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Readers some new information for you, after some consideration, the guest book on this web site will be deleted, reason for this is very simple, it was always the intention if you had something of note to say then you would leave your name and perhaps contact details, unfortunately this has not been happening, true some readers have the courage to sign their name, and we thank them for their honesty, But what is going to happen, is this, Many of you will remember the darts magazine Darts World! And they used to have and may still do  have a letters/readers page where people can write in with their comments, I believe this is the correct way forward, I also spoke to an Scottish official and that is why they never had a guest book! so anyone who would like to send in a letter can send it to myself on (bebadmitchell@blueyonder.co.uk) and if it is relevant and it does not in anyway contain, Offensive -- Hateful or discriminatory comments regarding players in the league or in the local area,  or attacks on specific groups or any comments meant to harass, threaten or abuse an individual. I will quite happily post them on the reader’s letters page for you! Remember though,
 Admin reserve the right to not publish.

 
The sites thought for the year to come is!
A Day Without Laughter is a Day Wasted! 

 Competition page updated along with exhibition nights updated, if anyone has information they would like to share Please drop me a line and it will be added, cheers Jim M.

 

Maximum league tables along with Checkouts and Fast games tables have all now been put into alphabetical order, and are now all on the same page! With over 200 names in each league table, it seemed best to try and make it easier to update. updated Tuesday 14th Feb at 15.00 hours, Jim M.

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NEW Page being added soon for all you train spotters out there, with news from the G.C. Station!

Jim Mitchell, Web Master.
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Gentleman of the Ocky

Ladies & Gentlemen, Have just heard some bad news Mr Eddie Grieve who up until last season played for the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill, Eddie is in hospital with the dreaded ‘c’, Now for those that know Eddie this little story about the man wont be anything new to them, A few will remember that my wife of 31 years  (Mhairi) passed away a while ago, and one night at a darts exhibition the committee members, Fin Drummond and John Kirk sold raffle tickets and at the end of the exhibition night Fin came up to me and handed me the proceeds of the raffles and said it was for myself and that I could do with it as I wished, Well I stated the money raised would go to the Mobility centre in Carmon dean, This is where Eddie comes into the story, Eddie says to me how much did they raise Jim! I answered £200 Eddie then put another two hundred pounds into my hand and said here Jim do with it as you wish, Any way that kind gesture let us the darts people of this area gift the £400 to the Mobility centre, Fin and Myself took the money raised and it was in the Courier for those that may remember, But once again the generosity of this man Eddie Grieve can not be denied,  On behalf of all who know you in the league we wish you all the very best , and our thoughts are with you. Jim Mitchell Chairman W.C.D.D.L.

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Breaking news, Watch out for a forthcoming event! The Kirknewton Inn will be running an Invitational Singles tournament I believe to be the 11th March, So check your inboxes or F.B. messages to see if you’re on the list!

 

Wednesday 15th February, Well start of the Edinburgh Darts Association, dart league which is played in the Murrayfield Sports bar in Edinburgh and for the next few weeks and with over 80 registered players this singles league looks like it will have some tough battles on  the ocky ahead for the local West Lothian players, and the format is 8x501 and a wee twist to it being a double start, and so the West Lothian contingent went to try and strut their stuff as you do! With mixed results, Rab Dick winning 5-3 & 5-2, Graeme Borland with 5-0, 5-0 win’s,  and Graeme Bird won both his matches 5-2 and 5-0, Kieran Bird 5-1 win and a 4-4 draw, Jim Mitchell losing 3-5 and then with a 5-0 win, Scott Baillie losing 3-5 and 2-5, However Scott managed a brace of maximum 180’s on the night, Other games of note came via Graeme Bird 2x17 darters followed by 2x19 dart games plus a tidy 80 game shot, William Borland 13-18-19 dart games, Jim Mitchell 1x180 and four games finished in 18 darts or less with 16-17-18-18 darters, and it did see some excellent shooting skills on the checking in remembering this is a double start competition, Scott Baillie 160 check in as did William Borland who did it twice!

 

13TH February, W.C. &.D.D.L.

Well a mile stone finally passed as the Brucefield Crofters collected their first points of the season, with a fine 6-3 victory over the Doo Club Fanciers in the Championship league, Cawburn Highlanders 7-2 Commercial Inn Juniors which keeps the Highlanders firmly at the top of the Championship league table, Grand Central Railroaders 5-4 Tower bar Knights, Stirrup Stane Indians 6-3 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies.

 Premier league action saw the Commercial Inn Nomads suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of the travelling Cawburn Assassin’s 0-9 the score line, Almondale Pirates take the points in this match up 7-2 winners over the Loganlea Colliers, Brucefield Farmers continue to collect points after a slow start to the season with a fine 8-1 win over Doo Club Flyers. The Premier league had a match which was almost like the game of monopoly, Volunteer Highway Men hosted the travelling Central bar Rebels from West Calder and what a match up, to say this was anyone’s game was an understatement, and I do believe the Highway Men used their get out of jail card on this one! Scores on the door went like this, S Scott 1-2 S Hanlon, J Mitchell 2-0 S Baker, D Nisbet 2-1 R Little, P Hastings 0-2 G Smith, R Brady 2-0 M Buik, M Deegan 1-2 M Balfour, Doubles went down the wire, Mitchell & Hastings 2-0 Baker & Buik, Scott & Nisbet 0-2 Hanlon & Little, Deegan & Brady 2-0 Smith & Balfour. Final score 5-4 for the home team.

Shots of note from the nights play saw some absolutely top marksmanship from an awful lot of players, Finishing power on the night was absolutely superb here are what I have been told, Craig Jack for the Brucefield Crofters fabulous 153 game shot, Old Man Mitchell for the Highway Men 150 game shot, Almondale Pirate M Brady 142 take out, Graham Borland for the Assassin’s 129 game shot, Also for the Assassin’s Paul Weir with a 127kill shot, M Brady also on target with a 90 take out for the Pirates of Craigshill, Sean Hanlon from the Rebellious ones in West Calder and John Brogan of the Colliers in Loganlea both with 88 take outs finishing on the bulls eye via 20-18-bull, Ryan Jack 87 game shot, William Harraughty 86 game shot. Maximum hitters on the night saw  M Brady from the Pirates, Jim Mitchell and Davie Nisbet for the Highway Men, Ian Simmons for the Crofters, J Mackie from the Colliers and Paul Weir from the Assassin’s all finding the red lipstick with 180 scores, Fast games came quick and fast Mitchell 16 darter, Martin Balfour 16 & 20 dart games, Paul Weir 17 darter,

John Kirk 17 darter, Sandy Coulter 18 darts, William Borland 18 & 20 Ryan Little 19 darter, darters, William Harraughty 18 dart game. R Barraclough from the Doo Club Flyers rock solid 75 game shot, Craig Forrest 84 check out and Bunny Forrest maximum 180. Any more out there drop me a line and the scores will be added.

 

Sunday 12th February, Auld Toll bar in Grangemouth, Fine body of darting enthusiasts attended this very well run tournament, with former Scottish News of the World Champion and a former  Scottish Masters Champion in the mix  there were some excellent match ups, However when all done and dusted it was John Connal who got the better of Jim Mitchell in the grand final, score 4 games to 3, This competition if the organisers don’t mind me saying is great value for money, They paid out £100 to the winner, £50 for R/up, and 2x £ 25 for S/f, on the day and only charge £3 entry, you cant buy a pint for that price in most public houses these days! Well done Mr W Lindsay for running this comp, look forward to next one, and to all the players who took time out to talk to me, it must have been hard as my travelling companion Micky Rice of Whitburn notoriety hardly ever shuts up!  Great company. Any way couple of wee notes Mitchell 141 & 107 & 84 & 81 check outs, brace of maximum 180’s, and a few games under 20 darts best being a 12 darter via 100-180-140-81 game shot.

 

11th February, Saturday County Results, Scottish Inter-counties road train rolled into the Loganlea Social club home venue for the West Lothian county team, Unfortunately the travelling county team from Clackmannanshire proved just to strong on the day the Ladies ‘B’ team losing out 1-3, Men’s ‘B’ however fought out a very competitive 3-3 draw in their match, Ladies ‘A’ lost 1-5, and the Men’s ‘A’ losing 2-10,  Player of the match awards went to Davie Aitken for the men’s A,  Kirsty McKaw for the Ladies ‘A’, Men’s ‘B’ team man of the match award went to Frank Brown, and Finally Ladies ‘B’ award going to Mary Walker. Only Maximum 180 recorded went to Livingston’s Stephan Colthart.

 

10th February, Bathgate Friday night league results,

Masonic 0-9 Bentswood Inn, Lammies (2) 7-2 Corrie bar, Old Wine 2-7 Cross Tavern, Coppies 7-2 Lammies (1) couple special mentions reported so far, Spencer McDonald & Dougie Hogg both rattling in 16 darters, Mitchell 17 darter, Willie Jack 17 dart game , Ross Burnside and Callum Wilkinson both finishing in 19 darts, Alan McDonald and Jim Mitchell both on the maximum 180 trail, highest check out reported so far J Mackie with a cracking 100 game shot.

 

8-2-2017 Wednesday Premier league in Edinburgh saw William Borland continue his good run of form winning the open singles with a 5-3 victory over Stuart Ironside in the final, Jim Mitchell lost out in the semi finals, Graeme Bird, Kieran Bird and Scott Baillie  making the last 16 and Rab Dick  falling in the last 32,  Top shots came by way off William Borland firing in 3x180’s along with games finished in 13-16-16-17-18-19-20-20 darts, finishes of 108-120-133 also along the way, Mitchell with 3x180’s games finished in 15-16-16-16-19-19-19 darts, and game shots of 104-116, Kieran Bird 3x180’s and quick games 17-17-20-20 arrows, Graeme Bird brace of 19 darters, Scott Baillie 76 game shot and a 19 dart game, Rab Dick 19 darter.

Monday 6th February,

 

Here are last night’s results in the Premier league it saw, Stirrup Stane Wanderers 6-3 Commercial Inn Nomads, Cawburn Assassin’s 5-4 Volunteer Highway Men, Almondale Pirates 5-4 Brucefield Farmers, Central bar Rebels 4-5 Loganlea Colliers.

Championship league saw the Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 6-3 Doo Club Fanciers, Brucefield Crofters 2-7 Grand Central Railroaders, Commercial Inn Juniors 4-5 Stirrup Stane Indians, Kirknewton Innkeepers 3-6 Cawburn Highlanders.

In the Premier league it has seen the last remaining team that was undefeated lose their winning streak, and the Assassin’s and the Wanderers have now closed the gap to just 4 points behind the Highway Men, so looks like hard run in for these three teams who have managed to pull away from the chasing pack. The Championship league has seen the Highlanders from the Cawburn bar keep their place at the top of the division with a 6-3 win over the Kirknewton Inn keepers, and with the Indians under the leader ship of Fred Hamilton from the Stirrup Stane they now join the Innkeepers in joint second place and with a game in hand!

Other mentions from the nights play saw only two maximum’s on the treble twenty bed but Graham Borland with a superb 171 score which is also classed a maximum in the league tables, Matt Purdie from the Golden Oldies from the Deans Bowling club who recorded one of them, and Paul Weir of the Assassins who claimed the other 180 scores, Quick games this week were recorded by Paul Weir with the fastest of this weeks play a rock solid 15 dart game, M Brady of the Almondale Pirates also with a quick 16 dart game, Graeme Bird 2 x 17 dart legs, John Kirk from the Highlanders with a 19 darter as were Bunny Forest and Calvin Fleming from the Brucefield Farmers, Paul McCaig from the Railroaders firing in a 18 darter, Graham Borland on target with an 18 dart game, Mitchell of the Highway Men 17 & 18 darters recorded. Top finishes saw Graham Borland cracking shanghai on the twenties for a 120 take out, Martin Deegan 114 take out, Rab Craig from the Brucefield Crofters with a 97 game shot as was S Webster from the Railroaders also a 97 take out, Paul Weir nice 84 take out, Davie Black 103 game shot and Michael Meek of the Commercial Juniors with an 80 finish, Willie Millar from the Innkeepers 80 game shot, John Charleston 80 check out for the Farmers, Scott Cameron from the Pirates of Craigshill 76 check out, Stephan Colthart from the Crofters 75 game shot. Couple of other mentions saw Craig Jack and Stuart Russel firing in 21 dart games. Fastest pairs game reported Rex Brady & Martin Deegan 15 darter.

 

Sunday 5-2-2017 (News Flash) William Bridges Borland wins Brightons Inn Memorial singles.

Bathgate League 5 Person team champions
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Friday 3-2-2017 The Bathgate league players were in action, at the home of the leagues sponsors Coppies bar in Armadale, this was the leagues five person team event, the format was five single matches with each match being a best of 3x501 affair, first team to get three chalks progressed to the next round. When the chalk dust had settled it saw the four semi final teams in action and on board one it saw the Bentswood Inn (A-) up against the Cross Tavern from Whitburn, this match up saw some  superb arrows from both teams and it went down the wire, with the score standing at 2-2 it saw the final match up between William Harraughty and Ross Burnside take to the ocky, Ross Burnside from the Cross Tavern took the first leg and with a finishing double in sight it looked like the match could be going to the Tavern team, However a superb 161 game shot from Harraughty via 60-51-bulls eye saw the match level at 1-1 and in  a very tense last leg shoot out it saw the Bentswood Inn player take his team through to the final with not quite same tremendous check as his 161, but a more important double 2, so in a very close match it saw Bentswood Inn (A-) 5-4  Cross Tavern. On board three it saw another tense affair with the Bentswood Inn (B+) up against Coppies bar, and once again the match could not have been more close 2-2 and with the last two players at the ocky it saw Kieran Bird secure the win for the Bentswood with a thrilling 2-1 win over seasoned campaigner Jimmy McMillan and truth be told Jimmy had chances but it was Kieran Bird who took his when the chance came around! So Bentswood Inn (B+) 5-4 Coppies bar the final result. So here we had it after some terrific battles on the ocky the two teams facing each other were the Bentswood Inn, Needless to say the title went to the Bentswood Inn with 3-0 victory in the final, So congratulations to both teams,  Bentswood Inn (A-) Gillian Mitchell,  William Borland, Jim Mitchell, Graeme Bird, William Harraughty.  Bentswood Inn (B +) Denise Bird, Rab Dick, Callum Wilkinson, Paul Weir, Kieran Bird. Once again a well run tournament under the supervision of league chairman Danny Kirkland. Some facts from the nights play saw a fantastic 11 darter in the very first match of the night from Lammies player (Pelter) Jim Graham with a marvellous 11 darter via 81-180-180-60 game shot, other top scores from the night saw Jim Mitchell with a 12 dart game via 140-180-100-81 out on the bulls eye, along with 2x14 darters and a 16 and an 18 dart games also 3 x180’s finishes of 122 & 81, William Borland 1x180 and a 98 game shot and 16 & 20 dart legs, Rab Dick 81 game shot finishing on the bulls eye, Graeme Bird with 2x16 darters, Wullie Jack 90 game shot via 60-30 plus a 20 darter, Paul Weir 14 darter and a maximum 180, But highest finish of the night and when you consider the pressure he was under must go to William Harraughty with his superb 161 take out.

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Monday 30-1-2017 Monday night saw the West Calder and District hold their annual league pairs competition and with a fabulous entry of 48 pairs the event had some absolute tremendous matches happening on all six match boards, when the quarter final line up was decided these are the results from there on, D Aitken & J Fleming 3-2 C Wilkinson & P Weir, Aldo & Ross 3-2 S Morton & S Hume, W Harraughty & G Borland 3-1 S Duncan & M Brady, W Borland & G bird 3-1 J Brett & J Quinn, And to the semi finals which saw, D Aitken & J Fleming 3-2 Aldo & Ross, W Harraughty & G Borland 3-2 W Borland & G Bird, and after three hours of intense play on the flock boards we had the defending champions D Aitken & J Fleming taking on W Harraughty & G Borland in a best of 7 x501 grand final. And in a tense affair which saw Harraughty and Borland take a 3-1 lead it saw missed doubles for the match and the defending champions punished them and in a great fight back it saw the West Calder & District darts league Doubles championship stay with the defending champions Davie Aitken and Jamie Fleming from the Commercial Inn from West Calder retain the title by 4 games to 3, commiserations to the runners up William Harraughty and Graham Borland from the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston.

Next year it could see history if the champions match the league record of three years on the belt! Two other partnerships have held the title for two consecutive years but only one for three years.

Now some top scores from the nights play which were recorded saw maximum’s recorded by Jim Mitchell, Graham Borland, Callum Wilkinson, Graeme Bird each recording 1 x180 a piece, William Borland going one better with 2 x 180 recorded, But top 180 hitter on the night was William Harraughty with 3 x 180’s to add to his tally on the record books, Top finishes saw Jim Quinn from Harthill firing in 88 & 92 game shots, Stevie Duncan rock solid 96 game shot, Gerry Hughes from the Grand Central Railroaders 99 take out, Mitchell 84 game shot, Scott Cameron of the Almondale Pirates 85 game shot, Jamie Fleming from the Commercial Nomads 81 game shot, William Harraughty 80 take out, Graeme Bird 100 game shot, Callum Wilkinson with a 116 finish top check out of the night recorded. Top games came thick and fast here are the top ones recorded, Harraughty & Borland with 2x13 and another 5 games finished in under 20 darts, Next fastest recorded match saw Ian Stevenson & Wullie Jack firing in a cracking 14 darter, Duncan & Brady rock solid 17 dart game, Fleming & Ducket 17 darter. So once again a cracking turn out for this league competition, many thanks to Connie Bamburry (Match secretary) John McDonald (League secretary) for once again getting the competition running smoothly, also to our sponsor the Cawburn Sports bar and of course lets not forget the bar staff who kept the amber nectar flowing through out the nights play, T.Y.

 

Saturday 28-1-2017  Open singles tournament held in the Murray bar Polbeth saw Davie Aitken from Polbeth claim the title with a 5-2 win over Callum Wilkinson from Whitburn.

 

Saturday 28-1-2017 The annual pilgrimage to the Moffat open doubles competition was held in the Proudfoot club in Moffat this competition is capped at 96 pairs and after that you are put onto a waiting list to see if you can enter, their was a notable amount of local players from both the West Calder Monday and Bathgate Friday night leagues  who made the trip South to play in this tournament, Frank & Alan McDonald, Andy Fallon snr & Andy Fallon jnr, Jim Mitchell & Graeme Bird, Wullie Wilson & David Wallace, David Lamond & Darrin Grey, William & Chris Audley, Dougie Hogg & Derek Campbell, After five hours of match play darts which saw the games being played over the best of 5x501, the grand final saw Graeme Bird & Mitchell  losing out by the odd leg in 7 going down 4-3 to the pairing of Kris Jaimeson and Michael Sheehan  from Glasgow. Champions K Jamieson & M Sheehan, r/up G Bird & J Mitchell.

  Friday 27-1-2017  Bathgate Friday night league results, Bentswood Inn 9-0 Lammies bar (1) Masonic 2-7 Cross Tavern,  Corrie bar 5-4 Old Wine Store, Lammies bar (2) 8-1 Coppies bar.

 Non illigitamus carborundum

  For Information only.

Ladies & Gentlemen or should I just say readers of this web site, many of you will be aware that last August I was charged with assault on a player from this area, In the time up until now there have been people who have gone around and spread rumours that I actually punched this player in this so called assault, This did not happen, My own lawyer advised me that there was no assault, and the Procurator Fiscal Services are not going ahead with the charge of assault, However I reiterate at no time did I ever punch anyone, Now I believe that the player who made this charge against myself was put up to it by his peer’s, obviously this is my own opinion only. Last Monday night speaking to an old comrade-friend and a former team captain of mine a man who I have held in respect since the 1970’s when I first met him, I mentioned that things were starting to get on top of me, with these accusations, His reply was, (Jim in this country you are innocent until proven guilty, don’t let them get you down, don’t give in)And ladies and gentlemen  I wont be giving in, as there are now no charges being brought out against myself. I look forward to toeing the ocky once again with the knowledge that I won’t be appearing in court, But to the people who went around telling anyone who would listen that I punched this player, SHAME ON YOU, And for those who believed that story, well I always thought better of you!

Signed Jim Mitchell

 Chairman W.C.D.D.L. 2000-2017.

 

And the burning question at the moment of readers of this web site is!

Who is VESUVEOUS, seems he or she is causing a bit of discussion, the one thing I can say it is not me!

 

W.C.&.D.D.L. 301 Singles championship 23/1/2017

Once again the very best players of the Monday night league turned out to try and annex the 301 Double start Double finish title to their resume, 69 players toed the ocky and with the format a cut throat best of 3 x 301 their were some very exciting matches taking place on all six dart boards in use, No fewer than four former champions in the mix, well one by one they all fell so it was guaranteed a new name would be added to the roll of honour this season and when it came to the quarter finals which then saw the competition become the best of 5 x 301 the results go like this, Stevie Duncan 3-1 Jim Quinn, Scott Cameron 3-1 John Galloway, Rex Brady 3-2 Martin Deegan, William Borland 3-1 Callum Wilkinson, and so to the semi finals and the results went like this, William Borland 3-1 Rex Brady, Stevie Duncan 3-2 Scott Cameron, And the grand finale saw the match then become 7 x 301 to see who would take the title home. And it saw William Borland and Stevie Duncan share the opening legs however Borland who has been in terrific form of late went into over drive and finished the next three legs with game shots off 112-118-and a more modest 86 game shot and it saw William Borland take the title of the 301 Singles championship home, Stevie Duncan a former league Champion of Champion had to settle for runners up this time round, But it shows that in darts age is no barrier our two finalists were from both ends of the age spectrum William 20 years of age, Stevie well lets just say he has a bus pass! And leave it at that. Once again a very well run competition by the league secretaries and of course our thanks to the league sponsors the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston. Some top scores recorded on the night saw Scott Baillie from Armadale with a cracking 126 game shot, William Borland 118-112-86 game shots, Callum Wilkinson 90 & 81 take outs, Jamie Fleming from the Nomads of West Calder with 75 game shot as did John Galloway with a 75 finish via 25-bulls eye, Only one maximum 180 recorded and not surprising as in 301 if you check in big you don’t get many chances at the maximum score! William Harraughty with a 180 and Rab Dick from the Inn on the hill the Kirknewton Innkeepers cracking 177 score.

 

Friday 20/1/2017

Bathgate league action saw Danny Kirkland’s team from the Coppies bar hosting the Bentswood Inn players who are now playing out of the Cawburn Sports bar as the Bentswood is now closed.

And what a match up this was Coppies players names first, First to take to the ocky saw Mick Burke against Graeme Bird and it went the way of the Coppies man Mick taking out a cracking 86 game shot for an 18 dart game when Birdy was sitting on a double Graeme did notch up a maximum 180 but alas not enough to stop Mick Burk from winning 2-1, next up saw Colin Maxwell v Jim Mitchell and here was a very high scoring match both players rattling the twenty bed Colin firing in 140-125-and 3x100 scores however Mitchell replied with 180-140 and 3 x100’s of his own and came out a 2-0 winner, Third match up saw Jim Gibson v Paul Weir and Paul took command with a fine 88 game shot in the first leg via 48-tops and came away with a 2-0 win, so 2-1 to the visitors, Next match saw Jimmy Macmillan v William Harraughty and it saw William take the game 2-0 with a fine 100 game shot, Stevie Duncan was next up for the home side v Rab Dick and this was also a match up with some terrific scoring Rab took the first leg but Stevie then upped the ante with a cracking 96 game via 5-51-tops,to level the match 1-1 however Rab held on and a double 5 secured another point for the visitors, so at 4-1 down it saw Micky Rice take to the ocky to try and keep the home sides hopes alive his opponent Callum Wilkinson and it was Callum who secured the winning leg and the points with a fine 16 darter and so the match was now over with the travelling Bentswood Inn team 5-1 up, the doubles saw the home side take another point to make the final score line Coppies bar 2 Bentswood Inn 7.  Lammies bar’A’  (Fauldhouse) 2 -7 Cross Tavern, Old Wine (Shott’s) 2 -7 Lammies bar ‘B’ (Fauldhouse)  Masonic 0-9 Corrie bar (Armadale)

 

W.C.&.D.D.L. RESULTS 16/1/17

Some excellent games this week in the Premier league, looks like the festive period is well and truly departed. Commercial Inn Nomads 8-1 winners over the Doo Club Flyers, Volunteer Highway Men versus the Stirrup Stane Wanderers saw the top two teams face of against each other and it was the league leaders the Highway Men who came out 6-3 winners in this match up, The Loganlea Colliers hosted the Brucefield Farmers this week and after a slow start to the season it has seen a revitalised Farmers team take to the ocky and they came away with a fine 5-4 win, Pumpherston Cawburn Assassin’s v Central bar Rebels from West Calder saw the Assassins come away with an excellent 7-2 victory, This now has the premier league leaders the Highway Men sitting on 22 points with both the Stirrup Stane Wanderers and the Cawburn Assassin’s 6 points further back on 16 points a piece and the Nomads from the Commercial Inn in West Calder sitting on 12 points.

The Championship league saw the league leaders the Cawburn Highlanders having their free week, and this gave the two teams in joint second place the chance to catch them, However the two teams in closest proximity to the league leaders were both due to play each other so the points available were extremely important to both teams and it saw the  Stirrup Stane Indians have home advantage over the Kirknewton Innkeepers, but it was the travelling team from Kirknewton who took the points with a fine 7-2 win and join the Highway Men at the top of the league both on 18 points while the Indians from Craigshill are just 2 points further back on 16, Other results saw the Doo Club Fanciers losing out 0-9 to inform Commercial Inn Juniors team from West Calder who are steadily moving up the league, The Brucefield Crofters went down 1-8 to the Tower bar Knights from Craigshill which has them sitting on 14 points and just two points off third place in the league race, Grand Central Railroaders got themselves back on track with an excellent win over the Deans B.C. Golden oldies with a 8-1 score line, this was more like the Railroaders who started of so well at the beginning of the season before the run off losses which they kept losing by the odd game in nine!

Some top shot’s reported this week has seen, maximum 180 hitters being recorded by, Davie Nisbet from the Highway Men with 2x180’s, Mick Burk from the Wanderers 1x180, Paul Weir also with a maximum 180 for the Cawburn Assassin’s, Kirknewton Innkeeper player William Millar also on the maximum trail,fast games saw Brucefield Crofters player Stephan Colthart fire in a 17 darter and team mate Craig Jack joining him with a 19 dart game and a 84 game shot, William Borland with a 102 game shot for the Assassin’s and Scott Baker with a 92 take out for the Rebels of West Calder, Frank Crook and Lewis Lyle from the Railroaders with finishes of 93 & 71 respectively, couple of fine 21 dart games reported saw Brian McIntyre and Gary Cheshire both on target and Brian also finishing a 81 game shot.

  Pub Closure.

Sad news for darts players, The Bentswood Inn which is situated in Bents & Stoneyburn will be closing it’s doors very shortly, This public house has over the years held many an open competition and sponsored the Friday night darts league, However with a situation out with the control of the management Mr John Reidy who has done an awful lot for darts over the years and of course raised ten’s of thousands of pounds for local charities, he will be sadly missed by his Friday night darts team, On behalf of all the players we wish him well, where ever he finds himself in the future John Reidy a true gent.

 

Saturday 14th January

The annual McKechnie open doubles competition was held in Loanhead Miners welfare club, And a huge West Lothian contingent made the pilgrimage through to try and take the title in all ten pairs teams from the county travelled through, The best pairing came by way of a joint effort as Rab Dick from Kirknewton and Graeme Bird of East Calder fell at the penultimate hurdle losing out in the semi finals to eventual champions Harry Toddman and Ryan Murray from Edinburgh.

Players from the local area who played were, Paul McCaig & Wullie Wilson , William Borland & Jim Mitchell, Graeme Bird & Rab Dick, Gillian Mitchell & Denise Bird, William Harraughty & Paul Weir, Tam Brown & Micky Rice, Colin Robertson & Arran Edwards, Ryan Kelly & Stevie Scott, Calvin Fleming & Stephan Colthart. Some top shots came by way off, William Borland 1x180, Ryan Kelly 1x180, Micky Rice 1x180, Graeme Bird cracking 158 game shot, Rab Dick with two excellent finishes of 120 & 110 take outs, Mitchell 100 game shot, Willie Wilson 88 take out. Fastest game recorded from the local players saw Rab Dick & Graeme Bird with a lovely 12 dart game.

 

Friday 13th January

The top two teams in the Bathgate league went head to head and it saw the Bentswood Inn v Cross Tavern, and it saw the Bentswood Inn repeat their result from the first half of the season by winning by the same score line 9-0 win, This keeps last seasons champions still at the top of the league and four points clear of their nearest rivals,The result does not actually show the true match facts as the Cross Tavern players did have chances however the Bentswood players when a finish came round took their chances and as the old adage goes doubles for dough trebles for show!

Coppies bar in Armadale won 7-2 over the Old Wine Store from Shott’s,

Alan White Chairman E.D.A.
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William (Bridges) Borland tonights winner.

Wednesday 11th January

The Premier league darts which is held in the Murrayfield Sports bar in Edinburgh got under way last night and it saw five players from the West Calder  & District league entering ,

Only one player made it into the quarter finals and it was East Calder’s William Borland who took the plaudits by winning the title, the results from the last eight go like this with the matches being the best of 9x501,

Quarter Finals I.Butler 0-5 M.Bain, L.Coult 3-5 W.Borland, S.Ironside 5-1  L.Caithness,
K.O'Neill 5-4 A.White, semi finals results saw, M.Bain 2-5 W.Borland, S.Ironside 5-2 K O'Neill, Final saw W.Borland 5-4 S.Ironside.

Top scores from the night for our Monday night players saw Rab Dick from Kirknewton rattling in a cracking 13 dart game, Graeme Bird fired in 2x180’s and a 19 darter, Mitchell 18 & 19 dart legs and a maximum 180, But without quest tion top player was William Borland with 4x180’s along with games finished in 14 darts being the quickest but he also hit 15 darter and 5 x 16 dart legs and 6x17 darters plus a more modest 18 dart game and a superb 148 game shot in the grand final via 54-54-40 on his way to picking up the winners purse.

Once again a very well run tournament which is organised by the committee of the E.D.A. and with some where in the region of 72 players entering their Premier league there will some superb nights of darts ahead, The venue can have up to 15 boards in action, and each board has a computer for the scoring along with a large screen for players to see the scores on the door! This organisation has certainly taken darts right into the 21st century.

 

Monday 9th January

West Calder & District Darts Leagues were back in action this week and it saw some superb matches taking place, in the Championship league the undefeated team up until now the Cawburn Highlanders were drawn away to one of their nearest rivals the Stirrup Stane Indians and it was Fred Hamilton’s team from the Stirrup who came away with a superb 6-3 win to close the gap to just two points of the Cawburn who sit at the top of the league on 18 points and also joining in on the chase for top spot it saw the Kirknewton Innkeepers claim two points when they won 6-3 against the Doo Club Fanciers, so Cawburn stay top on 18 points, with both the Innkeepers who are just ahead of the Indians on legs difference now both on 16 points and with the Indians of Craigshill having a game in hand on their rivals looks like some tough matches ahead in this Championship league before anyone can say where the title will end up! Other results has seen the Commercial Juniors from West Calder winning 6-3 over the travelling Grand Central Railroaders, this a blow to the Railroaders who for a while were part of the chasing pack vying for the top of the league, and the Juniors from the Commercial Inn having started of slowly in the league are now certainly having a huge input into the leagues results with 4 wins from 6 games.  The Golden Oldies from the Deans B.C. a very hard fought match before losing out by a single point to the  Tower bar Knights from Craigshill score line 5-4 in favour of the Knights of Craigshill. Looks like this league is heating up very nicely indeed!

The Premier league is also back in action and it saw the Cawburn Assassin’s winning a tough battle against the Loganlea Colliers the score line 6-3 to the Assassins but have heard through the grapevine that it could have been oh so different if the Colliers from Loganlea had hit their doubles! The Doo Club Flyers hosted the league leaders and it saw the Volunteer Highway Men bang on form after the festive break and a 9-0 win for the Highway Men now has them as the only undefeated team in either league. Almondale Pirates hosted the Commercial Inn Nomads and it was the away team that took the points with a 6-3 victory, and perhaps the shock result of the night it saw Stewart Tait’s team going down by the odd game in nine the Stirrup Stane Wanderers 4-5 Central bar Rebels the Rebellious ones have certainly got the players to beat any team in the league and it looks like they might just have found their form and look out the rest of the league the Rebels could be on the rampage!

Some notes from the night’s action on the boards go like this!

From the Doo Club Flyers it saw Stevie Morton firing in some excellent scores with a 2x140’s-137-125 and team mate Aldo just missing out on a maximum 180 and having to settle for a 140 on the wire oh so close! Highway Men saw Stevie Scott 15 darter also firing in 2x140’s plus a tidy 137 score, Mitchell 18 darter and a 108 game shot, Cawburn Highlanders player Sandy Coulter rock solid 20 dart game with an 80 game shot, Stirrup Stane Indians had S Stalker with a 88 game shot, and Commercial Inn Nomads saw Davie Aitken 17 dart game and a 84 take out along with team mates Jim Quinn 77 game shot and our overseas player the Jamaican Jim Aitken cracking 128 game shot.

 

Saturday 7th January

The Volunteer Arms in Uphall was the venue for an Open singles tournament which had players from afar a field as Greater Glasgow in attendance, and there were some superb arrows thrown on the day and the quarter finals line up was about as strong as it gets here be the results! Colin Robertson bt Colin Nichol, Rab Dick bt Martin Deegan, Gordon Bruce bt Jim McGeary, Arran Edwards bt John Charleston, and so to the semi finals Colin Robertson edged out Rab Dick by the odd leg in seven 4-3 the score line, and in the second semi final it saw Arran Edwards winning by 4 games to 2 over Gordon Bruce who was 2-0 up in a very fast paced match, so the grand final which was played over the best of 9x501 went down the wire with Arran Edwards missing two match winning darts Colin Robertson made no such mistake and took the final by 5 games to 4. Cracking match with absolutely nothing between the final two men left standing, Champion Colin Robertson, runner up Arran Edwards. Some superb scores recorded on the day 7 players firing in maximums John Charleston 3x180’s, Arran Edwards 3x180’s, Colin Robertson 2x171’s, Jim McGeary 2x180’s, Kirk Gordon, Rab Dick, James Cumming and Jim Mitchell all with 1x180 a piece, Fast games came thick and fast and it saw Davie Nisbet firing in games finished in 15-16-18-18-20 darts, William Harraughty 19 darter, Chris Forsyth games finished in 16-17-20-20-20 arrows, Gordon Bruce 17-20-20 darters, William Borland with 14-19 dart games, Colin Nichol 14-20 darters, Arran Edwards 15-15-18-18 dart legs, Rab Dick 20 darter, Martin Deegan 19 dart game, Colin Robertson games finished in 17-17-17-18-18-18 deadly darts. Finishes saw Jim McGeary with 95 and 112 take outs, Colin Nichol 113 game shot, Colin Robertson 119 game shot but top finish came from Arran Edwards with a fabulous 156 kill he also took out a 107 as well. Martin Deegan the organiser of this event and George Thorburn selling the raffles and taking care of everyone’s musical requirements made this a very good competition indeed! Well done guy’s.

 

Friday 6th January

The Bentswood Inn held the annual three person team competition which is now named after one of the leagues most respected players who sadly passed away a few years ago, So the Bob Hall Memorial trophy is a competition which is played by first off a 1001 leg which is a team event, then a doubles match which is 701 match and should the score be tied at 1-1 then the player who did not play in the doubles will play a best of 3x501 match to decide the winning team. Now the semi finals saw Lammies team of Jim Graham, Alan McDonald and Alan Gardiner  beating the Bentswood Inn team of Graeme Bird, Rab Dick and Paul Weir by two games to nil, the other semi final saw two teams from the Cross Tavern in Whitburn face off against each other and it was Paul Drake, Ross Burnside and Wullie Jack who edged out their team mates G McMillan, Ian Stevenson and Stephan Morrans by the same score line to claim their place in the grand final, The Final saw the Cross Tavern team take the opening match of a 1001 leg, but back came the Lammies team of Alan McDonald and Alan Gardiner to level the match at 1-1, so it came down to a final shoot out between Jim Graham for Lammies against Ross Burnside from the Cross Tavern to decide the championship for this season and it went the way of the team from Fauldhouse to take the title back to Lammies bar in a cracking match by 2 games to 1. Champions Jim Graham-Alan McDonald-Alan Gardiner, runners /up Wullie Jack-Paul Drake-Ross Burnside. Once again a well run competition by the committee of Danny Kirkland and G McMillan and thanks to the Bentswood Inn for sponsoring this event.

5th January 
Well they do say that what goes around comes around. And a wee competition held in the Kirknewton Inn on Tuesday night saw William (Bridges )Borland doing exactly as he did last year turning on the style, 5X180'S and a superb 170 take out and he just missed doing two off them back to back along with 12-13-15 darters not a bad way to see in the new year. Only other players in the past few days with anything to report has seen Ross Burnside with a 18 darter  with a cracking 108 game shot at the Top O the Toon competition, and Rab Dick firing in a 20 darter along with Mitchell 19 darts and Graeme (Jaws) Bird with an 18 dart game at the Murrayfield Sports bar comp.

ANYONE HELP!

Looking for a set of Willie Ethrington, tungsten darts 27grams, one of the old dart players from the early 1970's he was a former pro-boxer and International player.

Anyway if anyone can help there is a message in the guest book, from a gentleman in Edinburgh who is trying to find a set. 

Looking forward to the leagues starting back this week Friday night the Bathgate league is back in the Bentswood Inn for a competition, and on Monday night the West Calder League is back in action with league matches, looking forward to seeing and hearing about the exploits from all the teams, so lets see if we can get some news to send into the Courier for next week, The sports editor is giving us space in the sports section lets see if we can fill it!

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