webassets/jimsdartssite.gif

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

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.

 

Dart Dates for your eyes only!


 


February 21st

Bathgate Royal British Legion open singles £100 to winner + £50 r/up plus entries

March 1st

Airdrie Open, Working Men's club Airdrie £5 entry

March 7th

Lothian Super League fourth comp, Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky

March 7th

Aberlady Bowling Club Pairs comp.                                                                                

March 8th 

Irvine Sports bar £7 entry £300 plus entries

March 14th

McKecknie Pairs £10 entry £500 in kitty plus entries

March 14th

Olde Oak Inn Open Singles £3 entry 2pm toe the ocky.

March 20th

Berwick week end

  March 22nd

Saltcoates Bowling Club £300 first prize

March 27th

Bo’Ness Singles Final

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 4th 

Geordie Murphy Memorial Trophy, Old Wine Store in Shotts, no PDC players!

April 5th

Inverclyde Open Singles register 1pm toe ocky 2pm, Royalle Club.

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 East Calder, £5 entry £110 to winner plus entries paid out, toe the ocky 2pm

May 2nd

Fife Open CISWO Club

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

May 23rd

Inverurie Open Singles, £8 entry £250 to winner £125 r/up register by 1pm

May 30th

Raymond Smith Memorial Competition, Gladstone’s bar Leith, £5 entry. 1pm -1.30

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

June 13th

Scottish Classic, 10am start £15 men’s entry, £10 ladies entry

June 20th

Ayrshire Open , Box House Cumnock

June 27th

W.L.G.T. Volunteer Arms Uphall, £5 entry £110 to winner plus entries paid out, toe the ocky

July 4th

C&K White Memorial Singles , (SIMBA) CHARITY EVENT, 1-2-PM Murrayfield Sports Bar.

August13th/16th

Portland Open, Triples-Doubles-Singles. Starts Thursday night finishes Sunday evening, cracking tournament, good week end away!!!!


Top Games-Maximum-Checkout league tables updated (Thur 5-3-2015)

To the best of my knowledge! If you see someone's finish etc not on there drop me a line and it will be sorted asap. 

Final League positions Bo'Ness Friday night singles league.

 

 

League 1

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Legs Won

Legs Lost

-/+

Points

D Hastings

12

12

0

2

99

45

+52

20

G Borland

12

9

0

3

98

46

+52

18

B Don

12

8

1

3

84

90

+24

17

G Bird

12

7

1

4

91

53

+38

15

D McGowan

12

4

0

8

69

75

-6

8

J Adams

12

3

0

9

57

87

-30

6

A Vaughan

12

0

0

12

6

138

-132

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

League 2

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Legs Won

Legs Lost

-/+

Points

M Cameron

12

11

1

0

115

29

+86

23

J Mitchell

12

9

1

2

109

35

+74

19

I Robertson

12

7

2

3

89

55

+34

16

G Hastings

12

6

0

6

72

72

0

12

G Cummings

12

4

0

8

70

74

-4

8

D Johnstone

12

2

0

10

33

111

-78

4

R Argent

12

1

0

11

27

117

-90

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

League 3

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Legs Won

Legs Lost

-/+

Points

A Norris

12

12

0

0

133

11

+122

24

G McCormack

12

7

1

4

78

66

+12

15

J Norwood

12

6

2

4

78

66

+12

14

T Frickelton

12

6

0

6

67

77

-10

12

A Kerr

12

5

2

5

67

77

-10

12

C McLean

12

3

1

8

54

90

-36

7

R Vaughan

12

0

0

12

26

118

-92

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

League 4

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Legs Won

Legs Lost

-/+

Points

S McLeod

12

10

2

0

100

44

+56

22

W Harraughty

12

8

2

2

93

51

+42

18

N Adamson

12

7

3

2

85

59

+26

17

D Kerr

12

6

1

5

85

59

+26

13

P Paterson

12

3

1

8

61

83

-22

7

S Stirling

12

3

0

9

37

107

-70

6

A Bell

12

0

1

11

39

105

-66

1

Monday Night Results!

  Volunteer Highway Men 8-1 Tower bar Knights.

Some good shooting from the home team with Gary Scott firing in two nineteen darters, Shaun Robertson cracking 116 game shot on the back of a rock solid

18 dart leg of arrows, Mitchell 17 & 16 dart games.

Stirrup Stane Cowboys 0-9 Murray bar Juniors.

D Gray on the maximum 180 trail excellent  shooting, also J Baillie cracking 81 game shot.

  Almondvale Pirates 8-1 Stirrup Stane Indians

  Top shots coming from Wullie Jack with a 20 darter and Shaun (Jambo) Clow with a cracking shanghai 120 take out.

  Murray bar Nomads 4-5 Cawburn Assassin's

  Cawburn Highlanders 3-6 Uphall Station Chalker's

  Doo Club Fanciers 1-8 Paraffin Lamp Oilers


Darts News!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well after a busy week end on the darting circuit it has seen county captain William Harraughty add the prestige’s Bathgate League 301 double start double finish competition to his impressive c.v.

Also on the winning trail it saw the pairing of Colin Robertson & Jim Mitchell on their travels, these two doubles partners made the journey down to North Berwick and came away with the Open Pairs title which was held in the Auld Hoose in North Berwick, Colin and Jim both recording maximum scores on the day with Colin on the treble nineteen’s and his partner in crime on the more traditional way!


Now for something completely different.

After many years of playing within the B.D.O. &  S.D.A.  Codes, I have decided enough is enough.

Over the past year or so I have become very disillusioned with the way darts has been run by these organisations,

a simple three plan guide to my decision reads like this.

1/ I missed my allotted time slot for the Scottish Open and was quite rightly disqualified for being late to get to the control desk. However when at the next Scottish sanctioned event imagine my feelings when a player was not in the hall when the mixed triples event started and was allowed to play even thought he was 50 yes fifty minutes late, when I questioned this I was told well it is not the Scottish open is it, however it is the same Scottish committee! Rule for one as the saying goes.

2/ Last year at the World play offs in Hull I was representing the county of West Lothian, and the doors of the venue where the play offs were to take place opened at 8am with play commencing at 10am, I was there at 8.15 am however was told my name was not in the draw, but if I waited for a while they would see what could be done! So after one hour and ten minutes I was allowed into the venue and was told be at your control desk for 9.50am as you are on at 10am sharp, this is after having the indignity of having to watch everyone else being allowed into the venue , while I stood like a criminal (shoplifter) waiting for the police!

3/After these events I decided that perhaps a back seat approach from myself was the way forward as in if I could I would still do some work as in darts for the county, And I agreed to run the West Lothian Super League, now for those in the know the Super League was cancelled last time out , two weeks ago, and I only found out because a gentleman from the Bathgate Royal British Legion club told me it was cancelled, at the time I did state that can’t be because I’m running that competition. It would look like it was cancelled by other persons, and for some unknown reason the information did not get to myself.


So as of now I will for as long as the W.C.D.D.L. Monday night league want me I will continue to be their chairman and of course try to promote and support darts in that league, However as of now after over thirty seasons (First played for the county in the 1982/83 season) I will only be playing in Open tournament where prize monies are involved and not Scottish ranking events.

And on that note I wish all of you all the very best for the future in Scottish competitions. And the county is in good shape with so many youth players now coming on to the scene the future looks bright and I will repeat that the future really does look bright for the county in the years ahead with these new players on the scene.

Yours in sport Jim Mitchell.

P.S. (got to have a p.s.)

Of course I will still be running open competitions in the local area and hopefully I will see many of you at these events, and of course this fledgling web site will continue to try and keep you all up to date with information of what is happening around and about so if you have information please feel free to drop me a line and we will try to get it out there for the masses!.

T.Y. 


W.C.D.D.L. Four Person Team Finals.

Well the semi finals of the league Fours saw some superb action as the four teams involved were trying like gladiators of ancient Rome to win the laurel leafs ok (the trophy)

Cawburn Sports Bar Assassins, Paraffin Lamp Brigands, Volunteer Highway Men 1&2. 

On board one we had the Volunteer Highway Men (1) up against the Paraffin Lamp Brigands. And this was a match that ebbed and flowed one way then the other! Colin Robertson edged out Craig Agnew to put the men from Uphall 1-0 up but back came the Brigands with two excellent wins with Gordon Bruce and Stevie Scott getting the better of Jim Mitchell and Gary Scott, so 1-2 for the Paraffin Lamp Brigands, Last game of the singles saw Martin Deegan coming out by 2 legs to 1 over Arran Edwards in superbly high scoring encounter and so after four singles matches score stood at 2-2. The first doubles pairing saw the Brigands team of Gordon Bruce and Arran Edwards winning 2 legs to 1 over Martin Deegan and Gary Scott, so with a 3-2 advantage it was now or nothing for the men from Uphall and it saw the pairing of Robertson and Mitchell keep the match alive edging out Scott and Agnew to take the match into overtime. Now it was a four man 1001 leg which would decide who claimed a grand final spot. And quite simply with absolutely nothing between the teams it saw a double six annexed for the Highway Men which saw them through to the final by the tightest of score lines 4-3.


The semi final on board three saw the Volunteer Highway Men (2) up against the league leaders at the moment from the Cawburn Sports bar or known as the Cawburn Assassins.


Once again a cracking match up which saw the team of Rex Brady, Stevie Duncan, John Fulton and Shaun Robertson taking a 3 games to 1 lead in the singles over William Borland, Paul Weir, Graeme Bird and William Harraughty. A fight back looked on the cards however the match was decided in the final pairs with the Highway Men taking the tie by 4 games to 2.

So the final saw the two teams from the Volunteer line up against themselves, needless to say the Volunteer Highway Men were crowned League Fours champions. So congratulations to Colin Robertson, Jim Mitchell, Gary Scott, Martin Deegan, John Charleston, Shaun Robertson, Rex Brady, Stevie Duncan, John Fulton. To the team from the Volunteer Arms on both teams making it through some tough matches well played the Highway Men from Uphall.

  Some top shooting from the night saw Maximums recorded by Arran Edwards of the Brigands, Stevie Duncan and Gary Scott from the Highway Men, and Colin Robertson with a cracking maximums score of 171 on the treble nineteen bed. Good finishes came from Stevie Duncan superb 121 via 60-11-bulls eye, William Borland with 114 and 77 game shots for the Assassins, Rex Brady 110 game shot, Martin Deegan rock solid 75 take out. Fast games came by way of Colin Robertson 19&20 arrows, Stevie Duncan 18 darter, Stevie Scott 18 dart game, Martin Deegan 17 &20 dart games, Mitchell 19 arrow leg.

  Once again many thanks to the Doo Club our sponsors of the W.C.D.D.L. and Mr John McDonald our League secretary for overseeing the proceedings on the night.


MONDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 

With the Four Man Team competition finals underway at the DooClub in East Calder 26 players from 4 teams, Brucefield Farmers, Murray Young Guns, Murray Nomads and Central Rebels descended on the Commercial Inn for an impromptu Best of 3 competition.

After the initial rounds had taken place the last 8 looked like this.

Jim Purse bt Clavin Flemming, Colin Hamilton bt John Sommerville, Ducket Aitken bt Jamie Banks, Kyle Gilmour bt Gary Baker. Somto the last 4,- Colin Hamilton bt Jim Purse, Ducket Aitken bt Kyle Gilmour. With Ducket Aitken claiming the winners prize beating Colin Hamilton in the final. A great night of darts with some good check-outs and high scores from upcoming players.

Ducket Aitken 180, 86 & 111 check-outs, Jamie Banks 98 & 112 check-outs, Kyle Gilmour 180 and 95 check-out, Jamie Flemming 180 and a 15 dart leg, Ben Robertson 180, Colin Hamilton 2 x 20, 19 and 18 dart legs.

 

The Bo'Ness Friday night singles league.

Came to its penultimate night with the last remaining league matches being played to see who would be in the grand final come the 27th March.

Local players from the Monday night league who will be in the mix are William Harraughty who cemented his place in the final with two excellent performances an  11-1 and 12-0 wins on the night. Joining him will be Graham Borland from Pumpherston along with team mate Graeme Bird from East Calder and joining them on the night will see Jim Mitchell also take part in the finale!

 

 

Royal British Legion Bathgate

Open Singles on Saturday 21st February.

Quite simple from the central belt of Scotland they came Glasgow in the West and Edinburgh in the East and all points in-between. Quite simply put an exceptional strong field of arrowsmiths came to try and annex this prestige’s event and there were some fabulous games from the start from when the first toe touched the ocky when players took up their stance!

                                Here are the last 32 names etc

G Bruce bt G Scott. G Anderson bt J Cummings. F Quinn bt D Thomson. S Clow bt L Hayhurst.

D Jamieson bt D Burt. C Hendry bt M Duncan. J McGeary bt A Whyte. M Deegan bt Helen! D Morton bt A Hayhorst. S Carty bt J Johnston. A Jamieson bt W Tarr. J McMillan bt M Duncan. J Charleston bt Irene McInnes. G Thorburn bt M rice. D Innes bt J Kennedy. J Mitchell bt W Borland.

And so to the last 16.

Gordon Bruce bt Graham Anderson. Frank Quinn bt S Clow. David Jamieson bt C Kennedy. Jim McGeary bt Martin Deegan. David Morton bt Stephan Carty. Alan Jamieson bt Jim McMillan. John Charleston bt George Thorburn. Jim Mitchell bt D avie Innes.

And the Quarter Finals read like this with all the remaining players more than capable of lifting the title!

Gordon Bruce bt Frank Quinn. Jim McGeary bt Davie Jamieson. David Morton bt Alan Jamieson. Jim Mitchell bt John Charleston.

Semi final line up results is as follows.

Gordon Bruce 3-2 Jim McGeary. Jim Mitchell 3-1 David Morton.

Grand Final the best of 7x501

Saw a fabulous high scoring contest between two old adversaries’! And it was Mitchells finishing power that took the title with a 4-0 win Mitchells dart average for the final was 29.45 with games won in 15-16-16-21 darts which included highest finish of the day a 160 when Gordon was sitting on a double! Ouch double ouch.

Congratulations to both finalists as they fought themselves through some very hard matches and a very high calibre of entries, and of course nice that though they came from all along the corridor of the M8 it was two local West Lothian players in the final.

Well done the organisers, well run tournament everything ran like clockwork with never a an empty board, Also a very BIG THANK YOU to the Royal British Legion in Bathgate for putting up the Perpetual Shield plus the prize monies on offer a cracking club with friendly bar staff and I personally hope they continue to run many more such tournaments, an excellent venue. T.Y.

Some of the reported top shots from the days play will be many more missing but can only report on the ones mentioned!

Jim McGeary 2x13 darters plus games finished in 15 & 17 darts on the day! Also for good measure no fewer than 4 yes 4 maximum 180’s hit by this top Lanarkshire county captain. David Jamieson from that darting family dynasty firing in a cracking 15 darter plus a 143 game shot. Frank Quinn one of the county’s top youth players back in the day! Showing his class on the ocky is still there 15 darter plus a maximum 180. John Charleston Uphall’s favourite darting son maximum 180. Gordon (THE) Bruce 124 along with 115 and 96 game shots and games finished in 15-16-18-18-18-18- darts rock solid arrow chucking a man on form without any shadow of a doubt. Jim (Old Man) Mitchell 2x180’s along with games finished in 14-14-15-16-16-18 darts and finishes of 80-102-160. As stated there will be more top games but if players don’t tell the organisers at the control desk not a lot anyone can do about reporting them is there and I know that Michelle and Johnny did try to keep informed of all the top shots, so darters it really is up to you to keep them informed!

Prize monies paid out on the day went down to the last eight, q/f £10 each, s/f £20 each, r/up £80, winner £150.

And special prize to furthest lady player of £50 to Carol Kennedy...

 

W.C.D.D.L.

  Exhibition night and what a night!


Well done to all who attended this event 13 of the 17 teams in the league made the effort to attend this our eleventh annual pro-night and once again the professional dart players were superb and that does not do them justice!

Andy (X Factor) Boulton and Alan (Chuck) Norris were fantastic entertainment just as they were a few years back when they made their first apperience at this event. However the third person who graced us last night and I know they wont mind me saying this , Deta Heddman overshadowed them what a player and her first professional appearance after claiming the Scottish Open Ladies championship for the fifth time,   

On the night there were some excellent performances from many of the local players but the best game of the night saw scores of 140-140-180-41g.s a fabulous 12 darter from the lady they call the Dark Destroyer what a player. On the night Deta played 6 matches and recorded 1x180-5x140-6x100 scores plus a cracking 120 game shot not bad for only six games of 501 is it!

  Now lets not forget the boys which saw the lads play 16 matches on the night winning only 8 of them! Think a little bit of jickery pokery went on in some matches! Thanks to our M.C. Mr Chris (Gabby Cabby) Forsyth.

  The gentlemen of the ocky came to entertain and entertain they did with style and panache between them Andy & Chuck recorded 3x180-6x140-4x100+ and 11x100 now that might not seem a lot of ton plus scores but remember they were not always throwing for treble twenties some excellent finishes 10 left well of course you go double 3 double 2 etc etc get my drift!

  Fast games were thrown in with 12 darters from all our professionals on the night, however to say the lads gave each other a wee bit of barracking is being polite!

  Special mentions must go to Kathy Henderson for the ladies winning her match with one dart thrown at double 18 and Kathy only needed one dart! Young Andrew Thomson from the Deans club 12 years old and winning his match brought the house down, Jamie Banks from the Brucefield Farmers getting the better of his professional opponent as well another victory for the youth ranks.

  However the biggest round of applause came when youth player Kieran Bird was asked to draw the raffle prize which was the match board signed by Deta, Andy and Alan, this was the only prize on offer on the night as all monies raised was to go to the Jak Trueman fund and did the audience not dig deep a fabulous £186.10p was raised winner of the raffle was East Calder man Colin Taffy Cooper, and he then generously presented the dartboard to Kieran Bird (well done) Taff.

  So once again our exhibition night has been and gone and quite simply put what a cracking night’s entertainment we had from three exceptional professional dart players my hat is doffed to Deta Heddman, Alan Norris, Andy Boulton, thanks again for a cracking night well done to the three of you you gave us a night to remember.

  So Deta has now joined the ranks of exhibition players we have had to grace our sponsors ocky, Gary Robson,Gary Anderson, Martin Adams, Ted Hanky, Peter Manley, Chris Howett, Tony O’Shea, Darl Fitton, Jamie Harvey, Alex Lister, Andy Boulton, Alan Norris and now Deta Heddman. So the question from now on will be who next year will we have to join this impressive line up, That is of course if it continues! Now that’s a question for another day.

  Thanks to every one who made this event a success without you it could not happen!

  Yours in sport

  Jim Mitchell chairman / treasurer


 W.C.D.D.L.

 

Another champion to grace the stage at the Doo Club
Scottish Open Ladies Champion 2015
Congrats to Deta Hedman (England) who wins the Scottish Open ladies title for a record 5th time, Deta follows on from wins in 2013,2012,1997 & 1995 with a 5-4 victory over Fallon Sherrock (England).
Final:
Deta Hedman 5 (77.91) Fallon Sherrock 4 (71.43)

W.C.D.D.L.
Exhibition night 16th February
(tonight)
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!

Cawburn Sports Bar = Not the Scottish Open championship!

Ladies champion Denise Bird, Runner up Jillian Speirs. 

Men's champion Colin Robertson, runner up Pete Hastings.

more info will follow when it gets to me!!! 

W.C.D.D.L. Meeting
Wednesday 11th February, venue the Central bar West Calder.
The meeting was about the exhibition on Monday night the 16th Feb
there are a few tickets still available so pay on the door if you would like to come along.
13 of the 17 teams in the league will be attending so should be a great night.
Both Chuck Norris and Andy Boulton have entertained us before and they were exceptional and now with one of the finest if not the best lady players in the world Deta Hedman joining them there should be some fun and games on the ocky!
M.C. for the evening is Chris (Gabby Cabby) Forsyth, on the chalks we have Mr John McCaw, and entertaining us with music we have our very own Marky 'P'
At the meeting it was passed unanimously that the match board from the nights play will be raffled afterwards and the monies raised will go to the
Jak Trueman fund.

Bo'Ness Friday Night Singles League Standings
Crown Inn B'oNess

League 1PlayedWonDrawnLostLegs WonLegs Lost-/+Points
D Hastings1010009921+7820
B Don106136555+1013
G Borland86026234+2812
G Bird95136438+2611
J Adams103075169-186
D McGowan102084971-224
A Vaughan90096108-1020
         
League 2PlayedWonDrawnLostLegs WonLegs Lost-/+Points
M Cameron109109723+7419
J Mitchell107128238+4415
I Robertson95226844+2412
G Hastings95045751+610
G Cummings93065157-66
R Argent101092199-782
D Johnstone80081175-640
         
League 3PlayedWonDrawnLostLegs WonLegs Lost-/+Points
A Norris12120013411+12324
J Norwood106136545+2013
G McCormack96126345+1813
T Frickelton105076183-2210
A Kerr104155268-169
C McLean112184290-485
R Vaughan11001126106-800
         
League 4PlayedWonDrawnLostLegs WonLegs Lost-/+Points
S McLeod119209339+5420
N Adamson106226444+2014
W Harraughty106227050+2014
D Kerr116057953+2612
P Paterson112185476-225
S Stirling72052262-404
A Bell1101103993-541

Four Person Team Qualifiers

Well some excellent teams turned up at the Doo Club to try and qualify for the finals of the prestige’s Four Person team event, this competition is played over the format of 4 singles matches 3x501 plus 2 doubles 3x501 and should the score stand at 3-3 then 1 game of a 1001 would decide the winner.

On the night some superb performances were recorded from the league’s elite!

And here are the highlights of the evenings play.

Finding the treble twenties and firing in maximum 180’s were Brian Mairs, Graham Borland, Gordon Bruce, Craig Agnew, Paul Weir, and also special mention to Jamie Fleming who rattled in a cracking 171 score.

Top finishes and there were a few came by way of Gordon Bruce of the Brigands from the Paraffin Lamp with a superb 156 g.s. followed by 93 & 84 finishes as well. Jim Mitchell of the Highway Men 148 & 92 game shots. Disco Aitken from the Juniors of Polbeth 86 take out, William Borland from the Assassin’s shanghai on the twenty beds for a 120 finish. Graham Borland 96 take out. Let’s not forget Cawburn Highlander Pete Hastings cracking 114 game shot. Gary Scott from the Highway Men firing in two good finishes of 90&78. Kirk Gordon also of Highlander fame an 81 finish. Tam Laird captain of the Assassins 80 g.s. via tops tops. Rex Brady another Highway Man taking out a cracking game shot with a 117 kill. Brian Mairs 100 game shot for the Uphall Station Chalkers. Kieran Bird of the Assassins also finishing an 80 game shot.

Top games which are finished in 20 darts or less so your dart average has to be 25 per dart and better! Were recorded by many players on the night here are your top games,

Gordon Bruce a man on a mission firing in excellent games with matches finished in 13-15-16-20 arrows super throwing in any league. Also for the Brigands hitting quick games it saw Sandy Coulter nice finish going out in 19 darts. Craig Agnew two fast games back to back 16 & 18 darts. Stevie Scott 18 dart game. For the Nomads from Polbeth we had Davie Aitken of the Nomads a rock solid 20 darter Jamie Fleming also going out in a 20 dart game. The Assassins of Tam Laird had Paul Weir recording a 16 darter. From West Calder Martin Balfour on target with a 19 dart game. The Highway Men had a couple of top games as well with Rex Brady 16 darter. Mitchell 18-19-19 dart games. Scott Cameron from the Highlanders on target with a 19 darter. And the only fast pairs match recorded saw Martin Deegan and Mitchell fire in a 15 dart game. Also from last week’s league matches we had Bunny Forrest firing in a 16 dart game and Kevin Murphy and Craig Forrest both returning top scores of 180.

Teams qualifying for the finals night are Highway Men x2 plus the Cawburn Assassins and the Brigands from the Paraffin Lamp. Well played to all the qualifiers.

Lothian’s v West Lothian
Saturday 7th February

Venue-Murrayfield Sports Bar
Well what a day with changes a plenty as the youth players were given their chance and boy did they not take it with open arms!

Lothian names first with dart averages in brackets.
Ladies ‘B’ Match best of 3 x 501
Mairi Smith (12.53) 2-0 (12.41) Jillian Speirs
Loraine Moran (11.98) 1-2 (12.50) Amy Whyte
Izzie MacDonald (11.48) 1-2 (11.27) Daisy Heeps
Lynne Sibbald (13.54) 2-0 (10.60) Fiona Clark
Cracking 2-2 draw for the ladies with lady of the match for Lothian’s Lynne Sibbald
and for West Lothian Amy Whyte
 

Men’s ‘B’ Best of 5x501
Liam Hughes (16.12) 1-3 (16.31) Davy Crawford
Gary Watt (22.43) 3-0 (19.50) Alan Henry
Stewart Rattray (19.90) 1-3 (21.58) Jamie Banks
Ross Black (14.12)3-0 (14.12) Stephan Colthart
Stewart Ayre (17.47)2-3 (16.72) Derek Smith
Tam Craig (19.87)1-3(21.05) Chris Fawcett
Superb performance from the West Lothian players with an excellent win. Player of the match for Lothian’s was Gary Watt and for West Lothian Jamie Banks one of our excellent talents who is coming up through the youth rankings. Also special mention to Chris Fawcett who secured the winning point well played the whole team. 

Ladies ‘A’ Best of 5X501
Sarah Tait (12.13) 3-2 (11.26) Amy Whyte
Francis Lawson (20.19) 3-0 (14.65) Kathy Henderson
Amanda Cox (17.08) 3-0 (13.68) Denise Bird
Danielle Fenwick (16.70) 3-0 (12.53) Karen Whyte
Gail Todman (13.82) 3-1 (12.97) Michelle McLay
Lorna Roddie (16.52) 3-0 (12.60) Connie Bamburry
So an excellent win for the home team ladies who are a superb team with every player a top notch individual however their Lady of the match went to Francis Lawson. 

Men’s ‘A’ Best of 7x501
Ryan Murray (27.02) 4-1 (20.42) Callum Wilkinson
Graeme Hutchison (23.56) 4-1 (19.45) Colin Hamilton
John Ayre (22.00) 4-2 (21.82) Graeme Bird
Gary Scott (20.75) 4-1 (18.46) Kieran Bird
D Kirkland (22.64) 4-2 (21.86) Martin Deegan
Harry Todman (28.50) 4-1 (26.63) Jim Mitchell
Davie Sharp (22.250 0-4 (26.72) Colin Robertson
A Silkowski (26.62) 4-3 (25.52) William Harraughty
Alan White (21.74) 1-4 (23.55) John Charleston
Davie Nisbet (16.45) 4-1 (13.20) Jimmy Johnston
George Dalglish (21.55)21.55) 4-0 (19.84) Micky Rice
Calum Smith (19.99) 3-4 (21.04) William Borland
So a cracking darts match played in excellent fashion however the home side were on the day just far to strong when the finishing line came round, Man of the match for Lothian’s was Harry Todman and for West Lothian Colin Robertson.Just a wee note here obviously I have tried very hard to put down the correct dart averages however they might just be a wee tad out but not by much! So 22.75 per dart thrown for the home side! 21.54 for the West Lothian men’s team so looks like it is the finishing power that lets us down time and time again, but on the bright side there is always next time!An excellent venue where we were made to feel right at home lots of practise boards and good beer and excellent prices, if you’re in there look out for the specials cracking deals and let’s be honest it is absolutely fabulous when as a dart player you are not getting ripped of, Well done the Murrayfield Sports bar.

Notes from the ocky!!!
Players finding form in the past week which includes the Bo'Ness league are

John Charleston Uphall’s favourite darting son 2x180's, Callum Wilkinson of Alloa infamy 2x180's
Graeme Bird from East Calder 1x180 as did Mitchell with a maximum as well. Good finishes of note Graeme Bird 82 game shot Mitchell 90-82-76 finishes. Ian Robertson firing in not one but three 80 game shots in the Bo'Ness Friday night league. Quickest games saw William Harraughty 16-17-18 darters in the Friday night singles league also on target was Graeme Bird with 3x18 plus a 17 dart game, Mitchell 6 sub 20 arrow legs finishing in 2x16-2x17-18-20 darts. Ian Robertson 7 sub 20 arrow legs finished in 17-18-18-19-19-19-20 plus a maximum 180. Mar Paterson 15 and 17 darters.
Now there will be more good shots out there from the past weeks darts but unless someone wants to drop me a line canny report them so please if you have information why not send it in always nice to give credit where credit is due!


LEAGUE POSITIONS
AS FROM 19th. (Including 2nd.Feb.)  2015 MATCHES

PREMIER TABLE
 PlayedWonLostFor AgainstDifferpts
Cawburn Assassins8715022+2814
VolunteerHighway Men8624923+2612
Paraffin Lamp Brigands8624131+1012
Murray bar Nomads’8534131+1010
Central Inn Rebels8352844-146
Cawburn Highlanders8352844-166
Uphall S.B.CChalkers8263339-64
Tower bar Knights8081755-380
 CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE

PlayedWonLostForAgainstDifferpts
Deans B.C.Golden Oldies9815823+3516
Doo Club Flyers9815526+2916
Brucefield Farmers9635427+2712
Almondale Pirates9635328+2512
Stirrup Stane Indians9544635+1110
Murray bar Juniors’9363843-56
Paraffin Lamp Oilers8352745-186
Doo Club Fanciers9181467-532
Stirrup Stane Cowboys9091566-510
        
 League table’s show just how tight both leagues are with the leaders in each section just ahead, so lot’s to play for in the weeks ahead. Quite simply any slip up from any of the leading contenders could be costly. Who would be a captain thinking cap time!


Bentswood Open Tournament

Stoneyburn (Saturday 31 January)

X Factor takes the title!

Some of the finest exponents in the art of darts came to try and claim the title of Bentswood Open singles champion, They descended upon the Bentswood Inn in Stoneyburn from as far afield as Ayrshire in the West, Berwickshire in the south and from across the water! (The Forth) plus a host of local west Lothian players came to try and annex the title of Bentswood Open Champion.

And with Professional and International players alongside top county stars and of course the one night a week player the standard was red hot right from when the first arrow hit the flock of the board!

Maximum 180 hitters were plentiful and here are some of the recorded 180 hitters, Darren Walls 3x180’s, Other players recording one maximum apiece were Richard Baillie, Calum McKay, Andy Ovens, M Cowe, Dougie Hogg, Andy Boulton, there will be more but without the information getting to me I can’t report it can I!

Fast games came thick and fast and recording them were, Graeme Bird 14 darter, Darren Walls 17 & 20 dart games, John Donaldson 13 dart game, Calum McKay 14 darter, Mitchell 17&19&4x20 dart games, William Harraughty fired in no less than seven sub 20 darters 2x14 &16 & 2x17  2x19., Andy Boulton also in superb form recording 2x13 & 14 &16&17& 19 & 20 dart games and in the final he recorded a plus 30 per dart average superb form from a man who is definitely on top form.

Top finishes came from Ross Black (youth) with a cracking 121 game shot, Mitchell 100&98 finishes. Alan McDonald 83 game shot.

However the top two players on the day were without question William Harraughty and Andy Boulton who made it to the final. Congratulations to the man they call the X Factor Andy Boulton and also congratulations to William Harraughty who made it to the final well played both players.

C.BaxterVN.AdamsonC.Baxter C.Baxter   John Eyre  2£25A.Boulton  4      Winner A.Boulton  4£300
Michael PetersVJohn GoldieJohn Goldie
John EyreVE.LavanderJohn Eyre John Eyre
R.FairVR.BradyR.Brady
S.GrahamVP.SizeS.Graham A.Boulton  A.Boulton  3
J.JohnstoneVA.BoultonA.Boulton
D.ColliganVR.BlackR.Black D.Hogg
M.RiceVD.HoggD.Hogg
C.SangsterVJ.MitchellJ.Mitchell J.Mitchell J.Mitchell  2£25D.Walls  1£50
C.NicolVR.BunyanR.Bunyan
S.RussellVA.OvensA.Ovens M.Cowe
M.CoweVD.AllanM.Cowe
C.FlemingVJ.BanksJ.BanksJ.Banks£10  (Youth Prize) D.Walls  3
D.ThompsonVK.WhyteD.Thompson
I.PhillipsVM.HeepsM.Heeps D.Walls
C.WilkinsonVD.WallsD.Walls
James GoldieVW.BlakeJames Goldie A.McDonald A.McDonald  3A.McDonald  1£50     Runner-up  W.Harraughty  1£100
S.ClarksonVA.McDonaldA.McDonald
.V.C.McKay G.Carruthers
.V.G.Carruthers
.V.A.Crosbie E.Stevenson J.Donaldson  2£25
.V.E.Stevenson
.V.J.Donaldson J.Donaldson
.V.G.Bird
.V.G.Hutchison F.Dempsey W.Harraughty 3W.Harraughty  4
.V.F.Dempsey
.V.W.Harraughty W.Harraughty
.V.L.Gurney
.V.J.Charleston R.Baillie R.Baillie 2£25
.V.R.Baillie
.V.J.Connal J.Connal
.V.G.McMillan

W.L.G.T. Competitions!
Answer to a question that has been posted on the web site Why did I select four public houses to have open competitions in!

Reason is simple for over ten years now from Summer Leagues to Grand Prix events Winter Classics, Spring Classics, Pre Summer Classic competitions I have taken the competitions to many different venues, some teams I have played for and others that I have not. This time round I have brought in two brand new premises the Brucefield and the Cawburn and why not!
Also the Doo Club sponsors our Monday night league so that should explain their two venues! And of course the team that I play for usually has two events as well thats why the Volunteer has two venues because well I play for them! Think that is reason enough!
Now over the past decade I have gone out of my way to have competitions in other public houses in the region as well. However I also realise that other darting people also run competitions and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that a perfect example is the Summer League many years back I had seven men’s divisions and one ladies division battling it out over the summer months, now there are three other summer leagues being run by other people and so my vision which I thought would be good to have everyone playing in one big Summer league has sort of dissolved as more and more people have started their own competitions , And yes that is a good thing because it gives us the darting public more choice and many more opportunities to play where and when we want!
Signed a hard working dart enthusiast.
Jim M

webassets/phoenix2525.gif

webassets/pheo24.gif

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.

The West Lothian Darts Youth Academy
Report from Mr James Banks snr Chairperson W.L.Y.A.
The youths were back in action yesterday for the first time in around six months as a team a big thank you to the East Calder Doo Club C team for giving us a match we played the match upstairs in the doo club we played the match in the same format as a Monday night league match with six singles and three doubles the results were as follows WLYDA names first
Calvin Fleming 2 Kathy Henderson 1
Dean Craig 2 Jan Legget 1
Jamie Banks 2 Connie Bamberry 0
Kieran Bird 2 Denise Bird 0
Callum Little 2 Daisy Heeps 0
Lewis Gurney 1 Steven Cloltard (Guest) 2
So five games to one after the singles doubles results are as follows
Kieran Bird & Aiden Bird 2 Denise Bird & Kathy Henderson 0
the two Bird boys going home to cook there own dinner after beating mum twice in the one day
Jamie Banks & Ryan Fair 2 Connie Bamberry & Jan Legget 0
Callum Little & Lewis Gurney 0 Daisy Heeps & Steven Coltard (Guest) 2
So the final score and the first win of the new youth season goes to the WLYDA seven games to two WLYDA man of the match although he lost both his singles and doubles Lewis Gurney played some very good darts yesterday steady scoring and had plenty of time to win the match two nil and again two one but kept hitting the wire of the doubles great improvement from last season well done Lewis special mention to two new member of our academy Dean Craig playing his first ever competitive match and winning and to Ryan Fair playing his first match winning two nil in the doubles match Jamie Banks checked in his singles match 104 by way of treble 16 single 16 double 20 there will be no youth academy for the next two weeks this Sunday coming is the Central youth open a Winmau qualifier in the Bannockburn Miners social club 36 Morrison Drive Bannockburn FK7 0JA registration 11am till 11.45am competition starts 12 noon

Monday Night darts
The Quiet Men take the Title and the rest of us chalk the board!

Well with the second half of the season now underway it saw the normal league matches stop for a week, not that meant there were no darts being played Monday was the staging of the leagues Two Person Pairs competition the Match play doubles this is a competition where it is played over five legs of 501 with each player in a team playing the members of the opposition and should the score be 2-2 after the four singles legs a sudden death leg of 501 doubles would decide the outcome!
Now this competition is highly regarded to be one of the toughest competitions on the darting calendar to compete in.

Well 44 two person teams turned up to register and so with six boards in use for over three and a half hours the standard was to say the least explosive with many players turning on the style.
Big finishes which are the main stay of all good players were being recorded by many of the league’s top arowsmiths and here are the ones that were recorded on the night,

Jamie Fleming 92 game shot, Jim Quinn from Harthill 113 game shot, Mid Calder’s John Hanlon 98 take out, East Calder Hit Man Stevie Scott rock solid 78 game shot, Craig Agnew finding form with two good finishes off 75 & 80 match shots,
Rex Brady from Pumpherston 80 take out, Gary Finlayson cracking 102 kill, Brian Mairs one of the most underrated dart players in the league cracking 109 take out and a player you must take very seriously indeed.
Darters finding the red lipstick of the treble twenty saw Saun Robertson, Sandy Coulter, Gordon Bruce along with
Rex Brady firing in maximum 180’s also finding a maximum was Kirk Gordon with a superb 171 via the treble nineteen’s.

Now games finished in extra quick time saw some superb efforts put in and here are the ones reported!
West Calder’s Martin Balfour rock solid 20 darter, Scott Cameron (welcome back)! And Stevie Scott also with 20 darters however Stevie then went 3 better and fired in a nice 17 arrow leg, Rex Brady just one adrift of that score with a fine 18 arrow game, Brian Mairs 19 darter, Arran Edwards three excellent legs of darts 2x16 darters and a 19 leg game, Gordon Bruce 2 x14 dart games and a 15 darter, Saun Hanlon nice 18 arrow game, Mitchell a 15 darter.

Well once the first couple of hours of intense competition on the ocky were over we had eight worthy quarter finalists lined up and here are the results!

B Mairs & G Finlayson bt S Scott & C Agnew, The Fabulous Baker boys (brothers) bt M Deegan & R Brady.  S Duncan & S Robertson bt G Bruce & A Edwards, G Borland & G Bird bt J Devlin & J Grant.
Semi finals saw S Duncan & S Robertson bt G Borland & G Bird, B Mairs & G Finlayson bt The Baker Boys.
And then to the final which saw the pairing of Gary Finlayson and his long time darting partner Brian Mairs who represent the Uphall Station Chalkers from Uphall Station claim the title over the team of
Stevie Duncan & Saun Robertson of the Volunteer Highway Men from Uphall.

Congratulations go to the team of Brian and Gary this seasons Match Play Champions, commiserations to Stevie and Saun well played both teams.

For information we have at the moment teams picking up trophies at our end of season bash we have the
Cawburn Assassins, Volunteer Highway Men, Uphall Station Chalkers, Paraffin Lamp Brigands all on the trophy list and with the league so tight in both divisions and with so many teams now having extremely strong teams anyone from the top four in each league could quite simply put take the titles! And remember the teams just outside these positions will have a lot to say who and where the silver ware will end up come the final round up, should be some very exciting times ahead on a W.C.D.D.L. Monday night darts events!

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

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.

webassets/jimsdartssite.gif

  

This site  The Web 

Jim Mitchell can be reached by email
bebadmitchell@blueyonder.co.uk