Just a week after a trip to South Yorkshire it was Germany bound for the PDC as the Players Championship events continue to come thick and fast.

It’s fair to say that for MDA, Sunday was more successful than Saturday. However, there were still some positive results and performances from the opening day of action in Deutchsland.

Pick of the bunch over the weekend was Daryl Gurney. Superchin impressed on the final day with an encouraging journey to the quarter-final. The voyage was frought with drama, winning four continuous matches in thrilling last leg deciders.

Michael Flynn was the first to go with Gurney posting his highest average of the day – a solid 94.95. He then picked off three names that would score well in Scrabble – Ricardo Pietreczko, Martijn Kleermaker and Krzysztof Ratajski – to reach the quarters.

Awaiting there for him was the in-form Martin Schindler and unfortunately for Daryl, the German ended his trek.

Nathan Rafferty can consider himself incredibly unfortunate on both days. The weekend started extremely well for the Northern Irishman, defeating compatriot Brendan Dolan 6-4 with a eyebrow raising 103.95 average.

And the boy from Tyrone wasn’t done there, putting in another fine shift against Kevin Doets in game two, registering a very respectable 93.19. However, the Dutchman banged in a 104.23 which subsequently ended Nathan’s interest on the Saturday.

If you think that was unlucky – then Sunday’s clash with newly crowned UK Open champion, Danny Noppert will top it. Agonisingly, an average of just under a hundred wasn’t enough for the talented 22-year old as he watched another Dutchman slam the door shut in a last leg decider.

The return to form of Jamie Hughes has been one of the most heart-warming stories in darts lately – especially if you are him! The popular Tiptonian (I just made that up – no idea if it’s what the locals are called!) looks like his recent injury woes are well and truly behind him.

OK, so Saturday didn’t go to plan – a 6-1 defeat in his opening game but Yozza made amends on Sunday with an excellent run to the last 16, including victory over the 2021 World Champion.

Starting the Sabbath strongly, Jamie impressively overcame the young Welsh talent that is Lewy Williams 6-4 with a healthy 93.14 average.

After comfortably gliding past Mike de Decker 6-1, Hughes then came face to face with Gerwyn Price in the board final. In what proved to be a fascinating encounter, the game swung both ways before the Englishman melted the Iceman’s dreams of a double winning weekend, prevailing 6-4.

Frustratingly, in his last 16 tie against Martin Schindler, Jamie was unable to get started with the German running out a comfortable 6-2 victor. Still, plenty of positive signs are there that the boy from the Black Country is looking dangerously sharp again.

Fresh off the back of a brilliant run to the final last weekend in Barnsley, Ricky Evans sprinted the furthest of the MDA representations on the opening day in Germany.

The charismatic chucker from Kettering got past Peter Hudson (6-4) and Nick Fulwell (6-1) before one of last weekends winners, Damon Heta got hold of him in the board final with an emphatic 6-0 victory.

And that was as good as it got for Ricky, disappointingly losing out in his first game on Sunday to Jeff Smith without getting into gear.

With James Wilson and Willie Borland missing the weekend due to injury and personal reasons respectively – as well as a host of other tour card holders – it opened the door for Pete Burgoyne, Stephen Burton and Karel Sedlacek to roll up to Niederhausen, all looking to make their mark.

Despite the trio losing their opening round matches on the Saturday, they all grabbed some vital wins the following day.

Stephen Burton, or Bertie as I am informed he is affectionately called, was looking to make amends for his PC7 narrow defeat to Gary Blades. Even with a higher average than Razor (91.83), the Ipswich man went down in a last leg shoot-out.

But the two time 2019 Challenge Tour winner showed his mustard with two excellent wins over Adam Gawlas (6-2) and Dave Chisnall (6-3) – both with averages in the 90s on Sunday afternoon.

And to be fair to Steve, he probably would have beaten most players with a 99.72 in his board final. Unfortunately for him, James Wade was just that little bit better and edged a high quality contest 6-4.

Karel ‘Evil Charlie’ Sedlacek also bagged himself a brace of wins. Without showing his best form, it was enough to defeat Kevin Burness 6-2 before an enthralling last leg victory over Mensur Suljovic in round two with a 99.72 average.

It was Jermaine Wattimena who finally halted Karel in his tracks with the Dutchman getting the better of the Czech 6-3.

Good old Pete Burgoyne was delighted to get the opportunity to be in Germany and will be happy to have bagged that elusive maiden pro-tour win. And it wasn’t a bad scalp to get – the one of Gabriel Clemens, beating the Giant German 6-2.

Shortly after, the Derby lad nearly doubled his career tally but birthday boy Rowby-John Rodriquez had other ideas – blowing out Pete’s candles with a 6-5 win. But two averages in the 90s for Mr B will be a positive to pack in his case and take home to Blighty.