| by Sylke Puck
Jeff Smith won the North American Championship for the second time in his career on Saturday night. In the final in New York, The Silencer defeated fellow countryman Matt Campbell 6-5.
Smith qualified for the finals after victories over Jim Long (6-5) and Jules van Dongen (6-1). Opponents Campbell faced Jason Brandon (6-4) and Alex Spellman (6-2). Smith then won the final 6-5.
”That feels good. Winning in Las Vegas (2018, ed.) was something special, but winning here in New York is unreal. This is the venue for North American darts. We’ve had a lot of support, it’s incredible.”
The Canadian could use this last win for his morale. ”I’m showing a good level this year, but the results have been lacking. I could use some extra confidence and it’s definitely a confidence boost.”
Finally, Smith had words of praise for defeated finalist Campbell, with whom he will play at the World Cup of Darts in Frankfurt later this month.
”Matt can blow you away on the triple 20. If you don’t keep up then you don’t stand a chance in doubles. The boy is so incredibly good. One day he will make it into the top 16 in the world rankings, I am 100 percent sure. I can’t wait to play him at the World Cup of Darts in a few weeks.”
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