BH youngster hits the boards in Turkey
Tuesday, 22nd December, 2015
By Patrick Reincke
It’s not very often that someone from Broken Hill represents the country on an international level, but for Chase Bottrell, he did just that.
Chase (16) travelled to Antalya, Turkey to represent the nation at the World Darts Federation (WDF) World Cup in the Boys Singles, Boys Pairs and Youth Mixed Pairs.
Chase impressed World Cup selectors at January’s National Championships which led to his international call-up.
He won the Boys Doubles with partner William Wilson and made it to quarters of the Boys Singles before falling to his future World Cup partner in Queensland’s Hayden Lane.
He was also a part of the good results in the Fours and Team events.
“It was a great feeling to be picked,” he said.
“From everyone who was there, they picked just two girls and two boys for the World Cup team.”
Chase spent the lead-up to the World Cup practising and honing his technique before flying to Singapore and then Turkey.
What followed was 14 days of non-stop darts action.
Games were the best of seven legs and with Chase seeing his fair share of close results.
His best performance of the World Cup came in the Pairs competition.
Along with partner Hayden, he finished second in Group One to progress into the knockout stages.
A tight 4-3 win over Hungary and a thumping 4-0 win over the host nation put them in a very good spot.
However, they couldn’t get the win over Germany, which would later go on to make the grand final.
In the quarter finals, Chase and Hayden came up against the Netherlands.
Their opponent had blitzed through the group stage not dropping a single leg in their three wins.
They were too strong for our local lad and his partner, and would later go on to defeat Germany in the final.
In the Singles, Chase fought gallantly but just narrowly missed out from progressing through the group stages.
A 4-2 loss to Scotland’s Craig Johnston was not the start he had hoped for and a 4-1 defeat to future grand finalist Rusty-Jake Rodriguez from Austria put him out of contention.
Chase recovered though to get a win over Iran’s Amir Janddaghi to go out with success.
Teaming up with Angela Clarke for the Youth Mixed Pairs, the partnership was unsuccessful in their endeavour to get to the finals.
The Netherlands topped the group and would later go on to win it all with Austria coming second and making all the way to the semis.
It was always going to be a tough challenge to get through but Chase said it was great to be a part of it all.
“It was an amazing experience,” he said.
“They guys were great to play with and great to share the experience with.”
Chase now draws his attention on the 2016 National Championships where he will look to impress selectors again.