Diogo Portela will go to the European Q-School for the first time this weekend and has spoken to Darts Planet TV in an interview before that about his aims and aspirations ahead of the tournament kicking off.
“I’ve been a few times to Q School, the first few times are about the experience and to play on the Challenge Tour. It’s a hard competition for me but last year I was ready and had the game to actually get a tour card. I missed doubles last year to go into the quarter finals and if I had hit that I would have gone through on points.
“My draw on the last day was very hard but I still managed to go through to the second to last match so if I had hit than double I might have made it but it was a good year and a good experience.
He then spoke about how in a way it was good that he didn’t get his card last year “If I would have got my card last year I would be a lot more worried about my situation now because I didn’t do much in the Players Championship events last year and didn’t qualify for the European Tour that much.
‘Braziliant’ will be competing at the European Qualifying School in a few days time. “If I win my tour card this year I can say from day one, I’m rightfully facing these guys. It doesn’t matter if I’m playing Michael Van Gerwen, Gary Anderson or Peter Wright, I think I’ll be more prepared.
“In any profession it’s good to get the experience before doing things well.
“I’m not worried about names anymore. In my first game at Q School I played Robbie Green and I was like agh Robbie Green. I’m not worried about names anymore!
“Names used to scare me but not anymore. I’ve beaten very good players. I just play my game and give it my best.
Author: Samuel Gill