Heta reached the quarter-finals at the Grand Slam of Darts, in which he lost 16-6 to Rob Cross. A round earlier, however, the Australian had won 10-7 against Michael van Gerwen.
That strong performance had not escaped Dimitri Van den Bergh either, who was a co-commentator on the Belgian channel VTM 2 during the match between Heta and Van Gerwen. "Now I know how to do it," laughed Van den Bergh, who has never managed to win against Van Gerwen during an official match. "Van Gerwen has to miss his doubles and I have to take my chances. Voilà, then I beat him."
Heta and Van den Bergh were roommates in Leicester until recently. Recently, however, Van den Bergh returned to Belgium to settle with his wife and child in Sint-Truiden. Heta then moved back to the Welsh border.
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"I'm going to be honest: I shed tears when they left," says Van den Bergh. "Damon and his wife Megan are really great people, they wouldn't hurt a fly. I'm really going to miss them."
Van den Bergh failed to qualify for the Grand Slam of Darts this year. The 29-year-old Belgian is qualified for the Players Championship Finals next weekend. In Butlins's Minehead he will take on 34th seeded Welshman Jim Williams in the opening round. The winner of that match will meet the winner of the duel between Gary Anderson and Steve Beaton in the second round. Heta will take on Jules van Dongen in the opening round, with the winner meeting the winner of the duel between José de Sousa and Kevin Doets in the second round.