Grand Slam of Darts debut “a massive eye-opener” says Parletti

Jamie Shaw in Darts Interviews 02 Dec 2019
BDO star Parletti celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Dave Parletti has described his debut experience at the Grand Slam of Darts as a “massive eye-opener” and has refused to rule out a trip to PDC Qualifying School.
Parletti, the current BDO number five, was granted a first taste of a PDC big stage after being selected as one of the eight BDO representatives to compete in the cross-code major.
The 36-year-old missed out on a place in the knock-out stages, finishing bottom of Group D, but gave a fine account of himself as one of only two current BDO players to defeat a PDC Tour Card Holder.
The Londoner, who has enjoyed a rapid rise up the BDO rankings courtesy of victories at the Romanian Open and Welsh Classic this year, admits his Grand Slam experience has left him wanting more.
“I couldn’t thank the PDC and the BDO enough for inviting me,” Parletti told Live Darts.
“It’s been an amazing experience and something that will probably live with me for the rest of my life.
“It stands me in good stead for next year so hopefully I can kick on now and we’ll see what happens next.
“With the BDO, you do a lot of travelling but you don’t get much TV time because we’ve only got three majors, so it’s a difficult one, but as a darts player you’ve just got to adjust.
“I’d be lying if I said there weren’t nerves, but we’re all human aren’t we?”
Parletti was beaten 5-1 by Gary Anderson and 5-2 by Darren Webster before pulling off a 5-2 win over World Cup of Darts finalist William O’Connor in his final group match.
That win marked his first in front of the televised cameras, and Parletti – a postman by day – says it is a relief to finally deliver on a big stage.
“I’ve only played eight times on TV and all my mates at work have been giving me stick that I’ve never won on TV, so it’s good,” he added.
“I didn’t get a call, I found out [about being in the tournament] off Twitter.
“A friend of mine was in Cyprus and he text me when I was at work telling me I was in.
“Straight away you go on social media and I saw I was there and thought it was a wind up.”
On his darting future, Parletti has refused to rule out entering Qualifying School in a bid to secure a coveted PDC Tour Card in January, but says his immediate focus is on the BDO World Championship.
He added: “I grew up going to Lakeside and playing in the BDO circuit and playing legends like Fitton, Adams and O’Shea, but on this side, it runs like clockwork, everyone has a job and you know where you’re going.
“It’s a massive eye-opener, who knows what the future will hold?
When asked about the possibility of entering Q School, Parletti replied:  “Yes, possibly, but who knows?
“I’ve got The O2 in January, I’ve got to focus on that and then we’ll see what happens after that.”