CHANGES TO LEAGUE TABLES!
All top check outs -Maximums-Fast Games- from all leagues are updated. 
Thursday 16.45 or just gone four thirty for those without the 24 hour clock bit!
The Fast Games league table which is 20 darts or less along with the High Finishes league table 75 or above and of course the Maximum league table scores from 171-180 are now more condensed. The reason is simple if you are a member of the Monday night league as in W.C.D.D.L. your scores finishes etc will be added , But if you were a member of the league your name will still be there for prosperity! The reason I have given up on trying to get everyone in the area on them is simple the information just does not get sent in so as of now you have to be a player in the W.C.D.D.L. TO BE ON THEM . However all the competitions in the area will of course be reported with winners names etc etc but once again you really need to help out if you have information , so go on be a devil and send it in, won’t cost much just a few moments of your time!
T.Y.

The web site motto is.
A Day Without Laughter is a Day Wasted!

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RESCHEDULED
The next Grand Prix event which is usually on a Saturday will be played on a Sunday, this is due to so many dart competitions taking place! With 6 events from the scheduled 8 having taken place.
And as always playing 8 events throughout the year a decision had to be made so a Sunday afternoon was the practical solution. Hopefully many of you will be able to come along, there are a host of darting events taking place at the moment and quite simply there was no other choice!
So Sunday 26th October the Murray bar in Polbeth the place to be if you fancy a throw!

Knock-out Cup 2nd leg

Murray C v Deans Bowling Club

 C. Hamilton 1-2 G. Dryburgh, J. Flemming 2-0 C. Nicol, J. Quinn 1-2 S. Duncan, Ducket Aitken 2-0 M. Purdie, Disco Aitken 1-2 R. Smith, K. Gilmour 2-1 B. Spiers. 

And with the match poised at 3-3 after the single but with the Deans Bowling Club ahead from the first leg by 5-4 everything rested on the doubles.

First up Ducket Aitken and Kyle Gilmour 2-0 G. Dryburgh and B. Spiers and the aggregate score is all square at 8-8. Next up saw J. Flemming and Disco Aitken 2-0 C. Nicol and S. Duncan and the Nomads take the lead in the match for the first time. Final match of the contest saw C. Hamilton and J. Quinn 2-0 M. Purdie and R. Smith and a hard earned 6-3 on the night and 10-8 overall for the Murray C who now progress to the next round and a local derby against the Murray Bar Juniors.

Stats for the night- S.Duncan 19 dart leg, Ducket Aitken 2 x 20 dart legs, Jamie Flemming 96 check-out, Jamie Flemming and Disco Aitken 20 dart doubles leg, Colin Hamilton and Jim Quinn 20 darts doubles leg. 

 

 

KNOCK OUT CUP 2nd. ROUND …2nd LEG
VOLUNTEER Highway Men 7-2 ALMONDALE Pirates OVERALL (14 – 4)
Doo Club Fanciers 2-7 UPHALL .S.B.C.Chalkers OVERALL (2-16)
CAWBURN bar Assassins 5-4 CENTRAL Bar Rebels OVERALL (11-7)
STANE Indians 2-7 MURRAY bar Juniors OVERALL (7-11) MURRAY ‘B
(B.WALLACE 17 darter…………D.BLACK 88c/o………..J.PURSE 19 darter
PARRY LAMP Oilers 1-8 CAWBURN Highlanders OVERALL (3-15)
(D.LIVINGSTON 86 c/o………. HASTINGS/HALL 19 dart pairs)
BRUCEFIELD 7-2 STANE ‘A’ OVERALL (2-16)
PARRY LAMP ‘A’ 3-6 EAST CALDER ‘C’ OVERALL (10_8) PARRY LAMP ‘A’
Parry Lamp holding a 7-2 lead after first leg and with a depleted team, this gave East Calder a chance to fight back. C.Hume, D.Bird,K.Murphy and J.Kirk all victorious over K.Galbraith,C.Agnew,A.Edwards and S.Tait respectively the game was on with score line now standing at PARRY LAMP 9, EAST CALDER 6 ,Parry Lamp with their foot in the door for next round with the doubles to go.C.Hume/D.Bird win against Galbraith/Begley 9-7 Parry LampS.Hume/K.Murphy win against Coulter/Tait 9-8 Parry LampWith all going to last game Kirk/Livingston against Agnew/Edwards ,it was getting too much for team captain S.Tait that he couldn’t watch this final double, deciding to leave the premises for time being, but returning when Agnew/Edwards overcame the Doo Club pairing 2 legs to nil and finally book their place in quarter finals against Uphall S.B.C..Good game with respect for all players given to all who played.
NEXT ROUND WILL SEE THESE TEAMS FROM THE QUARTER FINALS TRY TO SEAL THEIR PLACE INTO THE SEMI'S,
Paraffin Lamp Brigands v Uphall Station Chalkers
Volunteer Highway Men v Cawburn Highlanders
Murray bar Juniors v Murry bar Nomads
Cawburn Assain's v Brucefield Farmers

Should be some superb stories from these teams with every team having top players in their ranks, look forward to hearing about the matches, so dont be shy write down your top games etc, and please either send them to John Kirk, Kirk Gordon, Colin Hamilton, or myself the more words we can get in the Courier the better for the sport in the area. To each team all the best lets see and hear those stats!


All news items that were on the home page (this page) are now on the relevant page, just click on the side bar for the page or news item you are looking for and hopefully it will miraculously appear!
If I have done it correctly (fingers crossed)

BREAKING NEWS
The newly refurbished sports bar the Cawburn in Pumpherston is looking to run Friday night competitions in the near future.
More news on these intended events will follow as and when available. Also I have been reliably informed that under 18's will be able to participate up untill 10pm with a new licence having been agreed to by the owner! As said more news to follow a.s.a.p.

Maximum League Table!
Making a meteoric rise up the maximum league table is East Calder’s Kieran Bird jumping 34 places
after firing in not one but three 180's at the World Youth tournament in Hull.
Jamie Banks from West Calder was also on the maximum trail as well with a 180 of his own.

W.C.D.D.L.

On behalf of all the players in the league,I would like to wish Ian Carmicheal a speedy recovery after his heart attack in masonic while playing darts last Monday night, We all wish him a speedy recovery and please from all of us  get well soon.



 

League Results from Monday night darts.

Murray bar Juniors 8-1 Stirrup Stane Cowboys,
Paraffin Lamp Oilers 7-2 Doo Club Fanciers,
Central bar Rebels 3-6 Paraffin Lamp Brigands,
Tower bar Knights 0-9 Volunteer Highway Men,
Dens Bowling Club Golden Oldies 2- 7 Brucefield Farmers,
Cawburn Assassins 5- 4 Murray bar Nomads,
Uphall Station Chalkers 4-5 Cawburn Highlanders,

Stirrup Stane Indians 3-6 Almondvale Pirates.
Players hitting form saw,
Gary Christie for the Highway Men firing in a maximum 180,
Scott Baker for the Rebels in West Calder also on the maximum 180 trail.
Also firing in a maximum was Stevie Duncan from the Golden Oldies who plays for the Deans Bowling club.
Craig Agnew of the Brigands from the Paraffin Lamp cracking 17 darter as did Scott Baker.
Top doubles match recorded also from West Calder’s Rebellious ones Shaun Hanlon and Ryan Little
with a superb 16 dart game.
Top finish of the week belonging to Frank Crook from The Paraffin Lamp Oilers with a stunning 108 game shot.

Forth Coming Attractions

If you’re a darts player that is!

October 24-26th Wick Open week end 

October 25th Bentswood Open Singles, Stoneyburn 12.30-1.30 registration!
October 26th West Lothian Grand Prix event, Murray Bar , Polbeth register up to 1.45 pm toe the ocky 2pm prompt.
October 26th Charity Singles, Venue Fison's club in Bo'Ness, 12 noon registration toe the ocky 1pm. £5 entry
November 1st  W.L. County home to Lanarkshire
November 7-9th Berwick week end
November 8th Liberton (Edinburgh)Rugby Club, Open Men's & Ladies Singles
November 8th West Lothian Grand Prix Venue Paraffin Lamp Livingston, New date needed T.B.C.
(oops Berwick Week end) will speak to Diane !
November 15th Youth Open in Clackmannonshire
November 22nd Scottish Mixed Triples finals
Novemebr 29th  W.L. County travel away to Ayrshire
December 13th W.L. Super League singles league commences, Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky
January 10th West Lothian Super League Singles second comp,Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky
February 13th Dont forget Old Man Mitchells Birthday! ( dont feel you have to spend to much on pressies!)
January 18th  W.L.County home to Borders
February 7th W.L. County travel away to Lothians
February 21st West Lothian Super League Singles third comp, Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky
March 7th West Lothian Super League fourth comp, Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky
March 28th  W.L. County host Renfrewshire
April 11th West Lothian Super League Singles fifth comp, Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky
 April  25th W.L. County travel away to Greater Glasgow date

Intrepid Enthusiasts!
Well a small but very eager group of West Lothian darters travelled to the beautiful gem of the Borders! Yes we were at Peebles for the Open darts tournament held in the Ex-Service men’s club in the heart of the town. And a top class field turned out for this the first running of the Open competition which was being run and organised by Mr Ralph Hirst and well run it was with five boards in use and everything running smoothly it was a joy to take part in. Here is the way things panned out for your roving darts ambassadors for West Lothian.
Whitburns favourite darting son William Harraughty fell at the last 16 going down 4 games to 3, on the day William fired in a superb 174 score to leave a finish also quick games finished in 3x16 & 19 darter.
Uphall’s peace keeper Colin the Marshall Robertson went one round better making it through to the quarter finals on the way the Marshall fired in a maximum 180 along with games finished in 16&2x18&20 darts.
Mitchell who has had a some success of late fought out a tremendous semi final where he just managed to get through by the tightest of margins with a 5-4 victory. In the final he faced Lothian county player John  (Fat cat) McCafferty who also went through his semi finals by 5 games to 4, so in a best of 11 x 501 contest to see who would claim the title,

John went into a 5-3 lead and it looked curtains for Mitchell until a 129 game shot via 57-36-36 brought him back into the game and with throw in the next leg it saw the final sitting at 5-5 and to the deciding leg of darts it went John throwing first having secured the throw at the bulls eye at the start of the match was going to prove decisive, Mitchell on 61 left after 12 darts must have though got a chance, however John McCafferty proved what a superb marksman he is taking out a superb 127 game shot via 60-17-bulls eye to claim the title by 6 games to 5.

Mitchell fired scores in on the day of 111 g.s. 129 g.s. 86 g.s.,maximum 180, 3x18 darters unfortunately no one was keeping score of the rest but hey ho such is life!
Superbly run competition and an excellent venue, so big thanks to Ralph and his team for making this a very well run competition indeed.

West Lothian Youth Players at Hull.
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Kieran Bird & Jamie Banks

The Old and the New!

Well after some thought I have decided to say what occurred earlier this week when in the company

of two of the counties hottest prospects (Jamie Banks & Kieran Bird) we travelled to Hull for the World Trophy and the World championship play –offs, First of all what a privilege to see not just our youth players in action but the standard of play from the youth players from all across the globe is quite amazing, Darts is certainly in good hands.

As for myself on the day of the play offs we were taken to the venue by Mr James Banks of the Brucefield Farmers team and at 8.20 in the morning I went to register for the competition only to be told I was not in the draw, after explaining that I was there to represent West Lothian I was told to stay at the side of the control desk, And as I sat there watching all the players pass me by and after 50 minutes of sitting there thinking this must be what it is like if you have been found shoplifting in a  store, everyone wondering why or what has that person done to be in a corner by themselves!.

Well eventually I was told you’re in the draw the time was now 9.20 am and so I then joined the queue to get into the venue! 9.30 eventually in the main auditorium, but need to be at the control desk for 9.50 as my match was at 10am (don’t be late) well I got to play and was soundly beaten by a better player, after 15 darts in three of the legs I was on 20 left, 32 left, and 48 left, but my opponent never missed, in two of the first three legs he started 180-140, and the middle leg he rattled a 171 in just for good measure, so my tons which were hit on three occasions 100-100-100- were not much good almost like swatting an elephant with a fly swatter! You who have been on the receiving end of a player on form will know what I mean.

However after this competition the question is should I continue to play in B.D.O. sanctioned competitions it is not cheap to play darts at this standard with travelling costs time of work etc, and when the World governing body don’t even know you exist, why bother? So at this moment in time I no longer know if I will continue to play darts in the system that does not recognise you/me!

And it may well be that as many before me have found out it perhaps playing in open tournaments etc and local leagues and not spending your hard earned cash and don’t forget the time involved in trying to qualify for these events, it just is not worth it. So decision time for Mitchell, quite simply I may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but over the years I have tried to promote darts and worked extremely hard to make darts popular in the local area by running tournaments etc finding sponsorship for events and the like so players can have a choice. BUT the one thing is ignoring me and being told you’re not in the draw was perhaps the last straw for myself and these supposedly organised events. So from now on perhaps I should only play where and when it is in my own hands to see if I am actually registered or not.

Being made to sit by myself and watching my peers walk past knowing that I should have been in the venue before them instead of sitting waiting for a hand out is not my way of playing in a darts competition.

So on that note I wish all the players who take time out and travel to represent this county in the S.D.A. leagues all the best for the future, however I will not be part of it. Time for me to look after number one, yep myself. Of course I will still continue to play and be part of the W.C.D.D.L. on a Monday night darts what would life be like without darts on a Monday!
Take care.
Jim M

W.C.D.D.L.
Exhibition night 16th February
(Information a wee bit away)
This season will be the 11th time we have hosted an exhibition night in the league, And in the past we have had some superb players who have come to strut their stuff on the ocky, The likes of,
Tony O’Shea, Daryl Fitton, Ted Hankey, Gary Robson, Gary Anderson, Jamie Harvey, Alec Lister, Peter Manley , Chrissy Howett, Martin Adams, Chuck Norris, Andy Boulton, Robbie Green,
Now usually we have a double act so that there are always darts matches being played, This season as we now have 17 teams and hopefully each team will have at least two players who would like to take on the Pro’s! The format has slightly changed, we now have three players coming to entertain us and they are.

Deta (the Dark Destroyer ) Hedman, Alan (Chuck) Norris, Andy (X Factor) Boulton.

Chuck and Andy were here a few years ago and were absolutely outstanding as a double act, and with Deta joining them I believe we well have a superb night of darting action to talk about for a long time to come!
And I do believe that Deta and Alan are now ranked number one players in the W.D.F. rankings.
So on the web site on the left hand column I have put some of these players successes etc for your information, So hopefully when the night comes round we will see you all there!

Deans Bowling Club Golden Oldies v Brucfield Farmers James Banks Reporting
This was the Farmers first visit to Deans and what a great night with some of our old friends and some new ones and I am sure both teams will be looking forward to the return match later in the season results are as follows Dean’s names are first
G Dryburgh 0 Bunny Forrest 2
C Nicol 2 Jamie Banks (WLYA) 0
M Purdie 0 James Banks 2
S Duncan 0 Kieran Bird (WLYA) 2
R Smith 1 C Forrest 2
B Spiers 1 Billy Stirling 2
So after the singles the score was Golden Oldies 1 Farmers 5 and after the pie break the doubles went as follows
B Bryson & R Summerville 0 Billy Stirling & Colin McMorran 2
J Sneddon & B Hunter 2 Craig Forrest & Rab Clark 0
M Purdie & S Duncan 1 Kieran Bird (WLYA) & Jamie Banks (WLYA) 2
So final score of the night Dean’s Bowling Club Golden Oldies 2 Brucefield Farmers 7
Match highlights saw Stevie Duncan hitting 180 Billy Stirling 20 dart leg Jamie Banks (WLYA) a cracking 85 checkout by way of single 19 single 16 Bull this week’s man of the match for the Brucefield was Billy Stirling after losing the first leg Billy played some superb darts to win his match

Knock Out Cup ResultsDoo Club Harriers 2 – 7 Paraffin Lamp Brigands
Well the Lamp turned up with all the arrows in this match.  Some high scoring games though doubles letting some down. Not to be written off as league challengers, Derek Bird victory for Doo Club beating Craig Agnew 2-0 and George Bird taking 2-1 win over Sandy Coulter, Doo Club 2 – 4 Parry Lamp after singles. Parry Lamp takes all 3 doubles without losing a leg
(D.Bird 180    K.Murphy 134 c/o)
  
Central bar Rebels 3 – 6 Cawburn Assassins
Cawburn taking a 5-1 lead into doubles with young William Borland just losing out to the Sean Hanlon 2-1 to make it a clean sweep.Central hang in there by winning 2 of three of the doubles.
(G. Borland 15d……W.Borland 18d…..S.Hanlon 18d + 180……..S.Baker 18d…G. Bird 180…..
Hanlon/Little 20d pairs…….G. Baker/S.Baker 18d pairs)
 
Murray bar Juniors 4 – 5   Stirrup Stane Indians
Stirrup up 4-2 in singles Murray takes two of doubles to keep this match in the grip
(C.Size 70 c/o…………B.Wallace 103 c/o) 
Uphall Station Chalkers 9 – 0 Doo Club Fanciers
Well what can we say?2 legs won (Daisy against D.Mairs and also grabbing another with Kathy in their doubles match)
( D.Cluness 110 c/o )
Almondvale Pirates 2-7 Volunteer Highway Men

Tough match with many games down to the wire only the finishing power of the travelling Highway Men being the difference, Pirates will have a big say in who wins the Championship league this season a very good team everyone a player!

Monday 29/9/14
Knock Out Cup
Deans Bowling Club v Murray C
G. Dryburgh 2-1 C. Hamilton, R. Smith 0-2 J. Flemming, C. Nicol 2-1 J. Quinn, M. Purdie 2-1 K. Gilmour, B. Bryson 0-2 Disco Aitken, S. Duncan 2-1 J. Aitken and 4-2 to the old timers of Deans after the single.

R.Smith & C. Nicol 0-2 J. FDlemming & Disco Aitken, M. Purdie & S. Duncan 2-1 J. Quinn & Paul Greig, G. Dryburgh & B. Bryson 1-2 C. Hamilton & J. Aitken and a hard fought 5-4 to the home side.

games of note C. Hamilton 20 darts, Disco Aitken 18 darts and 92 check, J. Flemming 124 check, C. Nicol 19 darts. This is all set for a very interesting return leg.

Cawburn Highlanders V Tower bar Knights
Results from the first home match of the season for the Highlanders from Pumpherston.
P. Hasting 2-0 B.Patterson,K. Jamieson 0- 2 J. Devlin 118 c/o for J.Devlin 20-48-50.

K. Gordon 2- 0 P.Duff, P. Gausden 2- 1. J. Galloway, L. Mitchell 2- 1 B. Stewart.
M. Heeps 2- 1 J. Grant 180 For J.Grant.
Final score saw the Highlanders winning 8 games to 1.

Stirrup Stane Cowboy’s v Deans Bowling Club Golden Oldies
After the performances of last season, the Cowboys from the ranch in Craigshill were keen to get off to a winning start against new comers to the Championship league the Deans bowling club and once you have met and seen some of them you will know why they are known as the Golden Oldies! And it was the hosts out of the holsters first with county hopeful Chris Fawcett taking the 1st game for the Cowboys 2-0 against Brian Speirs with an 18.91 avg. The away team came back strong with Andy Porter losing out 2-0 to C. Nichol and then Chris Cameron also went down by the same score line losing out 2-0 to Geordie Dryburgh. Eddie Grieve continued his recent run of form claiming the 4th match in the singles with a fine win 2-0 against Rab Smith to level the match. Next to the oche was returning captain Archie Wilson and in what could arguably be the tightest game of the night, he narrowly lost out to Matt Purdie the only man I know who watches Little house on the Prairie to find out what style of clothes he should wear! 2-1 Matt firing in the only 140 of the night. The last singles saw current WCDDL women's champion Yvonne Wilson go head to head against an old hand in the league Stevie Duncan. With neither player at their best it was Stevie who claimed it 2-0 making the score 4-2 after the singles for the Golden Oldies. The doubles were a lack lustre affair with all 3 matches going 2-0 to the visitors. Although defeated the Cowboys have a lot of positives to build on especially with debutant Darren Hogg who posted some pretty good scoring in his 1st ever match in the league. Final score on a nervy 1st night Cowboys 2-7 Deans BC. Well played 

Brucefield Farmers v Doo Club Harriers
First league match of the season and what a match at the farm last night with our good friends from East Calder and what an atmosphere with both teams having supporters there must have been forty plus people watching the match results as follows singles farmers names first, Craig Forrest 2 Steve Morton1, Jamie Banks (WLYA) 0 Kevin Murphy 2,Colin Mcmorrin 2 Steven Hume 0,Billy Stirling 0 John Kirk 2, James Banks 2 Scott Livingston 0, Bunny Forrest 2 Derek Bird 0, so after the six singles matches it saw the home side holding the advantage at four games to the Farmers and two games to the Doo Club, and with the Farmers only requiring one more game to win the match, However the Doo Club had other ideas and it was the travelling team for the East who went on a winning run taking all three doubles matches to win the match five games to four. Doubles results were Bunny Forrest & James Banks 1 John Kirk & David Jameson 2, Billy Stirling & Craig Forrest 1 Kevin Murphy & Steven Hume 2, Colin Mcmorrin & Jamie Banks (WLYA) 0 Derek Bird & Craig Hume 2. Match highlights John Kirk 20 dart leg with a check of 100 by way of treble twenty double twenty Brucefields Farmers man of the match was Colin Mcmorrin playing some great darts.

Highway Men v Rebels

Well the league champions opened their account this season against the Central Bar Rebels from West Calder in this the first opening gambit of the season.And a very tough game ensued which saw the rebellious ones giving the Highway Men a torrid time on the ocky.However you don’t win league pennants without having a fighting spirit and it saw the result go like this, Robertson, Mitchell and Jimmy Wood taking the first three matches for the home side, however the rebellious ones then hit back with Ryan Little and Graham Smith taking the score line to just one match point of a distance, It hen saw a real battle of nerves as Martin Deegan and Chris Dodds go head to head and it was the older more experienced Martin Deegan who took the game to give the home side some much needed breathing space. The doubles saw the home side take all three points and so the final score on the door was 7-2 but a much closer game than the score line suggests! Top games and shots saw Ryan Little cracking 80 game shot, Robertson 16&18 dart games, and Mitchell 17 darter.
Top pairs match Robertson & Mitchell
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Murray C v Uphall Station Bowling Club 
opening game of the season for last years 3rd and 4th saw a tight match with neither side giving much away in a nervy encounter.
The Murray took the first 4 singles match with C. Hamilton, J.Flemming, J. Quinn and Ducket Aitken getting the better of Zocco Wilson, D. Mairs, J. Brett and C. Cavanagh, then the away side had something to cheer as B. Mairs saw off the challenge of Disco Aitken before Kyle Gilmour took the last singles match against D. Clunes. 5-1 to the Murray after the singles.
The doubles were also a close thing with the away team coming out on top with 2 out of the 3.
Final score 6-3 to the Murray C. games of note saw Jim Quinn with a 177 and a 19 dart leg. 

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K.O. Cup
Doo Club ‘B’ Harriers v Tower bar Knights

The Knights of Craigshill travelled to the home of the Doo Club (Harriers)! Flyers who were in their home roost for this the first round of the of the K.O. Cup which is played on a home and away matches with aggregate score combined to find a winner, should both teams have the same number of points after two matches a final team match of
one game of a 1001 would decide the outcome!.
Scores with Harriers names first are as follows.
D Bird 2-1 S Mitchell, J Kirk 2-0 J Devlin, S Hume 0-2 J Grant, K Murphy 0-2 P Duff, S Morton 2-0  
B Paterson, S Livingston 2-0 M Conway.
So 4-2 to the home team and the doubles scores as follows.
D Bird & K Murphy 2-0 A Gilmour & R Barron, J Kirk & S Livingston 0-2 P Duff & S Mitchell,
S Hume & S Morton 1-2 J Devlin & J Grant.
So final score from the first match in this series of two was a 5-4 advantage for the East Calder Harriers
(Was going to all the home team the flyers but they have split, so thought of Roosters then read the team sheet and don’t think Avril would have gone to much on that so how about hen-Harriers!)
sure someone will come up with a better nick name stroke alias! Wont they.

Return match saw the Knights of Craigshill unfold their league championship pennant from last season’s with this being the first match at home since winning the Championship league in style last season.
Knights names first.
P Duff 1-2 S Morton, S Mitchell 0-2 J Kirk, J Devlin 2-0 K Murphy, J Grant 2-0 S Hume, M Conway 2-1 S Livingston, 
B Paterson 0-2 D Bird.
So as tight as you can get it 3-3 and still only one point in the aggregate score line which
was Tower Knights 7 Doo Club 8.

Doubles matches as follows.
S Mitchell & J Devlin 0-2 J Kirk & K Murphy, M Conway & A Gilmour 1-2 D Bird & C Hume,
P Duff & J Grant 0-2 S Morton & S Livingston.

So the Doo Club Harriers go through to the last 16 with a final score line of 11 games to 7.
Top finish of the night saw A Gilmour with a classy 89 game shot for the Knights.

Friendlies  Continue!
Return Matches saw
Paraffin Lamp Oilers versus the Stirrup Stane Indians.
K Eytle 0-2 R Lappage, S Hanlon 1-2 T Ritchie, S Colthart 1-2 I Mitchell, D Livingston 2-0 E Dickson,

S Russell 2-1 M Passfield, F Crook 0-2 F Hamilton,
So 4-2 in favour of the Indians from the Craigshill reservation after the singles matches.
S Hanlon & D Lee 1-2 T Ritchie & I Mitchell, D Livingston & S Russell 0-2 E Dickson & F Hamilton,
S Colthart & F Crook 0-2 R Lappage & M Passfield.
Final score saw the rampaging Indians taking 7 scalps to the Oilers 2, Top mention of the night saw Ian Mitchell of the Indians firing in 137 and 140 scores.
So when combining the scores from last week’s match it has seen the Indians just winning the matches by two games last week it was 6-3 to the Oilers this week 7-2 for the Indians so final result stands at 10-8 for the Craigshill Braves.

Golden Oldies v Highway Men
The Deans Bowling club was the setting for this return match and the welcome mat was put out for the visiting Volunteer Highway Men and I think the visitors held a 7-4 advantage (but not quite sure!)
Anyway scores from the singles matches on the night with stats beside the names.
S Duncan 0-2 C Robertson (17 darter). C Melrose 0-2 J Mitchell (81&80 g.s 17 & 18 darters)
R Morton 2-0 G Christie, R Smith 1-2 J Charleston (92 g.s.)
C Nicol (20darter) 2-0 R Brady, M Purdie 0-2 M Deegan (105 g.s. 25-40-40)
G Dryburgh 2-1 S Robertson, R Somerville 1-2 J Fulton,B Bryson 0-2 J Wood.
So 6-3 for the visiting Highway Men after the singles and we will finish the report here
(as don’t have the final score! Lift home!)
but a very enjoyable evening and looks like there will be some terrific tussles in the Championship league this season with these Golden Oldies and a few new recruits in their midst joining the other teams who will all be looking at taking the title! Should be some real classic encounters look forward to reading and hearing about them!

Warm up matches continue!
This Monday past it saw the Volunteer Highway Men give a warm invite to the Golden Oldies from the Deans Bowling Club who have recently joined the W.C.D.D.L. on a Monday night.
Always nice to see players returning to the fold as in Rab Somerville from a good few years ago now, Also the man who is trying to put gingham cloth back in vogue yes the man who bought the last roll of the material from the set of that famous western adventure Little House on the Prairie, Matt Purdie wearing what can only be described as perhaps curtains!!!!But there again we all have our standards! One thing though it did not affect his ability to rattle the treble twenty bed Mr Purdie recording a magical maximum 180 good shooting from this old timer.
Final score well not sure if anyone kept score but a cracking night and I am sure the return match next week will be just as entertaining.

Report from Stephan Colthart
Stirrup Indians vs. Parry Lamp Oilers, Singles scores Ronnie Lappage 2 Kevin Kytle 1 Eddie  0 Stephen Hanlon 2, Mark Passfield 1 Lewis Palmer 2, Fred Hamilton 2 Stephen Colthart 1, P Hanlon 0 Chris Shiach 2, Daren 0 Frank Crook 2, singles was 2-4 to the Oilers, Doubles saw Ronnie & Mark 0 Kevin  & Stephen  2, Eddie & Fred 1 Stephen & Frank 2, and final match was Paul & Daren 2 Lewis & Chris 0, final score was Indians 3 Oilers 6, Special mention goes to Ronnie Lappage with a cracking maximum 180. Who is member number 183 of players from our Monday night competitions to get his name on the maximum league table congratulation’s.

Rebels V Juniors

Getting ready for the forth coming season it has the Rebellious ones who reside in the Central bar in West Calder putting out the welcome mat for their nearest and dearest well the Murray bar from Polbeth!
Scores with home team names first are,
 Chris Dodds 2-0 Derek Yule, Garry baker 2-0 Calvin Fleming, Scott baker 2-0 Davie Gray, 
Graham smith 2-0 Michael Meek,
 Andy price 2-0 Ben Robertson, Ryan little 2-1 Chris Size, Sean hanlon 2-0 Jim Purse, 
Chris Dodds 1-2 Jason Rae,
 
 Doubles Games saw, 
Garry and Scott baker 2-0 C Fleming and D Gray,
 Andy Price and Sean Hanlon 2-0 Chris Size and Jason Rae, 
Graham Smith and Ryan Little 1-2 Ben Robertson and Jim Purse,
 
Garry Baker and Chris Dodds 2-0 M. Meek and D.Yule,
 Special mentions go to in the singles 
Garry Baker 17 darter, Scott Baker 15 and 17 darters, Ryan Little 2x19 darters,
Sean Hanlon 180, Ryan Little 171, Chris Dodds 86 c/o,
 Doubles Garry and Scott Baker 19 darter and Sean Hanlon and Andy Price 19 darter 
Match was played in Great Spirit,
as friendly should! lol 
 
And a return leg will be played at the Murray next week, an maybe a different outcome.

Monday 15th September 

This week saw the return matches of both the Rebels v Juniors and the Nomads v the Farmers. Both matches played in great spirit with all involved having a very enjoyable night of darts.

First up saw the Murray Juniors play host to the Central Bar Rebels

Calvin Flemming 0-2 Martin Balfour, David Black 0-2 Gary Baker, Derek Yule 1-2 Chris Dodds, Ben Robertson 0-2 Scott Baker, Jason Rae 0-2 Andy Price, John Sommerville 0-2 Sean Hanlon, Chris Size 0-2 Ryan Little, Michael Meek 0-2 Graham Smith.

8-0 after the sigles but the score does not tell the whole story.

Michael Meek & Jason Rae 0-2 Martin Balfour & Chris Dodds, Calvin Flemming & John Sommerville 1-2 Gary Baker & Andy Price, David Black & Ben Robertson 0-2 Sean Hanlon & Ryan Little, Derek Yule & Chris Size 2-1 Scott Baker & Graham Smith.

Final Score 1-11 in favour of the Rebels 

Brucefield Farmers v Murray Bar Nomads 

Billy Stirling 0-2 Colin Hamilton, James Lock 0-2 Jamie Flemming, Bunny Forrest 2-0 Disco Aitken, Chris Bielby 0-2 Jim Aitken, Keiren Bird 0-2 Ducket Aitken, Jamie Banks 0-2 Kyle Gilmour, Craig Forrest  0-2 Disco Aitken, Colin McMorrin 1-2 John Bruton.

7-1 to the Nomads after the singles

Billy Stirling & Keiren Bird 2-1 Colijn Hamilton & Jamie Flemming, Bunny Forrest & Jamie Banks 2-0 Disco Aitken & Jim Aitken, Craig Forrest & James Banks 1-2 Ducket Aitken & Kyle Gilmour, Colin McMorrin & Chris Bielby 2-1 Jim Aitken John Bruton.

A mini fightback by the Farmers but the final score 8-4 to the Nomads.

Stats for the night,- Colin Hamilton 180 and 2x 19 dart legs, Disco Aitken 180, Bunny Forrest 111 check, Ducket Aitken 75 check and 18 dart leg, Jamie Flemming 20 dart leg, Billy Stirling 96 check. 

 

Monday 8th September 
In the build up to the new league season a few teams are trying out their line-ups in some very competitive but good natured friendlies.
Murray C played hosts to the Brucefield Farmers this week in the first of 2 matches.
Disco Aitken 1-2 Craig Forrest, Jim Aitken 2-1 Bunny Forrest, Jim Quinn 2-0 Colin McMorrin, John Brett 2-1 Keiren Bird, Jamie Flemming 2-0 Rab Craig, Ducket Aitken 2-0 Chris Bielby, Kyle Gilmour 2-1 Jamie Banks Jnr, Colin Hamilton 0-2 Billy Stirling, John Bruton 2-1 James Lock.
7-2 after the singles
Disco Aitken & Jamie Flemming 1-2 Bunny Forrest & Keiren Bird, Jim Quinn & Jim Aitken 1-2 Craig Forrest & Jamie Banks Jnr, Kyle Gilmour & Ducket Aitken 2-1 Colin McMorrin & Billy Stirling, Colin Hamilton & John Brett 2-1 James Lock & Chris Bielby.
2-2 in the doubles and an overall victory of 9-4 to the Murray C but in truth a lot of the games were very close.
Stats for the night Disco Aitken 115 check, Jamie Flemming 81 check & 18 dart leg, Ducket Aitken 19 dart leg.  


FARMERS V JUNIOR’S

Another friendly match this time the Murray B were the visitors to the Brucefield Farm and what a great match this was results were as follows farmers names first Jamie Banks (WLYA) 1 Jim Purse 2, Kieran Bird (WLYA) 2 Chris Size 0, Billy Stirling 2 Ben Robertson 1, Colin Mcmorrin 1 Michael Meek 2, Chris Bielby 0 Derek Yule 2, Bunny Forrest 2 Calvin Fleming (WLYA)0, Craig Forrest 2 Jason Rae 0so 4 games to 3 to the Farmers after the singles all of the games were very close doubles results were Bunny Forrest & Jamie Banks (WLYA) 2 Calvin Fleming (WLYA) & Michael Meek 1, Colin Mcmorrin & James Lock 1 Derek Yule & Ben Robertson 2 , Craig Forrest & Kieran Bird (WLYA) 2 Jim Purse & Chris Size 0so the Farmers wining the doubles 2 games to 1 these games were also very closer and could have went ether way final score was Brucefield Farmers 6 Murray B 4

CONGRATULATIONS.
To Mr & Mrs  John Somerville on their wedding,
Fantastic venue fabulous company and a wonderful night.
On behalf off all the dart players and their partners who were invited I would like to say
thank you for inviting us to share your special day.
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ATTENTION ALL COUNTY PLAYERS.
Shirt sizes to be given to Michelle McLay by the 20th September,
So that we can have them for the first match of the season!
leave your sizes etc either on Michelles Face book or in the guest book on this site,
Guest book for those who dont know is on the bottom of the page.
T.Y.

A WEE TASTER OF THE SEASON TO FOLLOW!

Teams are now gearing up for the season ahead which will start very shortly, and with teams strengthening themselves and other teams bringing in new players, Also players moving it should make for some very exciting times on the ocky in the months ahead. And with absolutely nothing between the top teams it looks to be a very enjoyable campaign ahead. And with the Volunteer who were last season’s champions starting to struggle to bring in new players as two of last season’s players are injured Jimmy Woods (arm) and Shaun Robertson (back) Rex Brady also leaving later in the season to emigrate to the land of the Kangaroo’s it might be an uphill struggle for the defending champions this season. So perhaps looking to capitalise on these turn of events the Murray bar Nomads along with the Cawburn Warriors would be my bets if I was a betting man for the title this season and the Brigands from the Lamp also making inroads in the transfer market they certainly cannot be ruled out. And let us not forget the Rebels from West Calder who started to find their darting prowess again towards the end of the season last year and the newly promoted Tower bar knights should be some terrific tussles ahead in the Premier league this time round and I predict that no team will go the distance undefeated.

As for the Championship title well the Brucefield Farmers have certainly strengthened their squad with the players from the youth academy signing and remembering they were last season’s runners up in their league they will be looking to go one better themselves this season, however the Almondvale Pirates who were relegated last year may well be in with a shout remembering they won the league triples last season so have some exceptionally good players in their mix. And the Juniors from the Murray bar can’t be counted out either, and with new combatants the Deans Bowling Club now also joining the fray this league could be the one to watch for thrills and spills, one thing for sure the league’s this season will not be boring! On that I would put one of my waistcoats on!

Monday 25th August Brucefield Farm
(From the pen of the Brucefield scribe!)
ok Mr James Banks snr.
Friendly match between the Brucefield Farmer’s and the Paraffin Lamp Select results as follows farmer’s names first.Bill Stirling 2 Kevin Galbraith 0, Craig Forrest 2 Steven Colthart 0, Jamie Banks (WLYA) 0 Gordon Bruce 2, Kieran Bird (WLYA) 0 Aran Edwards 2, Chris Beilby 0 Steven Scott 2, James Banks 2 Sandy Coulter 0, Colin Mcmorrin 0 Frank Begley 2, Billy Stirling 2 Stewart Tait 0, so four games each after the singles doubles results were Billy Stirling & Craig Forrest 2 K Galbraith & Steven Colthart 0,Chris Bielby & Colin Mcmorrin 0 Gordon Bruce & Arran Edwards 2, Jamie Banks (WLYA) & James Banks 1 Steven Scott & Sandy Coulter 2, Kieran Bird (WLYA) & Jamie Banks (WLYA) 2 Frank Begley & Stewart Tait 0 final score Brucefield Farmers 6 Paraffin Lamp Select 6 highlights of the night was some superb darts from Gordon Bruce and Paraffin lamps new signing Arran Edwards and from the Brucefield Farmer’s Kieran Bird and Jamie Banks from the West Lothian Youth Academy playing great darts and winning the all important last game of doubles to get the farmers a draw well done to Kieran bird playing his first match for the Farmer’s.

This was a great night of darts in the Brucefield thanks to the boys from the Lamp for giving us this game and we are all now looking forward to the start of the new season.

West Lothian Grand Prix Report
(league table for g.p, points updated later this week!)
Saturday 23rd August saw the travelling road show in East Calder for the sixth G.P. of the season.
And a quality field of players reported in for this event quite simply if you were a betting person anyone could win it the quality of players on show was from the top drawer of dart players in central Scotland.
Reports from the last 16 onwards with winners names first, all matches 5 x 501 with bull up to decide who would
throw first in the odd legs.

Gordon Bruce 3-2 John Robertson, William Harraughty 3-1 Stevie Duncan, Stevie Scott 3-2 Jim Quinn, John Charleston 3-0 Rex Brady, Micky Rice 3-2 Martin Deegan, Gary Swann 3-2 Stephan Colthart, Jim Mitchell 3-0 John Somerville, Colin Robertson 3-2 Callum Wilkinson.
Q/F/ Report, Gordon Bruce 3-1 William Harraughty, Stevie Scott 3-1 John Charleston, Gary Swann 3-1 Micky Rice, Jim Mitchell 3-1 Colin Robertson.
S/F Report, Gordon Bruce 3-1 Stevie Scott, Gary Swann 3-2 Jim Mitchell.
Final saw Gordon Bruce 3-0 Gary Swann.

So Gordon Bruce cements his place as the number one seed for this seasons Grand Prix Shirt and remember there is only one shirt made each year to the specifications of the champion. However darts can be a fickle sport and if one of the chasing pack were to win both of the remaining competitions and Gordon were to fall at the early rounds positions could change only time will tell!
On the day 5 maximum 180’s were recorded, Stevie Duncan, Jim Mitchell, Stevie Scott, and Gay Swann with 2 x 180’s.
Top finishes came by way off, William Harraughty 96 g.s., John Charleston 80 g.s., Gary Swann 117-125-128 finishes, Gordon Bruce 109 g.s., Callum Wilkinson 120 g.s.,Stevie Scott 111 g.s.

Fast games which were finished in 20 darts or less recorded by, Stevie Duncan 14 darter,
William Harraughty 16-17-3x18-19 dart games, John Robertson 14 darter, John Charleston 18 darter,
Jim Mitchell 2x16-17-2x19 dart games, Gordon Bruce 15-16-19 darters, Colin Robertson 18-19-20 dart games,
Callum Wilkinson 20 darter, Stevie Scott 2x18-19 dart legs.

Sunday at Airdrie.

A small travelling band of West Lothian players made the short trip along the M8 to Airdrie working men’s club for the European Open competition and met with mixed results.

Micky Rice from Whitburn falling at the first round but in a cracking match by 4 games to 2, Stephen Colthart got a by through the first round but then went down 4-1 in the next, Gary Christie from Craigshill at 2-0 up looked a good bet however wheels then fell off the wagon and a 4-2 loss was on the cards, William Borland from East Calder made the trip through with his travelling companion Wullie Wilson but both also went out in the first round. Jim Mitchell did slightly better winning 4-0 , 4-0 , 4-1 before losing out in the board final 1-4, on the day the Old Man Mitchell fired in 3 x 180’s along with games finished in less than 20 darts on seven occasions, 15-15-16-17-17-18 -20 dart games . And a couple of decent finishes of 96 & 85 however it just was not enough so back to the practise boards for these gentlemen of the west Lothian darting fraternity.

NEWS FLASH
From the Craigshill ranges where both the Indians & Cowboys reside news has come in by way of Pony Express that Arron (Arry) Edwards has won the Stirrup Stane Summer League, Congratulations to this former Scottish youth International who though living in West Lothian plays his county darts for Lanarkshire. However news has come in that Arry will be playing for the Brigands this season, who ply their darting skills from the Paraffin Lamp in the Livingston Centre. Congratulations again.

West Lothian Youth Continue to Impress.

William Borland from East Calder & Jamie Banks from West Calder both played on Saturday 16th August in the Scottish under 18 youth singles a Scottish Winmau World Masters qualifier which was held in Glenrothes, Jamie got to the quarter finals beating Stuart McMeechan 3 -0 with a cracking 17 dart leg to round the match off with he then got the better of Gordon Souter by the score line of 3-1 which included a 19 dart leg, before getting beat by Ross Black 3-1 at the quarter final stage another superb performance from this emerging force in youth darts in Scotland. William Borland beat  Liam Mitchell finishing in style with a fabulous 151 game shot via 60-51-40 check out for a 3-1 win, he then got past  Craig Johnston firing in a 20 darter on the way, His next opponent in the semi finals was John Gallazzi where he recorded a fine 3-0 win, And so to the final where he went 2-0 up with games finished in 16 & 17 darts however double trouble then ensued and his opponent Graham Hamilton took the next 4 games to take the final by 4 games to 2, but once again a superb performance from both these West Lothian dart players.

NEWS FROM THE A.G.M.

West Calder & District Dart League had their annual meeting on Monday night past, the committee is still the same as status quo was proposed and there were no objections!
So Mr John McDonald – League secretary, Mr John Kirk – Match secretary, Jim Mitchell – Chairman/Treasurer.
Now after a very indeed sometimes heated debate it was decided on that the two leagues would still be in place,
with 8 teams in the Premier, and 9 teams in the Championship league.
Also we would now only play each team twice in the season and not four as last season. Also reinstated was the old format of the first rounds of the K.O. Cup being played home and away.
It was also agreed that the league would once again hold an exhibition night on the Monday after the Scottish Open in February.
League chairman finding out about players availability etc.
The next meeting will be on the 1st September in the Doo Club where the draw for the K.O. Cup will be done. Could teams please bring their registration monies etc please!
Each team registration is £25 and player registration is £3 per player.
Joining the league this season is the Deans Bowling club from Old Deans village, also the Doo Club Flyers are now defunct! And have flown the coup and are playing from the Cawburn so a new name will be needed as the Highlanders also play from this venue (ideas) anyone!
However the Doo club Fanciers are going to make up two teams this season as they have an abundance of players
so a name also need there as well! Mmm.

Also as the league is expanding it has seen two new darts correspondents take to the web site in Kirk Gordon and Colin Hamilton, there will be one more name to add to that very soon as Scott Begley from the Almondvale Pirates has agreed to also send in reports etc, this will happen once Scott and myself get together for the procedure of logging on etc.
Now that four of us now going to be reporting between us we should just about be able to cover everything that is going on in the area so hopefully better reading for all of you readers!!!!

On a more serious subject I on behave of the committee would like to wish all teams in the league both old and new all the very best for the forth coming season ahead, Speak to you all on the ocky or at the bar.

Jim M Chairman  W.C.D.D.L.

Week End Report
Well what a fantastic night! When the Brucefield Farmers dart team held their annual presentation night, And it was also a first for myself as chairman of  West Lothian county and a great pleasure to be asked to, present their trophies. The Farmers who play in the Monday night league in the West Calder & District league are an exceptional team in many ways. They started up roughly two seasons ago and this season they just missed out on promotion being runners up in the championship league where the Tower bar Knights just piped them for promotion. However the Farmers team has a great mix of players from seasoned players from years ago in the form of James Banks senior who for many years was a member of the Commercial team in West Calder when they ruled the roost in this dart playing area, Also a man who represented the county on many occasions and I believe is the only player to have won the Bathgate singles title twice on consecutive years back in the 1980’s is seasoned veteran Bunny Forrest.

And of course there are the new players to the league who have taken to it like ducks to water. Also in their ranks is a certain young man Jamie Banks who is earning himself a fearsome reputation on the ocky and quite simply has a tremendous future in the sport if he keeps at it and I am more than positive he will. And another player also playing well is Craig Forrest who made  through to the semi finals of the C.O.C competition this season and what a darting pedigree he has with his dad Bunny playing in the same team! Billy Stirling a man who enters just about every competition he can in the area and has already made many finals nights himself. Alan, Chris, Paul,James, and there are more my apologies if I have missed you out! It is not intentional. However shortly there will be a Brucefield page on the web site with photos from the presentation night for you to browse through at your leisure. Once again many thanks to the Farmers for inviting myself and partner Gillian along, Great night and don’t know about you but we had a great time. Thank You.

Jim Mitchell
Chairman West Lothian County.

Travelling West Lothian darters.

Week end just gone saw a cracking band of intrepid county players both junior and senior members of the county make the journey to take part in the Granite City Open, and here are a few of the facts from this adventure. First off congratulations to Jamie Banks jnr making it to the semi finals of the under 18’s and receiving a envelope with cash which I know he will of course spend on his parents by treating them to a meal! OK truth be told it’s his and he earnt it well done Jamie Banks.

Other players from the youth saw Calvin Fleming just being edged out 1-3 in his match but he had shots at finishes so a close match.

However certainly making a statement was William Borland firing in 4 x 180,s plus a superb 13 dart game as well, he may not have got to the finals but he let people know he is not to be under estimated in any competition he enters.

Stephan Colthart and Mitchell both managed a more modest one maximum 180 as well.

Colin Hamilton 18 and 20 dart games before bowing out to Alan Small of Fife (international)

Colin Robertson going through his first round match with consummate ease before finding double trouble in his next game! Mitchell just edged out Ronnie Sharp of Ayrshire 4-3 before finding trebles easier to hit than doubles in his next match and that was his singles competition at an end. John Charleston perhaps the player with the best shirts fared not much better and that was that for the singles competition. The pairs on the Sunday saw William Borland and Stephan Colthart make the last 32 and when you consider the calibre of players in the event that was good going. The old pairing of Robertson and Mitchell made it through to a fourth match with results being w3-0 w3-2 w3-1 L2-3 at the last 16 stage.

Top finishes from the week end Colin Robertson 116 finish, Mitchell 154 via 60-54 40.

But on a more important note darts can be serious and also fun to play perhaps in the opposite way round to what I have said, but people are more important and at the moment we have two west Lothian players who are not to well to put a finer point on things.

So on behalf of all of us in the sport of darts we wish Shug Rice and Shaun Robertson both hopefully a full and speedy recovery! At times we may all fall out and not see things the same way, but we are all part of the dart family hope to see both of you at the ocky sooner rather than later.

Jim Mitchell

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However if readers who take the time to leave messages in the guest book do not leave their (real) name the messages will be deleted.
And as there are now three web masters who will follow up suggestions and rectify mistakes if they are published wrongly!
T.Y.
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