Joe Cullen claimed a maiden European Tour title at the European Darts Matchplay in Mannheim which took place this past weekend.

In the final, Cullen saw off Michael van Gerwen in a stunning victory which saw ‘The Rockstar’ show his true form on the European Tour stage.

He summed it up afterwards as the biggest moment in his career. Also he paid credit to Van Gerwen calling him a consummate professional in defeat and victory.

“To beat Michael in the final is amazing,” said Cullen, who averaged over 101 in the final. “It’s the biggest moment in my career, it’s great.

“Michael is the consummate professional, he’s so gracious in defeat and victory. Me and Michael are good friends and he congratulated me wholeheartedly.

“It was just one of those weekends. For us mere mortals, we’re not Michael, the stage is where we all play really well or play really bad and Michael has set the standard.

“I’ve been threatening to win a tournament for a while and this weekend I believed I was going to win it. It genuinely believed it. I couldn’t see that anyone could beat me today.”

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Author: Samuel Gill