TALENTED teenager, Jordan Boyce insists he can cope with the pressure of playing in the televised BDO World Youth Championships Final at the legendary Lakeside Leisure Complex this Thursday afternoon.
In fact, the 16 year-old from Newtoncunningham is confident he can bring home the prestigious trophy to the North West after overcoming a gruelling route to the 2016 decider.
After watching Gary Anderson retain his PDC world title at the ‘Ally Pally’ on Sunday night, Boyce believes he can one day make it onto the biggest stage in world darts.
And winning on Thursday would certainly be a step in the right direction!
“It would mean everything to bring the cup back home,” said Boyce. “I’ve never been to the Lakeside before so it’s exciting.”
And who would bet against the Inishowen lad who has stormed his way to the top and earned his place at the world famous Lakeside oche this week.
It would mean everything to bring the cup back home. I’ve never been to the Lakeside before so it’s exciting.Jordan Boyce
Indeed, the Deele College student is fast gaining a big reputation in the sport on these shores and he’s keen to show the world what he can do when his final against Englishman Joshua Richardson is shown live on BBC 2 at 1.00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
Despite the enormity of the occasion, Boyce claims the nerves won’t be a problem and he can go into the final confident given he recently ran three-time BDO World finalist Tony O’Shea close at a Grand Slam of Darts qualifier in Hull.
He’s since won six qualifying games at City Hall in Hull, two of which went to the wire.
Boyce overcame Brandon Nicholl; Pricilla Steenbergen, Maikel Verberk, Callum Graham and Graeme Hamilton to book his spot in the semi-final where he met Dutchman, Job Ten Heuvel.
Boyce wired double 18 and Ten Heuvel took the first leg, but Boyce levelled it and then led 2-1.
After Ten Heuvel drew level to set up a deciding leg, Boyce started as he meant to continue with a 140 at the start of the fifth leg.
With a place in the showpiece beckoning, Boyce held his nerve to secure his place in the final at the Frimley Green venue.
The game will be played during the BDO World Professional Championships which got underway last Saturday.
Boyce will be supported by around 17 family and friends, including his mum Caroline and dad, Paddy, who will travel to London tomorrow and he’s determined to make them proud.
“There’s 17 of us going over so I’ll have plenty of support,” he smiled. “I won the Donegal Open a couple of weeks ago in Quigley’s Point so that gives me confidence and hopefully I do it on Thursday.
“I had to win six matches to get there so it was tough,” he explained.
“I had two 3-2 games which went all the way so there was plenty of pressure.
“I’ll be grand once I get settled in for the first couple of legs and get used to the atmosphere. It would be unbelievable to win it.”
Standing in his way of a world youth title is Englishman Richardson and Boyce is prepared for a tough encounter.
“I’ve watched him play once or twice and he’s a good player,” he added.
“He can score plenty of 180s but I can produce those kind of darts too. I will enjoy every minute of the experience.
“I want to be on the men’s professional scene eventually. Hopefully that’s where I end up.
I’ll go in and play my darts and hopefully that’s enough.”