Connie Finnan

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Connie Finnan
Personal information
Born (1962-05-20) 20 May 1962 (age 52)
Republic of Ireland
Home town Limerick
Republic of Ireland
Darts information
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Hello by Martin Solveig
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 2005–2011
PDC 2011–
Current world ranking 59
BDO majors - best performances
World Masters Quarter-finals: 2009
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 72: 2012
World Grand Prix Last 16: 2013
UK Open Last 96: 2013
Other tournament wins
INDO Irish Masters 2010
INDO Strokestown Singles 2010
Ireland National Championships 2009, 2010
Limerick Classic 2009
Tom Kirby Memorial Trophy 2011
Other achievements
9 Dart Finish: PDPA Players Ch'ship Barnsley 2012

Connie Finnan (born 20 May 1962) in an Irish darts player who currently competes in Professional Darts Corporation events.

Career[edit]

BDO[edit]

In September 2009, Finnan qualified for the televised stages of the World Masters. He defeated Darryl Fitton 3-1 in the last 16 before losing 3-0 to Robbie Green in the quarter-finals. Later that month, he reached the semi-finals of the 2009 WDF World Cup men's singles.

PDC[edit]

Finnan qualified for the 2012 PDC World Darts Championship after winning the final of the Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay against Shane O'Connor.[1] He lost 4-3 in the preliminary round to New Zealand's Warren French, having led 3-1.[2]

In January 2012, Finnan won a PDC Pro Tour card for 2012 and 2013 at the PDC's Qualifying School in Barnsley.[3] In November, he threw a nine-dart finish in the fourth round of the 20th Players Championship during a 6–3 win over world number six Wes Newton which earned him £4,800. Finnan was then defeated 1–6 in the quarter-finals to Michael van Gerwen.[4] This was Finnan's best result of 2012,[5] and went into 2013 ranked world number 78.[6]

Finnan played in his first World Cup of Darts in February 2013 with William O'Connor.[7] The pair beat Denmark 5–0 in their first match and despite losing to South Africa 4–5 they finished top of Group B on leg difference to reach the last 16.[8] They faced Japan and were defeated 3–5.[9] Finnan was beaten 4–5 by Adrian Gray in the second round of the UK Open.[10] Finnan qualified for the World Grand Prix for the first time and pulled off the result of his career in the first round as he defeated Terry Jenkins by two sets to none.[11] He led two-time winner of the event James Wade 1–0 and 2–1 in the next round, but the game went into a deciding set. At 2–1 down in the set Finnan missed a single 10 which would have left him 32 with his last dart and saw Wade step in to finish 91 to win. If Finnan had won the leg he would have been throwing for the match in the next.[12] In the same week he advanced to the final of the Irish Matchplay final, Ireland's biggest domestic darts tournament, and lost 6–4 to Colin McGarry. A win would have seen him clinch a place for the 2014 World Championship.[13]

Finnan's status on the tour he earned two years ago expired after the 2014 World Championship, but he was ranked world number 60 after the tournament inside the top 64 who retain their places.[14] In May he secured wins over top ten players Dave Chisnall and Simon Whitlock at the ninth Players Championship to reach the quarter-finals of a PDC event for the second time in his career, where he lost 6–3 to Justin Pipe.[15] Finnan and O'Connor lost five successive legs in the first round of the World Cup of Darts to be beaten 5–3 by Singapore.[16]

World Championship Results[edit]

PDC[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Finnan is married and has two daughters. He is not a full-time darts player and works in a factory making plastic bag closures in Shannon.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Finnan Wins Irish Matchplay Final PDC.tv
  2. ^ Ladbrokes World Darts Championship - Night Four PDC.tv
  3. ^ Qualifying School - Day Four PDC.tv
  4. ^ "Seventh Heaven For Van Gerwen". PDC. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Connie Finnan 2012". Darts Database. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Order of Merit on 1 January 2013". PDC. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Betfair World Cup of Darts Groups". PDC. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Betfair World Cup of Darts - Saturday Afternoon". PDC. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Betfair World Cup of Darts - Last 16". PDC. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open - Thursday". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "partypoker.com World Grand Prix Day One". PDC. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "partypoker.com World Grand Prix Day Three". PDC. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "McGarry Takes Irish Matchplay Title". PDC. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Order of Merit on 2 January 2014". PDC. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Wright wins in Crawley". PDC. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "bwin World Cup of Darts First Round". PDC. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 

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