Golden Girl Trina Gulliver still aiming for tenth Lakeside world darts title
Trina Gulliver still has her eyes firmly fixed on a tenth Ladies' World Darts Championship crown despite missing out for the second year in a row.
The Cheddar ace, nicknamed the Golden Girl, has lifted the title nine times at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green but was again beaten by eventual champion, Anastasia Dobromyslova, in the semi-finals.
The two were evenly matched but poor finishing allowed Russian Dobromyslova to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win, before going on to beat Lisa Ashton in the final.
"I'd have like to have got my tenth but it just wasn't to be. It's still a target I want, so I'll be trying to get back next year to go for it again," said Gulliver.
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"It was a close game and I missed a couple of doubles, which you just can't afford to do at Lakeside.
"I won the first set and had chances in the second but Anastasia won it and then the third as well.
"I'm disappointed with how I went out. I probably should have won the match 2-0 but I just didn't take my chances.
"Because the women's format is so short it doesn't give you a chance to recover and it can be over before you know it."
With next year's ladies' championship increasing from eight to 16 competitors, Gulliver knows she faces an even tougher task to reach her target of ten titles.
"It's a really tough competition now and there are so many good female players," added Gulliver. "It used to be just a handful but now there are 25 really good players, so every match is tough.
"Next year it's already been announced that there will be 16 ladies instead of eight, so we just need to see the prize money go up now as well.
"We will be putting our case forward to say that we deserve it, but we'll just have to wait and see."
Gulliver's 2012 season was hampered by problems away from the oche but she is determined to head into the new year with renewed vigour.
"I had an awful year personally and I didn't play on the circuit as much as I needed to," said Gulliver.
"When things happen in your life it puts everything into perspective, so I didn't put as much time into darts as I usually do.
"That actually meant I was only just able to get through to play at the championships.
"But this year I'm going to get back on track and throw myself into the circuit as much as I can because I still get that same buzz on the Lakeside stage. There's nothing like it, it's like a family."