narrowly beaten in a tournament in Crawley two weeks ago by well known darts player Dave Chisnall.
He had five 13 dart finishes with a massive average three dart average of 118.
William is also being supported by Caherconlish man - Robert Mulcahy - also a fantastic sportsman. He helped Ireland to an outstanding win in the European 8 Ball Pool Team Championship in February.
“Robert has been great. He’s putting in a lot of time and effort with me as I practise,” said William.