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League tables have been reformatted and condensed Lots of interesting going on's etc from 2014 are now on the page news items for News Items for 2014!! Starting to get my drift.
Also all fast games 20 darts or less, Top finishes of 75 and above along with maximum scores from 171 through to 180's have been updated. some movers and shakers on these league tables with a lot of new players now joining the Monday night West Calder & District dart league and remember if you are part of that league then your scores etc can be added the idea is simple play in the league and you can see how you are doing compared to your team mates etc and other players in the league. When you’re out and about in other opens or league competitions.

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FROM THE ASHES!

The West Lothian Grand Prix event is now extinct, quite simply after six years of competitions spread over a ten month period it has run its course. And in that time we had three very worthwhile champions crowned, Rab Townsend, Colin Robertson and Gordon Bruce.

HOWEVER this does not mean that there will be no more competitions run by yours truly!

Having asked the question of how to improve a series of competitions like the G.P. there were a number of ideas put forward and I have decided to take one of them onboard and to put things simply into the new competition which will be played over a much shorter time period. Starting in April and ending before the summer holidays start. There once again will be four public houses involved with each of them supporting this new venture.

Each pub will asked to sponsor each competition to the sum of £120 this amount is because the new venture will be called The West Lothian Guineas Tour!

At each event the winner on the day will receive 100 guineas ok to you not old enough to know what a guinea is it is 21 shillings! So first prize £110 the other £10 will be put into a separate envelope and after the eight events the eighty pounds in this envelope will be split down into three prizes £40 to the winner, £25 to the runner up and £15 to the player in third position after the eight events are completed. So much like the G.P. of old points are available for every time you enter plus every match you win, but instead of a shirt there will be a money prize at the end of it.

Also all entry monies will be paid out and as per usual the entry fee will be £5 per person on the day and hopefully with enough entries the prize fund will be paid down to the last eight as per usual in these events.

So at the moment I have two dates confirmed and six more which hopefully will be conformed this evening So please check out the dates on the web site, all competitions are a Saturday afternoon, Now I realise there are lots of tournaments out there these days the reason for these ones is simple they are in the county and it keeps travelling costs to a minimum also it gives YOU the dart player the opportunity to put your darting skills against other players.


Forth Coming Attractions

If you’re a darts player that is!
January 25th W.L.Youth Academy v Doo Club Fanciers At the Doo Club East Calder

January 31st Bentswood Inn, Stoneyburn Open Singles tournament. Register for 1pm.
February 7th W.L. County travel away to Lothians
February 11th W.C.D.D.L. Meeting venue the Central bar in West Calder 8pm
February 13th Dont forget Old Man Mitchells Birthday! ( dont feel you have to spend to much on pressies!)
February 14th Not the Scottish Open, Cawburn in Pumpherston £250 in the prize fund plus entries
February 21st West Lothian Super League Singles third comp, Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky
March 1st Airdrie Open, Working Men's club Airdrie £5 entry
March 7th West Lothian Super League fourth comp, Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky
March 7th Aberlady Bowling Club open tournament
March 20th Berwick Week End
March 28th  W.L. County host Renfrewshire
April 4th W.L.G.T. Volunteer Arms Uphall, £5 entry £110 to winner plus entries paid out, toe the ocky 2pm
April 11th West Lothian Super League Singles fifth comp, Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky
April 18th  W.L.G.T. Cawburn Sports bar Pumpherston, £5 entry £110 to winner plus entries paid out, toe the ocky 2pm
April  25th W.L. County travel away to Greater Glasgow 
May 2nd W.L.G.T.
 
Doo Club in East Calder, £5 entry £110 to winner plus entries paid out, toe the ocky 2pm
May 16th W.L.G.T. Brucefield Farm Bellsquarry,£5 entry £110 to winner plus entries paid out, toe the ocky 2pm
May 23rd W.L.G.T. Cawburn Sports bar Pumpherston, £5 entry £110 to winner plus entries paid out, toe the ocky 2pm
June 6th W.L.G.T. Doo Club in East Calder, £5 entry £110 to winner plus entries paid out, toe the ocky 2pm
June 13th W.L.G.T. Brucefield Farm Bellsquarry,£5 entry £110 to winner plus entries paid out, toe the ocky 2pm
June 27th W.L.G.T. Volunteer Arms Uphall, £5 entry £110 to winner plus entries paid out, toe the ocky 2pm

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!

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!

Bo'Ness Friday night league tables
(Information supplied by Alan Kerr)
Still lot of scores from last Friday (23-2-15)to add, only added ones I know off!

League 1PlayedWonDrawnLostLegs WonLegs Lost-/+Points
D Hastings66005913+4612
B Don75024935+1410
G Bird74125133+189
G Borland64024725+228
J Adams52032832-44
D McGowan71063054-242
A Vaughan7007678-720
         
League 2PlayedWonDrawnLostLegs WonLegs Lost-/+Points
M Cameron87107323+5015
J Mitchell85126036+2411
G Hastings75025727+3010
I Robertson73224737+108
G Cummings73044341+26
R Argent71061965-462
D Johnstone5005852-440
         
League 3PlayedWonDrawnLostLegs WonLegs Lost-/+Points
G McCormack76106321+4213
J Norwood85125937+2211
A Kerr84134749-29
A Norris4400417+348
T Frickelton62043141-104
C McLean81163066-363
R Vaughan70071767-500
         
League 4PlayedWonDrawnLostLegs WonLegs Lost-/+Points
S McLeod77006525+4514
N Adamson75014428+1610
W Harraughty74124837+119
D Kerr74034934+158
S Stirling52032139-184
P Paterson71063054-242
A Bell80082670-440
Players finding a bit of form saw Mitchell 3x180 plus 4 sub 20 dart games. Ian Robertson 2x180's plus 3 sub 20 darters these two players had a ding dong battle with Ian at 4-1 up looked to be cruising however the old man managed to come away with a 7-5 win which truth be told could have gone either way! Graeme Bird and William Harraughty both had to settle for hard fought draws in their respective leagues, More information will follow as and when it reaches me! HOWEVER on board two it saw Alan Norris show why he is such a top draw in any competition quite simply we stopped counting the sub 20 dart games and started to count games hit in 15 darts or less, trouble was I ran out of fingers 11 darters followed by 12's absolutely amazing standard, almost makes you jealous but great to watch a top player in action.

Monday night results are now in!
(19-01-2015)
(Remember John Bruton’s team of Nomads are now wandering again! And have gone from the Murray to the Commercial)
Also can I point out there might be a few mistakes in the games for and against columns those will be rectified once the next meeting is held!
That’s right tomorrow night Ladies and gentlemen monies for tickets for the exhibition night please!
Looks like once again we have players on top form coming to entertain us,
Both Andy the X Factor Boulton and Alan Chuck Norris have both won their tour cards on the P.D.C. circuit
and for those that don’t know Chuck hit two yes two nine darters in the past week on the circuit
(jealousy will get us no where!)
Also Andy is flying back from Germany on the Sunday night where he is playing in a European tour event
so he can fulfil his commitment to us, now that’s dedication,
And Deta has confirmed as well so hopefully all the teams in the league will attend this event
it is our Exhibition night so hopefully will see you tomorrow night at the Cawburn where the tickets will be passed out so put it your diaries Wednesday 21st January, W.C.D.D.L. Meeting 8pm in the Cawburn.
T.Y.
Cawburn Highlanders 5-4 Tower bar Knights          
Paraffin Lamp Oilers 3-6 Stirrup Stane Indians
Paraffin Lamp Brigands 5-4 Cawburn Assassins
Uphall Station Chalkers 7-2 Commercial Nomads
Central bar Rebels 2-7 Volunteer Highway Men
Deans Golden Oldies 6-3 Almondale Pirates
Commercial Juniors 8-1 Doo Club Fanciers
Doo Club Flyers 8-1 Stirrup Stane Cowboys

TeamsPlWonLostFor Against-/+Points
Assassins8715022+2814
Highway Men8624923+2612
Brigands8624131+1012
Nomads8534131+1010
Rebels8352844-166
Highlanders8352844-166
Chalkers8263339-64
Knights8081755-380
 
TeamsPlWonLostFor Against-/+Points
Golden Oldies8715022+2814
Flyers8714923+2614
Farmers8625121+3012
Pirates8534626+2010
Indians8443834+48
Juniors8353636-/+06
Oilers8352745-186
Fanciers8171359-462
Cowboys8081458-440

Uphall v Nomads Monday 19/1/15
A close encounter between 2 old adversaries with neither team really producing their best darts but it was the Uphall Station Chalkers who held their nerves and claimed the points.
S. Russell 2-1 J.Quinn, J. Hanlon 1-2 J. Flemming, J. Brett 2-1 J. Bruton, Zokko Wilson 2-1 Disco Aitken, B. Mairs 2-1 C. Hamilton, Garry 2-0 J. Aitken.
5-1 after the singles in favour of the home side.
B. Mairs & Garry 2-0 J. Quinn & J. Bruton, S.Russell & J. Hanlon 2-1 J. Flemming & Disco Aitken, J. Brett & Zokko Wilson 0-2 C. Hamilton & J. Aitken.
and a deserved 7-2 overall victory to the Uphall Chalkers.
S. Russell 18 dart leg, 116 check-out, Zokko Wilson 20 dart leg, B. Mairs 180, 14 dart leg, J. Bruton a nice 85 check via 10, 25, bull. Disco Aitken 80 check.

Maximum 180 hitters saw Craig Agnew and Gordon Bruce of the Brigands finding the red lipstick on the night. Top finishes were recorded by John Tannoch from the Pirates of Craigshill with a cracking 100 game shot, other players finishing in style were John Charleston Uphall’s favourite darting son with not one but two 100 game shots, Arran Edwards on target with a 117 take out, Mitchell with a solid 86 game shot. Fast games in the past week were recorded by Martin Deegan 2x17 dart games, Colin Robertson 18 darter, John Charleston 17 and 18 dart games. But fastest game by far was the man from Pumpherston married life must be suiting him as he fired in yet another 12 dart game his second in to weeks Graham Borland once again recording the top game. Other players knocking in solid 20 darters were William Harraughty with 2x20 dart legs and John Two Hands Hanlon also with a 20 darter.

County News
West Lothian v Borders

(Saturday 17th January)
Not great reading as we were totally outplayed by our visitors from the Borders!
Scores and averages are for your reading below but if you need to go and sit in a darkened room after words
(it’s not my fault) so be warned!
I realise there are a few mistakes on the dart averages as I was also doing my bit at calling some matches and only got the main averages so the decimal points might be slightly out!

The Ladies ‘B’ got the day started and it was that lady from East Calder who got us off to a great start Daisy Heeps putting West Lothian one up however that was our last win in the Ladies B team as Jan Leggat, Avril Bird and Amy Whyte all lost though be it narrowly by the odd leg in three the final result was 1-3 to the Borders.
The Men’s ‘B’ were next to toe the ocky  
A Henry (16.86) 0-3 (22.03) C Stewart
J Johnstone (16.07) 1-3 (18.72) R Lackenby
J Wood (20.30) 3-2 (19.92) A Ballantyne
K Bird (19.23) 0-3 (22.10) D Grey
R Brady (20.56) 2-3 (19.37) P Craig
C Fawcett (18.90) 2-3 (21.12) I Graham

So final score 1-5 to the visitors.

Ladies ‘A’
This match could have gone either way but the visiting Borders team were quicker at finding the doubles
and it saw the final score 2-4 in favour of the visiting ladies however Michelle McLay once again turned in an impressive performance winning 3-1 and Denise Bird also with a fine 3-1 win,
just losing out in some very close matches it saw Fiona Clark, Kathy Henderson, Karen Whyte and Connie Bamberry just failing to take their chances!

Men’s ‘A’
G Borland (20.45) 4-0 (20.04) K Green

J Charleston (20.23) 0-4 (25.37) R Hogarth
M Rice (22.15) 4-3 (24.15) B Dalglish
 C Robertson (21.04) 4-1 (20.04) C Martin
C Hamilton (20.99) 2-4 (21.92) G Peters
C Wilkinson (20.07) 3-4 (21.05) K Richardson
S Scott (19.37) 3-4 (20.05) S Patterson
M Deegan (17.58) 1-4 (20.49) N Forsyth
W Borland (21.27) 2-4 (20.27) G Bell
J Mitchell (25.05) 2-4 (27.14) K Lattimer
W Harraughty (21.40) 2-4 (24.35) J McGuigan
G Bird (22.10) 2-4 (23.28) R Hay.

So final score 3-9 to the Borders who gave the West Lothian team a lesson how to check out and win matches, some close encounters but if you don’t cross the ‘T’s and dot the ‘I’s ok hit doubles and you win think that says it all!
But a friendly match yes no one wants to lose but the visiting team from the Borders of Scotland are without a doubt a cracking bunch of dart players and im sure we wish them all the very best for the rest of the season,

and it was nice to speak to some old darting adversaries especially Mr Jim McGuigan one of Scotland’s finest ambassadors when he was playing in the counties colours see you at the bar next time round!

West Lothian Super League Singles League Tables

Right boys and girls!

With this new enterprise now well under way here are updated league tables. Now remember all monies taken in will be paid out these monies will go to both Men’s and Ladies though the league tables will be one league and then broken down into Ladies and Men’s.

Five points for entering and ten points for a singles win. Each time the county holds a super league competition like this all the entries on the day are put into a draw and four teams are picked out at random by players in the venue so it really is the luck of the draw who you play, one reason for this is so no one can actually know who they will play until the draw is done and the reason we have four teams is simple to abide by the governing body of darts the S.D.A. we must have four teams to make up a league. But what we are doing is redrawing the teams at each event so no one team can capitalise by signing more players than they need so this month’s team member may well be your opponent next time out (fun or what).

At the moment best shots returned on the day were hit by, No less than three former county captains Shug Rice firing in a 20 darter, Jim Mitchell a 180 and current men’s team county captain William Harraughty otherwise known as the £7 man! Also on target with a maximum 180. Graeme Bird a 97 game shot and an 18 darter. Alan Henry also hitting the red lipstick for a maximum 180. John Charleston firing in 17 and 20 dart games plus a 76 game shot.

COMBINED

WEST LOTHIANSUPERLEAGUE TABLE LADIESANDMENS
PlayerGames enteredGames playedGames WonGames LostLegs WonLegs LostDif -/+Points
Derek Lovelock222061+530
Thomas Brown222061+530
Chris Fawcett222061+530
Callum Wilkinson222062+430
James Johnstone222062+430
Shug Rice222062+430
Micky Rice222062+430
Alan Henry221153+220
William Harraughty221154+120
Rex Brady221143+120
Colin Hamilton221133+0-20
Amy Whyte221135-220
Graeme Bird111030+315
William Borland111030+315
Derek Smith111030+315
John Charleston111031+215
Bob Hall111032+115
Jim Mitchell111032+115
Jamie Banks jnr220246-210
Stephan Colthart220236-310
Gary Christie220226-410
Kathy Henderson220216-510
Johnny Walker220206-610
Frank Brown 110123-15
Denise Bird110123-15
Kieran Bird110113-25
James Banks senior110113-25
Daisy Heeps110103-35
Michelle McLay110103-35
Connie Bamberry110103-35
Gillian Bell110103-35
Karen Whyte110103-35
WESTLOTHIANLADIESLEAGUETABLERESULTSAND POINTSTALLY
PlayerGames enteredGames playedGames WonGames LostLegs WonLegs LostDif -/+Points
Amy Whyte221135-220
Kathy Henderson220216-510
Denise Bird110123-15
Daisy Heeps110103-35
Michelle McLay110103-35
Connie Bamberry110103-35
Gillian Bell110103-35
Karen Whyte110103-35


WESTLOTHIANMENSLEAGUETABLERESULTSAND POINTSTALLY
PlayerGames enteredGames playedGames WonGames LostLegs WonLegs LostDif -/+Points
Derek Lovelock222061+530
Thomas Brown222061+530
Chris Fawcett222061+530
Callum Wilkinson222062+430
James Johnstone222062+430
Shug Rice222062+430
Micky Rice222062+430
Alan Henry221153+220
William Harraughty221154+120
Rex Brady221143+120
Colin Hamilton221133+0-20
Graeme Bird111030+315
William Borland111030+315
Derek Smith111030+315
John Charleston111031+215
Bob Hall111032+115
Jim Mitchell111032+115
Jamie Banks jnr220246-210
Stephan Colthart220236-310
Gary Christie220226-410
Johnny Walker220206-610
Frank Brown 110123-15
Kieran Bird110113-25
James Banks senior110113-25

Paraffin Lamp Festive Open Singles Competition

Well what a turn out with players looking for a game of darts, arowsmiths from many of the leagues teams descended on the home of the Brigands who ply their darting skills form the Livingston centre, they came from the Almondvale Pirates, Uphall Station Chalkers, Doo Club Flyers, The Highlanders and Assassins form the Cawburn, Volunteer Highway Men along with the Cowboys and Indians from the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill, From the west they came from the Murray bar Nomads in Polbeth and the Rebellious ones from the Central Inn of  West Calder fame and notoriety and of course the home teams of the Brigands and the Oilers of the Paraffin Lamp.  

Well with so many talented darting enthusiasts in the draw all four boards had to used and the first couple of rounds had to be played over the cut throat best of 3 x 501 the reason such a terrific turn out for this competition, the quarter finals became the best of 5 x 501 the semi finals 7 x 501 and the grand final 9 x 501, so with so many of the area’s top echelon of dart players in attendance the competition was fiercely contested from when the first arrow thudded into the flock of the treble twenty.

Maximums recorded on the night were hit by Derek Bird from East Calder Flyers 1x180, Peter Hasting of the Highlanders recording 2x180’s, Paraffin Lamp Brigand Gordon Bruce 1x180. Volunteer Highway Men’s Stevie Duncan 1x180.  Frank Begley firing in a magnificent 171 on the treble nineteen’s. Arran Edwards of the Brigands 5x180’s. Jim Mitchell 3x180’s plus a 174 score to leave a double. Top finishes belonged to Peter Hastings 94 & 108 game shots. Kirk Gordon cracking 100 take out. Arran Edwards finishes off 89 7 98 & 121 on the bulls eye.
Jim Mitchell recording finishes of 80 twice & 98 & 100 game shots.
Matches finished in fewer than 20 arrows or less for a plus 25 per dart average were scored by
Derek Bird 16 darts. Peter Hastings 14 &17&18 darts. Stevie Duncan 17 darter. Jim Quinn 19 darts.
However the fast games recorded were scored by the two finalists with Arran Edwards firing in
2 x 12 darters plus games finished in 15darts twice along with 2x17 darters plus an 18 darter.
And Old Man Mitchell showing that age may not yet have caught up with him also on target firing
in 13-15-16-17-18 dart games.
So when all said and done it saw the Captain and organiser of this open tournament Stuart Tait of the Paraffin Lamp Brigands hand out the prize monies to the last four players left standing it saw, Derek Bird and Pete Hastings !! I think receive the semi finalist purses.
The runner up and a young man in tremendous form Arran Edwards take home the runners up purse,
And the eventual winner of the tournament on the night Jim Mitchell receive the first prize.
And so with that competition now over and I believe it to be the last of the year a
BIG THANK YOU
to the Paraffin
Lamp and their committee for running this end of the year tournament.
Folks have a good one where ever you may be May the New Years gods smile upon you in your future endeavours.

RING OUT THE OLD AND BRING IN THE NEW!

Well another year on the ocky just about over and there were some terrific moments played out in this past year here are just a few of my top items (as said my thoughts you will have your own!)
1/ This season it saw two young players from East Calder getting selected for the Scottish North v South charity competition held in the CISWO club in Glenrothes, Kieran Bird and William Borland.
2/ The W.C.D.D.L. expanding to 17 teams and two divisions, not to be sniffed at in this climate of austerity with so many pubs having to close their doors well done to all concerned.
3/ Gordon Bruce claiming the West Lothian Grand Prix title for the second time plus winning the Christmas singles.
4/ William Harraughty our duly elected county captain on annexing the W.C.D.D.L singles title plus the W.L. Open title.
5/ David Aitken on winning the extremely hard 301 double in double out League singles title and the Champion of Champions titles.
6/ A lady claiming her first Ladies singles title Yvonne Wilson to be crowned W.C.D.D.L. Ladies champion.
7/ Some of the top shots games recorded! Arran Edwards- Stevie Scott- Gordon Bruce- Jim Mitchell-
Jamie Fleming- Davie Aitken all these players recording 12 darters in competitions this past year.
8/ Players finishing matches in style Arran Edwards – Stevie Duncan-John Hanlon all recording magnificent 170 game shots, players just outside this fabulous achievement it saw
Colin Robertson 164 g.s.  Paul Weir 161 g.s.  Martin Deegan 160 g.s. Colin Kelly 160 g.s. now there were many more top finishes in the high 150 plusses but these are my picks!
9/ Gordon Bruce, Davie Aitken, Arran Edwards and Colin Robertson on winning their respective Summer league titles.
10/ Well they do say the older the fiddle the better the tune! Jim Mitchell 22 finals this past season on tournament circuit this includes both singles and doubles competitions with some very talented partners in William Harraughty and Colin Robertson (yes I know I can pick my partners in crime)
11/ But last but not least the coming of age of so many talented new players in the area players who are in the youth ranks Jamie Banks a player to be feared in matches now so what will he be like in the years ahead, Bird and Borland both having played on the big stages the darting world is now their oyster! And as perhaps some of the older more experienced players start to drop off there is an abundance of new talent starting to shine through, and a perfect example of that was this past season the Almondvale Pirates were relegated from the Premier League!! excuse me but they were good enough to win the very tough Three Person Team competition against the best the league had to offer, So looks like darts is in good hands, so keep the news coming in and hopefully I will be able to report it, however it is really over to you the players now, as I can only report on what I see or hear about so don’t be shy drop a me a line and we will get it out there on this world wide web for all to read about our darting exploits!

Cheers and have a good one when the New Year rings in.

4th January
West Lothian Youth Academy starts back
The Doo Club in East Calder 1pm toe the ocky.

Guest Book

After taking advice from other web masters the guest book has reopened.
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.
in advance for your comments, and I am sure other readers will also look forward to reading them also.

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