Press Release: BIM Sports Magazine – April 2016

PLAYER PROFILE: ANDY KEEN

Q1          Who is Andy Keen?

Answer:  My Name is Andy Keen and I am four times Malta Open Champion. Currently I’m also ranked 1st in the 2016 Player of the Year award.

Q2          Why did you choose Malta as your permanent residence?

Answer: We have been coming to Malta for 20 years and could not think of a nicer place to spend the rest of our lives. We love the people and the beautiful country itself.

Q3          What would you say is the Highlight of your playing career to date?

Answer: Winning the Malta Open on four occasions is quite special but the Highlight of my entire career to date was being a part of and representing Malta in the Mediterranean Cup in 2015. I felt honoured and proud.

Q4          Are there any training methods/tricks you would suggest to new players?

Answer: It comes down to having a repetitive throwing action and complete focus, but most importantly enjoy the game.

Q5          How do you rate the level of Maltese Dart Players?

Answer: Malta is on par with the rest of the World Darts Federation, but still have a long way to go to reach PDC level but I do believe that this is an achievable Goal.

Q6          Tell us more about “Andy Keen Workshop”

Answer: Andy Keen`s workshop was set up to allow me to share my skills and experience to assist those who love the sport and want to learn or improve.

More information can be found on the Facebook page “Andy Keen Darts Workshop”.

Q7          What made you start this project?

Answer: I would like to teach players of all standards the basics (Beginners) and the more established players how to improve their game. This project is also open to the disabled as we believe in equal opportunities.

Q8          Youths and Darts…Why should youths consider to start playing darts?

Answer: It improves their counting skills, helps them build character, become more sociably interactive with all age groups and helps them build focus.

Q9          How do you see the future of Darts in Malta?   

Answer: If we can get more of the younger people involved in the game “The Sky’s the Limit” and with practice and dedication the possibilities are endless.

MALTA SINGLES CHAMPION / NATIONAL TEAM QUALIFIERS

LAST 16 PLAYERS CONFIRMED

We asked the last sixteen players the following questions.

  1. On how many occasions have you formed part of the National team?
  2. When was the last time you formed part of the National team?
  3. The moment that stands out to you the most?

PAUL SAMMUT

  • Occasions: 6 time National team player
  • Last appearance: 2012
  • Moment: Bronze Medal in the team event in Italy and another bronze medal in the doubles with John Ciantar.

ANDY KEEN

  • Occasions: 1 time National team player
  • Last appearance: 2015
  • Moment: Winning the deciding singles match to put us through but unfortunately later news broke out that we did not make it on leg difference…short lived moment I guess.

GORDON STANMORE

  • Occasions: 13 time National team player
  • Last appearance: 2015
  • Moment: In 1995 when I placed 3rd in the World at the Winmau World Youth Masters and in 2013 when Norbert Attard and I won the gold medal in the doubles at the Mediterranean Cup.

ALBERT SCERRI

  • Occasions: 5 time National team player
  • Last appearance: 2015
  • Moment: Every time I represented my country I had nice memories even though sometimes luck is not always on your side but if I make it this year I will be even stronger.

NOEL EBEJER

  • Occasions: 4 time National team player
  • Last appearance: 1996
  • Moment: My performance in the singles during the 1987 World Cup. It was my first experience and I felt really satisfied with the way I played

GODFREY ABELA

  • Occasions: 18 time National team player
  • Last appearance: 2015
  • Moment: When we won the gold medal in Bulgaria and reaching the singles final in Cyprus. I treasure all the National team appearances as during these events we are one big family.

CHRIS COHEN

  • Occasions: 3 time National team player
  • Last appearance: 2015
  • Moment: Two years ago when we competed at the Mediterranean Cup in Cyprus and the team made it to the semi-finals. We were a very strong team during that event.

NORBERT ATTARD

  • Occasions: 4 time National team player
  • Last appearance: 2015
  • Moment: During the 2013 Mediterranean cup in Turkey because I won the gold medal in the doubles and the silver medal in the singles.

VINCENT BUSUTTIL

  • Occasions: 28 time National team player
  • Last appearance: 2014
  • Moment: In 1985 qualified to the Darts World Embassy tournament and in 1988 reached the semi-final of the same tournament, losing to Alan Glazer which at the time was ranked 3rd in the World.

JOHN CIANTAR

  • Occasions: 4 time National team player
  • Last appearance: 2012
  • Moment: Reaching the semi-finals in the doubles competition in Italy with my partner/team-mate Paul Sammut.

MARIO AQUILINA

  • Occasions: 1 time National team player
  • Last appearance: 2013

Moment: Unfortunately not a moment to cherish with the National team because during my appearance in the Mediterranean Cup in Turkey I had to be rushed to the hospital because of a medical problem. Hope next time will be different and I`ll have that special moment.

MARIO CAMILLERI

  • Occasions: 6 time National team player
  • Last appearance: 2003

Moment: The 2013 Mediterranean Cup was special as we had a very strong team which won the gold medal in the team event, reached the final in the singles event and won the doubles with my partner Vincent Busutill.

The following four player have never represented the National Team.

JOE BORG                

BRIAN ABELA              

JOHN AGIUS            

MARTIN SACCO

Regards,

Andre Zammit | Public Relations Officer | Malta Darts Association