Dean at the Austria European Tour Event

‘Over The Top’ at the Austria European Tour Event

Dean Austria 2012

Dean shakes hands with his opponent Paul Nicholson (pic Peter Holczer)

As he qualified in Barnsley a few weeks ago, Dean headed to Austria for the PDC’s first European Tour event of the year, where a massive £15,000 top prize is on offer in the three day tournament.  With a £1,000 on offer for a single win into the second round, it could be very good for Dean’s rankings if he has a run!

The games are being played in a large venue, with a massive stage for a ‘tour’ event, as you can see in the picture below.

The draw wasn’t kind though, and he knew it would be a tough first round, against ‘The Asset’ Paul Nicholson.

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley 6-3 Paul Nicholson

A great win for Dean in round 1 on that main stage in front of the fans.  Round 2 is played Saturday, so a well earned rest is in order!

Round 2:  Dean Winstanley (96.92)  6-5 Jim Walker (97.59)

Dean had to come back from 5-3 down in this one – his opponent Jim Walker hit 2×180’s in two of the legs, and the standard was pretty awesome, the longest leg being 17 darts, with several 12 darters.  Dean won the last 3 legs in 15, 14, 14 darts.

Round 3:  Richie Burnett 6-3 Dean Winstanley

Richie brought his A game to the stage in Austria, hitting over 97 average to beat Dean.  Still, a good couple of days, and £1,500 added to the rankings, which is going to help Dean push up the order of merit.

Dean on stage in Austria 1st round 2012

Dean on stage in Austria 1st round 2012 (Pic PDC Europe)

Winstanley vs Jim Walker Austria 2012

Winstanley vs Jim Walker Austria - Dean lets off steam after such a close great game!

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