Sherrock looking to finish with a flourish in Hamilton

Fallon Sherrock (Sylvia Liber/PDC)

Fallon Sherrock believes she is capable of creating more history-making moments, as she aims to finish August’s World Series of Darts tour with a flourish in Hamilton this weekend.

Sherrock will be among the eight PDC representatives headlining this weekend’s TAB New Zealand Darts Masters, as the World Series returns to New Zealand following a two-year absence.

Hamilton’s Globox Arena will play host to this year’s extravaganza from August 26-27, with Michael van Gerwen and Jonny Clayton bidding to add to their titles in Townsville and Wollongong respectively.

Sherrock, meanwhile, registered her first victory Down Under at last week’s PalmerBet New South Wales Darts Masters, recovering from 3-1 down to defeat Mal Cuming in a last-leg decider.

She was ousted by an imperious Gerwyn Price in the quarter-finals, but the Milton Keynes star remains in positive spirits ahead of this weekend’s action.

“I just wanted to come over here and play well, and I didn’t play well in Townsville,” said Sherrock, speaking to host Mark Stafford on ‘Afternoons with Staffy’.

“I wanted to redeem myself [in Wollongong] so when I got the victory it was just a sigh of relief, with all the pressure that I’ve got on me.

“Then I went into the next game and Gerwyn just hit everything. I was like a deer in the headlights. I couldn’t do much!”

Sherrock came into August’s World Series treble-header fresh from victory at the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay last month, defeating Aileen de Graaf to triumph at the iconic Winter Gardens.

The 27-year-old has struggled to transfer that form to the World Series stage on a consistent basis in 2022, but she insists she has relished the opportunity to pit her wits against the world’s best.

“I think if the opportunity is given to anyone they’re going to take it,” added Sherrock, who will take on big stage debutant Kayden Milne in Friday's first round.

“I have always wanted to be on the big stage, playing the best players in the world, and there is no better opportunity than here on the World Series.”

Sherrock is one of the leading trailblazers in the women’s game, and her exploits at the 2020 World Championship – where she defeated Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic – sparked an incredible rise to prominence.

However, she reaffirmed her credentials by reaching last year’s Nordic Darts Masters final, before shattering a host of records in her remarkable run to the Grand Slam quarter-finals last November.

The Queen of the Palace has also given the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright and Michael Smith major scares on the big stage, and she insists self-belief is the key.

“You have to believe in yourself,” reiterated Sherrock, who will also feature at the Jack’s World Series of Darts Finals in Amsterdam next month.

“I know what I can do, and I just try to simplify my game. On my day I can push any of these players.

“I beat Dimitri in the World Series last year. I’ve done well so I have that belief in me, but you always need a bit of luck as well.

"Even at the Grand Slam [last year], I hit a 170 finish out of nowhere to get out of the group. I do think these history-making wins are meant to be."

The TAB New Zealand Darts Masters will be held on August 26-27 at the Globox Arena in Hamilton. Click here for tickets.