West Lothian Grand Prix this Saturday, venue the Doo Club in East Calder, registration up to 1.45 toe the ocky 2pm , this is the sixth G.P. of the year with the next one being the in the Volunteer Arms, 29th September
Final one will be held in the Murrray bar date to be confirmed.

Forth Coming Attractions

If you’re a darts player that is!
Monday 18t August
West Lothian Summer League X Final 7.30 roll call 8pm toe the ocky (please do not be late)

Saturday August 23rd  West Lothian Grand Prix Venue Doo Club East Calder,  
August 23rd  Forfar Open, Reid Hall Forfar
August 24th  European Open, Airdrie Workings men Club Airdrie. 
August 24th  Bathgate & District A.G.M. Lammies bar 12.00
Saturday/Sunday 30th/31st August NEW TOURNAMENT : Scottish Classic, Singles & Doubles : C.I.S.W.O. Club Glenrothes
September 13th Westsider Open Singles 200 plus entries, Murray Suite,12.30 toe ocky 1.30, £5 entry (0131 442 3382)
Saturday! September West Lothian Grand Prix Venue Volunteer Arms Uphall, date to be confirmed
October 4th W.L. County travel to West Ayrshire

Saturday! October West Lothian Grand Prix Venue Murray bar Polbeth, date to be confirmed
November 1st  W.L. County home to Lanarkshire
Saturday November 8th West Lothian Grand Prix Venue Paraffin Lamp Livingston, (oops Berwick Week end) will speak to Diane !
Novemebr 29th  W.L. County travel away to Ayrshire
January 18th  W.L.County home to Borders
February 7th W.L. County travel away to Lothians
March  W.L. County host Renfrewshire
 April  W.L. County travel away to Greater Glasgow date

All top check outs -Maximums-Fast Games- from all leagues are updated. 
Monday 11th August at 13.30 ok half past one for who dont have 24 hour clock!
The Fast Games league table which is 20 darts or less along with the High Finishes league table 75 or above and of course the Maximum league table scores from 171-180 are now more condensed. The reason is simple if you are a member of the Monday night league as in W.C.D.D.L. your scores finishes etc will be added , But if you were a member of the league your name will still be there for prosperity! The reason I have given up on trying to get everyone in the area on them is simple the information just does not get sent in so as of now you have to be a player in the W.C.D.D.L. TO BE ON THEM . However all the competitions in the area will of course be reported with winners names etc etc but once again you really need to help out if you have information , so go on be a devil and send it in, won’t cost much just a few moments of your time!

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


West Lothian Youth Continue to Impress.

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


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

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

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

Jim M Chairman  W.C.D.D.L.

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

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

Jim Mitchell
Chairman West Lothian County.

Flash News
1/West Lothian are reverting to their origanal team colours, Black & Red shirts!
I realise most of you will really miss the Purple!
2/Maybe Yes Maybe no! looks like the mens county 'A' teams will be playing 7 x 501 this
is being decided at the next B.D.O. committee meeting this week end coming!the other teams will still play same format as before.
3/ Be Bad Mitchell is no more? reason is very simple last week  two different bar staff asked when he was approaching the bar if it was pensioners rates!! I ask you! so Old Man Mitchell is now on line.

Travelling West Lothian darters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jim Mitchell

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!
in advance for your comments, and I am sure other readers will also look forward to reading them also.

Train Times from Livingston North to Blackridge (county venue)
This is the train line from Edinburgh to Glasgow

Train Times for Blackridge if travelling from Livingston North (example).
Two trains an hour and the journey time is only a few minutes etc.
Also returning back the times are roughly every 30 mins right up to the witching hour!
Price £6.40 Return, and when you consider from Livingston bus station to Uphall costs £2.90 single
 and I can vouch for this as that is what it costs for me to go to the Volunteer where I played darts
for last season it is not bad is it!
Saturday time table
Leave Livingston North 8.44 arrive Blackridge 8.57, journey time 13minutes
Leave Livingston North 9.10 arrive Blackridge 9.26, journey time 16minutes
Leave Livingston North 9.45 arrive Blackridge 9.58, journey time 13minutes
Leave Livingston North 10.09 arrive Blackridge 10.26, journey time 17minutes
Leave Livingston North 10.42 arrive Blackridge10.56, journey time 14minutes
Leave Livingston North 11.10 arrive Blackridge 11.26, journey time 16minutes
Leave Livingston North 11.42 arrive Blackridge 11.56, journey time 14minutes
Leave Livingston North 12.09 arrive Blackridge 12.26, journey time 17minutes

Leaving Blackridge every 30 mins right up to last train which is 12.08 am for a return journey!

West Lothian County Officials

For 2014-2015

Ladies vice Captain, Karen Whyte

Ladies team Captain, Denise Bird

Men’s vice Captain, Davie Crawford

Men’s team Captain, William Harraughty

County Treasurer, Mary Walker

County Secretary, Karen Whyte

County assistant co-ordinator, Connie Bamburry

County co-ordinator, Michelle McLay

Vice Chairman, Johnny Walker

County Chairman, Jim Mitchell

New sponsors of the West Lothian County team
The Ridge Inn, Blackridge.

This new venue has sponsored the county a substantial amount of funding for the season ahead.
And on behalf of the committee and players in the county we say thank you for the sponsorship and look forward to playing in our/your venue.

Also on that note I personally would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors for the past two seasons The Doo Club in East Calder who were our sponsors for the past two seasons. Who were extremely good hosts and always made the home team and visiting county team most welcome.

West Lothian Youth Academy

The west Lothian youths will start back on the first Sunday in September after the summer break. So once again many thanks to the committee of the club who make this happen in The East Calder Doo Club.
Acting committee for the youths for the new season ahead will be Secretary Fiona Clark, Treasurer Graeme Bird, Chairperson James Banks snr.
At the moment Jim Mitchell & Michelle McLay are on the Scottish records for the youths but once disclosure forms are done and dusted it is hoped the County senior players committeee and the County youth committee will work hand in hand for the promotion of darts within the West Lothian area, and for Scottish darts in the future!

Remember folks if you see a name missing or can help with any dart related news. There are three web masters, Colin Hamilton from the land that time may have forgot (Polbeth) Kirk Gordon from somewhere North of the (Universe) the Livingston centre! Jim Mitchell who if he keeps going the way he is, will be living on the internet! So feel free to drop any of us a line. t.y.


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