Tony O'Shea

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Tony O'Shea
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O'Shea in 2005
Personal information
Nickname"Silverback"
Born (1961-05-09) 9 May 1961 (age 59)
Stockport, Cheshire, England
Home townStockport, Cheshire, England
Darts information
Playing darts since1979
Darts24g Target Signature
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music"Hey Baby" by DJ Ötzi
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1995-2020
WDF 1995–
Current world ranking (WDF) 83 Decrease2.svg 5 (13 December 2020) [1]
BDO majors – best performances
World Ch'ship Runner Up: 2009, 2012, 2013
World Masters Runner Up: 2004, 2012
World Darts Trophy Runner Up: 2002
Int. Darts League Runner Up: 2005
Finder Masters Semi Final: 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2014
PDC premier events – best performances
Grand Slam Quarter Final: 2009, 2013
Other tournament wins
TournamentYears
BDO International Open
Dutch Open
Isle Of Man Open
Jersey Classic
Northern Ireland Open
Polish Open
Romanian Open
Scottish Open
Swiss Open
Turkish Open
WDF World Cup Singles
WDF World Cup Pairs
WDF World Cup Team
Welsh Classic
Welsh Masters
2009
2012
2016
2014
2011
2012
2013
2009
2003
2009, 2017
2009
2011, 2013
2007, 2011
2009
2008
Other achievements
Clackmanam Open 2010
Dutch Pentathlon 2010
Six Nations Cup 2010
Winmau Darts Dazzler Batley 2010

Tony O'Shea (born 9 May 1961) [2] is an English professional darts player. His squat figure has resulted in the nickname "Silverback". O'Shea has reached the finals of seven British Darts Organisation (BDO) major darts tournaments, but to date has never won one. He also acts as a regular commentator for televised BDO coverage.

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Darts career

BDO

In 2002, O'Shea made his debut at the BDO World Championship, narrowly losing to former Masters champion Colin Monk 3–2. O'Shea returned the following year and beat former champion Ted Hankey 3–2 in the first round, before once again being beaten by Monk 3–2 – this time in the deciding leg of the deciding set. Two years thereafter he reached the semi-finals after a winning streak defeating Gary Anderson, Gary Robson and Ted Hankey before he eventually went out against Mervyn King 5–1. Later that year he had his best chance to date of winning a major title, as he led King 5–3 in the final of the Winmau World Masters before King recovered to win 6–5.

O'Shea managed to achieve a televised nine dart finish against Adrian Lewis during the International Darts League on 9 May 2007[ citation needed ] which made the tournament the first in darts history to witness two perfect legs.[ citation needed ] The occasion was made even sweeter as he was celebrating his 46th birthday.[ citation needed ]

In the 2008 World Championship, O'Shea defeated Steve Farmer in the first round, but was defeated by Winmau World Masters champion Robert Thornton in the second round.

O'Shea won the 2008 Welsh Masters, only his second tournament victory. In the 2009 BDO World Championship, O'Shea defeated Anderson in the quarter finals, his best friend Darryl Fitton in the semi final, but was once again second-best in a major final as he lost to Hankey 7–6[ citation needed ] in what Tony Green described as the best final since 1992.[ citation needed ]

O'Shea entered the 2009 Winmau World Masters as the number one seed but despite 3–0 wins over Dave Prins and eighth seed Joey ten Berge, he lost in the semi-finals to defending champion Martin Adams who successfully retained his title.[ citation needed ] O'Shea then won the WDF World Cup men's singles title with victory over ten Berge in the final, in what was arguably his most significant win to date.[ citation needed ]

O'Shea entered the 2010 BDO World Championship as the number one seed.[ citation needed ] He had a tough first round against World Masters runner up Robbie Green but came through it 3–2. He then saw off Stephen Bunting 4–0 to reach his fourth Quarter Final. He managed a 5–1 victory over Robert Wagner in the Quarter finals and went on to meet Dave Chisnall in the semi-final who had beaten Fitton in the first round, former Masters champion Tony West in the second round, and defending champion Hankey in the quarter-final. O'Shea, despite taking the first two sets, was beaten 6–3 by Chisnall and saw his World Championship dream end for another year. Martin Adams went on to defeat Chisnall in the final.

O'Shea won all three group games in the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts, defeating Vincent van der Voort 5–1, James Wade 5–1 and Justin Pipe 5–4.[ citation needed ] He then lost 10–7 to Terry Jenkins in the second round.[ citation needed ]

In contrast in 2010 where he was world number one, O'Shea came into the 2011 BDO World Champsionship as the number eight seed[ citation needed ] and suffered a shock first round loss to Ross Smith.[ citation needed ]

O'Shea was seeded at the 2012 BDO World Championship, O'Shea put his successful run in the tournament down to his work with professional sports mind coach and hypnotherapist Stephen McKibben from Belfast.[ citation needed ] He beat Steve West in the first round, hitting a 140 checkout and 142 checkout in consecutive legs at the end of the match, before defeating Ross Montgomery in the second round. He then beat defending champion Martin Adams 5–2 in the quarter-finals, hitting a 170 checkout in the fourth set and thanked mind coach Stephen McKibben for enabling him to at last beat Martin Adams in a major tournament. O'Shea followed this up with a 6–5 victory over Dutch débutant Wesley Harms to reach his second World Championship final, where he was defeated by another Dutch débutant, Christian Kist, 7–5. [3]

In October 2012, O'Shea reached his sixth major final at the 2012 Winmau World Masters, and was beaten by Stephen Bunting.[ citation needed ]

Tony O'Shea reached his third World Championship final in 2013 after a high quality run. He struggled badly in the final, losing to Scott Waites 7–1 with an average of 81.90.[ citation needed ] O'Shea became the first man to lose his first three BDO World Championship finals,[ citation needed ] and only the second player to lose his first three world finals in either the BDO or PDC after Peter Manley.[ citation needed ]

In 2018, he was not at the World Championships for the first time in his career.[ citation needed ]

World Championship results

BDO

Career finals

BDO major finals: 7 (7 runners-up)

Legend
World Championship (0–3)
Winmau World Masters (0–2)
World Darts Trophy (0–1)
International Darts League (0–1)
OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore [N 1]
Runner-up1.2002 World Darts Trophy Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony David 0–6 (s)
Runner-up2.2004 Winmau World Masters Flag of England.svg Mervyn King 6–7 (s)
Runner-up3.2005 International Darts League Flag of England.svg Mervyn King 11–13 (s)
Runner-up4. 2009 World Championship Flag of England.svg Ted Hankey 6–7 (s)
Runner-up5. 2012 World Championship Flag of the Netherlands.svg Christian Kist 5–7 (s)
Runner-up6. 2012 Winmau World Masters Flag of England.svg Stephen Bunting 4–7 (s)
Runner-up7. 2013 World Championship Flag of England.svg Scott Waites 1–7 (s)
  1. (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

WDF major finals: 1 (1 title)

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore [N 1]
Winner1. 2009 World Cup Singles Flag of the Netherlands.svg Joey ten Berge 7–3 (l)
  1. (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

Performance timeline

Tournament20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
BDO World Championship DNP 1R 2R SF 1R QF 1R 2R F SF 1R F F 1R 1R 1R 1R DNQ 1R
World Masters QF 2R 2R 1R F 1R 4R QF SF SF 6R 3R F 5R 3R 1R 4R 6R 2R DNP
Finder Darts Masters DNP SF SF QF RR NH RR SF RR SF RR QF QF SF QF RR DNP RR NH
World Darts Trophy Not held F 1R QF 1R 2R 1R Not held
International Darts League Not held QF RR F RR SF Not held
BDO World Trophy Not held 1R 1R 2R DNQ 2R DNQ
Grand Slam of Darts Not heldDNQ QF 2R RR RR QF RR DNQ

Nine-dart finishes

Tony O'Shea televised nine-dart finishes
DateOpponentTournamentMethodPrize
9 May 2007 Flag of England.svg Adrian Lewis International Darts League 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12Opel Tigra Twin Top

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References

  1. "WDF Men's Rankings Table". WDF. 13 December 2020. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  2. Profile and stats on Darts Database
  3. "Christian Kist beats favourite Tony O'Shea to win BDO world title at Frimley Green". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.(registration required)