Today I am joined by ‘Madhouse’ Ritchie Edhouse. Ritchie will be making his PDC World Championship debut on Tuesday 17th December against Boris Koltsov.
Edhouse missed out on a PDC Tour Card by the smallest of margins at Q-School this year. Despite this setback Richie still managed to qualify for Ally Pally through the PDC Pro Tour order of merit thanks to his success on the European Tour and the PDC Players Championship events. I caught up with Ritchie ahead of his Ally Pally debut.
Darts Mad interview Richie Edhouse
DM: First of all congratulations on qualifying for Ally Pally. How much are you looking forward to making your debut at the PDC World Championships coming up next week?
RE: All I can say about playing in my first PDC world champs is it’s a dream come true and I’m absolutely buzzing to get up on that famous stage among the worlds best darts players.
CG: Boris Koltsov will be your opponent in the first round, what do you make of that draw and what are your thoughts of coming through?
RE: Boris is a great player and being honest it didn’t matter who I got in the 1st round as any draw would be tough but we know each other’s games and all I can say is it’s going to be a good match.
CG: You will probably need to make the last 16 to have a chance of getting into the world’s top 64 and getting a tour card. Realistically do you think you could do that and get a tour card via that route?
RE: If I turn up and play my game anything could happen and can have a great run (as I’ve beaten most players in the comp at least once). I’m not thinking about needing to reach round 4, I’m going to take each round as it comes and what will be will be.
CG: It has to be said, after the disappointment at Q School, you’ve had a great year on tour without having a PDC Tour Card. You won a Challenge Tour event at the start of the year, which helped get you into all of the PDC Players Championship events, and you reached the last 16 and last 32 of a few European Tour Events. Describe how great has it been for you?
RE: It started of a big disappointment not getting my tour card missing out by 1 point but looking back it probably helped how my years gone. I took all the confidence from challenge tour and took it to the pro tours but played without pressure as pro tours was a great bonus and I was lucky to get into all the pro tour events. And I always love the euro events and really enjoy playing in them so if I could give any dart player who fails at Q-School some advice it would be don’t give up, do well at challenge tour and who knows where it could lead to.
CG: Has it sunk in yet that you will be making your debut at the PDC World Championships at Ally Pally In front of thousands and live on Sky Sports?
RE: It never really sunk in until I watched the live draw and my name came out now I’m excited to play.
CG: Do you think that doing the PDC Q School and the PDC Development Tour are better than doing the BDO Circuit?
RE: I do believe doing any of the PDC Circuits is more beneficial as they are mainly in 3 or 4 venues in the UK apart from one development tour event in Germany. Also its only 5 weekends a year unlike the BDO which is nearly every weekend so you can plan and book your year out early and obviously there’s a lot of money to be won.
CG: If you have to go to Q School in January, do you see yourself getting through?
RE: Once again if I have to go to Q-school in January and play my game I think I can get through but if i ain’t 100% focused I won’t as there’s 100s of great players that go Q-School and it’s always tough.
CG: Finally, you have a management team (TCL Management) behind you, how has he been to you and how beneficial is it to have a manager backing you?
RE: Tom of TCL management is a great manager, very hands on and always on the other end of the phone if ever needed at any point. He does all bookings and travel arrangements so all the players have to do is turn up and throw darts (which as a player that’s all you want to do) so for me all that as helped me get to where I am today and appreciate that.
Thanks Ritchie all here at Dartsmad you the best of luck at Ally Pally and thanks to your manager Tom Cosens for sorting the interview.
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