Sep 17, 2023 at 8:28 am
Danny Noppert is disappointed by the lack of support from Dutch darts fans during his match against Nathan Aspinall (6-3 defeat) in Amsterdam. Raymond van Barneveld enjoyed the crowd on Saturday during his great victory over world champion Michael Smith.
“If you are throwing in front of your own audience, they are singing in front of Aspinall. I had a hard time dealing with that. Yes, that touched me,” Noppert said to Viaplay after the lost eighth final of the World Series of Darts Finals in AFAS Live.
“It made me angry. They may be for Aspinall, but I expected more support. I have more support in Germany than in the Netherlands. I thought it was strange tonight, but it doesn’t matter to me. It’s what it is.” and I have to deal with that. Maybe I’m not a crowd favorite.”
Noppert realizes that he sometimes also receives a lot of support from darts fans. “I often have the Dutch public behind me, but not today. It was also due to my own game. I was not sharp enough. Aspinall is the rightful winner.”
Van Barneveld enjoys the atmosphere
Van Barneveld had the crowd cheering moments earlier by surprisingly dealing with Smith. The five-time world champion broke the Englishman in the penultimate leg with a 156 finish, after which the native of The Hague finished the job: 6-4.
“What a hall, fantastic,” Van Barneveld said to the fans in AFAS Live. “I had my earplugs in because I wanted to isolate myself from the outside world. You are not playing against the first guy, but against the world champion.”
“You just have to do it for a while. And if you do succeed, you can be proud of yourself,” Van Barneveld concluded. The Dutchman will face Scot Peter Wright in the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon. Michael van Gerwen, the other remaining Dutchman, plays against the Belgian Dimitri Van den Bergh.