Dignified in defeat - that summed up Dave Chisnall’s demeanour after potentially the greatest sporting moment in his life turned into a nightmare.
His 6-0 mauling against Phil Taylor - the finest darts player on the planet - during the final of the World Grand Prix on Sunday night will have been hard swallow, especially the scoreline.
But the 33-year-old St Helens-born player can be justifiably proud at even coming within one match of clinching the second most prestigious prize in the darting calendar - and hopefully it will be a stepping stone to greater things.
Dave will be the first to admit he was far from his best in the final after rattling up scores of 180 as if they were going out of fashion in previous rounds but ruthlessly efficient Taylor delivered leg and set-winning games when they mattered most - and again showed why he is still the man to beat at the top level.
Chizzy will now be dusting himself down and ultimately setting his sights on the supreme accolade in the sport - the £1m Ladbrokes World Championship which will be staged at the Alexandra Palace, London, from December 13 to New Year’s Day, 2014.
St Helens can already boast one or two world champions, including Saints and motor cycling legend Geoff Duke. It would be nice to see Dave following in their footsteps, but in a sport as competitive as darts no one will need to tell him that will be a mountainous task.
g I had a thank-you message the other day from the now defunct Original Saints Supporters’ Club after helping them trace the family of the late Brian Dillon.
The supporters’ club had been finding it impossible to track down any of Brian’s relatives in order to return a trophy which had been donated in his honour and awarded annually at their Saints player of the year presentation night in January.
It had been gathering dust in a cupboard but thanks to a piece in my column it has been returned to the Dillon family.
Now the club is seeking to contact any members of the John Temple family to return a similar award. Anyone who can help is asked to contact John Powell, telephone 01744 732348.
g Moss Lane - the home of Liverpool-St Helens RUFC - will be staging a special question and answer forum on Sunday, November 24 (1pm for
Panellists will be Saints’ coach Nathan Brown, former RL international referee Steve Ganson and Warrington Wolves’ Lee Briers.
The event is in aid of the Wooden Spoon Children’s Charity.
Tickets, which include lunch, cost £10 and are available from Ray French, telephone 01744 29874, or contacting the club.